Summer Pop Up Shop

I am thrilled to announce the first VINTAGE & CREATIVE POP UP SHOP at my studio in Brenham, Texas! For two weekends in July I will be hosting my friends from HASBINS with their vintage goods as well as a few vintage and decorator items from my own stash including fabric remnants and a few other goodies!


I met Allison Pinkerton of HASBINS through my friend Becki Griffin.  Allison and Becki have been friends for years and Allison assists Becki in much of her stylist work (as seen here;;)! A friend of Becki’s is a friend of Holly Mathis so I instantly fell in love with Allison and what she is doing with her friends Shar and Hilary! They are really following their junkin’ gotta love that!


I just look at how cute and kind and fab they are!


Here is a preview of some of their items.. I have a feeling most of this has sold but I have no doubt they are restocking as we speak with similar and maybe even better items!IMG_6423


And I bet as we get closer we will be posting previews on instagram or here of some of their current items so be sure and follow HASBINS123 on Instagram as well!


I hope to host more local talent, vintage goodies and artisans in months to come! But don’t miss our very first event–we are excited excited! Can’t wait to have you here in the Studio HASBINS!


Also registration is still open for the July HMI Creative Class which will be held Saturday, July 23rd in the Studio..we still have spaces left so sign up here!


Loft project

I just started a new project with one of the students from my last Creative Class.  I have known Sarah for quite a while..we first worked together when she and her husband lived in Canada and now she is moving to Houston!  They have found this amazing loft in Midtown and I am so excited to help them make it a true home.


Yes these are just phone pics but we had to document the before..before fresh paint and getting rid of some early 2000 dated elements. But overall it is such an amazing space and needs very little.


I love the old gym floors they used…especially the random black planks.


You can see a paint sample there to the right of the red niche…lots of track lighting that may need to go but thankful there is good natural light above kitchen.



This was a uniform manufacturing area before turned into apartments…of course the stairs and upper build out were added.


I can’t wait to add chunkier pendants and honed/brushed granite to look like soapstone!


I am actually headed there today to work on paint samples..we are trying to find the perfect dark gray blue for the master suite upstairs, trying to channel this SoHo NYC House vibe.

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{image via Apartment Therapy}

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{Image via SoHouse NYC}

The master is on a third floor and opens out onto a great patio balcony area…hard to get a good shot of but it will be so good!


I can’t wait to paint those closet doors all dark! Bad pic of master below but its so much larger in person and I just love how it opens to this outdoor space.


Keep watching for updates, I know it’s frustrating how slow this takes in real time and then for real life normal decorators like me and my clients to get photos up and things finished but its not TV, totally real life.  So thanks for being patient, I have a list of new work I need to tweak and photograph and get online…one day at a time!  Thanks for always coming back even when things seem slow!

Country Living Prep & Bemz

{FYI this is a sponsored post by slipcover company BEMZ, I rarely do sponsored posts unless they are in conjunction with local shops I work with but this collaboration with Bemz has been really good and I am excited to share with keep reading if interested}

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The month of May has been such a blur, I am sure it has been for many of you as well!  End of school activities, field trips and programs and “prepping for summer” with kids home (and work needing to continue yikes!) and planning vacation trips around work. And then I had the workshop/Creative Class! And Country Living came to town the SAME week as the workshop. I know, crazy. But it all worked out of course. If you follow me on Instagram you know our home was shot earlier in May by Country Living and will be in a spring or summer 2017 issue.  I am so grateful and excited.  And it honestly worked out well because the photo shoot caused me to get a lot of little things done that made me feel more prepared to host guest here during the Creative Class. Also my friend Becki Griffin was the stylist and she and her amazing assistant Allison Pinkerton HELPED me get so many little things done.  It takes a village y’all and just like with the class, I am always eager to share credit where credit is due.  So many creative people that help me pull things together otherwise so much would never happen.


{Becki on the right and Allison on the left..what a team!}

So because I knew Becki would be the magazine stylist on my project (I am so proud of her, her styling for Country Living and other publications has just taken off, she is so talented!) like I said,  I wasn’t too worried about the house.  She kept telling me to stay calm and “we will take care of this and that” so I was pretty chill.  (OK I may have sent them tons of links to different sources for new pillows etc but they were patient) in the end very little was going to be changed or brought in so I was chill-ish. Except for one area-my IKEA loveseats.

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Yep we decorators both love and hate our IKEA…and my IKEA ektorp sofas LIVE HARD! I have two sons and a dog after all. So how did I send up with these loveseats (or two seater sofas as they are called sometimes) Well when we moved a year ago I had given up my custom gorgeous linen sofas to frankly help finance the move (and because I wasn’t sure they would fit through the door of the new place). I replaced them with IKEA ektorp loveseats. One for each boy.  So no  “Henry is touching me” or “Drew just hit me” could be heard during cartoon time. The sofas were cheap and easy and great also with the new dog in the house.  Hunter would have gone no where near the previous sofas.  Sorry Hunter.  So all worked out. Until I realized COUNTRY LIVING is doing a FULL STORY ON MY HOUSE and I have dinky IKEA sofas. I am usually not a snob about things like this but I was just insecure about how the loveseats were looking.  Just normal insecurity/magazine is coming type feelings. And yet I hated to have a custom high end slipcover constructed for IKEA loveseats I don’t plan on having forever… Also there are TWO of them so custom slips would have added up FAST!  The editor graciously told me it was fine but I still just wasn’t sure.  Finally,  I checked with BEMZ!

These beautiful photos above and below are not from Country Living or my home but from BEMZ.

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This is all IKEA furniture y’all with Bemz slipcovers (for the most part, shot in a gorgeous setting with great props but still IT IS IKEA)!

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Have y’all heard about Bemz? They are a Swedish company and their country fits slipcovers seemed just what I might need to get ready for Country Living!

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And they have so many samples, but of course I knew I wanted light or linen colored! And I knew I wanted COUNTRY FIT like shown here . . .

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So I began to work with the people at Bemz and ordered four samples (pics below are from me;;)

1.Belgian Linen Blend in the Soft White (whiter more cream still heavy almost canvas very durable)

2. “Designers Guild 100% linen” in natural (a thinner but still durable “flax” look and feel not too dark)

3.  Rosendal Pure Washed Linen in Silver Gray (100% pure white linen)

4. Rosendal Pure Washed Linen in Absolute White (white 100% pure white linen)


Top left is the heavy Belgium Linen Blend in white, next to it is Designer’s Guild natural (flax) look then bottom row is the Rosendal Pure line in white and Silver gray. And they mix so well with my fave paint colors (this photo below shows the Rosensal White on right, Designs Guild 100% linen on top left and the bottom sample is the “Belgium Linen Blend” in looks very similar to a RH fabric we see a lot here on their outdoor furniture. If you are confused read more here and order really is fast and easy!  I just washed mine for the first time so I am excited to see how they go back on…I will say I got the country fit so they are very generous and GO ON LIKE tugging and fighting to get them on like with regular IKEA slipcovers.


I chose the Pure white 100% linen and I love well I have so far…about to see how they fit after a wash..I will let you know. I will also try to get some wider shots!

So I have showed you some beautifully styled photos of their products above  and now you can see what they look like on my granted my cushions are beat down a little.. And this was before Becki and Allison puffed them up with a little batting for the shoot;;; But here you can see what a Bemz 100% linen slip looks like (sofa on right) compared to the regular $39 Ikea canvas slip. Now the Country Fit is loose but I like that, the IKEA slip’s skirt doesn’t even touch the floor.

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I just love the feel of the linen fabric and the long skirts and as Becki said “they steamed to perfection” for the shoot..though I doubt I will do that after every wash; She and Allison prepped them to perfection.

Oh and they are Hunter approved for their softness!  After the shoot he didn’t go near them for days it was like he knew but soon he was back curled up between the pillows!


So there you go, thank you Bemz for helping me get ready for the Country Living shoot. This box came just in time! I love these fabric and the fit and this was a great solution.  They have 20% off today on their website !  Code is SUMMER20

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Be sure and follow them on social media @bemzdesign on Instagram and on facebook here. They have so many more gorgeous photos like the ones I showed here on their website and social media and their Pinterest boards and you can also get alerts on sales!

And watch my Instagram to find out more about the magazine article!

{Again, Post sponsored by Bemz!}

More Creative Class photos

For the second portion of our first HMI Creative Class, we headed to my home a few minutes away from my studio for lunch and a bit of a home tour.



When registration exceeded my initial expectations I knew a simple box lunch just would not work and I feared a busy Saturday on the square might mean waiting for our large crowd in the downtown lunch places (though there are some yummy ones for sure)…So with the help of my amazing friend Tara Royer Steele (yes the Pie Queen) to do the food, Super Nana to fluff the place and Natalie Dawley to attend to any other details, I decided to have the lunch at our little home. I also knew I would be speaking a lot that day so the idea of a little field trip break was perfect!


I love long communal tables so this idea formed in my head and I am so glad the storm held out and we were able to all together on the front porch.  Bramble & Bee flowers and nibbles from Tara’s charcuterie boards made it perfect.


Not to mention those placemats.  Dionne from Nib and Pixel lettered these kitchen paper placemats and I nearly cried when I opened the box…what is it about white ink on kraft paper that we love so??? But we do!

We used our kitchen table for the spread . . .perfect styling ladies! I can’t believe this is the only photo of Natalie and Tara! THANK YOU!

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Of course we had pie too!



And “Mama’s Lemonade” too boot! Nana and I did not plan to BOTH wear red shoes but we love red! And we love our Camille!hmiccmamacamille And these pretty ladies the best of all… what a talented and friendly group of women, they seemed to have so much fun and enjoy one another and the day, positive and creative people coming together…exactly my prayer!


It is cheesy to say I felt like I was in a movie?…Natalie even thoughts to put music on…details I forget when doing things on my own but when you let people help, you aren’t exhausted and can enjoy the event and little details like “oh wow there is music playing!”


And finally, the group photo.  Doesn’t everyone look so lovely! Again, I would not have done this without the help of the “two Natalies” . . . Natalie Lacy Lange my talented photographer friend and my new friend Natalie Dawley of   I will never do another event without these girls if possible!


Thank you again to all involved that made this day possible.

Planning: Natalie Dawley of

Florals: Maggie Bailey of

Calligraphy: Dionne Christiansen of

Catering: Tara Royer Steele of

Photography: Natalie Lacy Lange of

Special thanks to True Blue Home, Renovate, Camille Dickson, Jenn Morissette, Nancy Barnett, Holly Meyer Design, Jay White and Debby Welch

The next class will be in JULY and likely not as large because of summer schedules but I will be hosting a group on July 23rd, we won’t lunch on the porch but we will try to do something equally as fun (with air conditioning); Click here to register or email for more info!


First Class at HMI Studio!

After weeks of planning and obsessing my first Creative Class finally happened and I think I can confidently say a good time was had by all! That is a big statement I know but this group was just the best and we had so much fun and all left inspired and energized. We had 22 guests from Ohio, New York, Arkansas, Virginia and of course lots of Texans!


I was a little nervous about the weather but it held out until the very end of class and thankfully everyone made it home safely!


I just can’t stop looking at the flowers from Bramble and Bee and the calligraphy from Nib & Pixel!

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And the heart rocks from Haiti that came from Renovate! The hearts were to focus our talk in the right spot before we delved into the material, literally!


We started with a yummy breakfast from a local bakery on the square and mimosas! Inside the envelopes the guests found a booklet with a letter from me, the day’s schedule and a place for notes.  They also received sheets to take home to help with each room of the take inventory and get on track where needed!


Favorite paint colors collected on a metal ring for easy use later . . .


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And of course gift bags with treats from True Blue Home, Renovate Houston and more.  Art by local artist Lauren Parker of course.

Before guests arrived. I struggled with how to arrange tables but so glad this worked out so no one had to twist too much….the medley of chairs worked too!

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And my best boo Camille was able to come all the way from Abilene! I had so much help, with the planning, the flowers and calligraphy and having Camille and Jenn to help as well just made it all possible. You truly can not do stuff like this alone…Jenn my assistant’s husband Peter even hung the banners out front! Thank you Peter!



Pretty flowers and lettering made it so fun but the best part, seeing the attendees enjoy one another! There was instant rapport and synergy..loved that! Everyone looked so lovely and happy to do be doing what they love…talking about houses and decor!


Next post I will share about the lunch portion of our day at my home and the afternoon #patternplay activity with fabrics!

Again, thank you thank you to all that helped make this special day possible!


Planning: Natalie Dawley of

Florals: Maggie Bailey of

Calligraphy: Dionne Christiansen of

Catering: Tara Royers Steele of

Photography: Natalie Lacy Lange of

Special thanks to True Blue Home, Renovate, Camille Dickson, Jenn Morissette, Nancy Barnett, Holly Meyer Design, Jay White and Debby Welch

          The next class is already in the works and planned for Saturday, July 23rd register here!!!! It will be hot but Brenham has lots of ice cream and I am looking SO forward to doing this again!



First Creative Class is full!

Wow y’all! So humbled and grateful.  My first class is full and on it’s way thanks to help from some wonderful helpers…can’t wait to share more about that. I have attendees coming from Arkansas, Ohio even New York state and of course lots of Texas..we are going to have a great time!


The Saturday class filled up much more quickly than the Monday in fact I am not doing the Monday class.  It seems that Saturdays just work best for most people. My intention now is to plan a September class but if anyone is interested in a mid to late July class we may explore that idea!

Pressing Events Refresh

My friend Nancy Calvert at Pressing Events in Houston has recently expanded with more Mackenzie-Childs than ever and cookware coming this fall!!


Nancy’s wonderful shopkeepers Victor and Edward painted the walls recently from a dark khaki to SW Mindful Gray and it really changed the space!


They are also showing more Mackenzie-Childs stock than ever and it’s fun to see all together! I love the courtly checked mixed with the flower market plates below!


My fave piece in the store is the CC barn light I think! And they are still working with brides and other to do custom letterpress invitations and more.  Did you know they actually have a letterpress on site and these guys know how to run it! I love supporting local businesses and now my readers do too so think about going in to Pressing Events and getting personal service with cards and invites rather than being overwhelmed in front of a computer screen on your own..Nancy and her guys are so great and give you so much attention!


Look at the cute CC (courtly check;) skirt they added behind the counter..its all Mackenzie all the time here!


They have the CC in the window now so you can see it from the street easily and the back wall has the CC STRIPE..did you know Mackenzie-Childs makes wallpaper?  You can see and order it at Pressing Events!  pereddoor2

 Pressing Events is located in the Town and Country area City’s always easy in and out which I love!

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Just look for Nancy’s red door and all of the checks!


Oh and y’all must follow Nancy on Instagram @pressingeventshomeandpaper she always posting you know from somewhere like DOWNTON or how Edward monogrammed her vintage Louis..just random stuff like that;;

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She and her daughter Holly recently did an amazing trip to England and I think she is headed to Italy soon for a workshop???

Nancy in Fortum & Mason! So not only does she have an adorable shop she leads a big life and is so fun to follow and keep up with!

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Love that hat Nancy!

Note: this is a sponsored post and I am so grateful for shopkeepers that work with me to help cover blog expenses and keep this thing running! Y’all are the best… #creativecommunity

Creative Class Registration

It’s finally here my first class/workshop. . .
I gave a sneak peek on Instagram a while back and now registration is finally open here on the website under the classes tab at the top of the page!  I am overwhelmed and humbled by the interest already!  Excited!
Join me for my first Creative Class here in Brenham, Texas, in my studio on Saturday, May 14th from 10am -3 pm and again for a May encore on Monday May 23, 2016 from 10 am – 3 pm.
    The Creative Class idea comes out of years of clients and friends encouraging me to teach a class or workshop on all things creative and home related. All the things we love to talk about! The first class will focus on my story of how I got into design and blogging and will walk through various general decorating topics including favorite paint colors, design sources, tips and tricks and defining your style and design philosophy.  My goal is to give others the ability to create and hone their own spaces with joy and confidence.
 Cost for the May class is $249
  • Fee includes lunch on the charming town square in Brenham, Texas. Brenham is a small town just an hour or so drive from Houston and Austin.
  • Class time will start at 10 am until 3ish
  • Guests will receive a goodie bag, takeaway sheets and yummy local desserts.
  • For an add on fee of $75 you can bring photos and questions of one room or “hot spot” in your home and schedule 30 minute one-on -one feedback time with me at the end of the day from 3-5 pm. These spots are limited.
  • Please note: help finding overnight lodging can be arranged upon request. The class is non-refundable but is transferable with notice.
  • Register here and email us if you have any questions
  • Classes will be small, between 10-14 people only! {note; this has changed, I have made more room and we now have 20 people and may add a few more..we will not go over 25!)
My plan at this point is to resume classes in the fall but depending on interest we may do summer classes as well!
   I have already been so overwhelmed and delighted at the interest… I can’t believe spots are going so fast!
Summer topics may include garden and home tours and local shopping days. Fall classes being planned include more in-depth topics including: counter materials, lighting, styling shelves and tables, mixing fabrics, favorite paint colors, designing bathrooms and kitchens on budgets and more.  We will not offer the class online at this time but possibly in the future.

Weekend Update

Remember, Dennis Miller and Weekend funny! I am not near as funny but this important info y’all..three things

(1)  Bluebonnet Festival in Chappell Hill is this weekend!!! So, True Blue Home is typically open Wed-Saturday but will be open this Sunday during the annual Bluebonnet Festival…The weather has been gorgeous so come on out and visit and shop! Cindy has some fun treats I can’t wait to see!


(2) Nana and I are in the May issue of Country Living!!!  That is right, us and brother right there on page 46 and its the sweetest little feature I have ever been given..thank you Country Living!!! And to make it even sweeter, my good good friend Becki Griffin of Curious Details STYLED THE COVER..that is right, she styled the porch and horse and all..that is my Becki, she got a horse in the proud of you Boo!

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Here is a peak at the Country Living feature . . .this is Jimmy Don and I with her at our little country church ca Easter 1976 or 77 I am thinking?? I love Page’s note nearly as much as the layout!  You gotta love a good girl from Mississippi!


Look how cute!!! I still have that basket!


(3) And last but not least, Creative Classes are coming soon! That’s right..I have never done and e-book or seminar but finally the first HMI “Creative Class” will opening registration next week!


I will explain more SOON about what Creative Classes with Holly Mathis Interiors really means and the MAY DATE..its an idea I have had cooking for years and I am finally pulling the trigger next month with my first decorating class in my Brenham studio! The response on Instagram was so good that I am thinking about having both a Saturday and week day class in May, and then will likely resume in fall with monthly topics.  If you have interest we may even have some classes or get-togethers in summer we will see.  So check back Monday to hear more about that.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

True Blue Home + special hours

True Blue Home will be open special hours during Texas Antique Week, Monday-Saturdays 10-7 pm!  Also commonly called, “Round Top,” this season lasts 2-3 WEEKS not just one week. You can read more general info about the show here and more about True Blue Home here and here.


   Special spring hours at True Blue Home through April 2nd, open 10-7 pm daily, Monday – Saturday

Quick recap, True Blue Home opened last fall by owners Cindy & Brian Taylor and their family and I had the honor to help plan and curate the entire space with them—and the doors opened during the last Antique week!


So it has been less than a year but what a ride!  So much beauty on this journey!

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And True Blue Home is located in an amazing old building in the heart of historic Chappell Hill, Texas, which is truly “right off” hwy 290 as we say in Texas!..”Right off” means CLOSE!  So if you are headed to Austin or Round Top from Houston this a  “very close”. . . “don’t want to miss it” MUST SEE place to stop! The shop is full of things big and small, from birthday cards and candles to lighting and sofas! We have it all, even dishes!


There are also great plants and wildflowers, food and shopping in Chappell Hill, AND the True Blue Home COTTAGE!


Just a walking block away from True Blue Home, the “True Blue Cottage” is an 1854  historic structure filled with furniture and fabrics from our favorite vendors and craftsmen…all available for sale.  It’s been so fun to be part of styling retail in an actual home space as well a storefront.  You can read more about “The Cottage” here.

             The Show Cottage will be open on Saturdays this Spring: March 26 and April 2 from noon to 5, and by special appointment.


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Spring is blooming in the Cottage as you can see!


The cottage bedroom below may be one of my fave rooms I have ever worked on in over ten years! Just so charming and cozy.


Have a blessed Holy Week and Easter!  I hope to meet some of you in the tents and fields of Round Top/Warrenton or in the store!

          In addition to Antique Week and Round Top, don’t forget the 52nd Annual Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival April 9 & 10.



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