Spring is finally here and the season brings fields of bluebonnets, the itch to get our hands dirty in the garden, and the wanderlust for road-tripping through antique country.
Antique Weeks are a pretty big deal around here, so big in fact that many of the vendors stagger their start dates, which helps spread out the crowds. Check out our special section for all the details on the who and where, then chart your course for a treasure-hunting adventure. But before you go, don’t overlook our Project section where expert Joyce Horn shows us how to tell the old from the new, whether a piece is made by hand or machine, and why pieces that seem similar have different values.
Have you ever wondered how Round Top and the Texas antique corridor all began? Our origins story about Curtis Ann Davis and The Arbors will get you started. And whether you plan on packing a picnic or stopping for a meal while antiquing in central Texas, our Recipe section has you covered.
You won’t want to miss this month’s features. Marke Bowe from DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders used reclaimed logs to build an amazing cabin in New Braunfels, with a massive 3,000-square-foot party barn to go along with it. Up towards Conroe, Monte Smith Designs and Mastercraft Homes just finished a lakefront mansion that was inspired by the homeowner’s travels to Greece, Italy and throughout Europe.
We’re jealous of designer Anne Breux’s recent trip through Europe, but she did report back on what she found at IMM Cologne, Paris Déco Off and Maison&Object Paris; read more in Product.
In Gardening, Joshua’s Native Plants & Garden Antiques, Inc. shows us how to attract and keep butterflies in the garden. It sounds like a soothing and relaxing endeavor but, if more sleep is still what you crave, turn the page to Editor’s Picks where new technology awaits to help you catch those elusive Zs.
No issue would be complete without the scoop on upcoming home tours and shows from Texas Home & Garden, Johnson Development and Houston Heights Association. Our calendar lists where to shop for vintage finds and antiques closer to home, plus gardening classes, festivals and art opportunities. And lastly, if you’re looking for a reason to smile, take a look at Sophie, our pet of the month. She’s got a megawatt smile, and it’s contagious.
From our home to yours,