A new chapter

If you follow me on Instagram (something I seem to say a lot in blog posts lately, its just so much easier to post more often on Instagram, love it) anyway if you follow on Instagram you saw my big announcement.  We are moving!  We have lived in our current little cottage for 13 years.  We were newlyweds and brought home two baby boys to this little house.  It’s been my decorating lab for many years.  It has been so good to us. But after years of debating a move or major add-on and remodel we have decided to move.  To a house very similar in style and age to our current home but bigger and a better layout for our growing boys.  We are keeping the current house for now which makes the move and transition much easier. My mom is looking forward to possibly living here down the road or it may make a good spot for Holly Mathis Interiors to continue to grow.  Whatever God has in store we are grateful and excited about this new chapter.  Follow along if you are interested…There is going to be a lot of new decorating and living to talk about!


Today the painters start on the exterior.  It will soon be all white! PURE WHITE by Sherwin Williams with a Dove Gray door and surround.  NO shutters y’all and red roof will soon be gone.  I can’t wait to plant varying size boxwood orbs all around the base!


In some ways there is so much to do it’s overwhelming but that is because I am ridiculous and want to do it all now and I know how and where to make it happen if I wanted or could afford.  I want to change paint of course and lighting right away. But the truth is the house is great as is.. it has wonderful trees and old moldings and features likes an arch and built-ins etc.

One of my favorite features is the entryway and arch of course and the way the stairs split to go into kitchen or entry! Love this so much!


And it has amazing wood floors throughout, not a stitch of carpet when we moved in…thankful for that!


I love the wonderful and original old farm sink that the previous owners just restored! SO thankful they did that and loved the house so much.


We love that all of the bedrooms are upstairs


And it has a small but great little library full of charm.


It simply has great bones.  So if we can’t or won’t gut the kitchen now or redo or enlarge baths right away it’s okay because I am honestly just so thrilled to be getting the house and painting it white!  So y’all remind me of that when I start posting expensive fabrics and ideas to “do this and that” and get impatient and want it all now!  Rome wasn’t built in a day as my friend Lauren reminded me and I often tell my clients the same thing. It takes time.  This isn’t HGTV. It’s real life.  So I will be blogging about the journey but thanks in advance for remembering that life happens along the way and it won’t all happen immediately.

So there ya go!  That is what has been going on with me! WE ARE MOVING!!!  Woohoo let’s buy some paint!

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  1. Lisa Cohen says

    Congrats Holly!!! It’s gonna be so fun to watch you “do” this house….it looks fabulous!!!

  2. michelle says

    congrats! its beautiful, I luv all the same things that you do. the best is that all the rooms are upstairs. from experience, that is so worth it, we ended up moving our master up to the biggest room on the 2nd floor and making the ‘old master’ a family hobby room. it was just much better use of our layout we have. you will love having your momma right down the road – again I speak from experience, mine is 3 doors down (being in the country that equates to about 2 city blocks). can’t wait to see everything you do

  3. Congratulations, Holly! I couldn’t be happier for you and can’t wait to come see it in person! Love you and love sharing the excitement of your new space!

  4. It is absolutely gorgeous, Holly!!! Congratulations to you and your family! Are you still in the same town (Brenham or Hempstead, I can’t remember)?

  5. Congratulations, Holly!! So happy for you and your family. Hope you make lots of wonderful memories in your new home 🙂

  6. Congratulations!! How fun for you and us as we get to watch the transformation. 🙂

  7. what a blessing! congratulations on this new chapter…cant wait to see how it unfolds. and that sink! its a keeper in my humble opinion…the built in drain boards on both sides…love it! you cant find sinks like that these days.


  8. BIG congratulations to you! Love that library…swoon over that cozy space. 🙂 And yes that kitchen sink is wonderful!! Now here’s the most important question of all……does it have a BACK PORCH?? LOL

  9. Anne Thomas says

    Love the Baylor shirt in the shot. 🙂

  10. Elizabeth says

    I’ve been waiting on this post, Holly!!! I’m so excited for you! I love, love, love your house! I think it’s perfect. Everything about it is awesome!!! I can’t wait to see what you do to transform it. Will you be leave the paneling in the office as is or paint? Yay! Yay! Yay!!!!!

  11. I absolutely adore it! That library alone – wow!!! Enjoy the process of making your new house a home.

  12. Congratulations on the new house (and opportunity to decorate)!

    Our house built in the 1920s has the arches and glass knobs. I cannot wait to see how you work your magic! 🙂

  13. Holly, it’s fantastic! And you will make it so much more so! Happy for you! xo

  14. So exciting! I am looking forward to following along as you turn your new house into a beautiful home!

  15. Happy News! I am so excited to watch you turn this beautiful house into your family home. Thanks for bringing all of us along on the journey!

  16. Congratulations Holly! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see this home become yours!

  17. Staci Amy says

    ohmygoooodness how exciting!!! SO SOOOO beautiful! And yes, it is soooo hard to not have everything done all at once…living proof of THAT! 😀 I cannot WAIT to see the transformations in this house!! SO happy for you!!!

  18. Congratulations to you and your family on your new home!
    Yes, it has beautiful bones . . . and I can’t wait to see it become YOURS with your style!

  19. Oh Holly…I LOVE it! I am so excited for you and cannot wait to see you transform this in…Holly Mathis style! 🙂

  20. Holly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously? This is so fine!!! I LOVE the library and the stair and that sink! wow. can’t wait to see how you do it all up. Love the white. Sally Wheat just painted everything white and I love it – she painted it all white, including the door, then added brass handles. Looks like a present!! You will love the white paint. wow. just wow. that library. don’t paint it. hahah. just want you want is suggestions from the peanut gallery.

    So HAPPY for you!!! You deserve this!!!!! Congratulations and use it in happiness and great health!

  21. Beth fridley says

    Holly, it is gorgeous before…can’t wait to see the after!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  22. Oh what fun! I adore your new house and I know it’s going to be gorgeous with all of your beautiful ideas! Can’t wait to see it all come to fruition! 🙂 Congratulations!

  23. So excited for you my friend! Can’t wait to see your put the ‘Holly Mathis touch’ on all those gorgeous spaces!

  24. I am so happy & excited for you & yours, Holly! Looking forward to all your touches but I agree, it’s pretty darn awesome already!

  25. I love your new home- but I really, really love how real you are. You will fill that home with love and memories- the best way to decorate!

  26. I’m so happy for y’all. The house is lovely as is, so just pace yourself! Congrats, Holly!

  27. Congratulations! The house is beautiful already but I can’t wait to see you work your magic on it! What fun!

  28. I’m so excited for you all, Holly! We’re in the process of finding our new home and so many of the same thoughts have crossed my mind (I just want what I want and I want it now! 🙂 ). And a white colonial is my DREAM home! Can’t wait to follow along with you!

  29. I am so excited to see what you do with this gorgeous house. Thrilled for y’all!

  30. Congrats Holly! I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now and always look forward to your posts! I’m a designer in Stillwater, MN and have 3 boys. Your design has been really inspiring to me and I can’t wait to see what you do in your new home! It is already amazing! Visit me at JosieJones.com when you have a chance!

  31. I’m so happy for you. I know it will turn out amazing.

  32. Rachelle (in Utah) says

    I don’t believe I’ve never commented before – and I’ve been following you since before you were “famous”! I LOVE your new home. So happy for you. Such a great floor plan! Please post often on your blog since I don’t Instagram. 🙂 I can’t wait to see how you turn this beauty of a house into a home! Sooo exciting.

  33. Holly!! I love the house! its going to be and is fabulous! I can’t wait to see you work your magic! Also what pattern is your blue and white transferware with the willows?

  34. This is going to be like my new favorite reality show, but via your blog and Instagram. I’m super pumped about this, Holly!

  35. Hip Hip Hooray! Can’t wait to see what you do with this cute home. I know you can work wonders with just new paint and fabric! I think that going slow with some big house decisions is best – it gives you time to figure out what works for you and your family and to make the changes that you’ll enjoy and use for many more years. Looking forward to seeing how you make it yours!

  36. Yay! So excited for you!!

  37. That house is just crying out for the memories your family will make inside. I can only imagine you are beside yourself with ideas. Have fun and God bless you in your new home.

  38. Oh, my! It’s just beautiful! I love the outside symmetry, and the graceful arch in the foyer. Holly, with your amazing talent, you truly could make a shack a show-stopper. BUT, with the gorgeous bones of this house and your perfect taste, you’ll have every shelter mag begging for a look!! Congrats and have fun!!!!!

  39. Love your home!! Can you tell me the code to order the bamboo blinds?

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