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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Shabby House...The One I Sold in Texas

So, I'm feeling a little lost.  It's not that I don't love Montana.  It's that I RENT a house here right now and I don't OWN it so I can't do anything to it.  That's hard for me.  It has hardwood floors but not the color I prefer. The kitchen is blah and has formica countertops, not marble or granite.  It has carpet upstairs.  I could go on and on.  I love to change things and make them my own.  We'll have to find a place to buy and love back to health before I can scratch that itch.  If it has 20 acres, a mountain view and a barn, that would be even better.

Our house in Texas was a labor of love.  It was an absolute mess and very tiny when we bought it.  We restored it to its old glory, made it larger and stayed true to the style of the house, even used reclaimed flooring to match the original rooms.  It looks tiny from the front but it was a two-story and about 2400 square feet.  it wasn't big by Texas standards but had plenty of room for my family of three.  The Historic District restricted changes to the elevation that faced the street so we had to go up and back.  I thought I would show you what my house in Texas looked like.  I chose some photos of my favorite rooms.  I pulled them off of the web so I hope the quality is ok.  Thanks for looking!  Eva

Huge old oak trees in the front yard.

Backyard with large covered porch with fireplace.

Closer view of the back porch.

View of the detached garage and one of the huge trees.  The garage has two stained-glass windows.

One of the patios we built.

My "white" living room.

My white kitchen.

The Den - See, it wasn't ALL white...

Dining room with stained glass.

The stairs that did not exist before the renovation.

Curved corners down the hallway.

Master bathroom vanity...Yes, I kept the mirrors.

Master bathtub and white painted floors.

Master Bedroom

Upstairs Bathroom


  1. Oh, my goodness! Breathtakingly beautiful. What a labor of love! Must have been hard to leave it but I think I would be excited for a new project! Thanks for sharing! Jamie

  2. Thanks, Jamie! I'm definitely craving another project. Did you see my post below that one? I posted two last night. It's good news!

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  4. Your home was just beautiful. And your furnishings too. Did you get to take most with you or did you sell them. I think you are brave for leaving Texas, I don't know that I could it. While I am not fond at all of our hot hot summers, I still love it so. Have a great week!

  5. Garden Antqs Vintage (what's your first name?), thanks so much for your comment and for the compliment on my home! I took almost everything with me. We ran out of room so I left a couple of smaller pieces for the new owner, including the white piece in the master bath. I miss it but I know she appreciates it. It was so functional and it really did work in that bathroom for towel storage. This past summer in Texas really just about killed me. My son and I actually fried an egg on the sidewalk. I might be able to tolerate it if I lived outside of Fredericksburg since it's so pretty there but we really wanted to try something different. I hope you have a great week too!