What an unbelievable year it’s been! I’m so grateful to amazing clients who have given me the privilege to come into their precious homes and transform their spaces. Thank you for all the referrals! My business would be nonexistent if it wasn’t for the word of mouth advertising from friends, family, and pleased past clients. Thanks for understanding the much needed time off as I recovered from a divorce. Thank you for the busyness and purpose Stay Awhile has brought back into my life! This gig has gone from a hobby to a side hustle and now into a full blown J-O-B! It is the biggest blessing and I can’t wait to see all the things this new year brings. Stay Awhile is growing and changing and committed to breathing new life into the Clear Lake area. This community is everything to me and I hope it is to you too. Thanks for letting me make it beautiful again so we can all put down some roots and Stay Awhile. xo – Rachel
Beach House Bathroom
I recently had the opportunity to go to Indianapolis (all expenses paid) to visit the Delta/ Brizo Faucet company! To say I was spoiled would be an understatement. I mean…when wine flows out of the kitchen faucet you KNOW you’re in for a good time! I learned a ton, and was so honored to be chosen as one of Ferguson’s guests. The food was delish, the drinks were strong, and the music was fab but nothing compares to the beauty of those faucets. I was totally blown away by their commitment to quality and innovation. It’s like functional art and I was in heaven. Thanks again, Delta for the wonderful experience!
Getting to Know Them
Every home is different. Each is made up of the people inside…their memories, their lifestyle, their travels, and their unique style. This is the best part of my job. I get the opportunity to dive into who they are and what makes their homes tick. This isn’t a one size fits all, cookie cutter, just make it look pretty design. This is one of a kind. Made just for them. Their style, their passions, their HOME. Best. Job. Ever.
Beach House Bathroom
This beach house bathroom was a small space with HUGE potential. It was cramped, dark, dysfunctional and to be honest…pretty fugly. We ponied a wall which flooded the room with light. We also glassed in the shower which gave the illusion of more space. Ship lap brought in charm and brightness. The weathered wood vanity and greenery tied in natural elements, and finally marble to add a touch of traditional elegance. It is a beach house after all, so the unexpected stripes in the shower keep it casual and fun and fuss free. She’s a beauty.
Rachel’s Renovation Part 5
It’s a wrap, y’all. Some small details left like a touch up here, a shelf there, chalk paint a mirror in the office, find a rug for the bedroom and for sure my office built ins still need some styling, but those things will eventually find themselves done. For now, I’m basking in the doneness and all the shiny details. Enjoy the pics.
Rachel’s Renovation Part 4
Y’all, 8 weeks is a LONG time! We’ve been so fortunate to have hubby’s parents let us stay at their beach house for 2 weeks and even their own home for a week but there’s nothing like being back in your own bed. (Even if it’s your guest room bed upstairs.) It seems like the to do list is still incredibly long but I know that the dust will soon settle and we’ll be home sweet home.
My office desk is being delivered tomorrow (yikes, there’s no place to put it) and the tub should be in Houston by Thursday! I have boxes stacked with lighting and door knobs and cabinet hardware, shelving and even circus decor for an upcoming party I’m planning. Gulp. Little by little it’s getting put back together. Trying to stay positive and remember that I didn’t come this far only to come this far.
Rachel’s Renovation 3
Finally some pretty things!!
Rachel’s Renovation Part 2
Yes, this is uncomfortable and at times challenging but I know it will all be worth it. Thankfully, I’ve had enough experience to expect the unexpected. Cuz y’all, surprises pop up every single job. I’m not immune to it either. Mirrors break, pipes crack, and bathtubs are never delivered on time. So pour a tall glass of wine and surround yourself with your pretty tile samples because it’ll be over before you know it.