Well, I can’t believe it has already been a month since I last posted…feeling a bit guilty about that, but this has been quite a learning curve for me.
August and September came and went in the blink of an eye. Funny how you may keep asking and praying for things and for dreams to happen, and sometimes, you are blessed with all of them all at once!
I have been overwhelmed in the warmest, most grateful way for all the blessings I have received this year. Part luck, part hope, and part good’ol’elbow grease. Within a two month period my head was spinning in amazement – landing my dream job at the company I work for (my day job), launching my company brand and blog website (my night job), and the love of my life proposing to me (my lifetime).
My cup is full and brimming over. I am truly blessed.
And while I am learning to juggle it all, and I admit, I let myself get too stressed sometimes, I have learned not to take these wonderful gifts for granted. So I’ve been beaming. It has been a wonderful year and I hope to make the most of the remainder of it. I am learning day by day to embrace it all and live a balanced, happy life.
Enough of that though. Onto current times. Leaves are falling (well at least on the East Coast…), the Texas summer heat is simmering off. We’ve even had a few cold fronts roll in.
It’s that time of year again. I love the fall – boots, layering, seasonal Starbucks drinks, crisp cool-ish (if you live in Houston) air, cozy shop window vignettes, hot apple cider. It’s one of my absolute favorite seasons.
Another wonderful thing the fall brings….the Urban Market Houston Antique Show!
Last spring, I jumped at the opportunity of going to Urban Market Houston. I had attempted Round Top the fall before, for the lesser part of one day. My feet and wallet were ready to take on the much smaller challenge.
I know there are thousands out there who are gung-ho about the famous Texas Round Top weekends, but unfortunately, I found that I don’t quite have the energy, time or budget to make the trip worthwhile. It was a bit overwhelming, and I know I am partly to blame for only setting aside an afternoon to make my first trip there.
But I found the perfect fit for me, and better yet, it’s right in my own backyard – figuratively speaking. Some of you know just how sprawled out Houston can be!
Houston Urban Market comes THREE times a year – Spring, Summer and Fall.
The next show is THIS WEEKEND. More details can be found here: http://www.theurbanmarkethouston.com
There are rows upon rows of tents set up with glorious finds, handmade goods, vintage pieces and antiques.
For early birds, VIP tickets are available for early shopping access. This includes wine, beverages and small bites for a mere $25 a pop. And that includes ALL of your wine. Refills, too. What’s not to love about sipping while you shop?
I especially love that you are able to see the entire market within an afternoon. Last spring, I made my way thru all the tents in about 3 hours with my best friend Alba. And that included the time it took me to sort thru odds and ends (thank you Alba for your patience) and find the goodies I brought home with me, like these vintage demijohns.
I sigh every time I see baskets or glass containers of any sort. So these sealed the deal.
And the remnants of the vintage label still showing? True bliss.
I also snagged some pretty weathered copper candlesticks, and a Sweet Tea candle by Park Hill Collections. Unfortunately, I forgot to snap some photos of those. By the way, those candles are some of the best! Mine has been enjoyed countless times, and it’s still two-thirds full.
The market was filled to the brim with goodness.
I was in picking heaven.
And the inspirational spaces. Like these music-sheet-covered walls.
And this outdoor patio space featuring an old shipping crate as the coffee table.
There was a little bit of everything for everyone. A part of me wanted to cart home this pelican and ship wheel for the sailor in my life. I have a thing for pelicans…not sure where it stems from, but I adore them.
Some of my favorite pieces and vignettes were at the Metamorphose Furniture Studios’ area. They were also featuring a chalk paint workshop. Those are some mighty talented ladies in the upholstery and painted furniture world.
I would have carted off their entire display if I could have.
I met THE lovely Holly Mathis and devoured every section of her tent. It was my very first blog-star-struck moment.
I was so excited to meet such a talented designer and blogger in person. If only I could get the chance to travel around the US to check a few others off my list, like Shaunna West with Perfectly Imperfect and Marian Parsons with Miss Mustard Seed. Speaking of Miss Mustard Seed, I have an idea who would have loved to scoop up this whole pile of ironstone…..
Overall, the three hours was definitely worth my while. I’m thrilled that my calendar is free for the weekend so I can make my second trip!
Hope you get a chance to scope it out. Here are a few more photos from last year. I know this year will be just as packed with glorious finds.
Check out the authentic chipping of this gilded mirror. And I’m still eyeing that Union Jack pillow in the background…
Inspirational pieces are scattered everywhere. Who knew some curve twigs would look so elegant?
Check out this beautifully painted chest of drawers. Jaw-dropping.
Salvaged ceiling tiles and antique mirrors can be great accent pieces. They show so much texture, age and history. Love it!
live. love. celebrate