Sealy house update

The homeowners have finally moved into this amazing old home that I blogged about here . . .  I am looking forward to sharing more complete images but for now a few sneak peeks starting with this downstairs powder room!

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This powder is just right off the kitchen which has turned out so pretty!

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This was our inspiration board for the kitchen . . . the Visual Comfort bakery lights and glass (not lucite) hardware are a nod to the Victorian Era . . .

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The range oh the range! The homeowners own several bakeries in Houston so this range oven will get put to good use!

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Plus its just pretty. . . along with polished marble counters and an entire wall of subway to add interest and utility in a tight space!

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In the entry, the stairs got fresh needlepoint look animal carpet from Stark! Keeps the house from being too stuff or old for his young couple. Turned out so fun and classy!

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In fact, floors in this home were one of the best part of the projects..original wood floors where possible and buffalo check “tile” in the laundry and hex in baths…lots of hex..very true to the age of the home.

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Don’t be afraid to mix floors as long as colors are similar it adds to the charm of the house and is a nod the fact that laundry and kitchen areas in old home were often added on and “evolved”;

Love this shot of the back door.  The homeowners added a new porch along back of the house that mirrors the original wraparound porch on front!

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This tile is simply from Daltile but adds so much to the laundry room along with the Henry light.

This was the exterior mid way through remodel.

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A few more snaps of homeowners Mike and Vanessa and the longggg process.  I think they will agree it has been worth the wait and the construction company did an amazing job!
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I can’t wait to show more.  It has been such an honor to work on this  home. The homeowners are great people and it has been a joy!

All lighting was purchased via True Blue Home .

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HGTV Home Town !!!!!!

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HOME. and TOWN. My favorite things.  So have you heard about HGTV’s new show HOME TOWN that will premiere this Sunday…it features Erin and Ben Napier of Laurel, Mississippi, they have become good friends with Magnolia/Fixer Upper and  my brother Jimmy Don and I have enjoyed learning more about them too! (You were right Peggy Kriel they are awesome) A lovelier couple does not exist. And I can. not. wait. to see their show.  I don’t even watch tv y’all (sorry JD i have caught some of your appearances i promise) but I am excited about this because its about roots, preservation, a small Southern town and old houses!  Oh and they make great things..Erin does letterpress and Ben is a craftsman..they are just so talented and cute and well awesome and I honestly don’t use that word lightly.  IN short I am impressed with their talent, character, and what they are doing, the total package.  She taught my brother to use the word letterpress y’all..she has brought our family together!  ha  Find out all about them here and see some behind the scenes in their town and set your DVR!!!!

And speaking of home and Waco, Magnolia and Jimmy Don… , the boys and Nana and I travelled up to Wacotown last weekend. I wanted my mom to get to see my brother’s wall of work in Magnolia.

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{Some of my fave things in Waco, this new shop THE FINDERY just near the Silos, I love the building at the Silos they have slotted for A BAKERY, Common Ground near campus of course, the Dr Pepper Museum, Baylor’s Mayborn Museum where my kids want to go EVERY TRIP and more}

And y’all, it was CROWDED and busy..not just inside the Magnolia shop but all around that area..people walking. A bustle. There hasn’t been much bustle around downtown Waco (except to scramble into a Ninfa’s parking spot) in a long time. It felt bright and safe and engaging. And the campus looks amazing. I admire the Gaines and others for all they are doing and pray it continues in all areas…truly exciting! After looking around old Wacotown we ventured to the old home place.  Literally.  My brother  recently acquired back part of our great grandparents original farm out in Crawford which is a short drive from Waco and the little town where we grew up and went to school in Valley Mills.  The land is literally minutes from where we went to church (which was the building were our Papa Ed went to school when he was little!)

Below my great grandparents Holmes’ windmill by JD’s new house, the boys exploring near a cave and in the river AND DID YOU KNOW, JD has silos by his shop too! Lol I couldn’t resist. I loved going to Crawford when I was a kid..just the road between our town ten minutes away and Crawford felt “happy” because it was the road to my Granny and Papa Ed, I loved going in the old grocery store Amsler’s there with her and looking in the window at the domino hall for my grandpa…little girls aren’t supposed to actually go inside domino halls you know that right?! I can hear the shuffle now! So special even President Bush has a place there!;;

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I love seeing my boys roam around where their great grandpa did when he was a boy on the Middle Bosque River! I can’t wait to see all that Jimmy Don does cleaning up and preserving this place and its history!

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{Drew and Henry on Uncle JD’s mule ready to find some dirt!}

Below them exploring around an old cave near the Middle Bosque. My attempt at Wacoan Mr Gildersleeve’s photo style..anyone know about him?? He was a hometown wonder in Waco once upon a time..you can see his photos at the Texas Collection on Baylor campus..they are amazing! I learned so much working in the Carroll building doing oral history and researching in the Texas Collection.  Love that place.

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Home and family and roots…It’s so important. I love you brother and I am rooting for the show Erin and Ben, y’all please please set your DVR this is a pilot so help with the buzz! It is on right at noon I believe, check listings..you may be still at church or getting lunch so SET THE DVR thingy! #HGTVHomeTown

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