This is the first morning in Houston, Texas that I can feel a change in the air. Fall is officially here, but quite often it feels like the middle of summer in Texas. How, then, does one get excited about the fall when it is so hot and humid? We at the Round Top Collection use traditional symbols to create a “feeling of fall.” Festive plump pumpkins and metal wreaths of leaves in warm, rich colors are staked in pots and hung on the door.
When the decorations go up it gets the whole family excited for the season. Children start planning their Halloween costumes and dreaming of the forthcoming haul of candy. One of the most anticipated events includes pumpkin decorating. We at the Round Top Collection have pumpkin parts for any and all to enjoy this season. When working at fall open houses, I love talking to young children that want to decorate their favorite pumpkins, freshly picked from a make-believe pumpkin patch. They are so proud of the pumpkin their parents have allowed them to pick. It is a real honor to help them complete the experience with turkey parts, owls parts, or even bat parts to transform their choice pumpkin into a fall masterpiece.
The girls tend to choose the owl parts or the cat parts and the boys hesitate on their choice. So, this year I created pirate parts and puppy parts to make this selection more appealing to all the children. In thinking back to my past, one year I received a Mr. Potato Head for a birthday present. One must think these pumpkin parts are Round Top’s version of Mr. Potato Head from my childhood.
So take some kids to the pumpkin patch and let them pick the very best one, then pick up The Round Top Collection Pumpkin Parts to create the funniest and most memorable characters for your porch. Year after year, this family tradition will delight every member of the family.
Fall has officially arrived, and there is a hint of cool in the morning mist. Here in Houston, we are clinging to hope when we see the long-term forecast. This time of year we are enthused to rearrange the furniture and feather our nest. We light the Colors of Fall candles to set the mood while we hang our fall Wreaths and set the long table with earthy tones in anticipation of the coming feasts. Of course, our Pumpkins are out and our favorite college Game Day pieces shout out our support. Now that the house has it's warm and welcoming vibe on, we sit and ponder the next big thing...Christmas!
You can't get away from noticing it in the stores and if you wait, all the good decorations will be sold out. So we encourage you to enjoy that last slip of pumpkin spice latte and then get out there to gather all your Round Top Collection pieces that will make this the Best Christmas Ever!
Pumpkins don’t always have to be orange, think outside the gourd and use paint. Sometimes you may end up with a scarred, warty pumpkin—maybe your child just had to have THAT pumpkin and it’s not the pick of the peck. You may be ready for some trendy colors, other an orange, in your Halloween decorations. Also, there’s a movement to hand out allergen-free treats on Halloween and displaying a teal pumpkin on your porch signals to families your home participates.
Here’s how we did it:
Brush off any loose dirt. Paint the pumpkin with craft paint, using two coats. Work in sections if you have a large pumpkin. Let dry. The paint covers those ugly cuts and bruises on the pumpkin.
When the paint is dry, use any kind of school glue—watered down by half. Sprinkle glitter with your fingertips over the wet glue from about eight inches above the surface. Work in sections if your pumpkin is a large one. Let dry
Insert your pumpkin parts. Another great thing about the paint—if you have to move a part and it leaves a hole, touch up with the paint to seal the hole and keep your pumpkin fresher, longer.
Let your imagination go wild with this project. Send us pictures of your art! Post on Facebook and Instagram using #TheRTC. We love to see what you all create!
We are deep into our creative mode right now. Out in our welding area, Domingo finished all the Made in Texas orders and now he and Jeff build the samples for 2017. With several industrial fans blowing away Houston's heat and humidity, Jeff and Domingo literally hammer out new ideas for the coming Market. Inspirational music fills the space and an occasional lyric is belted out in a deep bass. Drawings and paper patterns, weighed down by scrap metal, flap and wriggle in the artificial gale, occasionally break free never to be seen again. Rooster tail showers of sparks fly out from Domingo's hands at the grinder.
The special working relationship between these two creatives has been going strong for years; and, they will tell you they've never had a fight. It's best to leave them alone to work the magic that happens when Jeff's designs come to reality in metal, but a visit during the process is always an interesting experience.
It's hard to come out of the welding area the same as you came in. When you step in front of the giant fans, you feel like a supermodel on the catwalk. As you leave, your clothes and hands sport black smudges, your hair has a Trumpian flair, your spirits are lifted with song and you are amazed at how metal can be bent, hammered, cut and welded into the joyful shapes that make us all smile.
Our home is our retreat at the end of a long day. This precious jewel reflects our character, our past and our dreams. It shows all who enter in, who we are.
At The Round Top Collection, our Home Collection categories are influenced by the many facets of the life lived by Jeff Krause. The charming town of Round Top, Texas, where it all started, is treasured by the entire Krause family for its white clapboard houses with wide breezy porches overlooking rolling pastures dotted with cattle. When you cultivate the feel of a Farmhouse in your home with our decor, you will hear the swelling song of cicadas and a far away hum of a farmer cutting hay on his tractor. In this busy world, the nostalgia of roosters and red barns settles our restless souls.
When Jeff was a youngster, his family had a house on Galveston Island. What a treat for a kid to crab and fish, watching the seagulls and shrimp boats work the water all day. You will feel the salty breeze whip at your hair and hear the lap of the waves stir the sand with our Coastal decor. Put your feet up and try to count all the hues of blue in the ocean and sky. Make every day in your home a vacation on the water.
There is a lot of girl power at the Krause house. Jeff's daughters and his lovely wife have their influences in the home, too. Their love of florals and sweet sentiments colored our picks for the Boho category in the Home Collection. Feathers, flowers and flowing fabrics celebrate the joy of life. Happiness is a choice, so surround yourself with uplifting words and pretty things that remind you to smile.
We know time spent with our families in our homes is to be treasured, memories are shared in photos and dreams can be expressed through art. The Round Top Home Collection offers you so many ways to show your heart.
Visit us at our website to see the entire collection and Facebook page for decorating ideas.