Mel and El Upholstery • Round Top, TX

On The Crush List because…

You are surrounded by infinite possibilities of choice.  Yikes!

Mel El Army Chair

Antiquing is such a thrilling feast of possibilities. What makes things even more interesting is that “possibility” is a completely relative concept.  Your possible might be beyond my wildest dreams.  My possible might be your so-not-worth-it.  When you really think about it, that isn’t just a booth full of old treasures and castoffs, it’s an entire possibility multiverse.

As they are paid to do, interior designers, decorators, furnishers, stylists and their ilk look around the fields and tents and see even deeper layers of possibility.  And here’s where Mel and El finally enter the picture.  Next to their Old Depot tent full of super-stylish frenchy chairs, settees and benches that they’ve recovered in great hair-on hides, old Army bags and worn in vintage feed sacks, Mel and El also set up a complete upholstery workshop.  The pros (and anyone else with the nerve) can order a pair of throw pillows for a new settee. Or they can bring some metallic leather from Arbor and an old stool from North Gate and have the whole thing redone on the spot.  Or they can choose a custom fabric scheme for one of Mel and El’s own yet-to-be-done chair frames and it’ll be whipped up in a couple of days.  What a handy and empowering and mind-opening resource to have in your pocket as you shop the show.  Possibilties x 10!

Mel El Settee

Mel El Chair Pair


Speaking of possibilities, let’s quickly review what I call the Sure You Can Do It, But Will You Really? possibility principle that must be kept in mind during all antiquing trips.  As you find yourself slipping into the seductive “oh that burlap wreath plate charger with ombre dip-dye accents is so darling but I don’t need to buy it because I can make it myself” possibility trap, stop yourself and remember: What is possible when we get home from the show has its limits because we are involved, and we are busier and lazier than we think.

Mel El Bucket Chairs

Mel El German

Mel El Angel

These are the beauties waiting for their turn!

Mel El Undone Chairs

And lastly, you’ll remember that my Grandmadean used to say a house or a shack or a town had “possibilities.”  That’s what I thought when I saw this fabulous hide chair.  The second photo shows how perfectly she fits into her new home!



Stash Style • Zapp Hall & Marburger Farm

On The Crush List because…

I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry.

Stash Style Bike

Shannon Vance and her team from Stash Style put up not one but two zero cool spaces at this year’s Fall Show.  Most of my pics are from the Zapp Hall building, but the teepee and doilies-gone-wild shots below are from Marburger.  Don’t you want to buy pretty much anything from the folks who can create spaces like these?

Stash Style Teepee

Stash Style Doilies

Stash Style Shelves

Stash Style Mirror

I drink my whiskey out of a teacup… Take me to the lake… Silly boys, trucks are for girls… Sorry for what I said when I was hungry…  Stash Style t-shirts, like everything else, are made from vintage stock in Shannon’s studio in Rocky River, OH, which if you don’t know is near Cleveland and is both the birthplace of George Steinbrenner and the home of the Cowen Pottery Museum.

Whiskey Teacup

Stash Style Sofas

Quick aside:  Chris and I drove all over Texas one month hunting high and low for that very wagon wheel living room set.  We never found one in great shape for a great price, so we’ve lived our lives without, which seems a shame and I’m thinking we should probably get back to making one happen.

Stash Style Overhead

Stash Style hangers

Stash Style Product

The Zapp Hall space had a lot of hats for sale, some in a straw stovepipe style that seems like a southern gentleperson’s version of the hat worn by Slash. If you’ve been looking for this look, please know that the ones here were much hipper than those available at Dress Like a Pirate dot com.

Stash Style Single
Stash Style Globe

Stash Style Had TP

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