Hi All! We had a wonderful time in California mixing a bit of work with lots of fun! The book winner will be announced next Monday--Thanks for all of the comments!! This week I wanted to share with you a magazine that I love-- Antique Shops and Designers. Started in Houston in 2007, I was an immediate fan! Filled with wonderful stories on the Paris Flea market, famous architects and designers and artists as well as wonderful places to shop all over the world, it has maintained its artistic integrity in an era where advertising sometimes overtakes the design in a publication.
A Family run business, Dot and her daughter, Dana, decide on stories, scout houses, and are the face behind the magazine. And beautiful faces they are!! Dana also has an antique pillow line and they both own Twenty Six Twenty, an antique shop in Houston. Daughter Lori sells ads and has her own jewelry line. Alexander, Dot's man behind the woman, is also the man behind the magazine single handedly doing all the graphic design, editing, and publishing aspects. Born in Budapest, he studied business and art in Italy before coming to the United states, started as an artist for the Houston Post, and then moved up the ranks into the magazine publishing business.
Just the covers are a treat each more beautiful than the last issue. The magazine comes out bi-annually, can be purchased at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and is now distributed around the world. It also can be downloaded and read online at their website here .
This is one of my favorite kitchens ever- beautifully done with charm and character in a small space. Read Jane Schott’s article about Jane Moore’s personal home here. Jane is an amazing, well thought of designer and shop owner.
I was so honored to be asked to write for a magazine that I so adore. In this last issue I wrote about how to pick a paint color. You can read the full article here. My upcoming article is on how to pick the perfect gray, blue, green or Blaygeen as I tagged it. I would love any comments on topics you would like me to write about in the future!!
In all the articles, I include examples of some of techniques we do, such as this glazing over the study walls. To see more of this home go here where I featured it on my blog.
It is always filled with such a wide rage of design styles. This feature on Barbara Carlton’s home is wonderful, including great tips from a designers perspective. Co–owner of Shabby Slips she also is a family affair, her daughter is well-known designer Renee Abbott and her partner. To see the rest of her home go here.
There is a private tour of Axel Vervoordt's home, one of the world’s most respected antiques dealers, collectors, and interior designers of today. To read the full article and see his 14th-century renovated castle go here. It is stunning!!
For someone that doesn’t get out of Houston much, I love the coverage of the antique fairs from around the world such as the article on the Antique Show of Arezzo in Tuscany, Italy, the largest Italian antique market. With over 1000 exhibitors, daughter Lori and her husband Doug did a great job covering the event!! To see the entire article go here.
The ads in the magazine are as beautiful as the articles and home spreads. They are all full page and artistically designed!!!
A regular writer for all issues is Eloise Adams Jones aka Ouisie. Not only is she a super nice lady, she is proprietress and Executive Chef of Ouisies’s Table and The Bird and the Bear Restaurants in Houston. I am a regular at her restaurants and her food is to die for!!! To read more and get her incredible pancake recipe handed down from her grandmother go here.
There is a charming article written by Nina Wickman which highlights the history and the renovation of Henkel Square in Round Top, Texas. The buildings were restored and furnished as they would have been at their origination in 1831. Currently they are being adapted for artisans' and dealers' store fronts. To see the full article go here.
Joni Webb, author of the Cote De Texas Blog and The Skirted Roundtable, is also a contributor to the magazine. In this issue, she writes about a wonderful home owned and decorated by Ruth Davis, co-owner for Found for the Home in Houston. Take a tour of this home here.
Thanks you so much for The team at Antique Shops and Designers magazine for creating such a beautifully designed and interesting publication. Please visit their website here and their new on line shopping site here. I hope that everyone has a wonderful week!! Until next Monday and good luck to the winner!!!! xo Leslie