Friday, February 5, 2010

IN HER SHOES: Inglenook Decor

Some of my favorite childhood memories are playing “shop” with my sisters. We would empty out our closets, rearrange our clothes with prices tags and of course produce our own make-shift dressing room. Complete with a cash register and receipts we would spend endless hours taking turns being the shop owner.


Since then the seed of becoming a shop owner has entered my head. I gotta tell ya lately the urge is coming on even stronger. With so many available retail spaces these days I kinda want to jump at the chance, but right now it’s still in the dream stage.


One woman that took a leap of faith and started on her own dream is Maureen from the blog The Inglenook Decor's Musings.

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She recently left a very successful career in physical therapy to open up, The Inglenook Decor an online shop filled with goodies that are both modern and cottage style.


So, sit back, relax and enjoy a day in Maureen’s life!




I just love, love going to Antique shops & Flea markets! Well, I’ve been waiting for this day to come as I missed their Fall show. Today, I’m going to the Roundtop Antiques Winter Market. Their shows are world-renowned {according to the Antiques Diva, this is the only Antiques market that can possibly rival that of Europe’s} with Spring & Fall being their biggest ones & just recently they added the Winter & Summer shows.


I am notorious for sleeping in {I work until the wee hours of the morning} but today I woke up at eight. No time to work out first, which is usually a toss between, a P90X DVD or a run in Town Lake. First up, pick up my posse for the day, the wonderful Jessica.


This is her sweet neighborhood in North Austin:

jessica's neighborhood

We had to say goodbye to her dog, Elvis Presley.




So, Roundtop is about 90 miles from Austin & a very small town off of Hwy 290 but during market days, this place is definitely a tourist attraction with buyers,designers, shop owners & other curious spectators coming from all over the US.

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{images above via Beadboard country & Sallyjean.typedpad}.

This is where the market is, at The Big Red Barn. Today, it’s muddy,wet and cold! Yet, I’m still beaming with delight in these pictures. :)

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See all the goodies behind me? Oh, and that’s a butter churner. And here’s the gorgeous Jessica…who just loves dogs.


She fell in love with this cutie in a sweater!

dog with sweater


We saw some impeccable blue china, assorted color glasses which I think is so Boho Chic, intricate salt cellars with silver spoons & spool displays which are now reproduced as mug holders.

blue tablewareboho chic glassesmug holdersalt cellars


I kept an eye on this 1920’s Knitting Mills sign {$595 price tag…yikes!} & these 1930’s store clocks.

 ironclad knitting millsclocks


We have to stop a while to get some eats. Not really a lot of choice.


I stayed away from these scrumptious cupcakes & had a Gyro {without too much of that cream} & back again to the shopping.


Some more peeks of what caught my eye at market:

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I absolutely loved these & gave me so many ideas & inspiration! An old lamp with strings of ribbon as shade, an armoire with a screen that almost looks like chicken wire {so French country!}, bottles with decoupage & paper roses, the now-so-famous glass domes, a lantern with paper paraphernalia & a tin tub that will look oh-so-cute with beautiful pillows & throws in a living room.


This organizer was everywhere & I think will just look adorable in a shop. I think it’s just a matter of time before this will be reproduced.              file holderfiling tray 

The Lazy Susan organizer {from a ship where nuts & bolts are placed} will be so handy in my home office :

lazy susan

These grain sacks will be amazing as the cloth for a memo board.     grain sacks 

We saw some amazing signs. Sure , the “Cafe” sign has been used everywhere but not in yellow, or lighted for that matter, just imagine this at your breakfast table.


cafe sign   

It may be a little too negative, but I thought the “No” sign was swell.

no sign


This one takes the cake for the best sign yet, except having a druggist like this in our times doesn’t sound really good.

druggist sign        






Everybody needs some cool lighting & all women should have a Youth-O-Lator.

cool lighting

youth o lator


Taking a few pics before going home, My shoes for the day, some green suede boots.


jessica & me

Oh & I did get this sign…for a little less than quoted & one of the clocks above too.


Camila! Thanks so much for letting me do this post. I peruse antique shops almost on a weekly basis & always find something inspiring,for me or the Shop. Thanks to Jessica, as well, she’s an amazing photographer & a home decor product designer. It’s always more beautiful to visit places like this with creative people like her.



A big thanks to Maureen for giving us a glimpse of her life. Makes the dream of shop owner even more alluring.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend! We are due for some snow so I’m hoping to finish up my guest room and have pictures and DIY projects to share next week!


* You also have until Sunday at midnight to enter the sunburst mirror give-away!


** My lovely ladies at Sweet Nothings are also giving away a fab, stylish and zebra notebook! Enter to win here!






Blogger Chic Coles said...

Thanks for sharing! It looks like she is a great "antiquer" and I am going to go check out her online shop!

February 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

how cute is she?! gonna go check out her blog!

February 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger MGS said...

I have been to Round Top--it is one of my favorite places! Great people!

February 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Sarah Ring said...

So much fun! I am a Texas gal and have never been to roundtop! LOL

February 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger paula said...

Maureen is so great. Round Top looks like so much fun.

February 5, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger sara said...

Thanks for sharing this great post! I love her store and have been a follower of her blog for awhile!

February 5, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger pve design said...

Sweet, yes she is a doll and was so generous with a give-away I had last week. As always I love these posts. You should have a shoe- a blogger reality show and interview designers, you are so good at it!

February 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thank you for sharing her with us! I am heading to her blog now, but that place looks like heaven on earth!!!

February 5, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

So jealous! This market looks amazing! And I love Austin. Try to visit every year. :)

February 5, 2010 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Bungalow Home said...

Some people dream of going to an exotic/tropical destination--me, I dream of going to Round Top. Hoping to make it out this year. Looks like so much fun.

February 5, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

What a fabulous post. I just adore Maureen and her gorgeous shop!

February 6, 2010 at 1:53 AM  
Blogger 逛街 said...


February 6, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger The Antiques Diva™ said...

I'm having serious shopping envy - that sign you bought is INCREDIBLE!!!!!

Thanks for the mention by the way - I appreciate it!


February 6, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Maureen is beyond sweet; I adore her shop and this post was so fun to read!

February 6, 2010 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

What a beautiful market...we don't have anything like that here. You are such a cute shopping couple!!!


February 7, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

Thanks so much for the comment, I know my readers loved the link! I am ALSO so glad you loved Austin/Round Top. I grew up going to roundtop with my mom and godmother, and went to college in Austin. Both have a way of getting in your bones so that you don't just want to go CRAVE it! I get excited just talking about it...

February 7, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Oliveaux said...

So fun! Lots of great things....Ax

February 8, 2010 at 4:32 AM  
Blogger Laurie from Laurie Jones Home said...

I have to tell you In Her Shoes is my favorite idea out there in the blogging world, I love knowing how creative people go through their day oh what's not to love about seeing cute shoes too!!

February 8, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Averill said...

I love Maureen and have been following her blog and e-store venture for a while now so it was great to see Roundtop through her eyes. I'm hoping to make it there myself soon and would love to have the chance to tour it with her at some point (hint hint Maureen!). :)

February 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

Love Maureen and her store! This looks like my perfect day, I am so jealous!

February 8, 2010 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Maureen Stevens said...

thank you all for the wonderful words! the Spring show is supposed to be their biggest March 31st to April 3rd . Hey & SXSW is March 17-21, a great time to see Austin! I'm always up to being a tour guide :)

February 9, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

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