08 July 2010

An Abilene Remodel

 

Abi-who????    You probably are only familiar with the small Texas town of Abilene through songs – Sheryl Crow wrote one about Abilene.  Buck Owens, Brooks and Dunne, and Trisha Yearwood all sang songs about the town.   Johnny Cash, George Strait and even Bob Dylan also sang about Abilene – in fact a total of 33 songs mention this small town for some reason.  I can’t honestly say if I’ve ever been to Abilene – it’s smack in the middle of nowhere, somewhere between Ft. Worth and Ft. Stockton with a population of 115,000.  Think of the movie Giant with James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor to imagine the terrain.    I think I probably once passed through Abilene when I drove from Austin to Lubbock to visit a college boyfriend.  That was one very long drive.    If you ever do find yourself in Abilene looking for a charming place to stay – consider the Sayles Ranch Guesthouses – which is an enclave of B&Bs located in the Sayles Historic District.  

Recently the owner of the Sayles Ranch Guesthouses, Terry Browder,  contacted me about the newest addition to their accommodations – The Cotton Eye Joe.    Terry completely remodeled this guest house and thought that Cote de Texas readers would enjoy seeing it.  I agree!  I hope you like it as much as I do and find lots of inspiration to use for your own projects.

 

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Abilene, Texas – smack in the middle of Texas ( look for the red “A”)   Texas is so big that it takes a day or two of long driving hours  just to leave the state.  The Sayles Ranch Guesthouses make a great stopping place if you are driving out to California or Colorado or New Mexico.

 

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BEFORE:   I think the owner Terry Browder did a great job remodeling this typical small, older house from the 1930s.   The house is only about 1600 sq ft. but with the changes in the raised ceilings and removed walls, the house seems larger now.   Above is how Terry found the living room - carpeted, with a low ceiling and faux fireplace.    The first thing he did was expose all the hardwoods hiding underneath yards of moldy carpet.   Next Terry painted the floors in different patterns.   All the sheetrock also came down.   This room had its ceiling raised to the rafters – and the effect this change made is phenomenal.   The living room looks entirely different now, larger and more architecturally interesting.  

 

 

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AFTER:   The exact same view!   Here is the main living area today with its painted wood floors and raised ceiling covered in beadboard.  Hard to believe it’s the same space!   The dining room is off to the right – the wall between the two rooms was removed.   I love that root table with the oversized urn on top of it.  Large accessories look so much more “today” than collections of smalls.    And I love the map over the fireplace.   Notice the great lantern – Terry says it is an antique from Belgium that he found in a West Texas store!!!

 

 

 

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The sheet rock was removed from the walls exposing the original shiplap wood walls which were they sanded and painted.  I think they look beautiful!  The map of Texas is hanging on a garage door rail which hides the flat screen TV.   I love the cowhide rug and the tufted leather couches.  The house has a western atmosphere for sure – but it’s a very sophisticated western theme.    Notice how Terry put old books in the faux fireplace for added texture and interest.   The windows are covered in wide wood shutters. 

 

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BEFORE:   The living room from the other side of the room. 

 

 

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AFTER:   The same view as above.   Notice how the diagonal pattern painted on the wood floor visually enlarges the space.  I really like that old Prison Rodeo sign.  It is hard to believe, but the Texas Prison System really used to put on rodeos and as little kids, we would go to the Prison Rodeos at the old Houston Coliseum.  I doubt that today the prisons still let the inmates participate in rodeos outside the prison walls.   

 

 image The front bedroom – all three bedrooms have walls papered in old Texas deed documents dated from 1890.   Terry was lucky to find a cache of these documents  which have a wonderful patina.   The deeds were written with india ink in archaic script.  Amazing!  Terry updated an old log bed by painting it glossy white. 

 

 

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BEFORE:  The dining room – exposing the hardwoods underneath the carpet.   This was taken before the sheetrock was removed.   It looks so much better with the shiplap wood walls than with the sheetrock. 

 

 

 

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AFTER:   In the dining room, the Victorian furniture is upholstered in an old 1870s quilt bought at a nearby garage sale.  Inside the chairs are upholstered in burlap and monogrammed with the Sayles Ranch Guesthouses initials.  The quilt upholstery is a great idea to copy.

 

 

image Another view of the dining room – again, the heavy dark wood furniture was painted white to lighten up the decor.  Notice the table made of a painted white pedestal and oval glass top. 

 

 

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BEFORE:  Past the dining room is the very plain kitchen, then the breakfast room. 

 

 

 

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AFTER:  the kitchen was totally remodeled.  Notice the floor was painted in the traditional quilt pattern called Tumbling Blocks.   What a great idea! 

 

 

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The cupboard on the left is an old English piece found at a garage sale and the backsplash is a 150 year old prayer rail from an English church.   By the stove, notice the wall is made out of broken white china.  The hood is made of old tin ceiling tiles.

 

 

 

 

image AFTER:  In the small breakfast room, Terry lined the walls with the backs of old books.  The insides of the books went on the shelves and in the fireplace in the living room.  Ingenious.

 

 

 

 image In this bedroom, Terry painted the floors in the traditional quilt pattern Pinwheel. 

 

 

 image In the master bedroom, an old hooked rug was used to slipcover the iron rails on the canopy bed.  Again, wood furniture was painted white, and the floor was painted in another diagonal pattern. 

 

 

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BEFORE:  The bathroom was black and white and pink.

 

 

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AFTER:  On the walls, Terry used old tin ceiling tiles that came from an 100 year old grocery store in the little town in Oklahoma where he grew up.   I love how the glass sink tends to disappear. 

 

If you ever find yourself in Abilene, Texas and in need of a charming place to stay, be sure to call Terry Browder of the Sayles Ranch Guesthouses at 325-669-6856.  Ask to stay in the Cotton Eye Joe, although all the guesthouses are just as cute as this one.  To visit their web site, go HERE.

AND, if you have any questions about how Terry did any of the remodeling – email him at terrybrowder@saylesranch.com

 

A special thank you to Terry for sharing the Cotton Eye Joe with us!!

121 comments:

  1. Wow what a fabulous redo. That was so well done and inspirational. I love all the floors.

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  3. Hum. I've never felt so conflicted over somewhere you've featured before.

    I love the bedroom, I hate the bathroom. I love the living room, I hate the smashed china wall & stove hood. i love the floors, I hate the wall with the books on. I love the raised ceilings, I hate the dining table.

    The floors are the masterpiece of this house though - they are the most magnificent things i've seen in a long, long time!

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  4. I just love it when you show reader's re-dos. I love how she painted the floors different quilt patterns... very appealing.

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  5. Absolutely amazing and clever! She really repurposed items I would never have thought of using (i.e. antique tin ceiling tiles as a wall treatment), but now must copy ;-)

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  6. I went to college in Abilene at ACU so Abilene is near and dear to my heart! Cute town and I can't wait to stay here on my next visit! I loved the books on the wall! Gorgeous flooring!

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  7. How fun !
    Love the cotton boils (??) in the large urn. They did a great job turning the place around.

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  8. I also went to college in Abilene, at McMurry which is on Sayles just 4 blocks away from here. I drove up and down Sayles every day. A great historic area of houses. I am glad to see someone fixing them up. I will be checking them out the next time I go. I may try to get a group from college to stay here for a reunion. Thanks for telling us about them.

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  9. Brilliant. So creative. I'm going home and paint my floors! I love makeovers (blame that on growing up on Cinderella stories - lol).

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  10. Okay! Another former Abilene resident here! I moved to Abilene for my first job out of college. I must have driven down Sayles thousands of times - an absolutely beautiful street with charming homes and beautiful trees. The owner has done a great job with the house. However, after living there for 3 years, I kept thinking 'Where in the world did she find that XXXX'. That was always my one big compliant about Abilene - lack of places to shop. However, I guess the internet has changed all that. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. what a ride ... It's b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l

    makes me want to saddle up and head south

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  12. the guesthouse is wonderful... everywhere your eye falls there is something interesting.. the floors are outstanding... thanks for some eye candy to enjoy on a 97 degree day here in Atlanta.. and driving from Beaumont to El Paso takes forever and two days!

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  13. Looks like those pics were plucked straight out of a magazine. I'm crazy about those dining room chairs! Such a differnt style than my own, but beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed reading and looking through your post! As always! :)Seeing reader's homes might be my favorite thing to see.. wait, seeing the homes you decorate is my favorite, but reader's homes are a close second.

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  14. What a fun and beautiful way to use quilt patterns. The floors are really gorgeous. A great way to turn around a wood floor that may be past it's prime. I really, really love the root table/urn combination. I may have to take a look around here keeping that vignette in mind!

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  15. Amazing!! Love the floors! It is hard to believe it is the same house! Good job Terry!

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  16. The painted floors are just amazing! Great post Joni.

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  17. Your blog is on autodrive these days. Give us some classic Cote de Texas.

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  18. Love the living room, the kitchen and the dining room seating. I wonder how many genealogists will be checking in just to read the walls in the front bedroom? Not a fan of historically important documents as wallpaper! I think that there are still prison rodeos, at least there are in Oklahoma.
    Paula ~ Mise en scène

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  19. This is a very original, great western re-do - not the same cliche, bad stuff that is everywhere. I love how they even made brown leather chairs and sofa look cool. They knew what to do!!!

    Julie from Fort Worth

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  20. Original, fresh, fantastic!!! The floors are AMAZING!

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  21. I can't believe the before and after photos are of the same place! What wonderful inspiration!!

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  22. Joni: My gracious thanks to you, the "Oprah" of the design blog world, for posting about Cotton Eye Joe. Abilene really is a wonderful part of "nowhere" America, and Lyndon and Lady Bird came to tea often on Sayles Blvd back in "the day" because the founder of Hart Hanks and the head of the Texas Democratic party lived next door to each other, just across the street and down in the next block. And 5 blocks across the rooftops is a church designed by the same architect that designed the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. I invite all your readers to visit and stay at the Sayles Ranch Guesthouses! And let me know if you have questions about painted floors! We learned a lot by doing!

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  23. I absolutely love this guesthouse! Thank you for sharing this with us! Some really cool ideas to inspire. Kudos to Sayles Ranch.

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  24. Some of the most creative work I've seen in a long time...wonderful

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  25. Beautiful. Very Texas, Very French and Very Now as you point out :-)

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  26. Amazing transformation! Its hard to believe this is the same space.
    Absolutely gorgeous!
    xo, Sherry

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  27. i am proud and honored to be an abilenian! terry's guesthouses are shining stars in this city...he has done remarkable transformations on the houses he has renovated. i tip my ten gallon hat to terry's inspiring work!

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  28. Another Abilenian here...Sayles is truly the most gracious street in town and a pleasure to drive. I'm thrilled with what Terry has done for this area. He is truly a genius! Abilene is a great town to visit with a world-class museum downtown (The Grace) and Perini Ranch Steakhouse (Paula Deen is a fan!) out in Buffalo Gap. It may be dusty and a little off the beaten path, but well worth the effort to visit.

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  29. Terry Browder and his wife Laura, are friends and neighbors. I've had the pleasure of visiting all of the Sayles Guesthouses and they are all fabulous! Our family spent Thanksgiving in 'City Slickers' and were impressed with Terry's attention to detail. Beautifully appointed and comfortably furnished, a special place to visit.

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  30. Just too neat for words! I especially love the bookbacks on the walls, and those quilt-inspired floors. Wow!

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  31. Wow -- I'm GIDDY, I love this project so much! Especially love the creative use of quilts for upholstery, quilt motifs for painted floors, and I give the 19th century deeds as wallcoverings a thumbs-up (now, if a designer wanted to paper the walls with an original copy of the Declaration of the Rights of Man or something, that would be a different story). Where do you find these fabulous interiors, post after post? Thanks for dishing up all this great inspiration!

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  32. Wow, you REALLY must stop showing homes that make me want to rip everything out of my own home and start over. Those floors are simply genius. House Beautiful posed: Is Small the New Big? I think they have their answer here. Thanks, as always!

    Suzanne

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  33. Gorgeous! You know - I grew up in San Angelo, just 80 miles away. Equally small, and still in the MIDDLE OF NO WHERE!

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  34. What a post! I wish I could post like you. Nice gud job! :).

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  35. That natural bottom table was amazing!!! It so makes the room.
    Having past through several times in a blink, who knew such depth was hiding behind the interstate.
    By the way as a Texan I'll ask a curious question.
    Why so many Country Club Dr roads in TX are so not even close to being country club caliber?? I counted 4 between El Paso & Dallas.
    Cheers to cool weekend...

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  36. I grew up not far from this area and my dad is from Cross Plains outside Abilene. That region has charm and this home captures it perfectly! Adding a splash of "Texas" design seems to frequently go wrong but this touch of our state is delightful! I LOVE it so much!

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  37. Ingenius, custom, and very creative. The before's and the after's are really good. Who say's you can't have Texas and French design in one cohesive home?
    He did a great job.
    Thanks for sharing Joni.
    L.

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  38. I so admire fearless plunges in decorating!

    I love how he kept the color palate the same, but changed the floor design in each space!!!

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  39. Wow! How creative! Very well done, Terry!

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  40. This is the best example of "renew, reuse and recycle" I have ever seen!! Quilts for upholstery? Too die for! Hooked rugs as a headboard? To die for! Amazing job!!! Thanks for introducing us to this wonderful spot.

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  41. Such a great room, OMG I love the transformation! That organic table just makes it! Thanks Joni for another amazing post, I love your blog!
    x
    Maria

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  42. Having had the priveledge of walking through this space with Terry after he finished the remodel, I can honestly say that though the photos are gorgeous, experiencing the rooms as they flow is like being part of an interactive piece of art. I am blessed to know this talented and gracious designer.

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  43. FABULOUS! I especially love the bathroom with the use of the copper tiles as the wall treatment..and the hooked rugs for texture and interest as the head/foot board... sooo... great!

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  44. Thanks for another amazing post! LOVE the floors and feel like there is so much inspiration to be had from seeing these interiors. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. What a great redo and such ingenious use of materials in ways I haven't see before. I always love when someone thinks outside the old box!

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  46. The living room of this charming house just went to my inspiration file. It's a great illustration of how wonderful a ranch can look if you raise the ceiling. And in tear down happy Dallas, it's a better economic idea for a lot of people than building from scratch. There are so many creative ideas here. Bravo to Terry for pursuing them!

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  47. Amazing transformation....LOVE his attention to details, especially the different painted floor designs & all the book ideas.
    Thanks for sharing....loved this one!

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  48. Fun, fun post/redo. The dining room chairs are fab! Love the flooring; the entire home is genius!

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  49. Wow Joni- so glad you shared this with us. I'm printing a few of these pics for my inspiration files. I love it!!

    T

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  50. That house turned out absolutely amazing!!! I love it and such great ideas for recycling. I’m always surprised to see wall-to-wall carpeting in a hot climate, wood just makes so much more sense. I love the written sheets he used on the bedroom walls, I’ve done that with sheet music for a lampshade. Love, love the shiplap wood, my husband and I just did that in the lower part of our carriage barn and then bleached it. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about were the book covers in the breakfast nook but then again that’s personal preference, otherwise the house looks great! I just love oversized things. Thank you for sharing such an amazing renovation!

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  51. Joni, I have never been a fan of rustic or western decor but this is on a whole new level. The whole time I was reading this post I kept saying to myself, I need to go more outside my box this is one creative lady. Amazing details and done beautifully. I am so glad you shared this with your readers. It has inspired me to think outside the box more!! Not in this particular style but just let go a little, you know go for the gusto. I love when I can be inspired. It happens less and less these days. You know the old been there done that saying, well with this post it all felt NEW and exciting to me, Thank you Joni and Terry, Kathysue

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  52. Wonderful post. Thanks, Joni, for bringing it to our attention.

    The greatest thing about it is that it makes us stretch our imaginations, to look at generic spaces and ask "What if..." That's why it was so interesting to see the 'befores." And quite frankly, until I saw the 'afters,' I would have been content with them, at least the living room.

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  53. Wow. That is an inspiring remodel. Someone had great vision to take the home from the before photos to the after photos. I really love how the architectural elements were enhanced.

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  54. That is an amazing transformation. It was fun to tour and I'll have to file the name of the place in case we ever find ourselves in that neck of the woods.

    Karen of Garden, Home and Party

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  55. Love these floors, especially in the living room. I've driven through Abilene a few times...it sure is a long drive across West Texas.

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  56. Wow!! In reading the comments, I discovered the answer to one of my questions...is Terry married and yes, some lucky lady lives with this talented man! Each room adds more and more creativity!! What a wonderful place! Never get to Abilene but if I do, Thanks!! Joni!!

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  57. Wow! Incredible before and after. So creative and well done. Love, love, love the root table with the large urn. Fabulous lantern. Nothing trendy. I think that is my favorite part. As much as I love white and gray its very refreshing to see someone step out of the box and do something original.

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  58. Do you think he would mind if I just rolled that root table right on out of there on a dolly and loaded it in my car?
    I DIED!
    I WENT BANANAS!

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  59. wow, they did a great job! I'm so intrigued by their treatment of the shiplap walls. Just about any old house in Houston with shiplap underneath the sheetrock could be a candidate for that amazing transformation.

    Also, interesting comment about the difference in selecting a single, very oversized accessory versus multiple smaller accessories to move the room forward in time. Something I need to really keep in mind.

    And thank you so much for stopping by my tiny blog before!

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  60. This is the 2nd time in an hour that I've seen artwork on a sliding track to cover the flat screen above one's fireplace. This tells me one of two things: either this has got to be a trend, or I've got to step away from the bozoputer! I "keed"! I dig the barn track door! I've stenciled floors with a nine patch (squares, and lots of 'em) pattern and loved it. TY for the terrific post!

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  61. Wow, what a clever and creative guy. Loved all of it. Perfect for a Texas guest house. It is amazing that he could use so many articles in such different ways, i.e. books on a wall and the church rail as a backsplash. While some may not love the look, you really must give him credit for his creativity.
    It will help me to attempt to see uses for items in a different light!

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  62. O.M.G.! This is a.m.az.i.n.g! I'm in love with EVERYTHING. The whimsy and creativity used in Terry's decor is amazing. I've looked at the pictures about ten times now and can't stop. Each time I see something new. Thanks for sharing! Maureen

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  63. Ahhh yes, Abileen! Have been "through" many times! And since it is not particularly known for it's natural beauty I would say that Terry's renovation is a lovely addition to the town!
    Fun post, I really enjoyed it!

    joan

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  64. I could just move right in! That house and style is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. What an individual one-off voice Terry has. I've never seen anything like this, so confident, bold and unique. I like the way he uses large-scale furniture in the small rooms, it makes them seem grander. Wow. I would love to see more of his work.

    I hated the bathroom though.

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  66. Wow! I would love to stay here. It would be so much fun to experience this place in person and meet someone who obviously loves detail and appreciates design. This looks like it was a labor of love.

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  67. Third time looking at this beautiful renovation today...
    What a great, great talent this man has!
    Joni, this was truly a treat- Thank you!

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  68. Having lived in Texas I am quite familiar with Abilene. I adore this remodel. The prison sigh caught my eye immediately. So fetching and fun!

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  69. I forgot to comment on those fabulous floors! I may have to drive over to Abilene one weekend from here in Fort Worth and check this out in person. It just has so much personality!

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  70. I forgot to comment on those fabulous floors! I may have to drive over to Abilene one weekend from here in Fort Worth and check this out in person. It just has so much personality!

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  71. Oops! Seems my second post showed up twice and my first post didn't.

    Joni, thank you for bringing us so many extraordinary designs. This one intrigues me greatly since it seems to be a smaller house but it shows that the style and design doesn't have to be small at all. It can be huge. I love several of the elements that give it so much personality and interest. Thanks again for sharing it and so many other amazing designs through your fabulous blog! Still a huge fan of yours!

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  72. I like the way this Texan does his stuff! Great post Joni. I love it when you take us to all these nifty places...and what a sweet man.
    xo Lisa

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  73. To stay in such a wonderful place only,you should come over to Abilene!! Congratulations to Terry who did the interior design! Stunning!
    GREAT POST JONI!!!
    xx
    Greet

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  74. This is a pretty amazing makeover. Hard to believe it's the same building! I'm linking to it from my weekend roundup today. Thanks, Joni! :-)

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  75. The wall coverings alone had me in awe!

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  76. Oh, Joni, I love the house, so perfect and elegant! I am just floored!
    PS: We are off to Europe next week for a couple of weeks, come and visit, for I keep a travelling journal!

    XX
    Victoria

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  77. Such an amazing renovation. Terry completely transformed this soace. My favorite part is the living room area. I love how the artwork over the fireplace is on a track so that it can roll over the TV. Great idea!

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  79. So thrilled to see a remdodel with such instant, amazing character and personality! Love it...

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  80. Absolutely love that root table...anyone know where you can find one?
    Also, Abilene TX is the setting of a wonderful children's book by author William Joyce called Santa Calls. Really wonderful story with amazing timeless illustrations.

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  81. This looks fantastic! I love everything about it....fabulous redo.

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  82. Wow, what a dramatic and fabulous transformation. Love everything about the spaces. My favorites are the painted floors. Can't imagine the time that went into that task. Amazing!

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  83. This really does have a 'Texas' feel. Amazing creativity throughout. I love all the floors, especially the one in the kitchen! Lots of interest in this home.

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  84. I love your witty connection of Abilene and song lyrics. Brilliant! "All My Exes Live in Texas" is now stuck in my head!

    Kudos to the homeowner for sharing this uniquely appointed home with us. It's a nice change of pace to see something so distinctly different, yet inclusive of certain trends.

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  85. All of the sudden, I want to lassoo myself right there.
    What a stunning re-do. So dagone creative.
    pve

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  86. all three bedrooms have walls papered in old Texas deed documents dated from 1890. Terry was lucky to find a cache of these documents which have a wonderful patina.

    WHAT? I hope Terry was considerate enough to at least scan the deeds and give the scan images to the Texas Historical society before he destroyed Texas history by mod-podging them to his walls for their wonderful patina.

    Those transactions are often the only record that a person existed, and a priceless resource for family historians.

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  87. Oh Joni, thank you so much for sharing this amazing before and after!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in awe, I love it all and the root table is absolutly my favorite element! GORGEOUS! I am saving this one so I can see it over and over! Such inspiration. He is a genius! XO, Pinky

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  88. Clarification regarding the documents on the walls for those concerned about destroying of information: In Texas, deed transactions are recorded in the County Clerk's office in the county where the property is located. In the 19th century, there were no Xerox machines, so this was done by the clerk transcribing the information by hand. These records are permanent and readily available to the public and to geneologists at the office of the County Clerk. In addition, local, private abstract companies often transcribed this info for their own use from the Clerk's records. I rescued these docs in a pile on the floor of one of those companies, headed for the landfill. They had been scanned (the 21st Century's version of Xerox) to digitize their records and were being discarded. No history has been destroyed, and no information has been lost.

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  89. It is hard to believe that is the same house. I love the use of old and natural elements throughout. It took my breath away.

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  90. It is hard to believe that is the same house. I love the use of old and natural elements throughout. It took my breath away.

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  91. Joni, thank you so much for sharing this with us. I really loved the dining room! The shiplap siding on the walls reminds me of houses in Key West. You see that a lot there, and often they will be whitewashed. I have loved this look for years. We saved a tiny Victorian house years ago that had the same type of interior siding in most of the rooms except the kitchen and bath which had bead-board walls.

    They did a phenomenal job with this. Just perfection. Loved your commentary, too.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  92. Joni-Whodathunkit?? This is phenomenal that a small ranch house could end up looking this fabulous. I love the floors. I especially love the root table. I visited Pitiz in Seaside (from the Rosemary Beach makeover). They had such beautiful things that I recognized from your pictures!

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  93. Thank you all for such wonderful comments!!!! I'm thrilled it seems that everyone loves this. thanks!

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  94. Thank you all for such wonderful comments!!!! I'm thrilled it seems that everyone loves this. thanks!

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  95. Thank you all for such wonderful comments!!!! I'm thrilled it seems that everyone loves this. thanks!

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  96. Those painted floors are amazing! Love them!!!! What huge changes were made in this house ... stunning!

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  97. This redo is just brilliant. Every turn holds something unexpected, yet subtle and sophisticated enough to fit into the overall picture. Love it all!

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  98. Hi Joni!
    I really enjoyed this post! The western motif tricked up with a little Euro Style thrown in.....Of course the floors are the star....I appreciate the imagination it took to envision this refreshing take on Texas Ranch Genre. Maryanne xo

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  99. Best decorating ideas I've seen in a long time! What a neat place to stay. I looked at all of their guest cottages-wonderful!

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  100. Hi Joni, this is my favorite before/after that you've posted. Terry is such a creative soul! Thanks also for the Abilene highlight. My kids and I have been thinking about a road trip to visit my Dad in Biloxi next summer. We want to stay in only small towns, so this would be perfect! I now have my favorite camp song from growing up stuck in my head "Abilene, Abilene, prettiest town that I've ever seen. People there don't treat you mean in Abilene, my Abilene!"

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  101. Oh thank you for sharing this. My husband had a small job he had to complete in Abilene during fourth of July and we went down this magnificent street. My jaw was to the ground in amazement. The homes there are just beautiful. So full of character. I love your remodel!

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