A very special project that I worked on over the summer with my friend
was featured in the November issue of Country Living Magazine.
In addition to assisting Holly I was honored to style the shoot for Country Living. You can see more images from the shoot and read about the house
I thought it would be fun to show you some of the rooms as Holly Mathis designed them for our fabulous client Holly Kuhn of
, along with some of the details that weren't included in the magazine feature.
This house is the real deal great old country house that we all dream of. Twelve foot tall ceilings, wavy old glass in the windows, claw foot tubs....charm and character all over.
And the icing on the cake is that homeowner Holly Kuhn owns the Old Glory Antiques shop that sits on the property so we had access to her fabulous inventory for this project.
The house is for private use of the Kuhns and their guests primarily when they come to Texas to open the shop for Antiques Week twice a year. This 4 bedroom house which includes a loft room is perfect for accommodating a large crowd which is a good thing because it's often packed with friends.
This beautiful bedroom was shot for the magazine but wasn't included in the feature. I love the soft colors of the blue ceiling and the shutters. This room feels so serene and dreamy.
For the window seat in the upstairs dorm room, Holly had a french mattress custom made by our friends at
. It's exactly what the space needed.
Here's a detailed shot of the desk in the entry. Perfect for this guest house. I love how it evokes the feel of an old hotel check in desk.
I have to say, Holly Mathis is blessed with some amazing design talent. I've admired her work for years and seeing her in action kind of blew my mind. She can make things happen ya'll. Good things. Her friendship and support has blessed my life in so many ways and these two Texas girls were honored to work together for Holly Kuhn and have our project featured in Country Living.
Holly's goal on this project was to freshen up the house while keeping true to the Old Glory brand style of fresh American antiques.
Here's a before and after of what we call the red bedroom. Keep in mind these before pics are extra messy because we were in the house working and things sometimes get worse before they get better. A custom made four poster Amish style bed was brought in which helped with the tall ceilings in this house. Perfect choice.
All of the following images were taken by me for our portfolio.
Red bedroom before & after
Styling tip *Bookends don't have to match. Using two different objects the same color is more interesting, especially if one of them is a small vase.
Below is the canopy room before & after. Another beautiful tall romantic bed was used in this room.
The moulding on the walls inspired us to get creative with the art. We gathered empty frames from the shop along with vintage photographs to create a mixed media inspired installation.
Styling tip * Think outside the frame. We used vintage photographs and paper ephemera clipped to the existing wire to create this unique grouping.
Here's the kitchen before and after.
The industrial light fixture, striped runner on the stairs and cafe sign add so many layers of interest.
Here's a bedroom that wasn't included in the feature. I especially love the beautiful bedding.
Styling Tip *Glueing old photos under glass paper weights is a unique way to share family photos.
I've saved the best for last because this room is my absolute favorite in the Old Glory house. I love a dorm room and this one is especially wonderful with the matching iron twin beds and old sconces. As you can see, Holly chose a very colorful rug to anchor the new beds. It's like a party on the floor...so cheerful and colorful and fun.
Styling Tip *Repetition in design is a good thing and pleasing to the eye. Use multiples when space allows.
The dorm bathroom got an update as well.
Another sweet corner of the dorm room provides a writing desk for guests.
The scope of this project was so big that I could go on forever about the fun we had hauling chairs from room to room, eating m&m's while we were figuring out our next move and all the good people that were involved on this project.
One of those special people was my good friend Paige Hull of
. I was asked to step in as the lead stylist at the last minute and needed an assistant. As ya'll know Paige has such an eye for vintage design and is a super hard worker so she made this shoot extra special for me. This woman is a rock star.
Ta-daa! Thank you Paige!!!
There's more more more to read about the Old Glory project over on
so head over for more interesting details and pictures. We definitely put the country in Country Living for November!