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. 

Recent Styling Work for Country Living Magazine May 2015 Issue

The May issue of

Country Living

is out and I'm so excited about the story that features the  lovely home of Christi Wilson of

The Brown Shed

Photograph by :

Annie Schlechter

This family room is absolutely hands down one of my favorite rooms. Ever. It's light, bright, colorful, cozy, feminine without being fussy and I love how it connects to the kitchen. It's the perfect space to simply "be" with your family. 

And the Wilson's are all about family; and hospitality and gardening and chickens and sweet dogs and eating really good food in their authentic farmhouse kitchen. 

When we're working on shoots we usually only have time to grab a quick bite and then it's back to work. On this shoot, Christi spoiled us rotten for three days with delicious homemade meals. And she made it look so easy!  She's a natural at putting together delicious casual meals.  I was so impressed with how easy she made it look with a team from a magazine invading her home. We tend to make a big mess during these shoots. It was quite a treat to be so tended to. Southern hospitality at its best. 

Homemade pies, scones, muffins, soup, grilled sandwiches. Quiche!! I just remembered the quiche she made with a pecan crust from her tree!  

I have a scone recipe to share with you coming up in the next blog post. Maybe Christi will share some of her favorite recipes on her blog for us...pretty please?

As you'll see from the story, Christi has a great eye for finding that just right antique. Her home is full of one of a kind finds. It was a dream to style her home because all I had to do was ask and she had exactly what we needed. I loved walking out back to

The Brown Shed

to gather up a basket of vintage goodies to style with. 

Vintage bottles and ranunculus waiting for their close up.

My partner in crime, Paige Hull of

The Vintage Round Top

, assisted on this shoot.  She's a steamin' demon.  Since we were working close by we got to stay in Paige's cottage in Round Top, Texas. If you haven't seen it, take a look and fall in love. It's dreamy. 

If you love Christi's style, I've got good news. She's updated her

Etsy

store and stocked it with vintage items just like you see in her Country Living feature. She'll also have plans for her adorable chicken coop coming soon.

To see more of this feature click

here

to view the

Country Living

slideshow and pick up the May 2015 Issue to read all the details. 

Thank you Christi, for the hospitality. 

Recent Styling Work In Country Living Magazine

A very special project that I worked on over the summer with my friend

Holly Mathis

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 

here

.

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

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

Old Glory Antiques

, 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. 

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

For the window seat in the upstairs dorm room, Holly had a french mattress custom made by our friends at

LS Slipcovers

.  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.

Photograph by

Annie Schlechter

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

The Vintage Round Top

. 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

Holly's blog

so head over for more interesting details and pictures. We definitely put the country in Country Living for November!

Country Living November Issue and Me

The November 2014 Issue of Country Living is rolling out now and I'm so happy to share the exciting news that a feature that I styled for them recently is included in the issue. 

The story features the Texas home of Holly Kuhn, owner of Old Glory Antiques in Burton, Texas, and the design work of my dear friend, the wildly talented Holly Mathis.  Holly and I worked on this project together over the summer and I'm thrilled to be able to share it with you through . I hope you'll enjoy it!

The Vintage Round Top Featured in Country Living


I'm so excited to see the February, 2014, issue of Country Living that features The Vintage Round Top, the vacation rental property of Paige and Smoot Hull which is located in Round Top, Texas. I was honored to assist on this shoot and it was wonderful to work with so many local friends.  

The Hulls completely renovated the cottage with reclaimed materials and found objects throughout. I especially love these repurposed cow feed sifters, which are now custom light sconces, above the day bed:


Photographed by Max Kim-Bee
Photographed by Max Kim-Bee
I met and worked with Paige and Smoot last fall during the Marburger Farm antiques show where we bonded over all things vintage, so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to work on the Country Living shoot with them.  Here are some of my behind the scenes iphone pics: 

The Hulls, ready for their close up.
Pie from Royers Cafe in Round Top.  Perks of a stylist...eating the props!
The gang at Royers.  Thanks for the pies Tara!!!
Think styling is glamorous work?  Ha!...no makeup, bad hair and not much sleep.  I love every minute!
Not everything we style makes the cut, but I loved this vignette from the sun porch dining area.
"Branches by Becki"

The lead stylist for this feature was Janna Lufkin. I am still inspired by the four days we spent together watching her work her magic at The Vintage Round Top. We had the best time prop shopping in Houston in the pouring rain and laughing at all the little mishaps that are bound to arise (flat tire!). Her aesthetic is so refreshingly simple and beautiful. In addition to her career as a talented stylist, Janna is also the founder of Raw Materials Design. You'll love her all natural, American made goods such as aprons, placemats and dish towels.

 

Janna styling the back hall entry.
A special thank you goes to my friends Michael and Ed at Leftovers Antiques in Brenham, Texas, who provided us with additional props. As I write this, they are in Europe shopping for more one of a kind finds for their beautiful store to share with us, so be sure to visit them soon.  They'll also be at the Marburger Farm antiques show which is coming up this spring. 

The striped rug by Dash & Albert can be found at  Leftovers Antiques.
To read more about The Vintage Round Top, visit Country Living for the complete story and more pictures of this charming vacation property. Or, pick up the February 2014 issue which is available now on newsstands. 

Country Living ~ Behind the Scenes

Happy Back to School Day!  We've had the best summer full of barefoot days, sleeping late and just slowing down and being together. It's such a blessing for me to work less and be with my kids during the summer. Now back to work!

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of assisting Country Living Contributing Editor and Stylist, Heather Bullard on a shoot just south of Dallas that features the beautiful remodel of Susie Clark's ranch house.  The feature is in the September issue of Country Living that's available now.































I love Susie's style. She's got a "Fresh Country" look that makes for easy, stylish living and it suits the house and her life so well. I think that's key to good design. This was my first experience working with a team from a major publication. It was such an inspiration to see their dedication to producing a beautiful story. In addition to all the hard work and long hours, it's really fun and I can't wait to do it again.

Here are a few behind the scenes pictures taken with my iphone:

Every photo shoot must have pretty flowers. These were from a local florist.

A few props were brought in, though not too much as Susie has great style. We picked up a couple of items from The Greenery in Waxahachie, Texas. Great garden store with lots of vintage signs.



Still kicking myself for not picking up one of these light blue enamel pots. 


While I was out picking up a yummy Texas style fajita spread for the crew and homeowner, the breakfast nook was styled and photographed. So pretty!


This is what you don't see.  A little of the equipment that's used to get those beauty shots.


I have a steamer and I'm not afraid to use it!  Ever seen anyone so happy to steam bedding? I didn't think so.



This is Stella, one of Susie's rescue horses. She's a sweetie and always ready for a handful of grass. 


A little more horsing around.  Me modeling one of Susie's western hats. Don't Mess with Texas.


One of the best parts of the job is meeting extraordinary people. Susie has a successful career, lives in her dream house and has a big heart for animal rescue. She calls her place The Lucky Dog Ranch. 
Having one's home full of people from a major publication, taking pictures, moving things around can be super stressful, but Susie was cool as a cucumber. One afternoon, I needed to ask her a question and couldn't find her right away, so I knocked on her bedroom door only to peek in and see this.... lucky dogs indeed!


Click here to see the full slideshow of Susie's home makeover. 

Me & Country Living

How many of you grew up with a copy of Country Living on your coffee table?  My mom is a decorator so we had stacks and baskets full of past issues in the living room, the bathroom, guest rooms and even in her van. We saved the issues for years!
I still subscribe and love that they feature homes that I can not only dream about but offer content that I can relate to in my own home. Inspiration that's actually attainable. Love this farmhouse feature in the current issue: 
 


Now here's the "me" part of this post; I'm packing my bags and car with props and headed to Dallas to assist superstar stylist and Country Living contributor, Heather Bullard, on a Country Living photoshoot!!! yep.....let it soak in.....are you freaking out? because I am!
I'm so excited to be a part of this. As a first time assistant I'll be doing prep work and prop wrangling, but mostly I'm praying I don't trip and knock over a camera!


Overwhelming full circle moment. I hope to post a few behind the scenes shots on my Instagram feed (now on the web in addition to your phone app) and Facebook
Wish me luck! Dallas, here I come!