It wasn’t the first time I had been there, but it still felt fresh, and fun. I was visiting Leftovers in Brenham, Texas. I love their casual, Country French style.
In their words,
Owners Ed Fulkerson and Michael Breddin shop extensively around the world to offer a unique mix of covetable items. Savvy shoppers are invited to our awe-inspiring and ever-changing vast showroom. We represent a relaxed style and sophisticated charm to offer a memorable experience.
Looking around the store, I could see that they love all things elegant, especially if they happen to be rusted or tarnished. I like to use the Texas French word for rust and tarnish, “PATINA”, which according to Dictionary.com means
When I think patina, I think of beautiful old things that show their age in a slighter tattered fashion. And that describes Leftovers. If you are one of those people that only likes perfect, new items, this isn’t the place for you. But if you enjoy the look of a well-loved, well-used thing of beauty, then “Come on in!”
Here you will encounter linen mixed with burlap and feedsacks
Old tarnished silver, ironstone, and English Transferware displayed beautifully with rusted wrought iron and and old pine tables.
I spoke with someone who works here, and she told me how her attitude about old things has changed. Working there, has made her much more relaxed about keeping all the silver polished. (I like that!!) And she said that just because something isn’t perfect or pristine any more, doesn’t mean you have to throw it away. That becomes obvious as you take a look around the place.
Leftovers even had some old plates that had been repaired (probably LONG ago) with what looked like iron staples. The front just showed some hairline cracks, but the back was covered in rusted staples. The plates were displayed backwards (with the front facing the wall) so that you could see the repair job in all its glory. What an interesting display idea. I didn’t get a picture, but now I wish I had.
Rachel Ashwell was there recently for a book signing, and they still have autographed copies of her book, Shabby Chic.
And speaking of Texas, I just love it when I see elegant French pieces mixed with a little bit of Texas. Here are some fun shutters I found.
They also had shelves and shelves of glassware and dishes, dishes, dishes. Be still my heart!
And you know how THIS story goes. One little purchase makes all your old stuff look dated, and out of place. So here is my BEFORE picture.
Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I Corinthians 5:8