Delicate and romantic, Victorian details add something spectacular
Billy the Kid is said to have dropped dead on a Hico, Texas sidewalk. But the historic little town has another attraction to stir a sense of history, Hico Homestead. This gem of an antique and antique-inspired boutique is just off Main St. at 100 Elm St., in the historic Opera House circa 1895. From Victorian, tea-dyed lace to wedding garlands of twine, burlap, and lace this treasure trove of romantic inspiration, displays the crafty use of scraps and vintage remnants, all from an era when serif typefaces and filigree ornamentals defined the style of the time.
Brenda James, store owner along with her husband, Mike, left her CPA practice in Denton, TX for a more creative enterprise nearly seven years ago, when they bought the store. When Brenda decorates a wedding, she says that using vintage scraps with twine and burlap is far less expensive than greenery garland and other modern decoration elements. Fabric can be dyed to suit wedding colors and it’s a great way to use family treasures that are long past their usefulness.
Consider decorating a guest book or small pillow for the ring barer, with lace, fringe, ribbon, and other fabrics for a romantic feel that is timeless and elegant.
By Sandra Sneed