A Small and Rugged Home in Texas

Great use of a small space in the big state of Texas.

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Designer Ginger Barber creates a comfortable yet rugged design in this small 1850s guesthouse in Texas.
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Guesthouse
An 1850s guesthouse sits across the meadow from the main house on this 180-acre farm in Round Top, Texas.
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Guesthouse Living Room
In the guesthouse, an extra-large club chair is slipcovered in designer Ginger Barber's favorite check, Marvic's Damier in Beige. The floor was stained chocolate brown and white, then topped with a cowhide found at a local antiques fair. Barber thinks the antique cage doll in the corner is "like a ceremonial angel keeping watch."
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a chair and a table sit in a small nook with 6 prints hanging on the wall
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Guesthouse Walls
Walls are painted Sherwin-Williams's Westhighland White. Botanicals are grouped tightly for impact.
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Guesthouse Bedroom
A small sofa in a guesthouse bedroom is covered in Schumacher's Kumar Silk Matka in Natural. Old grain sacks were turned into throw pillows. The cow photo is by Vivian Arcidiacono.
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Guesthouse Bedroom
"I love a bit of purple," says Barber. The guest room's striped coverlet is from Neal and Co. The iron bed is from Ralph Lauren, and Barber had the bedside lamp made from an old staircase baluster.
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Guesthouse Bathroom
"This bathroom console in the guesthouse was an antiques fair find," says Barber. "It's all about the back and forth, crisp white vessel sinks and white walls against the worn zinc top and rustic baskets."
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Guesthouse Hallway
Barber placed a wicker blanket chest in the guesthouse's wide central hallway "to throw boots in at the end of the day." The large-scale checkerboard pattern on the floor "makes the space feel huge."
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Guesthouse Seating
An antique armchair in the guesthouse is upholstered in white cowhide.
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Porch
A willow swing and Janus et Cie wicker chairs on the guesthouse's screened porch are used by a rotating cast of family and friends. The coffee table is an old pigeon crate on wheels. "I use a lot of unusual baskets," says Barber. "I associate woven things with comfort." She also loves children's chairs. "I'm big on little chairs like these. I collect them. At a party I'll grab a child's chair from a corner and pull it up next to a friend and sit there for hours."
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Guesthouse Gable
A window in the guesthouse gable opens to a brilliant country day.
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Gazebo
A rustic gazebo is the farm's only real dining room. Janus et Cie's indoor-outdoor Cannes wicker chairs surround an antique pine table that Barber stained gray to blend with the weathered posts.
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Fence Post
A fence post anchored in a sandpit awaits a game of horseshoes.
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Main House
The main house's wraparound porch, with pastoral views.
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Main House Family Room
The walls of the main house are sheathed in reclaimed whitewashed wood. In the family room, a mushroom garden ornament sits on the coffee table. Upper cabinets in the kitchen were removed to draw the eye out the windows.
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Main House Family Room
"This limestone fireplace in the family room had an old Georgian wannabe mantel," says Ginger Barber. "We removed it and made this wonderful mantel shelf out of a simple old wood beam." The painting, Gorgeous Grace, is by Linda St. Clair.
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Main House Dining Area
Ginger Barber paired white painted chairs from her Houston store, the Sitting Room, with an antique Swedish pine table. Tumbleweed propped in an old wire basket makes an instant, Texas-style sculpture.
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Artwork
A simple unframed still life hangs in the kitchen.
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Main House Master Bedroom
"The master bedroom has a wild sage color on the painted bench and again on the bed," Barber says. "I love it against crisp white linen and whitewashed walls."
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Main House Master Bedroom
In the master bedroom, an antique chest and a twig mirror from the Sitting Room are paired with a small bundle of wheat, a playful reference to the bales of hay outside.
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Barn
"This old horse barn is like art in the yard. It's magic."
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Oak
Massive oaks dot the property.
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Steer
A steer is ready for his close-up.
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Bluebonnets
Bluebonnets — the state flower of Texas — blanket a field.
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