Perfect Porches: Book Signing and Reception

Paula Wallace, president and co-founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will be at The Paris Market and Brocante today. A reception and book signing introducing her latest tome “Perfect Porches: Designing Welcoming Spaces For Outdoor Living” is this evening at 6pm. Join us for an exclusive opportunity to meet this visionary educator and designer. The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the inaugural Elle D├ęcor Vision Award, Paula Wallace is responsible for transforming SCAD into the most comprehensive art and design university in the world.


SCAD Style Week

Fantastic guests and incredible events highlighting every aspect of the fashion and design industry are brought together for the next nine days of SCADstyle’s annual extravaganza. The streets of Savannah are literally littered with the icons of the industry. Wasn’t that Fern Mallis? Isn’t that Hamish Bowles? Hey look, it’s Thom Filicia. You never know whom you might bump into on the street, so pull out your latest mags, browse the coolest e-zines and blogs, because the game is on. No rumpled and frumpy the next couple of weeks – unless you can make rumpled and frumpy glamorous and chic. Uber-latest outfits, killer heels day and night (ohh my aching feet, how do those Parisian women do it?), hair down, jewelry on, face perfect, wry smile …okay I’m ready, are you?


Hasta Luego, Texas

Well, the truck is packed, the driver well caffeinated, hotel bill paid (ouch!), and we are ready to hop a flight back to Savannah. I leave you with some final images from Round Top.


Two Breezes

Set on three hundred sprawling acres of rolling hills dotted with wildflowers and traversed by meandering streams, The Inn at Dos Brisas is a spectacular destination unto itself. A luxury horse ranch, intimately secluded with only four “casitas”, driving through the gates you are instantly transported to another world of Texas high style and elegance. Ditch the car and climb on board your own private golf cart (no golf course here, just your green-mode of transportation while at the ranch). Whether you like skeet shooting, fly-fishing, horseback riding, or just a private massage on your own loggia, this is the place to relax.

The best part of this experience is the paring with the only 5-star restaurant in Texas. Under the direction of Grand Chef Jason Robinson, hand-picked herbs and spices from the Inn’s own organic garden, seasonal produce from the farm, and naturally produced ingredients are transformed into culinary masterpieces. Eat in the elegant dining room overlooking the infinity pool or (as we usually did), have your own picnic basket delivered to your room. You can also revel in the envy of your fellow Round Toppers. While they are holding a boiled hotdog with mustard dripping down their arm, you are opening your picnic basket of fresh cut fruit and just picked vegetables, house-made cheeses, lobster salad petit sandwiches, and just baked pastries.

Sleep, eat, shop, eat, and sleep. Ahh, the perfect day.


Round Top Respite

The problem with rural flea markets is finding a good place to stay. Since Round Top is located halfway between Houston and Austin, smack-dab in the middle of nowhere, just down the road from bumf-ck, the selection in this case is more limited than usual. The choices range from the usual generic small town hotels, to some kinda cute bed and breakfasts (which are unfortunately fully booked at least 2 years in advance), to staying in Granny Smith’s weird seasonal rental (most which look like a cabin from one of the Friday The 13th movies).

So if you are sick of rubber breakfast buffet eggs, cross eyed hotel proprietors, or just want to avoid being part of the 6 o’clock news, another options awaits.


Round Top Roundup

There is something for almost everyone at this market. Big stuff, small stuff, cool stuff and weird stuff. The more seasoned shoppers skip the “grand openings” of the more famous Marburger Farms and Red Barn. Well covered and even air-conditioned, here you are definitely going to pay a premium. Come early and scour the fringes, just off highway 290 and again closer to Warrenton, this is where the bargains and variety abounds. It is a well known fact that some of these items find their way over to the Marburger booths were they suddenly acquire pedigree and provenance. This is a pickers paradise, the food is fried, the vendors are friendly and extremely conversant and the hunt is exciting - alas beware reproductions, they seem to have infiltrated all levels of product.