• Maven's Adventures at RoundTop

    The Original Round Top Antiques Fair celebrated its 49th year of showcasing one-of-a-kind antiques, furniture, and the most unusual exposition in the world. And guess who was there? The Head Mavens at Maven were not missing this. We took to the road last week for Round Top, TX. The Spring Antique Fair is easily one of the best antique shows in the nation. We came, we saw, we shopped! Here is our full account of travels and adventures of a weekend well spent.

    Wednesday morning, 8am: HIT THE ROAD.

    The drive from Fort Worth, TX to Round Top takes approximately four hours. We left bright and early, saying our goodbyes to Maven as we pulled away. We knew the store was being left in good hands. We also knew that the store was in desperate need of more furniture. It seems that everyone and their mother wanted a new coffee table last month. Our biggest focus was finding unique and exceptional pieces. Lately I am having a hard time unearthing something special, something that not everyone else has. My primary job at Maven is to cultivate this unique look for my clients and customers. That can be really challenging when everyone is shopping at the same places. I needed additional access to atypical articles and this was the perfect place to find it.

    Wednesday, 3pm: WE’RE HERE!

    When we arrived, we checked into our rooms at Black Bird Farms, the cutest little bed and breakfast in Fayetteville, TX, located about twenty minutes from the grounds at RoundTop.

     

     First on our agenda was to make the agenda; getting a game plan ready for the weekend ahead of us was very important. It can be an overwhelming event. You could stay for three weeks and probably not see everything. There are four different venues that feature some of the coolest and eclectic antiques available to mankind. There is the Big Red Barn, the Big Red Barn Tent, The Continental Tent, and Carmine Dance Hall. We wanted to concentrate on rugs, pillows, and bedding for our first day. Funky designs, bright colors, and patterns were our focus.

     We went to bed early, getting ourselves hyped up for a big weekend.

    Thursday, 8am: DAY ONE

    Waking up early, we dressed for battle. Cash and credit cards were our weapons of choice. It was a beautiful day for salvage shopping. We spent most of this day looking at bedding. Our finds ranged from poufs to pillows. So many cute and wonderful things were found this day!

     

     

     

    Thursday, 2pm: LUNCHBREAK

    We ate at this great place called Los Petronas for most of our meals. You can’t go wrong with Mexican food. We needed our fuel for the remainder of the day. The best thing we saw on our first full day had to be the rugs. Their beautiful array of carpets was one that I will never forget.

     

     Friday, 8am: HERE WE GO AGAIN, DAY TWO

    Up and at em, bright and early! We had a successful day one that completely rocked our worlds. We were not prepared for what Day 2 had in store. Today’s main efforts were finding vintage treasures. My favorite thing we found that day were the Matisse prints. They were featured in a museum exhibition. They were practically yanked off the store’s walls when we returned! A customer bought them for her daughter’s personal art collection. We purchased six of them, and have two left! I’m so happy they went to a good home, but was sad to see them leave.

     

    Friday, 2pm: WE TIRED

    Whoever invented naps was the best person ever. We really were dragging by the end of this day. Allergies and weather elements were plaguing us, but we kept marching onward. We had antiques to acquire and art to attain.

     

    Other things we uncovered that day were these adorable plush animal heads.

     

    I love these so much! They are super whimsical and a fur friendly alternative to having animal heads mounted in your home.

     

     Saturday, 8am: LAST DAY 

    The last day, our final hours, super intense. Big items were our mission, and we up to this task. The large antique table from Paris we found would make a perfect addition to a great hall. Made in the 1800s, I can only imagine that it once sat in a huge farmhouse and helped to feed a large family. I love the fact that this table has been around longer than me. It makes me feel like a part of something, and that maybe someday someone will be using my furniture, wondering who used it previously.

     We also acquired these amazing high green chairs. Jade, kelly green, emerald; all shades of green make me happy. These particular chairs are a bright chartreuse, and can be seen in our front window, along with a beautiful dining table. Impressively, it is made from a single slab of a massive Blue Atlas Cedar tree. I already have offers on it, so make sure to check it out before it is gone.

     

     

    Saturday, 12pm: WHAT A TRIP

    After FOUR HOURS of loading up our trailer, we hit the road for Fort Worth. We looked like Ma and Pa Kettle, setting out on the Oregon Trail with our wagon full of goods. It was such a successful and rewarding expedition. As fun as it was, we were grateful to be heading back to the beautiful Fort Worth, TX.

     

    Saturday, 4pm: NO PLACE LIKE HOME

    Antiques, knick-knacks, trinkets, baubles, and tchotchkes, it all was so amazing to see and shop for, but my favorite part about RoundTop has to be the history of everything. Every item has a past that is entirely unique to it. It makes me so happy to know that everything we purchased had been repurposed and salvaged to make an interesting and distinctive object with a story. The coffee table that I sell to a family in Fort Worth might have been used in another home fifty years ago! It just excites me that instead of buying something new, we can find an eclectic and awesome piece of furniture that would have ended up in a landfill somewhere. I love giving new life to old things. It’s like a history lesson in the form of functionality.

     At RoundTop you have a little bit of everything. There are the fancy venues with the breakables, and then you trudge through the tents in a muddy field to find the perfect hutch for your dining room. It is always exciting, always fulfilling and I can’t wait to go back this fall. Who knows what we will find or experience next time?

     

    Posted by Rita Wasson
  • Maven's Favorite Recipes

    The Easter holiday approaches, spring has sprung and we start to prepare for Easter Sunday feasts! The Mavens at Maven have compiled a list of our favorite recipes. As you celebrate with your family, enjoy these recipes we share with our family and friends.

    Enjoy and happy cooking!

     

     Lacey, Right Hand Woman : 

    Black Bean Salsa is a really fun summer treat for my family! We always have this salsa by the lake or by the pool. I associate this recipe with fun summer weather, grilling out and hanging out with friends.

    Ingredients:

    Two 30 oz. cans black beans - drained

    1 can white shoepeg corn - drained

    2 Roma tomatoes - chopped and seeded 


    1/4 cup red onion -chopped


    1/4 cup green onion - chopped


    1/4 cup pineapple - chopped


    1 T cilantro – chopped


    1 Jalapeno - seeded and chopped


    4 T Red Wine Vinegar 

    Juice of 2 limes


    2 T Honey


    Salt/pepper/cumin to taste 

    Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Serve immediately with tortilla chips!

     

     

    Maddie, Website Supervisor

    Poppy seed chicken casserole is a meal that my family would make together on the weekends during my childhood. We would all pitch in to make it our special meal. I hope you enjoy it; it’s a creamy and hearty dish that your whole family will love.

     Ingredients:

    Meat

    • 5 cups Chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (or shredded)

    Produce

    • 1 tsp. Garlic

    Canned Goods

    • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Cream of chicken soup, condensed

    Condiments

    • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
    • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

    Baking & Spices

    • 1 tsp. Celery salt
    • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
    • 1 tbsp. Poppy seeds

    Snacks

    • 2 cups Ritz crackers

    Dairy

    • 1/2 cup Butter
    • 1 cup Sour cream

    Other

    (optional) 3 cups cooked rice

     Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Boil raw chicken breasts with salt and pepper until done. (I like to boil it with half an onion cut into large chunks to give it more flavor.) Let chicken cool slightly and cut into 1 inch cubes. Place cubed chicken in a 9X13 casserole dish.

    *Note: Some people layer some cooked rice on the very bottom underneath the chicken so that it's a meal in one.

     Stir together the condensed soup and sour cream. If you wish to add the additional flavorings stir in the Worcestershire, celery salt, garlic, lemon juice, and pepper to the soup and sour cream mixture. Pour over the chicken. In a separate bowl, stir together the crushed crackers and melted butter. Sprinkle over the chicken and sauce. Sprinkle the poppy seeds on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top of the casserole is browned and the sauce is bubbly. Serve plain or over rice.

     

     

    Kellye, Owner

    Anytime I make my family’s Potato Salad, everyone asks me for this special recipe! It is a great side dish for backyard barbeques and spring time lunches with family and friends.

     Ingredients:

    6 medium sized potatoes

    2 bunches of green onions

    8-10 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped

    Cup of Parsley, chopped

    Cup of sour cream

    Cup of mayonnaise

    Salt and Pepper to taste

     Directions: Boil potatoes with skin on until they are soft but still crunchy. Dice potatoes into small cubes. Mix in all other ingredients and serve immediately! Enjoy!

     

     

    Rita, Floor Manager and Marketing

    One of my favorite things about getting together with my family is my MawMaw’s banana pudding. It is light and delicious. She makes it every Easter because it’s such a fun and bright yellow dish. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have the last 30 years!

     Ingredients:

    1 ¼ c. sugar

    2 tbsp. flour

    ¼ tsp. salt

    2 c. milk

    4 separated eggs

    1 tbsp. vanilla flavor

    1 box of Nabisco Vanilla Wafers

    4 medium ripe bananas

    Directions: Mix flour, salt, and 1 cup of sugar. Add milk slowly. Stir constantly over low heat until thickened, for about fifteen minutes. Stirr constantly for another five minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Line the bottom of a casserole dish with vanilla wafers. Slice bananas and line on top of the wafers. Add the custard mixture on top.

     Repeat layers until dish is full, ending with the custard on top.

     Beat egg whites until stiff. Add ¼ cup sugar. Whip it until it peaks. Spread on top of custard and bake in oven at 450 degrees for about five minutes, or until browned. Remove from oven and serve.

    To jazz it up, garnish with additional banana slices dipped in lemon juice to prevent darkening just before serving.

     

     

     Hopefully these recipes will bring you and your family joy during the Easter holiday. Happy Eating!   

    Posted by Rita Wasson
  • Springtime At Maven

    It’s spring again! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and it’s time to redecorate your house. Spring is synonymous with new beginnings, cleaning out the old and embracing the new. It signifies the start of something, the springtime of one’s life or love, a flourishing stage of development.

     

     To keep with the theme of new beginnings, we have added several products to our website, designwithmaven.com. From fun furniture to luxurious bedding to perfect party poufs (you’ll find out), we are rolling out a few of our favorite picks for spring! 

    World’s Away, a line we frequently showcase, has fine furniture of wood, metal, lacquer, mirror, and glass. The designs are modern and different for your home. The latest collection of World’s Away office desks are available for selection on our website. One of my favorites, pictured below, is the Brentwood gold leaf desk. This desk includes a beveled glass top and two beveled glass inset shelves with extra storage for desk accessories. As the glass tabletop accessorizes well with a light and airy workspace, the gold accents create a glamorous look for a cool home office.

     

     

    Bungalow 5, another brand we feature on our website has designs influenced by Eastern and Western classical archetypes. Whether your tastes veer towards a more traditional look or modern style, these pieces are versatile enough to slip comfortably into a traditional living room, modern loft, or a bright sunroom. Bungalow 5’s trademark is comfortable yet strikingly new.

    I am obsessed with Bungalow 5’s Romano side table in green, pictured below. Revamping a traditional mirrored look, the table is a nipped-waist origami box of intensely colored beveled glass triangles. The table is a bold, dynamic choice because its gemstone tones intensify when an angle “sees” itself in a facet for pure, rock candy color.

     

     

     Coffee tables, end tables, stools, and side tables with drawers are just a few of the options on our website. Go online today to revamp your bedside tables or add a splash of color to your living room with a new coffee table.

     

    Spring has awakened my intense longing for lavish linen bedding. The right bedding can contribute to your space in more ways than one, keeping you comfortable and cozy while also adding color, pattern, and texture to the room. We spend a lot of time sleeping, so it's important to invest in a quality bedding set.

    Featured this week is one of our lines of bed linens, Pom Pom at Home. Woven of Belgian flax, this fabric gets softer with every wash. Prized for its breathability and softness, linen keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, making it the natural choice for the master bedroom.

     

     White linens are like having a soft white cloud surrounding you while you sleep. Clean white bed sheets make you want to jump in and cuddle up all day with coffee and magazines. The Pom Pom Lana Duvet Cover in white and taupe is 100% stonewashed with a dreamy and subtle peony design, being a fancy yet comfortable option for a lovely boudoir.

     

     

    Linens don’t always have to suggest a soft and luxurious white space. I like linen mixed with rusty, vintage-inspiring items. Adding some texture can offset a monochromatic room. Little details can make something simple feel luxurious. A great example of this is the Layla Collection from Pom Pom at Home. A lovely eyelet pattern creates an old-world romantic feeling. Charming with a contemporary feel, the duvets and shams are finished with tie closures.

      

    A luxurious, naturally breathable linen is timeless to work in any bedroom. We showcase both the Lana and the Layla collections in our store and on our website. Come by in person to feel the textiles, explore the elements, and make your bedroom the place for a perfect breezy nap.

     

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    Spring is the time when the world comes filled with color and bourgeoning blooms. For those who dream in color, the C3 collection from Pine Cone Hill was made for you. With clean lines, top-quality linen and cotton fabrics, and details like banding in nearly a dozen fun and friendly hues, C3 offers endless layering possibilities. Shower curtains, bed skirts, bath towels, blankets, bed sheets, or duvet covers: you name it! C3 has everything you need to outfit your bathroom, bedroom or dorm room in a playful pattern and bright shades.

     

     

    With spring comes the therapeutic task of spring-cleaning. What better way to get organized than with Pine Cone Hill’s large assortment of Fresh American storage bins. Screen-printed in funky patterns and a large assortment of cheerful colors and sizes, these storage bins with built in handles are the perfect addition to making your home clutter free. This sturdy cotton storage bin, pictured below, featuring a fun pattern of dark grey dashes on a canvas background, is the perfect size for the bathroom, office or dorm room.

     

     

    As the weather gets warmer, the days are longer, we find we are drawn to outdoor living spaces, gathering together with friends and family for a backyard BBQ or casual cocktails. Wherever you sit, Fresh American poufs are the perfect place to park yourself for a party. Made of durable polypropylene, these fun indoor/outdoor seating options are ideal for the porch or patio, kids' rooms, even the boat!

     

     

     

    This season promises new beginnings and gives hope for renewal in our own lives as well. Spring is a time to replenish the excitement and zest for our lives, and our living spaces. By rejuvenating the spaces you live in most, you have the power to create a haven for yourself and your family. What is a home? It is the place you feel most safe, most cared for, and most loved. Home is the nicest word, it should also be full of the nicest surroundings.

     

    Check out the new stuff on the website and enjoy the next few months of gorgeous weather, new beginnings and unprecedented living spaces! 

    We hope that our Maven spring fever is contagious! 

     

     

     

    Posted by Rita Wasson
  • Life isn't black and white, but design can be!

    Black and white, a classic design choice, has been around for decades. All creative industries can agree black and white is a winning color combo. Most people conjure up the image of a checkerboard print floor in a retro diner, or a kitschy kitchenette. Some picture an elegant foyer. Do you want a bright and dynamic space, or something quiet and relaxing? So diverse in its options, this color combination can achieve both. An eclectic element or the essence of elegance, black and white always makes an impression.

     

    Black is an indicator of power. It evokes strong emotions and sophistication. Found in many design choices for its boldness and simplicity, black has always been a steadfast selection. Black is the new black.

     

     

    White projects clarity, purity and cleanliness. White is the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean. It can be totally awakening, reflecting openness, growth and creativity.

     

    Designing with these two colors from the perspective of their individual design elements can be powerful. Having strong associations in the design world, using the two together can transform a room into a dramatic and distinctive space.

    White decorating ideas brighten up modern interiors, while black adds elegance, enhancing the balance of black and white room décor. The feelings they incite when used properly are not only visually stunning, but can also be very expressive. We design our homes to reflect our lives and ourselves. Black and white decorating ideas are amazingly symbolic, bringing together the north and the south, blending the day and night, positive and negative into fascinating designs.

     

     

     I find that lately I am drawn to black and white. I’m not sure if it is the stark contrast between the two, or the fact that black and white has always been timeless. It can be a challenge at times to make sure the right balance is achieved, which is why some people stray away from it. Too much black can easily overpower a room. Too much white can be bare.

     

     

    We are currently working on a project where maintaining balance between black and white is crucial. Helping tackle an entire house for a client, we are now concentrating onto the kitchen, the heart of the home. Using black paint to add subtle details, like the inside trim and panes of the windows, is one element added to this space. The kitchen island will be painted black, with white countertops. One appealing detail added to this kitchen is one that hasn’t been done often. Painted matte black, the vent-a-hood will hang over a black Viking range.

    Black bookcases with funky wallpaper designs lining the shelves will be the only other black added to the space. Everything else will be white; open shelving, cabinets, a rich marble backsplash, and stunning countertops.

     

     

    More details to come from this inspiring project. Hopefully you feel motivated to add black and white elements to your home or office space.

     

    Life isn't always black and white, but design can be! 

     

    Posted by Rita Wasson
  • Challenge the Status Quo

    Steve Jobs once said "If you don't love something, you're not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much."

    He makes an accurate point. Passionate people are changing the world, rebelling against the way it’s always been done.

    This quote is one that is near and dear to Maven.

    We are rebels! We are consistently pushing the status quo with our innovative concepts, design choices, and diverse products. We are passionate about what we do, and it shows in our work.

    We feel that is important for your home to be your sanctuary. Cheerful colors, funky pieces and eclectic styling are just some of what we offer to ensure that your home is somewhere that inspires you.

    Being one of the most unique shops in Fort Worth, we are dedicated to continuing serving our community with excellent design and innovation.

    This week at Maven, our projects include: tackling our biggest design job yet: The Office. No, not the television show (though that place could use a major overhaul). We are so excited to be given the opportunity to make a workplace one that is fun and motivating.   

    Our inspirations for this contemporary office space are rich materials, modern linesdark walls and light flooring. 

     

    Elegant light fixtures and accessories will compliment the space. 

    New merchandise: We have received a lush collection of John Robshaw pillows. Known for his exquisite patterns and interesting mixes of colors, these pillows will make your bed or sofa a work of art. His pillows are hand-printed in India. 

    This week's featured item: LAFCO candles—in their fragrance, performance, and aesthetics—are designed to enhance the mood of a familiar, beloved space, and not overpower or interfere with it. 

    MAVEN'S TOP TEN:

    10. Custom pillows 

    9. Funkiest furniture 

    8. Adorable puppies

    7. Awesome Location in Fort Worth's Cultural District

    6. John Robshaw 

    5. THE best smelling candles 

    4. Great gifts for friends and family 

    3. 1000s of swatches to help with all your design needs

    2. You can follow us on Instagram @DesignwithMaven to get inspired for your next project!

    1. A stellar design team with knowledge and knowhow to help you get started on transforming your home into your dream house! 

    Posted by Rita Wasson