Designing Women Feature-Leslie Hunt

I could not be any more excited to introduce you all to my dear dear friend, Leslie Hunt of @gracegreydesigns.  Leslie & I met via a Facebook sale group years ago.  We frequently bought things from one another via this Facebook group & I knew that I wanted her in my corner.  Sweet, humble, hard working fellow East Texas girl, who had kiddos the same age as mine & husbands who both have a love for the outdoors.  It was a no brainer that this was going to be a good friendship & I was so right.  Leslie & her family are so precious to me & my family.  We've arranged the marriage of our two youngest already.  We've vacationed (ranch trip & flea market shopping trip) together & our husbands have man crushes on one another so it works out great. I literally could go on & on & on about how much I love this girl and I know you will too!  If you aren't following her on Instagram you need to get on that ASAP!  

Share where you currently live:: Fulshear/Simonton, TX

Share where you grew up:: Gilmer, TX

Share what home means to you:: Home is what you make it. It's where your loved ones are, and it's that place you go that makes you feel like it's all going to be okay, no matter what. It doesn't necessarily have to be a place or just one place, it's wherever/whatever warms your heart.

Share where your love for home & design came from:: I have been obsessed with home decor from the time I was little. While my friends were saving their money to buy treasure trolls, I used mine to buy Antiques or to redecorate my bedroom! My mom used to be a vendor at Canton Trade Days and I would tag along with her and browse the fields and find treasures galore! She opened an art and craft mall in our tiny town when I was 10 and I worked there after school and on the weekends. It was quite the gathering place and people would stop by just to chit chat. I have such fond memories of that store and have always dreamed of opening my own someday!

Share your design style & how you make it work in your home:: My style should probably be described as "as inexpensive as possible"! I am a work at home mom and refinish and paint furniture and make random decor. I feel the need to live on as little as possible since I get to stay home with our kiddos so just about everything in our home was either free, thrifted, or bought on sale. I also love mixing styles and using pieces that can conform to different decor styles. I have a lot of rustic decor (to appease my hunting hubby), some mid century modern, and quite a bit of farmhouse decor with a little boho on top!

Share with us your favorite room in your house: : My favorite room in our home has to be the formal dining room that we used twice a year so decided to turn it into the office! It's my favorite because it was the first room I went out on a limb to convert to something we would actually use! It also holds some special pieces. The barnwood came from my dear friend Ashley's (as in Ashley of Southern Farmhouse Designs) parents ranch. The desk was a freebie from a former coworker friend that I refinished and my husband fell in love with! The acrylic chairs were a bold move for this safe girl, but you know I bought them on sale from Hobby Lobby! I also love that my husband could proudly showcase two mounts that mean a lot to him and they fit right in with the rest of the decor!

Do you have a design philosophy? If so, share it with us. : Design for you and your family, not to please everyone else! Rules are for the birds, just do what makes YOU happy!

Share who inspires you with their designs and why:: Okay, so this is going to sound totally cliche but Ashley, you inspire me more than you'll ever know! You MAKE things happen, whether it be designing a client's home, remodeling a safe house for victims of sex trafficking, blogging, attending conferences to better yourself, whatever it is, you just go for it! I could take a lesson or two from you on making things happen! So glad to have a hustler like you as a friend and mentor!

Where you can find Leslie: 

Facebook: Grace Grey Designs

Instagram: @gracegreydesigns

Isn't she the best?  I knew you'd love her!  

Leslie, you are a gem.  Thank you so much for your kind words.  I love you so much, friend!  

Yall have a blessed weekend!! :) 

Designing Women Feature-Erin Klawiter

I know I say this every Friday, but I'm so excited to introduce y'all to my Designing Women Feature today, Mrs. Erin Klawiter of @thriftyniftynest.  She is such a gem--the best encourager & cheerleader, hilarious as all get out, she will tell you like it is & her eye for design is just the icing on top.  You are going to love her & her beautiful home! 

Share where you currently live:: Dallas, Texas

Share where you grew up:: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Share what home means to you:: To me, it doesn't matter where we have lived, what our house looked like or the things we have or don't have. It's that smell that's uniquely your home's, the feeling when you walk into it after a long day, the safe place for everyone who's in it to be who they are, a soft spot to land.

Share where your love for home & design came from:: My mom, grandmother and aunts were all creative and all had beautifully decorated homes. We didn't have a lot of money but my mom would get creative. Long before spray painting was a craft staple, she'd paint dried greenery and use them throughout the house. She once stapled about 200 cardboard egg cartons to a wall and painted accent wall about 30 years before it's time. Of course, I thought it was embarrassing and wanted the Brady Bunch house. Now, I admire her fearless decorating!

Share your design style & how you make it work in your home:: The only style I really have is "it's got to be washable". All of my furniture has light colored fabric that can be washed or hit with a bleach pen. With three boys and a dog, it's the only way to go. As far as a certain style, my home encompasses so many. You walk into the front door and it's a little global, traditional and cottage-y (is that a word? It is now). My living room is a mixture of vintage pieces that one might classify as "farmhouse" and contemporary and colorful with art and pillows. I think of my entire house was all the same style, I'd get sick of it really quickly.

Share with us your favorite room in your house: : My favorite room? Probably my living room. It's where we watch movies, where I work on projects on my laptop, where the kids hang out while I'm cooking.

Do you have a design philosophy? If so, share it with us. : my biggest philosophy when designing a home is to stick with classic timeless elements that won't look dated any time soon. What's popular today may be the chevron or "old world" Tuscan look that was popular just a few years ago. So many clients today are wanting to go lighter and brighter after living in their dark red and gold house, which was the trend then. Even popular trends like "modern Farmhouse" or "mid century"; unless you live in an authentic mid century home or farm, those elements that make it so popular now may be "out" in the near future.

Share who inspires you with their designs and why:: Truthfully, it's every day regular women and men who aren't classically trained as designers but who are creative and talented at creating beautiful spaces in their homes. I probably use Instagram for design inspiration more than any design book I have or class I've taken. My clients are real people with families who want a pretty space but still want it to be completely liveable. Home owners who like to decorate are my muses because they live the same kinds of lifestyles as my clients.

Don't you just love Erin & her home?  If you haven't already, jump on over to her Instagram account @thriftyniftynest & start following her.  I know you'll fall in love with her & her style even more! 

Online Design: How it Works Part 2

Last week we talked about the basics of getting started with me and my online design process.  From submitting the initial get started form, to choosing your package, your client portal, design agreement, invoicing & taking photos & measurements of the space.  Once we've gotten all of those things done then I get to work creating a custom design for your space.  

When I first start on a design project I make a mental list of must haves that the space needs to have...basics that will easily warm the space up--curtains & rugs.  I jot down any initial ideas that I have about the space, so I have them when it's time to start shopping. Then I look at the flow of the room--could it be set up differently to maximize the space?  I play around with the floor plan to see what works & what doesn't. And then I stalk your Pinterest/Houzz boards.  I use those images to get an idea of your taste & the feel you'd like to see in your space.  

Once I've made all my notes & got an initial idea in my head then I start on the first draft of design boards.  With the first round of your design board, I put a few options of everything on it--a couple of rugs, different style lamps, different styles of furniture.  I want to let you choose those first few pieces to make sure I'm working in the right direction.  I spent at least 3-4 hours per design board draft scoring the internet for the best pieces for your space. You'll receive each round of design boards via your client portal.  With each round you get to send me feedback on things that you like & dislike about that you see.  The more feedback you give me the better.  Don't worry about hurting my feelings during this part of the process, the more I hear from you the better I'll be able to get exactly what you are wanting.  

Example Round 1 Draft

This example was for a client who needed wall art for their playroom, a statement piece of art for their living room & a design for the husband's home office. 

Example Round 2 Draft

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You & I will go back & forth a lot during this design process.  You'll get roughly 3-4 rounds of rough design boards before we make a finalized plan.  We will also be looking at your budget during this time as well.  There may be some things you are willing to splurge a little bit on in your space & we may have to find other items that cost a little less to offset any splurges.  Even if there are things you'd like to be able to buy for the space, but maybe your budget doesn't allow for it just yet, I'll leave them on your board, so that you are able to purchase them when the time comes & you're ready.  

Once I get all the final touches put on the board I send it over to you via your client portal.  Your board will include: floor plan options, all of the items & accessories you need to purchase to transform your space, along with styling notes & tips. You get to review the board, sign off on it & then start shopping for your space.  The great thing about each design board is that each image that I send over is linked to it's source, so you can start shopping right away.  I really is so easy for you. 

Example of Final Design Board with Floor Plan/Budget & Costs

Online design  is really the best of both worlds.  I get to do what I love helping you turn your house into a home.  You get the look of a designer without paying all the high prices. You get to work as your budget allows and at your own pace. I'm only an email, text or phone call away with any questions you have about the space until you get it just like you want it.  

Do you have a space that needs some love?  Do you have plans for a space, but you just don't have the time to shop & put a plan together?   I would absolutely love to help you get those plans & turn them into a reality.  I'll do all the hard work for you.  I'm currently booking for the Fall.  

Designing Women Feature: Aryn Guillory

Hey y'all!  Anyone else so glad that it's Friday? Today, I sit down with the sweet Aryn Guillory of @osytercreekstudios to chat about all things design.  Aryn & I met at a Holly Mathis business class in the Fall & instantly hit it off.  She is a Houston girl with a love for simplistic spaces.  You are just going to love her & I promise you will are doing to drool over her new home. 

Share where you currently live:: Missouri City, Texas

Share where you grew up:: Spring, Texas

Share what home means to you:: Home to me is simply doing life with my husband and two boys. It's a place of lots of love, fellowship, laughter, arguments, freedom, and home cooked meals around the kitchen table.

Share where your love for home & design came from:: Growing up my dad was a custom home builder so earlier on, i always enjoyed going to visit his construction sites and seeing the homes evolve. My favorite house he built was a replicate of the "Father of the Bride" house. He designed the house to look just like it did in the movie with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. We watched it 100's of times to study the architect and the design. It was during this process, i became infatuated with all things design.

Share your design style & how you make it work in your home:: absolutely no clutter. (what-so-ever). The design style that describes my home would be Southern - Coastal. white shiplap with casual/modern furniture and finishes. Not too traditional and not too trendy. It's gotta be (semi) kid friendly, clean lines, and comfortable.

Share with us your favorite room in your house: : My favorite room in the house is my breakfast room. The bright morning sun-light in this room is incredible. it literally takes my breath away. The best part is (besides all the walls being shiplap) is that it over looks Oyster Creek. Lots of home cooked meals are shared around our restoration hardware farmhouse table. The Serena and LIlly bistro chairs have been my favorite purchase for the home. We designed our breakfast room to showcase Oyster Creek and i dreamed about watching my boys through these windows learning to fish in the backyard with their dad. It's easily my favorite room in the house.

Do you have a design philosophy? If so, share it with us. : It's gotta look good AND be functional. You're the one living with it, so you need to love the way it looks and functions for your family. Keep things simple (less is more). Don't forget, white is a color and so is black, but don't be afraid to use color.

Share who inspires you with their designs and why:: Cynthia Collins with Collins Interiors (an owner of The Blue Print Store in Dallas, Texas) is my all time favorite interior designer. Her look to me is classic, not to fussy, and modern.  

Holly Mathis with Holly Mathis Interiors is one of my biggest "cheerleaders". She is so encouraging, caring, and hospitable. She has pushed me to follow my dreams of running an interior decorating business. I will be forever grateful for her wisdom and support.

Isn't her home stunning?  Go check out Aryn's feed on Instagram @oystercreekstudios & you can find her online at 

**Photos by Colleen Scott Photography**

Online Design: How It Works Part 1

A few months ago I announced that I will only be offering online design services in the Fall.  If you didn't get a chance to read why I'm transitioning, you can read about it here.  With that announcement, I've had a lot of questions coming in about how this online design process works.  Some people are really apprehensive about it, but I promise that it is a seamless process & you'll be amazed at the end results in your home.  If you are one of those people that aren't sure if it's the right thing for you, or if you're just curious how it all works, then I'm going to walk you through it today.  

First-You will check out the Services & Packages that I'm offering on my website.  Think about the space that you are wanting to update-what all does it need?  What all will you need help with to turn your vision into a reality?  Now choosing the package that is right for your needs may be a little tricky but I'm happy to help.  You'll click the Get Started button at the bottom of my services page to fill out some basic info about you & your space.  Don't worry, you are not committing to anything by filling this out.  This just let's me know that you are possibly interested in my services.  I'll get back with you within 24 hours with a more detailed list of the packages & pricing.  From here you can choose an option that works for you & your budget, but if you still aren't sure, then I get a little more information from you so I can help you decide which would be best.  

Once you've selected your package or service, then the fun starts.  You'll get a link to your own client portal.  In your portal will be your invoice, design agreement, design questionnaire, photo & measurement guide....lots of things that are going to help us kick off your project.  You pay your deposit, read over & sign the invoice & begin filling out your design questionnaire.  

Now one thing that really helps me as the stylist on your space is seeing what you love.  I always urge my clients to create either a Pinterest or Houzz board with images & styles that they love.  It's hard for me to read your mind, so seeing these things help me a ton during the design process. It keeps us from going back & forth too many times.  So before you hit submit on the design questionnaire, create an inspiration board for me on either Houzz or Pinterest.  

Once I receive your questionnaire I really start digging into to it.  I read over it a lot.  I start looking over your Pinterest and/or Houzz boards to make sure what you are saying on the questionnaire matches up to the images you've pinned.  This just makes sure we are on the same page.  I will email you with any questions that I have about the space or your style.  Then I'll send you the official start date, along with a reminder about getting me your photos & measurements.  Don't fret about those...I send you a guide that will walk you step by step on how to sketch them out & send them over to me.  It's a lot simpler than you think.  

You then submit your pictures & measurements & I get started working on your space.  

Next week, I'm going to share with you the next part of the design process...your design boards, budget, shopping list, layouts, etc.  

Designing Women Feature-Bethany Dufilho

Happy Friday y'all !  I'm so excited about today's Design Women Feature.  I met Bethany @thehouseoffigs last summer at one of Holly Mathis' design classes.  Bethany is a breath of fresh air.  She is sweet as she can be & her design style is on point.  I know you are going to love her & her beautiful home. Grab your drink of choice & enjoy! 

Share where you currently live:: Katy, TX

Share where you grew up:: I'm an army brat, so I moved 13 times growing up!

Share what home means to you:: Home to me means comfort; it means family and belonging. Its a safe-haven, a place of rest and rejuvenation. Its also a place for taking risks! For experimentation and pushing boundaries, expressing creativity and testing out new ideas. At its best it energizes and refreshes, it invites and it inspires.

Share where your love for home & design came from:: Because we moved so much growing up, there was never time to worry about the "perfect" placement of the furniture or photos on the walls. If we hesitated even a few months, we might move again before we'd ever fully moved in! So my mother never wasted any time in making any rental house, duplex, or apartment we were in feel like "home." There were always curtains hung and and pictures on the walls within a week or two of moving in. She wasn't relying on trends or buying all new furniture every time. She was using what we had in a new way and making it work, sometimes sewing new curtains or buying just a few new accessories. My sense of home and stability depended on my mother's resourcefulness and practicality and I didn't even realize it at the time! Years later when I became a stay at home mom to our oldest son, I found myself rearranging the furniture in our house, playing with the pictures on the wall, and painting and repainting. Creating home became a hobby for me.

Share your design style & how you make it work in your home:: I have an appreciation for so many design styles! But I think my favorite is a modern farmhouse look. In our own home I combine old and new, mixing straight modern lines with more traditional or rustic pieces. But I live in a 90s builder grade suburban home so I would never go full out shiplap & wood beams! I have to make it work with what I've got and for me that meant painting the tuscan orange walls white, putting in wood floors, and a classic white backsplash in the kitchen.

Share with us your favorite room in your house: : I love our living room. We don't have a huge house and this is the heart of the home. Its small enough to feel cozy but big enough to host the occasional crowd. The couch is so old and I dream about replacing it all the time but its just sort of got this well worn pair of jeans feeling now. We have 3 kids and the five of us fit so well piled on it for movie nights or Great British Baking Show marathons. The bookcases aren't just for decoration, although I do love the colors all those books bring to the room! When storage is both functional and beautiful its the best combination and what you can't see are all the baskets of toys on the two lower shelves. This room turns into a playroom pretty quickly some days!


Do you have a design philosophy? If so, share it with us. : The tagline on my blog is "decorating with beauty and purpose." I've never been one for tchotchkes or having stuff just for the sake of stuff. I like the minimalist trend, though with three kids and a husband it would never be possible for me! Truly though, I just love the idea of only using things in your home that you find to be beautiful or useful. I know its been said a million times before, but I think there's a reason- it just works so well.

Share who inspires you with their designs and why:: When I first got into decorating as a hobby, it was The Nester, Myquillin Smith ( who gave me the freedom to take risks and be creative. Her philosophy is "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" which is just so freeing, isn't it? As a recovering perfectionist I found joy in realizing I could make choices for my home without fear. I could paint rooms, put nail holes in the walls, and stencil on curtains. It was my house and no one could tell me what to do. It was so freeing and in doing that I found my creativity and nurtured my sense of style.  
I also love Holly Mathis- her use of classic and timeless finishes, beautiful fabrics, and unexpected unique wow pieces is incredible.
Lauren Liess has always been an inspiration as well. She is a master with subtle color and texture.

You can find Bethany online at:

Instagram: @thehouseoffigs

Designing Women Feature-Erin Kern

I am so excited about this new series that I'm starting here on the blog.  Every Friday, I'll meet you here & we will chat with the women behind my favorite Instagram accounts.  These Designing Women are ladies who all share a love for home & design.  They may not be interior decorators or designers, but they inspire us all with their beautiful feeds where we get a little peek into their lives.  Here we will sit down with them & dig a little deeper to learn more about them-where their love of home comes from, what home means to them & a little bit about their design philosophy.  So grab a cup of coffee, tea or heck, it's Friday, grab a mimosa & let's have a little girl chat with these beautiful ladies. 

To start the series off I want to introduce to you Erin from @cottonstem I started following Erin a while ago.  Her home is stunning & I just love how real she is. Thanks to her I'm obsessed with NYX Butter Gloss & following her #CottonStemHearts creep every Thursday on Instagram.  I know you'll love getting to know Erin too! 

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Share where you currently live:: Near Tulsa, Oklahoma

Share where you grew up:: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Share what home means to you:: To me, home means peace. Peace for my soul, peace for my mind, and peace for my sweet family. My husband always says that coming into our house makes him feel more relaxed, more at ease just by the vibe it puts off, and that is the ultimate goal in how I make design choices for our family home. I want my people to feel comfy and peaceful and loved...just by being at home.

Share where your love for home & design came from:: Growing up, I was always redecorating my bedroom (after saving up my tiny allowance, of course...), and I also watched my aunt create a successful interior decorating biz from the ground up, which was so super inspiring. Those experiences certainly flipped that switch inside me to create beautiful spaces, and also I just love to create. Home design and decorating is sort of like my art come to life. I'm not a painter or sculptor or hand-letterer...but I make art by playing with pretties in people's homes via e-design, and it feels so so good in my soul to CREATE!!

Share your design style & how you make it work in your home:: style changes all the time, so I'm not sure how I'd define it. Maybe French farmhouse-y cottage? Ha! I don't really try and stay in any one lane--if it inspires me and I love it, it's going down, man. It's fun to play. I get bored easily and get that desire to create and dream and make those dreams come to life through designing spaces, so my style is kinda hard to nail down with all that swirling.

Share with us your favorite room in your house: : My very favorite room in our home is our master bedroom. This is our refuge, our place of rest, our time to be just the two of us, a soft place to land after a long day caring for our four little daughters. I kept things super white and easy on the eyes, but I added visual interest with the embroidery hoop wreath wall installation...another crazy idea that just had to get out of me or I felt I'd burst! Our bedroom is simple, soft and favorite spot to be. (Close second would be my tiny she shed office, though......!!)


Do you have a design philosophy? If so, share it with us. : My design philosophy: if you love it, create it...then you'll be constantly living inside of what you love. Can't get much better than that! I absolutely don't believe in trying to fit into a set of design rules, nor do I love simply replicating another's style. Of course, there's no new idea under the sun and styles and ideas cross-pollinate, but...I believe in endeavoring to be YOU in all your design and decor choices, even if it isn't trendy at the moment, even if it is different than what seems to be popular on TV or magazines. It is beautiful because it is YOU.

Share who inspires you with their designs and why:: Honestly, my biggest design inspiration would have to be my sweet mother-in-law. She has a cozy cottage that she makes so beautiful, but most importantly, she makes design choices that welcome us to use her home. We are comfortable while there, we are relaxed and at ease, and you can tell how much she loves her people by the choices she makes in setting up her house. Plus...she changes things up constantly like me. We get each other. ;)

Isn't Erin the best?  She is just so real & I love her honestly about her design philosophy & that she doesn't play by the rules.  She does what works best for her family & that's all that matters.  

Here are all the places you can connect with Erin. 


Instagram: @cottonstem


SFD Room Challenge


If you are anything like me, you always have ideas of how you want to update a room in your home, only to buy a bunch of stuff & then never get around to doing it.  Or you have great ideas & because you don't use the room that much, you just don't think about it & it's goes undone for 1, 2, 10 years.  For me, it's all of those things above & also time.  With 2 kids running around, I find myself coming & going & doing all the things but my grand ideas.  

This summer I want to change that for both you & me.  One room per month for the next 3 months. It can be as simple as organizing your pantry, changing the paint color of a room & adding some accessories, finish a space you started long ago, or doing a total overhaul.  Whatever your budget allows.  You get one month to revamp any room in your house.   

Not even sure where to start?  Don't worry, I'll be sharing ideas, tips & tricks to get you where you want to be via Instagram & Facebook, so make sure you are following me there. 

We will officially kick off on June 1st, so start brainstormings & figure out where you want to start.  June 30th will be our big reveal day & I cannot wait to see your transformations.  If you blog, then you can share on your blog or keep it simple & share your before & afters on Instagram using the hashtag #sfdroomchallenge  

Will you take the SFD Room Challenge?  What room needs some love in your home?  Sign up below & then take a before picture of the room & tag me on Instagram & use the hashtag #sfdroomchallenge.  

Favorite Farmhouse Lights

Lighting may seem like it can be a huge expense, and don't get me wrong, it can be, but it doesn't have to be.  I absolutely love looking at Wayfair & Amazon for lighting.  They have a lot of similar items that you see at Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware for a fraction of the cost.  Adding new lighting is somewhat of an easy way to change up your space.  If you have a handy husband that you can sweet talk into changing out the fixtures, you can easily get it done in a weekend.  

Here are some of our favorite farmhouse lights--chandeliers & pendants.

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You can see below where I've used some of these lights in my own home.  I get questions all the time about where I find them, so now you know my secret. 

Which lights are your favorites?  Where do you tend to go to buy your lighting?  Share your sources with me so I can be sure to go check them out too! 


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Bookshelf Styling Tips


Open shelving can be your best friend when it comes to styling your home, but for most it's their worst enemy. Finding the right objects and figuring out how to place them can seem like a daunting task, so hopefully our quick list of tips will help you muster up some confidence to style your own shelves.


First up, what to choose: use your best decorative items. Mixing and matching different types of items is a must, but be sure to have them match each other. A color scheme will make the entire shelving unit feel unified. Unless you have a specific color choice for the room already in mind, such as a bright color like green or red, we tend to keep the color scheme neutral. For example, for a client's contemporary office space, we chose black picture frames with white and gold decorative objects, separated by greenery in white vases and assorted books (vintage looking ones are the best!).


Here's a list of the categories of things to showcase on your shelves: 

1. Your favorite books

2. Picture frames

3. Greenery

4. Accent objects

5. Boxes and baskets


 Secondly, get rid of the clutter. Your shelves are a great place to show off all of your favorite memories and family items, but its not a place to show off everything. A cluttered shelving unit can be unappealing to look at -- all your guests would focus on is the clutter and get distracted from what you're actually trying to show off. Here's a tip: buy a group of matching gallery frames in various sizes to put family photos and kid drawings in -- show off your stuff with style!


Thirdly, keep it simple and balanced. Simplicity means using the fewer items the better because you don't want to crowd the shelf. A group of 5-6 books and a decorative box is about the max amount of items your want to place on a shelf. Additionally, SFD's rule of thumb for balance is to alternate between a centered decorated shelf, a symmetrically decorated, and an asymmetrical decorated shelf (meaning either left or right side oriented). 

The sketch below gives you an idea of our rule of thumb: 


A)  Centered decorated shelf

B)  Symmetrically decorated shelf

C)  Left oriented shelf

The SFD rule of thumb here is to make sure that you don't put too of the same type of shelf orientation next to each other (a.k.a. A below to A, B, next to B, etc.). Notice that in our drawing, we didn't just go A, B, C, A, B, C to create a pattern for the shelf orientation -- you can do that, but we just get creative and go random with our shelf orientation! When you've got it all set up, just stand back and look at it as a whole. If something doesn't look right, switch it up. You've got a eye for style, so trust your design gut!


Mother's Day Gift Guide & Ultimate Giveaway

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away and we are so excited to share some of our favorite shops & gift ideas with you for your mom, wife, grandmother, mom tribe, or any lady friends in your life. Make sure you read all the way to the end for the ultimate Mother's Day Bundle giveaway!! 

1. Ellison Made @ellisonmade

Ellison Made is a handmade home decor + lifestyle goods shop. They are a husband & wife team based out of Palm Harbor, Florida. Sam & Brittany make wood signs, canvas banners, burlap prints, mugs, tote bags, tees, baby onesies & more. Currently they sell their items on Etsy, but have recently launched an indiegogo campaign to try raise funds to renovate a vintage Airstream trailer into a one-of-a-kind in person shopping experience. Not only do they plan on  carrying their line of items, but they will also be partnering with many other makers & small shops to carry their items, too. There will be home decor, beauty, lifestyle & children's items. They like to think of it as a mini Magnolia Market meets Etsy Marketplace. Every dollar helps them bring these dreams to life for small businesses.  If you'd like to give to help get them in their airstream you can donate here. 

2. Uninvented Colors @uninventedcolors

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Sara's Etsy shop began during a time of lots of (unexpected) transition in her life. In a short time, she was a college student, a grad student, a sick person, a healing person, a well person, a youth minister, a Sunday School teacher, a crisis therapist, and a grad student.  Somewhere in the middle of all of that, she decided that she was an artist. These days, Sara lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her husband and daughter and work full-time as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her favorite moments are the ones when a client says, "Oh! I never looked at it that way before!" That's her goal as a therapist, and she is realizing that it's her goal as an artist, too. She hope my images inspire you to see God's creation in a new and more beautiful way.

3. Sweet Tea & Sawdust @sweet_tea_and_sawdust

Sweet Tea and Sawdust is a custom farmhouse furniture builder. They build tables, beds, buffets and so much more. The owner, Ashlee, has been in business for 2 years and still going strong. Each of their pieces are handmade with love. Everyone has a dream of the perfect farmhouse look, and it is Sweet Tea & Sawdust's goal to help you achieve it. Ashlee & her team truly  love their clients & work hard to deliver the best for them. Sweet Tea & Sawdust has created quite a few things for some of my clients & they have also helped out by donating two custom pieces to help me with the bathroom renovation at Kendleton Farms.  

4. Bought Beautifully @boughtbeautifully

Bought Beautifully is curated marketplace of ethical products made by artisans in manner that honors the process and the people.  And y'all, they have the most beautiful items in their shop!  Be an agent of change this Mother's day by giving a gift that empowers mothers around the globe to provide for their families, rise form poverty, and fulfill their potential.

Your purchase enriches lives, restores hopes, and shares love.

5. BeautyCounter by Alicia Nelson @beautycounter.alicia

I had the privilege of meeting when our daughter's were taking dance class together. Alicia is  a Beautycounter educator, a transportation researcher, a handmade sign-maker, and a stay at home mom.  She first got involved with Beautycounter because she wanted the safer products for herself and her family. Alicia quickly learned that shelovse educating other women about this mission and providing them with the tools to make smart, educated decisions for themselves.

Beautycounter’s mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone, and while we completely understand that our products may not be for everyone, we still work towards our goal through education and advocacy.

Beauty counter is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: They've banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our "Never List”—all while ensuring our products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.

6. The Vintage Farmstand @thevintagefarmstand

I was so excited to learn about The Vintage Farmstand, not only because they have some of the cutest stuff, but they also are only & hop, skip & a jump away from me.  The Vintage Farmstand is small family run company owned by Josh & Kim. A husband and wife team of 15 years with a tribe of four active kiddos, two of which are teenagers. Kim has been able to be a stay at home mom for the last 15 years and found herself wondering ~ what's next ~ after her last child went off to school. After going through some life changing trials, she found painting and creating to be her healing place & woodworking for the hubs has been his. They have seen Christ make beautiful things out of dust in their own lives and have a passion for sharing their story with others. They can't get enough of antique stores, auctions and working together to bring life back to old pieces. Kim has the vision and Josh finds a way to make it happen. Each piece is inspired by, and created to bring promises of love and hope.They pride themselves on building a quality product and creating lasting relationships with their customers.

7. Greenwood Nursery @greenwoodnursery

Greenwood Nursery is an Online Mail Order Nursery offering a wide selection of flowering shrubsshade treesground covers, evergreen plants, colorful perennials, small fruiting plants, and more garden plants to the home gardener. The Greenwood Team is available to offer guidance and gardening advice so each customer is successful with their gardening projects. Greenwood Nursery opened its doors in 1978 as a wholesale plant nursery specializing in propagation and continues today as a family owned and managed wholesale plants and mail order plant nursery business. Online since 1998. offers the Best Quality Plants at the Best Possible Prices along with knowledgeable, courteous staff to help you grow your garden successfully!   I'm excited about reaching out to Greenwood to help me with my gardening needs.  Check out their site & see if you can find a plant for the woman in your life that has a green thumb. 

8. Flourish & Co. Cultivate Coaching @flourishandco_

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I was so excited that I was able to meet Katie of Flourish & Co. in February at the Pursuit Community Retreat.  She is a true light & I'm so glad that our paths crossed.  Katie is a certified life coach. 

 After going through some various dark times, the most recent of which involved having her world crash around her, all while raising 2 little ladies, she's learning that life is so much more. True joy and happiness isn't in the perfect, it's in the imperfect... It's in the broken where we can start to see the light shine through... It's in finding our voice, in stripping away our masks, that we find real beauty and a real life that can be lived.

Katie offers virtual COACHING FOR WOMEN & COACHING FOR CREATIVES.  Her coaching is for the woman who is in need of some encouragement and/or overall clarity in her life and has an overall desire to live intentionally. It is also great for the woman who is ready to have more margin and meaning in her life- wanting to thrive, not just survive.

9. Eclectic Soirees @eclecticsoirees

Next up we have Eclectic Soiress who is owned by my dear friend Meggie. A wife, mommy, party-enthusiast, lover of home decor and a dreamer. Meggie's shop, Eclectic Soirees, is dedicated to a crafted collection of handmade designs, perfect for parties, weddings and home decor. 

As a stay-at-home mommy, she really wanted to develop a revenue-driven creative outlet that she could build from home. Eclectic Soirees was born after her son's lumberjack-themed birthday party was featured on Kara's Party Ideas. This small shop is happily operated from home and methodically managed around naptimes and mommy duties. 

Meggie enjoys creating items that carry a distinct style and consider each creation a little work of art. On top of her Etsy shop, she also run a home decor Instagram account, @truelockdesigns, a feed meant to inspire and occasionally showcase my goods.  

10. Grace Grey Designs @GraceGreyDesigns

And last, but not least, Grace Grey Designs.  I have been blessed to be able to call Leslie a friend for the past 5 years.  This girl so extremely talented. She seriously turns other people's trash into the most gorgeous treasures.  At Grace Grey Designs, Leslie takes the most unexpected pieces & turns them into statement pieces for your home.  True, one of a kind items leave her shop. She is currently working on a new blog & website, but for now go follow her on Instagram & you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.  

The Ultimate Mother's Day Bundle Giveaway

Are y'all ready for the fun part?  Each of these fabulous shops have agreed to team up & create the Ultimate Mother's Day Giveaway!  Yes, one lucky winner will be receiving a box full of goodies--10 items and/or gift cards from each of these shops!!! How fun is that?  I wish I could win it. Enter below & we will announce the winner on Saturday, April 29th!  

Perfect Patio Dining

The weather has been so fantastic here in South Texas & if you are anything like us you enjoy spending your time outdoors on the patio, with a ice cold drink & a good book.  It's even better if the patio & the view is pretty.  I can't help you with the view, but I can help with the patio. World Market has been on point lately with all of their outdoor furniture.

 As you can tell from this design, I'm in love with all the black & white things they have.  It's easy to break it all up with some rustic furniture & a pop of greenery with succulents or any patio plant you have ( I like succulents I tend to kill every other plant I own). Add some fun string lights & you are ready for an evening with a good book & cocktail, or sweet tea!  

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**Note: This is not a post sponsored by World Market & I have received no compensation for this post.**

Our Favorite Rugs & Where To Find Them

How do we begin to describe our obsession with rugs? Does the fact that the rugs in our home's rooms are changed out monthly paint a good picture for y'all? Not really, but would we love to?  YES!  Even though we might not be buying new rugs every month, we are moving them around to different rooms to give each space a little refresh all the time. 

So here's the thing about rugs: there's not a room in a home that doesn't look better without one - kitchen, bathroom, living room, entry, you name it. They add style, warmth, and pull a room together. When starting a new design project, we typically start with choosing the rug and build from there, since we use it as the centerpiece of the design. That's why we've put together a list of our top rug choices from our favorite stores to shop at that complete any farmhouse look! 

Magnolia Market - Mocha Warming traditional rug. This one's for the Beige/Greige lovers out there who think the gray-everything style is just a phase - you might be right, who knows! Luckily Joanna Gaines still loves the color beige and has given us this gorgeous chocolate creation of a rug. 

Loom and Kiln: One of a Kind Vintage accent rug. We've been getting a little more diversified with our designs and have been throwing red vintage rugs in fun spots around the home - in the entry, down a hallway, or layered on top of a jute run in the living room. 

 Joss & Main: Geometric Neutral for the eclectic styles out there. This neutral has been perfect for the people who like the rustic style but have more contemporary taste. Use it in a white room with pops of gold and you've got yourself a warm, modern living space. 


Pottery Barn: Simple Blue Rug, the perfect not-so-neutral neutral rug color to add to a design.  If you didn't know already, the newest home decor neutral is blue! So when you want to add color, but color scares you a bit, just add blue - it's colorfully tame. 

Wayfair: Classic Jute rug. Don't buy the uber expensive ones when you can find the perfect stylish & durable hand-woven rug at Wayfair - who doesn't love a deal and free shipping? 


Lulu & Georgia: Deep Romantic Red Rug for the perfect pop of color. It may seem adventurous to add a deep red rug to a space, but if you have all neutral furnishings and darker wood floors, it adds the perfect buffer between all the neutrals. 


Target: the Suprizing Target-Find Rug that works in every room. When in doubt, shop target - they've got secret awesome style finds that aren't so popular that you find them everywhere.  

via Target

via Target

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Room Updates for Less

Many people think that you have to have a deep savings account set aside to make updates in your home, but I'm here to tell you that you don't.  You can give any room a really great update for less than $500. Are y'all ready for some suggestions on how to update any space in your home on the cheap?  

1. Rearrange Your Furniture:  Moving your furniture around your space is FREE...and it's a great workout. You'll be really surprised by how many different furniture configurations you can do in one room when you do this.  Don't forget to change the direction of your rug too.  

2. Shop Your House: Again, this is FREE!  Walk around your house & find things you love & start moving them around.  I moved what use to be our entryway table to my master bedroom not too long ago & now it's my bedside table.  Then I moved a vintage tall boy dresser that I had in our formal to the entryway.  Simple changes make a big impact. Not only can you shop around your house & move furniture pieces, but do the same thing to knick knacks.  Changing up your bookshelves with things you already have is a great way to change up your space.  

3. Add Drapery: The word drapery has you scared that you have to spend $100 per panel on new drapes, but that's so not true.  My favorite curtains in my home (see photo below) came from Ikea, yes I said Ikea, & they were a whopping $24.99 for the pair. They soften up the space & make it feel so much more homey & they look like $100 curtains.  Plus, when my 4 year old runs by them with chocolate covered hands I don't have to cringe, because they will wash & if it doesn't come out...well it was just $24.99 for them.  

4. New Pillows: Adding new pillows to your living room or bedrooms is an easy fix.  Again, since I have young kids, you won't find me spending $100-$200 on pillows...and even if I didn't have young kids I still wouldn't spend that on a pillow, but that's beside the point.  Go to Target, Home Goods, TJ Maxx & get yourself some new pillows.  Think color, texture & patterns.  Mix & match.  

5. Add Some Florals: Adding a few pieces of faux greenery to your bookshelves, mantel, bedside table will easily give that space a pop of color & add texture to the space. You can find some great florals at Home Goods & Hobby Lobby during their 50% off sales.  And of course, Ikea has great potted greenery as well. 

6.  New Paint:  Whether it's one accent wall or the whole room, paint can do wonders to change up a space.  You don't have to go crazy with paint colors either.  Stick to classic, basic & neutral colors.  If your space feels dark--go lighter, and it doesn't have to be white.  There are some great grays & grieges out there that do a great job of lightening up spaces.  

7. Add a Rug or Get a New Rug: Rugs can be expensive, however, they can add a ton of warmth, texture and color to a space.  I tend to use pretty neutral rugs throughout my home.  When buying a rug, be sure you take into account the pets & people that will be on them.  You aren't going to want a super light rug if you have little people & a black lab running around.  

8. Minimize Your Bookshelves: One HUGE misconception about built ins is that you have to have something to cover all the white space & in fact that is so false.  I love the look of clean & simple bookcases.  The white space adds a statement all on it's own.  Take things off your shelves & start fresh.  Begin slowly adding things--think height, texture & layers.  

9. Give Your Hardware a Facelift: Changing cabinet hardware can get costly depending on how many cabinet doors & drawers you have, but I recently found a new trick that I used to update my entire kitchen hardware--Rub N Buff.  It's this great tint that you basically rub onto the hardware.  My old hardware was oil rubbed bronze, but I thought an antiqued brass would give the space a lot more character.  It took me longer to get the hardware on & off than it did to actually change the color with the Rub N Buff.  If you don't want to DIY it this way, you can find some really great affordable hardware on Amazon, Lowe's & Home Depot.  Go for a different finish.  I'm all about mixing metals in a space. 

10. Add Some Fresh Artwork: I know what you are thinking---artwork is expensive.  Yes, it can be, but I have to say that I've become a fan of DIY abstract art.  Grab some canvases at Hobby Lobby--go BIG, & snag some paint colors that will compliment your space.  I normally let my kid's create art for our space---either by painting or using spray bottles.  If you aren't up for a good DIY or kid craft afternoon, you can find some really great pieces on sale at Hobby Lobby.  

That's it y'all--10 ways to update your space & it won't cost you a small fortune.  It truly easier than a lot of people think.   And if you don't think you can update your space that you want to, then start shopping with us.  We have great pre-made design boards that you can choose from, or you can choose to go the custom route--either way, we can help you.   

Changes are Here!

Hey y'all!  I hope y'all are doing well.  I told y'all back in February that changes were coming to SFD & I'm making them official today. :) I'm nervous, excited & to tell you the truth a little relived all at the same time.  

First off, I will no longer be offering in home consultations or new build/remodel consultations.  Life has just been way too hectic trying to balance it all & like I said in this post, my family has to come first.  As hard as it was to delete those services from my website, I know it's just a season & at some point God will call me back to these but for now, I'm saying no.  Those of you who have already sought me out & we have meetings coming up, don't fret.  I still have you on my calendar & will fulfill those services for you, but y'all are the last ones for the time being.  

I am super excited to say that I will be offering online design services.  You can choose to do the custom route on this service, where you will send me pics, measurements, ideas & your vision for the space.  I'll create a custom board for your space with everything you will need to transform that space--design board, floor plan, shopping list with links, and lots of notes on how to style the space.  With the custom boards I will be limiting myself to how many projects I take on per month, so if you think you are interested in a custom online design, contact me soon, because as of now I am booked until June. 


You can also choose from pre-made design boards.  I'm working diligently to create boards that you can buy from my online store.  These will be a cheaper option to those custom designs, however, you'll walk away with a design board, shopping list with links & some styling tips. I will be launching this very soon!  And they will be sold on a limited basis, so one entryway may only be sold 5 times & then it will go away.  


Both of theses online options are a great way to get a designers touch in your home without the large price tag.  

I'll also be taking on one refresh styling per month.  This particular service is where I will come into your home & use what you have to freshen up the space--built in styling, tables, and placing all small accessories.  I will not be moving furniture or hanging accessories, but I will give suggestions of furniture placement & suggested locations of where things can be hung in your home.  

That's it...that's all of the services I'm offering for the time being.  I took a lot of things off my list & it's been freeing, but also scary.  I hope that these option are something that people are looking for & needing. If you know you will be needing my services, please get in touch with me soon, as I'm booked until June as of now.  

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!  


Kendleton Farms Update III

Hey y'all!  I am so excited to share with y'all the progress that we are making out at Kendleton Farms.  If you don't know about our work there then go read about it HERE.  

The bathroom is pretty much finished.  We have to install the hot water heater & some touch up paint & it will be ready to go! You can see it's transformation HERE. Now we are focusing on the library.  It is a HUGE space.  It housed a lot of books....a lot....and we moved everyone of the Texas summer heat.  

We planned on using the metal bookcases again in the new design, but when we moved them out for paint, the literally fell apart, so we are now raising money to purchase new bookcases for the space (more details below if you'd like to help us out with that)! So now the space is painted & ready for install, which is what we will be doing this weekend.  We have received a lot of donations & have been able to buy a couch, rug, some tables, desks, chairs, light fixtures and a few bookcases for the space.  We will be going in on Saturday & getting what we have all set up & I cannot wait to share pictures of how the space is coming together.  Below are some of the progress pictures for you to see. 


Library Before

Library Mid Renovations

It truly is going to be a lovely space for these survivors to come into, relax, read, learn & work.  We still have a lot to do & a lot to buy for the space since it is so massive---bookcases, lamps, couches, chairs, tables, etc.  If you would like to help in this effort, we have a registry set up for items that we need.  This is the easiest way to contribute--buy something off of the registry & it comes straight to us for install.  Go check out the needs HERE & prayerfully consider giving.  We appreciate it, and you'll never know how your gift will help one of these survivors heal in this space.  Also, be sure you are following us on Instagram, where we will be posting updates all this weekend! 


2017 Updates

Can I share my heart with you? I'm going to be really vulnerable today...will you come sit with me and listen? 

I just returned home from the Pursuit Community Retreat in Tampa.  I was a retreat for Christian women who are creatives & own small businesses. 3 days with amazing speakers who spoke truth into our lives, into our businesses & God working in our hearts.  It was an incredible 3 days.  

I spent the second half of yesterday in the Tampa airport waiting on my flight back to Houston.  I sat with my notes, my Bible & really digested everything that was said this week. From being a CEO .vs. Small Business Owner, Finding My Niche, Trusting God with My Business, Redefining Success, to Enough .vs. Abundance.  I sat with it all.  I prayed through it all.  

A little back story: I've spent the better part of five years trying to find myself after having my daughter.  To have my own thing.  To be successful in whatever I did.  I had small stints in network marketing businesses, a home decor pop up shop, blog writer, and now SFD.  Finding myself & something for me was good, but I didn't seek Christ in those decisions.  I made them on my own. The only time I really sat & sought Him out was when I started SFD.  And I truly feel that He wrote it on my heart to start this business.  However, somewhere along the way I got distracted.  I sought after followers, numbers, profit & was quickly distracted from my family, distant from my friends, stressed, overworked, tired & depressed.  Yes, I spent all of 2016 in a fog of depression.  On the outside I could fake it--just plaster on that sweet Southern smile, but on the inside I was dying.  In the walls of my home, I was lost, alone (in my mind) & scared.  My marriage suffered.  My kids suffered.  My friendships suffered.  

Why was I going through this when I know God clearly told me to start this business?  Why couldn't I do it all--be a successful business women, have happy clients, have thousands of followers, be a good mom, wife & friend?  He told me to start this business---why wasn't it working?  

I'm thankful to say that I've come out of my fog of depression.  But it wasn't until this past week that I truly understood why God let me walk through that tough season last year.  I didn't seek Him.  I didn't seek Him in my decisions until it was too late and I had already done the damage to myself, to my marriage, to my family.  I had already said YES to too many clients, but still wanted to book more.  I was working hard to get followers on social media & telling my kids, "just a minute" while I stared down at my phone to see if I had any new likes, or emails.  Instead of kissing my husband & telling him goodnight, I checked my phone.  WHAT IN THE WORLD?  What was wrong with me?  I was so busy chasing society's definition of success that I couldn't even recognize what my definition of  TRUE success really is.  I walked through that season of depression because I was trying to do everything in my own strength.  I did it to myself.  But God was so gracious to be standing there when it finally sank in to this blonde head of mine that I can't do it all. I don't have to be everything to everyone.  

Yesterday, I started with SUCCESS.  What does the Bible say about success?

  • Joshua 1:7-9 talks about being strong & courageous.  Mediate on day & night on the Word in order to live a successful life. 
  • 2 Kings 18:5-7 talks about trusting in the Lord.  Holding fast to Him & always following Him in order to be successful in all you do. 
  • 2 Chronicles 20:20 talks about having faith & praising the Lord for your successes. 

WOW-I wasn't doing any of those things. After reading what the Bible defined as success, I decided to write out what I my definition of success is....

  1. Leaning fully into God.  Trusting Him in all the areas of my life--marriage, family, parenting, business, friendships
  2. Meditating on His Word. 
  3. Spending intentional & quality time with my family & friends. 
  4. Speaking truth into the lives of my clients. 

I'm no longer looking at the numbers of followers, or like or comments.  I'm not even looking at my profit to determine my success, because what God gives me is enough.  I don't need more. I'm saying no to more things so I can say yes to my family, to my friends & to giving 110% to my clients, instead of multi-tasking to get it all done.  

So what does this mean for my business?  After much thought & prayer, I've decided to slow down, embrace simplicity & say no.  I'll be taking some things off my services list.  I will no longer be offering new build consults or mini consults (for those clients who I've already committed to do this, don't worry, I plan to take on your projects). I will be taking on fewer projects this year.  These decisions will allow me to say yes to my family, to my friends & giving my best efforts to my clients.  I do have some other things that I'm praying about that I will hopefully be offering this year, but you can bet that I'm seeking Christ in these decisions.  

This is the season of my life & I'm embracing it, while holding fast to God & leaning into Him.   

2017 Small Business Class

Hey y'all!  Can you believe that 2016 is coming to an end?  It seems as though this year has just flown by.  As the year ends, I've been busy brainstorming & dreaming about what 2017 will hold for us.  

This past year I attended two classes hosted by my friend, mentor & interior decorator, Holly Mathis of Holly Mathis Interiors.  I had the best time and learned so much from her. Meeting other like minded women was the icing on the cake.  I left both classes feeling inspired, creative & ready to take on my business.  Holly inspired me to really step out of my comfort zone in 2017 and offer my own classes and workshops.  

I will be hosting my very first small business class on March 4, 2017 here in Tomball, Texas.  (This should make my parent's happy that I'm putting my teaching degree back to use).  This class is for women who dream of starting their own businesses, those that have started but may need some help with the ins and outs of running it or gaining momentum with their business.  I don't know it all. I have learned a lot in these past 2 years of business.  I've made a TON of mistakes, had some victories and I want to share that with the participants.  


You Should Attend If:

  • You have dreams of owning a business but don’t know where to start. 
  • You have started a business and need help with all the know hows of running a business.
  • You want to spend the day dreaming & brainstorming with other like minded women.
  • You need a day to yourself for fun and creative inspiration!

What's In Store:

  • Going for Your Dreams
  • Getting Started-DBA/LLC
  • Website Platforms & Branding
  • Social Media
  • Accounting & Taxes
  • Contracts/Welcome Packets
  • Pricing Services
  • Networking
  • Brainstorming with fellow entepruneurs 
  • Q&A

What's Included (Besides all the invaluable info!):

  • Food + Drink: Light bites at the beginning and lunch will be provided.
  • Workshop materials for taking notes and examples of contracts, welcome packets, etc.
  • Headshots with Grace Laird Photography

I am so excited about gathering women here in Tomball to teach, brainstorm, be inspired & dream with. If you are a small business owner or dream of being on, I'd love to have you added my first class.  If you register before January 31st you can receive $50 OFF using the code earlybird50 at checkout. Space is very limited, so reserve your spot now!  I cannot wait to meet you, dream with you & cheer you on as you live your dream!


Small Touches, Big Improvements - Gallery Walls and Built-ins

Some of the most common decorating details in the home can be the hardest to get right. Take gallery walls and built-ins for example -- when done right, they look effortlessly put together but the actual putting them together takes a lot of trial, error, taking it all down, and starting all over. We at SFD love doing smaller projects like gallery walls and built-ins for clients because they are usually the final touches to a home that help the space feel completed. Here are a couple small projects we completed this past week that we think turned out great! 


Hallway Gallery Wall: 




After - a gallery of randomly scattered picture frames of all sizes.  

After - a gallery of randomly scattered picture frames of all sizes.  


Game Room Built-ins: 





After - these built-ins house a great mix of vintage game items, family photos, and kid creations!  

After - these built-ins house a great mix of vintage game items, family photos, and kid creations!  

Mud Room Spruce Up

 Sometimes I get in a creative momentum and just can stop myself! Our home's mudroom found itself in the path of my renovation tornado this time around. The SFD has had so many fun renovation and add-on projects lately that I thought I'd take on one for myself... but a much smaller job, of course. This small project of redoing the mudroom consisted of tearing down the old built-ins and creating my own, and obviously adding some good ol' shiplap! Take a look at the transformation below!

Before the reno storm... 

Before the reno storm... 

Mid storm.

Mid storm.

Now every member of our family gets their very own cubby! Yay organization! 

Now every member of our family gets their very own cubby! Yay organization!