Round Top Round-up & Blogger Luncheon

Twice a year the magic that is Antique Week comes to a teensy tiny town in Texas called Round Top, population 90, but during that week I’m sure it swells up into the hundreds.  If you were passing through & blinked you’d almost miss it since the total land area of the town is only 1 square mile but in April & September there’s NO possible way you could miss all the excitement that is going on there!

Their quaint little fire station that I’m pretty sure hardly ever gets used…..

Nestled in the heart of this tiny town is one of funkiest fun little places you’ve ever seen called the Royers Round Top Cafe.  Just visit their website & that will give you a tiny slice (pun intended!) of how cool this cafe is!

You’ve just gotta love small town America & any place that still uses the honor system!


A few weeks prior to Antique Week I was lucky enough to get an email inviting me to come to the cafe & attend the 2nd annual Bloggers Luncheon that was being held there and low &  behold, Carol Hicks Bolton was going to be their speaker.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember my blog post about her here.  I had just met Carol a few weeks prior at her store in Fredericksburg when she hosted a fashion show for her dear friend, Robin of Magnolia Pearl, and I quickly adored her so I was excited about the chance to see her again and learn more about her as well as meet some fellow bloggers & new people!

The scene inside the cafe, SO much eye candy to look at everywhere your eyes went……

Bud the Pie Man’s colorful throne!

There were pictures, papers, book pages, newspaper articles, old menus & ephemera all around, I could’ve spent hours in there reading it all……

Bud the Pie Man addressing the attendees & introducing Carol Bolton & Bill Winsor, CEO of Dallas Market Center, (the man in red) another one of our gracious hosts for the event who helped provide all 40+ attendees with a fun swag bag which included goodies from Junk Gypsies, Marburger Farm Antique Show and Dallas Market Center.  Thanks Bill!!  I had no idea about the market center & learned that it’s a wholesale market place that has permanent showrooms and product lines from every imaginable category of product.  I’ve probably driven by it many times while in the Dallas area and now I look forward to visiting it someday.

The tables were all decorated uniquely, Michaela & her team from Dallas Market Center did such a great job hosting the event & making it so special & lovely for us and notice the vintage hankies waiting for us at each place setting.  LOVE.

For lunch we were served Margherita pizza, a yummy spring salad, wonderful iced tea & Bud’s fabulous JUNKBERRY pie served a’la mode of course!

Just LOOK at that crust, would you??!!!

As we ate, Bud’s lovely wife, Dr. Karen Royer chatted with her long-time friend and asked her some questions about her life, her new store in Fredericksburg, TX, Laboratoire de Design, and her design philosophy which Carol called a “personal rebellion against modernism” which I just LOVED.  She’s a lady after my own heart & such a sweet spirit plus she decorates & hangs things on her walls with masking tape, you just HAVE to love that!  It was as if we were all watching 2 old friends chatting while completely alone in their home while sipping tea and I loved that.

Queen Carol temporarily takes over Bud’s throne to address the captive crowd.  Don’t you just LOVE her dress?!!

Afterwards we hung out in the cafe for a while and mingled, chatted & networked with fellow bloggers & business women, grabbed a goodie bag from sweet Michaela, said our goodbyes.


Now THIS is my kind of outdoor seating…..

Goodbye Royer’s…….till next time!!

Next stop was Marburger Farm.  I grabbed my antiquing partner in crime, Deirdre, and off we went to hunt for treasures……

These pics are from one of our favorite booths at Marburger, The French Corner.  Evidently they have a restaurant in California as well, I can only imagine how fabulous it is!

I was seriously swooning over these hand-crafted lampshades……..

Then it was on to Carol & Tim’s booth, Laboratoire de Design…..

The scene outside the Magnolia Pearl booth……..swoon.  Just LOOK at that yummy silk burlap fabric.

…..and more Marburger fabulousness…..the French linens of Carola Pfau.  Deirdre & I must always stop by her booth!

I really enjoyed Lauri Evan’s booth too…..I had NO idea burlap would look so cool if you washed & dried it!  I must try that sometime.

What can I say, I have a thing for old trophies……

I’m not sure how to explain all the unique & random treasures that can be found under the massive tents on Marburger Farm.  Between the 350 vendors you can find something to please pretty much every design philosophy & taste, it’s definitely a sight to behold!

The whole experience of traveling to Warrenton & Round Top is beyond words……between the booths, the shoppers, the vendors, the sights, sounds & yummy smells AND the lovely Texas Bluebonnets & wildflowers that adorned the fields & highways along the way this Spring I’m sure my words & pictures don’t do it all justice.  You’ll just have to come visit us in Texas and take it all in for yourself!  Till next time……


  • Anne Lorys-Fiona and Twig - What a great post, Jana! Your photos were wonderful, and you captured the spirit of the luncheon perfectly!


  • Jana - Thank you so much, Anne!

  • Lana Flint - Loved reading your posts about Round Top and the Bloggers Luncheon!! Your pictures are amazing! Looking forward to keep up with your blog and reading more posts!!


  • danielle muller - so pretty!! thanks for sharing your adventure! someday i’d love to come see this for myself! 🙂

  • Polly Hitt - Such beautiful photography and great reporting…as a Marburger Farm vendor, it’s fun to see the extravaganza through someone elses eyes.

  • Charlene - Jana ot was soooooooooo much fun being with you at the lunch at Royers. It was such a surprise to see you there… as it’s usually Gilded Life Events that we run into each other. But, since we’re both Texas girls (& now they aren’t…) we need to try to hook up sooner. I just did my post today too. Hope you’ll stop by to see it too as I had some cute photos of you. And as for Laurie Evans… do you have her contact info??? I’m looking for a tray like that one you have a picture of. HUGS!

  • Lauri - Hi Jana so glad you enjoyed my space and thank you for the shout out. My email is if you decide you want some burlap and don’t want to do the washing! 🙂

  • Jana - I love it! Will do, Lauri!!

  • Lauri - Congratulations Jana!!! You deserve it! Loved your post!

  • Jana - Thank you, Everyone!

  • Susan Broyles - This is my favorite post on your blog. I chose this because I live and breath for our Warrenton shows!

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