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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Recreating the Magic...Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquites, Part One

You see that beautiful lady
in the photo below?

That is my dear friend and none other than
Carol Hicks Bolton herself, 
world famous designer, stylist,
creator of beauty extraordinaire,
and formerly the co-owner of the legendary Homestead stores
here in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Carol and her husband Tim are embarking on a new
and thrilling adventure, the opening of their brand new shop,  
Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquites
Laboratoire De Design.

Things at the new's a massive, converted warehouse
actually...are still in the organizational stage, but the flashes of
Hicks-Bolton magic are already apparent at each and every turn.

I've been personally asked by Carol 
to head back to the shop frequently
and document the progress as this beautiful new creation
comes into full bloom, and I am only more than happy to do just that!
And to share with all of you, of course!

So let's get started!
When I paid my friends a visit this past week, 
I was taken aback when
I saw the sheer size and scope 
of this great, majestic old building... 
{ click all photos twice to super-size }

 There's Tim Bolton himself,
international treasure hunter,
and just a really nice guy to boot!

It's all in the details with the Bolton's...

I'm crazy about this peculiar little horse!
I do think he needs to make the trip home with me, no?

Allow me to escort you into
vintage dress form nirvana now, my friends.

Inside these ominous looking crates?

Treasures brought back from Tim's travels to Belgium.
Don't tell him, but I plan on stowing away on his next trip, shhhhhh.....

You want taxidermy?
They've got it! Most every creature under the sun, in fact!

And these bed, oh my.
They are custom made by Carol herself.

 Just get an eyeful of the long, tattered tassels on the pillow shams.
Are they not just sublimely divine?

And with a matching bedskirt, too. I am positively in love!

 This is SUCH a thrill to be in on the ground floor
of the birth of this latest Hicks-Bolton adventure!
And what an honor to be asked to 
document it every step of the way. 

I promise you, if you are even a little bit impressed
with what I've shared thus far,
you will be blown away when you
see the ongoing transformation. 
Nobody creates that particular brand 
of unexpected magic like Carol and Tim,
so check back weekly for my photo updates.

And if you are in the area,
please, head on down!
They are open for business and can be found right here
in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquites
301 South Lincoln Street on Warehouse Row
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

And don't forget to enter my wonderful
Romantic Living Giveaway
for a chance to win a copy of the new magazine
with my Rose Hicks feature....personally autographed
by Rose herself!

to enter.

Happy Weekend!


savvycityfarmer said...

my heart just stopped ...

savvycityfarmer said...

um ... yes on the forlorn horse residing at your house of love

Bliss said...

Wow, what a place! Lucky you to have it in your own backyard to visit when the mood strikes you.

You take the peculiar little horse and I'll take the legs and maybe those torso's too. Not sure what I would do with either, but really not sure what I would do with that little horse (maybe open his bindings so he could see?)


Anonymous said...

Hi Little Anne! Oh, my, what a place! It's huge! I wish this couple most success! Now that little horsie ~ looks like a mummy horse to me. You had better be careful with that one! ;) Your snaps are gorgeous as always!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Good morning Miss Anne, what a wonderful post. I'm amazed at all the goodness, had to look at it twice! Hahaha....lovely works, and lovely store. Wow, looking forward to seeing all the rest in the magazine. Hope you are doing well!
Have a lovely weekend.

Theresa said...

Beautiful!!!!! Wish I could shop there... Someday;). Have a blessed day, hugs!!!

Alice said...

Oh my gosh, I could live in this place and never get tired of it. Your photos are just gorgeous (of course)!

We are headed down to San Antonio tomorrow for my husbands conference. It looks like Fredricksburg is fairly close. How I would love to visit, but I will be without a car. One of these days we'll have to make a trip there.

BumbleBeeLane said...

Wonderful tour! Your pictures real captured the excitement and beauty of even the not so beautiful.Yes I say take the poor horse Blessings!~Amy

Unknown said...

I'm having trouble BREATHING here! Someone get me my inhaler! Wow...i'm blown away! Their store is going to be amaaaazing and your photos are capturing the magic just beautifully. soooo wish i lived remotely close to ya'll. I'd be camping on the doorstep waiting for the doors to open already! LOL! I anxiously await your next "installment" of pure inspiration dear anne! sigh...sigh again...

paige said...

what a phenomenal honor!!
i have crushed on her and her family (janet and mom rose ) from the very first time i saw them featured in mary engelbreit's magazine years ago...& then on the country living show ( or was it country home)
always wished they had a blog or a website or something because they are incredible!!
lucky you!!!
one of these days we're coming to texas, like seriously we talk of it all the time!

Karena said...

Anne in love I am sharing these images with my sister!! Wow!

Art by Karena

Linecas have said...

oh my what a shop. Im in love I could spend a whole week in there. The ones leaving without buying in there must be out of their mind. WOW!

NanaDiana said...

Good Morning Sweet Anne! (I keep wanting to call you Annie!;>)

What a great opportunity to watch this place come together. It is going to be a double WOW...and you get to see it happen. How special is THAT! My favorite shot is the torso laying behind the little horse. I see dead Hope you have a great weekend-xo Diana

Riki Schumacher said...

OMG, I am speechless! Want, want, want it all. Thanks for the virtual tour, now if I could just be there! Going to enter your sweet drawing. xoxo Riki

Debra@CommonGround said...

OK, this is fabulous, they need to charge admission...this is a place to go and spend the day!! xoxo

Sue said...

You just made me fall in love fast & hard! And possibly late for work too!! I absolutely LOVE it all. What incredible talent and beautiful pictures as well!!

Take care,

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Hi Anne,
Road trip in my near future! I love Fredericksburg so much. Looking forward to seeing all this fabulousness next trip. How much fun are you having???
Hope you are doing well. : )

Beatnheart said...

THanks Anne,
Whata shop. said...

WOW! Now this is an adventure! It is enormous. I am so happy that you are going to photograph it and keep us up to date with its progress.I know you won't miss a single detail:) It looks amazing so far. Can't wait to see more:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Oh Anne, you have so captured the beauty of their store. Can't wait to see it in person. I love it all, but the manny's are fabulous and that Havana cabinet, I still have the issue of Victoria Magazine that it was in.

Blondie's Journal said...

I can see why they have such a huge place...all those treasures! Best wishes to Carol and Tim!


Susan said...

This is a wonderful and unique shop! I know it will be a great success!

Patty said...

Wow ! It's supreme ! Sublime ! Substantial ! Can't wait to see it. Do we have a tentative opening date ? I'm there !

Tilda said...

oh my! all of the adjectives used thus far and more!
the dress forms, and that wall of what looks like aluminum or sheet metal...oh my! the bedcovers? my Michigan counterparts would be laughing as we struggle to stay warm under OUR woolen and quilted blankets. i love the industrial lighting. well, i love it all.
perhaps i should put the snow shovel in the garage and head for Texas!
thanks for the tour! LOVE IT!
in fond regard, Tilda

WendyW said...

Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous shop ... I was drooling over the contents all the way from Australia ... I must make a trip to Texas!!!!!!!!! I subscribe to Romantic Homes and saw the wonderful article - Congratulations Anne!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

What a place.... I think this is what Heaven will be like for Me~ even the Taxidermy looks Cool!
One Day, I have to visit~

vintagegirl said...

Wish I were in your area, it looks like such a great place to shop ~ lots of treasures! That adorable horse looks like he needs a good home and I'm sure you're the person to give him lots of love. Look forward to seeing the transformation and the end result!


Unknown said...

Oohhhhhhh, I want, I want, I want that and that and that and oohhhhh! Absolutely drooling all over my keyboard.

Low Tide High Style said...

Hmm, now how much are plane tickets to TX?! And please tell me that you did take that horse home!!

Kat :)

time worn interiors said...

All I can say is WOW! You better believe I will be here every week Johnny on the spot! Thanks for sharing!

Sisters Treasures said...

Anne, what a fantastic shop and to see it through your camera lens is to see it magnified in beauty and curiosity on a whole "out of this world" level. Beautiful! I'm sorry I missed seeing you at Trade Days on Friday.

sweetpea said...

you lucky girl! can't wait to see more!



Patina said...

That is an amazing place Anne! I can't wait for more pictures.

Shannon said...

Gorgeous as usual! Thanks for the tour;)


I feel like Frederickburg is becoming a real mecca for people "like us". And Carol is a big part of that...
Can't wait to visit F-burg again!
Great pics!


Bohemian said...

My Heart nearly stood still! Carol is an Artistic Genius and she is my all time favorite Designer so I'm thrilled to see that she has begun another Chapter in her amazing Journey, what an Inspiration! And your coverage is phenominal, how exciting to be revealing it to the World! I can hardly wait for each subsequent Post now!!!!!!!!!!!!! That cut Velvet Vintage Chair is to die-for... and I Love Belgian Velvets... I am fortunate to have a Friend living there who has Sourced some amazing pieces for me to feather our Nest with and Create fabric Art from.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Between Me and You said...

Wow! Nirvana, indeed. Wish I lived closer! Your photographs are beautiful. You really are a Mistress of your Craft. Be well.x

Anonymous said...

Awesome photos, Anne! Oh my goodness ~ wish that I lived closer. I especially love the photo of Ms. Carol Hicks-Bolton and her clothes! And, yes, you need that horse ~ I hope it's yours.
P.S. After this, I hope you will do a feature on Carol Hicks-Bolton and her lovely home!

Unknown said...

I just can't stop looking at all the great stuff, I will take one of EVERYTHING.... Only in Fredericksburg TX. Thank you so much for sharing


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

It gets better than this? I'll be back for sure!

Susan said...

We live just south of Frederickburg and definately plan many visits to the new store! Great pictures of their process of getting the store set up. Love Carol's style and decor ideas! Plan to attend the February 18th event!

andrea@townandprairie said...

Oh my goodness, those Stations of the Cross were BEAUTIFUL!!!!! PLEASE tell me you didn't walk away w/o securing one??? Swoon. And, I finally found the Romantic magazine...LAST ONE LEFT AT TARGET, BABY!! I think I've read it three times over ALREADY. I'm hosting a wedding shower at my home this spring and I'm thinking the photos about weddings will really help inspire me to make my place a knock-out! andrea@townandprairie

Lily's Lace said...

WHEN DOES IT OPEN..OPEN...OPEN...!!! I'm in Texas only 4 hours away! Do they need a helper??? I do windows! Love the blue cabinet with all the drawers and would buy it in a heartbeat! I want to be there when they open so keep us all posted!! xox-cindy

Katherines Corner said...

ummmm WOW!!!
Hugs and smooches and wishes for a beautiful day

countrycharisma said...

What a tour! I can only imagine what their new shop is going to look like completed....eye candy for sure. How blessed you are to have such great friends who let you share their achievments! And those dress forms are the bomb, would love to have any one of them...they're so cute together that they should all have names.

Florence said...

Wow if only I lived closer! You are going to have so much fun visiting there often, I can tell. Florence

marda said...

(Almost)makes me want to live in Texas again...or at least closer to this wonderful place. Superb pictures.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Anne!!!! What a flippin' amazin' post girl!!!!! I'm so in love with Carol ~ how wonderful that you were able to get in and get such great pics....and that she'll let you take more as they get the place together!!!! You know what I'm drooling over??? The taxidermy!!! I know, I'm a freak but I love animals and some of those are beautiful to me ~ great job girl!!! Thanks so much for sharing it all with us, hugs and love, Dawn

Glenda said...

Lordy be girl, that's all I can say, and I've only been through the pictures once.

SLR said...

What an incredible space! I cannot believe the amazing vintage treasures and gorgeous textures I'm seeing (through your lovely lens) all in one place!! Thank you for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Wowzers! Her space is unbelievable and I love her taste in antiques. Love the old game wheel and those french chairs are amazing! Thanks for the photos, they are awesome!

Raquel English said...

I love this post and j love the whole hicks clan. I've followed Carol for about eleven years. Shes a genius!

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Holy Cow Anne this place is HUGE! Oh I could get lost in a place like this. I'm going to have to show your photo's to my sister in law and see if she want's to take a little trip this fall down to Fredricksburg :)

The MO Farmers Daughter said...

Anne,I have fallen in love with Texas and so want to return for a visit,Years ago I go to go to with all my aunts and my mom,we always went in April to see the Blue Bonnets,I need to return!carol

Anonymous said...

ohmygoodness, I could spend all day in that store, holy moly!! great photos my dear! xoxo

alice said...

Oh Anne what an honor for both parties! Your talent in photographing is so wonderful. Thanks for the eye candy!
Will be waiting for more.
Smiles, Alice

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

She's amazing. There's truly no one like her.

The bed linens remind me of my Magnolia Pearl purse. They are beautiful!

Oh I love that horse too, did you bring it home? It's a heart stealer.

McMaster & Storm said...

It's been 10 years ago that we stopped in fredricksburg to shop at to see what they are up to.
I want that huge mercantile cabinet!
Thanks for sharing....

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Craig M. Lee said...

I have been shopping their Fredericksburg Stores since the early 90's. Last time I was at our house there, I noticed the going out of business sign. I was so pleased to find this beautiful store this past weekend. We bought a beautiful antique iron bed and as usual both Tim and Carol were super sweet. We already had plans that evening so we missed the fashion show. Can't wait for my next visit. Heres wishing them continued success.

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