Carol Hicks Bolton was our “star of the show”
held my favorite cafe on earth– Royer’s Cafe.
To hear Carol speak about her design theology is to witness
an artist’s passion at it’s best.
I consider what she and so many others do for the antique market an art.
No longer is it enough for sellers to sprawl their goods onto
an empty lot and sell.
Today’s designers have taken the styling of their antiques
to a whole new level of sophistication.
Now when you visit a “flea market” you feel as though you are browsing
through an eclectic mix of revered art from every period and style known—
and even some that haven’t been discovered.
As is the case of Carol’s finds.
Carol’s Laboratoire de Design
owned by Tim & Carol Bolton based in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Hearing Carol speak about here approach to design —
like choosing pieces to design her own home or
those to sell at her storefront –was very inspiring.
She talked about implementing meaningful artifacts
that have a history that you connect too.
Making memories out of design.
Luxury not in traditional, opulent surroundings and effects
but instead in mementos and art that celebrate your life.
She referred to her style as “raw luxury”.
I absolutely adore this mantra.
Carol’s well- formed design approach is admirable
but to see it embodied in let’s say her booth at Marburger Farms —
well it’s a very enlightening experience.
Her ideas came to life as I passed through and viewed exactly what she meant.
Doll clothes hanging with tape on leather mounts,
book bindings grouped together with other artifacts,
even a beautiful rustic turbine added to a vignette all create
a setting entertaining enough to stand in a museum and
yet comfortable enough to enjoy in every day life.
Carol was nice enough to stop and pose for the quick minute
as I passed through her booth.
So down to earth and modest,
Carol is truly a magnificent visionary.
I can’t wait to visit her in Fredericksburg!
Until then you can see her unbelievable shop via
with captivating photos by the amazing Anne Lorys.