Recent Photo Shoot with West 23rd St Design

I hope you're enjoying the dog days of a scorching August summer.

Our 15 year old boys are working their first jobs as life guards this summer and it's been a challenge to juggle four work schedules. It forces me to guard our time off together like a hawk and make sure we do more than see each other coming and going. But we've made it work for us and I'm so proud of the boys hard work. They're saving for a car so we have that ahead of us. 

As for me, I've had the opportunity to collaborate with some new clients whose work I've admired on Instagram. Kristy Keele, a Houston based decorator and owner of West 23rd St. Design contacted me recently to photograph her house.

 Here's a peek at our session:

Kristy is so good at mixing colors and pattern and keeps her traditional style sassy and fresh with vintage art and interesting objets. I seriously feel like I need a glass table in my life.

The details; layered, thoughtfully chosen, a mix of high and low price points.  Kristy  has a sharp eye for treasures and makes frequent stops in some of Houston's best thrift stores for herself and clients. 

Kristy's home office is inspiring as well. Fabric, design books, props, mood boards, art. All the things we decorators love to have at our fingertips. 

One of the perks of this job is seeing up close and personal how people live. What a lovely thing...to put so much of yourself into your home. I have such admiration for all the little details in Kristy's home. Such eye candy!  I don't think she'd mind if I told you about her headboard.  It was one of my favorite things in her home.  It's a kantha quilt simply folded and laid over an upholstered headboard. Genius! and so pretty.

If you're looking for something special for your home, Kristy also sells on One Kings Lane and Chairish. Follow her here on Instagram

Old Glory Antiques ~ Denver

My friend and client, Holly Kuhn, of Old Glory Antiques is one talented lady. I recently visited her in Denver, Co., (which is her home base) to photograph the store at their new location which officially opens July 16th. I'm so excited to share a sneak peek with you!

Isn't it delicious? Holly has a keen eye for editing and the shop is such a pleasure to wander through. There's inspiration in every vignette. Along with beautiful well worn pieces, there's the occasional new piece that looks right at home. 

Holly blogs from her website which you can read here and posts regularly on Facebook and Instagram about new arrivals and events.

You might recognize Holly's signature style.  I've written about Old Glory Antiques in Burton, which you can read about here and worked with Holly Mathis on her Burton home which was featured in Country Living Magazine. She's on fire and has no intentions of slowing down.  

If you're like me and not lucky enough to live in the beautiful Denver area, Holly is also busy loading items to a new online shop, so be sure to pop in there.

Congratulations on the new store Holly!!

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!

Recent Styling Work with Jenny Johnston Interiors

One of my late summer jobs was a trip to Shreveport, Louisiana, to style and photograph a design project for Jenny Johnston. This home is being lovingly updated by the second generation to inhabit it and many of the antiques and paintings are family pieces. It's Steel Magnolias Southern tradition combined with contemporary colors was so refreshing. 

Jenny's works always inspires me.  Her custom finishes, fabrics and love of color reflect her immense design talent.  I'm so happy to share a sneak peek of this portfolio work:

LS Slipcovers ~ The Details

Now that you've seen what LS Slipcovers has done for my home, I want to share some very special one of a kind pieces that were created by the talented team at LS Slipcovers and Bedding.

These images are part of a portfolio shoot I did for Laura this past spring. This petite wingback chair is one of a pair.  What a sweetie! It's just a bit smaller than a traditional wingback; the perfect ladies chair. 

The slip cover is made of flax tissue linen with an exposed top ruffled skirt with a 3" puddle and my favorite little detail...pink French knotted edging all stitched by hand. So beautiful and delicate, a gorgeous and unique detail. A blog reader commented recently that Laura's work is that of an artist.  I couldn't agree more and am pleased to share more of her art with you. 

Laura also offers hand-tufted french mattress style floor cushions. These are 18x18x3 but she can also make them to your custom specifications.  Perfect for floor lounging or piled around a coffee table. 

And this little Danish dream of a chair is the Ballerina covered in a gauzy linen slip with a calla lily skirt. Hand French knotted edging and ballet ties on the chair legs. This is the work of designer Laura KM of the LS Slipcovers team of makers. 

LS Slipcovers and Bedding is located in Houston, Texas. However, you're in luck if you're out of town and would like to upgrade to a more custom slip for select pieces from Ikea, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware as Laura is now offering Ready to Wear slips for some of their popular models. Laura also loves to travel so be sure to check with her as she just might be headed to your area. 

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.

Recent Styling Sneak Peek With Jenny Johnston Interiors

One of my favorite things about my job as a stylist is collaborating with talented designers like

Jenny Johnston

 of Shreveport, Louisiana.  Jenny is a full service designer who just nails it when it comes to beautiful finishes. Each and every room gorgeous and thoughtfully designed. 

I recently photographed and styled a kitchen that Jenny remodeled. She's saving the big reveal  (maybe a publication?! fingers crossed!)  however, I've got the ok to share some of the details of this beautiful space. 

Becki Griffin's Curious Details

Isn't it delicious? I can't wait for

Jenny

to share more with us!

My Boys. They Fly

A repurposed paper weight and abandoned desk clock hold moments frozen in time from a summer's day at the lake.


Leaps of faith and feats of bravery from  12 year old boys .


The third generation to free fall twenty feet from a high diving board that has been sunk into a lake bed for over 50 years. Their grandfather was one of the original lifeguards. Climb, jump, swim, repeat. 


Even mid air, their personalities are evident and true. Two different varieties of bravery.

A disposable waterproof camera and a mom floating in an inner tube. Art is everywhere.

Escaping

The Boardwalk at Santa Cruz, California



Honestly, this is a hard week for my family.  This weekend marks two years since we lost our sweet Rachel, my sister's 19 year old daughter, in a car accident.  Sometimes, we all just want to leave town to get our minds off of how hard it is. To be distracted and let the day pass.

I'm a "let me get my purse" kind of girl.  You want to go somewhere?  I'm in. 

Last summer we went to California for our family vacation.  I gave the boys an old digital camera of mine to shoot with. Just today (over a year later)  I went through the entire file of images and was floored over the things I saw.  The things that they saw at 10 years old.  I love them for paying attention, for noticing. For seeing the beautiful place we were in.


















Thank You R-Man for these great vacation memories.