New Orleans faves

I have started a new house in south Louisiana.   New construction but with a old Acadiana feel and look so we spent this past Monday looking for materials and inspiration and getting some basics decided…lucky me the new house is in the same town where this sweet client lives so Drew and I got to stay with her family. There is so much hospitality down there it is easy to combine family and work! You gotta love that!

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It was a treat being back in this house, still one of my fave projects ever.   Ahhh, having coffee here, what a treat. Thank you Guidrys for your hospitality as usual!

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Rachel’s friend Marla is my new client and we have so much fun!  We met with her architect and then headed to New Orleans to check out doors at THE BANK.  Many of you have probably heard of this place.  It’s an amazing resource for cypress doors and more.

This is my kind of stripping! lol!

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Just look at this place! That is Marla and I in the middle, hot because of the humidity but happy!

thebankwithmarla.jpgWe found all sort of inspiration for Marla’s new house and Drew had fun at the aquarium while we shopped! This is the night before after we arrived…he is at that age where every photo is the peace sign or something crazy;;;

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And he also discovered he loves BEIGNETS..he talked about them the entire way home!

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We also went to Bevolo Lighting and I will post some of those phone pics (that is all I post any more it seems;) later in the week! Thank you Guidry family and Marla for being good to this Texas girl and her boy and sending us home with a big stuffed dolphin for little bro! And thank you to Aunt Kim and Nana for hosting Henry while we were away!

Texas Beauty

Here to share some authentic Texas beauty with you  . . . at least I think its beautiful.

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Kind of a beautiful mess kind of a thing which I love.  Authentic, time worn, a little sad maybe, neglected, but still beautiful in its own way. Kind of the way I believe God and those closest to us see us when we aren’t at our best.  When we have renovations going on, Still lovely.

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My clients that bought this little gem in a small nearby town (much like the one where I was raised) are native Texans but work abroad.  They visit a few times a year and this 700 sq foot little house is going to be remodeled for them so they have a place to stay when visiting their hometown. I love their vision and desire to update and restore this little house.

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This house has been neglected. But in its decaying state I was startled by its haunting beauty. This house is like people and hearts.  We are rotting and decaying but God and those He places in our lives to stand beside us see beauty.  I don’t want to overstate or over spiritualize but I think its such a picture of our state and God’s love for us when I see something like this.  It was honestly a blessing and treat to see this mess of an old house.

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Rotting, decaying but beautiful.  Just like me.  I need so much “work” inside and out, I need “restoring” daily in fact, I am such an “Ongoing project” and “renovation” but God and the people who love me don’t give up. It’s really a miracle. In fact, it is a miracle.  An Easter miracle of love and beauty and learning that being perfect isn’t required.  God see us they way we are, where we are.  He sees beauty and loves us even when others only see an impossible fixer upper. Something that should be gutted or bulldozed.  Like this old shed.  It’s sitting on the ground just rotting.  But my client want to salvage it, want to repurpose it, make something out of it not just throw it away.  I love their thinking and how its consistent of the bigger picture of the main things in life.  Concepts like “don’t just tear down everything” and “look beyond the surface”… sure sometimes the pruning has to be painful and deep and yes some gutting and rewiring will take place.  But the soul and the strong boards and fiber of this how are salvageable and so are you and I!

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But things have to be updated in order for them to live there…it can’t just stay this way huh?  I mean Anthropologie might love to use for a catalog shoot but reality is this house is decaying and it needs some updates.  It can’t stay stagnant, it must change or it will be too far gone to be of use anymore.  So I am excited to be a part as they go down to bare walls and shore up foundation and rewire and plumb and make this place able to be home again.

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Just wanted to share..during Texas Antique Week (or “Round Top” as I call it) there is a lot bling and so called “beauty” and grunge hanging around which is totally fine and cool and dandy but I am glad I got to see this fading beauty last week to remind me of the authenticity and rawness of life. Not contrived or trying to hard just authentic.

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