Barn White is an elegant boutique with a comfortable edge that makes our customers feel at home. Our goal is to assist you in purchasing that perfect trinket for your home or that wonderful fragrance that you've been looking for and even a great gift for any occasion. Come and see, the coffee is always on!
The store stocks a bevy of unique, handcrafted housewarming wares from wooden furnishings to Mexican- and Western-style antiques. Collect water or neo-water in an adobe turquoise pitcher characteristic of classic Mexican claywork ($59.97). Light-switch and outlet covers feature copper-finished tin façades speckled with manually applied patterns ($6.99), and recycled metal animals, such as an armadillo ($49.97) or a flying pig ($54.97–$109.97), keep pets company while you're out buying more pets. Create a rustic mise en abyme with a pair of small Victorian mirrors framed in attractively faded colors that speak of muted grass, aged clouds, and censored suns ($35 each). Empty hats can find a distinctive resting hook on an old door-panel hat rack outlined in barbed wire ($59.97). In addition, the expert artisans of Creative Rustic Furniture—tierra dulce's sister company—fashion one-of-a-kind furnishings from antiquated wooden doors, including desks, bed frames, and dining room sets.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
The friendly staff at Casa Antigua Clearance Zen-ter helps bedeck empty domiciles with trendy, contemporary furnishings. A red Ella table lamp ($108) and set of blue Helena chairs ($29 each) equip living rooms for social gatherings so guests don't have to sit on overturned crock pots in darkness. Uncovered walls can conceal their bareness with a trove of decorative artwork, while stay-at-home phosphate fountains can find loyal companionship with a red barstool ($138). Casa Antigua's collection is regularly stocked with name-brand furnishings that include items by American Leather, Gloster, and Sitcom––which features an ottoman that bears a striking resemblance to Abe Vigoda.
The seeds for the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art were planted in 1935, when the Brownsville Art League began to meet and discuss fine art. In the 1960s, a member took the league to the next level by designing a small art studio where they could house and display their collections. In 2002, it grew again, this time into an official museum featuring a lineup of permanent and rotating fine art. Despite the expansions over time, the core mission has stayed the same: to share art with the community and enrich the cultural landscape of Brownsville. Here are some more facts about this community institution.
Size: 17,000 square feet of bright space that holds over 350 pieces of fine art
Eye Catcher: works by luminaries, such as Marc Chagall, N.C. Wyeth, and Alexander Calder
Permanent Mainstay: Pedro Meyer's Heresies, a collection of photographs and digital images, which are combined to create striking pieces that challenge the viewer's beliefs about what's real and not real
Events: every year, the museum hosts two juried art shows?one just for students?which showcase work by artists from all over the world
Past Exhibits: La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's Intimate Universe, complemented by an exhibit of photographs of the artists by Nickolas Muray
Special Programs: the art-making classes for adults and kids, which garnered the museum a commendation from the Texas Art Education Association for outstanding service to the community