Welcome to High Heels
and Herringbone! I’m Heather, and if you haven’t guessed already I love all things Fashion and Interior Design. Like, so much. They pretty much take up the majority of storage in my brain. I’m always looking to create something beautiful, whether it’s a cute outfit with the perfect shoes or a well-balanced vignette with a pop of color. What can I say, it just makes my heart happy. Sooooooo, I’m doing this blog to share with you all those things that make me happy and hopefully provide you with inspiration and with resources for you to find and create your own beautiful spaces and outfits. And I really, really hope you enjoy it!
I guess I should start with a little bit about myself and how I got here. First, let me say that this blog/first post is a LONG time coming. I have been wanting to start my own blog for years, especially the last two years. But I’ve always had an excuse as to why I haven’t started yet. I’m too busy, I should wait until the kids are back in school, I’m not a good enough writer, people probably wouldn’t want to hear from me anyways, I need a better camera first, not every room in the house is done, etc. My husband continued to tell me over and over that I was “too talented not to do it” and to “do what makes me happy!” Well of course he’s just my husband so why would I listen to him right? He has to say that! But the more and more people who said the same thing to me, the more confidence I got and the more validated I felt. So here I am, launching my blog today! Woo Hoo!
I can honestly appreciate all styles of fashion and home décor. Some days I’m feelin Birkenstocks and ripped jeans, and other days I want to be what my friends call “fancy.” Haha And likewise, when I’m shopping for a room, sometimes I’m inspired by a vintage rug and sometimes I’m inspired by something shiny with crystals. In this first post, I want to specifically talk about our new home we built and where the inspiration for that came from.
Throughout the years I’ve always loved decorating whatever home we lived in and taking on projects. We ended up in the Austin, TX area about 9 years ago and we eventually got to build our first house. Which meant I got to pick everything out from the builder’s design center. Sure, I couldn’t choose everything, but it was still more creative control than I had in any other house. Once we moved in I even went through a furniture building phase where I pretty much built all the furniture in my house. Yep, I went down to the hardware store and bought myself a chop saw, made friends with the cute old guys at Home Depot so they would make my larger piece cuts for me, learned the hard way that I had to account for the ¼” blade in all my measurements, and my husband even brought me home a pink tool box kit with a matching belt and hard hat. If that adorable girl in Alaska posted a new plan, I was making a lumber cut list that day. We couldn’t afford for me to outfit the whole house with all the designer furniture I wanted, so…. I made it. It definitely kept me busy, I was working on baby number 4 so I had a lot of rooms to decorate and furnish!
Then we were fortunate enough to find a 40-acre ranch in the area and it was love at first sight. I instantly knew where I wanted to put our future home, which direction it would face, how the driveway would look, everything. We ended up getting it and figured some day we would build on it and then move over there. Then one day a friend of friend knocked on our door and said they were looking for a house to buy in the neighborhood that was our exact floorplan and heard we might be selling soon. Well, they ended up buying the house and everything in it. I mean everything, all of my creations, from beds to homemade curtains. It was a little sad saying goodbye to all of my hard work, but I knew that I would want something different for our new home. Not to mention we were about to move into the 1,000 square foot guest house with our four kids! I had already decorated and furnished that as a “ranch house” and nothing of ours would’ve fit anyways.
Let me tell you, things got cozy. We shrunk our living space to less than a quarter of what we were living in before. I’ll be honest, I cried the first morning we woke up there. I’m not proud of it, but I did. There, I said it. I mean, who needs doors that actually close all the way? Or more than 2 drawers in your kitchen? Pshhh, not me! We’ve always been up for a challenge, and 6 months in this little cabin/ranch house would be fine! Even if those 6 months did turn into 2 ½ years. Nothing like stacking your kids three deep on bunk beds with a trundle or whispering while watching TV in the living room because the crib is 2 feet away behind the door that won’t close all the way. Now that’s bonding! Lol
In all actuality, my husband was right, it was some of the best years of my life. In fact, as I write this, I’m starting to get emotional. There, I said it.
But let’s not get it twisted! I was more than excited to start building right out the front door. I grew up in Southern California, specifically Camarillo and Santa Barbara. So I had always dreamed of a typical SoCal home with stucco exterior, Spanish tile roof, and birds of paradise surrounding it. However, I didn’t think that would feel natural in the ranch setting in Texas. (But if someone knows how to grow birds of paradise here, please let me know!) Also, my style had evolved. When I saw this land, I knew I wanted a white modern farmhouse with a dark metal roof. I wanted the typical farmhouse layout I had seen as well. The main living area and kitchen together in the center of the house with the other living spaces on either side of that. The next thing I knew I wanted and was crucial to my vision for this house was to have huge iron and glass doors on the front and back. I wanted to be able to see the land in the back while standing at the front door. See thru if you will. And since there are no neighbors to peep in, that was actually possible!
From there, I knew I wanted a lot of white on the interior while still having fun pops of color and a bit of my beloved eclectic SoCal vibe in there too. I loved the farmhouse idea, but farmhouse with a twist. That was my goal, to add a little bit of everything I love and still have it feel organic to the style of the home and the land we are on. So I got to work with a pencil, paper, and a ruler and called up my awesome home designer to interpret my preschool drawings and make actual house plans with a beautiful elevation and everything!
With the help of our good friend, Arrowwood Custom Homes, we broke ground January 2017 and moved in 10 months later. I’m known to be a bit of a bargain shopper so stay tuned for some good finds here and on my Instagram. I’m still having fun decorating and redecorating and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing where it’s at and where it’s still going.