Summer Creative Classes

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

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

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

 

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

HMI headed to Laurel, Mississippi!!!

We are headed to Laurel later this week and couldn’t be more excited to finally meet our friends Ben & Erin of HGTV’s new show Home Town and everyone involved in the Market Beautiful. Here are deets below…we hope to see you there! Thank you Vintage Whites for putting on this show! More details here but everything you need is really below on this beautiful poster!

Please come visit this sweet town that has captured the hearts of America! I am bringing my own vintage wares, some of my fave pillows , fave little accessories and of course some blue and white pieces.  I am also bringing some  vintage things from my friend Kelly of Southern Gilt.  And I can’t wait to see the other vendors and visit the Laurel Mercantile! Oh and please pray that Nana and I can get the tent up;; lol! 

See you soon Mississippi!!!!

Country Living feature- the back story

Finally, a little more backstory on our feature story and home in the May issue of Country Living.  And some wonderful images that I am finally able to share that were not included in the print feature. Thank you again to Buff Strickland Photography for of the wonderful photos and Becki Griffin for styling and overall awesomeness.

Photography by Buff Strickland, Styling by Becki Griffin

And I have to use this post to thank again all of my friends that came together to help me get ready for this shoot.  Missy and Dusty Robinson of Moosefeathers Florist who helped me with my flower beds!  And Mitchell Davis of Davis Design & Construction here in Brenham.  Mitchell lovingly retrofitted and painted my front door just for the shoot..this was an old one from my hometown that mom and I had been saving and he made it work and installed for me..he also came over DURING the shoot and cut down a limb off this little tree out front that was blocking the porch! He is that kind of guy and friend.  Thank you Lord for people like Missy and Dusty Robinson, Aubrey and Mitchell Davis and A.A. Hodde and his wife Tina who own and restored this amazing house!

Photography by Buff Strickland, Styling by Becki Griffin

To jump right in, this shot of the living room with Hunter was an outtake of the image that made the magazine article without him… Hunter had a ongoing love affair with the photographer and crew and he made one shot for the actual magazine but not all;; He is a ladies man, he loves attention!  Besides Hunter Buns, my favorite thing in our living room is these BEMZ Country Slipcover sofas in the Rosendal Pure Linen in absolute white…they are “buttah” as Becki Griffin would say..they are soft and line-y both in look and feel and imperfect and tad slouchy which make them comfy and easy on and off too..I LOVE them..more on how the Bemz covers fit here.  The brass side table was off the shelf from Target, the lamp from Marshall’s. Vintage bamboo table from the Brown Shed, small print pillows are Schumacher betwixt in biscuit, the red paisley pillows are John Robshaw Kedara fabric made custom and the red toile is a vintage fabric.  The Safaveieh Mandy ottoman is from wayfair! The vintage silver pitcher is a gift from our dear family friends the Menke family. Of course my fig is from Tall Plants Houston and my gorgeous heron from Campbells Melange in Louisiana and Round Top fame!

And the boy room…shhh don’t tell Henry his room wasn’t featured..oh well, he gets more Instagram time right?? For some reason they wanted to focus on Drew’s room and he was so glad they didn’t make many changes…we just tidied up..A LOT!

Photography by Buff Strickland, Styling by Becki Griffin

Of course his room is never this clean and yes that is an IKEA Hemnes dresser…i love the John Derian insect piece from his NYC store, the D is from Hobby Lobby lol, the George Washington is from A Beautiful Mess in Lubbock Texas, the pennant from Curious Details, the flag and engraving framed with white are from one of my trips to England and the Brave sign, so fitting for my boy, from RH kids.

Old homes often have great hallways even smaller old houses and this one has a lovely one full of windows and light…

Photography by Buff Strickland, Styling by Becki Griffin

This is one of my favorite images that wasn’t featured prominently…Becki styled up my beloved blue Leftovers Antiques cabinet to a T! All of my fave things in this pic..vintage bamboo table, shells, books, vintage rug and blue and white pottery and of course bamboo blinds from Selectblinds.com. Here is a direct link to the page where I order this color blind..simply choose on the pull down window “bamboo tortoise” and voila..they send samples too, this is my number one question ever so click that link and it should take you just where you want to go..I order privacy not blackout liner!  And of course the Peter Dunham pillow.

Opposite the windows and RH Linen chair is this wonderful collection of framed antique herbariums from my friend Melisse and her precious mother Sheryl of Campbell’s Melange in Baton Rouge. The Campbells have been showing at the original Round Top shows for many years. My pieces from them are treasures. They even framed these herbariums and they work so well with the antique french mirror I bought in the fields of Round Top years ago.  That mirror is so heavy!  The herbariums and antique mirror and my collection of Texana books do a lot to elevate my accessible Wisteria console in my mind;; That was the whole point of the article mixing regular easily accessible things from World Market and catalogs with truly special pieces to get a great mix…that is my favorite way to decorate. This vignette got a small spot in the article but was’t as front and center as I hoped but that just happens. I am glad I can feature it more here on the blog and tell more about details.

Photography by Buff Strickland, Styling by Becki Griffin

Bedding in the master below that wasn’t sourced in the magazine came from Mela and Roam..l adore Courtney Barton everything she does…I used one of her dohars as the spread on the bed and the lumbar is also from Courtney!

So many of you have asked how did I find such a neat home to LEASE????  Well of course the answer is NANA . . . and Jesus..always Jesus! My mom discovered this home when she met the owner, Mr A.A. Hodde, in early 2015 when our family was going through a very tough transition and I was trying to pray through the tough decision of moving from one town (where we had lived nearly 16 years in the little cottage and the new old house which we had only lived in months) to another.  The move was just 20 miles and one town over and closer to the children’s school but it was a big decision toward a new life in a new place. Once I had a peace that was the move we must make I prayed about where we would live. And this is where it gets complicated in my head and heart. This is where I think too much.  Why would God provide such an amazing soft place to land for me (and other women don’t all get this??) well the answer is He loves me and He loves other too but this was God’s special way of knowing how to nuture ME through the toughest time of my life and honestly keep me creative and able to work. When the storm hit out family I honestly thought I would would never be able to decorate another room again…suddenly nothing mattered certainly not decorating.  But my Lord who knows me so well knew how to keep my creative soul alive and kicking. So much to unpack there but I will leave that for another time. And I have to trust He is taking care of other hurting women in the ways that best meet their needs. I am learning to accept his love and provision for me  but still be soft and pray for others suffering too..MERCY and compassion for others and accepting God’s love and provision for self. Does anyone else struggle with this?? Of course you are probably thinking….

So, when we first looked at this home it was in the middle of being remodeled.  We assumed because so much work was being done to it that it was not a rental and would not be a viable possibility but mom had heard it WAS going to be available for rent and met Mr. Hodde and we began discussions. Even then I assumed it would be out of my budget. Little did I know that was God fast at work (through the owners of this house and others) behind the scenes preparing the sell of our other homes and remodeling this nest for our little family. It didn’t make sense and it happened very fast but He had us in the palm of His hand as always. You can see in the below photos the state the house was in during the remodel (much like how I felt in early 2015 and honestly God is still remodeling and restoring my heart still some gunk there y’all..being real) and you can also see the work and details the owners went to restore this old house. Just like God is restoring my heart and my children. The home is at least a 100 years old probably closer to 125 years!  

HE MAKES OLD THINGS NEW! HE WILL RESTORE THE YEARS THAT HAVE BEEN STOLEN and HE DOES make beauty from ashes.  

        A.A. Hodde and his wife Tina and their construction team led by Luis worked months and months peeling back the layers to repair this home and rewire, replumb, add new walls and refinish floors, on and on to bring it back to its glory and make it shine. And boy does it shine! Thank you TEAM HODDE

Mr. Hodde chose the outside color and his wife Tina Hodde and I exchanged a million email and texts and had many great visits about the interior selections, collaborating on the bathrooms and kitchens in particular…including counters and tiles and blinds. Country Living didn’t photograph and feature the bathrooms but they are totally remodeled and charming.  I will have to do another blog post just on this homes bathrooms one day! The entire team did an amazing job…Mr AA & Tina, Luis and Jesus and Manuel..Luis even built the cabinets! They were so open to how to make the home work for us and even welcomed Hunter the dog when the time came right for him to join us.  How many rentals will allow a young lab residency, especially into a house with newly refinished floors??

{Another shot that didn’t make it into the magazine but that I love..the old pew is in another part of that long, large hallway and the dealer I bought the pew from says its from an abandoned church in the nearby country from which we moved, no symbolism there huh?!} Tina Hodde picked this beautiful wall color SW Silverpointe. Look at those old floors!

Photography by Buff Strickland, Styling by Becki Griffin

Pillow with ties from Les Indiennes and smaller pillow is a Sister Parish print. Vintage runner and “yard long” prints from etsy and beyond.

So, this post has been hard to write.  I want to give source info and shout outs to the peopleand  places that may have been missed in the “source page” of the actual magazine and its just important to thank everyone behind the scenes.  But I also want to share my heart because this house is more than just pretty pictures its been a huge part of our soul story. So the feature came out weeks ago and I have had so much to say but its bittersweet and I have been stalling … for weeks! We moved in January and I honestly miss this house. We love our new home and its special in its own way, our story here where I write this post from right now is unfolding but this little house will always be so very special.  And its a slow process this “life transition” y’all, lots of road blocks and detours but God is restoring my family and our future just like he did this old house. Things take TIME. That is what God does..He recycles and restores and he makes old broken things new and beautiful again. ButI never want to glorify divorce or for anyone to think “wow she landed on her feet!” Yes I have a wonderful support system and career and this cute house was ours to live in during a dark time. That is wonderful and it was nice. But that is not everything. Let’s never forget that.  I think one of my biggest issues with the attention of this story and my entire story overall is feeling ashamed or guilty that I am so blessed and yet still hurting so much. Like I mentioned above, it’s good to be mindful and grateful and  aware of women around the world who have so much less and are suffering so much more.  It’s hard not to ask ‘why do I get a beautiful nest while women are fleeing Syria with their children and no water and food’ and even more embarrassing ‘why is this still so hard when i have so much’..I don’t understand and thats okay..its good to ask both I am learning.  I do believe God sees US ALL no matter the economics, whatever situation you may be in…and also remember just because there are pretty pictures and houses doesn’t mean people inside aren’t hurting and journeying much like a refugee..just in a different way. I am not a theologian I am just a decorator.  But I am also woman a mama and just a regular person too with questions and doubts and fears, even among cuteness lol! I don’t want to be a downer, this was an amazing experience and I am so thankful for my life and my business…life IS good. But it is a journey with bumps and its important to gloss over the hard part. Sure I know I don’t need to share every detail or pain or struggle but I hope sharing some of the real backstory both about the house and my heart helps make the picture more complete.  

{The “island” was just stock cabinets that my friend Kevin Gilmore of Oaks Renovation clad in v groove for me, notice the CS Lewis quote on the chalkboard hand lettered by my Tara Royers Steele, the tall cabinet ironically from our local rehab Restore shop, sign over cabinet from Leftovers Antiques, light discontinued from Wisteria;(}

     To me that is what building home is about, creating a backdrop for real life..the beautiful times and the messy, tough times too 

Shauna Niequist calls that BITTERSWEET.  So true. 

This home was a refuge to my boys and I and it was filled with joy at times with our Hunter and Nana and friends and it cradled us on teary nights and hard mornings too.  That is what shelter and home and true beauty and design are about to me. SO there you go, a little back story on a magazine feature.

 

SHELTER

 

RESTORATION

 

STORY

 

PROVISION

 

HOME

 

IMPERFECT FAMILIES and LIFE

 

But a PERFECT FATHER, who sees us all whether in a desert or in a rental, even in a mansion.

 

{Special thanks to Mr A.A. Hodde and your team of guys for all of your hard work on restoring this home and to Tina Hodde for your friendship, creativity and prayers, thank you for sharing your house and talents with our family and thank you to Country Living for the feature!}

 

 

Country Living feature & Vintage Whites Market

Thank you for all of the love regarding the feature in the May issue of Country Living …more coming soon on that house and its backstory..such a fascinating house and blessing to our family!


If you are having trouble the issue you can see more here … Lots of questions on sources and I will try to answer more soon!  Photo credits to Buff Strickland and styling by the always fab Becki Griffin of Curious Details..and YAY HUNTER BUNS MADE THE MAGAZINE!  Becki wrote a wonderful post about the shoot here. Thank you Boo I adore you!


In the meantime mark your calendars for the Vintage Whites Market coming to Laurel MS click here for more info.i am so excited to be a part..my Pop Up Shop will be there June 9-10th in the CITY BEAUTIFUL!  

 

Aren’t you just loving HOMETOWN on HGTV? Our entire family enjoys it so much!  YAY BEN & ERIN!!!!! We all adore you!

More info on the show here… 

Round Top Show * Texas Antique Week info + faves

So much going on here in my part of Texas right now, the weather is gorgeous and spirits are higher than than the pollen even!

(Info links at bottom of post)

I will be set up with my Pop-Up Shop, Thurs-Sun this coming weekend and Thurs-Sat the next weekend, both times near Royers Pie Haven in Henkel Square!  I will have my usual pop up goods of pillows, candles, design books, a few decor accessories along with a few vintage items and fabric scraps etc out of my stash! I will be having a special show price on all Miss Mustard Seed Paints and waxes during the show! I have a few large furniture pieces I may or may not bring but will be posting on Instagram so be sure and follow there as well @hollymathisinteriors

I will also be having the SHOPPING ADVENTURE Mini Class on the morning of 3/31 in the same spot..next to Pie Haven (really there is no better place so excited .  .  This is in Henkel Square near pie and coffee and restrooms (did you know the Pie Queen owns a coffee company too..thats right TWO SPARROWS ROASTING, in Round Top proper!) The 3/24 class has been cancelled since most interest seems to be in the 3/31 class. More deets here on that class and you can register on this page !!!

Now for some practical tips…These are guides are great for the first timer and just for good general info  . . .

Round Top Chamber show info here always good to check anytime of year for upcoming dates and planning! this is my go to site for dates!

Tons of good info here via The Round Top Register . don’t you love the map they did with the Pie Queen..awesome y’all!

 

Renovate Houston has a great post here truly it has everything and The Vintage Round Top has a great guide too here

LODGING . . . if you need a last minute place to stay send me a message via facebook or instagram..i have some secret hidden treasures that may be able to help you!

Last but not least don’t forget to visit Brenham and historic Chappell Hill on your way to and from the area..they are hidden gems and have so much to offer…my faves below..follow them all on IG and facebook so you know their show hours..many are staying open late which is good to know!

  1. True Blue Home located conveniently smack dab between Chappell Hill and Brenham on hwy 290.they have gorgeous goods and yummy food and coffee!
  2. Lolli & Dauts downtown Brenham and at Zapp Hall during the show
  3. Cache Chic next to Lolli & Dauts on Alamo St in Brenham..Alamo runs along our courthouse square downtown and has all of the cutest shops and eats including Blue Bell Ice cream at my boys fave spot MUST BE HEAVEN
  4. Fave place to eat is Yumm! (they also have Blue Bell by the dip fyi), Roux St (both downtown) or TRUTH BBQ on hwy 290 and of course Royers in RT and Royers Pie Haven always always
  5. Tegg Gallery right by Lolli and Dauts and Cache Chic on Alamo in Brenham!  Amazing Texas landscapes not too western just perfect bucolic and classic and Alicia is a dear soul.
  6. Washington Co Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center have all the deets and they are housed in the gorgeous, restored Simon Theatre..my sweet adorable mama works there and will greet you at the door!

      Be safe, drink lots of water, wear comfy shoes, bring your measuring tape and shopping list, watch your speeding and have fun!

 

Cottage Blue Bed & Breakfast

Cottage Blue Bed & Breakfast, formerly known as True Blue Cottage, is now available for overnight guests during Round Top/Texas Antiques Week, the summer and beyond.  The cottage sleeps up to 4, has a full kitchen and dining as well as charming screen porch area.  You can book the cottage here


As many of you know, I worked with Cindy & Brian Taylor to remodel and decorate True Blue Cottage in 2015 while we were also working on their retail venture, True Blue Home. Many (most in fact) of the furnishings for the TBH renovation are still in the cottage including white slipcovers, English Farmhouse furniture, custom drapes and beautiful lighting.  True Blue Home has recently moved from downtown Chappell Hill to a larger space on nearby Hwy 290… more soon on their expansion into a new space that includes a bakery and cafe and more showroom space!  IT IS AMAZING truly. Follow them on facebook and watch for their new website and online store!


It has been an honor to be a part of this journey for True Blue Home and the cottage.  When Christine and her mom (the new owners) stepped in my Studio last fall and said “we might be buying the cottage,” I knew the joy and beauty of the space would be maintained.  I am thrilled to be a part of the next chapter…and now you can some STAY in the cottage!~ Are there still a few spots available for Round Top weekend as of now…

God bless you Cottage Blue, your owners, and all who walk through your doors!

Visit the Cottage Blue website to learn more about the new owners and booking info.

Round Top Shopping Adventure

Round Top, or Texas Antique Week as it has become known more recently, can be overwhelming and challenging.  Where do you start? what do we do? I have done blog posts for years and shared links with sites with wonderful reviews and tips and tricks but finally I am ready to get in the trenches with you “this way GIRLS!!!”
Yep, it is official… I am finally doing a Round Top ‘mini’ class…and yes those that know me well know I have said before “that sounds like a nightmare I will never do it” . . .  but the stars have aligned (and Easter is late) and so  with the help and encouragement of friends I am taking the bull by the horns (or something like that) and I am doing TWO MINI CLASSES . I will have my Pop Up Shop open at Henkel Square (directly next to ROYERS PIE HAVEN) during the show as well.  I would only set up at Round Top if I could be near Pie (and a restroom) and lattes!  More details on that coming soon but I wanted to get this mini class info out to you asap.  This is what it will involve:

MINI CLASS/ SHOPPING ADVENTURE DETAILS

  • MAP/FAVORITES/HISTORY…We will meet at Royers Pie Haven outside for coffee and a 30-40 minute run down of where to shop for what including my fave places for rugs, quality antique pieces as well junk/vintage (cheaper) items etc … I will also share a bit about the History of Round Top from a Historical and Decorative Arts standpoint. And of course fave places for pit stops, bbq, restrooms and more.  All the vital info
  • SWAG BAG . . . You will receive a map, cheat sheets, worksheets, note taking items, measuring tape etc and fun stuff! 
  • ACCESS! Last but not least you will receive my cell phone number (don’t laugh) and you can call and or text me once we disperse or come back to my tent to find me and show me on your phone what you have found and get my advice on the price, condition and if it works in your space.  You can also email me ahead of time for pointers and questions.  Cell service isn’t always great but I will stay in one place all day so you can come back and find me as needed.
  • LIMITED SPACE book soon here because I can only take so many of these or my head might spin off but I think it will be really fun!  I am offering two classes both on FRIDAY MORNINGS DURING THE SHOW (3/24 & 3//31). We will start at 9:30 at Royers Pie Haven! and by 10:30 ish you will be on your way armed with all you need for a good shopping adventure
  • DO I GO OUT AND SHOP WITH YOU? No, this is not a tour or personal shopping..All of my individual shopping appointments are booked for the show and typically go to my clients that I am working with on new builds or large projects.  If you want to book me for personal shopping time next show please email me to reserve space if available. 

           WHERE? Royers Pie Haven in Henkel Square, Round Top, TX

WHEN? Friday, March 24th & Friday, March 31st- 9:30 ish

WHY? So you know where to go for what and coffee and pie for breakfast!

COST?  $149 includes Holly’s talk, breakfast, and swag bag with map and goodies as well as email and cell info/access to Holly for advice

SIGN UP HERE

Catching up . . .

So many fun things going on, hard to know where to start . . .

Including work on this home above near Magnolia, Texas.  I have several new builds going on and its very exciting to work on these homes!  If you follow me on Instagram you saw some wallpaper photos this week…that is at this brick sidewalk home..hopefully the owners will let me show you more as it nears completion!  The team at Heartwood Custom Homes is doing an amazing job. I love that they don’t have a flashy showroom but they have been building homes in Texas for generations.  This is what you want in a builder y’all!

Texas Antique Week (originally known as Round Top Antiques Fair) is also ‘coming like a freight train’ and will be here soon!  And good news, this year Easter is late so no conflict with the spring show.  You can see exact dates for each show here at this site!

I know one of the things on my wish list this show is a new old pine hutch or welsh dresser as some call it…mom and I have combined furniture and sold some things and this is at the top of the list for our kitchen area!  I am trying to prepare her for the sticker shock.

Hopefully I can find one that is thin but its not likely..we will see, the hunt is on~

Another fun project I am working on is major remodel in Bellville, Texas.  Its a craftsman farmhouse and involves a lot of complicating factors but it is all going to be worth it..studying these old images and details have been crucial~ 


The owner is trying to decide between a Wolf range and french range….do any of you have a LaCanche or La Cornue??  What do you love or not love about it?? 

Back to Texas Antique Week, I am toying with the idea of offering a shopping adventure/mini class probably at the Marburger show, unless I can find a bus lol (don’t laugh I might).  Stay tuned if you are interested in that..the tentative dates are 3/24 and 3/31 both on Fridays!

And last but not least I hope to share more of our new home soon.  We have officially been here two months and almost (maybe) unpacked.  Some things you never unpack right?? lol.  We are still putting things away and hanging things on wall…it takes TIME for sure but I am trying to practice what I preach and not rush or get flustered (which is sooo hard..this is very good for me to go through, builds empathy for my clients)..A TRUE HOME TAKES TIME..it can’t happen in a one day install. SO thank you for being patient!

Have a happy weekend!

Holly

The Decor Detective

One of my new year’s resolutions has been to blog more..so finally (mid Feb) I MAY (no promises) be getting revved up.  One of the priorities and goals in this plan to blog more is to highlight creatives and friends I admire and want to recommend and tell you all about.  First on that list is my dear friend and former client Nancy of The Decor Detective.

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She is from Savannah and loves blue and white so of course we immediately bonded! Nancy was one of my first clients YEARS ago!

I will be honest sometimes it stings (or it used to before divorce, doesn’t really both me anymore, hello #perspective) or is a tad awkward when a former client or someone I consulted with goes on to do their own design or styling business.  But never the case with Nancy.  And truthfully I am super busy anyway and there is room for ALL OF US in this big sea of making the world beautiful one little home at a time.  SO instead of competing let’s choose to encourage the ones we respect and admire and look forward to watching GROWTH and success! There is room for everyone and we all have our unique talents and niches!

So back to Nancy, I mean look at this bathroom she just did…so fun!

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The before and after is insane! Did I mention that Nancy was a Chemist (yes a chemist) in her former life before kids so of course she is great at the details!

before and after powder room reno

I love the Albert Hadley-esque wallpaper…she shares the sources on her blog.

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Bathroom photos by Haley Ottmann Photography 

Did I mention she has three boys…she understands how a real family lives and how hard we can be on our homes. I love these silhouettes below…Nancy loves color! So interesting to me, she has such a sweet and kind and meek personality but she loves bold color and just ask her about DARING GREATLY!  She has inspired me so much the past few years! She may seem quiet and calm and meek but she is a strong woman and mama and now stylist!

GO NANCY GO!

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If you live in the Houston area of Bellaire or West Univesity, Nancy can help you find the perfect faucet or mirror or fabric.  She is so good at her detective work she often helps ME source stuff or go to stores “in town” if I don’t have time because she will be “on it” and sniff it out like a pro!  On top of that talent she is maybe the kindest person EVER. I am serious.  Like I said, she has three boys and I love talking to her about parenting too.  She just has a heart of GOLD and a great eye and heart! She is just starting out but I know she can handle your project and if she is unsure or you are unsure I am happy to collaborate with y’all on a project…I believe in her character and abilities that much1

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The truth is I live in Brenham now, further from Houston than ever and I can take less and less jobs inside the loop so I am thrilled to tell you about Nancy. And look at all of her cute packages she offers more here…I love the names and descriptions!  Brilliant Nancy!

Three generations ONE roof

That is right, we moved the week after Christmas.  Not something I really recommend (“duh” as my friends, the lovely Fairbrother women, would say) but we survived.  Barely.  Merging households is NOT for the faint of heart either, but again we are surviving and dare I say thriving once again.  Everyone hates moving or at least understands its work but it always has its upsides too: organization, culling, throwing out, a fresh start, decorating opportunities and more. And as always, the opportunity to be grateful. We are moving . . . yes it’s work, it’s the holidays but hey we get to be homeowners and we have running water and heat and on and on.  So all is good with the actual move, on the flip side especially.


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{I promise I have scraped these windows and adding new door hardware since this photo! BTW the exterior color is SW Dress Blues, that project was completed by the previous owner, Denetta McKelvy, she did so much!}

So this is the deal.  My mom had a cute tiny house on quaint Baylor St in our little town…the kids and I lived a few blocks over near their school (along with my walk-closet I do miss daily, I can admit it). It was great..she could get away at her house and rest and we could have our own time. In fact, the house the children and I were renting was so cute and wonderful it is being feature in the May issue of Country Living! But we didn’t own it and inevitably we spent a LOT of time together with Nana…most meals, some nights if I worked late she would have to go home to a dark house.  She did our laundry and picked up kids many days. (HUGE HELP be jealous) Oh and did I mention we (mainly she) are chronic house hunters.   So after nearly two years of me paying rent (“you are not building any equity” says Nana over and over, did I mention she is a Real Estate Broker) we started looking at properties often.  And driving our friends crazy with “how much would it cost to rewire this house and plumb it and convert the garage” on and on . . . . We finally deciding flipping wasn’t our best option.  She has done that many times in the past (before it was cool I might add) but with my level of work load and they boys sanity to consider, we decided to buy something a little more “done.”  And by pooling our resources we were able to do this more easily.  The figures just make sense.  Share a mortgage, share utilities, share the cost of yard maintenance, SHARE THE CRAZY lol and on and on.

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{Yes it is a 1927 Tudor with painted brick, worth living with your mama for I say, even if does need some yard work still and a more fluffing but we thrive on that right? And can I just say i SO see a curved black awning with white trim over the front door!}

Of course there is a flip side.  An adjustment period I might.  My ego.  I will be honest, approaching 42 and “living with my mom” wasn’t my vision for life. But this isn’t the house I grew up in…we made the decision and share the financial burdens together. But still, two women learning to bend to one another and *gasp* give up a  little control of their castle is a journey you might say . . .  But we decided it was worth it.  We try to laugh a lot and apologize a lot when boundaries are crossed.  Oh yes it happens.  See my mom is a spitfire.  She is cute and small and always in a good mood but she IS BUSY and the safety police.  I am moody and more blunt and frankly this honey badger doesn’t care about a lot of her concerns (“Holly, there is crazy wire in the attic OMG what is it, there might be some cardboard under the house, that is hazard!!”).  Deep breaths.  But I really try to respect her and be loving to her.  Watching her go through breast cancer 5 years ago makes that a little easier for me these days. Although I may have said last Sunday,”OMG leave my sh*t alone” or something of that nature, I also know deep within my heart and mind that

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER.

So lots more coming on this social experiment.  And the house.  And meshing our stuff, and styles.  And how its messing up the boys.  I kid, I kid…they love it. They have their own rooms upstairs and a charming playroom and larger yard! Maybe Nana will even do a guest post.  Maybe she will even become a dog person eventually. Maybe I will become less controlling and moody and learn to let some little things not irritate me so much.  This may not be forever but it’s for now and it is good even though we are only about six weeks in . . . so I will keep you posted.

So pray for us, that this is a sweet chapter in our family’s story.

#threegenerationsoneroof

#dontmovemystuff (unless you are sweeping or vacuuming or folding clothes please don’t stop doing that)

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