It has been a long summer here in Texas. Holy hot!! I hope everyone is keeping cool and enjoying the lazy days of summer. It has been a while since I have blogged, but decided it is time to fire up the engines again. There is so much in the design world to see and share. There is also a tremendous amount of design activity in Texas and specifially in the Houston area. On that note, I bring you a little slice of heaven located here in Southeast Texas....True Blue Home!
In the time since I moved to the Houston area I have done my fair share of travel for not only design related expeditions (Round Top y'all) but alas...I have been all over this state for competitive soccer. That is another story!
For 4 weeks this past April I blazed a trail from The Woodlands, TX to Brenham, TX every weekend for soccer. One of my absolute joys was passing by and visiting True Blue Home in Chappell Hill, Texas. Oh the sweet joy this little shop brings me.
Located roughly 90 minutes from Houston, this little gem of a store started off on a quiet street in Chappell His, Texas. It has since moved a mile or so and is now on 290 which a lot of folks use for travel between Houston and Austin. This is also one of the few roads that can get you in and out of Round Top for those that go on the annual or bi-annual pilgrimage.
This charming shop immediately grabs your attention. Once inside let the lovefest begin. It is design love at first site. Rich with textiles, art, stationery, and modern farmhouse accessories, your eye doesn't know where to land first. Did I mention the second floor. Gah...my heart!
The second floor has a display bathroom ripe with candles, soaps, the MOST heavenly diffusers, towels, robes, and even divine lighting. Every inch of this shop has been tended to with thoughtful detail. The diffusers that True Blue sells have become a signature hostess gift of mine. The aroma is fresh and enchanting and I haven't been able to find anything like it anywhere else.
You really need to take your time in True Blue Home. Give yourself at least an hour to linger and visit the cafe. The sites and scents immediately draw you in. The styled rooms, mirrors, cashmere throws, pottery, candles, and well appointed furnishing will sing to you!
The photo above is just one of the gorgeous Visual Comfort lighting pieces that is on display. There is actually an entire wall of Visual Comfort lighting to view. The charming Visual Comfort sconces can be seen throughout the shop. This Moravian Star has always been on of my favorites. I have seen this chandelier dressed up or, in this instance, anchor a shabby chic
farmhouse with shiplap and a tin ceiling. The floor lamp is also Visual Comfort.
The cozy room continues...the opposite side features art, signature blue chairs with ottomans and more Visual Comfort lighting on the side table. Don't you want to grab that nightgown, a book and a glass of wine and curl up for a long read?
While the house is a generous size, so much bigger than the original shop, it is filled to the brim with linen furniture and shades of blue in everything from rugs to lamps to pillows.
The shop lives up to its name. Shades of blue envelop you as you enter the store. If you are
a John Robshaw fan this shopping experience will equal nirvana! Oh...his pillows abound!
This venue is tailor-made for hostess or housewarming gifts. AND GUESS WHAT??? AMAZING NEWS!!! True Blue Home is in the process of finishing its online store. So for those of you who won't be making a trip to Houston or Round Top in the near future...there is still an opportunity to experience this gracious little retreat's wares. Hint, get the diffuser=;)
Last but certainly not least...you must try the avocado and toast sandwich with a cappuccino at the attached Honeysuckle cafe. Sink into the oversized chairs or pull up a seat either indoor or outdoor for a sandwich and a sweet tea. Texas is calling y'all.
Visit True Blue Home for store hours and map. You can also sign up for email alerts that will advise when the eCommerce website is live. They also have a great Instagram site!
6507 Highway 290 East
Chappell Hill, Texas 77833