Monday, August 17, 2009

In the beginning

In the beginning Beadboard UpCountry opened on October third 2006, on a shoestring budget in Brenham, Tx. halfway between Houston and Austin. This old bank, the Farmers National Bank, had been completely and lovingly renovated by a local attorney Mr. Ted Dinkins, who had the good sense to write the checks and let the architects (Upchurch Architects) and builders do their stuff without too much trauma and drama from him.

Built in 1870, this is the original bank floor, the teller area was where the black part is and the "lobby"floor is the white octagonal with the black Greek Key like detail. The cement trench going down the center is where they dug up the floor to install electricity in 1920. The building is now on the National Historic Register. The ceiling is the actual floor from the upstairs....

Hey what's the matter here???? This shop doesn't really have much stuff in it!!!!! Where's all the merchandise???!!!! We thought we had tons of stuff to peddle but when I look back at these pictures, how in the blazes did we ever make any money being this "lean"?

And I do mean LEAN!!!!!

Fortunately we were able to add more things and get some reupholstery jobs, and some orders for our custom chairs, headboards and tableskirts , and after the original plants went south on us we found some sexy Zinc like planters and made it look more Euro Country.....

Hey Look! Now we have furniture, antiques, a sofa, hey we have stuff!!!!!

We have Aidan Gray, Juliska, Arte Italica! This is really good stuff.!!!

And Juliska is great stuff....

And pretty good looking stuff at that! If I may say so... Evidently some other people thought so too, as the next year we were awarded the President's Award for the Best Commercial Interior in the whole state by the Texas Downtown Association.....

We have Peacock Alley, and Papillion Linens and Libeco Lagae from Belgium. We love Linen and are not wrinkle phobic......

This is how we are today, after almost three years, and could not have lasted this long without the wonderful, talented bloggers that "got" the shop and appreciated the fact that we aren't located in the big city... Citing in particular Joni Webb of Cote de Texas, Terri Symington of the Countrypolitan, Annie Sitton of the Bunny Bungalow, and Ann Williams of Hill Country House. I would also like to issue kudos to Jennifer Eckermann who heads up community development in Brenham for her support and for the city grant who sprung for the sexy Beverly Hills awning.

Also I would like to thank Casey Cease / with Transform Media Group for teaching me this blogging thing in a half hour something short of a miracle after I bought "Blogging for dummies" and couldn't make heads nor tails........

And finally, my husband Peter.....who in answer to the question we get all the time..."What made you choose this place????" He always replies "This is where the bus broke down!"


  1. Oh Maryanne, I love it! Parfait! The narrative and the photos are wonderful. Congratulations on your post.

  2. Brenham is one of mine and my husband's ALL TIME favorite cities (and we're Army and have been all over!) I think it has to do with all the weekends spent at the Ant Street Inn and walks around downtown while we were dating, engaged and right after we first got married. I can't wait to come back, stay at "our Inn" (as we call it) and come visit your gorgeous shop! That settee is AMAZING! Don't you know it would look fantastic in my bedroom?!?

  3. The setee has found a home, alas! But there is another one in the window as we speak with a yummy down cushion in a white cotton with a grey and wheat print.Come and say hello when you're at the Ant Street, we'd love to meet you!

  4. Maryanne - You are a natural! Now you have to post regularly for us. The photos are great and your story is charming. It makes me wish I could run over right now to visit and of course, shop!! I am going to do a little "reminder" post and link back to you again.

  5. It looks great - your header and the color, just perfect! You did a great job. the shop really looks beautiful. of course I always see if after Christmas when everything is sold out!! haha!!! have fun with the blog.

  6. Well... it all came together and looks great! You have such a unique style and personality, and I am looking forward to seeing it in your blogs. Feel free to keep everyone up to date on the local gossip and goings on as well... you could always assign fictitious names to protect your sources!

  7. Love your new blog, Maryanne. We are certainly like-minded, as I just started my new blog, too! Check it out at Of course, it doesn't have all the cool decorating stuff you do. But it does mention some of the shops I like to frequent. Yours will be included next time I'm in Brenham!

  8. Welcome to blogland, so glad to have you. Wish I was closer to your great shop.

  9. Congratulations Maryanne! What a perfect addition to your store and website. You have a natural talent for communicating and connecting with people and this will be another great way for you to continue to reach your customers and the rest of us with your insight, wit and style!

  10. Your shop looks wonderful! Glad to have found your blog.
    xo Lidy