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Don’t mess with Texas

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Gosh. When you’re in the midst of a massive renovation, you feel completely unsettled, and your schedule is nuts, it might be time for the OPPOSITE of what you THINK you need. Stick with me here.

I’m not a very exciting person. 😉 I like routines, schedules, and I DON’T like to have a completely jam-packed schedule. This girl needs white space, ya know? Let’s just say, it’s not like me to jet off somewhere when our lives are completely upside down with the renovation of our 1890 farmhouse. BUT. My favorite Texas clients, Mike & Christie, wanted to schedule a little spring remix/refresh, and I said YES in a heartbeat! Wait, I did??? But what about THIS, and what about THAT? HELLO. I adore Texas (and these clients)…and everyone KNOWS you DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS. So I hopped on a plane, and the fun began!

You may remember Mike & Christie, and their home, from past posts. If you’re new here, you can read about the first visit to style & decorate their home here, the next trip here, and another one here! 🙂 They scooped me up from the airport, and we jumped right into our to-do list. We did a little furniture shopping, stopped at Calloway’s Nursery for front porch flowers, and hit Homegoods!

Before we went into Homegoods, I was pretty sure we didn’t need much. Ya. Take a look at our cart. 😉 (below)

Just a few things to get the party started! Ha! We filled up the car quite nicely. 😉

When we arrived at Mike & Christie’s home, we went straight out to see the animals…and look at the glorious sunset that night! (below) Oh Texas, you really know how to put on a show.



The next day, we headed out early to hit Vintage Market Days of Denton/Fort Worth. It was an AMAZING show, with so many goodies! We had some great success finding a few unique pieces to incorporate into the spring/summer decor.

After the show, we drove home for a quick lunch, and then it was PORCH DECORATING TIME! Porches have my heart, which makes them so much fun to adorn for each season! It was a beautiful, sunny, WINDY day, and I was excited to dig in. Once I decided to use a church pew Christie had in another location, the rest of it came easily. We had found a neat old screen at the Vintage show, which was perfect to add height behind the pew…a great spot to hang our Homegoods sign! And of course, the beautiful flowers from Calloway’s…they brought the whole thing to life! Wanna see?

The pic below shows the front door area, where last year’s fun Vintage find (bookcase) was used to hold a few more pretty flowers. (Find this great outdoor rug here!)

This fun basket on the front door (below) holds cheery yellow flowers (faux) and makes a great first impression for friends & family.

With the porch complete, it was time to turn my attention to remixing a few areas inside.

The “keeping room” is a sunny little area that’s connected to the kitchen/dining room, and it has been a much-used spot. Adding a remixed pillow arrangement, a hard-to-kill plant ;), and a couple textural touches was an easy way to freshen things up. (below)

Maidenhair ferns brought life & a little springiness to the dining table. (below)

We found this cute rug at the Vintage show, and decided to use it as a mini table runner! (below)

Here’s the view going the opposite way…and even though Christie already had something cute on the chalkboard, she requested some simple hand lettering, so this was my humble attempt. 😉 (P.S. The barn door hides a super cute laundry room!)

The kitchen island was due for a some attention as well, and the pretty cutting board we found at Vintage Market Days (find a similar one here) holds a sweet little vignette. (below)

I just love this view! Every morning of my stay each time, it’s fun to sit in this bright kitchen, eat breakfast, and look out at the horses and chickens. Ahhhh! I’m getting homesick for this place already!

Let’s step into the living room, shall we? I adore this rusty metal screen-like piece above the mantel…perfect to call attention to the pretty peony artwork. It was the first thing we found at Vintage Market Days!

Can you spot Marley the dog, photo-bombing?? (below)

Here’s an angle I’m not sure I’ve shown before, looking toward the front door. 🙂 (below)

I love the way light floods this house, in every direction. What a treat to be here!

To the right of the front door is the music room, where the piano-top was restyled for fun.

A few months ago, I worked with these sweet clients on the renovation of their bathrooms via e-design. It was fun to see the change in REAL LIFE on my visit this time! Below is “my bathroom” when I come to stay:

It’s even dreamier in real life! The shiplap, the marble hexagon floor tile, the pretty white vanity (find the Washington 48″ Single Bathroom Vanity Set here)…so fresh & pretty! Here’s another view: (below)


See the cabinet above the toilet? Some simple useful items make a nice display.

The master bath got some updates as well…new tile flooring and a dainty chandelier above the tub. (below)

Before we knew it, our time together was over. But let me tell ya, we packed a LOT of fun into just a couple of days. This family has become very dear to me, and I feel so blessed to know them! Until next time, Texas! (How cute is Christie, at her front door?!)




  • March 13, 2018 - 8:40 pm

    Pam Foster - Loved seeing all the light bright rooms! Such an inviting look! Beautiful! Love the sweet family too!ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2018 - 5:58 pm

    Tenna Wehenkel - Would you care to share the name of the tile in the master bath? I love it! Beautiful home, I want to move in!!ReplyCancel

    • March 16, 2018 - 4:42 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Tenna! It’s made by Dal Tile, and the color is “Cenere Fog.”ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2018 - 3:50 pm

    kathy - Love, Love the large basket over the fireplace, vintage or repro ?ReplyCancel

    • March 16, 2018 - 4:36 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Kathy! That was a vintage find. 🙂ReplyCancel

      • March 16, 2018 - 10:24 pm

        Kathy - Would love a find like that…………ReplyCancel