The Farmhouses of Round Top

Texas has plenty of charming, small towns, but few are as post-card perfect as Round Top. I was there last week for the spring Round Top Antiques Fair (which I’ve written about before), and the great 19th-century architecture in the area kept catching my eye. The distinctive western-style farmhouses with their sloped tin roofs, wide porches and crisp white wood siding have a very comforting, harmonious feel.

The Round Top community has done a better job than most at preserving their historical district. It’s easy to see why so many Houston and Austin folks have second homes or ranches here. The antiques fair, of course, has also played a part in making the area a destination.

I stayed this time at the Round Top Inn—my new favorite. It’s a historical inn, built in the 1800’s, with cute, fully restored cottages on an oak-dotted compound in walking distance to town.

Here are a few shots of the characteristic architecture that I find so appealing:

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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