Lanny & Lonnie • EX-CESS Field, Warrenton TX

On The Crush List because…

Nice folks with stylish things are good to know.

Lon&Lan Star

Lanny and Lonnie are probably best known for their exceptional zinc top tables that have a unique, super-smooth coppery patina.  If you can wait ’til next show to purchase your family dining table, you should, because the prices are reasonable and the mix-n-match tops and bases make it easy to get exactly what you like. And while we’re here, doesn’t that penny rug star make you wish you’d started collecting modern quilts about three decades ago and you now had a magnificent archival-quality storage room full of Nancy Crows and a pile of name badge lanyards from every Quiltcon ever?

Lon&Lan Zinc Tables

Lon&Lan Grapes

Beyond the zinc tables, L&L’s space has a strong mix of town and country and garden and gun, with lots of oversized pieces.  So if you can wait ’til next show to buy the bar back and bookshelves and grain bin storage units for your ruralist-chic new party barn, you should.

Lon&Lan Lamps

Lon&Lan Cleavers

Lon&Lan Ducks

Lon&Lan Boxes

Lon&Lan Red Garden

I wish I’d asked Lanny and Lonnie what this chair is all about, although judging by the “in the headlights” expression on the deer’s face,  I’m not sure I want to know.

Lon&Lan Deer Chair





Antica Collection • Market Hill & Marburger Farm, Round Top

On The Crush List because…

When done well, a space full of authentic antiques can make you feel like you’re living in history.

Antica Collection on 1st Dibs

Antica Chair Tower

The Antica Collection booth at the Fall Show had a spectacular sketched portrait of Emperor Tiberius looming overhead.  Remember I Claudius? That was a favorite book and even more enjoyable mini-series for me, even if I got a little mixed-up at times because everyone’s name was practically the same.

I remembered Tiberius as a less than noble emperor, but I wasn’t sure exactly why, so I googled him up.  As I’ve said before, you don’t come here for a history lesson, so I won’t go into all the details of Tiberius’ life. But I will say that he was a bossy but rather lazy Roman emperor who made a point not to be “overburdened with work.”  Well, we can’t all be Augustus now can we.

Antica David

 Antica specializes in early period European furniture and decorative items that are not quite from the Roman Empire, but they’re old. What’s surprising is how fresh and light and very modern their booth feels.  It’s a photogenic space with textures and subtle colors that are easy to capture.

Antica frames

Antica Starburst

Antica Column

Antica Collection Olive Jars

If, like Tiberius, your second retirement takes you to the Isle of Capri please hire me to help with the interior decor.  Jackie Onassis loved Capri, so I think we might go for an Upper East Side meets Med-Chic thing, with elaborate Roman baths of course.

Antica Chair

Antica Cherub

Antica Collection Sun Sea Gull



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