The Decor Detective

One of my new year’s resolutions has been to blog more..so finally (mid Feb) I MAY (no promises) be getting revved up.  One of the priorities and goals in this plan to blog more is to highlight creatives and friends I admire and want to recommend and tell you all about.  First on that list is my dear friend and former client Nancy of The Decor Detective.

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She is from Savannah and loves blue and white so of course we immediately bonded! Nancy was one of my first clients YEARS ago!

I will be honest sometimes it stings (or it used to before divorce, doesn’t really both me anymore, hello #perspective) or is a tad awkward when a former client or someone I consulted with goes on to do their own design or styling business.  But never the case with Nancy.  And truthfully I am super busy anyway and there is room for ALL OF US in this big sea of making the world beautiful one little home at a time.  SO instead of competing let’s choose to encourage the ones we respect and admire and look forward to watching GROWTH and success! There is room for everyone and we all have our unique talents and niches!

So back to Nancy, I mean look at this bathroom she just did…so fun!

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The before and after is insane! Did I mention that Nancy was a Chemist (yes a chemist) in her former life before kids so of course she is great at the details!

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I love the Albert Hadley-esque wallpaper…she shares the sources on her blog.

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Bathroom photos by Haley Ottmann Photography 

Did I mention she has three boys…she understands how a real family lives and how hard we can be on our homes. I love these silhouettes below…Nancy loves color! So interesting to me, she has such a sweet and kind and meek personality but she loves bold color and just ask her about DARING GREATLY!  She has inspired me so much the past few years! She may seem quiet and calm and meek but she is a strong woman and mama and now stylist!

GO NANCY GO!

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If you live in the Houston area of Bellaire or West Univesity, Nancy can help you find the perfect faucet or mirror or fabric.  She is so good at her detective work she often helps ME source stuff or go to stores “in town” if I don’t have time because she will be “on it” and sniff it out like a pro!  On top of that talent she is maybe the kindest person EVER. I am serious.  Like I said, she has three boys and I love talking to her about parenting too.  She just has a heart of GOLD and a great eye and heart! She is just starting out but I know she can handle your project and if she is unsure or you are unsure I am happy to collaborate with y’all on a project…I believe in her character and abilities that much1

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The truth is I live in Brenham now, further from Houston than ever and I can take less and less jobs inside the loop so I am thrilled to tell you about Nancy. And look at all of her cute packages she offers more here…I love the names and descriptions!  Brilliant Nancy!

Real Life House-Brenham Edition

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Another installment of REAL HOMES coming to you from Brenham, Texas.  Brenham is the home of BLUE BELL ICE CREAM and is a charming little town….all of WASHINGTON COUNTY, TEXAS is beautiful and full of history and charm so this is an idea place for real house living.

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My friends Aubrey & Mitchell Davis recently remodeled this “real home” near Brenham, Texas, where all live!  Brenham is a great place to live and raise a family and they knew this fixer upper could be perfect for the right family.  Aubrey is a budding real estate agent and Mitchell is a contractor in the area!  Can you believe the befores of this property?  And when I say PROPERTY that really is the strength of this project (along with the people involved)!

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This house is located on a lovely rural road out from the town of Brenham with nice trees and a bit of land.  That made this venture make a little more sense but I have to admit, when I first walked in the BEFORE space I thought they might be a little nuts and definitely had a hard road ahead.

This collage shows more BEFORES, check that one in the MIDDLE! YIKES!

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But Mitchell forged ahead with construction and Aubrey chose the finishes, and colors and THEY DID IT, they pulled this one off.  I am so impressed with the job y’all did on this guys!  Y’all are hardworking and have great style.

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Aubrey and Mitchell are hardworking and persevered… that is what it takes to remodel and “flip”!


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They kept the beams but darkened them and painted the new sheetrock one of my favorite colors, SW Worldy Gray!

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Aubrey found the perfect entry lantern at a good value! And the kept the charming front door….

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look at the view out of the front windows!

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 They added a master bathroom and a powder closet under the stairs!

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And a little during  . . .

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They used some of the old boards from the porch and planed and cleaned them for open shelving in the kitchen…and then they REBUILT the original porch!

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And AFTER again

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Now on to their best project yet…a NEW BABY..the Davis family is due ANY DAY! If you can flip a house, parenting will be a breeze…NOT!  The intensity can actually be very similar at times but I know y’all will be great parents and I can’t wait to see more homes and projects in your future!

Mitchell is accepting new project so if you want to reach give him a ring at 979.251.4872 or email him at mitchell.davis@millcreekmgmt.com

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