Thursday, June 24, 2010

Carolyn Westbrook: On the Road again!

One minute we are in Canton, the next Colorado. It was a beautiful background and wonderful weather as we junked our way through Colorado. The scenery was beautiful and we saw some wonderful stuff along the way.
The biggest Bass Pro shop that I have ever seen, in Denver. It was amazing with stuffed bears, waterfalls and a fish pond with glass walls.
We even ran across some bagpipers along the way!

Nick got to do some fishing and it was actually chilly in the mountains. Quite a switch from Texas! Here at the base of the mountain, we saw river rafters braving the rapids. A good time was had by all! I did love the mountains, but was happy to get back to Texas, even though it is hot, hot, Hot!
Don't forget the Summer Roundtop Show this weekend at the Big Red Barn!
Hope to see you there!
xo Carolyn
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Carolyn Westbrook: Summer Junk Trip!

I had to take this shot of the heaping pitcher of iced tea, so that y'all would all know that we really are keeping our pinky promise and making delicious summer drinks with yummy fresh mint, straight from the herb garden. The girls (our happy hens) are laying everyday and this morning it was all about the omlette. WE had omlettes at the hotel when we were in Colorado, so now the kids think that this is a wonderful idea. With all of the tomatoes coming in at the same time, we are making huge bowls of fresh salsa, which Nick can eat in one sitting. I think that he could be drinking it. After all, he is 14, and between him and his friends, that seem to congregate here every day for meal time, and those guys can eat. I love having them all around.
Here are some more shots of the famous Canton Texas Flea Market. Lots of stuff and love the stacks of cowboy hats!
Below is a shot out on the grounds and you can see lots of great garden things that I love. We went home with quite a nice haul. It is hot, but if you shop early, nothing can really keep me away from this.
Also, wanted to talk to all of my friends in the NYC area or if you want to come to the NYC area for a book signing. They are wanting to do a signing at the Rizzoli store in NYC, but need to hear from my friends to see who would be able to make it out for the signing. Thinking the 14th of October. If you would be interested in joining myself and Keith Scott Morton to get an autographed copy of the new book, Carolyn Westbrook: The French Inspired Home, then please let me hear from you. If we have enough response, then we will see you there!

xo Carolyn
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Carolyn Westbrook: At Home and Gone Junkin!

I hope that everyone is keeping their pinky swear promise to enjoy the long, summer days. Yeah, I know it is hot, but hey if you stay in the shade and get a nice breeze or run through the sprinkler or just get sprayed by the water hose, we remember how great those summer days can be. I for one, have been taking full advantage of the iced tea, making heaping pitchers every day, laced with fresh mint and orange slices. I have so many things that I want to tell you and so many things to blog about, that I cannot get it all into one. Yes, yes, I know that it has been a while since I blogged, but I have hit the road lately and left the plantation to go out on some summer road trips, in search of great junk, and I have seen plenty.

First, I was off to Canton Texas and found piles and miles of great stuff.
There was fields of all kinds of great stuff to buy and I could not possibly get all of the pictures on here at once, so you will have to stay posted, as I do it a day at a time. This picture was quite an eclectic mix, but the pelican would be great sitting poolside and the stagecoach would be great for our annual haunted hayride!
The flowering plants were plentiful at Canton and thought this was an incredible shot of the pallets of beautiful snapdragons, moss rose, larkspurs and more. I bought an entire truck full of knock-out roses, moss rose and zinnias for our summer gardens. By the way, give me a shout out if you loved the gardens in the movie," It's Complicated." I absolutely fell in love with the gardens in that movie with the vegetables, the cabbages, tomatoe vines and flowers, were glorious. Nancy Meyers produced that and "Somethings Gotta Give" and she is a genius. I loved the beach house too and found myself watching both of these over and over, just to look at gardens and decor. How about y'all? Speaking of about these vintage garden tools that I saw at Canton for $4 each??? I will post more great pics of our summer fun and road trips.
This weekend we will be road tripping down to Roundtop Texas for the Big Red Barn Summer Show that starts SATURDAY the 26th and Sunday the 27th. This is a great group of dealers...the best from Warrenton, Marburger and ROundtop, so if you are in need of the good stuff, and ready to hit the road for a summer getaway, then don't miss it!
We will be set up at the show and have our usual great mix of linens, garden, French and architectural pieces.
P.S. while your there, don't forget to visit the legendary Royers cafe, that is famous for their 40+ kinds of homeade pies with real homeade crust from cherry to tollhouse, you have to try it. Also, don't miss the Sunday lunch with homeade fried chicken dinners. Truly, the best fried chicken, other than my grandmother's recipe, that I have ever eaten.
Plus you get to enjoy the Texas Hill Country and it doesn't get any better than that!
Meet me back here tomorrow, for more of our summer junkin trip!
xo Carolyn
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