An Invitation to a Large Antique Sale



For sale at 2226 Quenby, this house is furnished in French antiques for a large open house this weekend.

Last year, antiques dealer Mignon Topping of French Collectibles came to Houston, bringing with her a collection of gorgeous French antiques and modern art.   The sale lasted a weekend and was held at an open house on Virginia St.  This weekend, Mignon is back with more antiques, showcasing another new house for sale in Southampton by the Rice Village at 2226 Quenby.  I went by the house this Thursday after Mignon had spent all day setting up  and everything looked just beautiful.    The sale is all  this weekend long:  April 16-18, Friday through Sunday – 11:oo am until 5:00 pm.   If you are into French antiques, don’t miss this. 


 image The entry hall.

Walking into the house, there is a large entry hall, with the dining room on the right and a library on the left.  The family room and kitchen is in the back, located through the archway.  Mignon  has furnished the entire downstairs with antiques mostly procured in France.  Additionally, there are many rugs of all sizes, along with a large assortment of modern art work.   I was stunned by the quality of her antiques – the collection of chairs, mirrors, and chests was staggering.   Although the antiques are very fine, I found the prices to be surprisingly reasonable.   If you like French antiques, I highly suggest you stop by 2226 Quenby this weekend. 



imageI had my eye on this painted console and trumeau.   There are so many wonderful mirrors! 




This chair was gorgeous.   Hard to resist.  Look at the hardware on this chest – so beautiful!  And the clock is adorable – painted in a light cream with a turquoise accent color.




image The dining room in the house is really nice – very large.  I loved this dining room table and set of chairs.   Mignon puts it all together so well – it actually looks like a furnished house.    Amazing how it all fits together inside the house. 





Another gorgeous chest.  Not all the art work is contemporary – there are many canvases that are antique.




image OK.  I’ll say it again – another gorgeous chest!  Seriously, I can’t remember when I’ve seen such a large collection of chests this beautiful.   Notice the smaller mirror in front of the larger one.  Mignon has brought a number of smaller mirrors which are great for powder rooms.   I loved this trumeau – it’s painted a very light green color. 


image The front library has this wonderful painted Swedish desk which I adored!  




Hiding in the corner of the library is this perfect French antique barometer. 




Another chest, paired with contemporary art work.




The library is closed off from the foyer by a pair of French doors. 




The foyer – looking towards the front door and dining room.  The rugs are fabulous – there are so many of all sizes.




The arched walkway between the foyer and family room – two painted French chairs sit next to a wonderful painted table.  I loved this table – small painted ones like this are so hard to find. 




The family room is filled with more chairs, benches, tables, chests, mirrors, and this fabulous French sofa. 




More family room:   two wonderful sets of candlesticks, a set of bergeres, and a fabulous gilt tray table!



 image The family room – looking towards the back yard with the kitchen off to the right.   This coffee table has a beautiful patina.




image A vignette in the family room.




Close up of the chest, seen above. 




And a close up of the painted French chaise longue.  I really like the standing lamp.




Hello!!!   Yet, another fabulous chest.  I TOLD you!!!!    Here, Mignon has layered mirrors again, the smaller one is just perfect. 




image Next to the family room through a large arch, is the breakfast area and kitchen.    Another great mirror.  The table is so pretty too!





The kitchen has great cabinetry and appliances.

The house is really pretty, very well finished throughout.  It was built on spec by Stephen Blalock of Blalock Builders.   A real plus for this house is its location in Southampton where many of the garages are located in alleyways so that there are no driveways or front loading garages.   This small detail makes such a huge difference in the way a neighborhood looks.    Why aren’t all garages located off back alleyways?  When did we stop building houses like that?  Why?



image In the back of the house, there is a large covered brick porch, which Mignon has furnished, of course!




image On the back porch, located off the breakfast area, there is an assortment of dining tables and more chests. 




This painted chair with its original embroidered fabric is stunning.



imageThere is an assortment of mirrors placed in the downstairs powder room, so be sure to peek inside.




How adorable is this wooden dog bed?!!   I was lusting for this for Miss Sammie Jo. 



image The house, seen here on HAR without the furniture, is listed for sale by Linda Walsh  Johnson with Greenwood King Realtors, HERE.   The house is 2 1/2 stories with 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths.  The square footage is 4,961.



image The dining room is connected to the kitchen by a wet bar, located through the archway on the left.



image The front library, located through French doors.



image The family room, overlooking the back yard.



image The family room, facing towards the foyer and front door.



image The breakfast and kitchen are off the family room.   The covered porch is to the right, off the breakfast area.



image The kitchen is very large with great appliances.



imageThe upstairs landing has built in shelves.  



image The master bathroom with white marble.   There is a large media room upstairs with two more rooms and a bathroom located on the third level.




Finally, a special thanks to Mignon Topping for allowing me to photograph the house Thursday.  Good luck this weekend! 

The antique sale runs this Friday through Sunday, April 16-18,  11 am until 5 pm at 2226 Quenby.

To contact Mignon of French Collectibles directly, please call 404-271-6362 or by email at

For more information on the house itself,  see HAR HERE.

The Final Fabulous Flea Sale – Awwwww!!!!!




Like they say, all good things must come to an end.  I was shocked and so sad to hear from Mary, the owner of The Fabulous Flea, who emailed me tonight to inform me that the final antique sale at her house/shop will be this April 20 – 22.   Awww!   What a loss this will be!  



image The Compound:   the house is on the left, the shop is on the right.  In between, behind the stucco wall is the pool and pool house. 


Mary, who lives in this gorgeous compound designed by noted Houston architect Kurt Aichler, also informed me that her house is on the market.  Gulp.  Quick, can someone loan me some money????  Seriously?   This is my DREAM house!   I truly have dreams of this house in my sleep!     If ever I wish I was a rich interior designer, this is the day.   Mary said she will continue selling antiques on the internet and at trade shows, but for now, the days of selling antiques out of her shop are over after her last spring show next weekend.   Mary shared why she is selling:   “I am coming to learn that the journey for me with the  home is much more  about the creating of the space, then living in it for a lifetime......Once completed and enjoyed, I am ready to let go and sink my teeth into something new, it has been that way with every house that I have lived in, and lucky for me, my husband is willing to go with the flow....”

Now, if only Mr. Slipper Socks Man would go with the flow and BUY me this house!!!!    I don’t ask for much.   I did ask him for this, though.  He did love it.  He did ask me if I had gone insane.   hehe.  Yes.  Insane for one of the most perfect houses in Houston!     Who will buy it?  What lucky family will get to live here?   I wonder…will they appreciate it?  I hope so.


image The Fab Flea shop –two rooms - one indoors and one barn-like space in the garage. Kurt Aichler truly outdid himself with this house.  It’s name is perfect:  Fabulous.




image The pool house, open air, with fireplace and kitchen area.   This picture was taken from a story in the local magazine Antique Shops and Interiors.  Photography by James Farmer. 





The pool house set for dinner.  I adore Mary’s aesthetic.  You can see the Fab Flea shop through the doorway.   I love the flat screen TV behind the bar!



image From the HAR web site:   Behind the stucco walls, the house is to the left, while the pool house is to the right.   An office is located in the upstairs turret.  Downstairs, the living room, dining room, and family room are on an enfilade, one room after another. 




image From HAR:  The building on the right is the Fabulous Flea shop.    The pool house is seen behind it. 



image The family room, as featured in Antique Shops and Designers magazine.  



image The same family room, today, featured on HAR.  Mary has updated the room with new pillows and rearranged furniture.  You can see the pool and pool house through the windows.




image The living room as shown in Antique Shops and Designers magazine:  slipcovers, linen, and seagrass – Houston style decorating.




image And today, as featured on HAR.  Mary has again rearranged the furniture and changed out art work and accessories.  Both the living room and family room over look the pool and pool house. 



image The dining room, never seen before, on HAR.  The kitchen is past the columns to the left and the family room is on the right.  I love the ceiling treatment and the wide baseboards.    To the left of the long gallery hall, through a series of French doors, is a courtyard. 



image The courtyard to the left of the house.  Through the doors are the long hall leading off the living room, dining room, and family room.  The kitchen is seen through the window. 



image The kitchen shown in Antique Shops and Designers magazine.  I LOVE Mary’s kitchen:  farm sink, open shelving, and the antique chandelier is to die for!



image The media room located upstairs.  Love the carpet!




The master bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and rock crystal chandelier. 



image From HAR:  The master bathroom.  Mary has wonderful hanging fixtures throughout the house. 



image The office in the upstairs turret overlooking the pool.






Looking into the garage/barn space of the Fabulous Flea, ready for its final sale.   The authentic carriage doors are wonderful.




image I took these pictures at a sale I went to last year.   That iron table is now in my daughter’s bedroom!   This area is to the left of the Fab Flea shop,  overlooking the house and pool.




The left side of the shop:   The ceiling is vaulted and Mary always has a great assortment of chandeliers.




These sliding wood barn doors connect the two rooms in the  Fab Flea shop.   The garage area also has a vaulted ceiling. 



image  Mary has a great eye for antiques which she buys in France and Europe several times a year.   I can’t wait to see what she does next.  I’m sure it will be– fabulous!  


The final Fab Flea sale will be held this April 20 – 22, 2010.

Studio doors will be open
April 20-21   9:00am - 4:00pm
April 22  9:00am - 2:00pm

Along with the antiques will be the art work and jewelry by Jonie Jacomini Herring and a collection of Oushak rugs by Necati. 

For information on HAR about this property, please go HERE.

For information on the upcoming and final Fab Flea sale, go HERE.

To read the article and see the pictures of the Fabulous Flea home in the Antique Shops and Designers magazine, go HERE.





Finally:   Don’t forget to enter the Cote de Texas giveaway with Jardins du Jour.  To win this painting, go HERE.


And – be sure to listen to the new Skirted Roundtable with Scot Meacham Wood HERE.