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Country Living Prep & Bemz

{FYI this is a sponsored post by slipcover company BEMZ, I rarely do sponsored posts unless they are in conjunction with local shops I work with but this collaboration with Bemz has been really good and I am excited to share with keep reading if interested}

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The month of May has been such a blur, I am sure it has been for many of you as well!  End of school activities, field trips and programs and “prepping for summer” with kids home (and work needing to continue yikes!) and planning vacation trips around work. And then I had the workshop/Creative Class! And Country Living came to town the SAME week as the workshop. I know, crazy. But it all worked out of course. If you follow me on Instagram you know our home was shot earlier in May by Country Living and will be in a spring or summer 2017 issue.  I am so grateful and excited.  And it honestly worked out well because the photo shoot caused me to get a lot of little things done that made me feel more prepared to host guest here during the Creative Class. Also my friend Becki Griffin was the stylist and she and her amazing assistant Allison Pinkerton HELPED me get so many little things done.  It takes a village y’all and just like with the class, I am always eager to share credit where credit is due.  So many creative people that help me pull things together otherwise so much would never happen.


{Becki on the right and Allison on the left..what a team!}

So because I knew Becki would be the magazine stylist on my project (I am so proud of her, her styling for Country Living and other publications has just taken off, she is so talented!) like I said,  I wasn’t too worried about the house.  She kept telling me to stay calm and “we will take care of this and that” so I was pretty chill.  (OK I may have sent them tons of links to different sources for new pillows etc but they were patient) in the end very little was going to be changed or brought in so I was chill-ish. Except for one area-my IKEA loveseats.

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Yep we decorators both love and hate our IKEA…and my IKEA ektorp sofas LIVE HARD! I have two sons and a dog after all. So how did I send up with these loveseats (or two seater sofas as they are called sometimes) Well when we moved a year ago I had given up my custom gorgeous linen sofas to frankly help finance the move (and because I wasn’t sure they would fit through the door of the new place). I replaced them with IKEA ektorp loveseats. One for each boy.  So no  “Henry is touching me” or “Drew just hit me” could be heard during cartoon time. The sofas were cheap and easy and great also with the new dog in the house.  Hunter would have gone no where near the previous sofas.  Sorry Hunter.  So all worked out. Until I realized COUNTRY LIVING is doing a FULL STORY ON MY HOUSE and I have dinky IKEA sofas. I am usually not a snob about things like this but I was just insecure about how the loveseats were looking.  Just normal insecurity/magazine is coming type feelings. And yet I hated to have a custom high end slipcover constructed for IKEA loveseats I don’t plan on having forever… Also there are TWO of them so custom slips would have added up FAST!  The editor graciously told me it was fine but I still just wasn’t sure.  Finally,  I checked with BEMZ!

These beautiful photos above and below are not from Country Living or my home but from BEMZ.

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This is all IKEA furniture y’all with Bemz slipcovers (for the most part, shot in a gorgeous setting with great props but still IT IS IKEA)!

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Have y’all heard about Bemz? They are a Swedish company and their country fits slipcovers seemed just what I might need to get ready for Country Living!

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And they have so many samples, but of course I knew I wanted light or linen colored! And I knew I wanted COUNTRY FIT like shown here . . .

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So I began to work with the people at Bemz and ordered four samples (pics below are from me;;)

1.Belgian Linen Blend in the Soft White (whiter more cream still heavy almost canvas very durable)

2. “Designers Guild 100% linen” in natural (a thinner but still durable “flax” look and feel not too dark)

3.  Rosendal Pure Washed Linen in Silver Gray (100% pure white linen)

4. Rosendal Pure Washed Linen in Absolute White (white 100% pure white linen)


Top left is the heavy Belgium Linen Blend in white, next to it is Designer’s Guild natural (flax) look then bottom row is the Rosendal Pure line in white and Silver gray. And they mix so well with my fave paint colors (this photo below shows the Rosensal White on right, Designs Guild 100% linen on top left and the bottom sample is the “Belgium Linen Blend” in looks very similar to a RH fabric we see a lot here on their outdoor furniture. If you are confused read more here and order really is fast and easy!  I just washed mine for the first time so I am excited to see how they go back on…I will say I got the country fit so they are very generous and GO ON LIKE tugging and fighting to get them on like with regular IKEA slipcovers.


I chose the Pure white 100% linen and I love well I have so far…about to see how they fit after a wash..I will let you know. I will also try to get some wider shots!

So I have showed you some beautifully styled photos of their products above  and now you can see what they look like on my granted my cushions are beat down a little.. And this was before Becki and Allison puffed them up with a little batting for the shoot;;; But here you can see what a Bemz 100% linen slip looks like (sofa on right) compared to the regular $39 Ikea canvas slip. Now the Country Fit is loose but I like that, the IKEA slip’s skirt doesn’t even touch the floor.

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I just love the feel of the linen fabric and the long skirts and as Becki said “they steamed to perfection” for the shoot..though I doubt I will do that after every wash; She and Allison prepped them to perfection.

Oh and they are Hunter approved for their softness!  After the shoot he didn’t go near them for days it was like he knew but soon he was back curled up between the pillows!


So there you go, thank you Bemz for helping me get ready for the Country Living shoot. This box came just in time! I love these fabric and the fit and this was a great solution.  They have 20% off today on their website !  Code is SUMMER20

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Be sure and follow them on social media @bemzdesign on Instagram and on facebook here. They have so many more gorgeous photos like the ones I showed here on their website and social media and their Pinterest boards and you can also get alerts on sales!

And watch my Instagram to find out more about the magazine article!

{Again, Post sponsored by Bemz!}

More on Stinson home

Wow, your response to this home was amazing.  Thank you for your comments and thank you to Samantha and James for being so generous with sharing sources and info on the project. I will try to recap some of the source questions and answers in this post as well as share a little behind the scenes of our photo shoot day. These are all iphone pics not beautifully finished shots from Becki but they give a bit more look into the home that some of you might enjoy…


This is James and Samantha Stinson, thank you Stinsons for letting us inside your home!

Samantha’s antique clock is so at home in this entry spot!


More random dining room shots from the iphone (meaning poor quality and non styled) I thought you might enjoy seeing . . .


 And the master bedroom, complete with Wisteria nightstands, and Martha Stewart for Home Depot mirror! The pillow is by Mary John at Tootledoo Designs.


The Tootledoo shop is closed right now but be sure and favorite her on etsy so you know when she reopens and follow her on Facebook...I love Mary John’s work!


I do plan to do another post on bedroom, bath and closet. One day with more pictures of how this door transformed this space.  I can’t get enough of it!


Paint on built ins BM Fieldstone and walls are BM Edgecomb Gray,  love that typewriter and shoe mold! Stools from Wisteria store.


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and back to kitchen..

Many of you asked about the chalkboard art in the kitchen, I did not do the chalkboard art, Mr Stinson is a chalkboard master.  He is so good. I haven’t even shown y’all the laundry room. It’s so cute and the powder room off of the laundry has a huge chalkboard wall featuring more of James’ chalk art!

Stools from Overstock!


my fave view in entire house from the kitchen toward my drapes, I mean their drapes;



Monogram pillow from Pottery Barn.

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I love how the red transferware plates look against the gray walls (BM CHELSEA GRAY) several of you have asked about the light, it is from Pottery Barn, the mirror and white pots are from Wisteria and the drapes also from Pottery Barn, as is rod.  The blinds are from  If you interested in more about the floors, look back in the comments on the previous, original post on this house and Samantha the homeowner gives more info there.

I love this phone snap of the Stinsons below…Samantha was explaining to James my idea of adding more transferware plates on the other side of the opening to the piano room to add more color.


I will update later with pictures of the dining room finished with more red transferware wrapped around the door!

And I also have to say, Samantha was an amazing hostess while invaded her house for the day…she helped me gather props and flowers and she provided chicken salad for our photographer… Curious Details won’t work without ck salad “on set” lol.


That Becki is so fun to work with it..she makes me a laugh all day and she puts up with my bossy ways! She also did a post on our day with the Stinsons, check here for that post.

Seriously, we’ve had a harsh winter even in Houston but the day we worked on this project, the sun came out and we were able to enjoy being outdoors for lunch and enjoy the Stinsons’ backyard.


Thanks again Samantha for all of the hospitality and treats!


Lovely lovely ladies!


Yep that’s right their yard is as cute as they are…I love this outdoor eating area, complete with World Market metal chairs and light made out of repurposed washing machine tub!What I really love is this huge vintage S from Round Top!


And the espalier that James made on the garage wall has already taken off so quickly and looks so full…even in winter!


I think one of the reasons the Stinsons and I work so well together is we all love pops of red…both outside and inside they used red to carry the eye and freshen this old home for their young family!


If it looks this welcoming in January I can only imagine how nice it will be this spring and summer!

Thank you again to everyone who left love on this original post and thank you to the Stinsons for being so generous with sources and info on what we did in your home! If you are looking for source info please go back to original post and read comments.

NEXT WEEK, I plan to take you inside a recent Southern Living cover story… a behind the scenes tour of one of the neatest houses to ever grace the SL cover in my opinion so check back soon! I love getting to see inside all of these homes from Houston to Birmingham, thank you Lord for letting me do what I love.  It’s hard work and long hours but I love it and feel blessed.

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