sanctuary of junk.

May 30, 2012

there are some things you just can’t rush. pops’ buttermilk biscuits, sanding before the paint is dry, & constructing our junk headquarters. as junk conservationists, (that’s right, we’re not hoarders…we’re junk conservationists…it’s highly scientific. google it.) we consider it a duty of epic importance…it’s our duty to build a preserve for wild junk. an amiable habitat in which all junk can coexist with one another … a habitat in which all junk can live harmoniously and symbiotically in peace.

the entrance to this wild habitat is finally complete.

a sacred entrance to our sanctuary of junk.

complete with texas harbor salvage tin for the ceiling, chippy peely beadboard salvaged from old farmhouses across the county, and a spanish 6′ in diameter chandelier we scored from richard hargrove at zapp hall. the doors were custom made….we spent hours designing the perfect entry doors…dad scoured the country and had these made from our sketch out of old reclaimed cypress.

heres the before shot…

and just last week, this pink sink arrived on the pony express straight from jersey.

reclaimed and re-loved.

and this little piece of heaven…

{you were meant for me, & i was meant for you}

salvaged victorian ceiling tin from kwaku (featured in dierks bentley’s episode), chippy peely beadboard that our friend matt hager salvaged from a farmhouse in carmine, texas, a beyond awesome glass-with-giant-crystals chandelier we scored years ago from hector the collector, and even awesome-er (yep, it’s a word, google it) doors… (a moment of silence for these amazing doors with an even amazing-er story)… THE. DOORS. chippy peely PINK & white doors salvaged from an old man named HOOTIE (that’s right, y’all…you can’t make this stuff up) in asheville, nc. hootie had a long white beard and a creek running right through the middle of his shop. hootie’s in heaven now and we thank our southern stars that our good friend, nita, bought these from him about 15 years ago…and then we bought them from her at zapp hall. unfortunately, we never knew him, but may the legend of hootie and his white beard be forever immortalized at our junk gypsy headquarters. our sanctuary of junk. and lest i forget, the CRAZY huge giant corbels from our friend matt white at recycling the past (who also hooked us up with the PINK sink).

more giant corbels…


because bigger is better when it comes to architectural salvage.

annnnd more fleamarket lighting…

greeting all who enter our sanctuary of junk. stay tuned y’all…there’s waaaaay more junk making it’s way to our gypsyville world headquarters! we hope to open sometime this summmmmmer!!!

“a rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

-antoine de saint exupery

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  • Reply Kelsey May 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Wow!!!!!!! That looks AHH-mazing. Love the wood, the architectural details & of course the flea market lighting. That tin roof will sound good during those Texas rainshowers. It’s breathtaking and I am in awe. Wow.

    • Reply Gretchen Sharples May 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      I know this was a long time coming for ya’ll! It was worth the wait!!!! That building (you’re dream) is perfection!!! Absolutely yummy!!

    • Reply Stacie July 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Lovin the pink sink and am ready for a road trip to Texas to see the finished sanctuary! Amen!

  • Reply Jolaine May 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Absolutley amazing…I will have to make trip to Texas to see this when you have finished!!!

  • Reply Julie May 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I just really, really, REALLY NEED y’all to get this joint finished. Can’t wait to see it!!

  • Reply Loraine Guerrero May 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Absolutely amazing! I must make a trip over from Shreveport when you finish. What you are doing reminds me so much of the Tiny Texas Houses I’ve seen that this guy from Lulling does, he uses nothing but salvage, amazing stuff. Can’t wait for you to finish so I can hit the road!

    • Reply Kathy Botard September 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      I love Tiny Texas Houses. Want one for a guest house (I would probably move in)

  • Reply Mylinda May 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Ladies, this looks Incredible!!!! I can not wait to come visit this junk mecca. I’m so excited for what ya’ll are doing.

  • Reply Katie *Tate* Probandt May 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I love it all! It’s beyond gorgeous and words don’t really do it justice! It really is just an experience being there. I’m so proud of ya’ll and to have been part of Junk Gypsy will remain with me forever! Ya’ll deserve all the best! Much love ~Katie

  • Reply Deana Fuchs May 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Ohhhhhh….I just can’t wait to visit!! I”m getting all giddy just thinking about it!!!

  • Reply Alea Shinn May 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Add me to the list of people who are going to need to take a Texas trip just to see your finished shop! It looks amazing!!! Thank you for sharing your progress with us =)

  • Reply Penny Kling May 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Oh my Lord….it’s PreHeaven!! It’s almost as good as the real thing, and will tide us over until we get to the pearly gates (which i wouldn’t be surprised at all to see at the Junk Sanctuary too, lol). I will most definitely be making a pilgrimage back to my motherland, to The Republic, to see this most amazing sight, and to just be still, breathe in, and BE…the junk! Gypsies…we can’t thank you enough, for bringing our style of heaven here to earth!! Love it all!!! <3

  • Reply Debora Harmon May 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    This is frickin’ awesome! Excuse the wording, but that’s what came straight from my brain to my mouth while looking at pictures… I love Junk Gypsy style! Sure miss Texas, Blubonnets… and did I say Junk Gypsy! Awesomeness!

  • Reply Jennifer Ray May 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! It’s amazing…can’t wait to see what you do with the PINK SINK…we just took one EXACTLY LIKE it out of our 1950s rental property!!! SHOW ME PLEASE:):) Can’t wait to visit soon!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Kristi May 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I love it!!!!! I can’t wait for ya’ll to open!!!!

  • Reply Debbie Shue May 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Awesome. Can’t wait until your show on Saturday.

  • Reply Natalie May 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    LOVE IT! Love the reclaimed boards, tiles, fixtures, everything! Will have to make the trek to behold it when it’s complete.

  • Reply susan Lester May 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    You two are awesomeness! Love your stuff. I live in Dallas and need to come your way when this is finished. I have never been to Round Rock! I thank Ms. Miranda Lambert for hooking us up. Love that girl.

  • Reply Lisa C May 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Oh my! That entrance looks like angels sing “Hallelujah” each time the doors open! I cannot wait for you to open them for business! Y”all done good!

  • Reply sylvia wilson May 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This is so BEAUTIFUL, can’t wait to visit, so inspirational, in the process of moving into a new home and I am going to use everything you do for my for my new “gypsy style of decorating” Also, absolutely love the HGTV series.

  • Reply malinda May 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    oh my i love it love it. cant wait to see in person. that place rocks already♥

  • Reply Junk Lover May 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Be still my beatin’ heart!
    I’ve been a fan for a long time, I’m lovin’ the show on HGTV and I find myself antsy to be makin’ a trip to Round Top.
    Keep livin” the American Dream!
    I wish you the junkiest success!!!!

  • Reply Laura Higgins May 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I can see the love and thought put into each and every big and little thing ya’ll have chosen for “gypsy heaven.” Just one question – did the funky painted doors from the church find a home here? I can’t stop thinkin’ about those doors… PS don’t work yourselves into a tizzy, take a sweet tea break. We can wait on perfection.

  • Reply Amy May 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Oh My Gosh!!!! IT IS AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Love it and LOve what y’all are doing!!!!!!

  • Reply Elizabeth May 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm


  • Reply Karen May 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Totally. AMAZING! Are y’all going to be open year round in round top now?

  • Reply lynda May 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    CANNOT wait for you to finish and get open so I can come and spend some money…. and maybe finally meet you junk mavens! I’ve been a “junker” since I was a kid…… before everything became an “antique”! The place is looking FANTASTIC… can’t wait to see it completed.

  • Reply Rene' Foust May 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I have been trying to decide where my next road trip should be to and after seeing your new digs I now know!!!! Wow that place is amazing!!!!! I can’t wait to come for a visit.

  • Reply Thyme Day Spa & Salon May 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Looks GREAT girls!!! Cant wait to see it finished!!!!
    Ya’ll may all need a massage when this is finished….maybe before:)
    Traci Moran

  • Reply Carol May 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Can’t wait to be back in the GREAt state of TExAs, y’all !

  • Reply Briana May 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I’m going to have to come down for a visit! It looks so beautiful!

  • Reply tina bolen May 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    absolutely positively love love love the place!!! love the reclaimed wood on the walls, the lighting…everything! and love your show on hgtv!

  • Reply Jennifer May 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I can’t even tell you in words how gorgeous that is . Good job…. can’t wait to see more…

  • Reply lisa May 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Drove by it on my way to Round Top last weekend…it is so amazing from the outside so i know the interior is going to blow us all away! So excited for the grand opening…already getting a group of gals together !!

  • Reply Tina Buenzow May 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    i cant wait i cant wait i cant wait to drive up there and see this great amazing place and meet the fab 3 some and the gang!:)

  • Reply Cyndi May 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    This building is just SO YOU! IT Speaks Junk Gypsy to the soul and you have been so lucky to find Hoot and his doors of glory. Zapp Hall loves you girls to help by giving up this fabulous lighting fixture! What a fabulous Chandelier! That PINK sink is so much GOOD JUNK! Way to go! I so do hope I get to visit you again and see you in your new home one of these days!

    Need any help with Round Top Market Days? I so adore what you have been doing and so love seeing your dreams come true!
    Smiles, Cyndi/ frstyfrolk

  • Reply Donna May 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    So excited for y’all!!! It looks amazing. Can’t wait to see it in person! HUGS!!

  • Reply Kimmykw May 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I look forward to taking a tour soon. Congrats!

  • Reply Meghan May 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Okay… I officially want to live at the JG Headquarters. Or at least decorate my house like this. Absolutely beautiful, y’all! Can’t wait to see it in person!

  • Reply Susan May 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Especially love the beadboard! Can’t wait to see it for myself:)

  • Reply Ann May 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Wow! BEE -u-TEE-fUL!!! Made me a little teary – just how I picture my one day retirement dream home in the country. Congrats girls!

  • Reply Leena Lanteigne May 30, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    This is fantabulous! I love each adn every square inch! The walls are so kewl, the chandeliers, corbels, pink sink but OH MY – stop the presses! Those pink doors are to die for! Hootie must have been a genius to have salvaged those doors! OMG! Love them! This junk santuary is going to be the kewlest, most awesome place on earth! Imagine it filled with fabuloso Junk Gypsy treasures and folks may never leave! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see more! Hugs , Leena

  • Reply Karen Powell May 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Absolutely AMAZING!!!! I love everything about it. Can’t wait to walk thru & find myself a treasure! You girls are the BOMB!! Keep up the awesome work…… Hugs, Karen

  • Reply Robin May 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Love love love the decor. You girls, are amazing and your taste for junk is Perfect! Looking forward to seeing your new Junk! ~Robin

  • Reply Teresa from Virginia May 31, 2012 at 10:26 am


  • Reply Judy Gorrell May 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Dream on, my sweet gypsy girls. We are all living it with you!

  • Reply Artistickitty May 31, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Drive past every chance I get…can’t wait to make that turn up the driveway when y’all open for biz. ♥

  • Reply Deby Denbydeby May 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

    hI TO tRACY!!

  • Reply Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse May 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    It all looks absolutely amazing!
    And ~ I loved last weeks JG show! Well, I love them all!

  • Reply Betty Strickland June 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

    AWESOME, AWESOME is all I can think to say. Congrats to you all!

  • Reply Lindsey June 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I’m am super bummed that I couldn’t have seen it in person when I was visiting Texas…guess I’ll just have to make another trip 🙂

  • Reply Christine Valero June 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Heaven on earth!!!!!! { sigh}

  • Reply Lora June 2, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I just now clapped my hands together in excitement while reading this. I’m so excited! (My daughter just rolled her eyes) I’ve already told my husband we’re making a trip down the road. Those wood plank walls are awesome and I can’t wait to see them in person.

  • Reply robin June 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I cannot wait to see this live & in person, but in the meantime, I’m lovin’ watchin’ the progress! TFS & HONEY HUSH!

  • Reply cindy craine June 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    OMG it looks fabo girls, I mean OMG!!!! I can’t wait to see it! I want to have a slumber party in there before you open! I’ll bring the beer! I am just busting with pride for y’all! But in the end it’s all about the good Karma you’ve always had. It couldn’t happen to two of the most wonderful people I have ever met. Love you both!!xoxoxox-cindy

  • Reply Dori June 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Love! Love! Love! We are building a barn/residence in MT and you are inspiring me!

  • Reply Suzy June 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Just saw you guys on Hoda and KLG and added you IMMEDIATELY to my Google reader. I’m a big city girl (first NY and now LA) but love love love how you decorate. It’s interesting and different and fresh and COOL.

  • Reply sandy June 10, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Could you please fix the link to your website? When I try to connect,I can’t. Seems like something needs to be fixed from your end. I’ll keep checking back to see when it lets ppeople connect again. Thank you.

  • Reply Arlene in MO June 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Just found your show recently on HGTV. I love your style. You ladies inspire me !

  • Reply Lala in Houston June 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Hi, y’all. Caught your show & loved it. Trying to connect to your website, with no luck. My husband suggests you ask your webmaster to buy more bandwidth/per month? Is he/she onto that? It should just entail him or her calling the ISP…and paying more dinero, unfortuantely. Sure hope this can be fixed. (On the other hand you could transfer your website to another Internet Service Provider, which would take a few days, to transfer your domain name and all that. But better than it not working?) Forgive my unsolicited and uninformed advice here. I am a new fan & eager to see your site!! Yee Hawww!

  • Reply Vicki June 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Love the blog and love your show!! Keep it coming girls! When is your website gypsyville going to be fixed?? I’m dying to get on there!

  • Reply Kathy June 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Just caught on to the Junk Gypsies and love them love them love them. Very inspirational and creative. Having touble getting to their website right now. Need to get some junk. Hope it will be up and running soon. XOXO

  • Reply Cyndy June 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I live in Houston, and I cannot wait until y’all are open! I love junk gypsies! I wanna be just like y’all when I grow up! I’m only 45!!!!!!!!

  • Reply erin June 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Amazing!!! Junk Gypsy amazes and inspires me!!!

  • Reply Stephanie Laxson June 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm


  • Reply Hollu Henley June 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    If I ask the sisters styingquestionwould they respond abd guve me suggestions or say if I’m on the righttrack?
    Holly Henley

  • Reply Loraine Petersen July 21, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Girls you are the best! Cannot wait to visit the sanctuary!

  • Reply Jill August 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Hello! Are yall open yet??

  • Reply Dawn August 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Can we say ROAD TRIP from Upstate NY to Texas next summer??? You girls are living my DrEaM!!!!! So excited for you! HQ is looking like Heaven on Earth! Can’t wait for you to open! Loved your HGTV show and look forward to the Endless Yardsale footage!! Junk On Soul Sistas!

  • Reply Nicole A August 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I can’t wait til y’all are up n runnin!! I have absolutely fallin in love with your show and have gotten SOO much inspiration. Roadtrippin from CO to see y’all once it’s done. Thank you for providing the inspiration I’ve been needing 🙂 God bless junkin!!

  • Reply Lynn August 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

    It looks fantastic! Who wouldn’t love a pink sink? It’s long way from Chicago, but I hope I can make a trip to gypsy mecca someday.

  • Reply Dee September 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I am excited to see ya’ll be opening ur own HQ and can’t wait to shop there (already have my list ready!). Luckily for me, I don’t live far from Round Top (can u say Sealy???!)….. 🙂

  • Reply Prudence September 25, 2012 at 7:47 am

    beautiful!! I’ve always wanted to go to RoundTop Texas and now I may actually plan a trip for sure!!

  • Reply Dan Pryor September 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Next time you are in Austin, check out TOPS–a warehouse full of used office furniture. Sometimes there are great old pieces from law offices, doctor’s offices, etc. 1300 E 5th Street 78702. Just east of I-35

  • Reply Debi October 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Ladies –
    Wondering if you will be open around Halloween? I have a friend visiting from the east coast that week and wanted to bring her to Round Top and specifically your place. Let me know. THANKS!

  • Reply Lana October 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    We may not be young in age but definitely in heart and we love to junk. I was in Knoxville before your show came on and ate dinner with on of the guys involved in your show(a friend of my son). He said I would love the show and he was so right.

  • Reply Kathy Stone January 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you all for everything you do! You are the most inspirational artists/designers to come along in a looong time. Keep sending us more of your ideas. Hope there’s another season of your show in the works!

  • Reply Angela Brouillette February 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Love, love, love y’all!!! You’ve become my inspiration to follow my dream of a little flower/gift shop of new and recycled treasures. I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT to make the pilgrimage once it’s finished. 😉

  • Reply Tami Jo Clutter March 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Can you tell us more about antiques week ?

  • Reply Carrie July 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Any news yet on the opening? I’m dying to visit!

  • Reply Dixie October 1, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I had the pleasure of visiting yesterday while in Roundtop/Warrènton. Beautiful! Simply beautiful!

  • Reply melodie November 7, 2013 at 8:38 am! I hope to make it back to Round Top soon..(went before I opened my shop in Bellport, NY in 2001…GOOD LUCK!!

  • Reply Howard July 10, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Dear Junk Gypsy-
    I enjoy watching you and your family put together wonderful surrounding in other people’s homes. The problem is you got the Blue union or Stars of the American flag hanging on the wrong side on the wall in the little farm house. The Stars or Blue Union should be on the upper left side when being view on a wall. Do you think you could flip it over so it hung correctly on the wall with the Stars or Blue Union on the left side when being view on TV. Best Regards Howard

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