Week 1

It’s been a wild, emotional, wet, moldy week in Friendswood.  The beginning is always hard.  It’s dirty and messy and man, in this case, it smells really bad too.  Demo is almost complete and next week we tackle electrical.  I took a couple pics and videos to give y’all a feel for what’s been going down.  Be glad that smell doesn’t come through the camera.


Welcome Home

I stopped by this morning to take “after” photos of a job I’m finishing up.  The place was FULL of boxes and picture frames and laundry baskets.  Never has a mess been more of a welcome sight.  You see, this family has been living in a cramped apartment away from their home since it flooded in Hurricane Harvey back in September.  Seeing their things littered around and filling up their beautifully renovated home made me giggle with joy.  Because of the unpacking, I was only able to take photos of the master bathroom.  Totally worth not having pictures, if you ask me.  Welcome home, sweet family.

Time to Rebuild

This is a tough post to type. It’s not the typical tile and paint update. Yes, this one is about a remodel but it’s more than just putting a home back together…it’s about rebuilding a life.

I met Nita on September 2nd, about 8 days after Hurricane Harvey landed. Her condo took in water up to her knees and with no family close by and a flooded car, she had no choice but to stay.

It took days to muck out her condo and sort through her things. Even longer to wade through the mountains of paperwork for insurance.

During the last few months, I’ve had the honor of getting to know Nita. Over wine and paperwork, I’ve had a chance to learn her story. Over moldy boxes and piles of laundry, I’ve had a chance to tell her mine. We’ve shopped and sorted and trashed and laughed and cried together and finally…it’s time to rebuild together. I hope you’ll join us.  Check in from time to time and see the progress.  Maybe you can learn with me that the loss of things can be devastating but it’s in people and relationships where true joy and hope is found.

Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.

Helping Simien Properties open their new offices after flooding in Hurricane Harvey was a blast.  Jimmy Simien is one of the best motivators I’ve ever known.  You can’t help but want to hustle and kick some ass when you’re working for him.  It was a super fun challenge to capture the youth and energy of the agents and staff in this office and give them a space that reflects their modern, kick ass flair.  Enjoy the pics and if you ever need a great realtor…Jimmy’s the man.

She’s a Beauty

My client likes to sit at her vanity to put her “beauty” on and oh my goodness does she look gorgeous in here!  Champagne bronze fixtures sparkle in the reflection of the layered, frameless, beveled mirrors.  And honestly, anyone looks good in the rose gold antique mirror above the towel bar!  She can relax in complete privacy provided by the incredibly modern, frosted shower glass.  And she never has to worry about slipping on her new herringbone wood tiled floor.  Feminine down to the last detail.  Even the depression glass knobs and pulls are pink!  What a beauty.  (scroll down to see before photos)





Art Gallery

Today is the day that the art teacher sends an entire year’s worth of art home!  Not gonna lie, it’s my favorite day of the school year!  In order to make room for all the gorgeous new treasures, I have to take down and put away the old ones.  Here’s a photo of the incredible gallery I’ve been enjoying this year.


 I’m going to miss it.  Priceless works of art, if you ask me. It doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect to receive a place of honor in this casual kitchen.  It just has to be theirs.

Flip Flop Kinda Work

When your client is your neighbor and good friend, work isn’t really work. It’s a gorgeous spring here in Houston.  Oh how I’ve loved making the short walk to check on the master bath progress  down the street everyday. Last night it was in sweats and flip flops.  We sat at the kitchen table with a glass of wine and considered Emtek glass door knobs while we caught up with our girl talk. As my shoes slapped the sidewalk on the way home, I smiled the most contented smile. This is so my kind of job.