House Renovation, McAllen, Texas

Holly and I designed the renovation of this ranch house in McAllen, Texas. The Owners (happen to be our Brother & Sister-in-Law) liked their home but wanted a facelift facing the street, kitchen renovation and an addition for a greatroom and master bedroom suit.  This was a fun project because my brother and sister-in-law are possibly the most trusting and kind clients. Also, they love pretty wallpaper and beautiful casework, so we were in heaven! We later came back and helped with the design of their pool and pergola.

Before Renovation – Front

We hope you like seeing these photos of our work. It is a beautiful home and we love getting to visit!

Designers: Holly Hawkins & Stephanie Stewart


Getting Away

I decided to head down to McAllen for a long weekend. It all started with a dentist visit and referral to an Orthodontist. Since my brother is the best Orthodontist, we took this as a sign – road trip! 

Holly and I are also helping him build onto his office and we needed better pictures of their house reno too.
Bonus- it happened to be my nieces’ 13th birthday.

We took a quick trip out to the ranch. Our little man eats up this kind of adventure- hunting, fishing, airsoft wars…

This has been a much needed trip and a gift from God. Big thank you to my Brother for hosting us on such a jam packed weekend.


*more to follow on the office and house reno projects. Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram too.

The Valley

We went to my old home a few weeks ago.  Not all of the family got to go, but never the less, it was a trek worth documenting.

Holly and I have had the privilege of working with my brother and sister-in law on their business and home projects. Sometimes I think they create projects to entice us to visit (it works).  I realized that it had been 3 years since we last visited, that’s just not nice to do to family. Shame on me.  The pool project was finished, so we had to come see how it turned out.

Anyway, we road tripped down to the Valley, stopping to see my Grandmother in Dallas.  It was her birthday the following monday, so our scheduled visit was just in time!


Then we drove down through Waco and stopped at Magnolia Market.




We finally made it down to the Valley, and there were many treats awaiting the kiddos.  Like ice cream flavored nail polish, lipstick (for Little Miss), and Glow Sticks, Nature books and such for “S”.


We swam till we were shriveled prunes and then we got back in.


The big kids played nerf gun battles till the bullets somehow disappeared.



I had to strong arm the kids to go to the beach one day.  They didn’t want to leave their cousins, but I knew they would love it once they saw the water.



We were able to visit two friends from High School.  After talking while our kids swam, I realized that Natalie and I haven’t seen each other since High School. It was nice to be able to catch way up, sharing condolences for both of our Father’s early deaths, and the many changes in life and family since 1996. Amparo and I still keep up and it was good for her to get to meet Little Miss.


More swimming (my brother, his son and Momma)


Chris took us out to McCook one of the last days.  I remember those long drives to team ropings with my Dad, and wishing I didn’t have to be there.  This was different, nice.  We went out to the deer lease and “S” was able to do some target shooting. He loved it and did really good.


Then the incredibly long drive home – ugh! We are flying next time.  (sorry for the up the nose shot)



Zoodles & Azarhia

I had a Sunday School teacher in the 5/6th grade that was very kind.  She taught us about the Bible and respecting our parents.  She also took us on a field trip to Meryl Norman.  She always had on makeup and looked very pretty, so it was a lot of fun to get a makeover with her as our leader.  I will never forget that.

Anyway, she is opening up a children’s boutique in my hometown.  I think she opens on Thursday.  So, if you live in the Valley, please visit and tell me all about the little pretty things.

She is also carrying Azarhia bows, cuties and harties – so while you are visiting the new boutique,  also buy!




Bows (grosgrain & jelly bows) 3 sizes




Hairtie Packs



We wish all the best for Zoodles!