when in rome…

or in our case, when in LA….    

{in TeXAS, some might call these handle-less coffee mugs a bowl...}

but in this PaRIS-inspired coffee shop in LA, it’s a JaVA holder. a coffee cup. a top-o’-the-mornin-shot-o’-caffeine-to-get-ya-goin container. we stayed at our sweet friend & ShABBY ChiC pioneer, RaCHEL AShWELL’s house in brentwood and this cafe was just a short little skip from her lavender-filled backyard.    

{do as the LA'ers do...}

soooooo, we’re back from our biggo GriSWALD-esque trip to LA. and we managed to squeeze in some serious sight-seeing in between our itinerary of meetings…    


we went. we saw. we ate. we drank. we rented a 15-passenger GOOd Timin’ VaN (which the kids quickly dubbed the ‘happy van’) and decided to go on a lil roadtrip.    

{we were sooooo cool cruisin' in this super sweet ride....}

and i’m quite sure EvERYONE was checkin out our super-fly set o’ wheels with envy! admit it, who DoESN’t want a happy van?!    

our trip in a nutshell….    

JaNIE & AmiE had near panic attacks in the SaNTA YNeZ mountains.    

{don't look EthEL!}


which was right before we got lost and flagged some nice man down in the middle of the road for directions. HowEVEr, JanIE quickly got better after a stop at the GaINEY ViNEYaRD winery…    

{yes, she really was THIS excited to be OUT of a moving vehicle and INSIDE a winery!:)}

we checked out the breathtaking Nojoqui waterfall nestled deeeeeep way out in the middle of good-gawsh nowhere…    

{just a short (and beautiful) hike from the main park...}

DaD and my husband, ToDD (aka T.SMiTTY), looked like they took a wrong turn headed to the OK CoRRAL and ended up on the beach in their jeans and cowboy boots (ya know what they say….you can take the boy outta the country but you can’t take the country outta the boy…).  

{daD sportin the country boy-beach collection}

we cruised the beach tourist-style in one of these awesomely cool bicyles!    

{a kodak moment before we hit the trail...}

annnnnd then……   

{you might be a redneck if you try to off-road in a 4-wheeled, 6-seater bike...}

and most importantly, in our meetings we met some of the nicest folks EvER that showed us that true SouTHERN hospitality is alive and well on the WeST coAST and for that we are soooo TRULY thankful from the bottom of our heaRTS.   

Here’s a CLiFFS notes version of our many meetings…what went down, number of times we cried during our meetings, how many times i ate falafel, and what’s comin to a TV near you:   

  • we met with the MOST wonderful people that were kind, sincere, and humble (XOOXO to all of you!!)
  • we will be OFFiCIALLY filming a PiLOT for a JuNK GyPSY show next month (august 2010)
  • from JunK-a-PaLOOZa to roadtrips to AiRSTREAM makeovers…it’s all comin to a netWORK near you!
  • air daTE and network to be announced soooooon…we promise to keep ya posted!
  • number of times we cried: i think i lost count at around 6…we tend to get a little misty when we talk about JuNK GypSY, our family, and all of you that have let JG become a part of your lives! It was hilarious and embarassing at the same time…kinda like a chain reaction…one of us would start getting a little teary-eyed and the next thing ya know, we’d all be cryin like babies!


 and oh yeah…number of times i ate falafel: 9 …and oh my goodness, this PLaCE had THE bEST FaLAFEL EvER! …smack dab in the middle of the BreNTWOOD countRY MART (where we happened to see the beautiful BrooKE ShieLDS). 

{the BreNTWooD CounTRY MarT post office}*photo credit:goop.com

Speaking of ThE BreNTWOOD CounTRY MARt…we LoVED this place! and were totally LUCKY to catch their soooo cool retro outdoor movie night…featuring Singin in the RaIN! popcorn, snacks, and kid-size directors chairs! 

and of course, no trip is complete without a stop at a local juNK ShoP… 


SiGNING off from GypSYViLLE…lots of big LoVE to all of you and to everyone at our new NeTWORK home for believing in our lil homegrown company! XOXOXXOOXOXO! 

July 7, 2010   15 Comments


Meet DaWN…

{dAWN FitZGeRALD...producer extraordinaire & all-around great girl}

SoME of you may have noticed her at WaRRENTON during the FLeaMARKET last fall…

{AmIE & DaWN...tent set-up...FALL 2009}

she was quite elusive…but her, dean, LiLA, and ChRiS came to TeXAS from across the globe to experience and document the much-talked about and very much-beloved RouND ToP antiques week.

{dEaN & DAWN filming amy allen in the tent...FALL 2009}

BuT let me start at the beginning…

our friendship with dawn first began 3 years ago with a single phone call…we had received phone calls like this before and were always humbled and amazed but this one was different…this one had HEaRT. and SouL. and TRUtH.

DaWN introduced herself as a TV producer, having highly-acclaimed projects on her resume such as IcE RoaD TruCKERS. This time shE was interested in documenting the JuNK GypSY story because it was close to her heart.

and at the point where we had often become disheartened in the past, we found ourselves feeling like we’d found a kindred spirit. ShE wasn’t the biggest or flashiest producer we spoke with…but we knew we had to treat this decision like we had everything else in our business…we had to go with our gut.

So last FaLL, DaWN & company loaded up and headed south…to the AnTIQUES show – where it rained and rained and rained and rained. We worKED. we laughed. we got soaked. By the end of the 2 weeks, we all felt like family…

{hangin' in the tent....}

they entertained us….

{ChRIS & DeAN...providing the entertainment}

serenaded us….

{ChRIS & CaSH BakER makin' sweet music}

and put up with us….

{loadin up in the STuDEBAKER....takin her for a spin...look out y'all, it's about to get crazzzzzy!}

So here we are… 3 yeaRS, a lotta laughs, a-whole-heckuva-lotta-paperwork, endless phone calls, and a couple of hundred sleepless nights later….about to board a jet plane.

LaST week we received HuGE news-we’re moving forward with a JuNK GypSY television show-and now we’re headin out to LA. WiTH a pocketFuL o’ SuNSHINE….

June 21, 2010   40 Comments