Round Top Antiques Week has come and gone yet again. It’s still my happy place. Aisles, rows, tents, miles and pastures full of the things I love. It’s a treasure hunter’s paradise. I took close to a gazillion pictures this go round so get your drooling eyes ready. As I hunt through the fields trends emerge. Slowly but surely things repeat and if you pay close attention you can see the trends coming and going. Here is what I saw this Spring 2017 Antiques Week Show!
- Galvanized Everything – This was obvious off the bat. Galvanized goodies are everywhere you turn. Buckets, chicken feeders, crates, plate chargers, watering cans. They all look amazing tucked in among your décor for an added element of farmhouse flair. Indoor or out they can be painted for a pop of color or left plain metal.
- Wooden Crates – While wooden crates have been gaining popularity they were all over this year. I don’t see them leaving anytime soon either because they are such a versatile accessory. Great for storage, stacking or filling with your favorite vintage finds wooden crates are the way to go. From milk crates, tulip trays, trough trays and toolboxes, crates where a popular find. The older the better.
- Nature Décor – Possibly my favorite trend of all and one I think is always in style…good old mother nature! Everywhere we went I saw leafless branches covered in lichen as a back drop to something fabulous. Hornet’s nests, turtle shells, wasp nests, bird’s nest, moss, fresh and dried greenery. EVERYWHERE and it was stunning. This is an easy element to add you your home, without traveling to Round Top. Walk outside and see what’s in style. These pics should inspire you for days! You’ll see multiple trends in many of the pictures here!
- Succulents – While I thought succulents had kind of seen their day I am happy to say they were still a popular item. This seems like a trend that should fall under #3 on the list but succulents, while natural, are used in very different ways than the nature décor I saw. Crafty containers, small and sweet all the way up to a coffee table were laden with these sweet little plant treasures. Potting benches with mounds of pots and succulents made me want to come home and have a planting party!
- Unique Storage Items – I guess we all have to much stuff. Wherever you looked you had a choice of interesting storage choices. Wire baskets, old safe deposit boxes, enameled pots, trunks, milk crates. If you need more storage in your home look to unconventional items that serve dual purpose…pretty and useful!
- Textures – While texture in decorating always brings a room from dull to fabulous this Spring I noticed more and more layers of amazing texture. Mixing the popular elements from this list will make for an old world feel, a room with history and depth. Wire, wicker, galvanized, heavy metal and wood layered with the textures only nature gives…bark, moss, straw like nests. Scrumptious!
- En Masse – This always makes the list. It may just be the way dealers display the multitude of items they have, but there is something to be said for items shown off in mass. A jar filled with tiny things makes a big impact. Shelves stuffed with gobs of silver or a mighty collection of tea pots. Makes me want to come home and pull all my stuff out of cabinets and shove it all together for the world to see. If you collect something take note, en masse is impressive!
- Chicken Accessories – Not necessarily for raising chickens, but for decorating. Maybe it’s because we are working on getting real chickens ourselves that I was drawn to all the chick gear available, but a huge variety of chicken accessories flooded the fields. With the popular rise of all things farmhouse this is not surprising. Nest boxes (that I bought), feeders, antique egg crates and chicken décor like pillows and grain sacks. Eggs were everywhere, as they should be in spring! Most people buy them for decorating purposes, I was probably one of the few actually trying to outfit a chicken coop lol!
- White and wood – While white bowed out of the shows somewhat last year it was back strong this year, paired with it’s gorgeous BFF wood. It’s a timeless combo that never gets old to me, especially when done right with the textures mentioned above. Layers of chippy, rusty white goodness showed off right and left this season. It’s like the little black dress of decorating.
- What I didn’t see – There appear to be a few things losing popularity. I still didn’t see tons of painted furniture. I think so many people are taking advantage of the fabulous paint products on the market and are busy painting their own stuff. The availability of lettered/typography signs was way down. Old sign letters where not as popular either (like the big marquee letters, still a few but not as many). Awesome deals have become harder to find. Round Top’s growing popularity is awesome, but the prices reflect a surge in demand somewhat. I still found some great steals and that always keeps me coming back for more. That and the endless inspiration around every single corner.
I had a blast spending a few different days at the show with some great friends. The exploring was good but the conversation is always better. You may have missed this Round Top Antiques Week, but these trends can give you some direction when out hunting in your neck of the woods. Your home will look curated and on trend in no time. If you are headed to this famous hunting ground soon and need some tips, check out my posts here, here and here for more information! You’re gonna love it!