Caddo Mills

Hi there!  You ever have one of those days where the post you're working on just isn't gelling?  What do you do then?  You pitch yourself a softball instead and hope you hit it over the net.  (That is why I have a decorating blog instead of a sports blog.)

My softball today is this Caddo Mills, Texas ranch house, built in 1970.  Caddo Mills is an hour & a half south of the Oklahoma border, and 40 minutes Northeast of Dallas. Caddo Mills is also the hometown of James Farrell Clayton, the art director of Mork & Mindy & Family Ties.  (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

 The living room holds true to the adage "everything is bigger in Texas":

I'm calling this my softball house because when I see a big fireplace in a Texas home, I know I can find easy inspiration from the show Fixer Upper.  Take this example from Season 3:


When I saw this kitchen, my first thought was to remove the upper cabinets:

But then I saw this:


Now, what to do with a nice sunroom with a view of the barn?

Give the ceiling some Texas style and make it a one of kind country dining room:

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Here's a bathroom that's pretty typical of the era, with the vanity separated from the other facilities:

When Fixer Upper faced a similar situation...


...they knew just how to handle it.

The bedroom features the narrow windows we've seen throughout the house:

I found a design that would work with them in a way that I think Joanna would approve:

{Linda McDougald}

Now, after all that decorating, who's ready for a swim?

C'mon, doesn't that look inviting?  No?

Ok, how about this:

{Peter Zimmerman Architects}

I think that picture may be one of the reasons Pinterest was created.  If Chip & Joanna add a pool to their property, I'm willing to bet they'll have a pool house like this.

Caddo Mills' city slogan is Be Lucky...Live in Caddo Mills!  If I found a house like this and was able to fix it up in Fixer Upper style, I'd say I was pretty lucky indeed.


Wyngate Court

With Mother's Day coming up, I decided to be a good girl and listen to my mother.  She had asked me for ideas for her and Dad's summer house.  She doesn't really need decorating ideas, because her houses are always beautifully finished.  But if there's one thing we both love, it's design, so when I found a house on the market similar to theirs, I decided to go for it.

The front entrance has a long wall perfect for a console table:
Mom likes classic neutrals and has a nice mix of traditional and transitional furniture.
The clean lines of this  vignette remind me of her style:
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Here is a better view of the dining room, which is just off the foyer.  The built in cabinet on the left separates the living and dining rooms:

Here is the answer as to why I didn't suggest a mirror over the foyer console table.  It's on this opposite wall instead.  Mom already has a pretty round table, chair set, and buffet similar to this:
{Dana Wolter}

I like the informality of the picture leaning against the mirror frame and the simple centerpiece, but what really caught my eye was the beautiful tablecloth. 

Here is a good view of the living room.  The fireplace and dinette are different than Mom's, but once she sees the pretty inspiration room I found, I don't think she'll mind.
The fireplace in the inspiration room is more like Mom's.  What a difference a tall vertical mirror makes instead the horizontal one above.

{Skip Sroka}

I'm also digging the window treatments and the chairs.  I never would have thought to mix so many styles, and that goes for the lamps as well, but it all works very prettily together with a restful color palette.

Tucked behind the living room is the kitchen.  I wondered where in the world I would find an inspiration photo with an angled counter like this one:

Aha!  I found one!  But these colors are too stark for this house.

{Dana Wolter}

It's paint wizard time:

I wanted to soften the look of the kitchen so that the colors would blend better with the living and dining rooms.  Fittingly, I virtually painted the cabinets Benjamin Moore Smoke & Mirrors and the barstools are painted Barely There.  

The master bedroom is beyond the kitchen and dinette:

It's a neutral, blank slate.  Yawn.

Ok, here we go:

{Lauren Liess}

Lauren can do no wrong in my book (or hers). Not only is this lovely & coordinates so well with our other rooms, but she even gave us an idea for the tray ceiling.  The girl is good.

Here is the master bathroom.  Again, Mom & Dad's is already updated, but I couldn't resist showing it when I found a nice inspirational match:

This on-trend wallpaper nicely compliments Lauren's botanical touches in the bedroom:

{source unknown, but I neutralized the emerald towels with a little more Smoke & Mirrors.  Of course there had to be 5 of them....)  If it were mine (ha ha), I wouldn't hang that vintage botanical print over the towels, though.

Moving on, here is the guest bedroom:

For it, I found a room with seemingly simple but well curated design choices:

{Holly Freres}

That brings us to the den.  Mom & Dad don't have this built in bookcase, so feel free to hold your finger over it for the rest of this post.

No bookcase, no problem.  Closed storage it is:
{Blair Harris}

Although this next view must be in front of another window (non-existent for us), I also liked this very clean and simple idea:

Well, I don't know about Mom, but I definitely found some pretty inspiration for myself this time.  I'm glad I listened to her and gave this house a whirl.
What can I say, Mother knows best.

Linking to: Inspire Me MondayInspire Me Tuesday, and Wow Us Wednesdays.


Glen Lane

Today let's head north to Southbury, the one and only town named Southbury in the country. It's in Connecticut, and among the many old and historic homes (including author Gladys Taber's 1690 farmhouse Stillmeadow and Ed Sullivan's & Victor Borge's country houses) is this brand new home.

It may be brand new, but it doesn't want to look it, so you know what that means? It means we can have a lot of fun with the interiors. Right now they're a tastefully trendy neutral gray blank slate:

How about a mix of tastefully trendy and old farmhouse?  Dig how the chair upholstery echoes the blue plates.

{Benjamin Dhong & Matthew MacCaul Turner}

  I really can't suggest much to improve this white and bright kitchen:

...Except for sassy new pendant lights.  And longer drawer pulls.  A sleek range hood of course.  And if someone would build the cabinets to the ceiling with those lighted cabinets, that would be ok, too.  But that's it.

{Blue Water Home Builders}

And pretty backsplash tile.  Now I'm really done.

The dining room already wants to marry old farmhouse (love those 12 over 12 windows) with a little trendy bling by way of an orb chandelier:

 ...So I'll make it another offer it can't refuse: 

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 How fun is the circle motif wallpaper with the wainscoting squares and the chevron on the chairs?  It really keeps all those neutrals interesting.

The guest bathroom has a very similar foundation:

Let's treat it in a similar fashion:

{Threshold Interiors}

Finally, the master bedroom is just waiting for its chance to be a true retreat:

 ...A true retreat where whether it's old or new doesn't matter anymore, because it's simply timeless:

{Scott Sanders}

Timeless like enjoying Spring from the comforts of your front porch:


Seaside Lane

Thanks to blog friend Dee for her suggestion to read Karen White's books, we're off to Edisto Island, South Carolina, a setting featured in her novel The Time Between.

When I picture the houses on Edisto Island, I pretty much imagine them just like this one we're decorating today.  It was built in 2015, and as the listing says, "is the perfect balance between close proximity to the beach and the privacy of 3/4 of an acre." 

It has the requisite long, shady porch:

It needs the requisite relaxing black rockers:


It has the plentiful tall windows and pretty hardwood floors:

And we'll add the plentiful seating and pretty colors:


Here's a better view of that seating area:

I like those side chairs, but I can just see little kids enjoying poking their fingers through the holes, especially when someone's sitting there.

Back to the house, it has a tiny but pretty little kitchen:

I would just update it a bit with new pendants and a range hood.  Wish there was room for that fabulous range, too!

{Cottages & Bungalows}

The kitchen might be tiny, but the bedrooms have space for all the essentials:

Are you picturing a soft, slightly coastal vibe?  Me too:

{West Elm}

And the same for bedroom 2:

This one has a nice ethereal quality:

{Jim Hawes/Caldwell-Beebe}

And for bedroom number 3:

It's slightly less ethereal, but slightly more happy:

{ESPM Vacation Rentals} 

Am I the only one who thinks the dressers are smiling?

Yep, this property ticks all the boxes for my Edisto Island imaginings.
Right down to the requisite Southern live oak tree:

Isn't it nice when places like these aren't just works of fiction?