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!

Louisiana Home Tour!

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I have been working on this beautiful home in Louisiana for nearly two years…since the beginning stages and plans!  So its such a delight to see it come to fruition and finally be a warm, cozy home for my client’s family!  I posted about the construction here.

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And now it has boxwood and Christmas decorations and the sounds of children inside !

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The homeowners were asked to participate in a local home tour that will be this Saturday evening, December 10th, in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  Details are here and  at the bottom of this post if you would like to attend and or donate to the cause of the tour.

Here are a few sneak peeks! (these are just phone pics so they do not give this home justice but they are better than nothing right) enjoy!

Homebuilder on this project was Chris Ledet Homes and the architect was Mike Bougeois. The fresh garlands and wreaths from Green Acres in Thibodaux, with magnolia woven in by yours truly;;  They were all so patient and as you can see, extremely talented!

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Of course we decorated with lots of magnolia, simple satin ribbon (it is red not pink;) and oyster trees! I love that the house is new but has such a historic feel…so many Louisiana elements like brick floors, wood walls and floors, Audubon prints, elevated porches and gas lanterns! I had to add some of my faves too like the brass lights in kitchen and the art from Lindsay Letters for the season.

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The house is such a pretty setting too..the trees down there just make me gasp..such beauty.

The dining room is right inside the front door with study to right…classic central hall design.

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This antique french dining table that I baby’d in storage for over a year came from Marburger Farm.  So fun to see it finally decorated with greens ready for entertaining!  The drapery fabric is Pierre Frey and the chairs were monogrammed and reupholstered via Gracie’s Custom Interiors in Houston! All of the drapes in the home were constructed by Ronda Crockett of Jouli Designs (you can reach her at 985-232-2519).

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The outdoor ribbon is actually a red herringbone..its reads a soft red/pink from a distance but you get close it is red herringbone..it is from True Blue Home..in fact many of the accessories in the home came from True Blue Home as well as new furnishings from Ethan Allen (the kid friendly sofas) and antiques from Leftovers Antiques in Brenham!

This particular light from Visual Comfort is discontinued so glad we got it for this house..along with gray cabinets, old rug and brass faucet.

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Chairs below…Schumacher floral on front and stripe on back…and the secretary is an early Round Top find by the client!

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Upstairs is a nice great play space with natural light..that entire front shed window IS PLAYROOM!

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Les Indiennes pillow from True Blue Home (i get all of my Les Indiennes and John Robshaw pillows there fyi) worked in with Christmas gifts and pillow!

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Notice the Lindsay Letters 12 days of Christmas cards on the garland, big blue dot pillow from True Blue Home

and street signs from Old Glory Antiques!  And the mudroom, back downstairs entrance is on the left with more Les Indiennes pillow From TBH and banner from my pop up shop…so cute!

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I love this entire extended family..the hospitality down there is amazing and I wish I could be at the tour but I hope some of you can attend.  I will be home with my own Bebes;; but I will be there in spirit!

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You will not be disappointed with the tour and especially the beautiful people!

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This is Mandy who started this ministry for which the tour proceeds benefit.

All tickets can be purchased online at refuge127.org under the “tour of homes” tab”
There is also a donations tab if people would like to donate online.
If anyone would like to donate with check you may mail to

REFUGE 127
P.O.Box 5582
Thibodaux, La. 70302
Checks made out to Refuge127
All donations are tax-deductible

Contact is Mandy Holloway and her number is: 985-414-0217

When your purchase tickets you will receive an email with the addresses of the five homes on the tour.

Homes will be open from 5:00 pm to 8:30 PM There will be light refreshments at each home.

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