It’s early morning you’re wondering around, and your eyes are glazed over with everything around you. You look to your left, and its a huge London style vintage clock with a black face and faded numbers with gold trimmings you’re in awe. But wait you see a collection of cast stone pottery in the finest display that you have ever seen!!! How do you ever make a selection? Moreover, there’s free Ice cream? UGH.
That is just taste of my experience when I went shopping with my gal pal Pauline this past October in Round Top Texas. I love antiques they are so wonderful and can add such great character to any space especially in this day and age of “mine’s broken I need a new one.”
What ever happen to buying quality vs. quantity and loving the traditional styles of the past? I’d like to take the time to talk about flea market style and what I see as being successful examples when executing this sometimes tricky style. Sly you ask? YES, I said tricky because you want GLAM-MA not grandma there is a fine line.
1. The “O.G.” Shabby Chic
Rachel Ashwell pioneered this unique style when she first brought this look onto the scene back some years ago called “shabby chic.” She has since built an empire with her signature style of canvas-covered sofas, white-painted bead boards, mercury glass, tea rose printed patterns, and pastel colors of blue, pink, and natural materials. This look will not ever go out of style for its long since become a class of its own, and I have seen this method now used for girl’s rooms lately due to its feminine feel.
2. European Purist
Nature oriented people drawn to the simple elements of the natural materials that play against the soulful patina of the aged antiques. A playful love affair with mother nature’s hue as a backdrop when working in this palette. Hand-made, woven, crafted, hand-wrought, are the items to look for when trying to achieve this look. Mass-produced need not apply. Linen weathered wood and a hit of global accents fresh flowers is pretty much the material palette.
3. Vintage Modern
More than likely this is one that I tend to lean more towards due to its clean lines, tailored details, teak wood finishes, and the overall swagger of the era it represents. Sexy man Don Draper could be expected to walk in at any moment and head straight toward the martini cart. This old-school style is all about architectural lines, pristine, impeccable living with minimal to no clutter.
4. Twisted Traditions
The sole purpose of this hunt is to find and collect all the unwanted classic pieces. Finding these heirlooms such as Queen Anne chairs, a Chippendale sofa, damask fabrics, and wingback chairs are well suited for “traditional” tastes. However, adding other modern selections mixed with of the moment furnishings, pops of color, contemporary art, and bold patterns are what would make this traditional look new again.
Want to plan your next trip?
Here is a few links with important dates on when the next market days are and where to stay. The hotels, inns and bed and breakfast book quickly so act now!
Designer’s Works Featured:
Johnson Hartig, Sara Ruffin Costello, Sara Richardson, Amanda Nesbit, Kim Winkler, and Rachel Ashwell
Special thanks to my girlfriend Pauline for inviting me along this wonderful journey that day of fun, food, and shopping. Everything was where really great, but the company in my opinion is what made the trip outstanding and I look forward our many more adventures.