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ROUND TOP AREA
Antiques Shows TO BURTON/BRENHAM Top
La Bahia Antique Show
ABBIELAND ANTIQUES SHOW 2336 Highway 237 South, located next to Marburger Farm 405-301-1874 www.abbieland.com
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GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Hop on the Party Wagon to Celebrate Round Top’s 50th Fall Antiques Fair Compiled by Barbara Canetti
et ready for great finds at the 50th Annual Fall Antiques Fair in Round Top and surrounding communities, this year set Sept. 25-30. That’s a half-century of being one of the best antique shows in the nation! The fair originated in October 1968 when show promoter Emma Lee Turney hosted the first Round Top Antiques Fair at the Round Top Rifle Hall. In 2005, Susan Franks purchased the festival. During the 12 years that Franks has owned the show, offerings have expanded from early-American country to include European antiques and an eclectic mix of authentic items that shoppers are unable to find elsewhere. For hours, tickets and more information, call 512-237-4747 or visit www.roundtopantiqueshow.com.
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ALOHA FARMHOUSE ROUND TOP 307 N. Live Oak St. 808-269-6243 ARBOR INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES & INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW American Legion Post No. 388 1503 Highway 237 North, one mile north of Round Top 888-233-5414 www.arborantiques.com BIG RED BARN EVENT CENTER 475 Highway 237 South, between Round Top and Burton 512-237-4747 www.roundtoptexasantiques.com BLUE HILLS AT ROUND TOP 1701 Highway 237 North 816-304-9593 www.bluehillsroundtop.com CHELSEA’S MEADOW ANTIQUE SHOW 1465 Highway 237 North, next to Arbor Antiques Show 713-385-8778 www.chelseasmeadow.com THE COMPOUND 2550 Highway 237 South 979-551-5916 www.roundtopcompound.com COWBOY CORNER 1925 Highway 237 North, near Florida Chapel Cemetery Road 830-374-7474 DYD SQUARE FAIR 100 Main St. 979-249-3638 GASOLINE HILL & ANTIQUES 1901 Highway 237 South 512-627-1657 GONE TO TEXAS Round Top RV Park 601 W. Washington St. 979-249-5673 www.roundtoprvpark.net
HENKEL SQUARE MARKET 199 Henkel Circle 979-249-5840 www.henkelsquareroundtop.com HUMBLE DONKEY STUDIO 195 Henkel Circle 713-870-9948 www.humbledonkeystudio.com MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW 2248 Highway 237 South in Round Top 800-947-5799 www.roundtop-marburger.com BILL MOORE ANTIQUES 1352 Highway 237 North 760-587-1300 OLD DEPOT ANTIQUES & MARKET PLACE 550 N. Washington St. 281-851-6779 OLD GLORY ANTIQUES 206 S. Washington St. 303-798-4212 www.oldglorystyle.com OLD HENRY FARM 2000 Highway 237 North 800-322-5177 www.roundtop-oldhenryfarm.com ORIGINAL ROUND TOP ANTIQUES FAIR 475 Highway 237 South, between Burton and Round Top Includes The Big Red Barn & Tent, Continental Tent and Carmine Dance Hall 512-237-4747 www.roundtoptexasantiques.com THE RENDEZVOUS 2425 Highway 237 South 810-210-5546 www.therendezvousroundtop.com RECYCLING THE PAST Highway 237 & FM 954 979-484-7288 www.recyclingthepast.com ROUND TOP HILL ANTIQUES 1500 Highway 237 North 979-966-7435 www.roundtophillantiques.com
ROUND TOP VINTAGE MARKET 1235 Highway 237 North, located one mile north of Round Top across from Jaster Road and Festival Hill 281-731-5132 www.roundtopvintagemarket.com TEXAS ROSE ANTIQUE SHOW 2075 Highway 237 North, across from Marburger Farm 256-390-5337 www.texasroseshow.com TOWNSEND PROVISIONS 101 Bauer Rummel Road 512-468-0580 www.townsendprovisions.com TREE PARK FIELD 4635 Highway 237 South 979-249-5588 THE VINTAGE ROUND TOP Rental property 1450 Highway 237 North 713-859-5993 www.thevintageroundtop.com
WARRENTON BAR W ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS 4001 Highway 237 South 979-278-3447 BLUE BONNET FIELD 979-249-3980 CAMPBELL BUILDING 4328 Highway 237 in central Warrenton 713-666-6683 CHICKEN RANCH 4150 Highway 237 South 225-936-9269 CLUTTER SHOW Highway 237 and FM 954, between Warrenton and Round Top 979-249-3682 www.cluttershow.com COLE’S ANTIQUE SHOW Corner of Highway 237 and Willow Spring Road 281-961-5092 www.colesantiqueshow.com DAS BLAUE HAUS 4337 Highway 237 979-249-3131 DAS GUENE HAUS 4418 Highway 237 281-777-3939
DILLIARD’S FIELD 4407 Highway 237 979-966-9370 GRANNY MCCORMICK’S YARD 4246 Highway 237 South 979-249-3818 HILLCREST INN 4339 Highway 237 South 979-249-3074 LITTLE HOUSE ON THE HILL Highway 237 817-599-7664 THE LONE STAR GALLERY 4212 Highway 237, across from the Junk Gypsies and Zapp Hall 512-797-9815 www.thelonestargallery.com THE MARKETPLACE AT WARRENTON 3960 Highway 237 South 817-599-7664 www.marketplacewarrenton.com NORTH GATE FIELDS Highway 237 in Warrenton 409-201-1748 OLD FEED & GROCERY Highway 237 in Warrenton 979-249-3144 RENCK HALL AND YARD 4123 Highway 237 South 979-966-7083
ROBINSON’S FIELD 4545 Texas 237 South, located between Dillard’s Field and Tree Park Antiques 979-249-5551 SOMMERFELD FIELD 4143 Highway 237, across from the former Sterling McCall Old Car Museum 979-733-4160 WARRENTON GROCERY & SHOW 4309 Highway 237 South 979-249-3144 www.warrentontx.com WARRENTON-ROUND TOP SHOW GROUNDS North end of Warrenton across from the World’s Smallest Catholic Church WARRENTON ROUND-UP Two miles south of Warrenton on Highway 237 979-249-3004
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ZAPP HALL ANTIQUES SHOW 4217 Highway 237 South in central Warrenton 713-824-1157 www.zapphall.com
CARMINE CARMINE DANCE HALL Highway 237 North, between Burton and Round Top 512-237-4747 www.roundtoptexasantiques.com COUNTY LINE ANTIQUE SHOW Highway 237 at Spur 458 760-587-1300 GRACE'S TREASURE HUNT Highway 237 at Spur 458 713-557-5991 GYPSY ROSE ANTIQUES Highway 237 at Spur 458 in Carmine 832-492-3701 ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE 201 N. Washington St., in the heart of Fayetteville at the Precinct Courthouse Square 318-465-1603
BURTON LA BAHIA ANTIQUES SHOW & SALE Highway 237, just south of U.S. 290 West 979-289-2684 www.labahiaantiques.com SHELBY TEXAS ANTIQUE SHOW Harmonie Hall 509 W. FM 389 727-488-7750 www.antiqueshowshelbytx.com THE WHITE HOUSE ON THE HILL & THE BARN Rental properties 5025 Wickel Road 713-294-1199, 832-264-3992 www.thewhitehouseonthehill.com
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Washington County Landscapes placed multiple pallets of Belgard® Diamond 9-D retaining wall blocks to create the unique terracing for the Kaplan home. Tiff Bermuda, known for its heat hardiness, completes the setting. Exterior paint colors are Sherman-Williams’ "Turkish Coffee" & "Beach House."
A LEAP OF FAITH Bold Design Decisions Result in a Rock-solid Getaway for Two Houston Professionals Article and Photography by Mary Chavoustie
ouston professionals Brian and Dede Kaplan are dedicated to busy schedules and a myriad of appointments throughout their hectic workweek, so it was no surprise that breathing space, free from concrete buildings and crowded streets, was in order. “In the beginning, we didn’t really have a plan,” explains Brian. “We originally thought of the Hill Country with visions of owning land just outside Fredericksburg, but we realized we had the ideal opportunity in the Round Top area. Good friends, family, the arts and the great food we’d grown to love in Houston would only be a little over an hour away, plus the lure of unobstructed skies and ‘everything Round Top’ brought us to say, ‘We can do this!’ And we began our search.”
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“It was truly a leap of faith,” says Dede. “Being a visual person, I started canvassing the Round Top/Burton area, driving the back roads, looking for ‘For Sale’ signs. I came across this property and it was love at first sight. The roll of the property, the amount of trees and just looking at the lake down below, I knew this piece of land was the one for us.” What Brian and Dede didn’t know was that their future home site was set atop solid rock. Though the stone was at times challenging, Round Top Home Builders’ Barney and Jay Reynolds never lost sight of the Kaplans’ dream first brought to them with pencil drawings and Pinterest photos. With an adventurous spirit, Brian and Dede gathered their love of Southwest art, industrial modern, farmhouse chic and Art Deco into one cohesive and stunning retreat. “The Kaplans were such an amazing and artistic couple to work with in creating their unique home,” says custom builder Jay Reynolds. “It was by far our most exciting project of the year.”
A SECOND LOOK AT ENERGY EFFICIENCY With their expansive window design, the homeowners decided energy efficiency was a “must-have.” Ply Gem’s 4800 series, with its thermal broke aluminum frame, was the perfect option to handle
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the ever-changing Texas temperatures while at the same time giving Brian and Dede the style and panoramic views they wanted. The Ply Gem series was also a smart option for high wind zones with a price point that was equally attractive. Much like aluminum, fiberglass has continued to gain new respect in the building industry. The Kaplans’ fiberglass entry door is more energy efficient than wood or steel, resistant to deterioration and dents and requires far less maintenance. To complement the decor, the builder first applied a light tan base to the plank-style door’s pre-grained surface. A gel stain was then applied with a fine brush, creating the undisputable appearance of real wood. Vintage nickel hardware added the finishing touch.
METICULOUS CRAFTMANSHIP Goat-leather loungers were one of many savvy online purchases by the homeowner.
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The open family room/dining room/ kitchen design is the heart of the Kaplan home, anchored by historic hardwood floors. The red pine planks that now make up the tongue-and-groove flooring were milled from 8-by-8-inch beams reclaimed from the former Incarnate Word convent by woodworker Wes Metzler. Seventeen feet above the flooring are four 28-foot-long, hand-hewn beams that make up the unique timber trusses. Clerestory windows add morning and evening light with cedar beams as window headers to create a touch of rustic charm. The homeowners wanted a seamless, extrasmooth appearance for their interior walls — what’s known in the building industry as a Level 5 finish. During the labor-intense process, the Sheetrock is taped, floated two times, sanded and then applied with a thin skim coat. Skimming allows all the remaining small imperfections and pores of the surface to be filled, ensuring an equally smooth finish across the drywall and the seams. Once done, the final skim coat is sanded again and then coated with primer and paint. The result? Museum quality walls…and very happy homeowners. No home is complete without a comfortable kitchen both for the cook and the friends who
gather along the counter’s edge. Brian and Dede enlisted the craftsmanship of Black Buck Millwork out of Buda to create the reclaimed barn wood cabinet and drawer fronts from their design. “We wanted something different,” says Dede. “Uncluttered and unlike a traditional kitchen filled with wall-to-wall cabinetry.”
ARTISTRY AND SENTIMENTALITY
Vintage nickel hardware by Miseno (“Seville”), island chairs from Restoration Hardware and pendant lights by Robert Abbey Lighting (“Belmont”) with zinc finish
Vintage black-and-white photos line a wall of Brian’s study, a fond remembrance of his father-inlaw’s love of photography, while a red leather Eames lounge chair and ottoman, a slice of history that Dede knew she “just had to have,” bring a pop of color to the room. A bright orange and rope pendant light, along with a wooden longhorn sculpture that hangs above the entry door, are nods to Brian’s alma mater, the wood sculpture delivered and personally installed by artist Andrew Bradfield. In the great room, Merchant and Market’s oversized coffee table takes center stage. Andrée Hudson’s acrylic on canvas, “Family of Four,” with its soft earth tones and drips of rich greens and turquoise, is one of Dede’s treasures from Waxlander Gallery in Santa Fe, a favorite getaway for the homeowners. The painting, which rests on a 400-pound reclaimed beam strategically bolted into the fireplace wall, served as the catalyst for the home’s color palette, particularly in the design creation of the stone that embodies the fireplace and then carries over to the exterior below the board and batten siding. “Real stone was too heavy and too expensive, plus we couldn’t find a size or color that worked well with Andrée’s painting,” Dede explains. “So Barney and Jay suggested a cultured stone, a product that could be created in random sizes and hand-stained to blend with our decor. We love the end result.”
The Burton home is the third time the Kaplans have utilized their creative skills: The first, for their Georgian-style home in West U, and the second, a contemporary. Both admit building and deciCabinet reclaimed barn wood and retro western-design coffee mugs join an antique iron pig, a find from the Round Top Antiques Fair, in the Kaplan kitchen. 46 house& home | August 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
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sion-making remotely were logistically challenging, as was working with a floor plan distinctively different from their previous homes. The couple playfully refers to their latest design choices as “a la carte.” “We just designed as we went through the process,” explains Brian, with Dede choosing many items online, including the kitchen and bath hardware, several lighting options as well as the compact yet restful upstairs cabinet bed — similar to a Murphy bed yet requiring no wall storage. The Kaplans agree that decisions often made with a leap of faith can culminate into beautiful results. “Sometimes you just have to go for it!” says Dede.
Two bright blue armchairs, reupholstered by Accents by Phillipe, bring the dining room and directors’ chairs to the center of attention.
RESOURCES BUILDER (Also custom barn doors, mantel & island supports) Round Top Home Builders 103 Main St. Round Top 979-249-5151 www.roundtophome builders.com CULTURED STONE FOR HOME EXTERIOR & FIREPLACE Sunbelt Concrete Products Inc. 1885 FM 448 Giddings 979-542-0840 www.sunbeltconcreteproducts.com CUSTOM RECLAIMED BARNWOOD CABINETS Black Buck Millwork 17020 S. Interstate 35 Buda www.budakitchens.com
2312 S. Market St. Brenham 979-830-7204 LANDSCAPING, TERRACING Washington County Landscapes 4579 Highway 290 West Brenham 979-353-0955 www.washingtoncounty landscapes.com QUARTZITE Trinity Homes & Construction LLC 4813 Larkin St. Kitchen & island countertops “Taj Mahal” Bath countertops “Calcutta” www.bestcompanytexas.com RECLAIMED WOOD FLOORING Wes Metzler Houston 281-685-9247
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT Dalor Design Development Services 214-929-5086
WINDOWS, DOORS Woodson Lumber Co. 301 E. Clinton St. Brenham 979-836-7933 www.woodsonlumber.com
KITCHEN APPLIANCES Buddy’s Appliance
UNIQUE FURNITURE, ACCESSORIES & ART
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Accents by Phillipe Upholstery Leather pillow & blue suede dining armchairs 3514 S. Shepherd Dr., No. C 713-523-4161 AREA 3735 Westheimer Road 713-668-1668 www.area-houston.com Bradfield Designs Artist Andrew Bradfield www.bradfield-designs.com Brown 2940 Ferndale St. 713-522-2151 www.shopbybrown.com Cowboys and Indians Leather sofa & pine buffet 72 East San Francisco St. Santa Fe, N.M. 505-982-8280 Kuhl-Linscomb Great room Teal pouf 2418 W. Alabama St. 713-526-6000 www.kuhl-linscomb.com Merchant and Market Large coffee table in great room 1637 Westheimer Road
346-204-4596 www.mrchmrkt.com Restoration Hardware Dining Room Directors’ chairs 4030 Westheimer Road 713-328-3100 Round Top Antiques Fair Kitchen Iron pig www.roundtoptexas antiques.com Rustic Center & Interiors 11251 Highway 290 East Chappell Hill 979-203-0921 www.rusticfurniture ofbrenham.com Spaces for Home 2439 Westheimer Road 713-520-7167 www.spacesforhome.com Waxlander Gallery Artist Andree Hudson’s painting “Family of Four” 622 Canyon Road Santa Fe, N.M. 505-984-2202 www.waxlander.com
Halfway between Houston and Austin on Hwy 290 is a little piece of paradise called Carmine, Texas. From daily outings to daily living, we’ve got it all... • Shops • Museums • Gasoline • Rental Hall • Church • Bank • Farm & Ranch Supply • Restaurants • Grocers • Mechanic • B&B • Post Office • Fire Station • Great Park
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EAT YOUR VEGGIES Enjoy Perfectly Delicious Vegetables Right from Your Garden with These Tips Article and Photography by Mary Chavoustie
any of us only dream of a bounty of vegetables like the ones our Bleiblerville gardeners bring to the kitchen table. And while their garden flowers and vegetables are 2 looking their best, the husband/wife team at K Farms reminds us a garden is always a work in progress, an ever-changing setting from season to season that is hugely dependent not only on human care but equally on weather, water and the nutrients that are added to or taken out of the soil. Here are our green-thumb gardeners’ top three “must dos” as first-timers begin the gardening process.
PLAN BEFORE YOU PLANT Planning is everything! Consider what you want out of your garden, as well as what you want to put in it, both in time and results. Next, establish a solid resource that will help you determine what varieties are best for your soil and region. With Texas A&M AgriLife’s website (www.agrilife.org), how-to articles, researchbased results and identifiable photos are placed at your fingertips. Neil Sperry’s “Lone Star Gardening” has been a benchmark for 2 many gardeners — and a mainstay for our K Farms country gardeners, as well. An overview of the garden in Bleiblerville 50 house& home | August 2017 | www.houstonhouseandhome.net
A mixed harvest makes a beautiful presentation.
A zinnia adds color, while caterpillar-host parsley grows in the background.
A soil sample gives you an insight as to what attributes or deficiencies your soil already contains. The soil testing labs at Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin State universities utilize advanced, daily calibrated equipment to provide you with the most accurate results. Submittal forms are available at www.soiltesting.tamu.edu and www.ag.sfasu.edu for a basic $10 routine analysis. Results are usually returned within a few weeks.
Antique Rose Emporium 10000 FM 50 Brenham 979-836-5548 www.antiqueroseemporium.com Home Sweet Farm Market & Biergarten Blue Goose Garden & Gifts 307 S. Park St. 2600 N. Park St. Brenham Brenham 979-530-7994 979-451-7883 www.homesweetfarm.com
A SHOVEL HERE, A PITCHFORK THERE You can’t change the type of soil in your area, but you CAN improve it with a better understanding and incorporation of organic matter. “We add mushroom mulch every two to three years in both our vegetable and flower beds,” the gardeners say. For new gardens, experts recommend a 2-inch-thick layer of compost for 1,000 square feet or six cubic yards of organic matter. And though aged manure, compost and decomposed organic matter are all beneficial, doing your homework is important, too, to determine the correct amount and the variety of organic matter that are best for the vegetables you are growing. August temps present a perfect excuse to garden from inside your home, partnered with a laptop and spring seed catalogs. Just remind those that question your early musing, planning is everything!
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Greenscapes Landscaping Bellville 2224 Centerhill Road Bellville 979-492-8862
Chappell Hill Lavender Farm 2250 Dillard Road Brenham 979-251-8114 www.chappellhilllavender.com
Martha’s Bloomers 8101 Highway 6 Bypass Navasota 936-825-7400 www.marthasbloomers.com
Discount Trees of Brenham 10050 Highway 36 North Brenham 979-836-7225 www.discounttreesofbrenham.com
Plants N Things 3900 Highway 36 South Brenham 979-836-9471 www.plants-n-things-brenham.com
Gourmet Gallery at Allied Ace Hardware 307 N. Austin St. Brenham 979-836-5607
Tractor Supply Co. 2718 S. Market St. Brenham 979-836-9797 www.tractorsupply.com