A wonderful hostess, Karen asked Houston contractor, David Levy, to make some changes to the home to better accommodate the many guests that Karen enjoys entertaining. Building a large deck on the house, Karen expanded the outdoor living area beyond just the front porch. Adding another bathroom upstairs and revamping the kitchen and laundry area accommodates her revolving door of friends and family who visit. Say "hi" to Karen and her brother and sister-in-law enjoying the front porch!!
This beautiful, soft color palette and French country style greets guests as they enter the home. The reclaimed 1850s beams from Iowa add a rustic flair and elaborate on the country chic architecture. Shopping for the furniture for this new look was a ball for Karen - I just love what she chose. One of her favorite places to get unique finds is Maryanne Flaherty's Beadboard Upcountry shop in Brenham. Karen is not the first to tell me about this wonderful, special shop--I guess I need to make another road trip!
This coffee table, originally used to transport materials throughout a warehouse, is a great country chic piece from Urban Market in Houston. The garden roses were a gift from one of Karen's guests!
The kitchen certainly gets the most attention, as Karen loves to cook. She is definitely the hostess extraordinaire! She added more storage by removing a door to the outside and building a large cabinet to match the existing cabinetry. Bringing forth the industrial flair, galvanized metal overlays the perimeter counter tops, while the stained, leaded glass windows from England add color and personality. But she doesn't spend all her time cooking while in Round Top... she also enjoys going to Scotty and Friends for a few meals!
This master bedroom features a soft greenish hue, Sherwin Williams 6163 "Grassland," while the white linens contribute a crisp, clean look. Such a beautiful and restful retreat!
Goring upstairs, Karen has provided a cozy, comfortable atmosphere for all her visitors. I love the sign -formerly the name of a local store!
The bedrooms are all so country comfortable--their simplicity works so well with the shiplap walls. These bedroom linens are from Horchow.
I love how Karen has taken the little nooks and crannies of this home and turned them into charming sleeping areas. Bed from Urban Market and linens from Pottery Barn.
I was certainly fooled by this book, which is actually made of concrete by artist and Round Top frequenter Richard Taylor of Flat Earth Designs in Atlanta. (404-755-7812)
Thanks, Karen, for welcoming us into your home! You have done such a beautiful job!!! Next Monday, look for the next post on how to decorate for Easter and other holidays in a way that will complement your home's décor. We will be featuring a wonderful showcase home that was decorated for Easter by Twins Design! Happy Easter!!!!