Southern Living House then and now

Our dear friends Patty and Paul Brown are selling their beautiful home in La Grange, Texas. La Grange is the county seat of Fayette County and has such a cute Square and downtown area. It’s about 30 minutes on the other side of Round Top opposite the direction where we live in Brenham. It is near a historic brewery and just such a pretty area. Every time I go to Patty’s I am amazed at the landscape, sunsets, and her trees. But what really amazes me is the attention to detail Patty went to in building this house and following inspiration from an official Southern Living Idea House. We all love a good house tour and especially a Southern Living Idea house!

Original inspiration…that is Patty & Pauls home inspiration in the middle! Wow remember when special magazine “books” were only $3.95 my how that has changed!
Paul and Patty visited this house in Austin in 1999 and fell in love!

And what amazes me is how all of it has stood the test of time. Classic choices remain classic! (Except the computer) The beautiful stone and fireplaces still resonate. And the Viking range is still going strong 20 years later.

Patty says she must cook with fire!

SW Peppercorn island BM Bruton White cabinets
That Viking hood! And notice how the Peppercorn island color changes color in different light!

Patty asked me to help her freshen the house recently and all we did was edit some of her accessories, paint and update kitchen tile. Her gorgeous original Viking range of course still looks amazing. The rock accents still read Texas Hill Country at its best. These exterior views never get old either. The island color reminds me of their great Texas sky views! Day and night!

The original paint colors through the home were SW Bleeker Beige, Manchester Tan and a lot of Navajo White. We chose SW Westhighland White to freshen up the walls and most spaces but kept with a bone beige color for the cabinets. I love the Benjamin Moore Colonial Williamsburg colors they never disappoint! It give that English manor house kitchen look but is still fresh and not gold and works well with the quartz marble look countertops.

The island was just painted SW Peppercorn.
Walker Zanger Cafe tile in the Milk color, that tile is one of my favorites and looks great with the new marble-look quartz.
These gorgeous dogs stand guard out front, they are from the Round Top show!
Stone in the kitchen..looks great with the BM Bruton White cabinets and the Cafe black fridge!
The Mary Gregory painting depicts the BACK of the home. The back is truly as beautiful as the front.
The stone pathways make me swoon.
View out the back to the lake, antique light!
All of the stone inside and out just flows so well.
Recognize this view of the house from the painting over mantle?
More Walker Zanger Tuilleries tile and fresh paint. The original doorknobs are lovely no need to update!
Wine room recently got an update in SW Urbane Bronze as well but floor is original!
Another gorgeous Mary Gregory painting in the family room and original stone fireplace.
More Beautiful trees outside out EVERY window!

For more info about the house contact Lilla Blackburn at Round Top Real Estate. Click over to the listing to see more photos including the gorgeous pool. I am excited to see who buys this home. It’s a treasure just like Patty and Paul! Don’t move too far away from us!

Mount Vernon Part One (of Many)

This home in Washington County is so special.  The homeowners and I (and their architect and builder and many wonderful craftsmen) have been working for some time to see this beauty finally emerge and boy is it emerging to be everything we hoped!

Every site visit I am so excited to see it come to life and near completion!


Is there anything better than the smell of sawdust and fresh paint and the sound of saws and hammers!  Not to me!  

These colors are soft but fresh and feel so organic and fitting to their landscape, especially with the wildflowers still blooming just outside!

Most of the house is painted BM Pale Oak, SW Eider White with dark accents of SW Dorian Gray and SW Classic French Gray.  And SW Peppercorn in one very special room!  We may be discussing a drinking game with the aim of naming these colors!  The top color is custom just for the lady of the house!

I like to think Mr A. Hayes Town himself would approve of this color palette, I am so pleased with how they play of one another and the natural light. Not all my doing, the homeowners did a lot of samples and comparing colors, total team effort to get to this point.  Houses like this don’t just happen! I couldn’t help but think of this famous image of him today when I saw this Duxbury and Classic French Gray paint on the walls!

More to come including some wonderful exterior photos and brick flooring and grasscloth.  Also I am hoping the homeowners will let me share some of the tips and tricks they learned in researching some historic Natchez, Mississippi, paint colors!  They did their homework. It’s been such a joy to be a part..amazing team of architectural design, builder, craftsmen and more.  Including Fischer Tile of Brenham Texas and JM Floors. I can’t wait to see the lighting via True Blue Home installed and marble via BRENHAM AREA MARBLE in place.

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