Holly Mathis in Country Living Magazine

The April 2017 issue of Country Living Magazine features the beautiful home of my friend Holly Mathis and it is soooo pretty! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to style the home for the magazine and so excited for Holly to get the opportunity to share her inspiration and offer a crash course filled with advice for designing a beautiful home on a budget. 

                                                             Photo: Buff Strickland

                                                             Photo: Buff Strickland

This lovely little 1890's cottage was a soft place for Holly and her two boys to land as she was starting a new chapter in her life as a single mother. I'm so proud of the home she created for her little family. It's filled with cozy but practical design ideas for moms and boys, like the beautiful  linen slipcovers from Bemz

Holly and Austin photographer Buff Strickland

Holly and Austin photographer Buff Strickland

I thought it would be fun to share some of my behind the scenes iphone shots from this shoot and tell you how Holly and I met.

I love a good dog on set. Hunter is quite the charmer and takes good care of Holly and her boys.

I have to say, this was an emotional shoot for me. Holly and I met by chance 5 years ago at a blogger luncheon during the Round Top Antiques Week shows at Royer's Round Top Cafe. Texas designer Carol Hicks Bolton was the speaker that day. As you may already know, Carol's talent and stores in Frederickburg are legendary, so the workshop was sure to be a good one. Carol is the real deal, OG industrial, european antiques, taxidermy, all things cool, collectible and romantic, designer I want to be when I grow up. She's magic. Seriously. (ps. OG = Original Gangsta. Carol's a design gangsta from back in the day....in a good way!)

Detail of Holly's bedside table with beautiful cottage roses from Moosefeathers Florist in Brenham, Tx. Coastal painting by me :)

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I spied Holly Mathis sitting behind me in her signature blue jean jacket. It was like seeing a movie star in the grocery store! I had read her design blog and admired her work, just like you guys, and I couldn't believe she was sitting RIGHT THERE! So, during the meet and greet I worked up the nerve to introduce myself and we hit it off right away. Just a couple of designing ladies sharing our admiration for Carol and enjoying lunch on a beautiful day in Round Top. 

Styling detail of Holly's antique secretary from Leftovers Antiques in Brenham, Tx.

Fast forward 5 years and we're standing together in her living room as it's being photographed for Country Living. I love how life, and God, works like that.  

Blue and white styling options for Holly's shoot from Kuhl-Linscomb in Houston, Tx.

I've had the pleasure of working with Holly quite a bit over the last 5 years. She's been a divine source of inspiration and has generously invited me to ride shotgun on a few of her projects, like the Old Glory house design project in Burton, Texas, which was also featured in Country Living

Detail of dining table styling with classic blue and white pitchers.

There are so many great resources in the story! Holly knows her way around fabrics and lighting and antiques like no other and she's spilling it all.  Everyone deserves to have a beautiful home at any price point. It can be done! 

Love this vignette at the end of Holly's hallway. So pretty! 

The story is on news stands now and is the perfect nudge if you're looking for inspiration for spring.

Congratulations Holly! I'm so proud of you ! xo

Business, Branding and Social Media Workshop at The Vintage Round Top

Three and a half years ago I got a frantic call from Paige at The Vintage Round Top. It was just before the fall Marburger Farm antique show was to open during Antiques Week in Round Top and she needed a stylist asap to help with the booth styling. We had never met, but I was available. Our styles meshed wonderfully and I love a last minute adventure, so I said an enthusiastic "Yes!"

This was no ordinary flea market booth. It was a full on production with custom lighting, a vintage circus theme and a beautiful inventory from their recent buying trip to France. Rarely do you shop at an antiques show where so much thought is put into every detail to create a shopping experience as unique as this. 

I was invited back to assist with the spring show booth as well.  Paige and I love a good style story so we created a booth that was a nod to an unknown French naturalist who we think would have fit right in with our squad. Sometimes you create your own story and magic. Those are the best times.

These shows were just the beginning of a wonderful personal and professional relationship that has resulted in many collaborations, photo shoots, magazine features and thousands of phone calls and belly laughs. Yes...thousands! 

Paige and I have traveled together, created together, cried together, talked each other off the ledge and inspire one another on the daily. Fun fact: neither one of us can read a map or a tape measure worth a crap but together we somehow work it out. Our job is making things pretty....don't judge :)

                                     Me and Paige junkin' in Brooklyn, NY, recently. We get around!

And speaking of pretty, I'm so excited about the new cottage that's being built at The Vintage Round Top. The Boho Cottage is part of an expansion of the 1450 Cottage and is stunning!

                      The "great room" at the new Boho Cottage. Perfect for events and workshops.

It's almost done! And I can honestly say it will be spectacular! It's also the location of their first event which will be a Business, Branding and Social Media Workshop to be held on Saturday, March 25. (This event is now SOLD OUT!) 

I'm so excited to be part of the workshop panel, along with Travis Weaver of Manready Mercantile, Jordan Breal from Texas Monthly Magazine and social media influencers and photographers Hunter Lawrence and Sarah Lawrence. You can read more about the workshop here

If you missed out on workshop tickets at Boho Cottage, the same day there will be an open house and Pop Up Shop held at the 1450 Cottage. If you've always wanted to see their beautiful vacation home in person, this is a great opportunity to walk through and shop their artisan made home goods, unique vintage finds and European antiques which will be for sale the same day as the workshop.

Also, I will have my wood panel art on site and will be taking custom orders. It's a great opportunity see see these Texas cow prints in person, so be sure to  bring your measurements with you!

Here's a sneak peek of a new piece that's coming to the web store in just a few days. Meet "Loverboy". This painted pony is such a beauty. And he knows it. I was told his good looks often made up for his bad boy behavior. We've all known one of "those", amiright?

If you missed out on tickets to the workshop, I hope you'll stop by the pop up shop and open house and say hi! Come enjoy a fun weekend in the country and shop the shows in Round Top!

My Home Office Featured in Better Homes and Gardens

Hey look, that's me! I'm sitting at that very desk in one of my favorite rooms, as I write this.
The nice people at Better Homes and Gardens magazine featured my home office in their January issue. The story was included in "most" subscribers magazines. Sometimes magazines do regional stories and mine was one of them. But not to worry, I'm sharing it here.

A few gallons of paint totally transformed this room from a dark paneled sad office to light and bright and fresh. The walls are painted with Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl and the cabinets are Benjamin Moore's Snowfall White (one of my favorite whites for cabinets and built-ins). If you're living with a dark paneled room that you hate grab some primer and a paint brush and go! Trust me, you won't regret it. 

If you'd like to read more about this office makeover, click here. Like most creatives, I love change and this room is all mine and I love working and playing here. This fun post might inspire you to have a little fun in your own home. We need more of that I do believe. 

To see more of our home in Better Homes and Gardens, click here.

Many thanks and much love to my friend Janna Lufkin who produced and styled these features along with photographer Brian McWeeney and his wife Carolyn. 

Pine Shelf Styling

We speak so often of our homes telling a story, that sadly, it's almost become a cliche'. I do sincerely love the thought and apply it to my clients and my own home. It's one of the first things I love to chat about with new clients...their lives and how to bring the proof of their lives into their homes . I think that matters. What's more original than your life and how you live it?

When Christmas was done and the decorations put away, I felt twitchy about our dining room. I've been patiently waiting on the "just right" cabinet to show up for the past year and it hasn't happened yet. It needs to be big and accommodate collections and props and serving pieces and textiles and silverware. Not too pricey, not too trendy, not too small. Jussssst right to suit this Goldilocks. 

Then I remembered, in the rafters of our garage was a pine shelf we bought during the first year of our marriage when we lived in Connecticut, 29 years ago. My memories of this shelf play like a flickering 8mm home movie.  I've used it in every house we've lived in in one way or another but I had never brought it into this house. I remember finding it in an antique shop and forking over a whopping $50 for it. I loved the pine and way it smelled. It's heavy and always needs big screws to secure it to the wall and it leaves big holes when it's taken down. I don't care. I love it. 

We hung it over the stainless steel restaurant prep table I use as a buffet and filled it up with the things I love that I had on hand. Ironstone, botanical transferware, brass candlesticks, pieces from my coral collections and a few bits from nature. Keeping it neutral and natural. We've been eating dinner in here more often which we all enjoy.  Lighting the candles in the evening and really lingering, even if it's leftovers, has been a nice change. 

A couple of wonky unframed vintage paintings and my New Years tradition of paperwhite bulbs. There really is no easier indoor plant/flower to grow in my opinion. Vessel, rocks, water, bulbs, done. I usually get blooms in 2-3 weeks that are long lasting and very fragrant.

I am loving how it feels in the room. The collections, the plants, the contrast of the white against the wall, the story behind the shelf. We went back to New England last summer for vacation for the first time since we lived there many many years ago.

Full circle moment, I believe, is what this is called.

Curious Details Wood Panel Art Shop

I'm so excited to finally share my wood panel art with you!!!

This project has been a joy to bring to life. It combines three of my creative passions; decorating, art and road trips!

I'm often working in the beautiful Texas countryside and can't stop myself from pulling over to photograph the pastures full of beautiful cows, bulls and steers. Who can resist those faces? They're so full of personality. Pure joy!

The wood panels are a wonderful alternative to stretched canvas or paper prints. They're warm, organic and a bit modern so they fit right in with so many styles. No framing is required and the panels are ready to hang. All the art is original, photographed and edited by me, then printed on maple wood panels.  I love how they feel in my own home which is a mix of cottage, coastal and fresh country. 

 

You'll notice the shop is small for now. I love working at my own pace between decorating projects, styling jobs, travel and family time. I will be adding more wood panel art in the near future! Horses, trees, botanicals...it's all coming! 

The shop just went live today. If you encounter any hiccups please send me a note. I hope you find the shopping and navigation to be a pleasant experience. I'm so thankful and grateful for my very talented graphic designer, Haylei Smith. From branding to web design and shop set up, she has held my hand the entire way and been my biggest cheerleader. Thank you Haylei!

UPDATE: Christmas Sale! Receive 20% off your order with discount code hollyjolly2016. Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

Cruise with Country Living

My friends at Country Living Magazine know how to have a good time. They've put together a fantastic cruise and you're invited!

Look at that line up! Texas junkin' superstars the Junk Gypsies will be on board with decorating demos and much much more. 

The Holland America cruise ship leaves from Fort Lauderdale March 12, 2017 and will dock at Grand Turk, The Bahamas, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico! This sounds perfect for a spring break getaway.

Here's the inside scoop: Cabins are going really fast but you can get yours now for a special $200 off discount until Nov 18, 2016. And if you're wondering, Yes! kids are welcome and plans are in the works for fun crafting sessions for them. Gotta start them early right?

And there's so much planned for adults: crafting, cooking demos, cocktail hours, design consultations and lots of really fun merchandise like tote bags, beach towels and pool floats. 

So go ahead...grab your girlfriends (or boyfriends) and get this trip on your calendars. What a lovely opportunity to spend a week with like minded people that talk your language; design, cooking, crafting and junkin'. Sounds perfect! 

To book your cruise head over to countrylivingcruise.com for all the details. That's where you'll need to make your reservations for this special trip.  Let them know I sent you over by choosing my name, Becki Griffin, from the drop down menu as you're checking out. Bon Voyage!

Chart Art for Fall

I believe that given the chance Texans would indeed love fall. The absence of crisp cool weather until near November leaves us awaiting our Starbucks pumpkinmochachokalattewhatevers in shorts and flip flops.

But the seasons change whether the temps do or not. Life moves.  And we feel it on dark Monday mornings when the sun rises later than we do for school. I feel it. And I want our home to feel it just a little too.

One of my favorite ways to cozy up the house is to switch out a few pieces of art. Vintage educational charts are easy to roll up and store so I pick them up when the price is right. The warm tones in this large vintage German chart do most of the heavy lifting for me. (Flechten refers to lichen.)

Road side weeds stand in for Queen Anne's lace along with a few pumpkins of the non decorated variety. Just like nature intended. 

This is the sweet spot for me. Just a touch here and there to enjoy before the holidays amp up everything. The simpler the better. 

A Suburban Home Renovation

It might be a good idea to start this post with a warning.

"Caution: This  blog post may produce extreme house envy. Symptoms include throwing out everything you own and starting over. Or hiring designer Holly Mathis. Or both."

So perhaps it's best I don't share all the images just yet. It's for your own good. Trust me.
This summer I did a little styling and photographed this beautiful home for Holly and absolutely marveled at the renovations that were made. 

This home, in a lovely suburban Houston neighborhood, got a major update with Holly's help which gives it so much style and personality. Cabinets were removed, a window added, along with shiplap ceiling, open shelves and beautiful finishes and lighting.  The quartz countertops are gorgeous. This young family has 6 children including a brand new baby and the nursery is absolutely adorable.

The strong lines and large scale of the Darlana lantern contrast beautifully with the white kitchen. Lighting by Visual Comfort through True Blue Home

The new quartz countertops are beautiful and extremely durable. A great choice for a big family kitchen.

                                 Smart spice storage is so simple and easy with 4oz spice jars.

The family does have a television. It's hidden in the lower right cabinet and raises and lowers by remote. Genius!

Beautiful details and fabric in these custom slipcovers by LS Slipcovers topping off the basic Henriksdal chair from Ikea.

Buffalo check, polka dots, shiplap and tons of natural light pouring in to this nursery for brand new baby #6 for this family! Art from House of Belonging.

Holly is sharing details and sources for this project on her blog so be sure to pop over. I'm sure she'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
 

John Derian Provincetown, Cape Cod

Our summer vacation to Cape Cod was epic and about as far from southeast Texas as you can get and still be in the same country. Don't be surprised if I refer to it for the next year and a half. That's how good it was. 

We covered a lot of ground on this trip. One fabulous day in particular, we made our way to Provincetown so I could fulfill a shopping dream by popping into John Derian's Provincetown store. Do you think he knows there are fan girls way down south that just want to tiptoe into his dreamy stores to catch a glimpse of him working away in a corner, maybe decoupaging something? 

Beckoning...that's what the entry of this store does. It beckons you and then you pray your kids and husband get lost parking the car so you can enjoy this tiny little sacred place all alone. 

The small studio like space is artfully layered with textiles, vintage portraits and lighting, paper flowers, whimsical objets and of course John's signature decoupage line. John's layered and collected style has been a steady and constant influence in my own personal style.  This little gem in Provincetown is open seasonally June - Sept. 

I touched virtually everything in the store and was tempted by a piece from the black forest menagerie but felt the most delight when I  found a glass case filled with spun cotton animals by artist Crystal Sloane. This little octopus slid comfortably into her new habitat and has made herself right at home amongst the shells and sea glass souvenirs from this trip and various others. Do you shop in thrift stores on vacation? I love to check out what the locals have discarded. The Cape Cod by Thoreau book was a .25 thrift store find that held my foraged fern fronds until we got home. Oh yes....I foraged. A lot.

Here's something to look forward to.  Oct 4th is the release date for John Derian's first book, Found. 300 big beautiful pages of 19th century images from his archives. Pre-order available now through his website.

The charm of Provincetown is intoxicating and the exact opposite of what the scenery is like in Houston Texas. Therefore, I didn't want to leave. That's also the goal when planning a vacation, right? I stole a few snaps as we strolled the narrow streets and private alleys of Provincetown before we made our way to the beaches. 

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more to come.......

A Game Room for the Boys

We are so excited to see the boys game room featured in the August 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

                                                              Image by Brian McWeeney

                                                              Image by Brian McWeeney

Having a dedicated space for the boys has been good for all of us. They need their own space to hang with buddies and enjoy their media and this little room has been perfect. 

The issue is available now. You can also read about the before/after of this space here.

Thank you to Better Homes & Gardens, Brian and Carolyn McWeeney and my friend Janna Lufkin who produced and styled this story.

Old Glory Antiques Denver

Absolutely nothing inspires me as much as travel. Even if it's for work and sometimes, especially if it's for work. 

Earlier this summer I flew to Denver to photograph some of the new inventory at Old Glory Antiques for owner Holly Kuhn. If you find yourself lucky enough to be anywhere near the Denver area, this store is worth a detour.

Holly keeps an ever changing inventory of architectural antiques and American furniture with that "just right" authentic patina that just can't be duplicated.

I think the most interesting homes are layered with antiques, vintage and new upholstered pieces.  Holly speaks my language at her shop. She also avoids my antique shop pet peeve of overcrowding the merchandise and is so good at styling her vignettes and creating artful moments that inspire.

The texture and patina in this shot...I can't even. It's delicious.

The editors at Flea Market Decor Magazine think Holly and Old Glory are pretty awesome too and have featured the store in their Fall 2016 issue. In the feature, Holly shares her styling secrets and advice on finding and decorating with antiques.  It's good stuff.

 

To view all the new images from this shoot, visit my Old Glory Denver portfolio. And be sure to follow Old Glory on Facebook to see all the latest inventory Holly brings in. But don't wait...merchandise moves fast at OG.

The Bar Cart

I wasn't looking for a bar cart. I was looking at vintage tablecloths at an estate sale earlier this summer that happened to be piled a mile high on the bar cart. Another shopper had unloaded the piles of linens and was giving the cart a test drive. And I kicked myself for not noticing it.

And then she decided it wasn't for her.

It's hard to be cool at estate sales when you see someone put an item back you want. I had zero cool and no shame. The cart was mine and for a song. 

Bar carts have been the super trendy item to buy the last couple of years but they're not something I ever thought I needed or had a place for. But this little cutie with it's warm wood and simple lines felt like it could multi-task as a plant stand and that was the ticket for me. And I could easily wheel it outside if I needed it to serve around the pool.

Parked in front of a window that gets pretty morning sun near our back door, its where I do my summer gardening now. Once July rolls around, all bets are off for me working in the yard. Good luck lavender! Hang in there pentas! I'll see you in October when it cools off. Like outside gardening, puttering with the plants in the morning is contemplative and rewarding.

I gathered some plants I had on hand along with a few other fun garden elements. Pretty bottles and green and gold bohemian juice glasses to catch the light and hold clippings. A vintage plant sprayer (obsessed with this). Beach pebbles found on our recent vacation to Cape Cod. Vintage Japanese pruning shears. And of course a cute blue tooth speaker. The plants seem to thrive with a daily dose of Lucinda Williams and Lyle Lovett. 

It's got me thinking which flowering plants that normally grow outside, might grow well inside. I'm giving geraniums a try because they seem pretty tolerant and are so summery.  I'm hoping this one grows long and leggy with big blooms that spill over the side of the cart. We get tons of natural light in our house so I'm feeling optimistic. If you have any tips for growing flowering plants indoors, do share.

Would you Buy a Mattress Online?

There are three things that I know I would never consider buying online: a swimsuit, jeans and a mattress.
But then an opportunity comes along and I learned I just might have been wrong. 

 

This happened recently when the nice people at GelFoam Bed reached out to me and asked if I would like to receive and review one of their mattresses. As long as I've been blogging I've never done a sponsored post or accepted gifts to review. I'm not against it, it's just that the timing wasn't right. 

We are due to update a few things in our master bedroom. I'm on the lookout for new bedside tables (which are taking far too long to find) and new wall mounted lamps. And coincidentally, our high end fancy schmancy mattress was starting to lose it's firmness. We were just starting to have the conversation about replacing it when I heard from the people at GelFoam Bed. We were plenty skeptical about a mattress being delivered that we hadn't tried out. My husband and I are pretty picky and a good night's sleep is non-negotiable so the mattress is very important. 

We've slept on gel foam mattresses on vacation and loved them so we were willing to give it a try knowing we could return it if it didn't work out for us. Here were our choices:

We chose the 12" Miranda Medium Plush because we wanted a plush mattress with excellent support. 

Bingo, it's exactly that. 

Each mattress is made to order and arrives compressed and rolled up in a box for shipping. I think this is genius and my boys were fascinated with the unpacking process.

                                 We used a knife.  House full of men, you know we used a knife.

                                 We used a knife.  House full of men, you know we used a knife.

That part about clearing the area is no joke. The mattress starts to decompress immediately and it's really fun to watch. We placed it right on top of our existing foundation.

That part about clearing the area is no joke. The mattress starts to decompress immediately and it's really fun to watch. We placed it right on top of our existing foundation.

Within 5 minutes, my husband was in love. At that point the mattress was still decompressing and I thought it might be too soft but the packing material says it actually takes it a couple of days to fully decompress so I was going to wait and see. 

Ya know what?  I love it too!!  We've had it about a month now and for some of that time we've been on vacation. I gotta tell ya, I really missed it when we were traveling and it was great to come home to. It's definitely a keeper.

There are a couple of things that are different between this GelFoam Bed and our previous mattress, a Simmons Beauty Rest Pillow Top. The Simmons has reinforced sides, the GelFoam does not, so if you're sitting on the side you notice it's a bit softer. Also the Simmons was a couple of inches thicker than this mattress because of the pillow top. It's not really a big deal to me and I don't mind that the mattress sits just a bit lower. It's not unsightly at all.

Choosing the right mattress takes time and is very subjective. If you're thinking of replacing yours consider looking at a GelFoam Bed. Believe me, I know you might never even think of buying a mattress online that you've never tried out. GelFoam Beds come with a 100 night risk free guarantee. That's pretty cool right? 

If you're interested, GelFoam Beds is offering my readers a coupon worth $50 off your purchase. Just use code "curiousdetails" when you check out for the savings.

I'm happy to answer any questions you might have if you'd like more information regarding our GelFoam Bed mattress.

 

 

Recent styling work for Country Living Magazine

Ahhhh, sweet summer how I love you. Mosquitos and all.
The minute the boys walk in the back door from the last day of school, after the last final exam, may be my favorite day of the year. We did it! another school year in the books and we're ready for the sweet reward of sleeping in, swimming and spontaneous road trips.

In my mind it looks like this recent Country Living cover I styled from the May 2016 issue
 

                                                    Photographed by Annie Schlechter

A porch, a pony and a killer view. We shot this on location at The Prairie  in  Round Top, Texas, which was the perfect backdrop for the talented cover designer Andrew Howard. Classic wicker, blue and white pillows, the perfect little antique tea cart (thank you Kuhl Linscomb) and painted wood tile flooring.

That's Rooster the horse that lives down the road who came to visit on the day we shot. He's a big ol' retired rodeo horse that likes to munch on flowers so imagine us trying to distract him to get the shot before all the flowers disappeared. He was such a good boy and anytime we have a horse on set is a very good day for me. 

Stylist Tip: The pink flowers on the coffee table aren't flowers but blooms from a crepe myrtle tree.  They're one of my favorite stems to cut and bring inside and are plentiful during Texas summers. 

In the June 2016 issue of Country Living  is a sweet feature of the playhouse Houston designer Bailey McCarthy built for her daughter, Grace. The McCarthy's replicated the Texas dance hall Gruene Hall at their farm in Bellville. 

                                                      Photographed by Buff Strickland

You can see more of this feature in the current issue and click here to see more images.
Spending the day with these little cuties sure made me miss little voices and watching Grace belt out tunes from Frozen brought back memories of the shows my sister and I would put on. Anyone else big fans of The Partridge Family?

                                               Photograph by Buff Strickland

Stylist Tip: Old fashioned root beer floats are so delicious and simple to make. We used Mug Rootbeer (no caffeine!) 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, lots of whipped cream and a cherry on top. Tasty and super cute in vintage mugs from HASbins, the popup shop of my assistant and her partners. Chill the mugs before you make these to keep the floats nice and cold.

I hope summer is good to you and that you get in lots of porch sittin' and ice cream eating and magazine reading. 

Enter to Win a Weekend Getaway to The Vintage Round Top!

Recognize this beautiful room? It's the famous day bed at The Vintage Round Top located in Round Top, Texas.

Would you love to spend a weekend lazing atop that dreamy day bed? Yea you would!

To celebrate the many blessings of the past year, I'm hosting a giveaway on Instagram in collaboration with The Vintage Round Top.

Photo: Laura Morsman

Photo: Laura Morsman

You could win a two night stay in their 1450 Fourteen-Fifty Cottage for up to six guests (a $950 value)

To enter, you must follow both Curious Details and The Vintage Round Top on Instagram and tag two friends on the Instagram post.

A winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Sunday evening April 17, 2016.

Good luck and head over to Instagram to start tagging your friends for a chance to win!

**Restrictions apply: High Season (March-May and Sept-Nov., Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are excluded)

Our Home Featured in Better Homes and Gardens April 2016

It's finally here!
A year ago the fabulous team from Better Homes and Gardens paid us a visit to shoot a few rooms in our house for their spring garden issue.  Photographed by Brian McWeeney and produced and styled by one of the best in the business, Janna Lufkin.  The team, headed up by Shelley Caldwell of BH&G,  pulled together a story that's true to me and my style and how we live in and enjoy our home.

I am so grateful to them for this wonderful opportunity to be featured in the April 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. 

Photo: Brian McWeeney

 

My personal style is a mix of custom pieces, vintage and fine art, personal collections and flea market finds. As beach lovers, our dream house would be a cottage by the sea with a killer view. Our reality is that we live in a typical builder house in the middle of suburbia. However, we live with the things that bring us delight and create an atmosphere that suits our home and lifestyle which keeps it from feeling anything but typical. That's also a philosophy I share with my design clients. 

Photo: Brian McWeeney

 

The white slipcovers seen in the article are custom from LS Slipcovers in Houston, TX. I'm so in love with those slips. I know they're not for everyone and I get asked all the time how I live with white sofas and 16 year old twin boys. The truth is they're probably the cleanest thing in my house because the covers can be washed. Yes, they get Cheetos smashed into them and dirty puppy paw prints. But they come out of the washer looking brand new and smelling like Heaven. I couldn't do that with my old upholstered sofa's. Read more about the slipcovers here.

Art plays a big part in my personal style. Antique botanical charts, pressed botanicals, and coastal paintings (some by me) mix with bead board walls to create the light and airy cottage look we love.  Also included is the beautiful work of my dear friend,  fine art photographer and mixed media artist Lori Vrba of Chapel Hill, NC.

The Messenger by Lori Vrba

 

Don't afraid to mix and layer your art.

In fact, don't be afraid of anything when it comes to decorating. Fear holds so many people hostage from simply enjoying their homes. Fear wastes so much time! I think fear is a decorating epidemic. I've worked with so many clients that are absolutely terrified of making a mistake or a choice that they stay frozen and never make any progress. They're worried about trends, or rules or what their mother-in-law might think. I want to give you permission to have fun with your home. Don't take it all so seriously. Have a little fun playing in your house. 

I approach decorating my own home like I would a styling job. Adding and editing as I go. Not everything works all the time. It's a process and I'm never done. And that's ok! I allow myself mistakes and time to enjoy the hunt for new things. I hope the story inspires you to live with the things you love and bring you delight as well.

*You'll have to be a BH&G subscriber to enjoy this feature as it's not included in the newsstand version. You can also purchase a digital version of the magazine through their app in the itunes store. As much as I love to hold a copy of the magazine, I really enjoy the digital version as well for zooming in on details.

 

 

Raw Honeycomb and Fruit Appetizer

I love simple beautiful food. This simple and easy to prepare appetizer is perfect for your spring time Easter brunch or breakfast table.  

                                                        Raw Honeycomb and Fruit Appetizer

The star of this appetizer show is the raw honeycomb. I picked mine up at Leftovers Antiques in Brenham. Did you know they carry beautiful epicurean goods as well as antiques? You can also find raw honeycomb in nicer grocery stores or order online.

Grab a pretty plate or cheeseboard and add:

Raw honeycomb
Fresh berries
Goat cheese crumbles
Slivered Almonds
Fresh Mint

Serve this sweet springtime goodness on your favorite sliced bread (I used ciabatta here) or crackers.  It's also perfect for breakfast with your favorite biscuits.

Customize this sweet appetizer to your liking and keep it simple. It's really the perfect bite!

 

 

Welcome to the new Curious Details!

Hello friends! This new site has been a long time coming. I'm so excited to finally be able to share it!

I hope you find it easy to navigate and easy on the eyes.  My goal was to create a fresh and simple site to house my portfolio, connect with potential clients and blog a little when time allows. The Squarespace platform seemed well suited to that so that's where we are now.

There may be a few little kinks here and there but I think for the most part we're ready for liftoff! Please let me know if you run into any issues during your visit. One issue Squarespace is sorting out for us is adding Pin It buttons on my blog images. If you see something you'd like to Pin on the blog you'll have to add it from your browser's Pin It button for now.

My sidekick in creating the new site is the talented Haylei Smith of Crowley, Louisiana.  Her graphic design skills can be seen on every page of the site from the custom logo to the new business e-mail she set up for me.  Haylei has been a God send.  I have no patience with technology and even less time to birth a new site.  We worked together via e-mail, text, phone and even Face Time to get things just right. Haylei made this so easy for me. Thank you Haylei for tolerating all my ridiculous questions and mini-meltdowns. You are so talented and my offer of adopting you still stands.

Spring time feels like the perfect time to launch a new site. Round Top is coming up very soon. I've got new work to share and a big big surprise in the next month or so!!  If I'm not blogging, you can connect with me via Facebook and Instagram to read all the latest. Hope to see you there!