The Cottage Journal feature

I am so honored and thrilled one of my favorite e-projects was just featured in the Winter issue of The Cottage Journal.

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I know many of you enjoy that magazine and I was so happy when they inquired about Willow Wisp Cottage.  The homeowner Andrea’s style and look goes with their publication so well and it was a perfect fit!  Andrea is in CANADA and The Cottage Journal and I are both in the South…yet via the good ol’ internet we were able to work together AND get this published without any of us traveling.  It doesn’t hurt that Andrea is a great photographer and home enthusiast..She has such a good eye and ability to execute..all she needed was  a few sources and ideas and she was off and running!

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This was before


And from the family room..the flow with the wainscot in the hallway is so nice!

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These lights over bar are placeholders..we had brass lights there but they are going to her new can see the brass pendants in the photo below.


We used oil rubbed bronze dark cup pulls and knobs on the outer cabinets and brass on the island hardware to tie back to the brass pendants.


I love the good ol PB Bolton Lantern over the island…and that countertop on island..she had such amazing local craftsmen doing work like that..i love how their home has some stained woodwork and cozy feel but white cabinets too..such a great combo and it really illustrates how you can  have both..the little craftsmen cabinet doors at top ties it together i think! It’s like those pages in magazine where they say “what is different” well its the lights over the bar..both look good actually!  Which are your fave?

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I love her  coffee bar!

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And the counters…oh wow her counters.  Its Danby marble from Vermont  oh yes it is!


Just at the contrast with the island top!


View  into her family room..all we did was add the bird prints and slipcovers and a few fabrics…Andrea already had the rug.

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And her dining room…I had my signature buffalo check drapes sewn here in Texas and shipped to Andrea!

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She bought the table locally in Canada and the chairs are from Ballard…woohoo Ballard Designs for shipping to Canada!  The light is Pottery Barns anouk which i have used a lot like the Bolton they work well together!  This home is so pretty with so many great bones…the floors, the coffered ceilings the woodwork so it was a joy to work on and with you can see she is an awesome stylist and photographer…thank you for letting be involved Andrea!


You can read all of the details about the renovation on Andrea’s blog here and here! In many ways the elements are simple and on trend (but classic I do believe), subway tile, white cabinets, marble mixed with wood counters and touches of brass, but each kitchen has its own soul and Andrea’s home certain has soul and warmth! And I think you can find the issue still on stands! Thank you again to The Cottage Journal!

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  1. Holly, it was an absolute pleasure working with you! I think this is a great example of what e design can do…. Distance, and even being international, wasn’t an issue for us. I’m so blessed to have worked with you and look forward to working together again in my next home. xo

  2. Beautiful kitchen and a beautiful feature in one of my favorite magazines! Loved it ALL. Everyone involved did a super job!

  3. Absolutely beautiful!!! I love it all!

  4. Holly,
    I have this issue of Cottage Journal and that home is one of my favorites. You and the owners did an amazing job. I love it!

  5. What an inviting home! Beautiful cabinetry and all the lovely Holly Mathis touches! Great job!

  6. Seriously, why didn’t I know you when I was building this house ‘o mine??!!!! Is 7 years long enough to live with what I have??? lol (You KNOW Brian will say talk to the hand!) Another job well done my friend…#swoonworthy xoxo

  7. Swooning over those Danby Vermont

  8. So pretty! Great job!

  9. Hi Holly,
    The space you designed is stunning. The blue painted walls look very similar to the blue I used in my home. Can you share the color?
    And since the buffalo checked drapes work so well, how can I order that fabric? I sew my own window treatments and would love to have some made with this fabric. It’s very pretty.

  10. Beautiful home! Great work, Holly. Love the lighting y’all chose and those check drapes are fab!

  11. How you do all of that long distance amazes me…..And of course it’s beautiful with your signature touches everywhere:)

  12. Holly, I have followed you since your (2005?2007?) BHG article and I found your same burlap “home” pillows and still love them…. now renovating kitchen due to huge huge flood and hoping you will share your source for the buffalo check fabric and the curtain rods, as I am driving myself mad trying to find both.
    This kitchen is lovely, as is yours! I have many of same elements. and copying some of yours and this kitchen as well. mine is Calacatta Marble… Scary! I don’t know whether to pet it or use it.

  13. There are so many lovely touches in these spaces.

    I saw the sofa listed on her blog as a Restoration Hardware model? I would love to know which fabric she selected for the slipcover? Is it washable or does it require professional cleaning?

  14. I love the layout changes in the kitchen. Moving the refrigerator and the range was such a good idea. It makes the flow of the kitchen look and function so much better

  15. Valerie Phaneuf says

    I love this home. It looks so inviting, comfortable and cozy. I especially love the red, green and blue cushions on the sofa. Is it possible to purchase these and if so , where?

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