Monogram pillows for Christmas

Hey y’all….I am still custom making a few of the monogram pillows with pleats.  These have been such a hit and I am doing one more “run” and order on them before holidays.  If you want to order and have under your tree in time please contact us asap by email @  holly at

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We are doing flax or white linen

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With white box pleat trim

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and dark gray THREAD on white linen background or white on flax thread.  OR RED, you know I love red so for Christmas I am doing a red thread as well. We can’t do any other variations at this time because of time constraints.

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The price is $289 and includes shipping in US and the 14 x 30 down feather pillow form..the pillow will be ready to wrap or put out for show once it won’t even have to stuff it!

We can do a smaller lumbar or 22″ square if interested..just mention in email.  Process and price are same.

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Please let us know asap if you want on this list!

Victorian Remodel * Small Town Texas

It’s been such an honor and thrill to work on the restoration on this home below that I just had to share this project. Built in 1910 the home graces the main street of a nearby Texas town. In the past 105  years, my clients are just the third homeowners of this beauty!


I’ve worked with the young couple before and when Vanessa texted me that she and husband Mike had purchased an old home in her hometown of Sealy I was excited to say the last.  I know the O’Donnells don’t do a project halfway and that this would be a fun journey!  Vanessa is from the town and has long had her eye on this house.  She says the previous owners were so gracious and excited about passing the torch to the young couple and had them over for dinner and a Christmas party!  I love these kind of house stories!

Notice how the early photo shows a windmill in the background and the street is today lined with much larger trees and a different landscape.  Photos like this are such a treasure for homeowners.  Below is the home before remodel started earlier this year.


I will be honest, when I saw the photo of the entry from previous homeowners, I thought “why are they planning so much work to the house.”

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This looks lovely right and it is..and this vista has stayed the same minus wall color.

But Mike and Vanessa wanted to do the behind the scenes restoration correctly and they new from inspections that much of the wiring and plumbing and rotting wood needed to be addressed before they could move in and eventually start adding to their family.  So they bit the bullet and with a local contractor decided to go to the studs and deal with all of those lighting and plumbing issues and a massive BEE ISSUE….thousands of bees in the walls had to be removed! Apparently this a major ordeal.  Who could blame the bees, I wouldn’t want to give up living in this great old home either! So new roof, new windows, a large percentage of wood replaced, new electrical and plumbing but much charm maintained like the porch and curves and steps and of course the floors inside. The house has been blue for many years but is now white after much discussion between the couple and I..we may do a blue door as a homage to the past color.


{And now nearing completion, slated for January 2016!}

Despite all of the updates little of the actual footprint of the house was changed, except the kitchen! Vanessa and Mike own Ooh La La Dessert Boutiques in Houston so the kitchen is a big priority for their family.  The kitchen will have a Le Cornue range and the once tiny kitchen had to be opened up into dining room to accomadate their ideas for an island and plenty of workspace and new gas range!  They maintained the integrity of the front (not huge) rooms, opening one wall up just a bit. This is a sneak peek of our plan for the kitchen. Classic white cabinets and wood floors, subway tile and marble are so fitting for this time period and the bakery lights are so Vanessa, as are the touches of lucite and french cooking nods. The Rifle wallpaper will be in the powder room off of the kitchen in the laundry! I think its a perfect mix of traditional but young too!


The truth is old houses aren’t for everyone, they are an investment and can be stressful to maintain, they have quirks like crazy stairs and small closets and little walls and doors that need to be creatively moved or accept but for those who love the charm, it is definitely worthwhile!


We are looking for a more age appropriate front door like the inspiration below to replace the 1970s one there currently.  Though who doesn’t love a screened door!?


So there you go…the journey of an old house back to its glory to protect and shelter yet another family.  It’s amazing to think how these homes survive hurricanes and wars and droves of honey bees but they do and I am so honored to be a part of this one!  Thank you Mike and Vanessa for asking me along this fun ride!


[Left to right, the home down to its studs, upper middle shows the master bath which faces the front of the house, the cute couple themselves, then Vanessa and I at the recent opening of True Blue Home and finally, the day of the major honey bee removal!]

The Gathering 2015 * Round Top


Finally posting about this amazing evening that was held during the recent Texas Antiques Week in Round Top, Texas.

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Just look at this group of creative women…I am so grateful I was asked to be a part.


Beauty and refreshment at every corner. Lovely programs and “Jesus and coffee” pencils..perfect;


Most important, this meeting of sisters, dreamers & makers, hosted by Tara Royer Steel of Royers Pie Haven, was cloaked in prayer.


{Thank you Merritt Johnston for this beautiful prayer…what a gift}

The setting was beautiful..that girl Tara and her team have such a way creating an EFFORTLESS, casual yet so beautiful spread and atmosphere! After a crazy week I felt myself just exhale and relax the moment I arrived.  Isn’t that beauty should do to us?? Inspire, relax, comfort.


The precious Randi Hamlyn of One Fine Day shown below … did so much of the organization and work for this event..such a sweet spirit.  And that camera.. I didn’t even know such working cuteness existed…what a great idea for name tags!


To see God give birth to something in Tara’s heart for an event like this and watch her be faithful and step out in faith and DO IT, was amazing!


Here Tara is pictured above with the beautiful Paige Hull of the Vintage Round Top and Pamela Hamza of Stuck on the Word. And below with more beautiful ladies.  THOSE FLOWERS Y’ALL. AND THE CAKES…not only did we have pie but there was CAKE!


Beautiful cakes from the Bake Shoppe & Cafe in Cypress, Texas.


So what happened besides a pretty setting and pretty tables, wonderful women and food.

Well there was amazing worship by Debbie Forrest Byrd


…it was good so good…and honestly got me in a much needed place for the stress of the week. Follow Debbie’s facebook page to hear the song she wrote from the event coming soon!

And then various women spoke…specifically these women below including me which was scary (I took makeup remover pads because I just knew I would ugly cry but then I didn’t, strange)..we just spoke about our creative journey and the story God is writing in each of our lives.


{Speakers from back row: Tara Royer Steele, Paige Hull of Vintage Round Top, Andrea Morris from the Shop Gnomadic Fashion Truck, Elizabeth Tooley, Dr Karen Royer, then me and to my left is Randi Hamlyn; bottom row from left Brandi Harper from Spellbound, Pamela Hamza and Lisa Fields from Lucky Star Art Camp)

We spoke about the good and bad. And He was glorified I think.  I hope.  I know I left feeling encouraged and less alone.  Isn’t that what the church is about…community, encouraging, building up, pointing to our Creator and Savior and leaving us wanting more and to be better stewards of our time, talents and dreams.


And THEN THIS GIRL Elizabeth Tooley BROUGHT it at the end with the humor AND the word about how at the end of the day as much as we love to talk about what we do or want to do or could do…. we ARE NOT JUST WHAT WE DO…we are first called to LOVE PEOPLE.  SO GOOD.  Sometimes us creatives feel we must DO DO DO and produce and create and this reminder about LOVING PEOPLE was so spot on to round out the night. You don’t have to have a business or a “thing” it’s okay.  God calls us to different things and seasons but ALL TO LOVE.

        Thank you Tara and all of the sponsors and donors that worked hard to make this event happen…follow The Gathering Round Top on instagram and facebook for updates on future dates!

OH AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…shout out to Dixie Ray Photography for the amazing images…you are pure sunshine and old soul wisdom and beauty Dixie!

True Blue’s Grand Opening Day

Well it finally arrived and y’all it was special day…after months of talking and planning with the owners, Cindy & Brian Taylor, and sketching (or having this amazing woman do the sketching), sourcing, researching, planning, planning, sometimes crying…being excited..being scared, praying, working and working…it all finally came together because so many worked so hard.  The Taylor’s amazing friends and family and some of my friends and of course precious Nana and my kids…all pulled together and Sunday we opened our doors!  And the community has been so warm and excited for us…thank you readers and clients that drove from afar and friends and family for cheering us all on!

True Blue Home is open!


Door photo by Becki Griffin, our logo is my Meg Sutton of Belle & Union.  We LOVED working with the beautiful, smart and SO talented Meg, truly!


We are so blessed to have several amazing photographer friends….Natalie Lange is one of them and she came by Saturday and took this below…we weren’t even finished styling and I am amazing at what she captured..thank you Natalie!


   We have lots of linen slipcovers and of course mucho blue and white!

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The old brick walls of this historic building are such a beautiful backdrop for any product featured! A dream to decorate around! So glad Becki got this close up shot of the walls!

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One the other walls we did shilap and I love how it turned out!

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Our Visual Comfort sconce wall shows all of the different finishes (or the most popular) offered by Visual Comfort and all of our ceiling lights are also from VC, they have THE BEST hand rubbed brass finish as many of you know!



Photo By Becki Griffin of Curious Details both above and below…We had such a good turnout on Sunday afternoon..thank you everyone for coming out to help us celebrate!



 Lily Taylor below checking out customers, cutest shopgirl west of the Mississippi! And also a close up of our “mission statement” and me with my girl Melisse  (who is at the Red Barn this week as usual) who came out to support!


Also taken by Becki below, that is Brian, the other half of “Brian and Cindy” with his hand in the air pointing to the cypress doors..he is our expert on the cypress cornices and doors! Oh and notice those chalkboards..they have our mission statement and fun facts about the building..Cindy’s friend did them herself… I am so loving how they turned out! And the brass Eugene pendants..yum!


This is a sample of the cypress cornices we “import” from Louisiana, the Taylors’ home state!

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And of course we had monogram cookies y’all!


This is Cindy Taylor and I pictured below…no we aren’t related but people always ask if we are sisters and it always makes my day! We are kindred spirits in many ways both in our taste and in our priorities in life and vision for this store..pretty exciting!


In addition to furniture and pillows and Visual Comfort lighting we have paper, lots of paper and ribbon and prints as well..I love our mix!

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And dishes, British pottery from Burleigh and Emma Bridgewater! Cindy and I are both anglophiles for sure! We will have jewelry designs by My London Flat including these made with antique shoe buckles and horse bridle rosettes!



So there you go a peek at our new store…we will be showing more on our new website soon. And we will be open 10-5 tomorrow through Saturday!!! Come see us 5080 Main Street in Chappell Hill, Texas, right of Hwy 290 between Houston and Austin near Brenham!


And thank you again Natalie and Becki for the generous photos..what a blessing!


IT IS FINALLY just days TRUE BLUE HOME will be open!


We have been busy hanging plates like this gorgeous Burleigh Pottery straight from England!

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And putting our signature branding on special items like the yummiest candles this side of the Brazos!


and unwrapping art like this precious Jersey cow…you know the cows think its heaven here! TBHart

Stop by on your way to Round Top! We are truly 1 minute or less when you turn off of hwy 290 at the light in Chappell Hill!


Follow us on Instagram @truebluehome and Facebook to keep up to date on extended hours during Round Top…and don’t miss the special activities on Sunday!

Thank you Meg of Belle & Union for our darling map!

True Blue Home *update*

Things are moving fast and exciting on the new store…our opening is planned for Sept 27th (more details to follow)! The historic building is in downtown Chappell Hill, Texas…near Brenham.  Chappell Hill is right off (and I do mean directly) off Hwy 290, the highway that connects Houston and Austin! So this is a major route for many Texans and this tiny town is such a hidden gem.  This area is known as the Birthplace of Texas and is so rich in history. In fact when I first moved to this area 18 years ago as a newlywed we lived in this tiny town and I worked at the nearby state park and museum just a short drive down the road. SO when people ask “why a store in Chappell is so tiny?”  Well the answer is simple…Chappell Hill, Texas is special!

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For the past few months the owner of the building has been transforming the space and it is finally coming together! New solid glass windows,white trim and blue doors coming below . . . I can’t wait to see our logos and branding on the glass!


Inside the original breadboard ceilings have been sanded and conduit for the new lighting added, love those old ceilings.


We added a shiplap wall with barn doors near the back for a small storage space.


The owners handpicked the old cypress doors from a special place in Louisiana…we may be “importing” other salvaged pieces from our Louisiana source so stay tuned on that…


And probably our favorite feature….the brick wall..oh how we love that wall. The opposite wall we clad in shiplap and it is painted white..that wall was an old rock and we felt like it needed covering for stability..the shiplap also gives us a place to display and nail into without damaging the integrity of the building.


And now, with floors refinished, shiplap painted and ceilings painted fresh! I love that they left the duct work exposed and conduit showing. I can’t wait to see all of our product that has been in storage in this gorgeous space..I mean what a backdrop.  I cant wait for the store counter to be in stalled and the lighting.

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We will have six large brass pendants in the main space as well additional lighting.  IN FACT, the big new is that . . .

                We are officially going to be a Visual Comfort lighting stockist! Chandeliers, pendants, lamps and more!


We will have an assortment of their amazing product including lamps, chandeliers, pendants and sconces and we will also be able to special order.  I have worked with Visual Comfort a long time and its so exciting that customers and clients  will be able to see it locally without having to drive into Houston…the finishes are so amazing it will be a treat for everyone to see this lighting in person! So keep checking the website here for more details and join the mailing list so you don’t miss any info about the opening and previews!

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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.



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