What Happens On The Porch Stays On The Porch


Just the word “porch”  has a warm inviting tone and was derived from the latin word portico.  The Romans designed an extension of the main structure of their buildings to create covered areas leading into  courtyards.  There the elite and upper class of their time would gather to dine or hold private political discussions.   When traveling abroad you won’t hear the word porch, but words like loggia, veranda or the same latin portico.  But here in The South, porch means so much more.   To find out more please join Jennifer Hermann and me for food, fun and design tips just about the ever gracious southern porch.


Hermann Furniture Presents:


“What Happens On The Porch

Stays On The Porch”

April 23rd, 2014

12 to 1

Box Lunch Provided By:

Funky Art Cafe

Cost of $10

Reservations Required

For Information Call:  (979)-836-7231



The Irish Lady At Hermann’s Antique Mall

If you happen upon Hermann Furniture in downtown Brenham take a sharp right as you enter the door, keep walking to the furthest room past the “Antiques” sign into the second room, take a left, pass the staircase and the inner chamber to the old meat market and you will find my space dead center and in the space adjacent.  You can find me by asking for Booth #195 or The Irish Lady.   Here is what the booth space looks like today.   A friend found this spectacular mantle in a junk pile.   I chalk painted it and stacked a few open frames on top.   It’s priced at $495.    Sitting in front of the mantle is a pedestal leg, double drop leaf Duncan Phyfe Table with four matching Duncan Phyfe Tulip Back Chairs.   There are a few pumpkins, including some hand made goat’s milk soaps and stuffed miniatures.

Fireplace Mantle, Open Frames, Duncan Phyfe

Hand Made Goat’s Milk Soap in Pumpkin Shapes,  wrapped for gift giving,  Hand Dyed Cheese Cloth for Table Scapes, as a runner or table cloth,  or Gift Wrap!

Hand Made Goat’s Milk Soap, Hand Dyed Cheese Cloth

Cute Chalk Board Photo Frame that says, “Yes, I can drive a stick!”   A good supply of battery operated Flickering Candlesticks ready for your candle holders at home or take a look for a few of those in the booth.

Yes, I CAN Drive a Stick!

Stop on by for old and new at Hermann’s in Downtown Brenham.  Store hours are 9 to 5:30 Weekdays, 9 to 5 Saturday and 1 to 4 on Sunday.  Call for directions at 979-836-7231.

The Irish Lady At Hermann’s: New Arrivals

Napping sofa, chalk painted maple frame,  newly upholstered  with vintage fabrics – just long enough for a tall sleeper, light weight, and small scale for petite spaces.   Handmade shell boxes, mid-century lamp, vintage books and a bust all make for delightful accessories.   Vintage purses anyone? …

Premiering in the new space is an over sized, deep seating, three piece wicker ensemble with settee, chair and rocker along with many wicker accent pieces.    Along the back wall is a 50’s formica top pencil leg iron table with the original leaf and four ladder back chairs from the same era.   Harkerware tea set, cocktail implements, picnic basket,  fishing lures, art work, botanical and a few chalk paint accent tables round out the space and screams, “Eclectic with color!”

Across the aisle is a completely shabby table with oak pressed back chairs re-done with burlap padded seats.   The amazing thing about the pressed back chairs is the carving on the back.

Being Irish, I recognized the face of the Green Man as seen in ancient churches used to represent new birth or spring.  I have no idea how the chairs came to be here in Brenham, but it seems they were carved in remembrance of the old ways.

Introducing a new chalk paint color,  custom mixed by accident,  to achieve a deep rich peacock blue with my new favorite … gold leafing.   This desk is solid as a rock with a few dents and dings from age that just adds character.   Hmmmm,  I could say that about myself…

Many things to see and enjoy.  I hope you will join me on this antique journey and stop by The Irish Lady’s booth inside…
Hermann Furniture
213 West Alamo
Brenham,  Texas  77833
Monday – Friday
9 to 5:30
9 to 5
1 to 4

The Irish Lady Chalk Paint Furniture

Thomasville began in 1904 as Thomasville Chair Company later becoming the Thomasville Furniture Company we know today.   Just by chance, I picked up a chest at an estate sale originating from the Thomasville Chair Company so I decided to use Annie Sloan chalk paint.   I chose red with gold leaf accent.  Here are the before and after photos:

Before, in the garage, awaiting some tender love and care…

After, in my booth at Hermann’s, awaiting a new home…

To the right are white chalk paint accent tables with cain bottoms and glass tops.  You may notice the pair of upholstered chairs.  I picked these up at the same estate sale because they were heavy and made so well with I believe a solid white oak frame.  You can see the latest Irish Lady Antiques at:

Hermann’s Antique Mall

Downtown Brenham

213 West Alamo Street

Brenham, Texas  77833


The Last of It, But…Round Top Year Round???

Sandra at FoodieAffair.com, my sweet blog follower ,  I did not find out about the Great Dane at Round Top.  I never made it back there for a thousand reasons, but mainly I had company at Round Top on my next trips and they were males so no meandering and oodling and ahhhwing  just all out searching for guns and swords and man stuff.  On the other hand I did get to sneak a peak at some things and snatch up a few very quickly so here goes…

1944 Dimes made into Bracelets.  I picked up a few extra for purchase.   1944 Dime Bracelet $80 plus shipping.  Extra dimes can be added for larger sizes.  All set in sterling silver.

1936-37 Buffalo and Indian Head Nickel Bracelets $75 plus shipping.

Hand Made Cypress Chairs have been around a long time.  I still like them and since I have never owned one I would like to fill my porch with them.  No maintenance and very comfy.  These come from a retired gentlemen who lamented, “I have all the time in the world to make special orders.”  The chairs sell for $125 each.  He makes a lovely settee which sells for $375.  I will be taking special orders and making the trip of anyone is interested in placing an order with me.

Strawberry Cake Cover and Stand

I don’t know why, but I wanted this thing!  It was funny and delightful and oh so kitschy so I bought and used it for company over the weekend.  It’s handmade ceramics at its most whimsical.    On bottom is the name Steve.  Hmmmm, I wonder who Steve was and did he continue in a career in ceramics?   Now I am ready to pass it on to someone new and will be placing it in my booth in the near future at $44 or will ship at cost.

Louis Vuitton Tables

These were the last ones left on the last day.  The one on the left was listed at $1900 and the one on the right was $900.  I am not a collector of Louis, but I suppose I could make an exception.  Just not this time, but Tikaa if you are reading this …I was thinking of you.

Round Top Year Round

If you think of it, Brenham IS Round Top Year Round!  There are antique shops and boutiques lining both sides of the courthouse square in Downtown Brenham.  Truthfully, a lot of the pickers for Round Top scour the shops in Brenham the weeks before Round Top to increase their inventory for the big show.  With just an hour drive from Houston or Austin, we can have Round Top all year.    Here’s the latest in my antique booth at Hermann’s Antique Mall located on Alamo Street in Downtown Brenham.