Beholden

SO much to be grateful for… before I move on to sharing more about the Holiday class (which was amazing and I plan to share sources), and various shop/buy local opportunities, discount codes etc,  I just want to post first about gratefulness.

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This has been a hard year for many in the Houston area and frankly the entire country and around the world.  It seems like the world is just going crazy.  My babies called me last night from their grandparents’ home to tell me a criminal was on the loose and an officer had been shot. (He was captured but not before he fatally shoot a Texas DPS officer, please pray for that family, so awful) The way my boys talked, being “brave” almost like it was just normal stuff made me so sad.  My heart broke not just for the downed officer and his family but also for my boys who are growing up in this new “normalcy” of violence and daily tragedy in this country.  I know this isn’t a political blog and you don’t come here for social commentary.  But its been rough.  Home, family and safety feel more precious to us than ever. I could go on and on about Hurricane victims and dusty empty homes where there was no turkey and no football this thanksgiving…just shells of former homes.  But rebuilding is going on and people are huddled together.  And I am BEHOLDEN to those stories, our Maker, our HOMES and good friends.  



Erin and Ben Napier say gratefulness and being Beholden is their secret sauce.  And I think they are on to something…it can be everyone’s secret sauce.  No matter the circumstance just like 1 These says! It’s not always easy or fun but it is good and right and God sees it.  Our little people see it.  And others feel it.

I am grateful to be a part of Ben & Erin’s BEHOLDEN issue of Good Grit Magazine….Good Grit has an awesome mission to celebrate all of the good and positive things of the New South..the makers and people and places that make up this special region. Thank you FrenchBlue Photography for taking images of my new home and Buff Strickland for sharing images from the homes of the O’Donnells and Bethel families.  

Photos in article, above: portion of photo of Bethel home in Houston, me shown in our new living room with same old toile pillows! 

FrenchBlue photography shots of our new kitchen and front door!

I will blog again soon about which specific images are which home and what one particular living room looked like during and after the flood…  If I can get to the place where I can stomach to post those images.  The homeowner has given me permission and FrenchBlue took some eerily beautiful photos. For now, know this. I am grateful for you my readers and clients.  For colleagues and work opportunities and patience and kindness from each of you as I have navigated my new normal.  In some ways the 3rd year of divorce has been the worse..still trying to get sea legs for sure.  

God is faithful.  and I am BEHOLDEN.

Now let’s prepare our hearts for advent and the birth of King!

Note: There is still so much need in Houston as the holidays approach, click here to be a part of Becki Griffin‘s Gift Card movement to get immediate help in the hands of families with needs!  There are so many ways to give but this is one way she has found that truly works.

ONE MORE DAY!

Registration for the Holiday at Home class is winding down and there are only 2-3 spots left! Make sure to register by going to the city of Brenham’s website, you will not register via my website as we have done in the past. Registration ends tomorrow, Monday Nov 6th! The class will include decorating talk with tips and tricks led by me/yours truly/Holly Mathis Interiors, AS WELL AS the fab Keith Taylor from Arkansas and Southern Living magazine fame, and Brenham’s own Jennifer Hermann of Hermann Furniture! Speaking of holidays and cozy, we are going to start THE NIGHT BEFORE our class  with a fun and favorite movie to get us in the spirit of the season! We are going to watch it on the big screen in downtown Brenham’s historic and newly restored SIMON THEATRE at the Barnhill Center. Word is that Tara the Pie Queen is bringing hot chocolate, pie popcorn and pie pops! I am thrilled to be having an event in this historic building that has been so carefully restored and is such a source of pride in the community.  Thank you to everyone who is working so hard to make this event happen including Keith for harvesting the magnolia leaves this past weekend in Arkansas!  Yep he is importing it from Arkansas for us!;;  Look at the prototypes he whipped up for us just yesterday!

And if you live locally and just want to come for the movie it starts at 7pm and you can pre-order tickets on the city’s website or buy at door!

Hope to see you all soon..its going to be a fun time!

 

Guest post-Simple + lovely dinner

I have a guest post today and it is so timely because I am preparing for the upcoming Creative Class event with the city of Brenham.  So, I am in the trenches of how much work these pretty events really are and seeing these photos reminds me it is all worth it to create these moments with people you care about whether colleagues or clients, friends or family. 

Haylei and I are started talking about this guest post during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey during a time when I was really struggling with the importance of what we all do in these creative/fluffy areas of work and life.  Haylei lives in south Louisiana and she could totally identify with the feelings I was having and during our emails I felt like the Lord (I know some of you are laughing but seriously) was reminding of that well-know verse in Ecclesiastes about how “there is a time for everything.”  It is so easy to doubt our purpose in the creative world, at least it is for me but it is really absurd considering I am a Christian. As a believer I should understand and remember my Creator, and Savior are creative and beauty makers and it is crazy for me to ever doubt how important that is to life on this broken earth.  Storms rage, marriages end, loved ones get sick and life her can be hard.  So when we get a chance to create a little respite from the world and be with our friends and the women that encourage and support us, we should savor it like Haylei and her friends did in this story below.  Create beauty and then enjoy it.  There truly is a time for everything.

Thank you Haylei for sharing your talents and perspective.  You are wise beyond your years.

Through the wedding industry in Lafayette, Louisiana, these ladies were brought together.  Mia, Sophie and Amelia run Root Floral Design, Catherine is a wedding photographer for Catherine Guidry Photography, Lindsey photographs families for Lindsey Rogers Photography, Ashley supplies wedding rentals for Pure Vintage Rentals, and Haylei Smith (behind the camera) focuses on business branding. They support and promote each other, but more than that they are friends.

Community is such an important thing is often overlooked. We forget that we are so much stronger together than on our own. It would be easy to spend all our time working, running, and going. But it’s a must to carve out time for ladies night- even though pajamas and cereal sound tempting. Bohemian backyard dinners are the perfect way to do that. Just kick your shoes off, grab a throw pillow and call the gals.

No need to be fancy- grab dinner to go and use what you have. So when they got together for this ladies-night-out, they each brought something to the table. Like every friendship, when each person contributes a little bit, a nice dinner like this one can unfold easily!

To make things easy on these lady-preneurs, take out poboys from Lafayette’s local eatery, Pop’s Poboys, was the perfect pairing with another local staple- Zapps potato chips.

Rosemary and mint from Amelia’s garden were added in with the fruit infused water, and Ashley brought her famed gluten free strawberry donuts.

Add some mixed fruit salad and Lindsey’s cocktails and you have a feast for queens.

                Community is such an important thing is often overlooked. We forget that we are so much stronger together than on our own.

Photography- Haylei Smith
Florals- Root Floral Design
Decor- Pure Vintage Rentals
Food- Pop’s Poboys

Holiday at HOME class

I have been working with Downtown Brenham on such a fun project and I am so excited to finally share about this collaboration in our special town. Scheduled for this fall (Nov 10 & 11) at the Barnhill Center in Downtown Brenham, registration for the Holiday at Home class is finally here! You can register by going to the city’s website, you will not register via my website as we have done in the past.

The class will include decorating talk with tips and tricks led by me/yours truly/Holly Mathis Interiors, AS WELL AS the fab Keith Taylor from Arkansas and Southern Living magazine fame, and Brenham’s own Jennifer Hermann of Hermann Furniture!  

That’s right Keith has been featured in Southern Living for his amazing natural holiday decorations made with fresh magnolia and greens and he is going to demonstrate and tell us all of his secrets. . . from the simple like the above, to the move complex like below!

{Keith’s beautiful images by Lauren W. Glenn}

…can you even believe this magnolia creation! Don’t worry we don’t have to do anything as complicated as above.  He will have lots of simple ideas too and Keith is so kind and fun I can’t wait for us all to hang out together and talk about how to make the holidays beautiful but cozy!  

Speaking of holidays and cozy, we are going to start THE NIGHT BEFORE our class  with a fun and favorite movie to get us in the spirit of the season!

Can anyone guess this iconic Nancy Meyer movie that we all love for the interiors and more?

YES indeed,  THE HOLIDAY with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and JUDE LAW! I love this movie!

And we are going to watch it on the big screen in downtown Brenham’s historic and newly restored SIMON THEATRE at the Barnhill Center.  We will have special treats that night catered by Royers Pie Haven.  Tara the Pie Queen will also be providing the breakfast nibbles and lunch for our class the next day! After the movie on Friday night, I will talk and lead a discussion on some of our favorite influences and decor shown in the movie! Then we will regroup the next morning for the class and magnolia demonstration and round out the day with a market report from Jennifer Hermann and shopping downtown at the oldest furniture store in Texas!  You don’t want to miss this fun weekend.  

I will be sharing more details in the days to come and keep checking the city’s Downtown page, they are about to launch a new website and there is a link to lodging information on the class registration page!

FOR NOW YOU CAN LOOK AT PRICING AND READ MORE DETAILS and REGISTER HERE!

 

Old Glory in Round Top!

You have heard me blog and talk about Old Glory Antiques many times with their shop in Denver and their former pop-up shop in Burton, Texas. That property even had the wonderful old home next to the store, remember the “show bunkhouse” that was featured in Country Living?Well NOW, Old Glory Style is coming to the heart of Round Top! When the owners, Brian & Holly Kuhn (native Texans that live in Denver but get back to Texas every chance they get) had the chance to buy property in the DOWNTOWN metropolis of Round Top, Texas, they could not pass up the idea of a more permanent store in the heart of town!  They enlisted talented local builder Lewis Tindall and architects to help develop a plan that would honor the dance hall roots of the building in Burton they so loved and started out in but with more square footage and amenities to received shipments and host more visitors during the show and throughout the year!  Tindall has built dozens of local homes and businesses in the area , including Henkel Hall in the heart of Henkel Square, that honor and complement the history of Round Top with real materials and Texas architecture and style!  I was asked to work with Tindall to choose colors and finishes on the project and enjoyed working with him and his crew of craftsmen so much! I can’t wait for you to see this building and I can’t wait to see how the Kuhns fill this building with antiques and Old Glory Style! You can read more here about the Old Glory journey in this great blog post about the new location.

{No an inch of sheetrock in this building, it’s all wood, these trusses and lumbar all came from Oregon and the white oak floors were milled here in Texas.}

It has been such a joy to watch the construction of the building and see the quality and integrity of the materials in this space.  Tindall understands the true use and meaning of shiplap and where the proper width of boards should be used, I have learned so much watching him work and navigate this project. He even found the perfect reclaimed wood for the ceiling of the front part of the building.

What I love about the structure is the honesty and simplicity of the construction and materials.  When you have a clean and timeless design it doesn’t to be fussy or complex.  We used gallons and gallons of SW Westhighland White paint to coat the inside of building to create a beautiful soft white background for all of Old Glory’s old pieces.  The old chippy paint pieces and authentic goods that Old Glory is know for are going to pop and look fresher than ever in this new space.  But I what I love is that people are going to think its an old space because of the construction and design.  Only the fresh paint and the most discerning eye would know that the building is new and not just a freshly remodeled old building that has been in Round Top for years.  And that was totally the intention of the entire Old Glory team, to create a new structure within the landscape of the community that complements the surrounding while also giving shoppers and visitors to the area and wonderful new space to shop and visit!

The store will not be open for full-time operation until mid October, after the fall show, but there will be a sneak peak next Sunday. Sept 24  from 3-8pm and they will also be open Monday, Sept 25th fro 10-5pm Follow the Old Glory Style blog and Texas page for all the latest details about fall hours and special events and grand opening in the spring…so exciting that they will be open throughout the year not just during the antique shows!

God bless you Old Glory Antiques & the Kuhn family and friends and welcome home!

Hurricane update + Round Top

Today in Texas, people are still cleaning up from Hurricane Harvey and will be for weeks and months to come but so much love has and is coming this way its been humbling just to be a small part of the outpouring. And as I write this, Hurricane Irma is pounding the Florida keys.  I know we are all praying for Florida and I hope they receive the same kind of love and support that is being given to so many Texans. They are going to need it.  And there are still needs and efforts going on here.

Saturday, our local School Board President, Natalie Lange (you have seen her name on my blog before she is also a very talented photographer) and her husband Harper and precious boys, loaded up and brought two of over 15 loads of supplies our schools here have collected  to Vidor, Texas, near Beaumont.  You may have read and noticed all of the connecting on Instagram.  Vidor is one of the many small towns hard hit by Harvey that has been suffering and in dire need of supplies.  It also happens to be the hometown of dear friend, Becki Griffin, who is also photographer and stylist you hear me talk about often here.  Becki and her sister Suzette, who lost most of her home her go fund me and info are here,  are discovering and pinpointing a lot of need in those small town areas east of Houston.

Becki’s sister Suzette in the white and her two daughters to her left and Brenham’s Natalie Lange in the green shirt with her family Harper and sons to her right, this photos makes me so happy..one little town helping another!  Brenham teacher Kaylee Roznovsky coordinated the Brenham effort and her energy and love is just contagious.  Thank you Kaylee for all you have done for so many communities including our own!

From filling trails with generators and diaper and cleaning products to designers in the Northeast planning ways to help, a lot has been going on . . . Design friend Jill Hinson of Portland, Oregon, saw Becki’s post on Instagram and instantly who wanted to help! Again you have heard me talk about Jill Hinson here on the blog.  We have been design pen pals for years and she helped with the class I did earlier this year at M.D. Haney in Oregon. I met many of her friends at a lunch when I was there and I am not supposed they wanted to help. First, Jill put together this gofundme drive to gather funds among her friends to send to Texas. Then Jill and her daughter and friends wanted to figure how to do something hands on in addition to just making donations. She and friends Allie Jenson and Erin Duffy of Happy Candles, and her darling daughter Abby, put together an event on Saturday to raise funds for gift cards to send to Texas at a local shop and event…so smart and just kind and nice..in the words of Becki on Jill’s IG post yesterday

          Just knowing this beautiful gesture happened today halfway across the country the people of a little town in Texas gives us hope                  and strength. We feel the love and thank you from the bottom of tired broken hearts.


What is amazing is these are just drops in the buckets of things that are happening all over Texas and beyond, with everyone I know..connections being made on social media and needs being filled!  I am sure each of you reading know of someone that has created some special way to give or drag their boat down here and help..I haven’t even touched on the scores of people that have come in boats to just help..rescue and save lives.  Just regular individuals with jet skis and boats.  I have heard it before but have truly see it with this storm that “when Mother Nature is at her worst, human nature is at its best!’ So true, people are full of empathy and want to help!  I think Satan wants the world to believe that many Americans are selfish and divided and hate one another but these tragedies prove that is not true!  It is not true, we are in this together, not just in Texas but our entire country, from small towns to big cities. 

Last but not least I want to tell you about my designer/friend/client Robin Jackson from Austin. Again, Robin wanted to help and is very moved my what is happening in her native state…she has family ties to the area near Becki’s hometown.  Photo below highlighting Robin’s effort to help is by Becki Griffin of her sister Suzette’s home near Vidor during tear out last week.

Rebuild/Recovery/Restoration Relief

She has been helping with the efforts of Austin’s Cord Shiflet called #fillatruck.  Then Robin and Becki connected last week and the iPhones started smoking!  Robin saying “what do you need I WILL GET IT TO YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE people in my neighborhood and community want to help!” Here is the link to her gofundme page, go and read her words on the page, really good. And so its happening, people who are not social workers and have never done aid relief are filling their trucks, renting uhauls, taking their boats, whatever it takes to help those in need.   ROBIN IS STILL GATHERING SUPPLIES and will deliver those items to the Vidor area the end of this week.  So you live in or around Austin you still have time to donate to this effort, follow Robin for details or questions or message she or I for more info.

 

WE ARE COLLECTING

Sheetrock
Sheetrock Mud
R13 Insulation
Sheetrock Screws
Hardy Board
Tools: Hammers, Saws, Crowbars, Scissors, Drills
Extension Cords
Work Boots
Masks
Gloves
Mold Killer/Bleach
All Purpose Cleaner and Rags/Mops/Scrubbers
Anything else that can be used in these efforts…GIFT CARDS!

Items on this list will be purchased, by me, Robin Jackson, locally in Austin and loaded into a Uhaul truck.  We are also accepting “on the ground” donations from any individuals wanting to go that route.  After our truck is full, probably Monday or Tuesday of next week,  we will deliver directly to the fine folks at the East Gate Pentecostal Church in Vidor, Texas. They did not flood and have been doing a fantastic job of supply distribution. They have the ability to receive our materials and the manpower to unload and store supplies. If you desire contact information directly to the church, please message me and I can give you that information.

If you are local in ATX, and wish to donate actual goods and materials, we have a way to do that too! Just message me and I will give you info on how to proceed.  Or, check for an update later today, Friday September 8th, with directions on where to take your donated or purchased items to fill the truck.  We will use the funds to purchase the items that we seem to have the least of when it’s time to head to Vidor!

My heritage runs deep in this part of Texas. My daddy hails from Port Neches/Groves, a tiny area outside of Port Arthur that was hit hard by Harvey. My mom grew up in nearby Nederland, directly across the street from the high school football stadium in a house that is likely wiped out at this point. I appreciate your consideration of helping out this very special part of our state. They need us!

(All withdrawls made from this account on GoFundMe will come directly out of the account, and will not be used as a “reimbursement.”  I anticipate that these funds will underwrite the cost of the Uhaul truck, gasoline to get down there, and the cost of actual items on the list.   I will be documenting all receipts and expenditures.  Any of this documentation will be available….just ask!  🙂  )

And again, this is just a drop in the bucket, these are just the relief efforts I am privileged enough to know about and have a small part in…there are dozens, hundreds more..just connect where you can and where you feel led.  

I am going to put more of this on the Hurricane Page on my top tab of main page  but for now HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS IF YOU CAN’T GET THING TO ROBIN’S TRUCK OR YOU DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO.  Becki says in her latest blog post which you can read in full here:

       It can be overwhelming to know exactly how to help flood victims. There are many large operations to donate to and equally large concerns of where the money goes.I want to help the town of Vidor in a couple of very specific ways. Our small towns are struggling and I want to help. Here are two ways to help a small Texas Town: I am collecting gift cards in small denominations to put directly into the hands of people that need them.Gift cards to WalMart, Target, Amazon, Ace Hardware, Home Depot and Lowe’s give these family access to supplies immediately. Some smart Instagram friends e-mailed me e-gift cards that I was able to distribute that very same day! I love that! But we’re not even close to done. Let’s get more! You may not have access to a way to ship a large quantity of these items but you might know someone that does and wants to help. Ask them! and then contact me. Send them this post! Send them my e-mail! I have a direct connection in Vidor that is able to receive large donations and distribute them and I would love to coordinate a delivery. If you’re out of state and don’t have a way to ship large quantities U-Haul offers a service that might be an option for you. Fill a portable storage container with donations and ship it to us. If you would like to send me gift cards you’ve collected or have a shipment of building materials you’d like to donate, please email me atbecki@curiousdetails.com.

Our friend Holly Kuhn, of Old Glory Antiques just sent Becki an envelope full of gift cards from Denver, they mail easy!  That is something we can all easily collect among friends and family and do OR if you want to #fillatruck thats still a need too!And yes Round Top Antique Fair is happening here too..some people already set up..more on that at goingtoroundtop.com and I will have more on the Old Glory Texas store and other goings on in a couple of days..Life does go, bittersweet and at different rates and timing for everyone but life and activities do go on . . .but let’s don’t forget the ones in Houston, Vidor, Florida, Rockport, on and on.  I don’t think we will.

Hurricane Harvey- guest post

I want to share a specific story with you from my dear friend Becki Griffin of Curious Details.  Y’all have heard me talk of Becki often, she is a Houston area stylist and photographer and works with amazing people including Country Living and others. She has been a creative force in my life and also a true friend in hard times. Becki is also the funniest and most down to earth person I know!  She is a bona fide true East Texas girl.  Y’all, her sister and parents have directly been touched by the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey and I have asked her to share her sister Suzette’s story here. Suzette is a servant in every sense of the word, literally her job is youth ministry at her church in Vidor, Texas near Beaumont, but it isn’t just her job she lives her entire life that way. She is the type of person who would love to be coordinating meals for people and shoveling mud out of people’s homes right now. But sometimes people like Suzette and her family are the ones hurting and need help too but they don’t want to have attention or light shined on them and their need….but Becki insisted that Suzette allow her to set up a Gofundme campaign for their family need and tell their story.  Sisters are amazing that way!  I can just imagine Becki saying to her “look this is gonna happen so just accept it;” Oh to have such a sister and love!  Thank you Becki for letting me share with my readers Suzette’s story that represents one of thousands and the specific needs of her family.

I continue to encourage everyone to give online if you can to organizations such as Samaritans Purse and the  JJ Watt charity, as well as some smaller more localized church efforts that locals recommend and trust including Christ Community Church and Bayou City Fellowship.  I am working on a permanent page here with more info and links in one spot, including Amazon wish lists for local charities and specific families I know of . . . Until then you can donate directly to Becki’s family here.

 
Hi this is Becki,
 
My sister Suzette has served as a children’s youth minister at her church for 12 years.  
She has two daughters that live with her and her husband Kenny. They are a humble, hard working family just like yours and mine.
Kennedy is 18 and a college freshman.
Kaitlin 14 is in 9th grade
In 2009 they lost their oldest daughter Rachel in an auto accident.
 
 
 
Their home is in Vidor, Texas. They have evacuated twice. The latest was Thursday yesterday late afternoon. Today, they are safe at a family lake house north of the flooding. They have been able to source non-perishable necessities they can keep with them if they need to be on the move again. They are basically flood gypsy’s.
 
When Harvey moved east of Houston, it strengthened and pounded their area which is just east of Beaumont. When they saw that the water was going to flood their house on day two of the storm for them, they were able to save a few belongings and the things that were most important to them.
 
 
Among those were keepsakes that belonged to Rachel. As you can imagine, these items are sacred to Suzette.
 
As of this morning, water rescues are still going on in Vidor. Interstates are closed and there are few ways to get out and even fewer to get back in.
The Neches river is expected to crest today and residents aren’t sure how much higher the water will rise before it recedes.
 
Establishing flood insurance claims  and FEMA claims take time. It will be days before adjustors are able to get to the homes. The only thing they can do today is get to higher ground.
 
To assist Suzette’s family in their immediate need I have created a GoFundMe Campaign https://www.gofundme.com/ratclifffund This is a safe way for anyone to donate directly to a family that’s been affected by the flood and gives them immediate access to money while they wait for their claims to be processed. Flood insurance doesn’t cover the contents of their home. This includes their appliances and possibly their a/c unit. They will need materials for clean up like fans and window units to dry the house out.
 
As of today Suzette isn’t sure where they will live while repairs are being made. It’s too early to say for her and so many others. It feels like things should move much faster, especially since the sun is shining today. But until the water recedes, and the electricity comes back on,  we wait. 
 
It has been so difficult to watch this play out and all the while I can’t get to them. The interstate was flooded. But I’m doing everything I possibly can to help them from Houston. That’s why I established the GoFundMe in her name. I am also accepting deliveries and storing them for her. 
 
{Suzette and I last summer}
 
I can be contacted through my email becki@curiousdetails.com to answer questions about donations or deliveries. 
 
The first step is to wait for the high water to recede. Then clean up. Then repair. They have a very long road ahead but they are family that leans strongly on their faith. This is not the hardest obstacle they have faced as a family and they are certain God’s promises will carry them through this. 
 
Their family motto is Rachel’s favorite scripture, ‘love never fails’.  Suzette’s heart is with her community and the children at church. She is determined to get back home and help anyone she can there.
 
Thank you to everyone that has prayed, texted, supported, loved and contributed to my family. We are so grateful. 
 
Becki
 
 

Hurricane Harvey update

Where to start?

First off, my family and I are safe. We live in a small town northwest and over 60 miles from Houston and on much higher ground. I work (and post) from Houston often and have clients all over the city, many who were affected, some still struggling today, but my little family is not in the city.  

We are safe.

Grateful we were never without electricity and stayed dry. All of your texts and emails mean the world to me and others.

Second, I want to share about how to help my amazing home state.  Texas is big and brash and strong and wonderful but right now Texas needs help and much prayer.  

People are still wading in water, watching water creep up their driveways and being evacuated, TODAY.  Monday.  

{This is my friend and client Brandon Clarke above in the blue shirt helping people in his area of town north of the tollway and west of hwy 6, they had more flooding there today as gates were opened and some water released.}

And help will be needed for months and months not just next few days when its top on news list.  Please don’t forget the people of Houston and this region as time goes by.  These storms destroy homes and lives and it takes so much time to recover.  I will be setting up a Hurricane relief page here on the blog to try to organize and connect some needs in future days but listing some big sources below for immediate giving that you may or may not have seen already.  Many are suggesting giving monetarily online or via text first and foremost if possible,  and then donating goods locally if you live in the state. Also its so good if you can find a specific personal need you can meet if possible through a friend that may know someone or has a connection. Sending specific goods or sharing a talent you have by email or phone, if not today or this week maybe in months to come.

IMMEDIATE GIVING:

  • Its widely know how to donate by text to the RED CROSS or simply go here.
  • SAMARITANS PURSE people in the non-profit world have such high respect for how they handle funds and help people quickly and effectively..you can give on this link and also sign up to volunteer!
  • Houstonians respect and trust JJ Watts and his foundation YOU CARING

  • BAYOU CITY CHURCH is doing amazing work! Watch the video by Pastor Curtis Jones on their home page, yes he is Beth Moore’s son in law.
  • TEXAS BAPTIST MEN know how to get into places and help quickly and will go into areas that often are small and forgotten where big relief never makes it
  • Texas Monthly has a more extensive list and information

  • In addition to giving money directly you can also buy gifts and some reminders artists and designers have created. Many shops and Houston and Texas businesses are giving a portion or all of their profits for certain products to Hurricane relief, faves include the Texas Forever shirt from Magnolia and Golden Threads necklaces…both products are 100% donations….and you may think “seriously shopping for a tragic event” but a Texas charm around your neck or a t-shirt with a message on your back will help you and others remember Houston and southeast Texas for months maybe years to come! It’s not silly.

Visual reminders will be good…i love this idea!  

  • Two more faves, my friend Tara of Royers Pie Haven designed this great t-shirt that will benefit Bayou City Church efforts, Texas Diaper Bank, the Red Cross and more. click here to order!


  • And Houston native MAY BOOKS has created a collection and awesome reminders to keep us in your prayers and actions in days to come..I love seeing different artists and small businesses using their unique talents to shine line on helping Houston and all of Texas during this time..this is the body of Christ!  

 

  • Last but not least, close to my heart.  Focusing Families is located in Waller County, one of the many rural and poor counties that borders Houston/Harris County.  Focusing Families mission is domestic violence issues and they have a shelter in the town where I lived for over 15 years.  My sister-in-law is the Executive Director and its a small but amazing little organization that serves family needs in several counties and of course their needs and load increase during a natural disaster. I am working on linking to a Focusing Families wish list at Amazon for ongoing needs if anyone out of state wants to ship to this agency.  You can also donate online to them.  I can assure you Focusing Families will be dealing with despair and need related to this Hurricane for years.  And they always need help, diapers, formula etc.  This is a way to give directly into a small agency if you want to do something other than Red Cross or in addition to, we all give in different ways.

           Houston has never seen this much rain. Something like 45 inches. This wasn’t a typical storm.  And as Brene Brown said so eloquently on Instagram a couple of day ago here, we can’t “lead with judgement” so please resist.  Its hard to understand staying in a city prone to flooding when a big storm is coming but the mayor and others advised people to not evacuate.  Evacuation is another kind of chaos.  And y’all homes flooded that had never flooded before, watersheds and reservoirs full that have never had to be released before. Many people did leave that could, some left later when it became clear what was happening, some with children and pets in tow in early morning light on boats.  Thank goodness some stayed and were able to help neighbors. So please no judgement.  Houston is a huge city. There are complicated logistics and infrastructure. And now is the time to help not judge.

Also keep in mind, Hurricane Harvey has not just invaded Houston, first Rockport and Corpus Christi were hit hard and then the heavy rain caused swollen creeks and rivers and flooding that has affected country roads and little towns and families over a 30 county area!!! Shelters have been flooded.  Safe zones flooded.  And people are still standing in water right now.  The sun is shining in many places but not in all.  And because of the system of bayous and levees and reservoirs and watersheds some water is still shifting around and reflooding some areas or could . . .  People are nervously watching and waiting. 

So yes I know this is not a news blog but it is a HOME blog and homes all over Houston and southeast Texas have been destroyed or touched … Each with a family and a story.  One of my favorite recent projects and one I have had on my blog que for over a week to share is this home.  A few photos were shown in the recent Southern Lady article but not all and I wanted to share more.  This home had over four feet of water in it over the weekend. The homeowner is one of my very first clients (over 12 years ago) and we have worked the past two years on this project collecting things for their new home in the city.  They have been there only months.  They are safe, they have insurance and perspective. But y’all its still their HOME.I can’t even share photos yet. Its tough. I think natural disasters are like cancer in that they are no respecter of color or social status or neighborhood.  Some experiences are worse than others, some are fatal some recover but it marks you and those that love you and your family. Sure its easier to recover if you have resources and a support system but it still marks you. It’s hard.  So I pray we have compassion on all and try to help all in different ways that are unique to us and our talents and abilities.

            If you are a design professional, contractor, carpenter or craftsperson please leave a message on this thread if you can help in any way and I can try to connect you to a need once rebuilding begins.  Again this is premature since people are still being rescued and waters shifting/rising, those needs should be foremost in prayer, but I have this on my heart to try to coordinate as rebuilding begins AND IT WILL.

Rainbow outside our door #hope #promises #beautyfromashes #risingstrong #Texastrong #Godstrong

**If you want to help in future days with remodels and rebuilding phase or know of sources or good craftsmen and workers, please leave names and info in comments.  Also if you know of an immediate needs please leave info in comments and link to facebook or anywhere with more info!

**Thank you Whitney English for designing the top graphic

Sit a spell… an update!

Photo by French Blue Photography

I didn’t purpose to take a blog + social media “break” over the summer, but it just sort of happened. The last time I posted was when I was considering a summer class (which did not make) and now planning a fall class! Time flies!  Over summer,  I posted some on Facebook and Instagram but just haven’t been “feeling’ it” and I finally realized that is okay, of course.  My oldest starts back to school today and it feels good and right now that I stepped back and took some break.  Recently the youth from our church took a pilgrimage to the “Holy island” of Iona in Scotland and they spoke Sunday about the rhythms of life and rest they observed.  I keep thinking about that concept.  Not rushing. Pilgrimage. …….not adding more, routine and making some good new habits with work and personal care and time with the ones I love the most.  I know the pendulum swings from #girlboss and “#hustle to #rest and #restore so fast its cliche but there really are some serious nuggets of truth regarding finding boundaries and discipline with being self employed.  After nearly 13 years in business I am ready to finally find a better balance.  

So with that in mind, I purpose this fall to not take on more work that my schedule allows. Which is hard I have to confess to you.  When one is self-employed there is an urgent feeling that you must “work work work” while you can because who knows if the demand will be there later.  Owning your own business can encourage an incredible discipline and trust in God or a frantic lifestyle of over-scheduling, under-delivering and always feeling behind. I confess to feeling a lot of the latter because of fear I would lose work or there “wouldn’t be enough” down the road. Especially since the divorce. A scarcity mentality.  But in reality, if I could slow down and enjoy and throroughly complete the work I have, no doubt the Lord will deliver more clients in His perfect timing. He always has and yet I try to control and don’t trust by taking on too much.  So there will be a wait list for January schedule and beyond…Soon I will have a more detailed inquiry form that you can submit with info about your needs and projects and if I have a cancellation I will contact your or let you know when I begin scheduling for January and Spring.  

I am also starting a newsletter to share some new details and collaborations (coupon codes!), so my loyal readers can be the first to know about some details and info that I may not be ready to share on the world wide web or even Instagram but want to get out to a select group.  If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter do so here or in sidebar.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR THIS FALL

  • CREATIVE CLASS More info coming soon on the Fall Class with the City of Brenham, the class will be held Friday, Nov 11th with a special event the night before! You don’t want to miss class MARK YOUR CALENDAR! It is going to be HOLIDAY theme but not too kitschy I promise…it will be the perfect hygge HOLIDAY blend to get you just enough in the spirit and will have tips and tricks you can use all year long!
  • SOUTHERN LADY Magazine have you seen the Sept issue on stands NOW?  It features a wonderful article on my work that I am so grateful for and proud of..thank you editor Mona Moore. It includes more photos of the O’Donnell house that I blogged first here and the Bethel home that I blogged about here. New portfolio galleries coming very soon that will show more of each home and give sources for man items in the article.  Thank you O’Donnells and Bethels for sharing your homes
  • ROUND TOP Antique Fair is coming soon check here for more info on scheduling visit here, the show does start even earlier this year!
  • OLD GLORY ANTIQUES I have been working on the Old Glory Antiques project that will also be opening this fall with a special sneak peek during the fall show (Sun Sept 24th, 4-7 and Monday Sept 25, 10-5). Watch Instagram and the new newsletter for details on Old Glory. Also be sure and follow Old Glory on IG and their website. Y’all it is amazing. I will post some construction photos soon. Such a joy to be part of this project.
  • BED + BREAKFAST Need lodging for the show?? Again sign up for the newsletter so you can find out about a special Bed + Breakfast I have been working on that is the perfect spot for during the show…I have three wonderful lodging recommendations you don’t want to miss!
  • CONSULTATIONS Future work/design consultations- Again my schedule is full for this fall while I catch up on current projects and client work but I look forward to hearing from you soon about how we can work together in 2018!  Get on the newsletter so you can be the first to know about openings and new details as they develop!
  • LAUREL, MS!  Last but not least the last real blog post I did was about the Market Beautiful that my mom and I attended in Laurel Mississippi, home of HGTV’s HomeTown, we had a wonderful time and I will be sure and share more about that visit this fall by blog and or newsletter, what a special place and YES Ben & Erin are that cute and even sweeter in person! As is Laurel!

Oh and that photo up top, so much in that one photo.  That is from one of the homes featured in this month’s issue of Southern Lady!.  Very special clients that just had a baby by God’s mercy and grace. Watching their home being remodeled and restored while they waited for this baby was such a blessing and picture of God’s restoration and movement in our lives. Also the dear soul that did my window treatments (and those of Cote de Texas, thank you Joni for sharing Monica with my clients and I)  passed away soon after the draperies in this home were installed.  So much bittersweet.  Dear Monica I dedicate this post to you and your love for beauty and detail and your fiery spirit.  You are missed.

Life is so fleeting y’all.  I pray we will all go live with intention and rhythm and grace, focusing our energy on the things that we love and that NOT those things which we yearn to be free from… I fail at this miserably every day but I hope this new school year and 2018 will be a time of progress and refining, discipline but with rest and noticeable change and new joy!

Summer Creative Classes

{Please note summer classes have been postponed until fall and an e-course is in the works as we speak} Please keep checking the class page for more info on specific dates etc coming soon!

I can’t believe summer is in full swing and it is time to announce the summer classes in July…not sure if BOTH of the classes will make but I am offering TWO times!  I did a little informal survey on instagram and it was interesting and understandable to me how weekdays are actually better for some people to get away for something like a class or “me” time!  For some, Saturday when Dad is home is easier for others a weekday is easier. I know everyone is so busy, I hope if you have been wanting to come to Brenham for one of my classes that one of these days will work for you.  

The day will start around 10 am in downtown Brenham (I can’t wait to share the location) and will run until about 2 pm) we will have a fun lunch and lots of snacks including lots of ice cream of course. We may tour my new old house and we WILL def have wonderful treat bags and notebooks for you! Please email if you have any questions.  This will be my general class where we will discuss some of my basic design philosophy and principles as well as share tidbits of my story of how I got into the business and how my business has grown.  I will also be giving some of my specific and  favorite design tips and tricks, sources and paint colors, etc… We will talk about mixing fabrics and pattern and if time allows will talk about lighting and mixing metals..Basically we will cram as much in as possible ha! But the main theme of the day will be LESS HOUSE MORE HOME and how to pace yourself, not feel overwhelmed or like you will never “get your house together.” My prayer is that you leave the day encouraged and excited about creating the home you and your family crave. Click here or under the CLASSES tab to register!

 

{Please note that if the classes do not “make” for whatever reason you will be refunded via check as soon as that decision is made, thank you for understanding..the tickets ARE transferrable if you have something come up and need to share with a friend…i understand believe me!}

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