Thursday, August 25, 2011

Antiques at Just Folk - Just Fabulous

 I am not sure when I first learned of Just Folk, but their website has long been a favorite of mine. Sometimes when I begin to feel my folk art is strange or not as valuable as whatever the latest trend is in antiques or decorating, all I have to do is visit this charming venue to remember the love I have for and the value of, simply charming, extraordinary art created by artists of all walks of life.

 So, recently while planning a trip to visit some colleges out west, I thought to visit this favored website and find out just where in California it is. Imagine my excitement to realize it would literally be right down the road  from where we would be!!

And, as good fortune would have it, we had a day in between college visits. 

I don't have to tell you what we did with our time!
The building was custom designed for the Just Folk gallery. You can read the whole story here.

The rest of my adventure will unfold here. 
I don't think I need to say much. You will see that this is a very special place filled with folk art TREASURE of all sorts. 

Enjoy the photos and leave me a comment if you have a question, or better yet, go visit

 One of my favorites - Miss Orange Lips.

This is the inside of the elevator used to go to the second floor. 
Imagine decorating the elevator!! 
How clever is that?

 If you take the stairs rather than the elevator, this big fella is waiting to greet you at the top!

 Mr. Flat Top - isn't he the best!!??

Have you ever in your life seen such a fun way to designate the restrooms!! The sliding doors themselves are to die for!

 I LOVE this guy with his little tin bowler and his funny, primitive legs. Looks like he is just about to dance!

 I took several photos of the space in general. It is perfect for showcasing this amazing collection of American folk art, Traditional antiques and very special outsider art.

And maybe my favorite guy of the whole day......

Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Thanks for reading Hill Country House!


  1. I loved this place. The art work should be in a museum. I love Miss orange lips and Mr. Flat top.
    Thanks so much for these pictures. What a fabulous store.
    take care,

  2. Oh, Wow! Such imagination, personality, skill, and creativity here.

    Reminds me to get out to the countryside not so far from us and visit a small art studio. It has a similar ambiance. A perfect place to spend an autumn day.

    I'm drawn to the horses in your photos...and the idea of decorating the elevator...and the restroom doors!

  3. Your new blog looks great and that is a neat place!

  4. Yes! I do love Mr. Flat Top. What a fun place!

  5. Oh, there is so much to love in this post! And so much to be inspired by.


  6. I can't believe I'm just now finding your blog! We moved to San Antonio over two years ago and I have yet to visit Fredericksburg. Now I have to come see this place you posted about. You just can't ignore a place with beautiful giant pigs.

  7. You found Just Folk! It really is an incredible gallery and I often stop in Summerland too on my way to Santa Barbara.

    Thanks for sharing your trip....what fun!

    xo kelley

  8. yay! I am so glad to have found someone who's as crazy about 'unusual' things as I am! so happy to find another dress form fan! donna

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I love that distressed blue dresser!



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