Thursday, July 2, 2009

An Easy, Breezy 1850s Guest House


When House Beautiful featured this 1850s guest house recently, I thought it looked like it could easily be found near the ocean. I was surprised to read that it's actually on a 180-acre farm in Round Top, Texas. It just has that easy, breezy charm of a cottage by the beach.

The unpretentious central hallway has a big wicker basket to stash your boots in. The wood floors were painted with a checkerboard pattern to make the small space look larger:


Who wouldn't have sweet dreams in a serene little bedroom like this?


The bathroom console was found at an antiques fair:

The living room:


Love the big porch swing--and the big porch!

A rustic gazebo on the property looks like a great place for family gatherings:


Check out House Beautiful for the rest of the beautiful photos of this guest house and read an interesting interview with its designer, Ginger Barber.

I'm linking this up to the Hooked on Fridays party I'm hosting over at my other blog today because I'm hooked on this guest house! Something else that makes me happy: my Grandma Hazel, who turns 93 today. I posted one of my favorite old photos of her on my Facebook page from the 1940s, if you want to see it. :-)

33 comments:

  1. I love that bedroom. In my dream home I'd have a girly guest bedroom that would have all white furniture, a painted wooden floor and bedding just like that pictured above!

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  2. Love it! I am going to use the same light in the living room in my screened porch.

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  3. I need to research where Round Top is. Is that not the life? Love the outdoor space. Ahhhh....

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  4. MAGICAL! I especially love the paviliion.
    *tricia

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  5. Sure could be a beach cottage. It would be lovely anywhere!!!

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  6. So pretty!! Forget being a guest... I'd like to live there permanently...lol

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  7. Wouldn't it be cool to have the guts to paint bold stripes on a wood floor like they did in this living room????

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  8. such a perfect escape!! best of both worlds!! ; )

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  9. A beautiful property, and a perfect place for a holiday, even if it is nowhere near the ocean!

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  10. I LOVE that mag. I actually had cut those pages out for my inspiration files.

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  11. This southern vernacular style really does it for me.

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  12. Very nice, and you're right, it DOES look like it would be right at home on the beach :-)

    LOVE the star light and the purple & white bedding :-) The striped floors are very cool too.

    Kelly

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  13. Oh Julia, I could easily move right into this house! I could be hooked on it, too. ~ Robyn

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  14. This is such a cute cottage!! I love that rustic gazebo

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  15. Love this house, when can I vacation here??
    Thanks for sharing this fab house with us!

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  16. What a beautiful house! Love those striped floors!

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  17. Oohh Julie you find the best homes thanks so much you will so inspire me for my house build, have a great celebration with your Grandmar!!

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  18. Beautiful! Lots of great ideas too!

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  19. oh what a lovely casual swinging on the porch sipping sweet tea kind of home!

    Thanks Girl!

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  20. That bedroom is so simple yet beautiful - perfect for a good night's sleep. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I love your post:)))) I live in an old farmhouse...but in my dreams I am in a beach house! Julia...beautiful pictures here that inspire lots of dreams, what ifs and going home to totally redo everything in sighT!!!!
    Have a great 4th.
    I enjoy your blog!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  22. What a great find. I'm really surprised it's nowhere near the ocean as it has such a breezy, fresh feel.

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  23. Very cute! Can I move in? lol

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  24. I just love that floor! I love how it changes from diamonds to stripes in different rooms. The bathroom is fab, and the porch swing is so clever! I have one of those twig benches, and now I have a new inspiration as to what to do with it!
    Loved this post! Everything that I am loving lately seems to be in Texas. So very odd.
    xo Isa

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  25. Beautiful... just looking at the photos I could feel the calmness in the room! Love it...Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  26. Thanks for sharing the pics. Love, love, love that house! Diane

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  27. I want to move into it!!! Thanks for sharing, Great blog u have!! Janna

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  28. What a beautiful guest house! Wouldn't mind staying here for a while... :-)

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  29. Haven't been to Round Top since I don't know when. The hills are full of wonderful surprises up there. This is certainly one of them, a fabulous find.

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  30. Those are gorgeous beach cottage pictures!

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  31. Round Top has the best antique weekends, they probably never drove over 20 miles to get it all furnished.

    Funny when I saw it I thought, did this house come from around here!

    I live in a house that has the tongue and grove boards behind the drywall, I thought they just took off the drywall.

    Either way it is fab! A very homey ranch house.

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I'm so glad you stopped by. Kick off your flip-flops and stay awhile! ~Julia :-)