Round Top Rundown

It’s the time of year again!  Round Top!  Every fall and spring antique dealers from all across the country converge into the tiny town of Round Top (population 90) in Fayette County and set up shop at various tents and venues along Highway 237.  This little show has grown and grown and grown and is now almost 3 weeks long.  I go every time and shop for my clients, usually with a long shopping list, but it’s also fun even if you just browse. 


Yesterday morning I decided at the last minute that it was a good day to get some early shopping in, so Clint and I drove up there and stopped at Market Hill (my favorite new venue), The Compound, and Excess II.  I was coming down with a cold and it was hot as hell in the afternoon so we headed back a little earlier than I normally would, but we still had a blast and found some great pieces.  I’ll be going back next week to Marburger Farms with my favorite shopping partner, my momma.

Here are some of my favorite finds from yesterday:

Round Top Tips:

Just go!  I can’t tell you how many friends I have that have been telling me for years that they want to go but just haven’t.  It’s a little overwhelming, yes, but just grab your mom, a girlfriend, your partner, and just go!  Especially for my Houston friends, it’s such an easy day trip, and once you go – you’ll get it, I promise!

Bring a cooler.  Pack some bottled water, healthy snacks, and a few beers.  While there is plenty of food options out there, it’s sometimes easier to bring your own.  And by the early afternoon, you’ll usually find me wandering with a cold beer in my hand (don’t forget your koozies!)

It’s not a fashion show.  Some people don’t mind this rule, but seriously dress comfortably and especially for this fall show – dress for the blazing hot summer heat because let’s be honest, fall doesn’t really show up in Texas until November if we’re lucky. 

Extras to have in your bag – Tape measure, checkbook, cash, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, tissue or toilet paper (they sometimes run out), hat, sunglasses.

If you’re planning on buying furniture bring a truck or large SUV if you can.  I’ll often borrow my brother-in-law’s truck just so I can try to get a few things back myself.  If you do this, bring some bungie cords, rope, and blankets to protect your purchases.  They also have shippers available there if you buy something large or don’t have the means to bring it back yourself.


Do some reading up before you go.  Most of these tents are free so you just drive up and park and walk around then move on to the next one.  Some are so big, you really need a day to explore (Marburger is like this).  My favorite spots are Blue Hills, Excess and Excess II, The Arbors, Marburger Farm, and Market Hill.  If you’re more interested in junk/yard sale type items go down to the tents in Warrenton (I’ve found some great accessories and weird vintage items down there but you have to dig and be patient). 

Love this write up by the ladies at Renovate here in Houston.

Another great map and schedule.


If you have any specific questions feel free to reach out or comment here!  I'd love to help and happy shopping!  

xo, L


Photo of Buffalo Bayou right down from my house by Clint Herod

Photo of Buffalo Bayou right down from my house by Clint Herod

I’ve always been a proud Texan.  I was born and raised in Houston, went to college in Texas, and only ran off to New York for 5 years and have been happy to call Houston my home again.  It’s where my husband and I decided to put down roots, start our family and start my business.  Harvey hit Texas 10 days ago and what I’ve seen from the people of this state makes me even prouder to be a Texan.  Sometimes events of this magnitude can reveal the worst in people, but in this case I believe it showed the best.  The cleanup can barely begin here with roads still closed and neighborhoods still under water, but we will cleanup and we will rebuild and be a stronger community after it all settles.  I wanted to thank all of my out of state clients, colleagues, vendors, and industry peers that have checked in on me and my family – it means so much.  Thankfully our home was spared, but we live half a mile from Buffalo Bayou so many of our neighbors were not so lucky.  So many of our friends and family members did take on water (my poor cousin flooded for the second time) and will have to rebuild. 

I’ve been trying to come up with a way that I can help my community and neighbors in the rebuilding process.  It’s such a daunting task to tackle any renovation but adding onto that the trauma of loss and the unexpected expenses.  I’d like to offer up free one hour design consultations to 10 families in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey.  If you have to renovate, you may as well have the expertise of a designer on your side and hopefully make your home even better than it was before!  If you’re interested or would like to nominate someone, please send me an email {} and give me a little information about the situation, the neighborhood, and how I can help. 

Photo by Clint Herod

Photo by Clint Herod

The need is so great for so many and the biggest question I’ve heard and have had myself is, “How can I help?”  I’ve been taking note of many businesses and designers that have offered up all or a percentage of their profits to the relief efforts.  This is a great way to help out if you aren’t physically able to get here. 

Hunter Bell {a friend, neighbor, and amazing fashion designer} is giving 100% of her online sales to Harvey flood victims so go shop!

Alexis Walter Art is giving 15% of her sales to relief efforts through Wednesday, September 6th


Local jewelry designer Christina Greene is selling these beautiful necklaces


Keep an eye on #heARThouston – artists and designers alike are putting up their works to benefit various relief organizations and they are selling out fast so keep checking Instagram!  I bought this one this morning from Susannah McGown. 


Of course you’ve all heard about JJ Watt and his fundraising efforts, here’s a link if you’d like to donate to him.  Also a great list the Houston Chronicle put out. 

Photo by Clint Herod

Photo by Clint Herod

xo, L


PaperCity Design Awards

What a spring it has been!  Busy and blessed sound like the best ways to describe both home and work life right now.  Our family grew by 2 in February when our twins, Billy and Lucy, were born (follow me on Instagram to see them grow), one of my favorite houses I've ever decorated graced the glossy pages of House Beautiful this month, and now PaperCity's annual Design Awards selected a master bedroom I did in Palm Beach as one of the winners in the Best Bedroom category!  It's been an amazing couple of months.  

This master bedroom sits on the second floor of a historic 1940's John Volk home in Palm Beach overlooking lush vegetation on two sides.  The room design began with a botanical print by Manuel Canovas that was used on the curtains and bedskirt and brings the greens seen all around into this beautiful room.  A pale green grasscloth was used on the walls and ceiling, a custom green and cream wool trellis patterned rug was placed on top of the wood floors for softness, and the hints of purple in the botanical print were pulled out and used on the antique Napoleon III chaise from Schorr and Dobinsky and the custom made iron bed.  

This corner desk area was created for the wife to have a spot to write a note or dabble on her laptop.  The desk was a vintage Dixie Highway find that was custom painted by a local artisan.  The tole lamp was a whimsical vintage find, also from Dixie Highway, and its mate actually resides on my office desk here in Houston!  The chair is from Celerie's collection for Henredon.  

Congratulations to all of the design award winners and for a very fun first ever #TXDesignWeek here in Houston!  The winners will all be published in PaperCity's October issue this fall! 

xo, L

Cocktails with Clint - Orange Fashioned

My husband Clint is an amazing cook and also makes a mean cocktail.  I thought it would be fun to have him document some of his concoctions and share them with you.  We're having a fall inspired dinner party Wednesday night for some close friends before we all run off to our respective family get togethers and I'm certain Clint will be making a few of these for our friends.  Cheers!

To those of us born as late Gen Y’ers and the even the off-putting millennials, few drinks are more familiar as staples of Grandfather's right hand than the Old Fashioned. A simple drink with  history dating back to the late 1800’s. For a great many of us, the words “Old Fashioned” remind us more of Don Draper than our first pick of $13 drinks at the latest top 100 place in town.

Old Fashioned, cigarette & ghastly attitude. Mix well, pour into a suit and you have the great Don Draper.

Old Fashioned, cigarette & ghastly attitude. Mix well, pour into a suit and you have the great Don Draper.

Now I was blessed to have a taste for whiskey long before it became the hot new drink on the shelf (Thanks John Patrick – my late grandfather). I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting making my own old fashioned at home with different bitters, bourbons, potions and so on. One I came up with last Christmas infuses more orange into the drink. Citrus fruits such as lime, lemons, oranges and grapefruit are at their juiciest during the winter months. So when I had a surplus of clementines last December, I decided to experiment a little.


"Orange Fashioned"

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 clementine
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 shot fresh orange juice
  • 2 shots of bourbon or rye

So here we go. Most bartenders and traditionalists will disagree with many of these methods as being un-traditional. I whole heartily agree, and simultaneously don’t care. It tastes good! That’s what counts. First take the clementine and cut it horizontally into thirds. Keep the middle section thin as it’s exclusively for garnish and you want to save the juice of the two ends. 

Squeeze the juice of the two clementine ends into a shaker and toss in the rinds, one sugar cube, two dashes of orange bitters and two of angostura bitters. Muddle the sugar and rinds to incorporate all the different flavors.

When the sugar is mostly dissolved, add in 1 shot of orange juice and 2 parts of the good stuff. Fill the shaker with ice and give it a good shake for 3 seconds. I like to use a large square ice cube in the final glass to keep it chilled and minimalize watering down the dink. Finally, add the center piece of the clementine to the glass.

And that’s it, an Orange Fashioned. Not as boozy as the classic version, but a nice balance of sweetness, tartness and whiskeyness. Shut up, it’s a real word. Enjoy. 

xo, L & C