Sugarlumps Guesthouse

Y’all have to see this….the cutest guesthouse (aka bed and breakfast) in Brenham, Texas is now taking reservations. Sugarlumps is named for the sweet lady who lived in the home for many years….that was her nickname!


Many of the antiques and furnishings are from Leftovers Antiques and you can certainly see their wonderful touches in each room. The room has a living room with sofa and tv and comfy chairs and this beautiful dining room.


OMG this table y’all. Can’t you imagine drinking wine with your girlfriends here after Round Top or lazy breakfast before shopping in on Brenham’s cute square.

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Also a butler pantry that leads into fresh kitchen area!


Can you even this butler pantry passage between dining and the bar sink and floor!



And on into the darling kitchen….


Love those stools

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And not that you will be doing laundry while here but you can if needed..washer and dryer behind the cool doors!


Look what we found in the fridge…bootleg Blue Bell…good thing its back for real next week!


The house is near downtown and has three bedrooms including two queen beds and two twin beds.  

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Above is the front bedroom. And below the middle room.  Love that Hair sign and the Bella Notte linens.


Last is the back bedroom by kitchen with twins! Each room has a closet or large armoire.


The house also has two bathrooms with old tubs and showers. The largest bathroom is so cool with reclaimed door and old fixtures.  I want to live in that bathroom.

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Contact Debby Welch for availability (email: or (254) 749-6332.  I believe it’s book THIS Round Top except the last few days (Oct 2-4) but it’s a great getaway any time even NOT during Antique Week…come stay here, go to Leftovers Antiques and shop and Junk Gypsy and shops downtown Brenham and Round Top…Have pie at Royers Pie Haven…there is plenty to do here with or without the antique crowds and this is the perfect place to stay!



Thank you Natalie at the Shady Acre for helping photograph this project..a joy always!

Wisconsin Farmhouse video & cards

If you follow me on facebook you may have already seen this video but I just have to share here as well before I put it in the portfolio section or sidebar.  It is so good. Really captures the spirit of the Wisconsin farmhouse in town…thank you Spin Vision and MyNext Home for letting me use it!

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I also wanted to show you these cute cards that the homeowner’s daughter sent me.  Chelsea is the Mills’ oldest daughter and look how cute she is with her mama!

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I’ve noticed my kids are really drawn to these cards too…for thank you notes or just picking them up and flashing to me…sweet and simple! They are hand lettered and come with my fave kraft envelopes!

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My fave is the Oh Happy day but i love them all.

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Thanks Chelsea for sharing these with have style just like your mom!

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Y’all can see her etsy shop here!

On another note, my boys are back in school today…we had a good morning and hopefully the entire week and year will be good…praying for all you mamas and your kiddos this morning whether you are gathered around the kitchen table having school or dropping them off for the day!

A New Venture

The past year has been full of changes for our family and my business. I have been overwhelmed with love and grace through this blog and from you, the readers, as I have shared some of my life’s hardest moments. So its only fair and normal I would be excited to share this new chapter. An exciting blessing! Good news!


Almost all of my life I have dreamed of dabbling in retail, and finally after months of discussion and planning I am thrilled to announce a new venture with some wonderful people. I am collaborating with friends Brian & Cindy Taylor to open a new store called True Blue Home in Chappell Hill, Texas, this fall! Brian & Cindy have owned property in the area for years and have a deep love for the community. I lived in Chappell Hill over 15 years ago when first moving to this area as a newlywed. So I feel I am coming full circle in some respects as well. And the Taylors’ passion for the community and doing something in this historic downtown are both contagious and inspiring. Brian and Cindy are both CPAs with a business brain but also a love of all things Southern and local and special. To put it simply. They have heart and style. They are originally from Louisiana what more can I say?!

They will be owners and operators of the store and I will be creative director/consultant/curator/stylist/buyer etc…

Cindy has great taste and Brian does too wait until you see some of the salvage pieces he will be bringing to the store. So they do not really need to have me but I am sure glad they want me and are giving me this opportunity!


And by curate and collaborate I mean every detail, inside and out. I can’t wait to share with you about this process.

Like the idea boards (inspiration from Schumacher, LS Slipcovers, Miss Mustard Seed, Les Indiennes, Curious Sofa and more), buying and planning! And yes we will have items that are not only blue and white. But you will definitely be able to find lots of blue and white in our store!

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And of course branding…more on that later for sure.

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Details like do we do check drapes or blue and white floral?


Renderings with professionals like the amazing Jane Gianarelli.

So the next weeks will be full of posts about what we will be doing and details on opening…we plan to open during Round Top Antiques Week (Late September). The True Blue Home website will be fully working in early September and we are already on Instagram @truebluehome so be sure and follow us there and on Facebook!


So there it is…welcome to True Blue Home y’all! Can you even believe how God can make beauty from such ashes? Of course you can because many of you have seen it over and over. When one of the toughest times in one’s life can bloom into something new. Not better, not replacing the other but just another chapter, another door. And yes I will keep doing design work and my own Holly Mathis Interiors projects but I will be doing less online which is a blessing while my kids are young (less computer time is a good thing I am learning) and I will be driving in the city less and near my children more! And I know you all understand and support that even more than good shopping right!?!;;

Louisiana cottage & visit

I have a new project in Louisiana.  I have shown snippets of the fabrics and Round Top purchases over the past year or so it’s not exactly new but it is finally in the building stage…and I recently made a visit. Excited to share!


This home is part craftsmen cottage part Acadia and all charm with brick floors and high ceilings and salvaged beams going up in family room. My client grew up in a home with brick floors and says they are so easy.  I love them already!  Old St Louis brick. Can’t wait to see them clean and waxed.  And that center hall…makes my heart go pitter patter. As do the low windows!  Once the bevelo lanterns go up it will be a Southern trinity with the moss outside!


As many of you know, working in South Louisiana is more fun than work. So excited about this project because it’s in the same town as one of my favorite families ever. You can see their home here. We finally got her window treatments finished and they look so good and I finally got to see her beautiful slips from LS Slipcovers!


Good job Laura and Nathan!


I very best part was finally getting to meet this sweet girl, their newest and most beautiful addition!!


Then I headed to Baton Rouge to see my girl Melisse, purveyor of prints and fine antiques!


We def need a stickie stick before another adventure! Seriously time with this girl is always good for my soul and fun(she is always good for some Suzanne Sugarbaker trivia) but productive professionally too, its a blessing to have friends who are experienced in the field and so knowledgable..I am so proud of all of her hard work including work with One Kings Lane!  So if you can’t make it to Round Top or Baton Rouge you can shop her on OKL!


And after lunch at “her club” we walked over to the Old Capitol just to look around . . . she knows I am fascinated with all things Huey P. Long!


and what did we happen upon, not only a ton of Long history …but an A. Hays Town exhibit!!! I might have squealed..dorky I know but it was perfect timing.


They had his t square, his wood box he carried pigments around in to clients home to mix colors, great photos and of course blueprints.


It was nerdy design girl heaven.  What a treat! Especially to get to see with Melisse and hear her tidbits and local stories about this wonderful man! I am sure many of you have this book!

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Growing up in Texas and traveling to Louisiana, I was influenced by his work before I even knew it…now when I see it I can put my finger on it and appreciate his influence and genius.

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So it was hot time in July but a wonderful trip to one my favorite places!  So much hospitality, good food and great people down there! Although a new build in July is pretty darn hot Ms Marla, y’all are worth it!!  Louisiana is special to me for so many reasons, some I don’t even understand….but I know I love the people, landscape and history so very much.



A holy hope

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A friend sent me this today. A blog post by Ann Voskamp you can see the entire post here.  It’s so timely and spot on for so many of us… it seems there is a lot of hopelessness and sadness in the world.  I blog about beauty and decorating and not super deep things but the truth is since I shared about my family hardships, I have been getting a lot of emails from people going through similar situations. Pain. Tough stuff. This life isn’t easy, no matter the house or economic situation. Pain and sorrow are experienced by all in different seasons. But He sees us.  God sees me and He sees you.  I am going to leave it to the bible teacher to flesh out . . . I just wanted to share some snippets.  This encouraged me. Let’s try not to worry. And be scared.  Lean in to Him if you are going through a dark time. With open hands.

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“Basic” New Build


In reality, not all homes are historic farmhouses or custom build. My friend and client Lauren, an architect herself with discriminating taste, found herself ready to plan a home for her large family with a basic “surburban type” builder.  Not her dream situation but Lauren is smart enough to realize the budget and the square footage were enough to “do something with” for her young family so she approached it with a grateful heart, with THE most amazing attitude, and resourceful and creative ideas. Because after all, it’s a new house y’all and she realized that…but when you have been educated and work in custom and you know what all is out there it’s a little hard not to want to incorporate all of that custom “top of the line” knowledge. But as I mentioned these type of basic builders are NOT custom, they typically do not allow changes.  The granite choice, even the paint colors are SET IN STONE….very limited! I am not even going to publish the builders name because they do not want to offer all of these choices, that is not what they do..they are not custom build.

BUT Lauren is the epitome of lovely and kind and she had a few inside connections and was able to talk them into a few small changes. Like polishing the concrete floors downstairs! Which at first I was like “ummm I’m not sure NO stain???” But Lauren had worked with a builder that had done this and done this well and boy was she right…it looks amazing! Score one for “not your average basic build!”


She also made some good basic choices like choosing to do all white walls. Add moldings and case out doors. AND Being a design guru she knows LIGHT IS EVERYTHING and choosing to do SW Alabaster walls AND trim provides a true backdrop for all of the color she knew she would be adding with rugs and textiles and her FIVE gorgeous children! And black doors…black or painted doors always elevate and this small thing (she knows the painters thought she was crazy) instantly added class.  And that’s just Lauren…she homeschools five kids and cooks constantly and yet she is walking class…in the most unsnotty, Godly way.  Her humble self deprecating humor keeps you from disliking her even know she is amazing and gorgeous and thin to boot! (sorry Lauren just had to say it you are


I love this photo of the girls in the schoolroom.  The light is a knock off of the classic 3 arm french light by Serge Mouille. Sofa from Craigslist, IKEA billly bookcases line the walls with doors.

And the kitchen! No marble countertops and its still gorgeous! I can’t wait to add some color and fabric to windows!


So most of the changes and arm twisting and cookie deliveries had to do with the kitchen of course!  Lauren was planning this on a budget…a subzero and professional range are not exactly budget but she scoured craigslist and the internet and found BOTH online…hours away but she got them and stored in her old garage for MONTHS.  The day those were installed I am sure she heard angels singing.  I love it when I see someone who actually cooks ALL DAY LONG and has a heart for hospitality gets these pricey items…she will truly use them! Fitting in to their basic builder cabinets wasn’t easy but patience, kindness and maybe cookies and brownies go a long way.  You def catch more flies with sugar than vinegar as shown here!


Love the island.  Not sure how she got them to do the X but its awesome! Lights from Joss & Main, stools from amazon.  We will def being showing more of the kitchen down the road! (Once the children get off the island;) Notice the counter…again they aren’t marble but they look fine they really do the white subway and cabinets and hardware and appliances really set the tone..I can’t wait to show you more on her hardware etc. Notice how she used cup pulls on doors!


Her wall of the back covers of “Cook’s Illustrated” look so good in these ribba can also really appreciate the trim work and alabaster paint and polished floors in these photos.  Lauren has a great tutorial she found on hanging ribba frames, shown here.


And those rugs…she scours ebay sources like Mystical Rugs and Gallery99! See how she taped out even the rug…blue tape is her friend y’all…it keeps us from making costly sizing mistakes!


We also didn’t love the curve of the sofa but its a huge sofa and fits so many people which she DOES love….so the fig tree from TALL PLANTS and the gorgeous lamps (TJMaxx yall) really distract from that curve.


That fig is BIG, like 8-9 feet but the room needed it and candle the size.  They are so nice at Tall Plants and I am always amazed at the selection of topiaries, ferns and of course fiddle leaf figs..the day I was there last, they had two matching mega ones headed for the River Oaks Country Club. And they deliver around Houston.

These chairs will be slipcovered. Love that molding around fireplace.  I can’t wait to see what kind of art she creates for over mantle.  It will be abstract and have color.


I love how she has taped out her plans to add more trim for a faux paneled wall look to dress up the white walls in a subtle way. The ottoman is from craigslist as is sofa…Lauren’s sister found it on Austin is a restoration hardware piece that has been recovered custom and then listed on craigslist….Lauren should do a Craigslist commercial! It’s a Kelly Wearstler fabric…ok now we don’t like you Lauren!;;

Lauren’s style is def NEW TRADITIONAL with classic rugs and colors like blues mixed with a bit of her own modern art and chic lighting. She is the master at sourcing good sconces.


I adore her master bath…the sconces are from Savoy House, Monroe Collection… and art from ebay! Absolute black granite was the only choice but wise choices on faucets and lights and backsplash saved the day.


The kids look a little over the process but I love watching Lauren enjoy each step and get in no hurry making things perfect…she knows to get the bones right and move slowly doing things right the first time….so opposite my “lipstick on a pig” move fast tendencies…i love how my clients sharpen and teach me!


Thank you Lauren and family for letting me share your home…Remember y’all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  It takes time to build a thoughtful and collected home.  And that is okay. More than’s a blessing.

My London Flat’s Jewelry

You may remember me mentioning Houston’s My London Flat in the past.  My friend Suzy started this shop in a little walk up on Persa St off of Westheimer in River Oaks! (Across from St. Anne’s its actually in the convent building!) Suzy has such a great eye and background as a stylist. She travels to Europe and handpicks the most amazing little things and brings them home in her “second suitcase.” She then sells the antiques and paintings in her shop and designs and makes wonderful purses and bags and NOW jewelry with some of the smaller artifacts.

             I am amazed at your sense of history, femininity and design..You rock Suzy!

Suzy lived in England for seven years then returned to Houston . . .

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And she did y’all.  In 2013. She has worked so hard and now these amazing pieces!

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I love how she has named her collections, you have to go see here!

This cornflower blue cloisonné belt buckle is french and so pretty! ..i think this would amazing with a silk ballgown skirt and classic white shirt..think Charlotte Moss!

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She has a noble ladies collection and grand tour piece with handpainted portraits!

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And Y’all these majolica pieces are amazing. 

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Follow Suzy on facebook here and on instagram at SHOPMYLONDONFLAT and see her story here on STELLAR…its so cute and pretty!!

And for HMI readers she is giving a 20% discount for the next month just use the code HOLLY

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This time last year we were in the process of closing and moving into my dream house… not extravagant or grand but classic and “us.”  I thought it would be a wonderful place for our family for many years.  A home we could grow and love in and live out life together.

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I was wrong.  We lived there less than a year. We sold it, moved, and divorced.

It has been a literal, holy (or unholy) mess. And yet the children and I have survived, even thrived. My pinterest Fourth of July dream was shattered (I just wanted to furl that flag out the top windows, Lord, just once) but my kids are healthy and happy, scarred but thriving because of amazing people in our lives and God’s provision.  We are all scarred, but standing. And I wanted to update y’all as I think about God’s faithfulness and yes freedom.  This road to freedom I hope my family is on . . . sounds weird maybe but hang with me.

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It’s a bit of cheesy cliche, so obviously easy for a Christian to make all of the literal correlations between freedom in Christ and the freedom that came with the Declaration of Independence.  Believe me I am a sap and history major and I love them all.  But NEVER  have they been more real to me than this year.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love all of the New England and East Coast flags and instagraming of flags flying on Nantucket I am showing here today.  These images are my fave.  Nothing like a flag inside and out. I mean I love me a flag and a white house and some babies in blue and white stripes.  YES! The shallow part of me mourns the little party and flag out front I dreamed of for the new old house.

But never ever before have I been more aware of the need for true freedom . . . And yes I am tempted to tag a little Martina McBride video on the end here.  Seriously, I am not even close to letting go and being totally free of all of my emotional and spiritual junk, much less any marriage issues.  But i know that i know that i know, that working through “junk” in our inner selves and our closest relationships all under the umbrella of Christ’s love and God’s wisdom is the only way to true freedom.  It’s not popular or cool to say but I know it. It’s what I believe.  And tough season has mae me believe that more than ever. The opposite of freedom is what?  fear and bondage.  And Christ came to set the captives free, His perfect love casts out ALL fear.   He gives us (me and you) a spirit of power and LOVE not fear.

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I’ve have been pretty damn scared this year at various times.  And as I sat in our therapist’s office and ugly cried on Thursday and heard him say “God wants you to face your worst fear” I knew He was right.  We have to face our fears.  For freedom.  There is just nothing better than being free is there??? Watch your kids when they dance and play freely? And we could go on and on about theology and what the means and looks like but the first step is bravery to step out and face fear.

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So this fourth of July I love my country and the brave men and their families that stood up against crazy all those years ago and still today.  Because King George was cray y’all and America isn’t perfect but we have a beautiful and TRUE story of bravery and righteousness and God’s hand.  We are a city on a hill, or we were.  I can’t fix my country but I can work on facing my own fears and doing the things God created me to do, in my family and in my work and my sphere of influence.

And yes, you read that right. We are divorced.  The kids and I moved to a neighboring town and are doing well.  God provided us an amazing home to lease and my mom is living with us until her little house is ready for her move in.  The kids are spending a lot of time with their dad and are having a fun and full summer. And their dad and I have started counseling.  Finally.  Yes we realize it’s usually best to start the counseling BEFORE the divorce.  We didn’t do it that way.  We did do some counseling but not really get in there and get committed and serious about it until now.  The timeline is was it is.  What matters is we are finally getting help both individually and together. So please pray. Pray for fruit in counseling, pray for the holy spirit to move and change hearts and minds where needed.  Pray for truth. Pray for my boys and our parents and friends that have been caught in this unholy mess.  And for yourself if possible I am praying. Please get thyself to counseling.  I beg you. And if you don’t like the counselor or its just so so, keep trying, keep praying God will connect you with the person that can get up in your business and tell you and get your number and help set your feet back on the right path.  I know counselors don’t replace scripture or godly guidance but good solid counseling can be a huge part of freedom. And restoration.

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{Top three images from House Beautiful and this one of vintage flags from}

So I just wanted to say that.  Happy Fourth of July.  Let freedom ring!

We had a fun day in nearby Chappell Hill!

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My boys never sit this close so I am loving these silly pictures from today.  It’s the little things y’all, just getting muffins made and a few baby flags up and being with friends. And then taking a nap while it storms…yes!

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So thank you y’all truly.  For hiring me, reading me and supporting what I do. For praying for my family.

Wisconsin Parade Home is open

The My Next Home parade home is open in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! For times and ticket info visit here.


I arrived last Wed and helped style and prep things…meaning make multiple Target and TJ Maxx and Joann runs..and spray paint and rub n’buff etc. A lot of work but yes a lot of fun too!…12-14 hr days..the crews and cleaning people worked longer! But it is all worth it! Saturday at ten am we opened our doors and it was such fun to see people’s warm reactions to the farmhouse in town!

paradeprepcollageElements of shiplap, real wood floors from Georgia, painted doors, transoms, salvage wood on kitchen shelves, living room beam and island, all worked together to woo visitors.  Amazing a house with mostly white walls could feel so warm!  Has to be the warm tone floors and black painted windows (less pricey than steel but the same modern farmhouse look)..and no doubt the drapes, monograms and linen slips I brought North!;; (ikea jennylund slip by LS slipcovers...available soon here to ship nationwide!)


One thing I love about this house is that so much is custom or handmade but so much is also big box and easily accessible like the PB rug and sofa in the room above. Sure the chairs and windmill on wall were rare thrift finds from Craigslist for bargains and nothing makes a room special more than a piece of old wood or antique but the basic good sofa and blinds from select blinds are no brainers/easy orders!  Proves not every single thing has to be custom (100 year old barn beams retrofitted for an island or in your ceiling) sometimes a basic sisal rug or white bracket from lowes are okay and fitting.  The power is in the mix!

Case in point, Ballard pendants over marble custom island!


And again below, the monogrammed slips are from Ikea and the table from Pottery Barn.  The team at My Next Home could have made a craftsmen table but they had enough to do on the actual house so we purchased the table which is okay in my “its all in the mix” thinking because the room has custom drapes and an antique gray blue sideboard to give interest and make unique!


Allison, the builder’s wife and homeowner, redid these chairs below…those of you that follow me on instagram you saw the before and during Light is from Ballard and coffeetable from TJMaxx.  Down to Earth Garden Center provided the plants…so gorgeous.


Close up of the wood on the island..i love how she placed the outlets!


The warmth of the stain on the new Southern long leaf pine floors and wood of beam and island really keep the white walls from being cold.  Essential in Wisconsin..they need cozy y’all!


And unlike on HGTV and many high end show homes, NOT everything was even finished, but despite that it looks amazing, like home!  Seriously it looked and felt about were about to uncork some wine and have dinner! Mission accomplished!


A look into that pantry…it feels like a drugstore or candy store, love Allison’svision for exactly how she wanted the shelving.  Also the counters for laundry, kitchen and butlers are all different!

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There is also a vintage light in the pantry. The house is a mixture of vintage, antique and reproduction lights that all work together to give a cozy, collected feel.

All of the shiplap, beadboard and most of the sheetrock in the house is SW Pearly White.


Looking from sink into the laundry.


I love this view from back door to master..again TRANSOMS!  LIGHTS! PEARLY WHITE PAINT!


In the master we used shiplap on the ceiling not walls. Miss Mustard Seed paint in schloss on the bed and dresser! Wood windows painted black, looks like steel doors but not!  And of course some monogramming on the bed! And schumacher hollyhock…i love this bedding mix…PB and other big box bedding mixed with jsut a few custom pillows!


Behind the bed, we were inspired to try the Southern Living idea house’s gingham wall…we didn’t use quite as much glaze in one of the stripes..that is the key if you try it at home and want that transparent buffalo check look…glaze yall!

Main features of this house that I love and can be used in any new home to make it feel old: large baseboards, old door knobs and glass or black, glass transoms over doors, long leaf pine floors, shiplap and schoolhouse lights. And lighting with charm outside too!


Barn light Electric lights on exterior. Just showing a few snippets from the upstairs office and basement as well.  There are two rooms upstairs and a bath and two bedrooms and media area in basement as well as other bath.  The entire home is approx 3800 sq/feet…a cottage by show home standards;


 The laundry is not huge but very functional with cubbies and the old sink! and lots of beadboard and hooks …liked it evolved as an old home would!


This house has a mix of old lights and new lights, none really match but it doesn’t matter and plays into the vintage feel.  Some rooms have shiplap on walls and sheetrock on ceilings, other rooms the reverse! I love the black doors too!  This view from the back hall into master is one of my faves!  The ceilings are NOT super tall but the transoms play into that feel.

Shiplap on the kitchen hood…master closet is the lovely color SW French Gray…Allison has lived in an old house with no closets so long..this closet is going to blow her socks off once she moves nice!


The basement has barn doors fashioned from barn wood from the family farm and a media room and more.  And a view above coming up from the basement into main hall!


The exterior is white vinyl siding, again practical.  With metal windows that are black on outside and painted wood on inside..not steel!  The homewoners asso would not approve an all metal roof so they just did metal for accents.  The haint blue porch ceiling (SW Watery) and the schoolhouse electric lights make the house sing in my fave…the chelsea gray carriage looking doors for garage!  Good job My NextHome and Allison Mills! This Texas girl had a great time with “you guys” and it was almost hard to leave especially the cool breeze. But I was glad to get back to this fella and his brother!


Cutest driver ever!

Remember you can still visit the house today and tomorrow until 5! Visit here for more info on tickets!

Monogram pillows available!

Ok y’all, I have been asked about the perfect size and fabric and where I get monograms done for ages so finally I am going to try offering this….maybe a limited time.  We will see how it goes.  But I am so in love with this combination I have finally mastered for my clients I do want to share.  I want to add a dark gray one that is more boyish but for now this is it! And it’s called the ALLISON!


white linen, dark gray thread, box pleats! more specs below

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SIMPLY EMAIL LESLIE IF YOU WANT TO PLACE AN ORDER at and include your address and thread colors, and initials.

This is the flax natural linen color also available..its the exact fabric I use on a lot of my gathered skirts under sinks etc…I love this fabric so pretty with white thread!

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And I will update you soon on our little family, we are enjoying the first lazy days of summer…swimming, cartoons and spending lots of time with daddy which has been good…

Oh and you see I bought IKEA loveseats for them (to replace the custom amazing linen sofas that wouldn’t fit through door of rental) so much smarter than a sectional because they can’t TOUCH, and fight over covers and pillows, which escalates into wrestling and fussing!;;


Please continue to pray for us!  God is big y’all!

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