Holiday Update Part II-

So I posted here back in SEPTEMBER about a venture in downtown Brenham, Texas, and some exciting changes.  And then I went crickets on you.  Well I am back to share more on this amazing space.  I think I have been in such shock that this actually is happening, maybe not believing the good thing after 5 years of so much hard stuff, but it IS truly happening and it is a direct answer to prayer. And I am ready to share and tell you more.  It’s just a building in some ways but it represents so much more #community #buildinghomes #beinghome #lesstraffic and did I say #community yes I did! Both community on the macro and micro levels.  So yes when you are an Enneagram 4 and overthink and over feel every.single.thing.  getting a blog post up can be a challenge.  But I have to share. And it may not be so concise so buckle up!

First off, I have loved this building forever.  Before I even lived in this specific town.  It was once a beautiful home store named Beadboard Upcountry, some of you may remember.  It was so pretty!  Well I have had my eye on it for ages, especially after my friend Katie and Ken Burch of PlanNorth Architecture leased it for their office and then outgrew and moved two doors down!  As soon as it was vacant I was thinking of ways to use it and wondering if it could be a possible Cowork space like I had seen in Laurel Mississippi. The Shop in Laurel is so inspiring and I could see the same thing working in Brenham. So I made a proposal and pitched it to all of my favorite artsy creative friends.  But the timing was not right.  

That was in the spring, in the fall I began visiting with Brandt & John at Willmark Homes in Bellville (neighboring town) about working together on some of their custom home projects.   We began brainstorming and throwing ideas around about how to collaborate and the concept of this building came up.  And y’all it just happened.  They took a chance, I am taking a chance (hello I want to hide from the internet see previous post) and WE ARE HERE on the corner of S. Baylor and Main Streets ON THE SQUARE in Brenham, Texas!

So not only do I get to work more local and in this beautiful space, I have a new little work community. I have work friends. (that felt vulnerable to type but I hope that makes sense to some of you solo-entrepreneurs out there, I think it will) It is co-working even if not quite what I had envisioned last spring.  We are still growing into the space and our relationship but I have realized… I was lonely y’all.  Like professionally lonely.  I don’t know when the last time was I saw my boo Becki Griffin or our partner in crime Jenny Johnston, and while I get to work with wonderful people like Cindy at True Blue home, Nancy of Calvert Collection, Gracie and Heather at Traditions Windows, I wasn’t getting to see them often enough.  Don’t get me wrong, I still wish I could see them more but we live miles and miles apart. It just wasn’t happening unless I moved to the big city and me and my boys, we are country mice!  Little did I know God was working this out behind the scenes. I know, I should have known but the last five years have been hard. I’ve been solo on every project for the most part and it was isolating and just not working for me.  Don’t get me wrong I know Brandt Wilkie of Willmark may DRIVE. ME. CRAZY. (jk jk Brandt ha ha) but I was going crazy hustlin’ all over 4 counties on my own!  Maybe this is too honest and transparent, but for those of you in small business I just want you to know how some things can begin to work out and look different.  It doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough or working alone isn’t fine.  I just know for me this has been a much needed transition. I will tell you about their right hand Sabrina another day, she deserves her own post!

For now let’s focus on the space and location!

I mean look at these floors and the history!  This was Farmers National Bank originally.   Y’all.  This building is on the National Register.  It was built in the 1870s!

So to say we are inspired is an understatement!  And thank you to the talented Krista Goebel Photography for these shots!

Now let’s talk more about our space and our mission:

  • Willmark and I envision “a space where homeowners and potential clients can see materials and discuss their custom home dreams and details . . .”  We love this space because it has soul and that is goal of our work together to create homes with soul for families that want something unique and yet timeless for their homes.  After all, Home is where we live out our stories right? (I swear I was the first that came up with that idea;;)
  • We will have tile samples, counter samples, paint samples, cabinet samples, fabric and wallpaper (of course if I am involved) and even shiplap samples so we can discuss that issue if needed!
  • We will have select plumbing samples including our favorite faucets and finishes
  • We also have info and samples of less glamorous things like windows and door hardware and hinges and roofing
  • We have amazing natural light in this space so you will be able to truly see what man made quartz stone looks and feels like next to real marble etc
  • We will be showcasing some of our favorite lighting and furniture from True Blue Home and Moss Studios also available locally but it is nice to have some of it in THIS space with all of the house things so you can see how it all works together!
  • Basically we will have #allthethings for creating a home and if not we will get them here asap and get you what you need, because we all want to go to the big city less right??

        It is going to be so great for everyone to see EVERYTHING for their home, all of the materials and finishes, all together and in a cool space with great light! That is our goal!

Your next question may be “will anyone be able to shop and use the space and see samples or just those building homes with Willmark?” The question is we aren’t sure yet.  I can see our assemblage of samples as a great asset to someone just looking to order new drapes or freshen hardware.  My clients certainly will have access to the space but we are still working out the details for “showroom visits” and a small fee for that and how we might structure that kind of option…So the answer is, possibly!  Some of you that have worked with me for years have also asked if these means I am exclusively working with Willmark? I am still Holly Mathis Interiors and have my own independent projects (one VIP in particular I can’t wait to tell you about, really special project RIGHT HERE IN BRENHAM TEXAS) but time is limited and I am not sure how we will grow. So if you want to work with me on a project big or small please let me know asap.  And thank you for understanding if I can’t take on out of state or non-local projects, I will still be accepting e-clients on a rolling basis, at least for now.

So there you have it, a sneak peek about what we have in mind for this space.  We also hope to have some classes on topics such as: planning a new build, building custom, our new Farmhouse Series, and more specific topics monthly.

and better yet you can come SEE OUR SPACE tomorrow evening and all day Saturday and after the Christmas Lights Parade!  Have a Topo Chico with us and see how we are growing into the space and see some sneak peaks to what is right around the corner #farmhouseseries #designstudio


Sit a spell… an update!

Photo by French Blue Photography

I didn’t purpose to take a blog + social media “break” over the summer, but it just sort of happened. The last time I posted was when I was considering a summer class (which did not make) and now planning a fall class! Time flies!  Over summer,  I posted some on Facebook and Instagram but just haven’t been “feeling’ it” and I finally realized that is okay, of course.  My oldest starts back to school today and it feels good and right now that I stepped back and took some break.  Recently the youth from our church took a pilgrimage to the “Holy island” of Iona in Scotland and they spoke Sunday about the rhythms of life and rest they observed.  I keep thinking about that concept.  Not rushing. Pilgrimage. …….not adding more, routine and making some good new habits with work and personal care and time with the ones I love the most.  I know the pendulum swings from #girlboss and “#hustle to #rest and #restore so fast its cliche but there really are some serious nuggets of truth regarding finding boundaries and discipline with being self employed.  After nearly 13 years in business I am ready to finally find a better balance.  

So with that in mind, I purpose this fall to not take on more work that my schedule allows. Which is hard I have to confess to you.  When one is self-employed there is an urgent feeling that you must “work work work” while you can because who knows if the demand will be there later.  Owning your own business can encourage an incredible discipline and trust in God or a frantic lifestyle of over-scheduling, under-delivering and always feeling behind. I confess to feeling a lot of the latter because of fear I would lose work or there “wouldn’t be enough” down the road. Especially since the divorce. A scarcity mentality.  But in reality, if I could slow down and enjoy and throroughly complete the work I have, no doubt the Lord will deliver more clients in His perfect timing. He always has and yet I try to control and don’t trust by taking on too much.  So there will be a wait list for January schedule and beyond…Soon I will have a more detailed inquiry form that you can submit with info about your needs and projects and if I have a cancellation I will contact your or let you know when I begin scheduling for January and Spring.  

I am also starting a newsletter to share some new details and collaborations (coupon codes!), so my loyal readers can be the first to know about some details and info that I may not be ready to share on the world wide web or even Instagram but want to get out to a select group.  If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter do so here or in sidebar.


  • CREATIVE CLASS More info coming soon on the Fall Class with the City of Brenham, the class will be held Friday, Nov 11th with a special event the night before! You don’t want to miss class MARK YOUR CALENDAR! It is going to be HOLIDAY theme but not too kitschy I promise…it will be the perfect hygge HOLIDAY blend to get you just enough in the spirit and will have tips and tricks you can use all year long!
  • SOUTHERN LADY Magazine have you seen the Sept issue on stands NOW?  It features a wonderful article on my work that I am so grateful for and proud of..thank you editor Mona Moore. It includes more photos of the O’Donnell house that I blogged first here and the Bethel home that I blogged about here. New portfolio galleries coming very soon that will show more of each home and give sources for man items in the article.  Thank you O’Donnells and Bethels for sharing your homes
  • ROUND TOP Antique Fair is coming soon check here for more info on scheduling visit here, the show does start even earlier this year!
  • OLD GLORY ANTIQUES I have been working on the Old Glory Antiques project that will also be opening this fall with a special sneak peek during the fall show (Sun Sept 24th, 4-7 and Monday Sept 25, 10-5). Watch Instagram and the new newsletter for details on Old Glory. Also be sure and follow Old Glory on IG and their website. Y’all it is amazing. I will post some construction photos soon. Such a joy to be part of this project.
  • BED + BREAKFAST Need lodging for the show?? Again sign up for the newsletter so you can find out about a special Bed + Breakfast I have been working on that is the perfect spot for during the show…I have three wonderful lodging recommendations you don’t want to miss!
  • CONSULTATIONS Future work/design consultations- Again my schedule is full for this fall while I catch up on current projects and client work but I look forward to hearing from you soon about how we can work together in 2018!  Get on the newsletter so you can be the first to know about openings and new details as they develop!
  • LAUREL, MS!  Last but not least the last real blog post I did was about the Market Beautiful that my mom and I attended in Laurel Mississippi, home of HGTV’s HomeTown, we had a wonderful time and I will be sure and share more about that visit this fall by blog and or newsletter, what a special place and YES Ben & Erin are that cute and even sweeter in person! As is Laurel!

Oh and that photo up top, so much in that one photo.  That is from one of the homes featured in this month’s issue of Southern Lady!.  Very special clients that just had a baby by God’s mercy and grace. Watching their home being remodeled and restored while they waited for this baby was such a blessing and picture of God’s restoration and movement in our lives. Also the dear soul that did my window treatments (and those of Cote de Texas, thank you Joni for sharing Monica with my clients and I)  passed away soon after the draperies in this home were installed.  So much bittersweet.  Dear Monica I dedicate this post to you and your love for beauty and detail and your fiery spirit.  You are missed.

Life is so fleeting y’all.  I pray we will all go live with intention and rhythm and grace, focusing our energy on the things that we love and that NOT those things which we yearn to be free from… I fail at this miserably every day but I hope this new school year and 2018 will be a time of progress and refining, discipline but with rest and noticeable change and new joy!

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