Coming soon~Downtown Brenham

 

Coming soon to Downtown Brenham @ 101 South Baylor Street….

A collaboration with Willmark Custom Homes and Holly Mathis Interiors.

  Stay tuned for details!~

Modern Farmhouse Feature

Thank you Modern Farmhouse magazine for this recent feature of my Texas cottage. 

This home was featured last year in Country Living but Modern Farmhouse, a new magazine from the editors of COUNTRY HOME, revisited it with a new twist.  Thank you to Buff Strickland for the amazing photos and Becki Griffin for styling as usual.  And to the homeowners AA & Tina Hodde for all they have done for my family and the restoration of this property. 

I feel more and more at home in our new hometown and I am so grateful for God’s hand and His people on this journey! 

I love the article title I must admit and I love how they worked in my love for draperies and how i push them on my client ha! and how i do exactly what my mother tells me!

The last line of the article is pure gold..Happy Mother’s Day nana..you are always right..well almost always;;;

Thank you Aubrey and Mitchell Davis for helping with the lovely door and Robinson Landcare for help with the yard..y’all are the best!  Window blinds are by selectblinds.com   

Bodhi (like a grass) in the top down bottom up style shade (privacy lined is private enough unless you want black out) is one of my faves, the exact color in this article in on backorder but very similar is the Tortiouse coral!

And Hunter Buns..you are a star!

‘Holiday at Home’ class photos + 2018 movies!

So in early November this very special class finally happened and it was beyond what I even imagined.  By working with Downtown Brenham and their wonderful people and historic facilities, the amazing talent of Mr. Keith Taylor and local legend and classic “go to” for furnishings and accessories, Hermann Furniture, we were able to create something truly special! Big thanks for Natalie Lacey Lange for capturing the day!

Prep began days and weeks before gathering ribbon and florals, real and artificial from near and far…literally!  Faux fruit below on left, one of my fave things we used in the event is from Hermann’s Furniture just steps from where the class was held in Barnhill Center, ribbon from Michaels of all places, and fresh magnolia straight from Arkansas!


The goal of the event was to talk about and be inspired by the movie we watched the night before, Nancy Meyer’s The Holiday, and delve into the ideas of what makes the holidays truly special for our families and gatherings….and how to achieve that feel and beauty while maintaining sanity! Jude Law on the big screen, the English countryside covered in snow with its hygge coziness, and the beauty of the historic Simon Theatre on a Friday night, all prepped us for even more beauty and fun all day on Saturday!  And I loved seeing our attendees visit and enjoy one another, we had people from New York, Louisiana, all over Texas and of course, Arkansas!

I also knew the with the tough events of 2017 I wanted to focus on more than just “stuff” and ribbons but the heart of why we decorate at the Holidays..the meaning of it all and a new word we had fun pronouncing crazy ways…. HYGGE!

Everyone received a copy of the cute little Hygee book and we learned a bit about what the Danish have known for years regarding candles, comfy socks and blankets, warm drinks and soups and soaking up time with the ones you love!  Some might say we Southerners just call it hospitality and maybe so but there seems to be another layer and depth to this word I wanted to incorporate and explore on this day before going into the holidays!

The class portion of the weekend was held in the ballroom above the Simon Theatre, which is all part of Brenham’s historic Barnhill Center.  The vision, fundraising and hard work that went into restoring this large building is such a testimony of local love/community and preservation, all things I care about so deeply so it was an honor to coordinate and do an event in this space! It truly is a jewel in our little town and place of many weddings and special events.  They have these wonderful chairs on site for events so all I had to do was add some buffalo check and blue and white!


The ballroom looked so pretty! Blue and white, twinkle lights, fresh magnolia,jewel tones and the best pimento cheese and pie from Royers Cafe.  A good combo for a good day indeed!


So many people worked together to make the event shine,  especially this handsome fella who harvested beautiful magnolia from NW Arkansas and drove it all the way to Texas for us to gush over and admire.  Keith Taylor you are an amazing talent, force and good person!  You make me laugh so hard, you call me on my BS, self doubt, you make me think and dig deep and you talk just like I do.  We were meant to be buddies and collaborate! But y’all this is a lot of work and a lot of miles and he came to our little town just for this event! And he is a hard working machine! I mean who does that..who drives that far to help a friend with a class???! So grateful!

{Oh and those fantastic pine cone stems behind our heads in the photo above, straight from Hermann’s and artificial…one of my fave memories of the weekend is watching Keith stride across Alamo street to and fro Hermann’s with goodies for the class…he and Jennifer def hit it off!}

While we like to think all things are bigger and better in Texas, the fresh magnolia that Keith “imported” to Texas was truly some fine and lush magnolia. It was so pretty many of us thought it was artificial.  It is simply a different species and climate than we have down here and it was joy to see him create with such lovely natural materials.  He also shared his wiring and construction secrets, ribbon philosophies and other tricks and tips including freedom to NOT be afraid of the ribbon aisle at the Hobby Lobby.  

And of course he is so fun to listen to and learn from and he truly gets the core heart behind creating beauty and home.  Keith showed us step by step how he takes a basic, inexpensive faux garland or wreath and then uses that as a base to add fresh magnolia!  He also showed us how to use magnolia leaves for simple arrangements in different vessels and talked about his experience doing “magnolia magic” for Southern Living magazine in freezing temps!

And he says the wedding aisle is the place to go for the best ribbon NOT the holiday ribbon section.  The wedding supply area is where he found much of the ribbon we worked with including this navy ribbon above the red cording and navy and white ribbon shown below and on the ginger jar in top photo.  

Keith showing us how to pinch and wire the ribbon and snip…we talked about shoestring bows and 1-2 loop bows and no bows, just flowy ribbon wired to the tree at different points. I think many of us felt like he gave us some “ribbon freedom” with how to use and decorate with ribbon and leave behind the “Texas huge bow” legacy many of us feel bound to at the holidays.  I mean big bows are fine, but he def showed us more and some fresh ideas that we all savored.  At one point he was talking and there were women on the floor sitting cross legged to get closer and see and others videoing with their phones.  We know magic when we see it!!

I’ve spent a fortune on Midori and other ribbons and not seen them shine with the “visual movement” like Keith made these ribbons dance. Note how the ribbon below on the trees is just wired onto the tree, no actual bow or just a loop or two here and there mainly just flowing, but anchored ribbon.  That is how I need to begin 2018, flowing but anchoredl

The indigo looking ribbon in the middle photo is from Michaels!  It looks so John Robshaw to me!


Yes indeed, the beautiful ballroom in the Barnhill Center above the historic Simon Theatre was the perfect setting for this day. Such beautiful light in this huge space!

Kristen Leigh Calligraphy did the envelopes and placecards on papers from Hermann’s and they turned out so pretty!

The tables were decorated with blue and white plates, brass chargers, unique brass flatware; and a mix of pressed glass stemware and glasses both vintage and new, some from World Market!  And of course buffalo check!

Lemon cypress trees (from Lowe’s!) and artificial cloved oranges from Hermann’s showed a mix of real and artificial decorations as well as high and low.  The “class” tables were decorated with high and low mix of blue and white jars from Hermann’s, antiques shops and my collection, even Amazon and TJ Maxx!  It was truly a mish mash of favorite things for the holidays: buffalo check, pops of red with blue and white and fruit, jewel tones and fresh and faux greenery alike.

We also had several vignettes in the room including these chinoiserie wing chairs from Hermann Furniture, they have so much bamboo look pieces right now which I love! I pulled in the vintage rug for a pop of red and hygge warmth, and Keith’s magnolia and perfect bow on the Kraft package along with pillows completed this area!  Keith, Jennifer Hermann and I agree, Kraft wrapping paper rules! 

You can see below how we had the east side of the room set up for class space and the west side for our lunch…it was so nice to have so much space to enjoy!  Good light, tons of windows, wood floors and chandeliers…just a dream setting for an event like this!

After lunch Jennifer Hermann spoke to us more about ‘trends and traditions’ and some of her favorite things from Market this year, she also shared about mixing paper products with real china for the holidays. Hermanns has some of the cutest paper goods, wood cutlery and napkins both cloth and paper. She also talked about doing extra holiday seating on the back porch or patio, something we can easily do in our climate!  Love that and she brought my favorite green picnic table they stock to show that idea! After the close of the class we all walked over to the store and saw just how much they have in stock and the variety!  I really love that were able to use faux pine cone stems and trees from Jennifer and mix with the real magnolia from Keith to show that there really are no rules when it comes to real versus artificial and mixing it all together.  I enjoyed working with them both so much! I have been a fan of Hermann’s for years so it was a joy to collaborate!

I could go on and on about this event, it truly was a combo of my favorite things: a good Nancy Meyer film, a historic venue, small town charm, talking about the heart of the home and holidays, fun people, talented friends and business owners, all mixed in with blue and white ginger jars, yummy pimento cheese, pie and ribbon!  Thank you Downtown Brenham for working with me to host this event along with Keith Taylor and Hermann Furniture.  I think we all had a great time!

And they have some really great movies and fun planned in 2018 at the Barnhill Center’s ballroom and Simon Theatre, including an upcoming wedding show, and some awesome movies perfect for girls night out or a good date night.  Seeing a favorite film in this restored theatre really is special and was one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend!  

Check here for dates and show times.


And later in the spring look what is coming up at the Simon Theatre…oh yes..PATRICK SWAYZE! He is even better than Jude Law AND blue and white ginger jars combined!




The Holidays at home

Holiday at home or “holidays at home”…that phrase can have so many meanings…it was the name of a gorgeous class I did recently with the amazing Keith Taylor, downtown Brenham and the Barnhill Center and Jennifer Hermann of Hermann Furniture. We talked about beauty and creating the literal atmosphere and backdrop for our families and friends and our holiday stories and gatherings. And that phrase has been so heavy in my heart and mind for so much of this season. Beautiful ribbon and bows and then life happens. But that is how living and life plays out. It is what makes it rich and beautiful but complicated and sorrowful too. And so I can’t believe it is nearly New Years, like literally in hours really.  Where has 2017 gone?? It has been a blur for sure. So many big and beautiful work projects and events and personal milestones and changes as well. So much to post but life must be lived right?! So a short recap of the couple of months.

Image by Natalie Lacy Lange

I’ve been eager to share this and more images from the Holiday at Home class held in Nov with Downtown Brenham at the historic Simon Theatre, but I have been on a bit of a social media and internet hiatus. I will post more of those images in my next post.  

But first I want to share, my brother Jimmy Don and I lost our dad rather suddenly right after Thanksgiving.  We did not have an easy relationship with our Dad but he was our Daddy and we loved him and we knew he loved us and our children. This image below of one of Jimmy Don’s signs sums up a lot of how I have been feeling about the loss.  I know this Whitman poem is about a romantic relationship but I think it can apply to any type of love.  It also reminds me of a Pat Conroy quote about parents and hurt and love. 

We loved you Daddy.

We know you loved us.

I forget the rest.

I could go on and on about good times and tough times and complicated grief and heartaches and regrets…but I am just going to leave it at that.  Love. I forget the rest. It is really saying “I forgive the rest” and I hope you do too but it really is also how our hearts and minds remember isn’t it?…everything becomes a blur but the true love we felt for one another hopefully remains. Memories and feelings and stories are an interesting and complex thing but love can be very simple.  It’s taken me weeks to be able to say that and feel that even but I am grateful to be in this place finally.  The season of Advent and the hope of this season certainly makes this process richer and easier to navigate and find peace. In fact it is the only thing that makes it possible at all.

So between that and the emotions of the holidays and helping clients wrap up before Christmas, I have just not been online much.   But finally, before the year’s end I have to share images from the class so watch your inbox for the next post!  Because where there is Love there is often Beauty. and Creativity.  And those things bring joy.

We create beauty at Christmas because we love our families and we want to honor and celebrate the birth of our Savior.  It is a simple and beautiful thing and this week between Christmas and the New Year is so sacred and I hope it has been restful and peaceful for you and your family.

#forgettherest

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

 

Beholden

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

source

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



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

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

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

FrenchBlue photography shots of our new kitchen and front door!

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

God is faithful.  and I am BEHOLDEN.

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

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

ONE MORE DAY!

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

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

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

 

Guest post-Simple + lovely dinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday at HOME class

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Old Glory in Round Top!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hurricane update + Round Top

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Rebuild/Recovery/Restoration Relief

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

 

WE ARE COLLECTING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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