Fiddle Leaf Figs * Tall Plants, Houston

There is a great plant store along I-10 in Houston (exit Blalock from either direction) that I have been going to for years for topiaries and fiddle leaf fig trees. It is called TALL PLANTS! The owner is Houstonian Dennis Carola and he and his family have been running this great business for 38 years! Today his nephew Chris Culp helps him manage the shop and they are always so helpful and friendly! You have probably noticed this place as you travel between the Calico Corners and Memorial Antiques and Interiors! Like I said it is near Blalock and I-10.

Just look at the beauty!

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Recently I was in there and chatted with Dennis and then a few days later his daughter Erin Hardy emailed me and said she is a longtime blog reader and she realized in talking with her dad that I was in the shop recently…it was fun to make the connection. I had been wanting to blog about the store every time I go but knew after chatting with Erin I had to do a post!

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Dennis knows so much about plants…he warned me how finicky the Fiddle Leaf Fig is and I know he is right…he is so good about telling you what to do with his plants. They are patient as you debate sizes and choose the prettiest plant and always wrap it nicely and load! He says the fiddle leaf needs sun and humidity and does great on screened porches in our climate..best outside.  They love light and about 2 quarts of water once a week.  Mine is in the corner of our living room and I am afraid it may not be getting enough sun so I am talking sweetly to it as well..we will see if that works;

It is large as you can see; So far its looking healthy I usually raise blinds all the way for most of day in this corner..not sure what will happen once drapes are up!

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 He has so many good fiddle leaf plants and trees..some are small and so affordable some are huge with twisted trunks…its a site to just go see them.  We talked about how decorators and magazines have made them so popular!

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I love these zinc looking containers and the square shape.

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They also have great topiaries, palms, orchids, great planters and more.

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For 38 years TALL PLANTS has been serving Houston..that is cool!  Buy local if you can and enjoy chatting with Dennis and Chris, it is great that in a big city you can still find great locals that are friendly and know their stuff!

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Limited Mini Consults Available

Hey y’all fall is here and the holidays are coming like a freight train!  I am booking up fast and trying not to overdo it like I did in spring.  So I have made the decisions to offer mini consults again (which I had actually stopped doing for a time so if you are confused that is why) so I can help more people but quickly and fast.  I won’t be able to schedule but 2-3 more full rooms this year (that includes a board and Basecamp support and hours of back and forth and a plan) but hopefully these mini consults will fill a need and enable me to still work with those of you that have needs and interest!  Email Leslie at clients (at) hollymathisinteriors.com to book. And I will have more info up soon on the consult page about the differences between services and what is available.

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          *Mini consults will be $325 online and $395 local

*Mini consults will cover one-three questions and three emails (the initial email, my suggestions, and a followup)

*Mini consults will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will happen all in one day at the most one week, there will be no dragging on or procrastination on either end (preaching to myself mainly here;)

*Local Mini consults will include approx 1 hr in your home for one- three questions and then a followup email

*Mini consults require self start and initiative

*Mini consults receive no design board

What THEY DO DO:

*Give you quick answers and design therapy to get moving

*Help make decisions

*Give you my honest opinions and direction for what will best improve your space and give you most bang for buck

*GET YOU GOING on your space

Decorating takes time & heart

As I move into my second month in our new old home, I constantly have to remind myself it takes TIME to decorate a home.  I recently stopped by to see a client of mine I have been working with TWO years and our progress there reminded me of that…it has taken time and their home still isn’t completely finished but it is looking great.

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The Clarke family  have a whole little gaggle of sweet kids and have added one to the family just since I have been working with them.  We have worked on their entire home..room by room.  And we have hit slow periods and then burst of “get er done” but slowly the house is taking shape and the homeowners and I are both thrilled with the results.  I want to get portfolio photos of this home at some point but here are a few shots to show how perserverance pays off!

In the dining room we paired an easy Restoration Hardware table with an antique console, word art of a favorite hymn done by the homeowner,glam lamps from Shades of Light, a sale chandelier from Horchow, and IKEA chairs!  These clients are the most hospitable family I have ever known (more on that in another post) but she wanted her dinner guests to be comfy.. She purchased the comfy and generous Hendriksal chairs from IKEA and then had slipcover artist LS SLIPCOVERS do the flax colors to “bring them up a notch”..we did them in flax color not white so guests wouldn’t feel intimidated they would dirty the perfect chairs.

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The drapes are in one of my favorite fabrics by John Robshaw called PUSHPA..its a great price point and such a pretty color.  The wonderful GRACIE did the drapes and rod.

In the adjoining formal living room the homeowner found a vintage sectional at Houston’s Lynn Goode Vintage and had it recovered..it fits the space so well.  We did the flor rug tiles in the vintage vibe pattern since she has so many small kids playing in this space, this gives her the option of replacing a tile if needed.  We splurged on one Brunschwing & Flls fabric (the yellow print) for pillows but the rest are from Tonic Living. This has taken TWO years y’all.  But you know what in that time they have been homeschooling, and hosting neighborhood BBQs, having people over and giving birth to a new baby! This was up a while;

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Decorating takes time.  It also takes heart.

The Clarkes knew they wanted to do something special on this wall and the photography by Kirby  Trapolino is perfect..it’s wonderful color and subject matter help their home reflect their heart for people.

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We wanted to have  images on our wall to engage in more meaningful conversations with our guests — to share the great joy that has changed our hearts with others.
From an artistic point of view, we love the bright colors; but then, looking closer: the little boy has such a sweet, content smile on his face — and he’s standing on a massive trash heap — probably digging through the trash to find some recyclables so he can earn some meager wages. How many times do my kids complain about being bored or I get irritated when my husband doesn’t put his laundry in the hamper! We have so much to be thankful for — and we need to be constantly reminded of this fact.  Culturally, as Americans, we tend to focus on ‘happiness’, but it is so fleeting — so temporary — and it’s based on circumstances that can change on a whim. Joy is deeper than that — it goes far beyond circumstances — and it’s based on a foundation of truth that absolutely nothing can shake.
The girls on the bottom are orphans — traded by their extended family for perhaps a bag of rice — and they are sent to work in fields  or other child labor positions. They were in such vulnerable places and could have easily been traded by their “owners” into a life of unspeakable slavery. They were rescued and are now being cared for at the orphanage — Monthly donations provide medical, food, clothing, housing, & education needs. ((Shameless plug!!…www.peacegospel.org/orphans has information on children awaiting sponsorship — check it out!!))
And the doors — we just love the doors — so symbolic for us because Jesus says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
Kirby Trapolino is an amazing artist — I’ve wanted to have his work in our home for a long time. Choosing 6 images out of tens of thousands was a challenge, but we love these — it throws people off a bit to come into a home of a white family, and there are (huge!) photos of little brown children on the walls. The first question is always, “Why?” For us, “Pure and undefined religion is this: to take care of widows and orphans in their distress” —  so, that’s our goal. And loving on people. It’s just what we do.
((Kirby Trapolino (ktrap) can be found on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and all those other places!))

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So there you go..what a challenge to decorate our homes with more heart..more of who we are and what brings us joy and purpose.

More in this room later I promise! On with the sneak peeks around the Clarke home . . .

…In the other living space we did a grainsack fabric slipcover on a wing chair the Clarkes already had slipped there other club chairs as well.more in this room once the drapes are finished.  It took years for Beth to find the right piece for over the mantle..lots of texts flying between us about stuff I found at Round Top and things she found out when shopping..she finally found these pieces at Memorial Antiques and Interiors in Houston during a sale and nearly jumped through my phone when she sent texts saying YES these will work!  They were a splurge but worth the wait…they fill the brick suburban home with something unique with patina and fun.

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We also refaced her fireplace to give it new life and the pillow is from Anthropologie of course. Walls throughout downstairs are my trusty BM Revere Pewter! Like I said more on this room and the rest of the house later.  For now we are working on the master bedroom..it has been painted and has bed but needs a bolster for the bed and drapes!  We are going to use this peacock fabric from Tilton Fenwick by Duralee..I know Gracie will make her windows and bed shine with some more fabric touches!

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SO HAPPY MONDAY MORNING y’all..remember it takes time AND HEART when decorating a space and making a home.  I need this reminder too and wanted to share!

 

Pressing Events ~ Houston

I love paper and have always said if I wasn’t a decorator I would love to have a stationery store!  Monogram, letterpress, engraving, fonts and the feel of paper…love it all.  So I am thrilled to welcome Houston’s Pressing Events to the blog as a sponsor. I belive strongly in buying and promoting local when possible and this is a great business to check out if you live in the area. I have enjoyed chatting and getting to know with the store’s owner Nancy Calvert.

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Pressing Events is 5 years old and offers all types of printing.  It is in  the Town and Country/Memorial area of Houston so very convenient location!~
They have a commercial printer and their own letter press.
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In addition to stationery they are also the only store in Houston outside of the Galleria selling MacKenzie-Childs.
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Haven’t we all loved Mackenzie-Childs forever…Nancy has so much of it in stock.  I want the teapot and enamel plates to remind me of my black and white floor I left behind in the old house! (hint hint Mr Santa)
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They also offer Arthur Court serve ware, Coton Colors, Tyler & Lafco Candles and Embroidery.  They have a commercial embroidery machine but also have a smaller machine for producing custom digitized designs.  You know what that means….MONOGRAMS…oh the monogram cloth napkins they can create and in a fast turnaround!  Great wedding presents.
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And as of this Fall they are offering photography.  Pressing Events has always created lay flat professional wedding albums and now they are also doing Photoshopped improvements to the customer’s own photos.
I love their topiaries and black and white awning outside…so cute.
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So lots of cute stuff, buy local and go meet Nancy and her crew if you are in Houston! Pressing Events is located at 791 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 154 | Houston, TX 77024 | Office: (713 ) 973.9590 | Toll Free: (888) 973.9590 Be sure and follow them on Instagram and Facebook so you can see updates about Christmas cards and more holiday cuteness!

Where to use shiplap

This is hot discussion! It seems I am talking more and more with new clients, both those remodeling as well as those in new construction, about where to use wood walls or “shiplap” as it is commonly called.  It seems everyone is hot for this look and I love it too!

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When remodeling older homes you often uncover great wood walls behind yucky old cheesecloth and wallpaper or under old sheetrock or popcorn ceiling. In our own home reno this was a recent discussion when we tore out some popcornish ceilings.  But often the wood can be too rough or damaged and decisions have to be made if it can be saved or used.
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We actually went over our wood ceiling with new wood so we could have pot lights, another layer of sound barrier, less dust, and cover a very damaged area of wood in the corner of the room.
So remodeling you just have to go room by room and situation by situation to decide what will work and that often determines where the wood/shiplap appears in the final design.
We all love India Hick’s dining room with this picture ledge look shown below! This actually isn’t a great photo of the ceiling but it caught my eye!
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and on Little Green Notebook below
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What I have been noticing is where wood is used in conjunction with sheetrock and what I have determined is it really looks good anyway:  sheetrock on ceilings with shiplap wood walls OR sheetrock on walls with wood/shiplap ceilings.  Or everywhere..they I notice most people don’t want it everywhere unless they are at the beach or just really really in love with it.
Here it is over a fireplace. Def seems beachy here…trim out is so nice.
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And here on Houzz used on ceiling and walls with coffered ceiling in next room…the flows of these treatements intrigue me.
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And while I typically think of shiplap as being white it is of course done wonderful here by Phoebe Howard in gray.
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And this classic Southern home below in Southern Living is one of my faves and shows how shiplap isn’t just beachy or cottagey but can be quite traditional and classy! This photo is also a good example of shiplap painted something other than white white and i like it…looks so good with the transom.
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And this decorpad post shows how shiplap can work in a kitchen though I typically see and like it on kitchen ceilings.
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oh Yes another photo from Southern Living…i hate to sound Southern-centric (not really i really don’t mind;) but I do think Southerners do shiplap well…is it as common in all other regions of the country I wonder..it is very prevalent in the construction of old homes in Texas and other parts of the South is it like that everywhere, New England, midwest I wonder? Obviously we think of it as a beachy Nantucket thing. ..Main thing to remember is this was not something created by HGTV just recently, its not a trend really shiplap has been around a long time in vernacular homes and has made its way into American design forever from casual to high end.
Where do you like to see shiplap used?  On ceilings? On walls? Or both? Always painted white or a color??
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I leave you with this final photo of my big shiplap project, my mom and I tackled nearly 15 years ago in our old house.  Lots of little cheesecloth strings to clip.  Ok i miss my office just a little!

Our bathroom quick fix

While we adore our “new old house,” the bathrooms are small.  Like funny small considering my husband is 6’3″ and is a big guy and I am not tiny. Neither are our offspring. But what do you do when your dream house has tiny baths?  {Master bath is 5′ x 7′ and kids is 4 x 8″, downstairs powder is like 3.5″ x 4.4″ I am not kidding} You just deal with it, after all older homes have quirks and you just say “one day we will remodel” and I think we def will but it wasn’t just the size. Also the color and age and condition of some of the tile. The house was built in the 1940s after all.  Enter Rustoleum.  And this post is NOT sponsored by Rustoleum this is just my PSA.

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I googled and looked on pinterest, as you do, and discovered this was hands down the product for the shower tile. I had considered Miracle Method and even called and got an estimate but it was $1500 for our tiny shower.  It’s 32″ x 32″ y’all.  There had been a leak but it was fixed and retiling a space a tiny space we didn’t love seemed silly.Decided this was worth a try as a bandaid until ready to remodel.  I could not find the Rustoleum product at my local Lowes or Home Depot so I ordered it off Amazon.  It took two boxes (even for our small shower) and I bought a mask for the hubs and begged him to wear it!

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This was the before of our master shower.  Y’all this is clean! It was clean when we moved in and my mom went NUTS on it (she is a cleaning ninja) with even more cleaning and it still looked like this. (and because it was clean and very roughed up and porous it holds the product great so you have to clean well first)

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This is a great project to do BEFORE you move into a house or while kids are on a little vacation because it really stinks.  We were able to do it before we moved in while work was going on downstairs with lots of time to cure between coats.

DURING (after one coat)

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My husband did this and he did a great job but he said beware the fumes are dangerous so wear a mask, turn on fan and open windows!  There are some great posts out there about using rollers and brushes but it isn’t rocket science.  You can do this..so glad we did and didn’t pay $1500 to have someone else do basically same thing.  And while isn’t perfect it feels clean and the bright white really helps the small space have light and not feel claustrophobic.

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Of course my other quick fixes include: vintage nude sketch matted in white, monogram towels, schoolhouse electric lights, my fave bamboo shade, oversized glass knobs from Home Depot, and a little marble tray for Waterworks (Joss & Main score). I am eyeing a marble topped “mail order vanity” to replace the current vanity!

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Floor and wall tile original as are huge but porcelain towel bars! Wall color is good ol’ BM REVERE PEWTER…clean and simple.  I think that is the key if tile isn’t perfect and things aren’t exactly houw you want just keep it clean and simple! I actually kind of love the floor tile even though it’s cracked. Old tile setting was so different ..very deep.

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 The light is the Schoolhouse Electric Otis with the schoolhouse shade.  I used this light several places in our home in hallways and baths.

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The room is so small I can’t even really get a shot of the shower with curtain closed.  It’s just plain jane white.

My bestie Camille (who came to see the new house yesterday..so fun to see her) recently did some similar paint slathering in her new old house in Abilene.  Check her post here . . . the before and after are amazing.

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She is more the DIY girl and she used a different product but similar results! Bottom line if you have a shower you hate go for it! I will share more later on what I did with the boys pink floor..simple white but its working for now!

Southern Slipcover Stampede

Have y’all heard about the Southern Slipcover madness over at LS Slipcovers?

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You know how I love LS Slipcovers from my post here! Remember this amazing chair she did for me! Can you even believe the base of that chair is from IKEA..hours of handwork and talent!

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Well if you thought “I wish they lived in my town” well now you are in luck… LS Slipcovers is visiting the Deep South! They are calling it the “Dixie Stampede” and its awesome if you live in or near one of the cities listed below. THEY ARE COMING TO YOU!  Nathan and Laura and their team have so much energy and they have gotten so many requests for slipcovers in Southern states they are hitting the road to make it happen!

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If you visit their KICKSTARTER page here you can learn more about the process and how to get started even if you are just interested. I had never even heard of Kickstarter, but again Laura and Nathan are so smart.  The way this trip works is you commit with Kickstarter but you aren’t actually charged your deposit unless the trip “makes” and they are “for sure” coming..that way they don’t have to charge you and then refund you.  Basically he process goes like this:

(1)           EMAIL Nathan at LS Slipcovers with photos and dimensions of your furniture that you would like slipped.  He will ask you what kind of fabric and style you have in mind and give you an ESTIMATE, their contact info is on their website here.

(2) RECEIVE ESTIMATE and if you decide it is something you want to commit too then you go onto their KICKSTARTER page HERE and “pledge” which is basically like your deposit

(3) WAIT until you here for certain their trip has met its GOAL and is def happening (kind of like waiting to see if one of those upper level classes in your major is going to “make” so you can take the class and graduate on time)

(4) Once you know for sure they are coming to your Southern city (and it looks like its happening y’all) they will INVOICE you!

(5) Then they will SCHEDULE a day to be at your house….COME TO YOUR HOME!

(6) Laura and Nathan will arrive and PINFIT your sofa with the fabric y’all have discussed and chosen.  You can watch a video of the “pin fit” on the kickstarter page or their website

(7) Then y’all hug and say GOOD BYE  and they go on their way with your pattern and fabric!

(8) And then you will receive in the MAIL your FINISHED SLIPCOVER!

Here is a photo of Laura pin fitting MY  custom sofas made by her mother Gracie of Gracie’s Custom Interiors.  What a talented family! I can’t wait to see them soon in our new home!

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And here is a photo of her pin-fitting at my friend Becki’s house!

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Recently she travelled to Oklahoma to work on my client Stacy’s MAMMOTH red sofa.  Staci was so funny asking if it was even possible to make it look good..OH YES!

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I will never get tired of watching this process! Love it! And most of all I adore Laura as her person and her work…oh her work! What a good combo!

Of course the best way to keep up with LS is to follow them on Instagram @ LS slipcovers and on Facebook here

Good luck Nathan and Laura and all of your family and team, I am so excited and inspired by your willingness to set out on new adventures! Y’all embody the American made spirit!

 

Mathis new old house-Kitchen

I am going to show you some updates/peeks of the new old kitchen… Started months ago when we first put the house under contact with this idea board. From the beginning I knew this needed to be operation “lipstick on a pig”…in other words cute but on a budget using fabrics and elements I already had, no gut job, nothing major…so here we go!

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I am thinking there will be a more in-depth kitchen post later with sources and before and afters.  It’s not totally complete, nothing hung on walls and no drapes and shelves still not totally styled…but for now here it is! What did we mainly do…lots and lots of white paint….SW Pure White to be exact. I know its cliche but it really is amazing what a coat of paint can do to a space! I honestly didn’t intend to take uppers on sink side down but it just happened.  I DID want to do new shaker doors on cabinets but ended up NOT doing that…funny how projects evolve!

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Yep see what I mean the toaster and coffeemaker are out so this not STYLED (we decorators have to make those disclaimers;;) and I need to scrub paint off of the stool but Daddy got the blind up and the light over sink finally works!

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I will be doing another post about the counters, they are Old Williamsburg butcher block from Lumbar Liq..I am not a huge fan I think because I am coming off of marble. Honestly I hate to whine about the counters with all that is going on in the world and I want to loveeee them but I miss the marble.  The waterlox made them orange I think. I don’t love the waterlox.  I have sanded and sanded and I think sanding with steal wool and mineral oil is the best bet with wood counters

I DO love the subway and shelves..I wish I had gone darker with grout but it’s still all good.

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Love that we did tile over the door…need a longer runner.  Floor was this gray vinyl when we moved as are cabinets we just painted them…. or I should say the world’s most patient and talented carpenter did it all…Kevin Gilmore of Oaks Construction…he  pulled out old uppers and did tile and shelves! I knew I could live with the floors and that saved a bundle.

BEFORE with the upper cabinets! Of course the sink came back in…so thankful to the previous owners for refurbishing it (new enamel)..the sink is original to the home as far as I know. It is shallow but the extra sides make it nice with wood counters.

BEFORE

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and AFTER with subway and shelving and stainless table from Amazon.

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Yes I know it looks like my old kitchen and others I have done . . . it’s because I like white and red and subway tile and schoolhouse lights and bamboo blinds.  I won’t apologize for that…I do what I love and I am grateful I was able to translate that look here without having to change too much! I just like what I like!

Okay so old houses are quirky and this kitchen’s quirk is that it was originally half the size and then later I think the breakfast eating area and laundry room were added on probably from an old porch….well the floor SLOPES ever so gradually as you walk to that side of the room. Yep you don’t want to drink a glass of wine while touring my kitchen.  We left the slope thinking we will tear this all out in a few years and level it out and do new cabinets and wood floors then. It doesn’t bother me but I think it makes the hubs a bit vertigo-ish. So less you think things around here are too perfect,..they aren’t even level!  ha ha. But hey we’ve got a cool faucet and subway tile! lol..LAUGH WITH ME PLEASE.  I think in old houses you have to just prioritize, what is feasible to do asap before you need to move in, what you can spend on NOW and what has to wait. That is what we tried to do . . .wise choices and some lipstick/paint where needed.

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SO as we roll our marbles toward the laundry room you see our breakfast area.  Complete with IKEA dockets table and red Crate and Barrel chairs.  I love me some red oh yes I do.  My colorful dining drapes are going to go over the sliding glass door next to this area! The gray $29 foto pendant from IKEA got a coat of black spray paint because it was the same color as the floor.  The barn door and track are from good ol Home Depot.  Kevin had to retrofit it all.

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 I am so thankful I now have a washer and dryer INDOORS.  Y’all that cute charming screened porch I used to have.  I may miss it but won’t miss the laundry room at the end of it! This is so much better! That and large capacity have changed me!

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Open and close…so smooth and easy and takes no space.  I thought Henry would be obsessed with sliding it back and forth but so far he hasn’t been too intrigued (knock on wood) . . .Oh and can you tell I found my good camera and I am relearning the settings….I might start posting more than iPhone pics again;

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And this is where the magic happens (not!) Seriously I do miss our stove from other house but this is fine; And who are we kidding I am not a fancy cook. The fresh paint and subway makes it all so nice. So grateful.  Hardware is from polished nickel Gilmore from RH.

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Amazing how a simlpe basket and Amazon work table can make it feel more like home.  I love all of the white but the little painting from  Etsy and chair and rugs give the color I crave..I tell you I can’t wait to get those drapes up!

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 Brackets from Home depot…the shelves are stair treads.

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So there ya go..thanks for looking at our new old home..back to packing/unpacking/organizing/purging!

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We have moved in!  Everyone on instagram keeps saying it has gone so fast but really for most of the house we just painted, the major changes were in the kitchen and even that was just tile, counters and removing some uppers. No walls have been moved or major work.  That being said things did go smoothly and quickly and I am thankful to be sleeping in our new home!

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This room got new wood ceilings and lighting…most old living rooms did not have overhead lights.  So glad to have lights in this room!

The blinds are the Tropical Isle Bamboo Blinds from Select Blinds and they are lined for privacy but not black out lined.  The lining is perfect, it is dark enough to help with Texas heat and privacy but not too dark. The color on the blinds is BAMBOO TORTOISE.

And I was worried about the wall color turning out but it came out fine… it is BM EDGECOMB GRAY on walls in entry, living and into dining. . . and SW Pure white on all woodwork and wood ceiling.

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And while this room is mostly empty and still needs drapes and a larger rug (I am also eagerly/patiently waiting for custom camelback sofas from LS Slipcovers and her amazing mama Gracie Wilkins to flank fireplace) the piece de resistance HAS ARRIVED. Let me just say y’all I have shopped at and worked with Leftovers Antiques for a long time but never thought I would have one of their treasures like this one below for OUR HOME.

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When this English Chippendale cabinet with original wavy glass was delivered last week I nearly cried. I know its just a material object, a thing, BUT it is special. Very special. It was handpicked my Michael and Ed and lovingly restored and painted by their top notch guy in England.  The wavy glass has survived wars and countless moves and a trip across the ocean to Texas.  Hopefully it will survive the Mathis boys. This piece was made for this space and I love Leftovers for bringing it home!

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You know I have enjoyed putting my little treasures in it, like my fave blue and white and old books, shells and little boxes.

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The piece is antique 1880s English Chippendale.  They had it refurbished with an amazing gray blue finish and the inside is a gorgeous dark ink color.  Their wonderful guy in England retrofitted it with these old silverware drawers.

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The other treasure in this room is the piano. Not so much the piano (thought it is lovely and glossy black) but the music that comes from it. It sounds so good in this house!  I must admit I laid awake many nights before we moved worried about where it would go…there was/is simply no wall for it..this house is almost all windows and doors.  A piano in front of a window is a no no because of the weather and tuning but we had no choice and its not an antique steinway so we have broken the rules again (wild ones i know) and we have it in front of the windows in the living room and I LOVE IT!  Once it has drapes to keep it company its going to look fantastic and i love seeing it coming down the stairs.  I love to hear my kids and husband play it and I am so glad we have a piano in our home.

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Stay tuned for more.  I have hit a bit of a packing/moving wall I must admit but I will try to post often.  In the meantime, please please do yourself a favor and follow Leftovers on Facebook and Instagram so you can see what is arriving for their new store displays and the fall Round Top Antiques show. They have two 45 feet jumbo containers full of French and English antiques! Special stuff you can’t buy at Restoration Hardware! They have everything from a SEVEN FOOT marble top Patisserie counter from an old hotel in South of France coming to smalls. Save your pennies and travel miles and come see it all in person!

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Round Top is around the corner so begin making plans to come if you have it in mind.  And thanks for looking at our transition into our new old home!

 

Renovate Houston

Have you heard about the new little store in the Spring Branch area of Houston called RENOVATE?  If you are going to IKEA or anywhere near you need to make plans to stop by RENOVATE as well?  It is the opposite experience of IKEA…small, local, easy parking and not overwhelming but instead delightful, cozy and charming.  And its full of local art and gifts, renovated furniture and pillows!  What’s not to like?

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I adore their sign, logo and “branding” it really shows how unique ideas and creativity  of owner Cathy and daughter Courtney!

And then you walk in sign and its art, gifts, furniture and more!

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They feature different artists each month.  The  work above is by Houstonian Kellie Morley. If you are looking for art in the Houston area but aren’t familiar or comfortable with art galleries this is a great way to learn about some local artists in a comfy way. I love that they are doing this! Makes art accessible and fun to find local artists.

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Oh my heart! I love these, I want to get some baby or teachers gifts or do a whole little section of like 9 of them of them for myself..they make me smile! The artist is  Austin James, his company is “Lawrence and Crane”!!!! They’re made from reclaimed wood and resin – only $24!

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Here is a photo of the Renovate layout in the recent Houston Scout book….if you haven’t see the Scout book its great and they have them at the store! Cathy and Courtney are so pretty. The store is a mix of gifts, accessories, “renovated” furniture and art!

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Love this blue piece they redid and brought to life!

And they have some Thomas Paul goodies.

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The charming exterior at Renovate! I love these planters too!

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And these bags..such a great mix of stuff….furniture, bags, pillows, gifts…awesome mix!

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and I love their tub of pillows of course.  So fun!

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Last but not least my planters and boxwood balls I got there recently for our new home! Love them.

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 God bless you Renovate on this  journey of creativity and business.  I love what you are doing Cathy and Courtney! And Houstonians check them out and buy local!

RENOVATE, 7413 Westview Suite C, Houston, Texas

 

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