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!

At Home with Ed Fulkerson of Leftover's Antiques

Just west of Houston, in the sweet little town of Brenham, Texas, is where Ed Fulkerson of

Leftovers Antiques

, calls home. And what a home it is. 

My dear friend and talented decorator,

Holly Mathis

, recently invited me to photograph Ed's beautiful home. Can you imagine how much fun we had styling this shoot together and touching all of his antiques? Best job ever!

Ed lives in an authentic historical cottage.  The kind we all Pin to our style boards and lust for...you know..with old worn floors, original shutters, tall ceilings, wavy glass in the windows, beadboard...so romantic. 

Then, if that weren't enough, he's decorated it with thoughtfully chosen European and American antiques. 

I loved the day we spent shooting here and fell in love with the light that beams through those windows. 

Holly

is sharing even more images and details of Ed's story and their new website on her

blog

, so be sure to click over . He and his business partner, Michael Breddin, are in preparations now for the upcoming

Marburger Farm

show at Round Top so you can visit them there or at the store which is also full of beautiful antiques and more, just like the ones you see here.

Holly Mathis Interiors Photo Shoot

If you're looking for fresh design inspiration this weekend, Holly Mathisis bringing it to you in a big way.  I recently spent a lovely day with Holly photographing one of her newly completed design projects. She's sharing all the details of this young Houston family's  home renovation on her blog

So inspiring! Bet you can't wait to see more :) 

Holly and I have such a great time together on these shoots, however, so much beauty in every room makes it a challenge for me to stay focused while I'm shooting sometimes. I loved how this couple merged their taste with Holly's design direction to achieve this fresh/custom/casual style that works so great for how we really live in our homes. 

Holly Mathis for Joss & Main

While you're surfing for Cyber Monday deals this morning, give in to that "one for them, one for me" temptation by shopping the wonderful Cottage Christmas collection my friend

Holly Mathis

has curated for  

Joss and Main

cyber monday

Discount good December 2 only.  Use it today!

You'll see some of Holly's favorite Christmas design elements like plaid, boxwood, word art from Lindsey Letters, baskets and fresh fabrics.

Holly has done all the work and makes it easy for us to decorate our homes with this fab collection just in time for the holidays.  Now go getcha some!

Cottage Kitchen Redo

I'm not a big house girl.  I've always had a dream to live in a small quaint cottage with just enough room and charm to spare. My friend

Holly Mathis

, is living my dream:

image

Becki Griffin's Curious Details

Holly recently completed a  renovation on her perfectly charming cottage kitchen and it is stunning.  

image Becki Griffin's Curious Details

Holly's talent for design is such an inspiration to me. She's one of the first design bloggers I ever followed and then we had a chance meeting in  Round Top a couple of years ago that was the start of a lovely friendship.  We had the best time styling and shooting her finished room and she's sharing more images and all the design details from lighting to flooring on her

blog

. Go read and be inspired by how she beautified her small, perfectly charming little cottage.  (hoping one day she will share the upstairs.....)

Leftovers Antiques and Rachel Ashwell Book Signing

Just heard some fun news from Holly Mathis that Leftovers Antiques will be hosting their Annual Party and Jazz Night this Saturday, September 28th from 6-9pm and our favorite honorary Texan and designer, Rachel Ashwell, will be there signing copies of her new book, Prairie Couture.
Leftovers Antiques huge store in Brenham, Texas, mixes old and new by offering European antiques and new exciting products like bedding, rugs and accessories. 







For more information and pictures of what Leftover's has in store, pop over to Holly's blog then head to Leftover's Saturday for some pre-Round Top Antiques week fun!