THE NEST Project

I am going to start out the new year telling you about a fun project.  The Nest is a bed and breakfast project I worked on with my friends Jay and Sally White of Brenham, Texas. The Nest is 14X28 (392 sq’)  Each room is 14X14.  The structure is an old motor court that sits next to their charming home and garden in the countryside of Washington County just miles from Round Top!


I got to know the Whites when Sally was my son’s third grade teacher.  She is an amazing teacher and we just fell in love with both of them.  Jay helped me with a tree project at our previous house and my recent boxwood acquisitions at our new old house (blog post forthcoming).  Jay’s day job is at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer center but his passion is organic and heirloom gardening and he and Sally love collecting antiques and vintage. And not just your typical old stuff, they like funky stuff like lucite and weird art and art deco.  To sum it up, they are cool!  Going to their house is happy and fun just like they are…they have chickens, and the color red is everywhere and there are plants and bugs and the boys and I both love it!  So when they asked me to help with polishing up their little bed and breakfast venture I was thrilled to help!  Sally and Jay are so funny..they laugh a lot and are self depricating in the best way.  Jay and I were like two pre-teens at the mall shopping and giggling while working on this project and Sally is such a good sport putting up with our shennagins and excitement.


This is the bedroom area of The Nest… with comfy and colorful bed!  Jay bought yards of this Ikea fabric a while back and we used  it on drapes and bedskirt. You know I had to throw in a red tolix chair (actually Jay painted it and Sally’s childhood desk). Jay did the art of their daughters… I love the style!  And the old letters and letterpress print . . . . I love that Jay and Sally let me do so many little funk gallery walls.


I love the color in this room and that big fish!


So many fun vintage toys and books..they had so much to work with and style.


Check out the cool lighting and this mid century dining set! Yes those are my fave bamboo tortious shades from you can find them here.


To find out more about booking The Nest visit here and to find out more about Jay’s work and garden blog visit here.

Photos by the talented Natalie Lacy Lange.  Natalie blog at The Shady Acre.

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) 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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