More True Blue Cottage

I hope everyone is having a great holiday week!

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I can’t let this season pass without showing more of the True Blue Home Cottage all gussied up for its open house that has been going on throughout December. I had so much fun styling the home using my favorites from the store.  All of the furnishings, lighting, art, accessories were hand-picked and are available for purchase through True Blue Home. Contact me or contact Cindy at customer service@truebluehome.com for more info.

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So this cottage is just steps down Main Street from the True Blue Home store in Chappell Hill, Texas. The original structure dates back to the 1850s, and the home has an official “marker” from the Texas Historical Commission. When you step in the front door you enter this charming dining room with shiplap ceiling, True Blue’s signature Visual Comfort lighting, Schumacher drapes designed by yours truly and of course, slipcovers galore! (And yes I wish I could reach into that photo with some Downy Wrinkle Release and jerk down that skirt on the chair, keepin’ it real; But that is the thing with slipcovers easy to adjust and fix! Just not once on film;)

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And of course British pottery from Emma Bridgewater…I think we should nickname this pattern the “Bluebonnet Blue” Toast pattern!;

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The cottage has one bedroom outfitted in a new, freshly painted pine bed (Made in America) AND is covered in Les Indiennes textiles on the bed and windows! We love their patterns and they can be ordered through the store of course~  The Monogram pillow is custom via moi, Holly Mathis Interiors.  The chandelier over the bed is called FLANDERS from Visual comfort and the bedsides are flanked with alabaster lamps also from Visual Comfort. The blue check is also from Les Indiennes.  The store also carries napkins from Les Indiennes. We can’t get enough of their hand blocked textiles.

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I love this chair in the corner of the bedroom.  Hard to believe this original shiplap ceiling had popcorn sprayed over it likely in the 1980s!

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The living room is full of shiplap, slipcovered loveseats, more painted and natural pine furniture and the Visual Comfort Country Chandelier! The blue and white throw pillows are by John Robshaw and are available at the store on Main Street! The drapes and fabric hoop ornaments are custom by Holly Mathis Interiors;

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The table with white urns above,  hutch and coffee table are all made by the same company and the gorgeous raw pine they use comes in multiple very cottage-y colors!

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I love these color samples!

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This big white hutch in the kitchen is a built in piece and is  filled to the brim with True Blue’s favorite English pottery patterns from Emma Bridgewater and Burleigh!

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This was so fun to style!

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Pendants from Visual Comfort of course! This shot shows a good view of the original fireplace. Fabrics from Schumacher on cafe curtains and pillows are available through Holly Mathis Interiors.  All of the slipcovered furniture is also made in America (both bases/frames and the linen slips) and can be purchased from the store. The lamp between the chairs is called the Harper from Visual Comfort and is in stock at True Blue!

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From the back door looking toward living room..you can see a smidge of the back of the rock fireplace on left. Isn’t that island amazing.  It was in the home when True Blue acquired the property…amazing piece!

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One more detailed shot

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I already showed the glorious back porch off of the kitchen in previous but have to show it again…I know, those doors and the blue ceiling, blue chairs and the Visual Comfort lantern in white!

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Now let’s go outside to the “Mini Cottage” or “Tiny Cottage” or “She shack” as we call it…this little cottage is truly small indeed but so full of charm and once the styling took on a life of its own it felt a bit of Texas botanist/naturtalist feel to me!

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Isn’t the roof pitch cute and I love those white rockers…nothing more Texas than a porch and rocking chair!

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This ceiling slays me every time, who cares if a room is not huge if it has a ceiling like this.  Another gorgeous light from Visual Comfort, special order through True Blue Home.

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Sofa and chairs are from the Best Slipcover Company and available via True Blue (in fact, the sofa is going home to a lucky customer in The Woodlands, Texas this week!) as are the pillows and lamp.  The antique herbariums over the stripe chair are from Campbell’s Melange in Baton Rouge and more are available through Melisse and I have some in stock as well.

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Below another pine piece and of course some blue and white pottery!

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That is all of the Tiny Cottage but don’t you want to just sit there with a glass of wine..or out on the patio by the street in these chairs.  I love this neighbor house too..

        The views are good out in Washington County, Texas, y’all! I am telling you, you must visit!

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True Blue Home will reopen next Thursday…be sure and watch their Instagram and facebook feeds for more info on the Cottage, future events and what is in store (pun intended) for 2016!!!!

I have enjoyed being a part of this project so much and hope you can all come see it in person!

Special thanks for Natalie Lacy Lange for her help with these amazing photos.  She is wonderful to work with and so very talented and kind!

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Our doggie update

Just a few pictures of the boys with our beloved Hunter!

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 {Photo taken by my amazing assistant Jenn last month, thanks Jenn for capturing this moment}

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{Henry gets so excited when Hunter actually “sits” for him when he says!}

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A dog is a friend. An unconditional friend.  Dog’s don’t say rude things to you or misunderstand anything, they don’t have bad moods even, they are just there and kind and love you and your kids.  I did this for Drew, but in doing so Hunter has blessed Henry and even me (except for the night he had an accident on one of my fave rugs, yes know i should have rolled them up but little rugs can easily be cleaned).

So here is what we do with Hunter:

  • we have a great groomer and trainer nearby (walking distance) that does the “fulminator treatment” with him shampoo and comb and it reduces his shedding I think, he is SO blonde and it gets everywhere but oh well we have swifter and lint rollers..and they have trained him a bit..he is part Lab and mouthy and rowdy but the boys tumble and play with him and he is so much happier inside with his pack!
  • Bones and toys to keep him from getting bored and chewing on fabrics!
  • Clipping nails and murphys oil really does help with any scratches on floors…and teach your kids to swifter swifter
  • we crate him when gone or at night and Texas has sunny days so he can still go outside for play time a lot even in winter, I do still believe that animals want to be outside in gorgeous weather especially a rowdy lab like Hunter
  • what I do struggle with is enough time to walk him..my oldest isn’t old enough to walk him alone so we do struggle to get enough exercise time in….

But he has lots of toys and we have a long hall and open space and we play a lot.  And its working (knock on wood) he is doing so good with “going” outside (though he seems to want privacy and won’t go quickly, drives me nuts  i have to leave him out alone to “go” and I never know for sure if he did…he has a huge bladder apparently.)

So any tips or thoughts on our Hunter….any doggies treats you think he might love..i am looking for the exact name of the one known on the streets as “doggie crack” to help with his fetching.  I did find the “Call of the Wild” food at Tractor Supply he seems to love.

So this year Hunter and a new normal are what our Christmas are about more than perfect decorations and wreaths on every window.

 I WILL be posting more photos of the True Blue Home Show Cottage, my creative Christmas energy and joy  have gone more there than in our home this year and that is okay.  Each year is different and its okay to just use a few “happy” decorations one year and not so much stuff.

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Honestly, I struggled with using my silhouette ornaments this year but they finally went on, didn’t feel like Christmas without them..yes Hunter needs one now!;;;And I love that this house has these natural columns and ledges and spots for the nativity  and little trees that are a bit out of reach but easy to see and enjoy! (Yes that is a toy soldier in the nativity, courtesy of my oldest)

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Bottom line…God is faithful, life throws us lots of curveballs, lots of storms brew and take us by surprise, but he is the SAME..yesterday, today and tomorrow and He loves us and our families, even via a dog! But most important, He sent a baby into the world, the Christ child, BECAUSE of these very storms whatever they may be.  He knew storms would come, he never promised EASY and he knew we needed (need) a Savior so he sent us one and that is why we celebrate Christmas! Pretty trees and wreaths commemorate THAT but of course they are not the source.  And the best part, when His son died and rose and went to be with the Father, God left his Holy Spirit to comfort us. So we have him here with us, Emmanuel “God with us!” Best story ever.

          In some ways this is the worst Christmas ever for ‘decorating Holly’ and there other deeper areas I can’t even cover here but for ‘soul Holly’ I will say I have never anticipated the Advent of our Lord more or understood it more or NEEDED it more. A WEARY WORLD REJOICES INDEED.

Do you feel weary?? Rest in the coming of our King, the birth of our Savior and THE HOPE OF GLORY!

We have a hope and a comforter y’all, lean in! 

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