Monday, December 31, 2012

Bring on the New Year!

We bought the Antique Mall. Yes, that is what I said! 
The opportunity came a few short weeks ago when Bill and Diane H. decided to retire after 20 years in the business. They will still be an ACM vendor, but I can picture a little traveling in their future.
So, Mr. Ella and I went in with some other buyers, Colorado Nancy, her husband and sister-n-law Karen.
We are are really excited about the new year and what all it will bring!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Elegant Christmas

 My Romantic Prairie Home is getting all dressed up for Christmas. I am loving how elegant it all looks.
The weather here in North Texas has been fabulous. If you look closely you will see roses on the bushes. We have snow flurries
predicted for next week. 
I will believe it when I see it...but this is Texas!

 I have gone with all of my "greenery" a champagne color.

 My mercury glass ornaments and twigs were Pottery Barn inspired.

 This sweet cement angel is protecting the front porch.

 Come on in for a visit in the parlor...

 The fireplace is all decked out.

 A cozy couple sits by the fire.

We like to pretend we are musical at our house. 
The truth is we love music, but don't ask any of us to entertain you!

I am not one to decorate with the typical Victorian decorations...

Instead of one big tree in the house I chose to have several smaller 
ones throughout. This one is of course a champagne color!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

McKinney Home Tour 2012

The McKinney Home Tour was last weekend and the homes were exceptional. 
They were all beautifully decorated for the  Christmas Season. 
I will let the photos speak for themselves...

I will leave you with these sweet little birds.
( Valerie at Glimpse of My World has more photos.)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Neutral and Natural Christmas

Christmas decorating has started at my  Romantic Prairie Home.
Colorado Nancy came over last week to help me get started. 
She was the best elf I have ever had. 

I have chosen a very neutral and natural palette this season.

I make sure every year to add at least one touch of whimsy. Something unexpected. 
These light bulbs just looked like Christmas trees to me...
More pics to come as I decorate!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dickens of a Christmas Time

Downtown McKinney will be hopping this weekend during the 32nd annual Dickens of a Christmas. Take a break from the big store shopping Friday - Sunday and visit the quaint downtown of Mckinney. Some of the events include visits with Santa, strolling carolers, carriage rides and children's activities. Enjoy holiday shopping and dining at the many restaurants and shops. 
What a great way to have day or two of family fun!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ready, Set, Go

Christmas decorating and gift shopping time is really here.
Lists to make...
Cakes to cook...
Trees to trim...
Halls to deck...
Bells to  jingle...
Yuletide logs to light...
May your Holidays be Merry & Bright!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tour Time at the Mall

 Sprinkles of Christmas are popping up all over ACM. 
I love this frame combo by Booth 58. 

 Neat Stuff has ornaments in every color. 
These pink ones caught my girly eye...

 Cindy from Junque Art Studio  has pretty Christmas goodies too.

I think that is what Christmas decorating is all about. 
We can be a kid again.Whether it be in bright displays 
or calming neutral  tones like I have pictured  above 
or the display below by Uncommon Goods.

I LoVe them all!

Saturday, October 27, 2012


 What comes after the pumpkins?

 ....the candy?

....the turkey???

 Christmas, of course!

 The elves came early to my booth at the Antique Mall leaving touches of the 
Christmas season at every turn.
A few deer here...
 and there...

Vintage ornaments sprinkled everywhere.

Come by and see for yourself!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

At Home with Fall

I have been enjoying adding a few Fall touches to our home. Mr. Ella and I moved in last Christmas and have finally started to decorate. Life is funny how it throws unexpected happenings in your path along the way. 
All is good though...
We love where we live and are looking forward to the upcoming holidays.
The house was built in the 1880's or 90's. My style is  not what most would expect when walking into
a Victorian home. I have decided to bring pieces from that era into this century, but with a current pop of style.

Two large old corbels topped with an old cabinet door make the perfect entry table for holiday decorating.
A few chimney brushes, cement pipes, old horns, books and birds mixed with a touch of new mercury glass lamps greet you as you enter.
I can't wait to share more pics with you along this journey!
Visit my other blog, Romantic Prairie for photos of the reno process.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Round Top-Warrenton Favorites

Mr. Ella and I just came back from Antique Week in the Round Top area. 
I snapped a few pics with
my not so good phone camera. 

If I was giving an award to my favorite space it would absolutely go to this one. I think the walls were
made out of an old airplane. 
Now that is taking repurposing to a new level!

I really wanted to take some of these gorgeous chunks of my favorite color home with me.

I also drooled over these very shabby and fabulous chairs...

I did buy this sofa and there was no extra charge for the dust and dirt from the fields!

Back at my Hacienda...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Oktoberfest in McKinney

This weekend is McKinney's Oktoberfest.
The Antique Company Mall is having vendors set up out front again for Fall shopping.

I will not be set up there, but we have some talented dealers with fun displays and 
wonderful wares to buy.

Take a Saturday off and come enjoy downtown McKinney!