Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Details from a Hill Country Collection

Fine New England Antiques  are appreciated by some of us deep in the heart of Texas just as they are by collectors in more traditional settings. A recent party afforded an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful collection as well as a visit with friends I have loved over the years. The few pictures I took give barely a glimpse of this light and spacious home filled with beautiful early Americana. Take a peek here and enjoy!

A cupboard filled with great early redware never hurts to show off!  The thyme in a little iron posnet is a sweet touch I want to copy for my own house.


An unusually nice early table with a great stance!
The drop front desk has a superb untouched surface as do most of the pieces in the house.

I loved the books in a box!
Natural material softens hard surfaces and adds a casual texture.

A bed made by Jack O'Neill blends with antiques.
The Breakfast table overlooks the deck shown in an earlier post above the pool.

Assembling lunch for twenty.

Note the fine little tape loom on the wall. Because the house is uncluttered the depth of the collection only gradually sinks in, as cupboard after cupboard holds such treasures.

Excellent use of high spaces all over the house adds interest in generous rooms. 


The thumb latch and knocker once graced the front door of my own dear cape.    edyth 


  1. Thank you for sharing this Beautiful home I need to go slowing and really study the pictures
    to get the full impact awe inspiring

  2. Edyth, these are wonderful photos to look at. As of lately I have been decorating with baskets up high as we have lots of bookcase tops to use. Thank you for sharing and posting them.


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