Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our unique stay in Texas and RUG SALE!!


We have hit the ground running here in New Jersey since our return from the buying trip each day spent unwrapping unique pieces at the warehouse to add to your homes or to give as gifts. We are opening boxes after months and months of searching for the finest artisan accessories and handmade accent pieces and furniture.  Current design trend is still soft neutrals but we are solving your dilemma of having a "too sterile" look by offering colorful accents adhering to our commitment of quality and rich materials in the one of a kind pieces you need to make your home the warm, unique center of your lives.
 Artisans are hand delivering their goods to the store, local artists are hanging their own work and we have put together quite a collection in our 7500 square foot space.
To add to our new upholstered collection available right now, more sofas and chairs are due in any day.  We have carefully chosen the rich fabrics and they are ready for immediate delivery.
We hope you visit to experience our collection!


As a second part from our visit to Round Top Texas for the antiques fair I wanted to share our pics of our special "home base" while we were there.


Named after the patron Saint of wine, the Hotel St. Vinzent was the perfect start and finish to our long days spent on the fields. This historic property has been lovingly restored blending sophistication with local charm and provided us with a true feeling of home.



Penny, our beautiful hostess, juggled the care of the four beautiful suites, delicious breakfast and happy hour each day at Prost, their wine bar providing world class vintages.



We stayed in Andi's House, a happy inspiring place named after Penny's friend who courageously battled cancer. Her beautiful photo greets you on the rustic foyer table where Penny had croissants, scones, fruits and cookies waiting for us on the days she wasn't cooking delicious breakfast casseroles.



Loved this leather chair and quirky horn table.



Handsome cowboy photographs were impressive in the hallways.







Loved the white stone on the rustic table...




Outside mine and Roger's bedroom was the perfect spot for a Mora clock. Our suite was aptly named the Carpe Diem! Suite.



Cozy linens....the pillows are embroidered, the side tables,  sculptural.



This stone top antique French desk contrasted beautifully with the metal chair and clean white walls. Inspirational quotes from Andi's journal are hung throughout.



Nan's room called the Giddy Up Suite had a pair of twin iron beds with fur trimmed pillows. Perfectly named ....notice her cowboy boots collected on the fields. It's so hard to resist buying boots as they are so well priced and the selection is endless.



I just LOVED this rustic iron chair ...it had hints of original paint.



The large bathrooms were beautiful with their modern fixtures and old beadboard walls.



In The Summer House is the serene Blue Boots Suite with a blue painted Texas four posted bed.



One of the reasons we love the Round Top area is how friendly the people are. We had fun meeting the other guests at the inn. These gals were in the Green Room.



We had coffee on the porch each day lucky to have the view of this spectacular live oak tree.  This tree is one of only 18 trees maintained by the agricultural school of Texas A&M University. The little path on the left led to a friendly coffee bar, Expressions, where Nan brought back the espresso each morning served by Joe, below. (Rog needs hi-test).







Bikes are provided and the close proximity to Round Top Square makes this perk appreciated.



I just loved the small 19th century stone building named Prost.
 Prost, in German means "cheers!"  Penny has collected world class wine offerings and we enjoyed tastings to make our wine selection each day.







Breakfast was also served in the early 19th century building. I always love the addition of the cutting boards we have available....so easy and add so much.



Casual elegance....



Thick stone walls, limestone floors, beamed ceilings and great wine AND air conditioning!!!  Pure comfort!!



See how thick the walls are??



Lodging is hard to come by and The Hotel St. Vinzent couldn't accommodate us for our whole stay.  Penny has a friend "down the road" who has an event space on their ranch and we ended our trip at what we called "The Ponderosa"!
 Total crack-up! Our bags were moved for us and late one night we entered this place.



Just the 3 of us!! Roger found the lights!!   If the whole town came over we would still have had room for bronco riding inside!!



There were lots of guns, saddles and cowboy hats decorating the space.



Feeling a little like "The Shining" we turned in.



I wasn't tired enough the first night and drove exhausted Rog a little crazy as he kept having to get up to bang the walls.  The mouse sounded as if it was chewing the bed post!!! I slept with the blanket tightly over my head and vowed to make sure I had more wine the next evening. KILL ME!!! I hate rodents!!!



I was happy to see the light of day.



While strolling around the square late one night the 3 restaurants were closed. Roger was thrilled to bump into this guy proud to share his BBQ. The ribs and brisket were mouth watering and after an introduction to the chef we understood why.  It was Eddie Posas, Jr., award winning BBQ national champion!! So much fun!!



We just love this place and can't wait to return in the spring!!  Hope to see you at the warehouse to share the new finds and hear what you've been up to!

   Warm regards,
     Bonny

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HUGE SALE 
on current stock of indoor/outdoor rugs from the Bunny Williams collection.
60% off!!!  
Beautiful and soft these rugs are completely washable!! There are only 4 available so stop by the warehouse as soon as you can!!

Not everything is pictured on the site which is why most of you are enjoying seeing the current arrivals on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  Come on people....stay in the know and sign up so you can see the new finds.  Some items sell right from INSTAGRAM ....IT'S EASY!!!!! Email me for details.



Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com
315 B Springfield Avenue | Summit, NJ
Monday-Saturday 10:30-5:30.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Texas round up of Round Top!!




Well I'm back from 11 days of traipsing the Texas countryside in Round Top!! YEEEEHAA!! Those Texans are a fun group!!!  My husband, Roger, dear friend Nan and I had a blast, weathered 98 degree temperatures, extreme humidity, fire ants and after careful selection am anticipating an outstanding shipment of one of a kind goods. What makes this trip so different from the others is the colorful friendly people we meet. Always ready to share experiences, they are great storytellers and make each day a social event.



I always learn so much when I go on the road and the lesson in this area is NEVER take yourself too seriously!




This town originally settled by Germans in the early 1800's is REALLY small but during flea market time swells to the thousands.
The show is over thirty years old and quickly became the social event it is today.




Although I was told there are no bears in Texas they DO however stuff any animal.  I will spare you the picture of the fawn, the squirrel on a gold pillow and the armadillo!



Roger had the warmest reception from his friend, Jeff, the barbecue smokin' king  of Warrenton. You may recall I reported last time that even though we travel several miles up and down the highway Roger always lunches at Lone Star Barbeque!!  Jeff holds court in his mismatched cowboy boots and told Roger when it's not flea market time "I'm just a white speck on the side of the road" !
He certainly comes alive twice a year!


Nan and I showed up without Roger one day and Jeff let him know it...
View video here




We quickly found out why we saw so many of these colorful bags around each booth!  The red ants were angry from all the rain previously and there were thousands of them everywhere. They quickly ran up your ankles in droves and feverishly were biting!  Nan stepped on a nest and while Roger was handing me something over a fence was dancing as they were attacking him, too!



I was on the hunt for a beautiful bust but felt this was a little big for a console table.



Bumped into Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper on the first day. She was a sweetie and we had fun with Chip and the kids too later in the week.



I don't know why they make me do these things and I just do them!!



We dined with Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic fame who owns a local event space for weddings, etc and has charming cottage chic style lodging on site.



This is the best part .....chatting with the old timers who bring out their treasures for sale. This vendor called himself The Antique Cowboy and said "I've been there, done that, bow-legged"! He was such a dear man, but don't be fooled he was shrewd....LOVED HIM!!!   They sold lots of guns which, as you know, is acceptable in Texas and it was a little different for me to see many buyers throughout the show testing their aim with long rifles and handguns! Whoa!







People go all out with their displays...this was an entrance to a clothing tent.  There is a crystal chandelier inside the tree house.



I love Americana especially in patriotic Texas!!


















        They stuff everything!     




Can't say I bought these wine carriers but the Round Top dealers are famous for repurposing.....you will never see more cowboy boots for resale than at this show.  Nan kept buying pairs....it was comical. PS at the airport we were those people with our bags wide open at the check in desk because Nan's bag was once again over the 50 pound weight limit. Even though she sent so much stuff home with the antiques she was still stuffing all her boots in my bag!!



Lots of old trucks in Texas!



The coffee bug had espresso!! In a converted Volkswagen this kind soul travels to Granny McCormicks Yard twice a year and rivals Starbucks with his coffee creations and smoothies!!



I just love getting Rog all the local delicacies. Creamed corn and Parmesan on top of Fritos!! How do you like that??? A great afternoon snack for him!



Enjoying pie at Royers Restaurant is always a unique and fun experience!



Campers, campers everywhere!!! One more adorable than the next.  One gal had about 8 fully decorated campers in various colors and themes FOR SALE!  We so enjoy the creativity in Round Top but not just in their products. The ideas they have for a business and how they take it to such a level.....creative people are amazing!!



Adorable!



I got so many great ideas from my Texan friends....whaddya think?



BOOTS BOOTS BOOTS everywhere you looked!!



At the end of each day we are greeted at the warehouse by the local herd...



A special treat was bumping into designer and author, Mary Emmerling, upper East Sider and Sagaponack resident famous for shaping American home furnishings in the 1980's. Said to have given Martha Stewart her first job she was the tireless editor of the successful Country Home magazine in the 80's, published at least 25 books and is still writing.  She was a true delight and was humbled by our attention.
A side note.....it was so flipping hot I resorted to wearing my lounging shorts and a 25 year old t-shirt I usually am never seen in outside the house. The sweat and grime can not be described and I don't know how anyone could have worn long pants.  The normal female attire was, shorts, cowboy boots and a gauzy shirt!



Taking a break at an old store counter with oak swivel chairs...LOVED IT!!



This gal had a broken footed chair so told me "I just poured some concrete in an old pair of boots and here you have it!!"




Nan and I found ourselves without a car one day and hitchhiked to happy hour....these 3 Texan gals gave us a ride on their way home from the show.  Thanks girls!!



Showing off my new lizard skin boots to cute friendly shoppers.



We took the ride from the parking area and had an impromptu tour of Marburger Farm on our way to the gate. Lots of fringe....notice her boots!



We call this "crack corn" because it's addictive as crack! No wonder they hand out samples....one taste and you have to get the giant bag of caramel corn.



LOTS of ruffles in Texas!



Local police on horseback!



  Nan has her new rattlesnake boots on!!! "Which pair is that Nan, number 3 or 4??" Each day yielded impromptu events you just couldn't plan.  Laughed so hard I cried! I shared just a fraction of them here with you and will show you the special place we stayed in my next email blog . The best news is the new artisans I met yielded great finds of exceptional pieces.
 I have also been remiss in updating the website but you will be happy to know new items have been added. Not everything is pictured on the site which is why most of you are enjoying seeing the current arrivals on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.  Come on people....stay in the know and sign up so you can see the new finds.  Some items sell right from INSTAGRAM ....IT'S EASY!!!!! Email me for details.

Also visit us at the 7500 sq. foot warehouse in Summit....New Arrivals Daily . Hours are Monday-Saturday 10:30-5:30.
   Best regards and many thanks for your comments xoxoxox
Bonny

           

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com
315 B Springfield Avenue | Summit, NJ