Three generations ONE roof

That is right, we moved the week after Christmas.  Not something I really recommend (“duh” as my friends, the lovely Fairbrother women, would say) but we survived.  Barely.  Merging households is NOT for the faint of heart either, but again we are surviving and dare I say thriving once again.  Everyone hates moving or at least understands its work but it always has its upsides too: organization, culling, throwing out, a fresh start, decorating opportunities and more. And as always, the opportunity to be grateful. We are moving . . . yes it’s work, it’s the holidays but hey we get to be homeowners and we have running water and heat and on and on.  So all is good with the actual move, on the flip side especially.


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{I promise I have scraped these windows and adding new door hardware since this photo! BTW the exterior color is SW Dress Blues, that project was completed by the previous owner, Denetta McKelvy, she did so much!}

So this is the deal.  My mom had a cute tiny house on quaint Baylor St in our little town…the kids and I lived a few blocks over near their school (along with my walk-closet I do miss daily, I can admit it). It was great..she could get away at her house and rest and we could have our own time. In fact, the house the children and I were renting was so cute and wonderful it is being feature in the May issue of Country Living! But we didn’t own it and inevitably we spent a LOT of time together with Nana…most meals, some nights if I worked late she would have to go home to a dark house.  She did our laundry and picked up kids many days. (HUGE HELP be jealous) Oh and did I mention we (mainly she) are chronic house hunters.   So after nearly two years of me paying rent (“you are not building any equity” says Nana over and over, did I mention she is a Real Estate Broker) we started looking at properties often.  And driving our friends crazy with “how much would it cost to rewire this house and plumb it and convert the garage” on and on . . . . We finally deciding flipping wasn’t our best option.  She has done that many times in the past (before it was cool I might add) but with my level of work load and they boys sanity to consider, we decided to buy something a little more “done.”  And by pooling our resources we were able to do this more easily.  The figures just make sense.  Share a mortgage, share utilities, share the cost of yard maintenance, SHARE THE CRAZY lol and on and on.

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{Yes it is a 1927 Tudor with painted brick, worth living with your mama for I say, even if does need some yard work still and a more fluffing but we thrive on that right? And can I just say i SO see a curved black awning with white trim over the front door!}

Of course there is a flip side.  An adjustment period I might.  My ego.  I will be honest, approaching 42 and “living with my mom” wasn’t my vision for life. But this isn’t the house I grew up in…we made the decision and share the financial burdens together. But still, two women learning to bend to one another and *gasp* give up a  little control of their castle is a journey you might say . . .  But we decided it was worth it.  We try to laugh a lot and apologize a lot when boundaries are crossed.  Oh yes it happens.  See my mom is a spitfire.  She is cute and small and always in a good mood but she IS BUSY and the safety police.  I am moody and more blunt and frankly this honey badger doesn’t care about a lot of her concerns (“Holly, there is crazy wire in the attic OMG what is it, there might be some cardboard under the house, that is hazard!!”).  Deep breaths.  But I really try to respect her and be loving to her.  Watching her go through breast cancer 5 years ago makes that a little easier for me these days. Although I may have said last Sunday,”OMG leave my sh*t alone” or something of that nature, I also know deep within my heart and mind that

WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER.

So lots more coming on this social experiment.  And the house.  And meshing our stuff, and styles.  And how its messing up the boys.  I kid, I kid…they love it. They have their own rooms upstairs and a charming playroom and larger yard! Maybe Nana will even do a guest post.  Maybe she will even become a dog person eventually. Maybe I will become less controlling and moody and learn to let some little things not irritate me so much.  This may not be forever but it’s for now and it is good even though we are only about six weeks in . . . so I will keep you posted.

So pray for us, that this is a sweet chapter in our family’s story.

#threegenerationsoneroof

#dontmovemystuff (unless you are sweeping or vacuuming or folding clothes please don’t stop doing that)

Nov 19th Creative Class

Calling all Creatives, Decorators and Dreamers! This next class is for you!


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The next Creative Class will be held Saturday, November 16th from 10 am-4 pm., in my studio space in downtown Brenham, Texas. I plan to share my journey  into the decorating business with tips and advice on how to start and expand your business, work with clients and navigate challenges and pitfalls of balancing home and business.

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I AM NOT AN EXPERT on starting a small business or running a small business or even SMALL DECORATING BUSINESS.  I am an expert on my experience.  And I am willing to share what has worked, and NOT worked, for me on this 12 year journey!  This is a general class so I will not be giving technical advice on blogging or SEO or quickbooks! I will not have an answer for every question but I will have resources and tips and tricks to discuss and advice from my perspective. I plan to share my experiences and thoughts on the following topics:

  • GETTING STARTED: Education, Training and Business permits
  • TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG? Starting a website and how to navigate social media
  • BUILDING A PORTFOLIO. Using iphone pics or professional?
  • HOW TO CHARGE? What to do when friends only have a few questions? Hourly versus flat
  • BOOKKEEPING WAR STORIES: Quickbooks, Freshbooks, shoe boxes and more
  • CONTRACTS: Necessary?
  • PROJECT ORGANIZATION: Web-based versus notebooks etc
  • BUYING TO THE TRADE: Extending discounts and getting samples
  • AMBITION versus AUTHENTICITY Being published is great but not everything!

and more!

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I can’t wait to share this space with you! It inspires me every time I step through the door.

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We will spend the morning in the Studio then carpool the 2 minute drive to my home for lunch!

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So lunch here and then head back to the Studio for more learning and discussion!

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The November date will hopefully mean nice weather on the porch, if not we will crowd in my kitchen!

I can’t wait to reset this scene this time with fall pumpkins!

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The menu will be a repeat of below along with pie of course!

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Tara of Royers Pie Haven will be catering and Nib & Pixel and Bramble and Bee will also be helping with the event.  So thankful for these women! A tribe is so important to this journey and we will discuss that as well…The importance of building one another up!

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Praying for gorgeous weather so I can wear a scarf and we can enjoy begin outside!

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At lunch you will have time to visit with other creatives in the same boat as you…friendly faces that are also toying with the idea of putting their dreams out there finally, many already have and they will be a great resource as well.

I also hope to start a private Facebook group to follow our class so you can continue to share and support one another and hear from me ..more info on that at the class!


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Hope to see you Nov 19th~

Holly Mathis Interiors * 220 EAST MAIN * Brenham TEXAS 77833

There are only a few spaces left so go here to register asap so we have time to hand letter your name!!!! The cost of this class is $289

Thank you for Natalie Lacy Lange for these wonderful images from our first class!

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