Friday, August 26, 2011

Country Estate, New Fall Collection

The Country Estate.... A REAL one...
With a collection of buildings for different purposes...
A Main House, a Sporting Lodge, a Conservatory,
Stable, Boathouse, Reading Pavillion etc..

You want to entertain your guests with stylish dinnerware and stemware, but how to get 
durability and longevity at the same time????

The people in the back can do serious damage. 
 The ones in the front don't want to deal with it.

The solution? Country Estate stoneware and Colette PRESSED glass from Juliska.....

A new collection depicting a country estate with all the houses mentioned above.

And some extras.....This is one of the delightful bowls "The Kite Fliers". How cool is this????

This is the boathouse......

The glass is Colette.... Coordinates with anything Juliska....

Available in Clear, Amethyst, and Green... 
 Look at how the Country Estate works in with the Pewter Stoneware.

And yes I said Pressed glass with the Berry and Thread motif, which means
when you toast and clink the glasses....... NO WORRIES!!!!!

Here's the mix...

Also some delightful gifts.. Little bowls in fabulous boxes, this is the reading Pavillion.

For the first time a candle offering... Beautful glass with a Stoneware top a little tassel.

Don't forget they still offer gorgeous hand blown, signed glassware, and more.
Cheerio to you Juliska!  And yes, available at Beadboard UpCountry.
(First three images in order: Kate Rosin's Gallery Picasa., and
Queensland Museum

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mention in The New York Times!!!!!!

We got a mention in the Sunday Times!!!!!!!!

Recently a travel writer came to our shop visiting all the places of interest here in Brenham.
I'd love to share the article with you....... Especially those who come to Round Top for Antiques Week, and never make it here.........Enjoy!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Two Year Blog Anniversary...

I think this blog has evolved much like the shop.  Started kind of bare bones.
I had the experience, and I had a vision, but never had my own shop.
This is the Farmer's National Bank building before Beadboard moved into it.

This is the building after we moved in.. Graphics on the windows, a tip of the hat to Beverly Hills with the awning, ( paid for by a grant from the city of Brenham,Texas) and the beautiful plants........

Blogging has helped me and the shop evolve into this, more fine tuned, from seeing all the beautiful pictures and interpretations of bloggers all over the world. This medium made me a better person, given me new friendships, and made this tiny storefront recognizable to people who have never set foot in our our shop.

A big thank you to all of my blogging friends and followers that understand I have a business to run.  And to Joni Webb of Cote de Texas,  a former customer when I worked in the city, who came in here and took pictures a couple of years ago and said "I'm blogging now".
 I said what's blogging? What's a blogger???? What the blazes is that???
I know now.  Evidently so does she.  HEHE.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gladiola Guacamole?

Doesn't this look good???? It comes from our local unsupermarket. Their guacamole is delicious.
When I don't have time to make my own I pick it up there.

Paired up with some chips and some Pico de Gallo, Yum!
Oh, and a little shot of tequlia.  The guacamole evidently is made ...

HERE.  Yup, the floral department. 

Those florists must be busy making bouquets and whipping up vats of guacamole.  Are FLOWERS the secret ingredient? Are they putting gladioli in the guac? 

Why do I call it the unsupermarket???? Because ours here is an abbreviated version of
what they have in Houston and Austin.  No Raddichio, no Frisee, no taqueria in the store,
no European bakery, no giant cheese department, no gelato, no take out department serving up gourmet style meals to take home, no sushi bar.  YES! Let me tell you about MY H-E-B!
In Houston they have Central Market (same company ) the upscale version of H-E-B where they have all these things.
 New H-E-B stores are incorporating a lot of these features.
I love the people there, but should living in a small town mean we have to drive 50 miles to the nearest one to get a store that suits our needs?
 The other alternative is Wal Mart and don't even get me started on that. 
No, the H-E-B brass needs to build a new store.  Give their wonderful employees and customers a beautiful new place to work and shop.  HERE, in Brenham, Texas.

One big Houston company just built a huge wine/liquor store... Specs. It is across the street from my unsupermarket. Lots of selection, fabulous prices.

The Day Spec's opened, there appeared at MY H-E-B, a sea of yellow sale tags in the wine aisle...
 Over half it looks like to me...They are still there.

So, have we been paying too much for all of these items BEFORE the competition arrived??????
I wonder.....Thanks for listening to my rant... Maybe they'll hear....
I'd also love a Trader Joe's, thank you very much.;)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Belgian Design/American Retro?

It is amazing when you look through magazines you thought you read and lo and behold you see something Fabulous!!!!!!!! Just your style..... How did I forget this??????
Owners of this home are passionate for antiques and buy and sell them.

Love the hotel silver piled up on this bakers table.
This home is located in Belgium. It was featured in Cote Quest,  in January 2011 issue.

Love this big mirror reflecting the living room.  Heavy beams and a grand chandelier.

The dining room elegant but casual with the glass cabinets.......
Filled with White dinnerware and silver. The door pulls and the sign saying "Pull".
There are glass doors to the kitchen.

This is where the RETRO comes in, there is a Philco refrigerator, against an espresso colored wall with a floor reminicient of the 50's in America.... There is also a Petite sign on the door to the dining room saying " GANG". Love the cleverness of this.  The island is an old shop counter.
And not holding back on the mix of styles, the modern chandelier totally works in this room.......

The back side of the island in the kitchen is from someplace,
 like a shop as some of the square drawers have the enamel labels on them, saying "Amandes, Moutarde" Etc...... Owners Anita and Carlos really know how to put things together. 

The blue on this authentique canape is fabulous with the grey green of the Library.....
Beautiful Photography by Gilles Trillard. Article by Marie-Maud Levron.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bathing in the Aftermath!!!!!!

The Knitwear Trunk Show was an amazing success!  

I was thinking......( Yes here she is again. That is not me thinking...) How amazing it was!
Instead of a cart on line and no one to talk to about colors, nuances of styles, we were able to talk to the people that have purchased, and had a few laughs with them and made some new friends!

Karen Sugarman Designs certainly provoked some interesting pairings of her jewelry.

And people loved the cashmere "squiggles".
So Thank you!!!!!!! For supporting this petite, but "design mighty" shop
here in a village in Texas.  And a special thank you for the incredible bloggers  and The Red Vault in Houston that spread the word,
you have no idea what a difference you have made at Beadboard during sweltering heat, and a drought.
Check out the former blog......XO Maryanne & Robes.
And thank you to the Duchess of Cambridge for her extraordinary taste...
Ruanas are Celtic you know......

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Thanks for accepting our invitation to our
We are very excited about this year's offerings. A head's up, only the pieces in the descriptions
are available... Some accessories are prototypes so we are not able to order them for you.  And Yes we have the same gorgeous model that still needs a hot oil treatment! 
 Color choices and fine print are at the bottom.

This is the WOW Sweater! Pictured Above.  Open Cardigan with Pleats SW-11-02
Two sizes S/M and ML 267.00

Farfalla Sweater- One size SW-11-04 297.00
Love the ruffles on this one!
Poncho Turtleneck Short PONS-11-03 177.00
(Comes in two lengths, longer version below)
This  orange color is HOT!!!!!! Goes Great with Grays....

Poncho Turtleneck Long PONS-11-02
This available with contrast border. 217.00

Belt Cape Cap-11-05 297.00
Braided Scarf SCF-11-06 87.00
Note:Scarf only available in mix of Red, Brown, Blue and Black.
Matching braided gloves in next picture.

Lucy Long Vest VEST-11-11 237.00
Braided Scarf (see above)
Gloves with Braided Cuff GL-11-05
Note: gloves available only in Black, Brown, Red, and Blue mix
This has been a popular piece.

Bee Hive Cardigan S/M and ML CARD-11-03
(Love this!)  327.00 

No, you can"t have her Petite Ruana....

But you can get this one!!!!!! Petite Ruana Ruffle RRP-01
Very Popular! And can be worn as a skirt!!!!! 167.00
Button Vest S/M-M/L VEST-11-08  167.00

Ruana Regular Ruffle  RRR-01 187.00

Two Length Vest  Vest-11-07 167.00
Very unique!

Cape Telefonica As shown only.CAP-231-1 267.00
Medium rosette pins (sold separately) Any Color.RST-02 37.00

One of my new favorites : Lucy Blooms Cape shown with a medium rosette pin.
Cape is CAP-230 187.00
Medium Rosette Pin is RST-02 37.00

This was the WOW coat from last year and is still very popular!!!!!!!Available as shown only/
SM & ML  COAT-021 375.00 Another view of this coat at the shop.

Three Ruffle Stole ST-03 217.00
This is available with contrast ruffles on the bottom.
Gorgeous.  Pin on the stole is the Medium Rosette Pin RST-02 37.00

Ok, here is the cutest Bolero Cape Zingara in the HALF length ( to the Waist )
CAP-226 217.00
The other one is the 3/4 Length (covers the derriere) actually more popular,
CAP-227  237.00

And finally one of my personal favorites the Merengue Stole. ST-03 197.00
 I took two of these to Paris twice and they came out of the suitcase just perfect.......
Think White shirt and jeans..... They sure are great to wear when you sit outside in the winter under gas lights and it's too hot for a coat..... The younger fry wrap around their waist.

My recommendation for a scarf to go with any of these????? The 100 % cashmere Stretchy Ruched Squiggle Scarf Shown here with a red Ruana..... We have again this year.....
Colors for the scarf are black, red, ivory, grey, charcoal, lt blue, turquoise, midnight navy, purple ,camel and fuschia. It rocks!

All the knitwear is angora blend and washable, packable and gorgeous....Delivery will be 2nd to third week of October, shipping is complementary in the US.  To order, Go to the website
 and use the contact feature or email us direct at or call the shop at 979-830-8788 and we will be happy to assist you with any inquiries you may have.

Thanks to blogging friends Renee Finberg of Renee Finberg's Adventures in Design, Deb Milne at Dumwit Tellher, Ms Bubbles at Crush Party,  Valorie Hart of (take note)" THE"  VISUAL VAMP
blog, Greet at Belgian Pearls, Linda at Lime in the Coconut,Tish Jett of A Femme D'un Certain Age and Karen Sugarman of Karen Sugarman Designs who paired some of her jewelry with some pieces from the collection on her blog. 
  An example is above.