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!

Mathis new old house-Living Room

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

 

House update

Wow it’s been a whirlwind around here. It’s amazing how it can feel like its going so slow with home renovations and then suddenly you are amazed at how it’s coming together. I have the best people working on our new old house and I am so thankful for their diligence and talent.

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First off, the exterior is now completely painted white no longer gold! (Later the roof will be dark gray, someone on Instagram asked) and no we are not doing shutters.  I like the simplicity and clean look of it without shutters…seems true to the salt box design. The exterior color is SW Pure White.

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Choosing a door color has been an adventure.  I love red doors but I knew from the beginning I wanted a soft pretty gray door on this house.  Dove gray. I think I tested a total of 11-12 grays.  All were too blue or too brown.  I even tried some Farrow and Ball colors.  I finally settled on SW Dorian Gray which was my first one to try! Funny how that happened.  For now, we plan on painting the entire surround AND the door.  I think it needs the color and visual weight in the middle since we aren’t doing shutters.  But I may change my mind once it’s done (sorry honey) and have just the door be gray.

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I have been eyeing some amazing lanterns at Bevelo Lighting but ended up spotting some at Lowe’s of all places that I really like.  Thank you Allen + Roth, they are nice and long and large and less than  $100! That is nice on the budget when you have so many other things to cover.

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After getting a handle on the exterior we moved inside. We (meaning Kevin my awesome contractor and his trusty assistant Alex) uncovered some great wood under the popcorn. Honestly I think there are lots of issues related to keeping shiplap in old homes. . . like “industrial really isn’t my style” and “but its gorgeous wood” and “but its so rough” etc… trust me there will be exposed ship lap somewhere (closets ha or maybe a boy wall one day) but this will be the last time you see this in this state in the living room . . sorry . . . Bottom line, hubs doesn’t like too rustic and we have lived with shiplap walls for years . . . before everyone on HGTV was doing it;; It’s cute and charming and I love it in the upstairs of our current home but I think it sifts dust possibly . . . it is rough and probably not great for asthma and allergies which the boys and I struggle with . . . so there you go. I could do a whole blog post on that decision believe me!

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But yes that ceiling is gorgeous ! What is wonderful beyond the decorative possibilities of old wood walls and ceilings i s just to see how old houses were constructed and the beautiful materials used in construction.

Moving into the kitchen.

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 The uppers came down on sink side.  But the soffit stays, yes it can happen and be okay.  More shiplap under old paneling but it was really pieced together and lot of holes, so those walls and around door will be covered with basic white subway tile and then shelves.  We are painting the remaining cabinets. Everything in kitchen is SW Pure White. I considered doing new shaker doors but didn’t want to wait for them.  They would have arrived in time I now realize but painting these has been fine too since we removed so many on sink side. Again another budget saver.

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I love how my contractor put the doors up on the garage wall to spray them. I am in AWE of the awesome finish he sprayed on these cabinets.  The kitchen has various issues, and we obviously aren’t gutting it but paint in here has been huge.  He also retrimmed out doors and windows, HUGE improvement.  I will be honest, I had a little designer hissy fit in my heart and head wanting better cabinets.  But the truth is they are fine, they have tracks and they have painted up nicely.  And it was silly to pull them out when we have other changes planned down the road….way down the road..for now and/ or the next 5- 10 years this is perfect!

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And there is the farm sink pictured above waiting patiently in the garage, OF COURSE it is going back in…along with wood counters.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my posts about the IKEA wood counter drama.  Again this could be another blog post.  Basically, I had heard and read online that IKEA was discontinuing their solid wood counters.  Then the IKEA Houston person told me that wasn’t true they just “fly off of shelves” because they are popular.  Friends helped me make sure there were none in stock in Texas at our three IKEA locations.  Once I was sure I moved forward with Williamsburg Butcher block counters via Lumber Liquidators.  They are more pricey than IKEA but they look fab and they are way less than marble or even granite.

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I won’t lie, I will miss my marble;( But we are gaining square footage and other wonderful things in this house so I will survive; These will be a bit darker and richer in color once I oil and seal them.

Okay, and I also need to say this . . . several people have said “wow this is going so fast how do you get so much done?” Well I have had my eye on this house for five years.  I was in talks with the owners for over  a year and it was under contract for months.  It’s been a long time coming and I have had plenty of time to plan and think about what I would do with this house if ever given the chance.  Sounds cheesy but I feel like I have been decorating this house in my heart for my entire life. Nutty sounding but if you are house person you know what I mean.  We love our current house but this one feels so right and like home! That has made some decisions easy (knock on wood) and flow somewhat effortlessly.  Like I just KNEW the outside HAD to be white.

But that is just the ideas, on the practical side this is all possible and is happening quickly because we have blessed with a great contractor.  They are hard to find y’all.

Oaks Renovations

Thank you to Kevin Gilmore at Oaks Renovation for all he is doing to help us get in our home and settled before school starts.  Kevin and I worked on the Old Glory project and I was so thrilled he could help with our new old house.  He is patient and creative and honest/realistic about budget and what is feasible.  I totally recommend him if you are in the Houston/Brenham/Woodlands area.  His email is above. You won’t be disappointed.

{On a side note: It’s humbling and a bit embarrassing on some level to write all of this “ME ME ME, look at us we have a new house” stuff I know but it is a design blog and what I do. But I want you to know I struggle with it a bit. Yes we needed a larger home and we are excited about the space and other things but need is relative as are wants.  #Firstworldproblems we all say. And though this isn’t hugely grand or fancy I still don’t deserve this.  That is not how things work.  Yes we have worked hard and been blessed but others work hard too.  I guess I just want you to know I am not bragging, I am grateful and I give glory to God for everything we have and I know my true treasures are stored up in heaven.  But I also appreciate beauty and creativity. And my life ins’t perfect. Anyone who knows us knows that. I don’t intentionally NOT share hard times they are just often private.  Enduring those times don’t make us deserve good times like getting a new home but I am excited and enjoying it and giving Praise to God above. At the end of the day I know even charming old houses can’t make you happy. Only God.}

 

Old Glory: A Sneak Peek

I blogged here about this fun summer project and it has not disappointed.  The Old Glory bunkhouse is in Burton, Texas, next to the Old Glory Antiques store that is in an old dance hall in the small Texas town.  Becki Griffin of Curious Details assisted me on this project and we had a ball pulling antiques from the store and playing to our heart’s content arranging and rearranging furniture and scheming the best look for the house.

The front entry we framed collectible pennants that represent places of meaning for the Kuhns and we went crazy with hats.  A vacation home is a great place to do something whimsical like hanging hats..something you might not do in your primary home. The vintage flag totally sets the tone.

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I knew I wanted to the space to carry over with the wonderful brand that Holly Kuhn has developed with Old Glory Antiques in Denver and now Round Top.  It’s American primitives and antiques at its best with a bit of whimsy and her furniture line mixed in to add softness and practicality.  But I didn’t want to go to hokey red white and blue so I had to practice restraint. I ADORE this old sandwich sign..it is the real deal!

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This patchwork rug is from IKEA!

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These wonderful INDIGO chairs are part of Holly Kuhn’s Old Glory Americana upholstery collection..some feature feedsacks and linen or burlap but this is indigo is truly special. So rich in color and texture.  The window behind we simply added my favorite blind from selectblinds.com in bamboo tortoise. I love their shades because they come in custom sizes and ship fast, they can inside or outside mount and can be lined for privacy!

One of five bedrooms, I call this room below the shutter room. I am still tweaking the bedding but this is just a peek right?!;

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Originally it had a lot going on with the windows: blinds, shutters, old glass windows and curtains…we simplified with this clean cell blind from select blinds, the soft white is perfect with our creamy paint and it has no cords you just push up!

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In the front room across the hall I used a new bed constructed by Amish craftsmen in Ohio…its new and queen size and comfy and sturdy but blends with Holly Kuhn’s antiques and upholstery line so well. In this room I used bamboo again from Selectblinds.com with sheer linen panels from Pottery Barn…there is no window look I love better than linen plain panels and bamboo! It really worked in this room to provide a backdrop and base layer for all of the other goodies.  The stripe duvet is from PB and the silhouettes are from Southern Gilt antiques in Houston.

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Don’t you love that old luggage cart and ottoman?  I can’t wait to get better shots of this room. These are just from my cell except the one on the left by Heidi Jaster. I didn’t have the insert in the duvet yet and these photos just don’t do it justice..more coming soon I promise! Including this Dash and Albert runner on the stairs! It is just laying in the photo below but we got it installed and it looks so good!

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This is a peek of what is going on upstairs! Three little iron beds with buffalo check and funky old lights. And the gypsy rug from Dash and Albert!

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Come back soon to see more . . . and thank you to Old Glory Antiques for allowing me to be a part of this project. And thank you to Becki Griffin for collaborating, you are the best!

If you are interested in Select Blinds, they are offering a special code for my readers good through the end of the month! The code is Holly35 and will get you 35% off!

Also a lot of people have asked about the iron beds and they are from Restoration Hardware kids!

 

A new chapter

If you follow me on Instagram (something I seem to say a lot in blog posts lately, its just so much easier to post more often on Instagram, love it) anyway if you follow on Instagram you saw my big announcement.  We are moving!  We have lived in our current little cottage for 13 years.  We were newlyweds and brought home two baby boys to this little house.  It’s been my decorating lab for many years.  It has been so good to us. But after years of debating a move or major add-on and remodel we have decided to move.  To a house very similar in style and age to our current home but bigger and a better layout for our growing boys.  We are keeping the current house for now which makes the move and transition much easier. My mom is looking forward to possibly living here down the road or it may make a good spot for Holly Mathis Interiors to continue to grow.  Whatever God has in store we are grateful and excited about this new chapter.  Follow along if you are interested…There is going to be a lot of new decorating and living to talk about!

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Today the painters start on the exterior.  It will soon be all white! PURE WHITE by Sherwin Williams with a Dove Gray door and surround.  NO shutters y’all and red roof will soon be gone.  I can’t wait to plant varying size boxwood orbs all around the base!

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In some ways there is so much to do it’s overwhelming but that is because I am ridiculous and want to do it all now and I know how and where to make it happen if I wanted or could afford.  I want to change paint of course and lighting right away. But the truth is the house is great as is.. it has wonderful trees and old moldings and features likes an arch and built-ins etc.

One of my favorite features is the entryway and arch of course and the way the stairs split to go into kitchen or entry! Love this so much!

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And it has amazing wood floors throughout, not a stitch of carpet when we moved in…thankful for that!

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I love the wonderful and original old farm sink that the previous owners just restored! SO thankful they did that and loved the house so much.

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We love that all of the bedrooms are upstairs

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And it has a small but great little library full of charm.

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It simply has great bones.  So if we can’t or won’t gut the kitchen now or redo or enlarge baths right away it’s okay because I am honestly just so thrilled to be getting the house and painting it white!  So y’all remind me of that when I start posting expensive fabrics and ideas to “do this and that” and get impatient and want it all now!  Rome wasn’t built in a day as my friend Lauren reminded me and I often tell my clients the same thing. It takes time.  This isn’t HGTV. It’s real life.  So I will be blogging about the journey but thanks in advance for remembering that life happens along the way and it won’t all happen immediately.

So there ya go!  That is what has been going on with me! WE ARE MOVING!!!  Woohoo let’s buy some paint!

Slipcover heaven

If you follow me on Instagram or have been reading my blog long you know I love slipcovers and over the past year I have been collaborating with a new slipcover artist and team! All of the seamstresses I use are great and Michelle Fritz my friend that has MAKE slipcovers iss so talented too but she is out from Houston and not always looking for crazy deadlines and volume.  When my client Stacy told me about Laura and her team I knew she would be able to help me with some clients and she has proved an amazing talent.

Aren’t they the cutest!

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{Laura K, Jeanie, Laura S and Nathan!}

Today I want to show some of their most recent work and a fun recent colloboration for one of my favorite clients.

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First off, these amazing chairs! This popcorn detail (its actually a zillion perfect little french knots but I like to call it popcorn) and the length of the skirts just make my heart flutter…of course the amazing photography of Becki Griffin highlights the work of LS so well…Pretty shots Becki!

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Perfection huh?  I don’t even usually like pink (sin i know) and I want these chairs!  Laura has her own linen fabrics in stock in white and flax and various weights so you don’t even have to worry about finding the perfect linen for your project. She has already done the work and keeps in stock and washed so it doesn’t shrink after the slipcovers are made . . . I love this flax color but I also love white of course!

 Becki captured these wonderful images (above and below) of Laura pinfitting at her house! Love these shots, it really shows the process. (And isn’t Becki’s house so pretty!)

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So much work goes into a slipcover. And it happens in your home for the most part, Laura comes to you! Her team helps her with the rest of the sewing and other part of running a business like bookeeping etc. But she does the design for the most part and pin fitting and cutting. Truly handcrafted in America!

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Photos by Becki Griffin of Curious Details

As you can see, LS Slipcovers has also mastered the ballerina tie as well.  Laura K was the lead designer on this project and did a great job! Love this chair skirt. They can do this on piano stools and barstools.

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The possibilities are endless. She is really creative and can help you sketch and determine what is the best treatment of the furniture you want to slip. She can even design a custom monogram and hand monogram your fabric!

Laura and I recently colloborated on a special monogram and treatment for my client Rachel Guidry in Louisiana. You can see more of the Guidry home here in my portfolio.

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This chair is for a guest room and we wanted it to be special so we decided on a scalloped skirt, ties and tone and ton monogram.  I always feel like I am writing wedding gown descriptions when I am blogging or describing to clients how and what Laura can do with slipcovers and monograms.  It’s because the details truly are dressmaker, special and frankly couture. Look at this monogram!

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And Rachel is so happy as you can tell (isn’t her baby bump the sweetest so happy for their family).

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So here is the deal if you want to work with Laura and her team and you live in Houston you are lucky, her prices are reasonable considering the craftsmanship and work is amazing and turnaround is good.  Click here to read about her prices and fabric requirements so you can get a quick idea of the investment. If you live further away like Rachel, or even states away, you can still work with Laura with a little planning and flexibility. Email her to discuss ways to make travel work and see about the travel cost.  If you really want a custom look and you have found furniture you want to repurpose the price to have her travel may be more feasible that  you think.  And if not you still enjoy her work with her Ready To Wear line for IKEA, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware chairs. She did these linen slips for my client Beth and they look amazing…those are IKEA Hendriksal chairs y’all and they never looked better!

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So there ya go, explore her site if you love this look.  And you can also email them photos of your furniture for more specific pricing. I get so many questions about Laura and her work and I wanted to share more with you of our recent designs and her process and where she will travel.  I have even more to show you and hope to soon! It’s such a joy to work with people who are creative and LOVE WHAT THEY DO! Blessings on you Nathan and Laura and your beautiful sons (and Laura K and Jeanie too!) I love what you do and love your American “maker” spirit!

Also be sure and follow them on Instagram and facebook..rumor has is LS is doing a fun giveaway soon from the READY TO WEAR line!

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Maine cottage

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I’ve been in Maine this week checking on one of my favorite clients…her house isn’t huge but its so wonderful! Casual and white and clean but full of color too…its just want you want for a vacation home. Pulled together just enough and pretty but comfy and not too fussy.

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I played with removing the green blankets from her little sofas and arranging her collection of vintage linens some on the backs of  her dining chairs, I like it every which way!

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Overall, she has kept the cottage very simple with lots of white and blue and white and IKEA parsons chairs and loveseats. That is a CB2 ghost coffee table over wire baskets.., a great combo/contrast. The sun makes the ghost table a bit hard to see..But it is there!

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Better shot of the ghost table and my toes! I knew the blue and white striped rug from Dash and Albert would be perfect with her collection of Laurie Hadlock art. See more about the wonderful artist here.

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I love the antique hall tree we found at Anitques on the 9 in Kennebunk in blue Annie Sloan chalk paint..love that store! Yep the light is IKEA too, don’t you love her folded flags in the basket on the shelf. A bookshelf with glassware and dishes in a dining area is such a smart move and I love kitchen/dining items mixe with books.  A bookshelf  also adds so much interest and layering without taking up precious space from a room.

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My client also has the best collection of blue and white, i love those plates on the table. She has a few great antiques in this space as well, and to me that makes the IKEA pieces and lights work, mixed with nicer Circa lights and some Barn Light Electric.

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My client is so talented and has such a good eye..i just worked with her to polish the vision a bit and pick out lighting in baths, halls and kitchen and pillow fabric, rug etc.  It is still her look and her decorating.  I love working with all my clients but especially love working with ones that really have an eye  like DF and know what they like…even thought she doesn’t like drapes we are still able to collaborate; Sofas without the green blankets and vintage napkins below.

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Yes those are IKEA parsons chairs above and the IKEA docksta table below with enamel barn light electric light over table with twisted cord. I think the chairs are a Martha color?

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And we have the same Les Indiennes pillows so we are twinkies..seriously don’t you love their Elise print! Hers are made from yardage so they don’t have ties like the ready made ones in their retail shop..I of course love them either way;

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My mom accompanied me on this trip which was a huge blessing and so much fun…I could not run my business and pursue my dreams without my mom and husband and others so its so fitting she got to go enjoy some on this trip (ERM you have to come next time!)! Thank you  DF and family for your hospitality and friendship..we love you! And thank you mom for all you do for us!

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I will try to share more soon from our trip! It was so refreshing and pretty in Maine…both the landscape and the cottage interior and every little town and beach! Def “the way life should be” ;; God you are the master designer the way you knit this beautiful country together!

BEVOLO lights in NOLA

I have been obsessed with lanterns for ages and Bevolo in New Orleans (NOLA;;) has been making them since 1945!  That is good enough for me.  To me they are the standard for the best Southern lanterns and while I typically envision them in gas I am learning they can also do electric for inside over islands or dining tables or if you don’t want to install gas on your porch.

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My client Marla and I had a time trying to park to go into their neighboring stores on Royal St (they also have a store out in Mandeville) but it was worth the effort.  Their two storefronts side by side..one is a store and one is more of a showroom. Both charming and wonderful!

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Don’t go to their corporate office on Conti Street (though I am sure they are plenty  nice there too)…Of course most of the old buildings in NOLA go through to a courtyard and “way back” to little secret rooms and gardens to reveal treasures, Bevolo’s stores are no exception. You walk in off street through both store fronts to a courtyard and then back rooms..in the one store its more lighting and antiques…

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Wow that oval table! And notice they have other lighting not just lanterns, not sure how much of it was lighting they make and how much of it was antique lighting that has been reworked, but I did notice they make their own barn light! Would be nice if you wanted the copper finishes to all match on your house..maybe barnlights in back or on garage. I also loved the ceiling in this room..so cozy with all of the warm light.

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This pile of copper perfection was back near the front with books, and gifts, and antiques and other lighting.

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The store next door is a showroom and I love how they did it, Bevolo has displayed each of their lantern styles on a brick wall so you can see the mounts and how they will look.  You can also send them a photo of your house and they work with architects, home builders and designers to choose the best style and size for each home.  They are experts. They also show examples in the store and showroom of hanging lights and electric, etc.  If you are considering investing in them its really worth it to go to the showroom if possible. So glad I finally got to visit!

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When you back through the courtyard of this showroom space there is a workshop with a craftsman making lanterns and showing the process..fascinating to see how they are made and the care taken with each piece.

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And his workbench is wonderful huh! Love the framed photo of FDR!

Also notice how shiny the copper is compared to this photo below and to some of the other photos…it darkens and can take on a greenish patina but mostly just darkens I believe?

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Do you have Bevolo or copper lanterns?  How has the patina progressed in your climate??? Thanks again Marla and Rachel for making this visit to NOLA possible, I enjoyed being with your and seeing this showroom so much!

{This is not a sponsored post;; I just love wonderful American made products and Southern traditions!}

 

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