From Margaret Everton on March 30, 2010 in Houston
Houston homeowners, prepare to salivate. Though everyone yearns for that perfect homeand does a good job achieving ittheres just something special about this Houston couple. Their story is one of how passions change, people age, and design preference melts from one stage to the next.
Craig and Dana were world travelers by necessity of their profession. Their jaunts in Europe led them to drink in the beauty of Tuscany architecture and English townhome living. It was a drink that led them to thirst for more. Naturally, when they moved back to Texas, the design followed them home. The Italian overtones are obvious in the stunning and complex design of this homes exterior.
Once inside, Italy meets England in a creative display of beauty and simplicity. The antique furniture, whitewashed walls and offset lighting are contributions that amplify each area of the room. Of course, the fireplace is a necessity.
Even the bedroom reflects the beauty of their international tastes, but also adds an element of individuality. The large windows that characterize the rest of the house are minimized in the master suite, allowing the room to exude more warmth and intimacy.
But things changed in the life of the world-travelling couple. The lure of the Texas landscape caught their attention. The next step was easypurchase a sprawling piece of property in Austin County. At first, the 65 acres was intended to be for family getaways. But thats when they realized they wanted to live at their getaway. They remodeled the entire farmhouse, and turned it into a marvel of country living.
They dont miss the spectacular views of Houston now that they can catch sunset vistas like this one from their front porch.
The rocker-strewn porch is merely the opening strings for a full-symphony interior design. Wood wainscoting and natural-toned wall colors blend together throughout the home. The living room boasts a wood-burning stove, and the bedrooms display iron-framed beds.
The couple decided to make the land work to their benefit, so they started a lavender farm. Now, the beauty of the property is pleasing more than just their family. Bus trips, school visits, and specialty dinners are filling the schedule for the spring and summer, and Craig is enjoying his Texas ranchette more than ever.