Southern Living House then and now

Our dear friends Patty and Paul Brown are selling their beautiful home in La Grange, Texas. La Grange is the county seat of Fayette County and has such a cute Square and downtown area. It’s about 30 minutes on the other side of Round Top opposite the direction where we live in Brenham. It is near a historic brewery and just such a pretty area. Every time I go to Patty’s I am amazed at the landscape, sunsets, and her trees. But what really amazes me is the attention to detail Patty went to in building this house and following inspiration from an official Southern Living Idea House. We all love a good house tour and especially a Southern Living Idea house!

Original inspiration…that is Patty & Pauls home inspiration in the middle! Wow remember when special magazine “books” were only $3.95 my how that has changed!
Paul and Patty visited this house in Austin in 1999 and fell in love!

And what amazes me is how all of it has stood the test of time. Classic choices remain classic! (Except the computer) The beautiful stone and fireplaces still resonate. And the Viking range is still going strong 20 years later.

Patty says she must cook with fire!

SW Peppercorn island BM Bruton White cabinets
That Viking hood! And notice how the Peppercorn island color changes color in different light!

Patty asked me to help her freshen the house recently and all we did was edit some of her accessories, paint and update kitchen tile. Her gorgeous original Viking range of course still looks amazing. The rock accents still read Texas Hill Country at its best. These exterior views never get old either. The island color reminds me of their great Texas sky views! Day and night!

The original paint colors through the home were SW Bleeker Beige, Manchester Tan and a lot of Navajo White. We chose SW Westhighland White to freshen up the walls and most spaces but kept with a bone beige color for the cabinets. I love the Benjamin Moore Colonial Williamsburg colors they never disappoint! It give that English manor house kitchen look but is still fresh and not gold and works well with the quartz marble look countertops.

The island was just painted SW Peppercorn.
Walker Zanger Cafe tile in the Milk color, that tile is one of my favorites and looks great with the new marble-look quartz.
These gorgeous dogs stand guard out front, they are from the Round Top show!
Stone in the kitchen..looks great with the BM Bruton White cabinets and the Cafe black fridge!
The Mary Gregory painting depicts the BACK of the home. The back is truly as beautiful as the front.
The stone pathways make me swoon.
View out the back to the lake, antique light!
All of the stone inside and out just flows so well.
Recognize this view of the house from the painting over mantle?
More Walker Zanger Tuilleries tile and fresh paint. The original doorknobs are lovely no need to update!
Wine room recently got an update in SW Urbane Bronze as well but floor is original!
Another gorgeous Mary Gregory painting in the family room and original stone fireplace.
More Beautiful trees outside out EVERY window!

For more info about the house contact Lilla Blackburn at Round Top Real Estate. Click over to the listing to see more photos including the gorgeous pool. I am excited to see who buys this home. It’s a treasure just like Patty and Paul! Don’t move too far away from us!

True Blue Home~ A New Chapter

True Blue Home, the brick and mortar store I helped develop in 2015 with the Taylor family, is closing in Chappell Hill, Texas. You have probably already heard on social media but for those of you not on instagram or facebook, I wanted you to be sure and know about the new season for this wonderful store and family.

Yes, the physical doors are closing for now. BUT the online presence of TBH will remain and be growing so keep watch. I know Cindy plans to expand monogramming and still offer some of the customer faves, including this monogrammed pillow below. We have discussed collaborating on in depth and hopefully we will be able to offer it online soon. Other items are planned for the online store as well.

TBH evolved from the first building into the bistro space and this is just another step in that odyssey. Jane Gianarelli  first and later sketches of the storefronts and Meg from Belle & Union’s branding for the shop will always make my heart flutter…so many talented people worked on, loved and nurtured this business and mission! Thank you to the photographers, seamstresses, stylists, best shop girls  and craftsman that worked on this dream.  I was honored to be a small part, especially in that grueling but sweet time in the beginning of this dream!

That spot and tese drapes!

I am sad but also excited for the Taylor family as they enter this new season.  Brian and Cindy’s youngest daughter is the same age as my oldest Drew and they are in high school!  Time is precious and goes oh so fast.  Cindy loves being a shopkeeper but life is layered and full and I admire the way she has come to this decision.  Read her facebook post here for more.

I hear lots of people saying “brick and mortar” is dead and “its just so hard” and it is not easy BUT I DO think it is still possible and I think TBH is a great example along with what Ben and Erin Napier are doing in Laurel, Mississippi and Ballad of the Bird Dog in our own county!  Yes brick and mortar is tricky but it is not fading into the past completely!

So if your dream is to be Meg Ryan with a bookshop don’t give up. All is not lost.  ES we all love to shop on Amazon and Nordstrom on a Sunday morning in cozy socks or at 2 am BUT there is still a need for connection and community too in local shops. 

God bless you to the Taylor family and True Blue Home.  Don’t miss the big sale going on…Today would be a great day to drive out to the country and visit! They will be open Tue-Sat ~10-5 pm for the sale until further notice.

And thank you TBH family for letting me a part of this journey.  And keep shopping local when you can y’all!

#shoplocal #truebluehome


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