Guest Blogger, Leslie Sinclair

 Thank you to Leslie Sinclair, our guest blogger on Round Top. Be sure to make plans to see Leslie for her book signing at The Arbors on Wednesday, March 29th in Susan Horne’s Tent D-1!


Good Morning Friends!!  It’s time to put our boots on and head to Round Top, Texas for my favorite antique show! Can’t wait to hit the fields and search for new treasures!



Each year the Antique Show gets bigger and bigger and with so many vendors it’s nearly impossible to hit them all!  With more than 50 shows to visit, each with sometimes hundreds of vendors, this show has certainly put the small Texas town of Round Top on the map!!!



Since we are going to be friends after our antiquing together, it might be good for me to introduce myself.  I’m Leslie Sinclair and own Segreto Finishes, a decorative painting and plastering business in Houston Texas.  So shopping for finds with great lines-that may need to be tweaked- is right up my ally!! I have published three coffee table design books on finishes and interiors and author the awarded home design blog,  Segreto Secrets where I share all of my passions—Art, Architecture, Design and of course Finishes.  I wanted to share a few things about my favorite shopping extravaganza of the year!!



Before heading to Antique Fair I always look to the Round Top Register for the best happenings around town! It is my go to source for everything Round Top!  EVERYTHING! If you subscribe to their posts you will be alerted all throughout the show tips such as , how to get around traffic and what restaurant doesn’t have a wait and events you don’t want to miss.  




It was here I discovered Townsend Provisions on Rummel Square! It’s an adorable store owned by Ryann Ford and Nick Mosely and is stocked with vintage cowboy boots and one of a kind finds!  They also carry Ryann’s  new book, The Last Stop: Vanishing Rest Stops of the American Roadside.  Inspired by the recession in 2008 when states were demolishing symbolic rest stops to cope with the economic downturn, Ryan began her venture. Over 7 years she has visited than 400 rest stops and her collection of photographs transformed into this moving book.



Roundtop isn’t about shopping alone!!  Last year you could follow famous designers and hear their panel discussion on how to search for the exceptional find!! Of course they visited Arbors, it houses antiques that are the best of the best!! Here I am with a few who came to see my new book, Ike Isenhour, Barry Dixon and Julie Dodson. I have to admit I was a little star struck! I wonder if I will spot anyone famous this year?! 







This year designer Julie Dodson has been hard at work with her new Designer Dream Spree project this year—The Country Cottage Idea House!!! This now charming bungalow, was an “antique home” which had been seriously neglected. Loaded onto a bed of an 18-wheeler the long-vacant farmhouse was transported to the property of The Compound. Julie, along with her talented design team are on a makeover mission and the cottage will be open for tours starting March 24th.  A BIG animal lover, all proceeds will go towards benefiting local animal shelters including Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter and Brenham Animal Shelter!  And surprise–there will be a bit of Segreto paint work–see if you can spy which finish it is!!!!




Although I had been to her venue many times, I first met Pandora (center) when she brought me breakfast at my last years signing which was hosted in Susan Horne’s( right) oh so amazing booth at The Arbors. My favorite part of the biannual gathering is meeting the different dealers and shoppers who come from around the world!  Just love these ladies!!




If you haven’t been to Pandora’s booth at The Arbors and laid in one of her ever so luxurious beds you must! Pandora de Balthazár is the premier source for one of a kind antique and collectible linens. Her bedding is insanely beautiful and incredibly comfortable! Just look at those monogramed pillows, antique tapestries and luscious duvets.




What I didn’t know is that they host Daily Sleep Seminars during which they help those who attend understand the power of sleep. They generally take place from noon until 4 p.m. each day, and if you’ve never experienced the true potency of their pillows you must stop by and see what all the fuss is about. You can see that my sister-in-law Heather and assistant Karly don’t need much prodding to go to this event!  




The Arbors always filled with the most beautiful furnishings! Makes me want to redo my entire home every time!  I was so excited that once again Curtis Ann Davis of Arbor International Antiques & Interior Design Show has asked me back for a meet and greet.  I will be at lovely Susan Horne’s Booth, tent D-1, with the Segreto Book series Wednesday, March 29th from 10am-3pm and would love for you to stop and chat. 



One thing I love about the show is trying to figure out things like hmmmm what could I do with these gas cans? Not only do they offer wonderful furniture pieces, artwork, tableware, but a vast number of interesting objects that can be repurposed into something totally new!  Like the bird bath I made into a coffee table or the interesting objects I have made into consoles tables or lamps.

Two of my gal pals and favorite designers Sandy and Sarah of Lucas Eilers offers some great tips for shopping here. #6 is my favorite, besides wear comfortable shoes of course!!

6. Ask questions – Antique buyers tend to be passionate about the pieces they buy. This means they often know the story behind the item or it’s “provenance.” Ask questions about the things you are interested in.  The items you buy will become treasured conversation pieces in your home!

And they certainly are in mine.  I still love to say where things came from how they were found–it’s what gives you home soul!!




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At the end of a long day I love going to Prost for a glass of wine! Whether sitting outside around the fire enjoying the beautiful scenery or at a table inside this historic Round Top building, their selections of wines are spectacular! Then for dinner I am going to try Bistro Napolentana in Bybee Square for some wood fired pizza!! They also serve various farm to table dishes and the desserts—including a butter milk pecan pie that I heard is to die for!!





Take your time and enjoy all of what Round Top has to offer.  There are so many lunches bars bands and events spread across the fields. Lunch from the Arbor Café is delish! Make sure to stop by if you need a break from shopping and to refuel before hitting the fields again. The Stardust Martini Bar is another go to spot for drinks and the evenings are booked with live music! Here is their calendar so you don’t miss out on the action!




Now on to the main reason we all head to Round Top- shopping– like this cool vignette by RF&D at Arbors! To all you shoppers out there- get to the fields early! When treasure hunting I of course first look for anything that can be a new project! Paint can change everything so looking for furniture pieces with good bones and pretty lines is key!




I am a big Arbors Fan and hope you mark your calendars to come visit me for a signing or a chat!  I love to meet new people and catch up with old friends.  Want to hear more after the show?  Follow me on Instagram @segretofinishes and visit my weekly blog which posts free articles on paint and design every Monday morning! 





If you are interested in hosting an event or carrying the book  please don’t hesitate to reach out! Email [email protected] for all inquiries! We love to visit new cities!!!


Curtis Ann Davis
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