Everyone who knows me also knows that being The Antiques Diva® means I’m away from home more often than not… as I write this I just returned to Berlin from a 3-suitcase trip covering NYC, High Point, Key West and London. And after I unpack (and retrieve my laptop which was sadly left on the plane to London), I’m off to Venice, Savannah for Southern Style Now then Bangkok preparing our TCH Collection launch before going back to the USA to speak in Jacksonville, FL, for the London Calling charity event.
What keeps this Diva going (besides equal parts coffee and champagne)? Sleep. I have energy in spades and keep up the hectic pace for days but what’s essential are my zzzz’s — getting 7 to 8 hours sleep every night is mandatory. (And truth told, I’ve recently discovered the joys of spending an entire Saturday in bed, which just might include my laptop and Netflix…) When I arrive at my travel destination, where I’m sleeping is of utmost importance. And my #DivaStyle radar lit up last year at my first visit to Round Top when I was introduced to Rancho Pillows. The best way I can describe it is part Brooklyn, part Old West, and thoroughly Texan. And that’s why I personally selected Rancho Pillow as our home-away-from-home on our Round Top Group Antiques Tour in April, with US Antiques Diva Guide Doni Belau of Girls Guide to Paris. Book by Dec 1 to get our special introductory rate!
Rancho Pillow is the absolute coolest and funkiest place to stay at Round Top. If you are looking for an excuse to join our Round Top tour, this is it! Where else can you experience a fabulous day antiquing treasures from Europe, Asia and America, followed by a pink sunset over the trees, in a folk-art fantasy designed by artist Sheila Youngblood.
What better spot to chill and refresh end of day on your once in a lifetime shopping fantasy tour?
Farmhouse elegance plus comfort guarantee a good night’s sleep at Rancho Pillow.
Texas hospitality guarantees a good night’s sleep in the sleeping quarters at Rancho Pillow.
Breakfasts at Rancho Pillow promise hot coffee with a view.
Outdooring bathing at the communal bathhouse is just one of the many options during your stay.
We’ll enjoy a feast in the field with a private chef at Rancho Pillow during Round Top Antiques Fair.
Experience the sounds and taste of Rancho Pillow on this video tour:
A heated, saltwater wading pool… swapping stories of the day’s hunt with new friends at the firepit… a quiet moment in the poetry library…
… it will be hard to see Rancho Pillow in your rearview mirror as we drive away, but your memories of this special visit to Round Top won’t fade away soon… and I’m betting you’ll have a few new pieces sourced at Round Top Antiques Fair to remind you of our Diva Extravaganza!
Join me and Antiques Diva Guide Doni Belau of Girls’ Guide to Paris for 4 days & 5 nights of finger-licking bbq, antiques and vintage as far as the eye can see and further, country music, Texas bluebonnets, seriously good wine – and Rancho Pillow! At the biggest antique show in the world you’ll discover gems from Belgium, France and Holland as well as mamma’s attic down the road. There is something for all price points plus we’ll help you negotiate and ship it all home. And the location in Texas Hill Country is gorgeous. Why haven’t you been yet? You were waiting to come with The Antiques Diva, weren’t you!?!!
See y’all in Texas!
Toma – The Antiques Diva
Are you an Antiques Diva, a junkie for junk or a flea market queen? If you love vintage and antiques like we do, then you must join us next spring at the mecca of all antique shows in Round Top, Texas. This isn’t one antique show, its many shows which converge in one small town over the span of two weeks covering 20 miles or more. (Design junkies know Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper have made two phrases famous: shiplap and Round Top!)
Our group antiques tour to Round Top from April 2-7, 2018, is 4 days and 5 nights of finger-licking bbq, antiques and vintage as far as the eye can see and further, country music, Texas bluebonnets and seriously good wine. At the biggest antique show in the world you’ll discover gems from Belgium, France and Holland as well as mamma’s attic down the road. There is something for all price points plus we’ll help you negotiate and ship it all home. And the location in Texas Hill Country is gorgeous. Every dealer and shop owner who is serious shops here – so why haven’t you been yet? You were waiting to come with The Antiques Diva & Co, weren’t you!?
Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva® & Co, has teamed up with Doni Belau from Girls’ Guide to Paris (a French antique dealer who exhibits at Round Top), and they will be your guides for the week. Rancho Pillow, the absolute coolest and funkiest place to stay, will be your home during our sojourn. If you don’t have a good time on this trip and score some serious finds then frankly… we simply can’t help you!
Round Top Texas Group Antiques Diva Tour
April 2-7 2018
- Lodging, all breakfasts & lunches, 3 dinners, all tours & all transport on site
- Transport to and from Round Top Texas (we are happy to schedule one specified time for transport from Austin Airport via van)
- 3 dinners, however, we will have suggestions on where to eat and transportation is provided
- Extra drinks at music venue & elsewhere
- All antiques purchases & shipping
April 2nd, Monday
We’ll kick off our time together with a welcome meal at a local steakhouse and some bubbly in this Getting To Know You event!
April 3rd Tuesday
Breakfast at Rancho Pillow and then we’re off to do the Original Round Top Tour, followed by an afternoon visit to one of the local Czech communities. In the evening we’ll hang out and relax back at Rancho Pillow. Those who need to unwind can take a yoga class or have a massage to work out the stress of all that hardcore shopping – Diva-style! Dinner is on your own.
Tues April 4th
Following breakfast, we’ll head for a behind-the-scenes tour of Excess I & II followed by a picnic lunch. That afternoon we’ll shop The Compound with one of the dealers getting the inside scoop on how the dealers score the best deals. Naturally, the day will end with cocktail & nibbles in Diva Guide Doni Belau’s booth she shares with Diva Guide Margaret Schwartz. Dinner reservations confirmed this evening as a group.
Wed April 5th
Today we’ll shop til we drop with Arbors Antiques with owner Curtis Ann Davies – one of the most beloved of all the show owners. Dealers in Round Top fight for space to display at her fair simply because she’s so darn nice. Some of our favorite Antiques Diva clients are selling on this field and we’ll make sure to high light friends and friends. After lunch we’ll enjoy an afternoon walk and photo safari among the wildflowers before heading back to the ranch for a Private Chef Dinner with Rancho Pillow! Bone Appetit! (I suspect in Texas longhorn country meat may be on the menu!)
Special Event with Lolo French Antiques et More:
Join Antiques Diva blog contributor Mimi Montgomery and antiques dealer Laurent Gouon of Lolo French Antiques for a furniture history lesson learning to tell your Louis 15th from your Louis 16th. Ask Laurent all your questions on how to care for your antiques.
Special Event with Pandora de Balthazár:
Join European linen dealer and sleep expert Pandora de Balthazár to learn how to get better sleep and how it will improve your overall health. We’ll get in bed and drink champagne to learn why a good night’s sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s an essential to maintaining a #DivaLifestyle.
Thurs April 6th
For the last day of your Diva Extravaganza we’re heading to Warrenton and Zapp Hall. We’re still awaiting the dates for the Junk Gypsy Prom – but we’re hoping the gods align our fates so we can be the belles of the ball. Either way tonight will be about kicking up our heels (and by heels I mean cowboy boots, not stilettos) and listening to some down-home country music whilst eating BBQ. Those who want to trade the champagne bottle for beer will have that option.
Friday April 7th
There are a few select places available on this once in a lifetime shopping fantasy tour. Contact us ASAP to reserve your space or to learn more. There’s a reason why they say everything is bigger in Texas.
Take a behind-the-scenes peek at my Champagne Tour at the Round Top Arbor Antiques International Antiques & Interior Design Show:
See y’all in Texas!
Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva
The Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show in Round Top, Texas, is one of the biggest antique shows in the South! Last year I attended The Arbors Show at Round Top for the first time and was simply gob-smacked by the quality of the antiques offered for sale; the warmth, friendliness and plain old southern hospitality of the vendors (from 13 countries!); and the scenic hills and beautiful countryside. My #NoPassportRequired Champagne Tours at Round Top were just plain fun, and I was simply blown away by the quality of antiques, vintage and accessories being offered!
#WatchThisSpace: The Antiques Diva® is launching special Round Top Antiques Show group tours in 2018!
Toma, The Antiques Diva® is leading our Round Top Antiques Show tour with local experts and Diva Guide Doni from Girls’ Guide to Paris (a French antique dealer who exhibits here) from April 2-7 2018: 4 days and 5 nights of finger-licking bbq, antiques and vintage as far as the eye can see and further; country music, Texas blue bells and seriously good wine. At the biggest antique show in the world you’ll discover gems from Belgium, France and Holland as well as mamma’s attic down the road. There is something for all price points plus we’ll help you negotiate and ship it all home. And the location in Texas Hill Country is gorgeous. Every dealer and shop owner who is serious shops here, Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper shops here – so why haven’t you been yet? More details coming soon…
Round Top offers more than antiques – everything is bigger in Texas! In addition to the impressive display of European and American antiques – many museum-quality – The Arbors offers:
- custom furniture
- fine artworks
- handcrafted jewelry
- vintage fashion
- live music
- food trucks with everything from beer to champagne
- special events
Note: Be sure to scroll down for details on Round Top’s fundraiser Designer Dream Spree & Dwell with Dignity Event to benefit Hurricane Harvey Victims on Sept 28
Be sure to visit two of our favorite vendors at Round Top this week: Pandora de Balthazár, featuring fine linens and European textiles and Pandora’s fabulous European Sleep System (I confess: I’m working from bed right now!); Lolo French Antiques et More, direct importers of French antique furniture and accessories – plus their scene-stealing French bulldog, Louis (don’t miss Mimi’s monthly column on The Antiques Diva blog!).
Round Top Arbor Antique Show
Located in Texas Hill Country, historic Round Top is a town tiny in size, mighty in charm, and as peaceful in spirit as the gentle hills in which it nestles. Here, amidst looming oaks and verdant ranch land, picturesque vistas can be captured…land meets sky in soft, mist-laden light… a 12-acre antique festival!
- American Legion Post #338, 1503 N. State Hwy. 237, Round Top, Texas 78954. (One Mile North of Round Top Square and Six Miles South of Hwy 290.)
- September 20th opening at 9am through September 30th at 4pm
- Special Events:
Fri. 22nd – Karaoke
Sat, 23rd – Live Music
Mon. 25th – Live music in corridor for late night shopping
Tues. 26th – Live music in corridor for late night shopping
Thurs. 28th – Designer Dream Spree & Dwell with Dignity Event to benefit Hurricane Harvey Victims – Tickets $100
Fri. 29th – Karaoke
- Special Events:
- Website: www.arborantiques.com
Texas Champagne BBQ:
Live Music, BBQ and Drinks to Benefit Those Impacted by Hurrican Harvey – September 28, 2017
Trade in seeing fashion on the runway for showing up in your own fashion for a true Texas night.
Due to the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has caused, Round Top made the decision to cancel the Texas Boho Chic Fashion Show & Champagne BBQ. Curtis Ann and Julie Dodson of the Designer Dream Spree want this event to benefit those that have lost so much in the last few weeks! Both show promoters wanted the event to be one that is all about Texas! You can’t get any more Texan than listening to country music, drinking beer (& champagne) while eating BBQ from one of the top 50 best BBQ places in the state of Texas, Truth Barbeque out of Brenham, Texas. Carson Kressley will still be rockin’ it Texas Style with us too!
Julie Dodson has teamed up with Dwell with Dignity to help turn houses into homes again for people that have lost so much. All proceeds from the evening will go to helping those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Purchase tickets and details -> http://bit.ly/2rYORGn
Come on down, y,all!
Toma – The Antiques Diva
The Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show in Round Top
They say “Everything is Bigger in Texas”. Well… Hold onto your cowboy hat handsome because Big just Got Bigger! The Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show in Round Top, Texas has become one of the biggest nationally known antique shows in the USA. Three times a year Antique Dealers from more than 13 countries set up shop on the fields outside of a small dusty town in Texas called Round Top, Texas… Population 90. Forget all your images of Texas towns… Gone are the tumbleweeds replaced by gorgeous antique linens, pickup trucks are used for hauling 18th C French armoires instead of hay bales, and cowboy hats give way to some of the chicest-most-connected-in-the-know buyers in the USA coming to either stock their store or simply buy for their own personal pleasure!!! Of course, a Diva Never Reveals her client list, but I can tell you that a number of my clients are selling at Round Top Texas!!!
Of course just like shopping the Paris Flea Market can be overwhelming – which means you need an Antiques Diva Guide – the same is true with Round Top! And lucky for you, The Antiques Diva is Doing Round Top Texas, leading not one but three fabulous No Passport Required Antiques Diva PR Champagne Tours! And best of all baby, it’s free!
Antiques Diva Champagne Tour – No Passport Required
Join me for a glass (or two) of champagne – and meet my favorite vendors at Round Top!
- Friday, September 23, 2016 – 11 am
- Saturday, September 24, 2016 – 1 pm & 4 pm
- Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 11 am
Arbor Antiques Show Tents – Meet at the Stardust Martini Bar for check-in and champagne 15-30 minutes prior to the tour start time.
How to Reserve your Champagne Tour:
Email email@example.com to reserve your spot in one of the three tours. Space is limited in each tour, and you won’t want to miss my insider tips on shopping Round Top Texas!!!
On our tour we’ll not only point out antiques from around the world giving you Global Sourcing Tips – but we will give you inside information on the vendors, telling you:
- who’s got the best loot
- which vendors you must be following on Instagram
- we’ll talk about how to use what you find
- we’ll even give you a Diva-Education – telling you about the major antique periods and styles available for sale at the Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show!
You’ll learn how to identify key characteristics utilizing modern day metaphors (and I might even tell a dirty joke or two simply for the sake of helping you remember your Louis).
We are also going to focus on the antique trends in Europe and Asia… I’ll be arriving in Texas after two months on the road, shopping my way through Asia while setting up our Antiques Diva Asia Tours and the information I gather on the road is all part of our Design Trend Scouting. Learn how those trends will influence what’s happening in the designosphere in the USA. My goal is to take antiques out of the past and bring them into the future of design
Join me in Round Top Texas at Arbor Antiques Show for a Diva Styled Champagne Tour!
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… you meet the nicest people on the internet. Last year when I began tweeting, one of my first twitter connections was @TopBrokerOC, a charming man named Robert Watson who lives in California and shares my passion for antiques and European Travel. Needless to say, we were fast friends! When I found out that Robert’s company Transantlantique would have a booth at the Marburger Farms Antique Fair in Round Top, Texas I knew I had to tell you about him and Kathy Klingaman, his wife and life partner!
As you can see, their inventory is simply Diva Worthy!
Born in Paris, Robert spent a good part of his life living overseas and collecting his own treasures. He lived in London and Wiesbaden, trolling the local markets for antiques and learning quickly that some of the best pieces are found at the source; boot sales in England as well as braderrie and removal sales on the continent. He’d pick up the latest copy of “Aladin” or “Troddler” magazines and hit the road for his next shopping adventure. One of his and Kathy’s favorite places to shop is Arezzo with the small brocantes all over the place. It wasn’t hard to decorate a home with some great finds and some very inexpensive prices.
Flash forward a few years – he moved to the USA to a large home on the East Coast and then later to a 2- bedroom condominium in California. Needless to say, with down-sizing properties he and Kathy had an excess of antiques that either needed to be stored or sold! And the rest is history, or rather, that was only the beginning of the beginning of Transatlantique Antiques over a decade ago.
(seen right with my cowboy boots in honor of Round Top, Texas!)
Over time, The Other Toma began reading my blogs and before long we became modern-day pen pals, discovering that not only were we name twins but that our interests and hobbies were strikingly similar! She’s an Estate Sale Diva with an incredible network of fabulous haunts in the Midwest USA for antiques, vintage and just plain junk! Lucky for you, she has recently started a blog called Victorian Cobweb giving estate sale advice and telling readers about tips and treasures in her “neck of the woods” in southern Oklahoma!
Today she posted such a fabulous tip that I couldn’t let it go unnoticed by Diva Readers! Sadly I’ve never been to this fair, but next year I’m thinking “The Two Toma’s” should do the fair together – Diva Style!
The Antiques Diva™
P.S. Should you know another “Toma” please do email me – firstname.lastname@example.org. We might just start our own club with all our exclusive name twins!
Victorian Cobweb writes:
Fall Round Top Texas Antiques Show
Just around the corner is the antiques show of the year for the South Central Region of the United States and……….I’ve Never Been! I’m talking about Round Top – Texas that is. Opens September 30th and closes October 4th this Fall, the Spring dates are March 31st to April 4, 2009. So mark your calendars and dust off your walking shoes because this is the biggest show this side of the Mississippi!
It started about 40 years ago by an enterprising little lady by the name of Miss Emma Lee Turney and her company Antiques Productions in the old Round Top Rifle Association Hall. The Round Top Antiques Fair, Round Top Folk Art Fair, Antique Annex, Carmine Dance Hall and Show Tent are still the biggest and best shows of the whole fair that has grown to include small towns in the area; Round Top, Warrenton, Carmine and Shelby, plus smaller shows along the way.
Dealers start setting up as early as 3 weeks in advance…. so early shopping would be the ticket to the treasures!
If you are making plans to go this year, keep in mind this late in the year you probably won’t be able to find lodging very nearby (especially considering all the evacuees from Hurricane Ike). But plan now for next spring and fall.
Happy Treasure Hunting!