Friday, April 4, 2014

Our special stay in TEXAS! Website updates, too!

 Well I have always been "quick out of the chute" but after visiting the great state of Texas I look back and wonder why I wasn't there sooner. Our destination was the
bi-yearly antiques show in Round Top, Texas population 90.

I was as "happy as a boarding house pup" combing field after field meeting the great people of Texas who were "sweeter than stolen honey"

"Mister, you can insult me, you can insult my friends and as a matter or fact, you can even insult my mother and my horse; but Mister, don’t you ever insult the great State of Texas! "           -Pecos Bill, “Tall Tales”

A truly proud group of Americans.....they welcomed us, entertained us, fed us and I am excited for my Texas size shipment to arrive soon.

The closest hotel to the antique show fields is "two hoots and a holler away" but people rent their homes, have cottages, B&B's and a few folks even offered their RV's.  (would've done it, no lie)
We lucked out as our "room" had just been finished and available the week we decided to go. We arrived after midnight and I was ready "to throw my hat over the windmill" when we pulled up to our little White Church Guesthouse on the Hill.

Okay I will now abandon Texas quote speak in order to give this unique experience it's due. We were the first guests ever and as we rounded the "church "my first views yielded extreme delight.

"Innkeepers" had seen an old chapel and wanted it moved to their property but their builder friend, Barney Reynolds, Round Top Home Builders, convinced them they could build one new and he would use old materials. LOVE THAT!!  (It was impossible to tell the little chapel was new)

Please remember that when I'm hunting in the U.S. I am happy if the pillow doesn't smell of smoke.
 (that happened once). You can imagine how lucky I felt entering this spectacular place.

Rog gets in all the pictures.

Owner, Linda O'Neal,  didn't overlook a single detail and she rushed the completion to accommodate us.  Linda, and her husband, Rob reside in Houston during the week and scoot out to their ranch every weekend. This couple is not your "possum and a six pack" kind of team.  They thought of EVERY detail.
The headboard is mohair, the French bench, velvet, the linens, Italian.

The bedside lamps were made from antique wallpaper rollers. Bedside chests, mirrored.

Fresh Texas roses contrasted beautifully with the rusty iron and blush pink velvet.

Spectacular view with the antique pine and iron doors and vaulted ceiling. The stained glass windows are from an old church in the St. Louis area.

I fell in love with these brass and iron sconces, originally gas powered. See the little cross on top?

Linda, an antiques dealer in the area, converted an antique server into a bar area complete with a sink. A bottle of wine was waiting when we arrived. XOXO

The glasses, demitasse cups, plates, etc. were all antique and tastefully done.
My caffeine addicted husband appreciated the espresso/ cappuccino machine and the ample amount of pods.

The flooring is from an old warehouse near Houston. This antique cabinet, paint scraped and waxed,  fit perfectly between the 2 lace paneled windows. Two zone heat and air and even a flat screen TV added to their commitment to their guest's comfort.

When I checked out the large bathroom I was awestruck....... primitive architectural window fitted with the mirror over another French server with the sink dropped in.  They had fine soaps, shampoos and conditioners and more fresh roses...swoon!

Check out the hand hewn beam that can be appreciated from either room.

BIG shower and charming claw foot tub underneath crystal chandeliers....Can you believe it????? The towels were Peacock Alley.

Keeping with the church theme, the old frame contrasts with the fresh paint magically.

They illuminated the cast cherub sconces and theses accent sconces in the bathroom and the bedroom added so very much to the mood.  Subtle details mean so much.

Rob walked over with a breakfast basket with home baked goodies, fruits and yogurt!

Out our front door was this beautiful setting complete with antique iron table and chairs, a stocked lake and, of course, the beautiful landscape. Cows grazed in the distance and to the right are many young olive trees Rob has planted to hopefully contribute to the Texas olive oil production. As the trees mature the olive orchard will add another appealing dimension to the property.

After meeting on a blind date in 1999 they have been together ever since. In 2007 the couple took a drive to see the Texas wild flowers and fell in love with the people, the area and the house. (They waited over an hour for the realtor.)  After making an offer the very next day, the homestead became theirs. Linda is a decorator (not surprised) and the main house has been featured in Houston House and Home. The little White House is scheduled for other publications as well.
They had seen an old chapel and wanted it moved to their property but their local builder friend, Barney Reynolds, convinced them they could build one new and he would use old materials. I LOVE that in a builder. (It was impossible to tell the little chapel was new)

Even the key and stationary kept to the Texas rose sweet.

Construction is starting next month on an event barn which will have a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside and additional lodging. I have no doubt this new venture will succeed having experienced the couple's careful planning.

Rob took this picture the night we left....truly magical.
Once word travels I know I will have a very hard time getting a reservation which made this stay all the more special. I am very grateful to Linda and Rob for creating this experience.  XOXO

I will be doing another post about our Texas shopping which was an absolute ball!!! Thank you to those of you who followed me on Instagram, the BEST way to see items as soon as I found them.  Some customers have items on hold already and will be the first to check them out when they arrive. FOLLOW ME on's really easy.

Warmest regards,

PS Contact Linda about The White Church Guesthouse
on the Hill at

PPS FINALLY the HouseHunters feature that was filmed at my shop will air April 21st on HGTV at 10pm.  See if I ended up on the cutting room floor, HA!

Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
EMAIL ME with any questions.

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
Mondays 10-4, Tuesdays - Saturdays 10-5:30.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Website updated and Timeless Blossfeldt Prints!!

A different view of botanical prints......

When admiring pieces with customers I always speak of how nature provides the most beautiful artistry. Natural form and patina can be seen as magical.
I love sharing with my Grandaughter green mosses, beautiful branches and sparkly rocks.  The observations are endless AND changing, making the same path around my home a source of interest over and over for us. My mother ALWAYS pointed out the smallest details of things creating a lifelong appreciation of the subtlety in beautiful things.

German born Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) is known for his spectacular photographic studies of plants. It is easy to detect his background started in industrial arts as his versions of plants seem architectural . He spent 3 decades photographing plants seeing them as "artistic and architectural".  I am so excited to have just brought back from the framer 15 of his vintage prints they are so current and also timeless.

I chose a burnished silver for the frames that I think Karl would have loved.
h 17 w 13 $265.00 ea.

He almost always used light from a northern window making it diffuse and creating a volume to the specimen.  Magnificent shading and lighting creates such drama in his photos as in the bud, above. Look at the dark shadowing on the left intriguing!

Blossfeldt was not a botanist but an artist and sometimes dissected specimens with a scalpel so radically their species are unidentifiable.

Fiddle heads always look prehistoric to me and I am fascinated by their unfolding each year. Blossfeldt held a passion for the architectural elegance of plants.

He never received any formal training in photography yet his depictions of pods, buds, twigs and tendrils are a masterful example of the natural designs of nature.

Shadowy blossoms....

Whimsical tendrils....

The fern frond...

Either displayed in a series or alone a botanical print by Karl Blossfeldt will captivate you for years.

On another note I AM OFF TO ROUND TOP TEXAS!! I have always wanted to attend this 26 mile antique show and I am grabbing my stylish crocs, (snort!) and taking off!! Who knows what I'll find....I have several friends importing antiques just for the show so let me know what's on your wish list.  INSTAGRAM has been the very best way to see the latest and pieces are selling right from Instagram before I can get them on the website.   FOLLOW ME!! I'll be posting finds and travel pics each day.  Don't hesitate to email me if you "have to have " anything you see.


Website has been updated HERE.

 Warmest regards,

Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
EMAIL ME with any questions.

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
Mondays 10-4, Tuesdays - Saturdays 10-5:30.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Get in on it early and save

After unloading the container from my most recent trip I have unwrapped some great antique chairs.  I wanted to let you know how I go about posting them, most, in their VERY outdated fabric.  I leave them on the website for awhile until I need them at the shop.  Then they go off to be recovered and the price goes up.  Most times designers buy them off of the website for their clients and add the fabric.

Faithful website clients LOVE the chairs with NEW fabric at the store, and are shocked when I tell them they have been on my website for weeks at a lower price. Be a careful website peruser because ALWAYS they are priced much less before fabric and upholstery labor has been added.

Very often an old fabric can make you turn away from a great chair find. 

When I choose the fabric it is almost always a neutral and it adds a good price to the chairs.  You can be in on the fabric choice early thereby scoring a great deal and ending up with as wild a fabric that suits your needs like the chairs, above and I will be happy to send it off to my upholsterer.

Antique chairs add a warmth and importance.....there is no reproduction that can copy real antique wood.

I have a set of dining chairs like these available and also beautiful neutral fabrics to choose from.

I will gladly help you with fabric choices.

Below are several chairs from FRANCE, available and with a "before recovering"  price.

19th century slipper chairs. $ 945.00 pair

Antique bergere ...Look past the fabric (I know it's hard, HA!)

Antique Chairs, Original Paint FRANCE
Inv. 455, H 38 w 21.25 w 17.5
$895.00 set of 4

Vintage fauteil chairs
Inv. 511, H 36 w 24 d 19 sh 17
$550.00 pr.
Sale $395.00

Antique French Walnut Dining Chairs
Inv. 256, H 45 w 18.5 d 20
$2,700.00 set of 6
Sale $1,975.00 Set

Antique Walnut Bergere Chair
Inv. 524, H 38 w25 1/2 d 22

Vintage Fruitwood Fan Chairs
Recovering suggested
Inv. 61, H 43 w 23 d 22
$595.00 pair
Sale $350.00 pair.
I could have these painted black gloss.

Antique Louis XVI Walnut Fauteil Chair FRANCE
Needs recovering
Inv. 526, H 39 w 22 d 20.5

18th Century Walnut Bergere

19th Century Walnut Hall Chairs
Inv. 528, H 36 w 23.5 d 21
$1,895.00 pair

Let me know if you have any questions and if I can help with fabric choices. EMAIL ME.  Instagram followers are enjoying first look at everything brought into the shop.  It's EASY!  Just download the Instagram app and click follow Bonny Neiman.  Everytime you check your Instagram you will see new photos.  It's like being at the shop!
Hope to see you store window display next week.

Warmest regards,

Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
EMAIL ME with any questions.

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
Mondays 10-4, Tuesdays - Saturdays 10-5:30.