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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My House, Coming to a Newsstand Near You....

 It's a done deal.

I've shot all the photos,
the magazine has sent me an extensive list
of interview questions, which I have answered
and returned.

Now we wait.
It's coming...but I can't say who or when,
just yet.

What I can  do is share some photos
with you that won't be in the issue,
which will be the biggest peek I've given y'all
of our home to date.

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It's been a long time coming,
and I've intentionally held off on sharing
too many photos of our 1910 farmhouse.

I knew there was interest in having it published,
I just wanted to make sure I waited for the right
combination of publication, project and editor.

And I have to say that I'm thrilled
with how it's all worked out!

Until the day ( very, very soon! )
that the issue hits the stands,
here are some sneaks with some
random tidbits about what you're
looking at in each photo.

Our living room.
My almost sacred Carol Hicks Bolton sofa.
Had you told me when I purchased this in 1997
that I would one day be Carol's website photographer,
I would have deemed you insane.
How the world turns.

And the wall of mirrors.
I've added a few more since this photo was taken.

The perspective from the sofa.
How many times I threatened to just toss
that 1990s era Broyhill armoire!
Or paint it at least.
But with a change of knobs, I find that I sorta
like the Shaker simplicity amidst all
the swirly, girly lines in the room.

The other side of the living room.
The settee, aka "Winnie's settee."
The cat claimed the mini-sofa as her own
from the moment it entered the house.

You see the photos on the wall
behind the standing birdcage?
Some of my photo gallery of my
published work. This particular month I was
featuring my work at Laboratoire de Design.

The nifty woven burlap curtain panels?
Scored at Rose Hicks' garage sale last year!

The hallway,
which is large enough to actually qualify
as a room.

My dental cabinet houses religious art,
as well as assorted other pretties.

I've mixed this area up quite a bit
since this photo was taken, but the feel
is still very much the same.
Open, light, airy.
And welcoming. 

I strive to create a
welcoming atmosphere within these walls.

Farther down the hallway,
headed towards the front door.

Fabulous vintage cabinet scored for $50
on a local Facebook garage sale page.

Outtake from the dining room shoot.
Winnie, the ultimate photobomber.

I can't share much more of the dining area,
as this will be extensively featured
in the magazine.

Our Master bedroom.
Wonderful footboard bench with iron handles
on either side.

Antique lace coverlet on the bed,
a mere peek at blue Bella Notte 
pillowcases and shams at the head of the bed.

From the moment I saw this awning,
I knew it had to be mounted over our bed.

Ruffle shams from Urban Outfitters ( cheap! ),
 headboard scarves from various 
local clothing boutiques.

Smocked sheer drapes behind the bed,
with a delicate and fragile, tea-stained,
vintage lace evening gown hung
in front to provide a warm contrast.

To the left of the bed,
framed child's dress as art.

It is graced with an 
exquisite handmade bracelet
at the neckline, created by 
Janet Hicks Proch...
daughter of Rose, sister of Carol, and a wonderfully
gifted designer in her own right.

My bathroom wall.
Only a very, very small portion of my
ever-expanding collection of 
Magnolia Pearl clothing.

I'd guesstimate that I've added upwards
of 30 pieces since I shot these photos,
and my collection was fairly good sized then.
It's so addictive!

 And hanging directly above the throne,
the potty, the toilet...
one of my many birdcages, just one of about
100 different things I collect...

old cameras,
seltzer bottles,
framed rose prints,
wasp nests,
old chairs,
ticking pillows....

Is it a sickness?
If so, I'm quite happy with the diagnosis,
and not the least bit interested
in seeking treatment!

I sense I'm preaching to the choir here, though.


More news as to who, where and when
you can grab the magazine featuring
the rest of our home, coming soon!

Next up,
heading to the fields of Warrenton tomorrow,
to do a photo shoot for a client who
creates the most delectable bedding
I've ever laid eyes upon.

Happy Weekend!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Magnolia Pearl Giveaway Winners

Happy Friday!

I'm excited to announce the two
lucky winners of the
which is also tied in with the
sale of the magnificent
Magnolia Pearl Ranch
in Bandera, Texas.

Are you ready?

The winner of ensemble #1...


and the winner of ensemble #2...


Big congrats, ladies!
Robin has read both of your blog posts,
and you both did an exceptional job.

Many thanks to each and every one of you
for helping get the word out,
me, Robin and John sincerely appreciate it!

In the meantime,
keep spreading the word!

and Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Heaven on Earth, Texas Style

Have you heard the news?
in Bandera, Texas is up for sale...

ad design and photography © Anne Lorys Photography

In case you missed it, I'm teaming up
with Robin "Magnolia Pearl" Brown 
and John Gray to help bring
their glorious property to the attention
of a wider audience, and all the
details can be found at the link below...

Head on over to sneak a peek
at what Heaven looks like.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Magnolia Pearl Ranch For Sale

My sweet friends, Robin Brown and John Gray of
are selling their incredible ranch 
in Bandera, Texas
and I am so thrilled to
bring this exceptional
property to a wider audience.

All photos 
© Anne Lorys Photography
unless indicated

I was fortunate enough to be able
to photograph this wonderland last month,
and I am beyond thrilled
to help Robin and John
present this treasure to the world.

 "On earth as it is in Heaven"
And indeed it is.
Nestled in the beautiful Bandera countryside, 
in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 
is a little slice of Heaven on earth.
Surrounded by majestic ranches, 
the former homestead of 
renowned clothing designer Robin "Magnolia Pearl" Brown and John Gray 
is being offered for sale, 
and utopian paradise hardly begins
to describe the treasures
to be found on this
exceptional property.

The delicate flowers and even the
faux cracks in the wall
are all hand painted.

On 38 acres, this expansive estate 
features 3 complete homes 
with central heat and air, 
18 external structures, 
3 delightful outdoor shower / baths 
supplied by on demand hot water heaters, 
and imaginatively adorned structures 
such as a whimsical chicken coop 
complete with chandelier 
and birdhouses galore.

A cleaner and more spic-and-span
home you will never find.
Aged to perfection via artistry...
no dirt, mold, water damage.

The old world patina is a deliberate
and stunning embellishment throughout.

Everything you see,
and a thousand lovely things you
don't see all convey.

Window treatments, artistic touches,
and grace notes of
beauty throughout.
This is truly a place
touched by magic.

The kitchen walls above?
That's carpet fabric!
Simply stunning.

Upon entering the living spaces, 
you will be charmed to discover 
that not only do all the 
fully functioning appliances convey, 
but that artistic adornments 
are found around each and every corner.
Between the 3 houses, 
enchantments such as...

antique cast iron beds, 
25 chandeliers collected 
from around the world, 
3 clawfoot tubs,
large stone fireplaces, 
and spacious porches,
are only the beginning.
The interior walls were a captivating canvas 
for hand-painted artistic designs, 
true works of art in and of themselves.

More about the beauty above just a
little further down.

The interior ceilings are covered 
in antique tins rescued and restored 
from an abandoned movie theater 
in New York City.
The bath in the main house 
boasts a magnificent sink 
designed by Robin herself, 
featuring an abundance of 
antique French majolica roses 
acquired from the 
Marbuger Farm Antique Show.

Vintage screen porch doors galore.

In keeping with this theme, 
the entry gate leading up 
to the main house is framed 
by a spellbinding stone archway 
also designed by Robin. 

This too is embellished 
by the same lovely majolica roses 
as well as an exquisite 
antique cloisonne vase 
which belonged to Robin's grandmother.

Iron gate leading to
one of three outdoor spas.

The fully furnished guest house.

The old sewing house,
where so many gorgeous Magnolia Pearl
creations were born!

Notice the darling pink fridge
in the upper left corner?

Again, all 3 of the
clawfoot tubs convey.

This labor of love, 
12 years in the making, 
was where Robin's 
internationally acclaimed 
clothing line was birthed. 

It has been featured in countless 
magazine publications as well as 
also being the subject of a book 
published by Country Living.

Offered at $695,000, this property 
is centrally located one hour 
from San Antonio, Texas
and 7 miles from Bandera.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime
chance for you to be able to
 grab a little slice of Heaven
for yourself.

For inquiries, 
contact John Gray at 
210-508-9552 or 830-990-9600 
or by e-mail,

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