If you want to get out of those big box stores and find something more personal for your outdoor spaces, you are on the “Right Side of Texas.” Decorators and gardeners in the know scour our local antique stores for the best and most unique inspirations for their gardens. Just flip through magazines like Architectural Digest or Southern Living and you will see picture perfect areas with personal touches. Free your mind. The trend now is to re-use and re-purpose.
When is a wine rack not a wine rack? Ask Julie Burns Golias, owner of Burns Antik House on Calder. On her most recent trip abroad, this precious newlywed and spouse found some great “garden accessories,” among many other goodies. The antique wooden wine holder has been re-purposed into a gorgeous plant holder. How clever, Julie! Walls in her store are lined with big, beautiful wrought iron fences from the continent. How about a piece of wrought iron to give a little history to a part of your patio or backyard? Or an historic concrete statuary to set among your roses? Antique wooden doors can be used outdoors to frame a visual entrance to your garden “rooms.”
Look around in area restaurants. The local Pappadeaux has great old iron pieces serving as lights around their building. Huge old pieces of pottery can be found to fill with greenery or flowers. New is not always better.
Antique stores abound in the Beaumont area: Burns Antik Haus on Calder at Seventh, 11th Street Market, Antique Mall of Beaumont, Antique Mall of Lumberton, Art, Antiques and Stuff, Finder’s Fayre, Jan’s Antiuqes, Grandma’s Basement, Tattered Suitcase, Urban Habitat and Snooper’s Paradise in Port Arthur.
And don’t forget our popular Beaumont activity: First Thursdays on Calder Street in Old Town. This recurring, monthly event is on the first Thursday every month from 5-9 p.m., falling on May 1 and June 5 in coming months. It’s a cool unique, very “downtown” affair. You are invited for the drinks, live music, shopping and sidewalk vendors. Start at Katherine and Company restaurant on Calder in the Mildred Building complex and work your way down Calder. Keep you eyes open for antiques and other “yard art” to make your outdoor spaces as unique as your indoor spaces.