True Blue Home + special hours

True Blue Home will be open special hours during Texas Antique Week, Monday-Saturdays 10-7 pm!  Also commonly called, “Round Top,” this season lasts 2-3 WEEKS not just one week. You can read more general info about the show here and more about True Blue Home here and here.

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   Special spring hours at True Blue Home through April 2nd, open 10-7 pm daily, Monday – Saturday

Quick recap, True Blue Home opened last fall by owners Cindy & Brian Taylor and their family and I had the honor to help plan and curate the entire space with them—and the doors opened during the last Antique week!

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So it has been less than a year but what a ride!  So much beauty on this journey!

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And True Blue Home is located in an amazing old building in the heart of historic Chappell Hill, Texas, which is truly “right off” hwy 290 as we say in Texas!..”Right off” means CLOSE!  So if you are headed to Austin or Round Top from Houston this a  “very close”. . . “don’t want to miss it” MUST SEE place to stop! The shop is full of things big and small, from birthday cards and candles to lighting and sofas! We have it all, even dishes!

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There are also great plants and wildflowers, food and shopping in Chappell Hill, AND the True Blue Home COTTAGE!

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Just a walking block away from True Blue Home, the “True Blue Cottage” is an 1854  historic structure filled with furniture and fabrics from our favorite vendors and craftsmen…all available for sale.  It’s been so fun to be part of styling retail in an actual home space as well a storefront.  You can read more about “The Cottage” here.

             The Show Cottage will be open on Saturdays this Spring: March 26 and April 2 from noon to 5, and by special appointment.

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Spring is blooming in the Cottage as you can see!

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The cottage bedroom below may be one of my fave rooms I have ever worked on in over ten years! Just so charming and cozy.

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Have a blessed Holy Week and Easter!  I hope to meet some of you in the tents and fields of Round Top/Warrenton or in the store!

          In addition to Antique Week and Round Top, don’t forget the 52nd Annual Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival April 9 & 10.

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My favorite sofas

I am often asked “what is your favorite” sofa? “What is the best sofa?” And of course much of that depends on your budget and how you live…do you have kids, dogs? Do you want an investment piece or trendy, on and on.  I find that more and more people are less willing to invest in good upholstered furniture.  Sure there are still people that want Baker sofas but many of us LIVE LIVE in our homes more than ever and that kind of investment is just not feasible. Also the re-emergence of slipcovers in our country and boom, its a different market today somewhat than when my Grandmother was taking people to market for sofas in the 1980s. And yet we want comfort and quality.  And to know where something is made and produced. Oh and maybe a little customization am I right??

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When I began working with True Blue Home to put together a shop full of items with style and beauty I knew I wanted to include slipcovered furniture.  The owner Cindy and I both love the look and ease of slipcovers. It was a no brainer.  But we wrestled with questions like would we have recycled pieces slipcovered or go with this or that well known maker or another???? Or heck even “do we go to North Carolina and have our own sofas manufactured?”  We discussed it all and looked at numbers and reviews. I also spoke to clients and others in the industry and finally we settled on two great sofa makers, Best Slipcover Company (BSC) and Moss Studio.

Both companies make their sofa in the USA and have amazing construction!

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Moss frames are assembled using alder, a western hardwood, with 4×4 frame grade centers.  The Moss spring system is constructed using 9 gauge, no sag, sinuous steel springs. The springs are clipped and stapled to the frame. The spring system is then hand tied with italian twine for strength, durability and stability.   Depending on the sofa style, a layer of blended polyester may be added at this time. If the piece is to be slipcovered, the prepared frame will be covered with high-grade ivory muslin. Cushions are made from a high density, hypo-allergenic cloud nine 2-pound HR foam. This foam outperforms other foams by 10 – 15 times. The foam is then enveloped by a 10/90 white goose/down fill with a zipper enclosure. This construction allows for excellent shape retention with no “pancake” effect. The standard back cushion are 60% 90/10 (90% white goose feathers and 10% down) and 40% micro clusters which will maintain the shape of the cushion. The cushions will relax and provide the comfort and support Moss Studio is known for. Other variations of down and/or foam are available upon request with a possible upcharge. All styles can be ordered with a bench seat option.

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Moss studio seams are overlocked for durability. And all cushions are offered with the standard welt. A contrasting welt is available at no upcharge if the fabric is available in house or supplied by customer. Other welt options include: knife-edge, flat flange, and top-stitched. Moss also offers several different skirt options. Standard options include: (1) kick pleat to the floor; (2) short kick pleat; (3) wrap skirt to floor; and (4) short wrap skirt. Other skirt options include: (1) dressmaker; (2) ruffle skirt to the floor; and (3) short ruffle skirt;

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Love these Moss chairs above in the cottage kitchen!  We have both sofas and chairs in both Moss and Best Slipcover Company and samples of other fabrics available from both companies as well!  Don’t you love these Les Indiennes blue and white pillows on the flax BSC sofa?!

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The sofa above is from the EXPRESS program offered by Best Slipcover Company, ships in TWO WEEKS..this is the pearl style..Another favorite of mine is their Rachel style sofa and it is offered in the express! with the box pleat skirt option!  You can see the Rachel in the tiny cottage below . . .

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These chairs below are from Moss in a taupe stripe…we also have similar chairs from BSC in a cobalt stripe! These don’t swivel.  These are pieces from these companies we have in stock but special orders are possible of course! Swivel possible..even leather available!

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By carrying two sofa lines at True Blue Home we able to offer different price points and styles, yummy Libeco stonewashed linen on the MOSS sofas at top of post and charming ruffles like on the white sofa below from Best Slipcover. Both Made in America, these lines have made it possible for us to show different looks in the main TBH store and in the cottage.  I love this furniture!

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Every part of the sofas at True Blue Home are Made in the U.S.A. We love that!  It’s True Blue all the way!

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Oh and full disclosure…my sofas are from IKEA…ha ha so if you are reading this thinking “I’ll never save enough for these sofas” just know I feel the same way in this season in life! BUT honestly the IKEA ektorps are still a fave too..I have three sets of slipcovers and muddy paws and boys don’t make me near as nervous as they would with MOSS or BSC. One day I will have one of these gorgeous sofas or chairs …and when the time is right, I know just where to get one!;

To find out more about the sofas at True Blue Home visit the store at

TRUE BLUE HOME · 5080 MAIN STREET, CHAPPELL HILL, TEXAS, 77426 · 979-421-9727 or email customer service@truebluehome.com

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