Midwest Living feature & gift certificates

This beautiful home that I blogged about  here and here was recently featured in the Christmas issue of Midwest Living..such a thrill for all of us! This was particularly special because this client has become such a good friend! And y’all that snow.  That is really special for a Texas girl that never sees snow..it’s magical! Plus the stylist on this project was the amazing BONNIE BROTEN who’s work I have adored for years..the only bad part was I didn’t get to go up for the shoot because of commitments at home ;( But regardless it turned out amazing and I am so proud of Allison and Bonnie and praise God for bringing me into this project and family! I mean just look . . .

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Look at my gorgeous friend.. her soul is even more beautiful!

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This kitchen..so good. But it takes work.  I arrived a few days before the open house and it was an army getting this room and others finished.  It was risky but y’all I rubbed “rub n buff” on these fixtures when they didn’t arrive quite the color we were hoping…they are NOT Visual Comfort..they are from Ballard or RH (can’t remember which) after some muscle time!  Allison did amazing choosing the reclaimed wood in this project and she designed the pantry..she is now doing design work in the Wisconsin area and forming a business called WHITE BARN DESIGN. I love the name because of her family history and their old farmhouse with the amazing white barn! I have encouraged her to do this because working with her on the project was so fun and she is so darn good..it was truly a collaboration with me in Texas and her up in WISCO land doing the hustle work!

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Her gorgeous dog Barley below!

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And the  hollyhock pillows!  And ikea slipcovered chair by LS slipcovers that was originally in the entry but moved here so a tree could go there for holidays!  This bed she already had and painted herself a dark color…and of course the check wall and black windows!

Coffee station in the pantry!

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These panels were made in Texas (just like me) my wonderful seamstress Susie Bronikwoski made these up and we shipped them to Wisconsin!  The chairs are from IKEA and monogrammed in Houston…my southern touch to the project! The sideboard is an old piece that Allison has had for years!

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In the living room we used simple Pottery Barn panels and of course my fave blinds from Select blinds.com  BAMBOO TORTOUISE BABY! The adorable chalkboard ornaments also shipped from Texas from beloved TRUE BLUE HOME!

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photographer is Kim Corneilson, amazing styling by Bonnie Broten!  Follow Bonnie here..she is a legend!

Allison will have more info soon on her blog about paint colors and more details..she is happy to share! You can reach Allison here questions about colors or sources or help in Wisconsin whitebarndesignonline@gmail.com If you don’t live in a region where you can easily find the magazine you can see more here! Enjoy!

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And y’all, this magic all started with an e-mail and e-design and then evolved.  E-design and Gift certificates are now available for purchase here…tell your hubs or Santa to email me or send him these links and we can get started on your home or room asap…

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All of these consults purchased will be first come first serve and will go on a waiting list and I will start them as time comes available…so get in line now!

Christmas faves

Sharing some of my fave photos of Christmas past today . . .

I think this might be my fave holiday image ever from my own “work” or home;

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And I loved this cozy Christmas nest in our “new old house”…this room will always be an important part of our history.

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It’s so interesting how the same furniture and things can look so comforting and the same in different settings but also so different in different homes..the kids and I still sit around this scrubbed pine table every day!

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When it comes to Christmas I love red and I love wreaths, lots of wreaths….and lots of bowls of ornaments!

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Wide red ribbon for the win! The two pine pieces in this room were so awesome and I no longer have them…”shared them” with clients when we moved..so glad to know they are being enjoyed in their homes now…

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I miss this house and the promise I thought it held for our family but I don’t regret the beauty I was able to create here, it was all part of our story.

Clinging to the Advent season and its true meaning….clinging to the the words of C.S. Lewis as well!

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It’s upon us y’all…December is here..let’s do this!

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