Laurie Visits Vietnam and Singapore!

photo-1 I was pleasantly surprised on my recent trip to Viet Nam. The hospitality was grand and the people more than friendly. Viet Nam is similiar to China of ten years ago. Plenty of street merchants and plenty of odd carcasses hanging from hooks. I of course was looking forward to finding new suppliers of furniture for Tomball. I was slightly disappointed with no new furniture suppliers but amazed by the wide variety of water buffalo jewlery and horn pieces for table top. One of my pals, Babbie Syslinger, from At Home in Birmingham, Alabama jumped all over that category. She found an amazing supplier. After hours of exchanges with the one person who spoke English in the entire building I am slightly confident we have acquired rights to some exciting new product. Not confirmed or shipped yet…but coming soon.


Moving from Viet Nam to Singapore was more productive. We ran into the Four Hands boys on the way. They seemed none to excited to see us…geez! But we pushed on. Also, I didn’t get to hop aboard the Hello Kitty! jet, but isn’t she adorable!!?

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photo-3 Upon arriving in beautiful Singapore we were greeted with some juicy lime drink that made us all “happy” to start shopping again. I think you will be pleased with the mirrors, lamps, large furniture pieces, vanity sinks, chairs, jars and water buffalo leather. I was happily able to negotiate many, many containers of new product. Of course we will not see much of that for many months. My favorite supplier is still Stephen from Romania. He is an expert at producing leather chairs and barstools. I am working on some direct rug containers out of Turkey. More tidbits as I progress.

I did come home with huge legs and blood clots. So after seeing a vascular specialist and my best Doc friend Christine Lee (my oncologist)….I am still scheduled to journey to North Carolina.

It is always exciting to see all the new goods. I expect to run into Jim VanAntwerp (Simple things, Forth Worth) and many boyfriends repping various lines. Will keep you posted at what I find.

IMG_20140306_104242_599 Additionally. Some glad tidings in my furniture family. Glyn and Jill Styles (HaloStyles) have been my best friends for years. Their son Nathan had a bad bought with lymphoma several years ago. He happily married and now has adopted a lovely baby boy from Florida. Oliver Michael. Can’t wait to meet him! Congratulations Nathan, Danielle and of course Grand dad and Nanny Jill.


Aunt Laurie


Laurie’s Spring Fling a Supreme Success

Spring sprung. We danced. We sung.
We baked. We laughed. We had a blast.


OK, we really didn’t dance and sing, but we did have a blast at Laurie’s Inaugural Spring Fling. Last weekend’s three-day event came complete with many vendors, 10 baking contest winners and one big and happy Easter Bunny.

First, a thanks to the vendors:

Bristol’s Boutique
Gallery Auction
Stella & Dot
The Sweet Tooth Advisor
Turquoise Door
The Vintage Birdhouse

Now, a thank you to the Easter Bunny:

He was big. He was happy. He took loads of pix with kids (and adults and babies and puppies).


And finally, a round of delicious applause to the the baking contest winners:


It was a tough and scrumptious race, but someone (or 10) had to win it. Top three prizes in each category netted $100, $5 and $25, respectively, while the Grand Prize winner was awarded a delectable $250.

Yummiest Cookie awards went to:

  • Jon Gooding
  • Shirley Shirley
  • Laura Watson

Most Delightfully Decorated was a super-tough call as all were too cute!

  • Becky Havill
  • Kathy Ehrie
  • Pam Humphrey

Fabulous Fruit Filled goodie awards were gobbled up by:

  • Catie Seal, our youngest baker at 7 years old. We expect big things from her!
  • Marilyn Watkins
  • Joyce Pound

Grand Prize Winner

Jon Gooding was a smash on about a million levels. The only guy to enter the contest. An avid baker who sends cookies to the troops. Baking for nearly 20 years. Son of world-famous auctioneer Vickie Vines, who vows to team up with sister Lou to out-bake Jon in the next contest.

Oh yes, and his cookies were a treat for the tongue and delight for the eyes, decorated as Easter eggs.

Thank you to all who helped make Laurie’s Inaugural Spring Fling a supreme success.


Laurie’s Plant Stand

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Last June, Laurie and the girls made a quick trip out to San Fransisco to work with one of the major suppliers in the floral business.  Due to the volume of greenery the store and the design teams were running through, it was time to “get going” with 40 containers direct from factory.  Laurie does not like cheap/box store looking plants and therefore felt the need to explain to our floral friends what works best in Tomball.

After arduous, even at times annoying, follow through (nothing is easy in the world wide importing business) we have finally received our first foray into the plant business.

Come see the enormous tent-full at
Laurie’s inaugural
Spring Fling
April 11-13 on the east lawn.   

Well-priced.  Direct to us. Nowhere else.
It is our own special plant stand.

And for those inquiring minds:  Yes. Laurie and the girls made a quick trip through the Sonoma wine area.  Laurie was disappointed.  She wanted to see the original William Sonoma store and a barn full of Ralph Lauren finds.  No such luck.  Good eats.  Good wine. Great scenery.  Uninspiring retail.  When the team returns we plan to explore more remote locations.  We will keep you posted.



Spring Fling Schedule

The East Lawn at Laurie’s will be hopping at the inaugural
Spring Fling on April 11-13.

Fantastic vendors ALL WEEKEND! 

  • springflingchalkboard Gallery Auction
  • Textile Series
  • The Vintage Bird House
  • Bristol’s Boutique
  • Turquoise Door
  • Paul-Klinger
  • Brookwood
  • Stella and Dot

Highlights from the Spring Fling schedule:

bernies-burger-bus Bernie’s Burger Bus!
Friday, April 11.  
11 AM – 3 PM – One of the best burgers you will EVER taste. Check our their website (Bernie’s Burger Bus) and gander at their menu!

Pictures with the Easter Bunny!
Saturday, April 12.  2 PM – 3PM – Pictures with the Easter Bunny! It’s our favorite, magical, seasonal rodent and he wants to take a picture with your terrified tyke. Just kidding – we’ll provide the bunny, you bring the camera!

cookies Baking Contest
Saturday, April 12.  Drop off your goodies anytime Friday or Saturday until 1 PM. Judging will begin at 1:30!  Bring your cake, cookies and cupcakes decorated in Easter style! Best bar cookie for Easter lunch or the best regular cookie depending on the judge’s sweet tooth!  Best pie, tart, fruit sweet.  Presentation is important.

Category Winners:

  • 1st Place $100
  • 2nd Place $50
  • 3rd Place $25.00
  • Grand Winner - $250 Gift Certificate

Baked goods will not be returned but donated to the hard working guys helping load all of the beautiful furniture into your cars.

bonnets Bonnet Contest
Saturday, April 12.  2 PM - 
Bonnet showcase! Hats will be modeled on the runway in a fashion show emceed by Aunt Laurie!  Entrants may be adult, children or pets. Overall attire is important!

  • 1st Place $200
  • Runner up $100

All contestants will be featured on our blog.  

Opportunity Buy Event: Lamps and Art

You’ve pulled the weeds,
changed the air filter
and wiped down the baseboards.

Now let’s get to the part that really celebrates Spring!
  Out with Spring Cleaning and in with a Spring Clearance. You’ve earned it.

It’s time to refresh your home with some new accessories from Laurie’s.
This Thursday and Friday we have lamps and art on Opportunity Buy, you won’t believe these prices.
Give any room in your house a brand new look!
Everything pictured here and much more! But there is just one of everything– so get here fast!

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