Fall Creative Class & Gratefulness

Well our last class of the year has come and gone and it was so much fun.  We tackled a huge topic… DECORATING + BUSINESS….wow that is broad topic there Ms Holly Mathis what were you thinking??  Well it was a broad topic, yes for sure but I hope we can do a follow-up class possible and keep our message boards hopping building a “community” (sorry I had to use that word) for these discussions, they are so important! And it was a great day with a lot of good information and connections….Just when I think classes might be too much to juggle with decorating the Holy Spirit really shows up (I feel a little dramatic saying that but its true I think) and I realize  “this is good this is really good…let’s keep doing this!”

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I am just thankful people want to come and are so open to share…it has been an amazing experience to do this open studio and class experiment.

As usual we started in the studio with mimosas and introductions and our first teaching time! And beautiful place cards by Dionne from Nib & Pixel!

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We did not get a group photo this time (that is what happens with Natalie Dawley or Natalie Lacy Lange don’t make it;;; missed y’all) but I loved meeting Bethany from The House of Figs and she did a wonderful post on our day on her blog..thank you Bethany, you are a total doll!

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We had a large class, over 20 people and so diverse, love that, including a precious couple from Tennessee!

For lunch we headed to my home for a box lunch on the porch..the weather was perfect..so grateful for that miracle too!  Flowers by Maggie at Bramble in Bee and food by Royers Round Top Cafe..yummy!

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I love these fun little cans that Maggie found for some of our workshop table..they are small enough it left room to work but a punch of color…and she loaned me all of her extra fall pumpkins so I finally got to play with having a pumpking explosion…she even  had a few with lettering from @calligraphycult …. so fun!

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Everyone got a notebook full of info and room to for more research and notes..our plan is to keep in touch and tackle and research more topics together over next few months!  Everyone also received a Miss Mustard Seed sample pack of paint, a Royers Cutie pie and Stoney Peak Candle!  All of my fave things right now!

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More pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

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Hunter helping with clean up later that day..he can pick up some pretty large pumpkins in his mouth!

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I just had to get one more #fall #grateful #thanksgiving post in before Christmas cranks up…I am grateful for so much…my clients and the opportunity to do this work, my Saviour and Creator that makes it all possible and sees me on the good days and bad..the last couple of years have been such a roller coaster journey not all instagramable pictures of success for sure..but at the end of the day there is much to be grateful for… THANKS BE TO GOD!

Watch Instagram and the blog for info on more classes possibly in 2017…I know I am definitely at least doing one in late January 2017 in the Pacific Northwest and more in Texas possibly later in the spring…let me know what topics you are interested in such as . . .

**more creative business related topics, general decorating classes, new builds/choosing surfaces or something else??

 I am praying for more balance and margin and present time with my kids in 2017…trying to find the sweet spot between classes, the studio and pop up shop and residential work.  The Pop Up will close after Christmas (open Saturdays in December) and only reopen for special shows possibly in the future or online, not totally certain.  Same with classes, may offer some online or quarterly?  Its all successful but only one Holly so I am praying for wisdom and ways to edit and balance to give the best to my kids, myself, my clients and the Lord and be the best version of Me that He made me to be..not an Instagram or curated version..just HIS VERSION..SO Jesus, THY WILL BE DONE!

And God bless YOU as you look toward ADVENT and new beginnings as well  and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Nov 19th Creative Class

Calling all Creatives, Decorators and Dreamers! This next class is for you!


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The next Creative Class will be held Saturday, November 16th from 10 am-4 pm., in my studio space in downtown Brenham, Texas. I plan to share my journey  into the decorating business with tips and advice on how to start and expand your business, work with clients and navigate challenges and pitfalls of balancing home and business.

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I AM NOT AN EXPERT on starting a small business or running a small business or even SMALL DECORATING BUSINESS.  I am an expert on my experience.  And I am willing to share what has worked, and NOT worked, for me on this 12 year journey!  This is a general class so I will not be giving technical advice on blogging or SEO or quickbooks! I will not have an answer for every question but I will have resources and tips and tricks to discuss and advice from my perspective. I plan to share my experiences and thoughts on the following topics:

  • GETTING STARTED: Education, Training and Business permits
  • TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG? Starting a website and how to navigate social media
  • BUILDING A PORTFOLIO. Using iphone pics or professional?
  • HOW TO CHARGE? What to do when friends only have a few questions? Hourly versus flat
  • BOOKKEEPING WAR STORIES: Quickbooks, Freshbooks, shoe boxes and more
  • CONTRACTS: Necessary?
  • PROJECT ORGANIZATION: Web-based versus notebooks etc
  • BUYING TO THE TRADE: Extending discounts and getting samples
  • AMBITION versus AUTHENTICITY Being published is great but not everything!

and more!

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I can’t wait to share this space with you! It inspires me every time I step through the door.

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We will spend the morning in the Studio then carpool the 2 minute drive to my home for lunch!

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So lunch here and then head back to the Studio for more learning and discussion!

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The November date will hopefully mean nice weather on the porch, if not we will crowd in my kitchen!

I can’t wait to reset this scene this time with fall pumpkins!

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The menu will be a repeat of below along with pie of course!

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Tara of Royers Pie Haven will be catering and Nib & Pixel and Bramble and Bee will also be helping with the event.  So thankful for these women! A tribe is so important to this journey and we will discuss that as well…The importance of building one another up!

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Praying for gorgeous weather so I can wear a scarf and we can enjoy begin outside!

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At lunch you will have time to visit with other creatives in the same boat as you…friendly faces that are also toying with the idea of putting their dreams out there finally, many already have and they will be a great resource as well.

I also hope to start a private Facebook group to follow our class so you can continue to share and support one another and hear from me ..more info on that at the class!


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Hope to see you Nov 19th~

Holly Mathis Interiors * 220 EAST MAIN * Brenham TEXAS 77833

There are only a few spaces left so go here to register asap so we have time to hand letter your name!!!! The cost of this class is $289

Thank you for Natalie Lacy Lange for these wonderful images from our first class!

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