THE ROUND TOP LOOK LOCALLY
Houston-area Shops are Stocked to the Rafters with Antiques and that Rustic Country-chic Style
By Whitney Radley
Round Top may only have an official population of 90, but the tiny Texas town is a mecca for purveyors and collectors of all things antique, drawing thousands each spring and fall to all of the antiques events in and around Round Top. If crowds in cowboy boots aren’t your speed, you’ll discover antique shops aplenty in Houston to satisfy the rustic, country-chic look you’re cultivating at home.
Antiques & Interiors at The Pavilion in River Oaks boasts more than 60 dealers selling classic to contemporary home goods. Among the pristine mid-century modern furniture, antique Audubon prints and colorful Turkish rugs, we found a metal outdoor bench with custom pillows ($675) and a Staffordshire cow lamp ($995) that seemed straight out of Round Top’s Big Red Barn.
At Heights Antiques on Yale, Kristi Erienbach, manager, says, “We sometimes get shoppers in here who say, ‘This looks just like Marburger Farm.’”
Expect affordable accents like European breadboards ($49 to $99 each) and vintage wire bins ($25 to $30 each), as well as high-end antique furniture like French chairs with washed oak frames in blue striped linen ($2,500 for a set of six).
Is it the thrill of the hunt that gets you? Start digging at BJ Oldies Antiques in Montrose, a strip center shop on Westheimer that offers an assortment of antiques, collectibles and more. Round Top-worthy finds include a faux antique mirrored dresser ($399) and a 19th-century filing cabinet ($795).
Sprawling and sweltering, Heights Station — which has operated in a former 19th-century carriage barn since 1977 — is a veritable treasure trove of sports memorabilia, glassware and home goods, plus wooden and wicker furniture up to the exposed rafters. Our favorite find: A set of 8-foot-tall antique wooden columns ($250 each), perfect for installing in your entryway or holding up a pergola.
Bring your walking shoes for a visit to Thompson’s Antique Center of Texas in Northwest Mall. Throughout the 108,000 square feet you’ll find retro tin signs, vintage toys, antique furniture, kitchenwares and much more. Or visit Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery in the Heights. Their Saltillo-style multicolor Mexican serape table runners ($16 each) add a touch of the Southwest to any interior.
If you like a carefully curated experience, stop by Memorial Antiques & Interiors. This design source spans three buildings with a wide variety of furniture, home goods, lighting, art and more — all arranged in magazine-ready vignettes.
If you’re wanting a certain piece but can’t make the trip to Round Top, bring Michele Marano, a real estate agent and owner of Country Cottage Chick, a photo and she will find it for you. Marano shops the festival each season and maintains a booth of spoils at The Antique Gallery of Houston in Spring. Stocked with antiques, refinished and distressed furnishings, doors, art, custom pillows and a variety of vintage accessories, prices range from $5 to $2,000 and up.
“Being inspired by the countryside, I love to incorporate the beauty, yet simplicity of nature into design, whether it be through the use of calming colors, textured fabrics or simply an antiqued refinished piece of furniture aged from time,” says Marano.
4900 N. Shepherd Drive
The Antique Gallery of Houston
Michele Marano/Country Cottage Chick
21127 Spring Towne Drive, Spring
Antiques & Interiors at The Pavilion
2311 Westheimer Road
BJ Oldies Antique Shop
1726 Westheimer Road
Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery
241 W. 19th St.
Heights Antiques on Yale
2110 Yale St.
Heights Station Antiques
121 Heights Blvd.
Liberty Bell Antiques
14363 Liberty St.
Memorial Antiques & Interiors (MAI Houston)
8719 Katy Freeway
Thompson’s Antique Center of Texas
9950 Hempstead Road