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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!

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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!

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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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