Sunday, August 9, 2015

How To Patch Your Jeans in 5 Minutes

I have a pair of cropped jeans that I absolutely love. They're perfectly broken in, soft and so comfy. When I bought them they had a few trendy holes already in them. But over the years the holes have ripped and gotten bigger and there's just so much thigh I'm willing to expose to the world.

A bit of scrap fabric and 5 minutes later and I had given my old favorites a new life. I originally patched them last summer, but recently added another patch. I'm asked about them often so I'm sharing my "holey moley that was fast" patch tutorial with you. 

Supplies you'll need:
*Scissors
*Crafters Pick Fabric Glue (found at craft stores)
*Fabric for Patch



1. Cut a piece of fabric just a little bigger than the rip or hole.
2. Squeeze a line of glue around the edge of your fabric and apply it to your inside out jeans, right over the hole you want covered.

Press down on the edges of the fabric as you're applying to make sure you've got good contact, then let the glue dry.  You're done!

This fabric glue is super strong and has held up under many washings. I originally bought two pairs of these jeans and cut the other pair off for shorts and patched those as well.  

I don't sew.  At all. So I'm not one to have lots fabric on hand.  I used fabric from table cloths that I cut had up and used for another project.  You could use a bandana, a vintage hanky or napkin, or if you're cleaning out your closet, cut a scrap from an old favorite shirt. 




How easy was that?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Recent Photo Shoot with West 23rd St Design

I hope you're enjoying the dog days of a scorching August summer.

Our 15 year old boys are working their first jobs as life guards this summer and it's been a challenge to juggle four work schedules. It forces me to guard our time off together like a hawk and make sure we do more than see each other coming and going. But we've made it work for us and I'm so proud of the boys hard work. They're saving for a car so we have that ahead of us. 

As for me, I've had the opportunity to collaborate with some new clients whose work I've admired on Instagram. Kristy Keele, a Houston based decorator and owner of West 23rd St. Design contacted me recently to photograph her house.

 Here's a peek at our session:




Kristy is so good at mixing colors and pattern and keeps her traditional style sassy and fresh with vintage art and interesting objets. I seriously feel like I need a glass table in my life.



The details; layered, thoughtfully chosen, a mix of high and low price points.  Kristy  has a sharp eye for treasures and makes frequent stops in some of Houston's best thrift stores for herself and clients. 


Kristy's home office is inspiring as well. Fabric, design books, props, mood boards, art. All the things we decorators love to have at our fingertips. 




One of the perks of this job is seeing up close and personal how people live. What a lovely thing...to put so much of yourself into your home. I have such admiration for all the little details in Kristy's home. Such eye candy!  I don't think she'd mind if I told you about her headboard.  It was one of my favorite things in her home.  It's a kantha quilt simply folded and laid over an upholstered headboard. Genius! and so pretty.


If you're looking for something special for your home, Kristy also sells on One Kings Lane and Chairish. Follow her here on Instagram


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.