Artful Spirit: Antiques Week Fall 2018

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It's that time of year again! We are busy preparing for Fall Antiques Week in Round Top and I know this is going to be the best show yet. Old Glory's theme this fall is ARTFUL SPIRIT, one of the foundations of my signature style and a foundational element that I use everyday in my design and in my life. 

Old Glory TEXAS will be open for Fall Antiques Week
September 27 - October 6, 2018 | 10 to 6 pm daily
206 S. Washington, Round Top (in the heart of town)

To celebrate this artful spirit, I am so excited to host two of my favorite artful spirits and friends who continue to inspire me with their work and their love for what they do. 

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I met Mary Gregory in Round Top a few years ago and instantly fell in love with her work. We teamed up for the concept and new look for our new store in Round Top in 2016 and we have been collaborating ever since. She truly "gets" both Old Glory's foundational style as well as our love of artful displays, and I am so happy to call her a friend and a personal inspiration. 

We have been selling Mary's artwork in both our Denver & Round Top stores, and it is always a welcome and fitting complement to our found & favorites in-store. There is an elegance, individuality, and natural beauty in all of her work that I love (enough to have four of her pieces in my own home!) and that I know our customers love, too. 

We will have an expanded collection of Mary's work on display and for sale throughout the Fall Show this year, and I can't wait to share more of her beautiful work with our customers. Be sure to visit her website to read more about her and her work. 

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Another long-time friend of Old Glory and inspiring artful spirit is Jeanne Oliver, a Colorado-based artist and now published author. Jeanne is one of the most hard working, kindest, and of course creative people I've ever met and I'm so happy she is making the trip down to Round Top this fall!

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Through her art, her courses and workshops, her blog, her glimpses into her daily life she shares, and now her new book, she celebrates that everyone has a story to tell (a message that resonates with my own ideas about design and life). Her new book, The Painted Art Journal, offers 24 mixed-media projects with step-by-step prompts to help you create personal, authentic, and expressive art. It's a book unlike any other and a great embodiment of Jeanne's talent for helping others discover their own artistic journey. 

I am so excited to host a book signing for her beautiful new book at Old Glory during Fall Antiques Week! Join us to meet Jeanne, get her new book, and celebrate your own artful spirit.

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I'm so happy to have Mary & Jeanne be a part of Fall Antiques Week at Old Glory Texas! It's going to be a great show, packed with signature Old Glory style antiques, beautiful art, and great company. Visit our EVENTS page for all of the details, and check back as we announce even more exciting happenings during Antiques Week. 

TOP OF THE TOWN & JULY AT OLD GLORY

Summer is in full swing at Old Glory! The latest issue of 5280 Magazine is out and we are so excited and honored to be named Top of the Town's Editor's Choice for antique stores! We take so much pride in being a go-to shopping and design idea destination in Denver and beyond and we are grateful to be recognized among so many other great stores in this issue.

We love bringing our customers, both old and new, one-of-a-kind pieces full of soul & history, the uncommon and the unexpected, and our dedication to the new, the now, and the next. Pick up your copy of 5280 today to see all of the other Top of the Town winners. 

To celebrate Top of the Town and the new month, here are a few of our favorite spots around the store this week. The hot weather has us peeling back layers and lightening things up! Come by and see us in Denver to cool down with our summertime found & favorites. 

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Old Glory Texas, Then & Now

Old Glory Texas has found its home in Round Top and I am so happy to be celebrating almost a year in our new building! I’ve been looking back at pictures of the work in progress and the design process from last spring and summer. It was a huge project and a totally new adventure for us, and I am so happy we took the chance and now have a beautiful home base for Old Glory Texas. 

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It is a huge canvas for my big and bold design ideas, a great opportunity to meet wonderful customers and fellow business owners and creative minds, and the perfect embodiment of Old Glory Style.

Here are a few throwback shots of the building and design stages of the project, and our favorite spots in the store now. From groundbreaking to today, Old Glory in Round Top has been a labor of love and I am so proud of it.

I am so thankful for the love and support from our customers, both old and new, and I can’t wait to continue to be a part of this great town.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

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We've been in our Denver store for more than three years now, and we are so happy to call our South Broadway block home. It was a fun process making the space our own, so today, for #throwbackthursday, we're sharing some before & afters and a close-up of a favorite spot, then and now. For us, throwback Thursday is more than a fun hashtag--it's an opportunity to show off our space and to show how much it's grown along with Old Glory Style.

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We fell in love with this building the second we saw it and loved making it into Old Glory Style headquarters. And three years later, it is still my favorite design lab to experiment with and to showcase my Old Glory Signature Style. 

Here is one of favorite spots in the store--right up front and near the window, with great light and high ceilings perfect for artful displays. The photo on the left is from three years ago and the one on the right is from this week. We love styling this spot with our favorite pieces in the store, no matter what they are! 

 Photo by  Becki Griffin

Photo by Becki Griffin

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And here are a few more close-ups of our displays in the same spot over the years. Mixing & matching similar elements is a trademark of store displays, room designs, and table decor at Old Glory. I love having my Denver store as an ever changing canvas for my design ideas and as a place to visually and tangibly convey the versatility of Old Glory Style. 

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One of my most foundational design beliefs (and one that defines Old Glory Style) is to always strive for authenticity: I seek out authenticity in everything I do, starting with the aesthetics at the store and in showcasing Old Glory Style. I strive for functional design that inspires and encourages, that is ever-changing to fit the needs and styles of our customers, and that has distinct personalty. Authenticity means working hard to find and create the uncommon, the unexpected, and the beautiful.

I am so happy to call our Denver store home, because it gives me an opportunity to bring that authenticity to our customers and to my own design work. Come in and see us in Denver! Here's to many, many more throwback Thursdays and great years on South Broadway. 

OLD GLORY AT HOME: BEFORE & AFTER

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I tend to bring my work home with me--it's an occupational hazard that I gladly embrace. I use my home as my Old Glory Style design lab, defining and refining my own personal style that I can bring to the store and to how I help others style their own spaces. I've been "experimenting" at home since well before I opened my first store more than twenty years ago, just ask my husband & kids who have been enthusiastically (okay, sometimes less than enthusiastically) moving furniture and antique shopping with me since the beginning. 

I love sharing behind-the-scenes looks of Old Glory at Home, because it shows Old Glory Style in action outside of the store. This edition: the family room! Everyone loves a good before and after, and this is one that has been a gradual process over the past year. I realized that we have been in our home for a year now and a lot has changed! It is fun to look back on the house that we bought and how we made it our home, Old-Glory-Style-style. 

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(Work in progress photo)

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This room continues to evolve and change with every new decorating inspiration, thanks to some great finds from a lot of Texas trips in the past year and the changing needs of the room. And I have two Mary Gregory paintings I love for the same spot...but it's never a bad thing having a lot of art that you love!

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And as an Old Glory at Home bonus, here are a few more before and afters. A good home is never done! I love bringing work home with me and I am so happy to have a lot design labs for Old Glory Style between Denver, Texas, and my own home. 

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