True Blue Home *update*

Things are moving fast and exciting on the new store…our opening is planned for Sept 27th (more details to follow)! The historic building is in downtown Chappell Hill, Texas…near Brenham.  Chappell Hill is right off (and I do mean directly) off Hwy 290, the highway that connects Houston and Austin! So this is a major route for many Texans and this tiny town is such a hidden gem.  This area is known as the Birthplace of Texas and is so rich in history. In fact when I first moved to this area 18 years ago as a newlywed we lived in this tiny town and I worked at the nearby state park and museum just a short drive down the road. SO when people ask “why a store in Chappell is so tiny?”  Well the answer is simple…Chappell Hill, Texas is special!

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For the past few months the owner of the building has been transforming the space and it is finally coming together! New solid glass windows,white trim and blue doors coming below . . . I can’t wait to see our logos and branding on the glass!


Inside the original breadboard ceilings have been sanded and conduit for the new lighting added, love those old ceilings.


We added a shiplap wall with barn doors near the back for a small storage space.


The owners handpicked the old cypress doors from a special place in Louisiana…we may be “importing” other salvaged pieces from our Louisiana source so stay tuned on that…


And probably our favorite feature….the brick wall..oh how we love that wall. The opposite wall we clad in shiplap and it is painted white..that wall was an old rock and we felt like it needed covering for stability..the shiplap also gives us a place to display and nail into without damaging the integrity of the building.


And now, with floors refinished, shiplap painted and ceilings painted fresh! I love that they left the duct work exposed and conduit showing. I can’t wait to see all of our product that has been in storage in this gorgeous space..I mean what a backdrop.  I cant wait for the store counter to be in stalled and the lighting.

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We will have six large brass pendants in the main space as well additional lighting.  IN FACT, the big new is that . . .

                We are officially going to be a Visual Comfort lighting stockist! Chandeliers, pendants, lamps and more!


We will have an assortment of their amazing product including lamps, chandeliers, pendants and sconces and we will also be able to special order.  I have worked with Visual Comfort a long time and its so exciting that customers and clients  will be able to see it locally without having to drive into Houston…the finishes are so amazing it will be a treat for everyone to see this lighting in person! So keep checking the website here for more details and join the mailing list so you don’t miss any info about the opening and previews!

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Outdoor furniture faves

Well the children and I have moved out of the “new old house” and it has been exhausting but good. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please keep lifting up my boys, especially my oldest.  Change is hard for a first born! But for now let’s talk something fun!

Our new home has a HUGE deck that is uncovered and a large front porch so like many of you do this time of year, I have been scouring the Outdoor furniture tab on many online sites comparing and contrasting the offerings.  And they are vast aren’t they?  And often expensive.  These are some of my faves!  Even the budget alternatives can really add up when you need 6-8 chairs etc but look what I found at Overstock and World Market!

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I just love the woven french bistro chairs.  I have sourced them to several wholesalers and craftsmen and the wholesale resources on these chairs will blow your mind with the choices and color offerings, and price.  They are not cheap but if you want the real deal look at TK Collections and others.  Or Serena and Lily has a great option in this look…but my budget is more overstock at the moment and these gray and red ones pictured above are Safaviah on overstock or wayfair.  I have heard people say they are finding these chairs at TJMAXX and Marshalls too…its a hot trend but a french classic. I love the bistro chairs paired with the red picnic table from World Market…it has matching benches and folds down for storage…no assembly either! holla! (yep i just said holla)..I have white adirondacks I need to sand and repaint. Nothing more outdoor classic and American than an adirondack them in mass and in all colors. And I am loving my favorite Les Indiennes print (elise) with this look though they are not outdoor pillows, I do have some that have been “loved a lot” that might work outside some or some cushions out of Ikea’s gray buffalo check.  Speaking of IKEA, this ad cracks me up.  Maybe its just my current situation but this ad makes me laugh.

Why yes IKEA, life is about impromptu gatherings where I just happen to have made scalloped table runners out of your black buffalo check and cut strips of fabric into a canopy! What is funny is I do have a scalloped white pleather tablecloth for an IKEA docksta table that Laura at LS Slips made for me..but it wasn’t impromptu lol!

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Kidding aside I do love that Sundero table shown above..its so cute with the little benches and the ENTIRE SET all together of course, which adds up to over $700..the chairs have a cute adirondack craftsmen look. And the grayish tone is nice. I just want IKEA outdoor furniture to be less than $700 you know.  But that is a lot of pieces for the price.

More loves from World Market, IKEA and Stars Over Texas!

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I also like the Sundero coupled with the gray outdoor wicker chair from World Market.  The little bistro set above from IKEA is VERY affordable and cute! Just a classic bistro look.  Coupled with a flag holder from Jimmy Don and you are ready for impromptu gatherings;;  Seriously, the pipe and wood outdoor table and bench top left (the KAIRI table) above is from World Market is very reasonable for what you get ..and they will have an outdoor sale soon I think if they don’t run out;;

A few more IKEA faves that would also work indoors.  These top chairs are so chic! And the white wicker below is much cuter in person.  The red bistro table needs no comment its just cute cute cute.

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So there you go?  Where have you found some good outdoor pieces? Have you used any of the above and have any reviews on how they have held up?  Enjoy this gorgeous spring weather and “impromptu gatherings!”;;

Oh and IKEA and World Market did not sponsor this post;

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