Recent Styling Work ~ Rachel Goetz Interiors

I spent a day recently working with Houston designer, Rachel Goetz, to style and photograph one of her local projects located in The Heights. 

Rachel, a fresh face in the design trade, assisted this young family which includes three little boys, through the building and design process the whole way.  Here's a little peek at some of the work we did on this shoot.  I'm so in love with this kitchen space. 

For now you can find Rachel on

Instagram

sharing the latest on her design work along with pics of her brand new sweet baby. She's got a great eye for details and is a props power shopper so I can only imagine the energy she brings to a custom build project. Thanks for a fun day Rachel!

Manready Mercantile

Every summer the boys and I like to plan a day  of fun in Houston discovering new places.   One of our favorite stops this year was the new Manready Mercantile in The Heights.

I first heard about Manready Mercantile on Instagram and loved what I saw.  Since we're raising a couple of men I wanted them to experience firsthand some unique manly goods in a creative and fun atmosphere.  They loved it, and for just a minute it made me wish I was a guy because if I was, I would have know I had found the store for me. I loved the store styling. Manready Mercantile is a lifestyle store with a vintage, outdoorsy atmosphere. They're well stocked with leather goods, accessories, clothing, candles and apothecary style personal care lines for men. Made in the USA and local.

With the motto "Work Hard Live Well", owner and Texas original, Travis Weaver opened his flagship store here in Houston just a few months ago. I love his story.  

Travis started his business with $20 and a lot of guts. He sold his signature brand of candles at craft fairs and flea markets and eventually online.  With approx 70 retailers now carrying his candle line (including One Kings Lane and Whole Foods) and a successful website, a storefront was the next natural step. 

I think what I'm most excited about is that I now have a place to pick up Christmas gifts for the men.  I think guys are hard to buy for, but I saw so many beautiful things I would love to gift. Beautiful leather key chains, vintage tools and pocket knives, hip t-shirts. 

It's perfect!

Of course we couldn't leave without picking up a few things. A new calendar with a vintage look, a leather wrapped mason jar for coffee or tea, and beautiful card decks.  

Ladies, Manready Mercantile often hosts social hours with complimentary cocktails for "man sitting" while you shop your favorite stores on 19th street in the historic Heights.  There's good stuff there!

                    Manready Mercantile    321 B W. 19th Street     Houston, TX

Adkins Architectural Antiques

In the shade of a giant oak tree in downtown Houston, is one of the best architectural salvage resources in the country, Adkins Architectural Antiques Since I had a "free pass" on Mother's Day last weekend, I asked my family to join me on a downtown adventure that included my camera and Adkins.



Every inch of this lovely old house from 1912 and warehouse, is filled with garden elements, architectural salvage, hardware, lighting, mantels, doors, tubs, shutters and a third floor attic that you should only brave during cooler months.  











This is just a small peek at their huge inventory. You're sure to find that special vintage element to add to your home at Adkins. Their garden inventory is wonderful with many affordable pieces as well as high end European one of a kinds. They also have a woodshop on the premises and can repair or create almost anything you can imagine. If you've never been, I know you'll love it as much as I do.