Country Living Feature

Earlier this year I started working on a project in Burton, Texas, for Holly Kuhn owner of Old Glory Antiques in Denver.


I first blogged about it here and here.  Holly and her husband Brian have been coming to the Round Top Antique Show for  years and finally bought property in Burton for a shop and getaway home.  The property includes an old Dance Hall where they have their twice yearly “Old Glory Texas” pop up shop and also a two story Texas farmhouse that had been renovated into a bed and breakfast.  The property has been renovated nicely but the decor did not reflect Holly K’s style so she called on me to help transform the space.  We worked via email and text to develop a plan to turn the “Old Glory House” into a space that showcased her antiques and style and was also a comfortable place for the Kuhns, their associates and friends to feel at home while in Texas.


This was a fairly big project for me and tight deadline to get ready by the fall show so I called on friend and fellow decorator/stylist Becki Griffin of Curious Details to collaborate on details with me and be my sounding board.  Becki came out and helped me move furniture around and develop a plan to pull the space together.  I knew I wanted lots of details like the Scout books for guests  and monograms on pillows, shams and towels! Little things and big things to make every inch of this house just sing!


Becki and I had the entire Old Glory Texas store next door to pull from as far as antiques and accessories.  What I didn’t have on the premises I filled in with from a few of my favorite antique stores locally and big box sources. Like these beds in the bunk room from Restoration Hardware kids and bedding from Ikea.


 This room I used an new Amish made bed and Pottery Barn bedding..the side tables are Old Glory antiques and the lights are from Restoration.  The silhouettes in this room are from my friend Kelly Evans’ Southern Gilt Antiques on Etsy and in Houston’s Antiques on Yale in the Heights!


I love how Becki styled the nightstands just right.


I could just go on and on about this project and probably will..there is just too much to talk about. So many rooms, eight in all including some bathroom fun!


Country Living spotted the project on Instagram and before we knew it they were headed to Texas to shoot this project just as we were wrapping it up.  My friend Becki who had been assisting me quickly changed roles on the project! Lo and behold Country Living asked her to the be the stylist for the shoot (smart people).  She also took these photos for my portfolio!  So Becki wore many hats on this project and did each with grace,  precision and skill! And we are still friends!  What a miracle!  Becki and I have both talked about what a blessing this project was and truly has been amazing.  Holly Kuhn was an angel to work with and well I hate to gush but it was just a dream project.  So thank you Holly & Brian Kuhn, thank you amazing Becki Griffin, thank you Haulright movers in Brenham the best most patient men, thank you to Country Living’s Steel Marcoux and Page Mullins for appreciating our work, thank you to my mom for stuffing duvets and pillows, thank you to Kevin Gilmore of Oaks Renovation for your carpentry skills and patience, Heidi and Jason Jaster and the list goes on and on.

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KuhnTexas (click here for pdf)

Watch for more photos coming soon to the portfolio section of the blog. And if you haven’t seen the Nov issue of Country Living here is the article above! Also Becki did a great post here on the project with more images!

Decorating a Castle

Taking a break from Round Top Antiques Week to share with you a recent project! If you are wanting more Round Top info be sure and visit my post here and my friend Becki’s fab post here.


Ok so this is an e-client that I have been working with via email and when she kept referring to her “castle” I thought she was just using a figure of speech….But then she sent photos and oh my!  She was serious! And what a castle it is…they did an amazing job making this dream of a Scottish castle come alive in the middle of America! I love it when people follow their dreams and heart and don’t worry if others will laugh or criticize or say (or think) “why would you do that?” It takes guts to build a castle y’all!

This hallway below is one of my faves she sent me . . .


This is how the room looked at beginning of our work. That is cute client in the background and her adorable Westie!


 And this is during . . .we are changing rug..natural with something on top probably takes time remember!


This is the castle room before…their formal dining with the piano.  Pretty of course but my first thought is WE NEED DRAPES.  I do love the barley twist lamp of course and the chairs are from Soft Surroundings!

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This is what the sofa looked like before Laura of LS Slipcovers got a hold of it! Yes my slipcover comrade Laura Seibert travelled up to “the castle” and made this beautiful slip for the owner’s red sofa mistake (her words not mine) She has a red AGA (I know can you believe) so now worries red lovers, there is still red in the house, castle I mean;

And the sofa now!


I love this little game table area off to the side..we are redoing several seats and chair backs!


So fun!  It makes me want to hole in my my bedroom and watch Monarch of the Glen ALL WEEKEND!

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The homeowners and I knew we wanted a “cozy castle” look and while they love plaid and a Ralph Lauren look we didn’t want to go overboard with the castle/Scottish theme…after all they are a young and casual family with two boys so we want it to make sense in the structure but be livable and well not cheesy. So we chose this blue RL plaid and will mix it with some of my favorite Schumacher prints and a little leather for the man of the house. So this is what I came up….this is a working mood board not a perfect and polished one like you see on Pinterest…but this works!


The owner and I have been trying to decide on keeping a rug she has and layering an old rug or doing a neutral seagrass..I think we have decided on neutral for now…we can always layer an old Heriz later as budget allows.  Rugs for castles are not cheap! Lol! So for now we are focusing on draperies and pillows, slipping her sofa and getting the ottoman and a few accessories.  We are also covering some occasional chairs etc you can’t see in photos and renderings. We really wanted to be sure before I bought a rug at Round Top and shipped it up north so I called in a secret gun….Jane Gianarelli someone I found out through my friend Jenny Johnston.  Jane is a designer and artist and she does amazing renderings.  I do not draw or do autocad so sometimes helping my clients visualize my idea for a space can be a challenge.  Working with Jane really helps be sure of the direction you are headed with a design and I thought the castle project was the perfect chance to try out her services…and I am so glad we did!  Isn’t her work amazing.


I can’t wait to add simple linen drapes with big blue tape on leading edges! The rendering helped us see we want to add the fawn Schumacher print on sofa i think and not so much navy and that the leather ottoman is def worth the wait.  It also helped really visualize the idea of a rich colored old rug.


And she even got the dog in the rendering..not only is this usual to help us with design decisions its so artistic…i would totally mat and frame this! Thank you again Jane for your wonderful help with this project!

So there you on the castle continues! I had to share this one!

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