Thursday, September 29, 2016

Holly Mathis pop-up shop

It feels like fall y'all.
Besides the glorious weather that rolled in this morning
{and by glorious I mean non-sauna like conditions}
it also means its time for Round Top.
You can see previous posts on the antique mecca here and here.
Twice in the past week I've stopped just before getting to Round Top,
instead heading into the beautiful, bucolic Brenham, Texas.
Better known for being the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream
it also has the most charming little downtown area
where my sweet friend Holly Mathis 
has turned part of her work/office space into a retail shop!
She has a cool collection of home decor items 
from small {candles, books, decorative tchotchkes}
to large {chairs, benches, painted hutches} 
and every size in between {pillows, wall art}.
Don't take my word for it though.
You know me.
I have an iphone and I'm not afraid to use it...

always in a southern state of mind

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


I thought I'd start this week with a Monday post
but here it is Wednesday.
I would say "how'd that happen?" as in
how there's not enough time in the day
but honestly all hell broke loose in our 'hood on Monday.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

house in the 'hood

Hope your week is going well.
Not sure how it's already Thursday.
The week started off on a slow roll
until my painter texted me out of the blue
to say he had time to do some projects 
I'd mentioned to him before.
The ones I'd casually talked about
but hadn't actually planned.
{insert wide eyed emoji here}
Which is why you've heard zilch from me until now.
Three bathrooms now torn apart
but painted all pretty,
one ready for wallpaper.
The wallpaper I haven't picked yet.
Not complaining.
Just saying everyone in my house is looking at me
like when's the house going to be put back together and finished.
Put back together?
Asap I promise.
I'm working on it.
{That's my version of an evil/goofy laugh ;)}
As my friend Holly texted me last week
"our homes are our laboratories"
where we try out new colors and finishes,
and get our decorating groove on.
Some people cook, 
others craft or sew...
my creative outlet is decorating,
or serial {re-}decorating as the case may be.
If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.
One of the places I get my inspiration from is 
perusing homes for sale here in Houston
on the world's best real estate site 

What started out as me saving my favorites to my desktop
turned into my most popular series feature
I get so many ideas for my "laboratory" and I hope you do too.
Herewith my favorite for this week...

You don't see many bungalows getting saved around here anymore.
Sad but true, more often that not,
these little gems get knocked down in favor 
of building big, bigger, or the biggest {home}...
this is Texas after all.
I knew as soon as I saw the facade below it was going to be good.

I just didn't realize how good. 
You may want to grab a drink and take a seat first.
I'll give you time.
Go ahead.
Settle in...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

favorite finds

You may have heard me use the term
"domino decisions" as in 
one decorating decision that leads to another.
What started out with a giant turtle shell
led to new light fixtures for my kids' rooms.
{Yes, that would be plural...more on that later}
Until the electrician shows up next week to install them.
Then the hubs will know its for realz.
The good news is that I finally figured out where to hang
the chippy green industrial light fixture 
I found in Round Top a few trips ago.
Sometimes it takes me a while y'all.
I find things I love and then hold onto them until 
I figure out where to put them.
I know.
That's probably the same excuse hoarders use, right?
Some call it hoarding, I prefer the term "collector."
No matter what you call it,
I'm happy to say that last night
whilst in the midst of some decorating domino decisions
I stumbled onto the fall collection for Nate Berkus at Target.
Herewith my favorites...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

new 'do

I'll start off by addressing the obvious.
 I gave my blog a little makeover. 
How do you like it? 
Seriously. I'd like to know. 
As in do me a favor and leave a comment below. 
Pretty please with a cherry on top?

Seriously if you only knew 
how many "new blog" links 
I've saved to my desktop you might say: 

"Nancy, step away from the keyboard. 
You need help. Plus its about to explode."

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Let's talk fall

I don't know about you 
but I get stacks of catalogs in the mail every day,
at least ten a day.
I usually keep one or two to flip through
then recycle the rest.
I almost threw away the most recent one from Chico's.
The reason I didn't is that I noticed Elaine Irwin on the cover.
For those of you without useless knowledge in your brain like me,
she is John {Cougar} Mellencamp's ex-wife.
And yes, I am available for phone-a-friend calls 
if you're ever on a game show
where you need fast access to said useless knowledge.
Now I don't know if I've ever bought anything from Chico's
but after seeing their fall catalog I'm thinking 
that might be about to change.
Herewith my favorite picks...

Sunday, September 11, 2016

forgetting is not an option

You probably did the same thing I did this morning.
I started remembering where I was,
fifteen Septembers ago.
Where were you when the world stopped turning?
My heart seized at the mere thought.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

high versus my {greek key mirror}

way back when in 2011.
It's thrilling for me to find the look for less when it comes to decorating.
The truth is I've been a decor detective for most of my adult life.
I'm sure it has a lot to do with seeing my parents
rebuild their lives
after a house fire destroyed everything we owned
when I was a little girl, eight years old to be exact.
My parents would buy second hand furniture
or bring home items people tossed on the curb
and fix them up with paint and elbow grease.
The true definition of the saying 
"One man's trash is another man's treasure."

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

house in the 'hood

Happy day after Labor Day! 
Hope you had a relaxing weekend.
We spent part of ours decluttering
{which for OCD people like me is relaxing}
and the rest of the weekend celebrating my husband's birthday.
More on that another day.
Let's start this week off with a house in the 'hood...

Friday, September 2, 2016


Call me crazy
but I started another 40 bags clean out
to celebrate the start of the school year.
I usually do it as a part of Lent
but it feels like
we turned into hoarders over the summer,
stuffing things in drawers and closets
to avoid seeing daily clutter
so its time to organize and let go of things.
Plus because I love to multi task
I've rearranged three rooms in the house.
As in move furniture.
By myself.
The hubs was not pleased 
because he made me promise to help him 
move his desk back to the other side of the room tonight.
Apparently he doesn't share my vision for his space.
Insert rolling eyes emoji here.

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