The Cottage Journal feature

I am so honored and thrilled one of my favorite e-projects was just featured in the Winter issue of The Cottage Journal.

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I know many of you enjoy that magazine and I was so happy when they inquired about Willow Wisp Cottage.  The homeowner Andrea’s style and look goes with their publication so well and it was a perfect fit!  Andrea is in CANADA and The Cottage Journal and I are both in the South…yet via the good ol’ internet we were able to work together AND get this published without any of us traveling.  It doesn’t hurt that Andrea is a great photographer and home enthusiast..She has such a good eye and ability to execute..all she needed was  a few sources and ideas and she was off and running!

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This was before

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And from the family room..the flow with the wainscot in the hallway is so nice!

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These lights over bar are placeholders..we had brass lights there but they are going to her new home..you can see the brass pendants in the photo below.

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We used oil rubbed bronze dark cup pulls and knobs on the outer cabinets and brass on the island hardware to tie back to the brass pendants.

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I love the good ol PB Bolton Lantern over the island…and that countertop on island..she had such amazing local craftsmen doing work like that..i love how their home has some stained woodwork and cozy feel but white cabinets too..such a great combo and it really illustrates how you can  have both..the little craftsmen cabinet doors at top ties it together i think! It’s like those pages in magazine where they say “what is different” well its the lights over the bar..both look good actually!  Which are your fave?

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I love her  coffee bar!

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And the counters…oh wow her counters.  Its Danby marble from Vermont  oh yes it is!

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Just at the contrast with the island top!

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View  into her family room..all we did was add the bird prints and slipcovers and a few fabrics…Andrea already had the rug.

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And her dining room…I had my signature buffalo check drapes sewn here in Texas and shipped to Andrea!

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She bought the table locally in Canada and the chairs are from Ballard…woohoo Ballard Designs for shipping to Canada!  The light is Pottery Barns anouk which i have used a lot like the Bolton they work well together!  This home is so pretty with so many great bones…the floors, the coffered ceilings the woodwork so it was a joy to work on and with Andrea..as you can see she is an awesome stylist and photographer…thank you for letting be involved Andrea!

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You can read all of the details about the renovation on Andrea’s blog here and here! In many ways the elements are simple and on trend (but classic I do believe), subway tile, white cabinets, marble mixed with wood counters and touches of brass, but each kitchen has its own soul and Andrea’s home certain has soul and warmth! And I think you can find the issue still on stands! Thank you again to The Cottage Journal!

Happy New Year!

Wow I can’t believe it’s New Year’s Eve!  Like many of you, this year has been a roller coaster for me..lots of ups and downs (puppies, moving and more)..as is life right?! Right now I want to focus on the best as I look to 2015.  I know God sees the hard times and pain and I going to let him carry that right now and be thankful for the awesome things 2014 held and believe there will be much more in 2015. I know HE will be with me in all of it..the good and the bad.  And that is my prayer for you. That you have peace as you review the good and not so good of 2014 and look forward to your new year! You are NOT alone. GOD SEES US and loves us even when it does not feel like it! Even when you feel so alone. So chin up buttercup  and now on to fun!

Some of my best business memories (mostly biz but def some family milestones this year and my fave people at the end)….

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Thank you to all of the wonderful clients and families who have allowed me to work on your homes this year.  There is no greater honor for me as a creative…special thank you to my Maine clients, the Stinson family who were so gracious to share their home with blogland, the Guidry family, the Kriels in Bryan, the Taylors in the Woodlands, and Holly Kuhn of Old Glory Antiques.  Her home’s feature of my work in Country Living was a highlight. And every other client from the smallest consult both online and local.

A special thank you to the amazing colleagues that have formed my inner circle, my boos…the ones that help and text and work with me to make this all happen everyday:  Leslie my asst, Becki Griffin the superstar stylist, photographer and friend , Jenny Johnston I want to be you when I grow up, my bff Camille, my favorite shops Leftovers, Renovate, Tall Plants, and Pressing Events. And my seamstresses Susie Bronikowski, Monica Hancock, Gracie Wilkins, and the slipcover artistry team at LS Slipcovers led by the amazing Laura Seibert. And last but not least my beautiful mama who plays taxi service and amazing nana to our boys.

Y’all have ALL blessed my career but more importantly my life!

Happy New Year to you each and every one!

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