Barn Chic Antiques

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

My kind of museum

What a great summer it has been! I am officially back to work tomorrow, and I have to say I am very much looking forward to the new school year (as is my bank account). I have missed the kids, my co-workers, and even my true sense of purpose over the summer. But I had to spend my last weekday of summer doing what I do best - small town shopping!

I needed to go west to take my fury feline Tom for his quarterly haircut, so I justified going even further west into the beautiful Texas Hill Country from there since I was already headed in that direction. I went to Fredericksburg and made a very quick stop at Trade Days. I got hot and hungry so I went into town for lunch; I never made it back out to Trade Days as I got distracted by perhaps the most unbelievable home furnishing store I have ever stepped foot in. 

I have read several blogs about Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities warehouse shop and knew this place would be good, but I was truly blown away. I am nearly speechless about the store. There are few words I could use to accurately capture this experience, and while I did take tons of photos, I am certain they don't do the place justice, especially since I was using the camera on my phone. 





After entering the 14,000 square foot museum of international treasures, I stood paralyzed trying to figure out where to look first. From the windows to the walls (anyone know that song? I couldn't resist - I have maturity of my middle school students!), the decor is breathtaking. It is the perfect mix of French countryside, industrial charm, whimsical romance, classy taxidermy, and historical curations (is that a word?).  


In the midst of my gawking at the entrance, I was warmly welcomed by Tim Bolton. He made sure I had a flyer on their upcoming trips to Provence - could you imagine?! Nine glorious days in France shopping the markets with the most talented of designers. Sigh. Maybe one day. 

One of the first displays that I focused on was this great school house vignette.  
 
 

That is one ferocious rug. 
 
 
 
 
 

I am a fan of this stuffed parrot. 
 
 

These book shelves were impressively massive! 

Countless law bookcases. 
 
 

We have a bike rack at school but none of the kids have bikes quite like these!

My favorite formerly animate object in the store.  



 A perfectly worn in chair. So inviting!







I was awestruck by this warehouse and want to also share Curious Detail's blog post because her pictures are so good and give you more perspective on the enormity of shop's beauty.  

Tim was so good at checking back with me. I probably insulted him when I said that the store was like a giant Anthropology filled with just home goods, but he smiled and shared a story of seeing buyers for Anthro on his trips to Europe... so I guess my comment wasn't too far off. This store was better than any home furnishings store - more eclectic and original than anything you would ever see in Anthropology, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, or the like. There are no reproductions here - just classic pieces woven together with designer touches awaiting a new home to live on their legacy. This was my kind of museum. On my way out I thanked Tim and told him they need to charge admission! 

I will leave you with a picture of my favorite non-human animate being in my house, Tom, sporting his stylish new Lion/Line Cut. He is definitely the king of this castle.  



Have a chic week!

~Sarah    

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13 comments:

  1. Aaaamaaaaziiing! I just moved to the flower mound area and I want to make a trip out to see this place. How was the prices???

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    1. It is definitely worth the trip even if you can't buy anything...which I couldn't, but I'm telling ya I would have paid admission to get in! Hope you get to visit Fredericksburg soon!

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  2. I love Carol's store and all she creates. She's such a talented and sweet person. Glad you got to take the tour.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. It truly was a memorable experience!!! Hope you had a great sale, and as always, I loved talking with you!

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  3. Well Sarah, you burst my bubble! I thought I was the only one who got invited to go along on the Provence trip! swoon! Wouldn't that be incredible? Glad you got to see this amazing place!

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    1. Tracy, I was expecting it thanks to your post! I would have been sad if I hadn't been invited...now if we can sell enough at the barn sale maybe we can go next fall?? Thanks for writing about it so I knew it was a place not to be missed!

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  4. Thanks for the tour. I can't get enough of Carol's style.

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    1. Thanks for reading! I am a fan now too - such talent!

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  5. Gorgeous - it's been on my list of places to go for awhile now!

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  6. okay...you had me "from the windows to the wall!!!" Love it! WHAT a place you found! I've read about it too and was so happy you shared pics!
    Glad to have found you today! Think I am gonna follow along!!!
    Beth

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    1. Beth - thanks for finding me and I absolutely love that you got the song reference. Reading that made my day! Love your blog too!

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  7. Hi – Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Antiques Community? Our members will love it.
    Members include: Collectors, Dealers, Experts and Shops.
    It's easy just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website… it’s a win win. You can also add Classifieds and Photos if you like. It’s free and easy.
    Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
    The Antiques Community: http://www.vorts.com/antiques/
    Thanks,
    James Kaufman, Editor

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  8. Hi – Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Antiques Community? Our members will love it.
    Members include: Collectors, Dealers, Experts and Shops.
    It's easy just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website… it’s a win win. You can also add Classifieds and Photos if you like. It’s free and easy.
    Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
    The Antiques Community: http://www.vorts.com/antiques/
    Thanks,
    James Kaufman, Editor

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