Guest post-Simple + lovely dinner

I have a guest post today and it is so timely because I am preparing for the upcoming Creative Class event with the city of Brenham.  So, I am in the trenches of how much work these pretty events really are and seeing these photos reminds me it is all worth it to create these moments with people you care about whether colleagues or clients, friends or family. 

Haylei and I are started talking about this guest post during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey during a time when I was really struggling with the importance of what we all do in these creative/fluffy areas of work and life.  Haylei lives in south Louisiana and she could totally identify with the feelings I was having and during our emails I felt like the Lord (I know some of you are laughing but seriously) was reminding of that well-know verse in Ecclesiastes about how “there is a time for everything.”  It is so easy to doubt our purpose in the creative world, at least it is for me but it is really absurd considering I am a Christian. As a believer I should understand and remember my Creator, and Savior are creative and beauty makers and it is crazy for me to ever doubt how important that is to life on this broken earth.  Storms rage, marriages end, loved ones get sick and life her can be hard.  So when we get a chance to create a little respite from the world and be with our friends and the women that encourage and support us, we should savor it like Haylei and her friends did in this story below.  Create beauty and then enjoy it.  There truly is a time for everything.

Thank you Haylei for sharing your talents and perspective.  You are wise beyond your years.

Through the wedding industry in Lafayette, Louisiana, these ladies were brought together.  Mia, Sophie and Amelia run Root Floral Design, Catherine is a wedding photographer for Catherine Guidry Photography, Lindsey photographs families for Lindsey Rogers Photography, Ashley supplies wedding rentals for Pure Vintage Rentals, and Haylei Smith (behind the camera) focuses on business branding. They support and promote each other, but more than that they are friends.

Community is such an important thing is often overlooked. We forget that we are so much stronger together than on our own. It would be easy to spend all our time working, running, and going. But it’s a must to carve out time for ladies night- even though pajamas and cereal sound tempting. Bohemian backyard dinners are the perfect way to do that. Just kick your shoes off, grab a throw pillow and call the gals.

No need to be fancy- grab dinner to go and use what you have. So when they got together for this ladies-night-out, they each brought something to the table. Like every friendship, when each person contributes a little bit, a nice dinner like this one can unfold easily!

To make things easy on these lady-preneurs, take out poboys from Lafayette’s local eatery, Pop’s Poboys, was the perfect pairing with another local staple- Zapps potato chips.

Rosemary and mint from Amelia’s garden were added in with the fruit infused water, and Ashley brought her famed gluten free strawberry donuts.

Add some mixed fruit salad and Lindsey’s cocktails and you have a feast for queens.

                Community is such an important thing is often overlooked. We forget that we are so much stronger together than on our own.

Photography- Haylei Smith
Florals- Root Floral Design
Decor- Pure Vintage Rentals
Food- Pop’s Poboys

Holiday at HOME class

I have been working with Downtown Brenham on such a fun project and I am so excited to finally share about this collaboration in our special town. Scheduled for this fall (Nov 10 & 11) at the Barnhill Center in Downtown Brenham, registration for the Holiday at Home class is finally here! You can register by going to the city’s website, you will not register via my website as we have done in the past.

The class will include decorating talk with tips and tricks led by me/yours truly/Holly Mathis Interiors, AS WELL AS the fab Keith Taylor from Arkansas and Southern Living magazine fame, and Brenham’s own Jennifer Hermann of Hermann Furniture!  

That’s right Keith has been featured in Southern Living for his amazing natural holiday decorations made with fresh magnolia and greens and he is going to demonstrate and tell us all of his secrets. . . from the simple like the above, to the move complex like below!

{Keith’s beautiful images by Lauren W. Glenn}

…can you even believe this magnolia creation! Don’t worry we don’t have to do anything as complicated as above.  He will have lots of simple ideas too and Keith is so kind and fun I can’t wait for us all to hang out together and talk about how to make the holidays beautiful but cozy!  

Speaking of holidays and cozy, we are going to start THE NIGHT BEFORE our class  with a fun and favorite movie to get us in the spirit of the season!

Can anyone guess this iconic Nancy Meyer movie that we all love for the interiors and more?

YES indeed,  THE HOLIDAY with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and JUDE LAW! I love this movie!

And we are going to watch it on the big screen in downtown Brenham’s historic and newly restored SIMON THEATRE at the Barnhill Center.  We will have special treats that night catered by Royers Pie Haven.  Tara the Pie Queen will also be providing the breakfast nibbles and lunch for our class the next day! After the movie on Friday night, I will talk and lead a discussion on some of our favorite influences and decor shown in the movie! Then we will regroup the next morning for the class and magnolia demonstration and round out the day with a market report from Jennifer Hermann and shopping downtown at the oldest furniture store in Texas!  You don’t want to miss this fun weekend.  

I will be sharing more details in the days to come and keep checking the city’s Downtown page, they are about to launch a new website and there is a link to lodging information on the class registration page!

FOR NOW YOU CAN LOOK AT PRICING AND READ MORE DETAILS and REGISTER HERE!

 

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