Monogram pillows for Christmas

Hey y’all….I am still custom making a few of the monogram pillows with pleats.  These have been such a hit and I am doing one more “run” and order on them before holidays.  If you want to order and have under your tree in time please contact us asap by email @  holly at

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We are doing flax or white linen

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With white box pleat trim

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and dark gray THREAD on white linen background or white on flax thread.  OR RED, you know I love red so for Christmas I am doing a red thread as well. We can’t do any other variations at this time because of time constraints.

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The price is $289 and includes shipping in US and the 14 x 30 down feather pillow form..the pillow will be ready to wrap or put out for show once it won’t even have to stuff it!

We can do a smaller lumbar or 22″ square if interested..just mention in email.  Process and price are same.

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Please let us know asap if you want on this list!

Victorian Remodel * Small Town Texas

It’s been such an honor and thrill to work on the restoration on this home below that I just had to share this project. Built in 1910 the home graces the main street of a nearby Texas town. In the past 105  years, my clients are just the third homeowners of this beauty!


I’ve worked with the young couple before and when Vanessa texted me that she and husband Mike had purchased an old home in her hometown of Sealy I was excited to say the last.  I know the O’Donnells don’t do a project halfway and that this would be a fun journey!  Vanessa is from the town and has long had her eye on this house.  She says the previous owners were so gracious and excited about passing the torch to the young couple and had them over for dinner and a Christmas party!  I love these kind of house stories!

Notice how the early photo shows a windmill in the background and the street is today lined with much larger trees and a different landscape.  Photos like this are such a treasure for homeowners.  Below is the home before remodel started earlier this year.


I will be honest, when I saw the photo of the entry from previous homeowners, I thought “why are they planning so much work to the house.”

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This looks lovely right and it is..and this vista has stayed the same minus wall color.

But Mike and Vanessa wanted to do the behind the scenes restoration correctly and they new from inspections that much of the wiring and plumbing and rotting wood needed to be addressed before they could move in and eventually start adding to their family.  So they bit the bullet and with a local contractor decided to go to the studs and deal with all of those lighting and plumbing issues and a massive BEE ISSUE….thousands of bees in the walls had to be removed! Apparently this a major ordeal.  Who could blame the bees, I wouldn’t want to give up living in this great old home either! So new roof, new windows, a large percentage of wood replaced, new electrical and plumbing but much charm maintained like the porch and curves and steps and of course the floors inside. The house has been blue for many years but is now white after much discussion between the couple and I..we may do a blue door as a homage to the past color.


{And now nearing completion, slated for January 2016!}

Despite all of the updates little of the actual footprint of the house was changed, except the kitchen! Vanessa and Mike own Ooh La La Dessert Boutiques in Houston so the kitchen is a big priority for their family.  The kitchen will have a Le Cornue range and the once tiny kitchen had to be opened up into dining room to accomadate their ideas for an island and plenty of workspace and new gas range!  They maintained the integrity of the front (not huge) rooms, opening one wall up just a bit. This is a sneak peek of our plan for the kitchen. Classic white cabinets and wood floors, subway tile and marble are so fitting for this time period and the bakery lights are so Vanessa, as are the touches of lucite and french cooking nods. The Rifle wallpaper will be in the powder room off of the kitchen in the laundry! I think its a perfect mix of traditional but young too!


The truth is old houses aren’t for everyone, they are an investment and can be stressful to maintain, they have quirks like crazy stairs and small closets and little walls and doors that need to be creatively moved or accept but for those who love the charm, it is definitely worthwhile!


We are looking for a more age appropriate front door like the inspiration below to replace the 1970s one there currently.  Though who doesn’t love a screened door!?


So there you go…the journey of an old house back to its glory to protect and shelter yet another family.  It’s amazing to think how these homes survive hurricanes and wars and droves of honey bees but they do and I am so honored to be a part of this one!  Thank you Mike and Vanessa for asking me along this fun ride!


[Left to right, the home down to its studs, upper middle shows the master bath which faces the front of the house, the cute couple themselves, then Vanessa and I at the recent opening of True Blue Home and finally, the day of the major honey bee removal!]

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