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PaperCity Houston March 2023

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from MIMI ROGERS KISS KISS JORDAN GEIBEL C olorado transplant Mimi Rogers has realized her long-held dream of opening a storefront in Round Top with Bisou Bisou, a collection of antiques and vintage furnishings, art, and decoratives, such as a bleached French oak sleigh chase with hand-carved grape-and-vine motif. "I held onto a Country Living magazine for years after seeing an article about Round Top, Texas," she says. "I drove into town in a 26-foot Penske truck in the fall of 2009 to participate in my first antique show. When I came to the flashing light my heart said, 'You're home!'" In addition to her new shop, she will continue to show her wares, collected across the U.S. and Europe, during the spring and fall shows at Marburger Farm, where she's been a vendor for 14 years. Bisou Bisou is open throughout show dates, Thursday to Sunday year-round, and by appointment. Bisou Bisou, 106 N. Washington St., Round Top, 970.618.5003, @mimirogersdesign. Candice Cowin Mimi Rogers The new Bisou Bisou W hen you stay at The Frenchie Boutique Hotel in Round Top, you get all the bells and whistles, including a hot tub and pool, personal massages, a fully stocked kitchen, firepits, and Kristin Light's covetable interior design. Now there's another reason to stay: Owner Katy Bader has unveiled The Poolhouse, a restaurant and bar exclusively for guests of The Frenchie. The serene Round Top retreat is bathed in shades of yellow, pink, blue, and white, mirroring the St. Tropez striped umbrellas that flank the pool. Light is abundant; lush banana palms reach toward the sun from a wall of windows, while a vintage palm-shaped chandelier hangs above the fireplace and pineapple-shaped chandeliers illuminate the striped banquettes below. Blush pink makes a play in the artwork as well as in the curves of mid-century molded chairs. The bar is topped by short milk-glass lamps and attended by wicker bar stools. The Poolhouse welcomes hotel guests sev- en days a week, 8 am to 7 pm, with a bar offering The Frenchie's signature libations as well as wine and beer selections and a menu from Culinary Institute of America-trained chef Brenna McBroom, whose brunch and three- to five-course dinners must be reserved in ad- vance. The Poolhouse is perfect for events, as heralded last fall by The Southern Coterie, a networking group for female entrepreneurs that booked the venue's first party. "It was dreamy. Like The Frenchie on steroids," Bader says. The Poolhouse at The Frenchie Boutique Hotel, 311 N. Live Oak St., 979.208.9851, Round Top, Courtney Dabney THE FRENCHIE'S NEW POOLHOUSE MAKES ASPLASH Pool boy at The Poolhouse at The Frenchie Boutique Hotel The Poolhouse at The Frenchie 100

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