Monday, June 29, 2015

Old Glory Antiques ~ Denver

My friend and client, Holly Kuhn, of Old Glory Antiques is one talented lady. I recently visited her in Denver, Co., (which is her home base) to photograph the store at their new location which officially opens July 16th. I'm so excited to share a sneak peek with you!











Isn't it delicious? Holly has a keen eye for editing and the shop is such a pleasure to wander through. There's inspiration in every vignette. Along with beautiful well worn pieces, there's the occasional new piece that looks right at home. 



Holly blogs from her website which you can read here and posts regularly on Facebook and Instagram about new arrivals and events.
You might recognize Holly's signature style.  I've written about Old Glory Antiques in Burton, which you can read about here and worked with Holly Mathis on her Burton home which was featured in Country Living Magazine. She's on fire and has no intentions of slowing down.  
If you're like me and not lucky enough to live in the beautiful Denver area, Holly is also busy loading items to a new online shop, so be sure to pop in there.

Congratulations on the new store Holly!!






Friday, June 19, 2015

Recent Styling Work for Country Living Magazine

Doesn't this colorful kitchen feel like summer? It belongs to Jolie Sikes of The Junk Gypsy's and it's full of the same kind of colorful and collected vintage style that's made them so popular here in Texas and beyond.



Don't you want to bake a pie in this kitchen? To see the complete slide show visit Country Living or pick up  the May Issue which I'm still seeing in stores, so it's not too late. Texas is so proud of these girls!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Grow Your Own

Early summer is the best time for Houston gardens. Just right temps and lots of new growth make for sweet little arrangements.  If it's blooming, I'm clipping.

Belinda's Dream Roses, Phlox, Morning Glory Vine, Clematis, Butterfly Bush and Hosta leaves
Happy Memorial Weekend. Sleep late, eat a lot and pick some flowers!

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Kitchen Mini Makeover

Over the last couple of months my kitchen has s l o w l y been getting a little updating.
Things seem to always take longer than expected and we had a couple of setbacks but progress is a good thing.

We live in a typical builder home in the suburbs of Houston. It's lovely, but there are corners that builders cut that I will never understand. A lot of the work had nothing to do with pretty, it was just necessary. But those little things make a big difference in a room like one's kitchen where a lot of time is spent every single day. And it's still a work in progress.



Our eat in kitchen nook got the most love and is the most completed. We added crown moulding to this room, fresh paint top to bottom, centered the light over the table (why was it not centered when they built it?). Added pretty trim moulding around the previously bare windows and custom blinds from Select Blinds.


In person, the windows are gorgeous and get noticed right away.  I replaced the faux wood blinds with the Tropical Isle Basic Bamboo Shade in Mesh Camel with a cordless lift. 
I can't say enough about Select Blinds excellent customer service. If you've never ordered blinds online, give them a try next time. Samples are sent out right away and their people know their stuff.  This kind of customer service is very rare these days and was so appreciated. (not paid to say that...they are just awesome and I will use them again) Thanks to Holly Mathis for referring me. She's been using their products for years.

It's so tempting to want to replace everything once a room starts feeling new. But the domino effect gets expensive pretty fast. For example, our little kitchen table. A new table was on my list of things to replace but when I considered that it is solid wood and a good size for the room, I came to my senses and had it painted instead.  I'm in love!



I've fed my family for years off this little table and would have been sad to see it go. It's a good solid yellow pine table that I had painted white years ago. I was ready for a change so I called my friend Allison of H.A.S. Bins who is a wiz with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. 

The awesome Allison of H.A.S. Bins. She offers custom painting work and also sells painted furniture along with her partners at H.A.S. Bins.

She created a custom color mix using Graphite and Old White which resulted in this dark moody gray.  I do love the contrast with my chairs. Thank you Allison, so so much, xo.




Here you can see where the next work will be happening.  The little shelf will be removed and natural open shelves will be installed.  There was a recipe desk here that was removed as well. I'll have shelves to the floor for ironstone and serve ware.  I considered closing it off, but would miss the styling opportunity.  I like to see my stuff.

When all is done, then a new floor will go in (when I can make up my decorators ever changing mind). Bring in the existing wood? A hex tile in a fun pattern? Big tiles or little ones? A painted cement tile? Another white floor?
I got so sick of myself I had to just stop for a bit and catch my breath. Better that than to make an expensive mistake. 

There's more to share as we go. We replaced the tile backsplash with beadboard, converted a wall oven to a small pantry, converted a cook top to a slide in range and had one of those God awful fluorescent box lights ripped out and sprinkled around some small led lights on dimmers. New cabinet hardware is coming as soon as I get it ordered. 

Oh, and the wall color is Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.



Monday, May 4, 2015

The Other Side of The Camera

What an exciting week around here.

I never thought I would say this, but our house was photographed last week for Better Homes & Gardens.  
I know!!! It felt like a dream.

I'll be sure to keep you posted when the issue is out and share many more details closer to that time.

It was a huge thrill and a very humbling experience to see our home through the eyes of the BH&G team. 

A great take away from this that I would love to pass on to you is to always Always ALWAYS be true to your own unique style. That's what makes your home, and the world, a much more interesting place. 


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Apple Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Scones

On my last post I shared with yall how delicious the food was on the Country Living shoot at Christi Wilson's home. One of my favorite meals was the morning Christi brought out these delicious Apple Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Scones. They were savory without being heavy and paired perfectly with a pretty bowl of fruit. Christi shared the recipe with me and I think it's too good to keep all to myself.



Apple-Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Scones
Yield 8-10 Scones

(Recipe from The Pastry Queen Cookbook by Rebecca Rather along with Alison Oresman. Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe)

Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1-1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
4 green onions, thinly sliced
10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into 1-inch pieces
3/4 to 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and black pepper in a large bowl on low speed.
With the mixer running, gradually add the cubes of butter until the mixture is crumbly and studded with flour-butter bits about the size of small peas.  Add the grated cheese and mix just until blended. (This can also be done by hand. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Gradually cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles small peas. Stir in the cheese.)

Add the green onions, bacon and the 3/4 cup of buttermilk to the flour and cheese mixture. Mix by hand just until all the ingredients are incorporated. If the dough is too dry to hold together, use the remaining buttermilk, adding 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is pliable and can be formed into a ball.
Stir as lightly and as little as possible to ensure a light-textured scone. 
Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured flat surface. Pat the dough into a ball. Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten the dough into a circle about 8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Cut the dough into 8 to 10 equal wedges, depending on the size scone you prefer.

Whisk the egg and water in a small mixing bowl to combine. Brush each wedge with the egg wash. Place the scones on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and no longer sticky in the middle. Serve warm.