Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Irish Lady At Hermann’s: New Arrivals

Napping sofa, chalk painted maple frame,  newly upholstered  with vintage fabrics – just long enough for a tall sleeper, light weight, and small scale for petite spaces.   Handmade shell boxes, mid-century lamp, vintage books and a bust all make for delightful accessories.   Vintage purses anyone? …

Premiering in the new space is an over sized, deep seating, three piece wicker ensemble with settee, chair and rocker along with many wicker accent pieces.    Along the back wall is a 50’s formica top pencil leg iron table with the original leaf and four ladder back chairs from the same era.   Harkerware tea set, cocktail implements, picnic basket,  fishing lures, art work, botanical and a few chalk paint accent tables round out the space and screams, “Eclectic with color!”

Across the aisle is a completely shabby table with oak pressed back chairs re-done with burlap padded seats.   The amazing thing about the pressed back chairs is the carving on the back.

Being Irish, I recognized the face of the Green Man as seen in ancient churches used to represent new birth or spring.  I have no idea how the chairs came to be here in Brenham, but it seems they were carved in remembrance of the old ways.

Introducing a new chalk paint color,  custom mixed by accident,  to achieve a deep rich peacock blue with my new favorite … gold leafing.   This desk is solid as a rock with a few dents and dings from age that just adds character.   Hmmmm,  I could say that about myself…

Many things to see and enjoy.  I hope you will join me on this antique journey and stop by The Irish Lady’s booth inside…
Hermann Furniture
213 West Alamo
Brenham,  Texas  77833
Monday – Friday
9 to 5:30
9 to 5
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A Blessed House, A Blessed Nation???


Independence Day is a profoundly patriotic day for our family.   Our family fought in The Revolutionary War, with no government to supply uniforms, weapons, food or shoes for their feet, and we won on principle and determination.   Most of all, we won because we were a godly people soon to be a  nation founded on The Word of God.  Men like Washington himself prayed.  At Mount Vernon, his home still preserved today, you can see a prayer journal that he kept with only a small sample of his personal prayers.  President Washington had no shame in praying in public nor did his predecessors such as Lincoln up to the last President Bush.  Today, we are so far from the ideals of President Washington.   If only…

we heeded Washington’s Prayer:

“Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”  from the farewell address

No doubt, there are few today in our  self-indulgent and intelligent society who could comprehend the meaning of these two sentences,  let alone apply even a portion of the concept of morality.   Proof in the decay of our morals is the debate occurring in the special session of the Texas Legislature.   The media portray Wendy Davis as a hero to women and little Wendy minions chant, “Hail Satan” to Pro Life supporters singing Amazing Grace and children stand next to Wendy with signs that read, “Leave my mommy’s vagina alone.”  Where did these children come from and where are the Al Sharpton’s  to cry for the unborn;  particularly,  unborn black children who have been aborted at a rate of  1,876 per day?   The bill does not  eliminate abortions, Wendy Davis still  retains her Pro-Choice Murder,  rather the bill would stop abortions after twenty weeks and stop the abortion mills like Gosnell’s of which Texas had their own version of horror.   How have we come so far?

In our own homes is where the moral decay or complete lack of principle begins.   We send our children to the public indoctrination chambers that teach tolerance for the most evil deeds and intolerance for goodness and light.   We sit and watch the garbage of television and pay to do so while watching programs that tout immorality.  The number of wholesome and decent shows that depict a family with  fathers and mothers in  monogamous relationships are completely non-existent.   We don’t read God’s Word in our homes, but profess to be Christian, and never pray for this country.   We live a lie everyday telling ourselves that Washington is corrupt and there is nothing we can do about it as long as what they do doesn’t affect me or mine.   Could we find our way back by heeding this simple House Blessing from long ago (pictured in photo above)?


our Houses

with God’s Word and principles contained in The Bible so that we find :


beyond what we watch on television and what our next purchase will be so that we focus on


helping others by serving with no ulterior motive to promote ourselves so that our homes will reflect


demonstrated to others so that they will desire to seek God for themselves.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  II Chronicles 7:14

The future of  Independence Day in four words:

Humble, Pray, Seek,  Turn