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    A Texas Antiques Shop and Visual Feast–Vignettes at Every Turn

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

    Rarely do you visit a shop where everywhere you look is an artfully arranged tableau. Except maybe in Paris, where they invented it. But this is Texas, hun, in the charming Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, where I was last week. Carol Hicks Bolton antiques is an acre of heaven for the vintage/rustic/industrial-chic set, and oh, what fun.

    Ladies and gentlemen, start your Pinterest boards…

    Carol Hicks Bolton antiques in Fredericksburg, Texas

    Who knew a bunch of weeds tacked to a wall could be so beautiful?

    Carol Hicks Bolton antiques, Fredericksburg, Texas

    Or watch faces in a muffin tin? If that’s what it is (?)

    Or what-all in a what-not.

    Carol Hicks Bolton antiques in Fredericksburg, Texas

    At the risk of appearing lazy, which I am, I give you the description from owners Carol and Tim Bolton themselves, who say it as well as I could, if not better, from their website here:

    “For individual decorators, collectors and resellers, … magnificent antiques sourced from Europe and beyond. 

    Carol Hicks Bolton antiques in Fredericksburg, Texas

    One-of-a-kind beds, french cabinets & curiosities, huge farm tables, fabulous upholstery, romantic bed linens, industrial objects, illuminations, and tons and tons more.

    Carol Hicks Bolton antiques in Fredericksburg, Texas

     [They aren’t kidding. Am I nuts? Do y’all think this is as much fun as I do?]

     

    [Every now and then my eyeballs would pop out of my head and I would have to walk across the store and fetch them.]

    “There is nothing precious here. The furniture we exhibit is a reflection of who we are, what we love, and what we believe in.

    [I 100% believe in starfish. ]

     [A few of these you may recognize from my Instagram…]

    “It is old and new at the same time – deconstructed and stripped down to the bones to reveal the original story underneath all the layers. Every piece has been found, measured, curated, cultivated, sorted, sifted, adjusted, adapted and loved.

    The first person who can tell us what this is wins a nickel. I have no idea, but I love the light on it.

    [I soooooo wanted the table below to use as a desk…]

    Carol Hicks Bolton antiques in Fredericksburg, Texas

     “Each item offers an unscripted authenticity, and becomes a continuing story of others’ histories that you can write into your own.” 

    Preferably involving stuffed weasels…

     

     Love a little slipper chair by the bed…

     These two look smack in the middle of a conversation. “Does this mount make my beak look fat?”

    So what did I buy? A wonderful extra-slim oak bench that came from an old railroad station, and a dozen botanicals which I do not need and am not sure where to put, but I just couldn’t help myself. Don’t be like me. Not these, btw. They are attached directly to the wall, with nails holding the glass covering. No frames. Genius.

    FYI I was in Fredericksburg for a painting workshop with the talented Michael Workman. We talked more than painted, alas, but I learned a lot. Was insane for me going in middle of The Bee Cottage Story book deadlines but went anyway. 

    (Managed to  resist this antique bee skep, but it wasn’t easy.)

    Antique bee skep, Carol Hicks Bolton antiques in Fredericksburg, Texas

    Hope my editor is not reading this. Heck it was so close to Hondo, Texas, where we were quail hunting the weekend before, it was practically obligatory, right? And besides, #playinghookyishealthy every now and then, right?

    This sweet sign was behind the counter.

    Carol Hicks Bolton antiques, Fredericksburg, Texas

    I actually met “Daddy,” aka Tim Bolton, at least I reckon he is the daddy mentioned here. He was hospitable and lovely to everyone who came in. I bet lots of people love him. And I know they love his and Carol’s shop. I bet (again) that lots of people thought they were crazy with what they wanted to create here, and now look. Amazing what happens when you  follow your passion.

    Carol Hicks Bolton antiques, Fredericksburg, Texas

    Posted in Art, Photography & Culture, Blog, Decoration & Design | 26 comments

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