Our Houston studio (pictured above) is a warm, cozy space with fun music, cocktails, coffee and great conversation (and, of course, with lots of sparkles for shopping!) And we are all dolled up for Fall and ready to welcome you. (Photo proof below!)
Check out our holiday shopping hours here – good until Christmas. (Don’t worry, you can still shop by appointment – just email us here to let us know what works well for you.) And come by to see us soon. We’d love to catch up with you!
In 1976, Chateau Montelena shocked the world when their 1973 Chardonnay was rated above all other wines during a grand tasting, which has now come to be known as the “Judgment of Paris.” At a time when French wines reigned supreme, this stunning win helped to put California on the map in the world of wine. In the 2008 movie, Bottle Shock, beautifully tells this true story and is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys wine.
If you get the chance to visit the California Wine Country, a visit to Chateau Montelena is well worth your time. The grounds are absolutely stunning (and if you’re a wine club member, you can use their lovely Jade Lake for picnics!) and the wine is equally fine. Their Chardonnay is, of course, most famous, but all of their offerings are delicious, so don’t miss the rest. If you’re in San Francisco, but not able to make it North to taste, pop into the Westin St. Francis in Union Square, where Chateau Montelena maintains a small tasting room in the city within the hotel.
In the spirit of small companies with a big dream making a big splash in the world (and in Chateau Montelena’s case, changing the course of history!) take a moment to check out our new collection and learn a little more about what makes Andrea Montgomery Designs different. We are small by design, choosing to craft our pieces out of quality materials right here in Texas.
So, grab a glass of wine, get comfy and click here to peruse our newest collection for Fall (that will transition beautifully into Spring as well!)
We have extended hours for the Holiday Shopping Card in the studio this week! Come visit us in the studio and save 20% while helping in the fight against cancer! We will return to our normal studio hours on November 2nd.
I love the name of St. Martin’s Holiday Market…The Joy of Giving. It’s a great one because it reminds us that giving to others produces joy within us and during the craziness of the holiday season, that truth can get a little lost sometimes.
We had such a great time at this year’s market. This is always one of my favorite shows, primarily because of the customers. Having been a vendor there (and in the same spot every year!) I’ve really gotten to know so many of the people who shop at the show faithfully each year and have developed quite a loyal following of friends there, which makes it way more fun! I love connecting with people, hearing what designs are their favorite and knowing who they’re shopping for gifts for this year. One of my favorites is when moms and daughters come together and shop with me. It is so sweet seeing the daughters tell their moms what they like and then watching as the mom exudes such joy buying something she knows for certain that her daughter will love and having also been a part of the selection process with her. It’s such a neat bonding time for women, whether they be best friends shopping for one another or moms (or grandmothers!) and their daughters. I love seeing people taking time to come together during what has become a crazy season for most people. Plus, 15% of your purchases go directly to Houston ministries that help those who are struggling in various ways, so that brings joy to all as well!
In case you couldn’t join us, below are some photos from the event. And if you’d like to shop with us in the studio this season, check out our studio hours here.
Shades of blue from our Bodega Bay collection.
People are loving our labradorite and freshwater pearl Yountville necklace!
These necklaces have been SO popular! We can’t keep them in stock.
They look great worn long or looped through as a lariat for a shorter look!
Our popular Petaluma earrings in Swiss and London blue topaz and pyrite
On the Sonoma Coast of California sits the enchanting Bodega Bay where the sandy beaches are met with a beautiful rocky coastline. Tide pools abound, surfers congregate and whales can be spotted migrating through the area. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway where you can relax on the beaches in the evening, listening to the waves crash, sipping the new wine you discovered during the day in Sonoma.
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We are SO excited for this week! It’s one of our very fav markets of the year! Great food, amazing shopping finds from over 90 vendors from all over the country and the nicest people around all make for one of Houston’s best holiday markets!
We’ll be in the same spot as always in Booth 111 in the Bagby Parish Hall (that’s along the farthest East wall in the main front room closest to Woodway) and we are bringing all of our new Fall collections before they’re available on our website. So come on by and get a preview and start your holiday shopping in style!
Here are the details on the hours of the market this week…
And if you’d like to know which vendors are coming this year, here’s a full list below. There are lots of fun new vendors coming that we can’t wait to shop. Our dear friends at Maison Pernoud are coming for the first time this year. You will LOVE the French antiques that Kate travels the world to bring home to you. They are gorgeous! The girls at A Little Eye Candy are always in the know about the latest fashion accessories and they are loads of fun! The Smocked Frock always has the cutest traditional children’s clothing – perfect for your Christmas card photos. We heart Marye-Kelley and her always-a-great-gift decoupaged items. Her picture frames, tissue covers and wastebaskets are our favs! Paris Texas Apparel Co will be back this year with their gorgeous ties, tees and more for the Texas-loving man in your life. (My man rocks these all the time!) Pomp and Circumstance is bringing some of the best finds from their popular Houston boutique – affordable and fashionable, who can resist that? And we love the goodies at Tres Chic. I just bought the cutest leather purse in their Houston store and can’t wait to see what all they’re bringing to the market. All in all, there is surely something for everyone, so come by and say hi.
Living in San Francisco spoils you in many ways. Beautiful views at every glance, incredible food, abundant culture and proximity to fabulous vacation spots abound. One such spot is, of course, the wine country.
When we lived in SF, we could be in Sonoma in 45 minutes and Napa just a smidgen longer and we took advantage of that. . .a lot! When driving up for the day was as common as it was for us, we didn’t have to choose our vineyard visits and tastings very carefully – after all, we knew we could drive up again next weekend!
Now that we are back in Texas (and seriously missing those wine country visits!) we were so thrilled to take a trip back to Napa for a visit. Our friend turned 40 this year and his adorable wife planned the most incredible party for him at their ranch in the wine country. It was an absolute blast! (But I digress…)
Hubs and I decided to head up a few days early (our first trip sans kids – yikes!) and do a little wine tasting – and getting to know one another again. It’s amazing how much talking with one another we got done when we weren’t being interrupted by little voices the whole time! As you know, hubs is a major wine guy, so he planned all of the tastings. He loves research and during his reading, he asked me if there were any places that I wanted to visit. Well, hubs may be the wine guy, but I have a dear friend who is a sommelier (which is not an easily-earned title, let me tell you!) See? I have connections, too! So, I emailed my friend Amy who recently founded the Bay Area Wine Company who gave me a few “not to be missed” tasting ideas, one of which was Ovid. Hubs was ecstatic, as that was one of the wineries on his list, so a phone call later, we were booked!
Ovid sits on Pritchard Hill and let me tell you, I wasn’t prepared for the fabulousness of this wine tasting experience. The surrounding beauty, the gorgeous facilities, the incredible wines and the lengthy two-on-one chat with our friendly hostess, Janet, a managing partner at the winery, were absolutely unparalleled. We had some great tasting experiences on our trip, but this was probably our very favorite.
Ovid makes only three wines and doesn’t even make each of those every single year. They create as the harvest allows and are committed to only using the best of the best in their wines, which means that some years, a particular wine doesn’t get made. Ovid grows four Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot and farms them all organically. Varying proportions of each are used in their blends. You can read more about their wines on their lovely website here.
If you’re near Napa or planning a trip there soon, I highly recommend giving Ovid a call to see if they can fit you in. There is a waiting list for their wines, but we were able to purchase a few at our tasting on their beautiful property on Pritchard Hill. I’m positive that your palate will thank you!
For now, take a “mini tour” through our photos below. As you can see, they are committed to making each visitor feel special and literally set out the silver and crystal for us. We enjoyed such a nice, long chat with Janet and truly felt like we left as friends, having talked about wine, the changes in the California landscape, raising children and just about everything else in between! Did I mention that they sent us a handwritten thank you note after our visit? Astounding attention to detail, my friends. THAT is what great products are made from!
When you first walk in, you’ll notice that your name is written on the Ovid chalkboard.
They’ve been expecting you and you’re an honored guest!
So much so, that THIS is your lovely place setting.
No attention to detail has been left to chance
It is like a friend set the table beautifully, just for you.
A lovely living-room-like setting for a tasting!
(PS. I fell in LOVE with this glassware!)
How lovely is THIS piece of furniture?
Beautiful and meaningful – I wanted to open each one of these!
A fire pit on the balcony
Stunning views from the tasting room
You can see so much of Napa Valley from up here!
Pretty sure I could sit here for hours and never tire of it!