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Thursday
Mar312011

Marburger Farm Antique Show

This past week, approximately 400 dealers showed their treasures at the Marburger Farm Antique Show. The diverse group of quality vendors from over 30 states and several European countries makes the show a success every year.

A light drizzle didn't stop the excitement of early bird shoppers who arrived first thing Tuesday morning with their trucks, U-Hauls and SUVs ready to haul away the day's finds.  While some of the 20,000 plus attendees came with the goal to find that certain item their home or project is missing, others casually peaked around seeking fun and inspiration.

That's me getting a grand tour of Marburger from owner Rick McConn who purchased the farm with his wife from John Sauls in 2007.   From the hospitable Round Top welcome Rick gave me in front of the Coufal House, you’d never guess he was busy at all, knowing each vendor by name and smiling at visitors with a warm Texas greeting.  It’s amazing to see how the show has developed over its 40-year history while still remaining true to its roots, mixing the 12 historic circa 1900 buildings with 10 huge tents.  Enjoy while I take you through just a small sampling of some wonderful discoveries I fell in love with!!

The booth inside the Coufal House behind us is Eric Brown's A Century of Lighting (417-894-9179  centuryoflighting@sbcglobal.net). Traveling from Springfield, Missouri, you can see that he has a wide range of unique items ranging from industrial furnishings to vintage lighting and coral accents.  The large coral piece behind me would have been perfect on my living console, but as you can see, it already had a red sold ticket!! 

 

This is the piece I fell in love with - one of a pair of coral lamps.  Getting their coral from all over the South Pacific, this lamp combines both of their main focuses, antique light fixtures and coral! 

 

Creekside Ferns' (404-403-3455, www.roswellantiques.com) fortay is taking one of a kind reclaimed materials and remaking them with another purpose. Their third time at Marburger, this dealer from Georgia loves going to the show and telling the story behind each antique that they find across the US and Europe.

 

Listening to the stories behind certain pieces is half the fun.   These sconces, brackets found in Palm Beach, Florida, were part of a building by architect Addison Mizner, well known for his early 1900s Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival style resorts. The pieces still have their original finish and look great!!!

 

Here's Jeanne with her wonderful hubby! When asked how they know what to transform their finds into, he said, "Jeanne is just amazing because she has the creative mind to see things and fashion them into something else that people will love for years!"  Aww so cute!!

 

Specializing in antique French and Italian furnishings and accessories, Melissa Levinson Antiques (323-936-1530, www.melissalevinson.com) from LA brought its wares to Marburger for the first time because she realized that many of her customers on 1stdibs.com hailed from the area. Melissa displayed these beautiful appliqued pillows - the French embroidered applique was restored from old, deteriorating pillows and sewn into new silk velvet cases.
Of course, I couldn't help but notice the beautiful walls of this historic building. Old tin was repeatedly painted over the years, and has now worn away, creating such a beautiful finish. Now, I just have to figure out how to recreate this look on a new surface!!

 

Here is Houston designer Cindy Witmer with her Marburger bag in tow ready to find the perfect pieces for her many projects!  I caught her purchasing an antique sterling napkin ring that had her client's name engraved on it.

 

What does this mother and daughter team not do?!  From creating and publishing the magazine Antique Shops and Designers to running the fab antique shop Twenty Six Twenty (713-840-9877, www.twentysixtwenty.com) in Houston,  Dot and Dana do it all - and that's not even including the wonderful specialty pillows, lamp shades and jewelry on display here that they make themselves with Fortuny fabrics. I have a pair of their wonderful pillows on my sofa at home!

 

An eye for the unusual, Dana loved this European statue table base-- why the top and bottom were split in the first place will always be a mystery! Gosh the belts on top are pretty enough for a home accessory!! 

  

It's easy to guess where this vendor is from based on his tan.  Traveling from Manhattan Beach, California, Dakota of D. Redington Design (614-352-8200, dakotapratt.com) grew up in the business - his parents are in a booth just across the way creating and selling willow furniture.  He has developed his own art, hand carving unique pieces and then covering them with bottle caps from all different brands creating patterns and colors with his designs.

 

From table and mirrors to chairs and wall hangings, Dakota's pieces are certainly conversation pieces!!!
 

 

One of my favorite parts of the show is seeing how dealers take an item and have the foresight to put it in a different form--from milk crates made into benches to industrial signs turned into tables, the creativity of these vendors is amazing!!!  Using an old lamp mold as a lamp, this piece from Inner Pieces (404-808-7135, innerpieces@aol.com), is more interesting in its new form than the original lamp probably was!!

 

Transporting her beautiful selection of pieces from Alabama to the tiny town of Round Top (population 77), Melanie Mills Designs (251-776-8324, www.melaniemillsdesigns.com) had a wonderful mix of whimsical accessories, stunning art and antiques.  The artisan-made flowers and napkin rings on the table are formed out of cream paper and newspaper.  Perfect for a fun dinner party or on the side table of a guest bedroom.

 

I loved catching up with the girls at 2 Lucy's (713-304-0442, www.2lucys.com) and designer Nicole Zarr! This is 2 Lucy's sixth time at Marburger bringing their beautiful array of French, Belgian, Swedish, German and Italian antiques. They love the show's proximity to their Houston home base and the incredible quality of antiques that all the vendors exhibit. 

 

Filled with lots of wonderful accessories, I was intrigued by these littles on the table.  No wonder I was - they're highly collectible, rare Belgian chocolate molds purchased from an old chocolate factory. Of course, I am drawn to anything sweet!!
 
I had such a great day browsing through the various antiques and meeting such wonderful people from all over the world who are passionate about their work!!  Rick's goal to continue what was started over 40 years ago and make Marburger Farm a world class antique show "with killer antiques, visually stunning booths and great dealers that are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable…from all over the US and abroad" has certainly taken shape in this show.  You would think he would need a rest after orchestrating this spring show, but instead he's already preparing for the fall show, to be held September 27 through October 1. We will be there again for the fall show premiering our book, Segreto: The Secret to Finishing Beautiful Interiors.  I am really looking forward to being a part of this incredible event in just a few more months!!!  
 

Marburger Farms also hosts special events throughout the year including weddings, receptions, birthday and graduation parties. For more information on Marburger, you can visit http://www.roundtop-marburger.com/
While we were in Round Top, we also toured two charming country homes that we'll post over the next month. Remember we post every Monday, and for notification of a new posting, you can go to the home page and subscribe!!  Have a great week!!!

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Reader Comments (2)

Wow-what a great blog! I am so impressed. It was really great to meet you too. What a great representation of the Marburger show!! I hope to see you again next time. Stay in touch.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelissa levinson

It's hard to believe it was just a year ago that we went to Marburger! I so enjoyed meeting you and having dinner with you and Heather!
Wish we could have come back again this year. We went to NYC instead, and I have to say that I would have rather been in Houston!
Maybe next year! ~Delores

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDelores

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