Grace Hall in Country Living

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Seemingly overnight, we are in full-on blazing hot summer here in Texas. I grew up in Houston, and after 30 years it is no less shocking just how hot it can get. One of the best things about our farm is that we are up on a hill, and there is a constant breeze which makes it feel 5-10 blessed degrees cooler.

I had commissioned Grace’s playhouse as a present for her 4th Birthday last August, and it’s going to be getting a lot of action this summer. Not only for the kids, but as a refuge for the adults too- since we put a small AC window unit inside! If you haven’t seen the playhouse in this months Country Living, you should check it out- but I wanted to go ahead and show you around inside!

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I knew I wanted to build a really special playhouse out at our farm, and in my internet searches for inspiration found Lilliput Playhomes. I was blown away by their work (you should look through their custom portfolio, it’s pretty impressive) and after reaching out to them to learn more about the process, I decided to commission them to build our playhouse. I wanted the playhouse to work with the overall property- our hope is that even after our kids outgrow it, we can keep it for future generations- and I wanted it to be big enough to entertain all of the kids we have out to the farm on weekends. I thought about various “Country” structures- perhaps a barn? Or several smaller structures- they have a little town in their portfolio that is super cute- and then started thinking about Texas landmarks. At first I considered remembered The Alamo (harder), and then it hit me, Gruene Hall!
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The famous dance hall in Gruene Texas! Aesthetically it fit with the other white structures on the property, and the Gruene/Grace similarity was too perfect. I gathered as many images of the interior and exterior as I could find and sent them to Lilliput to get started.

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We replicated the stage at Gruene Hall on one side of the playhouse for the kids to have a little performance venue…
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I am so impressed by Lilliputs attention to detail. Their little version of the Gruene Hall stage backdrop is perfection, and including the little Texas flag on the ceiling? Genius.

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Lilliput also decorated with some honkeytonk signs, and shelves for us to stock with the kids toys.

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There are two picnic tables inside, also inspired by the tables at Gruene Hall, where the kids can eat lunch and play games.

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Opposite the stage is a little play kitchen. It normally doesn’t look quite this cute- the kids play hard in here. I was obsessed with all of the little details stylist Becki Griffins brought in for the shoot. They even made real Root-Beer floats for the kids which were a HUGE hit. gallery-1463601006-clx060116wellplayhouse-02

One of my favorite elements was including the iconic “GRUENE” water tower perched just behind the historic dance hall in most pictures. We named ours “HAROLD, TX pop. 143” for our son, and added a slide.

The whole playhouse situation is right off of the house, next to the fire pit where we like to listen to music, watch the sunset, and roast s’mores. It really is my happiest of places.

We had so much fun shooting with Country Living, everyone was so talented and patient with our little guys, and I love having these special pictures of our kids and best family friends having the time!

all images by Buff Strickland for Country Living

Introducing the Bloomsbury in Periwinkle!

On Friday I posted a room scheme I am putting together our new Bloomsbury Periwinkle print, and I realized in all of the excitement about our site re-launching, I never gave our new season a proper introduction. This year, we re-printed three of our most popular prints in fresh new colorways, like our best-selling Bloomsbury which now comes in Periwinkle!

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Being our 5th, this season was particularly special for me. We chose to re-issue our Austin print from our very first collection, the Wimberley from our 3rd, and the Bloomsbury from our previous season. I loved picking prints from different seasons and reimagining them as part of a collection, unified by their new color ways. I love the whole process from concepting the feel of a new collection, choosing the prints and working on the color ways, visiting the factory and staying overnight to oversee printing, and then waiting for the new collection to come into the warehouse packaged and ready for their new homes!

But really, the best part is seeing how these prints that we have worked so hard on actually come together in a space. I designed a room specifically for each of the new prints, and if you have poked around the new Biscuit site at all, you have probably seen some shots from this set up. I am obsessed with this new color way, something about it glows. For me, it is the perfect balance between masculine and feminine, pretty and unexpected with the use of more olivey greens.
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I love the way Bloomsbury Periwinkle works in this space- and also can’t wait to showcase it in a totally different vibe. I hope y’all liked seeing these shots from our lookbook- I will make sure to share the other new prints soon! I will be back later this week with more images from the Grace Hall Country Living shoot!

Images by Molly Miller for Biscuit Home

Working for the weekend…

Just a pretty little scheme I am working on to help ease your transition into the weekend.

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I never properly introduced our new prints, did I? Adding that to the to-do list. Briefly, however, this is our new Bloomsbury in Periwinkle.Blooms Blue

I’ll give her a proper howdy-do on Monday.

Have a great weekend, hug your dads & babies daddies!

Pete’s New Old Office Update

We shot some items for Biscuit’s Father’s Day Edit at Pete’s new office a few weeks ago. You might remember the makeover I gave his old office at Biscuit. Well Pete moved offices last year- major upgrade he has a window now!- and I love how everything we did in his old space transitioned.

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The tenderest thing of all? He hung the new gallery wall situation himself. Too much.

I am also pretty pleased with my Father’s Day plan, which y’all helped me with, but I can’t share because I don’t want to ruin the surprise- but stay tuned on that one.

 

Country Mouse Dream House :: Rita Konig etc.

In my searchings for country house inspiration, I have found it’s difficult to find places that achieve “country” without relying on kitschy. Unsurprisingly, Rita Konig got it exactly right on her Mill Valley project in Elle Decor a few months ago…

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It’s more english-country than Texas-country but it’s layered, casual, comfortable, chic and effortless and I love it so hard.

In that same vein, Badgley Mischka’s farm has been a long-time favorite. Fancy English Country and not exactly what I am going for, but I’m not mad at it one bit.

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Shot by Roger Davies who shot our farm for Country Living last year. He is fantastic. If you want to look at some beautiful images of homes and lots of things, poke around his portfolio for a bit.

Finally, I need to see more Kathryn Windley’s home that was in Country Living awhile back.Katherine Windley Country Living by Mikkel Vang

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That’s all I can find on the matter, and it’s a real tease. I need to see more.

I also want to see more Texas farmhouse. It’s been hard to find. I like my country with some context, a sense of place if you will. There are endless supplies of east coast country inspiration, which I love, but we are decidedly Texan and it’s really hot here and I feel like that changes things a bit. Or it should. But everything I find that has a more western flavor tends to go really hard in that direction, which isn’t exactly the goal either. So if any of you have some good Texas farm inspiration, please do share!