On The Crush List because…
Why call it your “Formal Living” when it can be your English Drawing Room?
It’s time to leave our extrême adoration for Country French behind for a bref moment and hop aboard the Chunnel train. We’re off to the UK!
Not really. But we are going to take a little photo tour of McLaren’s Buyer’s Market, the delightfully British antiques venue that brings a taste of the Jolly Old to lil’ ol’ Round Top. It’s a huge indoor/outdoor space right along 237 and I highly suggest you stop in for a bit of a nosy.
Yes, those are well-priced Moroccan rugs in a canoe. Doesn’t get more British than that.
And I don’t know about what’s happening in your town, but vintage Seiko ship’s clocks are all the rage in the hip decor stores here in Austin, TX. McLaren’s has so many to choose from you can select the one that feels exactly right for you, kind of like a trip to the animal shelter. In fact, everything’s like that here: Loads and loads and loads of choices.
I’ve never met a Hoblin collector (as far as I know), but if you happen to be one, there are plenty of the little guys here for you. They claim to be “More than just a fairy story” and by looking at them I think that’s pretty darn obvious. For such creepy little things, they have rather jolly names: Pip, Pod, Puck, River, Spring, Spud and Twigg. It’s a list that may come in handy if you ever do find yourself at the animal adoption center.
For some reason the Hoblins made me think of one of my all time favorite BBC Productions, Bleak House. It’s a classic that I hope you didn’t miss but if you did it would make for a perfect winter weekend bingewatch. Mr. Smallweed’s “Shake me up Judy!” is such a common phrase around our house that even the dog says it. Or I think that’s what he’s saying. And since we’re back to dogs, here’s a second list of names for your new pooch, all Bleak House characters: Lady Dedlock, Mr. Tulkinghorn, Inspector Bucket, Mr. Weevle, Mrs. Jellyby, Miss Flite, Mrs. Pardiggle, Mr. Turveydrop, Mr. Guppy and Guster (The Snagsby’s maid, given to having fits).