Thursday, July 23, 2009

My stay at The White House - Hill Country TX Style!

I've just returned from 11 days in Texas and if I was a free lance magazine scout I'd be calling Country Living right now to tell them about The White House in Fredericksburg! (this cottage is available to rent - I don't receive any form of payment for this recommendation - I just think it's a great place to stay) It's a two bedroom cottage with painted white floors throughout and a restrained neutral palette with black accents. All the exterior and interior doors were painted black - this is the front door. As soon as my best friend and I entered we started clicking away with our cameras. We decided it's got to be one of three options - either (1) the owner is a talented designer, (2) is not a designer and is naturally talented or (3) hired a talented designer.
Everywhere you looked there was something pleasing to the eye. The living room centered around white slipcovers paired with a fun zebra ottoman and a ticking stripe bergere chair which was so comfortable. I peaked under the slipcovers and found a disparate mix of fabrics - a great reminder of the power of slipcovers to unify a look.
The cottage was filled with seagrass and sisal, keeping everything light and casual.

Isn't this shelving really interesting? Love the turned detailing. I'm not usually a fan of dolls on display but who was I to temporarily relocate her for this photo? - she stayed happily perched.

One of my favorite spots in the cottage. You see it as soon as you walk through the front door. This oversized mirror visually expands the space and is a great backdrop for the very unique black metal table.
Have you ever come across wonderful frames sans glass for great prices? I've often seen these at estate sales and thrift stores but thought, once I paid for glass, the savings would be gone. Love how the empty frame is used to "frame" these two prints. Notice what's in the trough table - interior design magazines (international to boot)!! Behind the white doors is a closet housing the flat screen tv.

Vintage lighting fixture in the living room. It has amazing detail.

Another very stylish and practical idea - a narrow, wire shelf for face cloths. I'm on the hunt for one of these after seeing this one.

Here's the bedroom I stayed in - featuring black, white and yellow. Love the frame-on-frame here!

The cottage is full of little touches that make the space. The painted armoire is crowned by a straw satchel and interesting bird cage.
These two pics are from the second bedroom which featured soft blue & white bedding (which I forgot to take a picture of!) Love the little blue jar added to the cross bars on this bamboo bedside table.
Hope you've enjoyed the tour. The NEXT POST will feature my favorite room in the cottage - the KITCHEN.
Fredericksburg was a wonderful place to visit and I want to give a special thanks to Hill Country House for sending me the most amazing and extensive list of stores and restaurants. Ann's tips and suggestions made all the difference! Do check out her blog- she's been in Boston for the last month and has been sharing her wonderful finds there.


Alicia said...

What a treat to stay in such a charming home!!!! Im mad for the bookshelf, all spindles & sophisticated.
The little shelf you're looking for is genereally marketed as a spice rack...that is if you'll do new. I think TAG makes the one I've seen wandering around cute shops for a few years.

beth said...

You're lucky to have found such a tastefully decorated place. The owner definitely has a flair for design.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

What a wonderful find! It is absolutely charming!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

So happy you discovered some of the prettiest places in my Home State. Fredericksburg (and the surrounding Hill Country) are really special. Did you happen to make it to one of the lavender farms?

RE: The house - I'm really struck by the black ticking on that bergere - Splendid!!

Can't wait to see your pics of the kitchen!

Charlie said...

That is a lovely sitting room. It's so unusual to see white slipcovers used on furniture in a guesthouse. The black and white color scheme is refreshing, very chic.
BTW-Have a happy day today!

Hill Country House Girl said...

Ohmygosh, Michele!! If I knew you I would be calling you right this very instant - probably screaming with excitement! I have to find out who owns that place. I will tell you, my town is always amazing me with the creative people who are here. I have heard of The White House but did not have any idea of how beautifully "done" it is. I have been struggling with who I am as a blogger, and I think you have just confirmed what I have been thinking - I need to continue to seek out and write about what is in my own backyard. I am so glad you had a good experience and thanks for the mention!

Tiina of LiviaConcept said...

this i slovely! i love the mirror and cushion!!

have a lovely weekend!

mb said...

Fredericksburg is such a treat. One of my favorite places in Texas. Is the White House considered a "Sunday House"?
When we lived in Austin, I would drop my girlies off at school and drive into Fredericksburg to feed my soul, shop a bit and turn around and head back to Austin in time to collect them from school.
The surrounding landscape is breathtaking.

La Maison Fou said...


Lavender and Lilies said...

I love it. Gorgeous

ArchitectDesign™ said...

what a cute place! And WORLD OF INTERIORS -my favorite!!!! -on display in the bedroom! Glad you had a great time :-)

LindsB said...

What a beautiful place to stay! The details of the place are beautiful. I love the little shelf hanging with the turned detail- thats my favorite.

Cant wait to see the kitchen!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Lovely, lovely!! Can't wait to see the kitchen.

I adore that old light fixture. Several years ago, I changed all my fixtures into antique ones, and what a difference it made!

Janet said...

Oh, lovely! I want to curl up in that bergere chair.

Cote de Texas said...

Oh my - this is fabulous - I want to go there so bad? why are you in Texas? I;m so curious!!!!!

Cote de Texas said...

I have no idea why the question mark is behind - I want to go there so bad? weird!!! I DO want to go there so bad!!!!!!! omg - it's just toooo cute for words.

Velvet and Linen said...

Looks like the perfect cottage retreat.
Can't wait to see the kitchen.
Happy weekend, Michele.


Windlost said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit Michele, and Fredericksburg sounds like such a neat town. Ann is a very sweet lady - I have been reading her Boston blogging tour!
xo Terri

diana said...

I love Fredericksburg and just sold a home there. I saw this house for sale last Fall. Someone bought it and turned it into a B&B. Actually after conducting a little investigative work, I think the lady who owns it also dabbles in real estate as well as B&Bs.

Pigtown-Design said...

It almost looks like Joni could have designed it! It's got a lot of the same touches she likes.

Sounds like a brilliant trip.

Style Redux 2 said...

I was going to say it looks like Joni's work before I saw that Meg already said it-but I echo her sentiments-just darling!

PrimeTimeMom said...

I love everything about this house. Simply gorgeous! I can't remember where but another blogger did a post on white drapes and they look so fresh and beautiful here. I especially like the black and white print pillows.

J.Covington*Design said...

That's a true find...and I too thought the hanging bookshelf was very cool.

Lauren said...

oh my goodness so pretty!!! juts love all the white & the fesh feeling!!! beautiful!!

Renee Finberg said...

great shots.
the cottage really is quite special.
love the 'no style' STYLE.

Marnie said...

this cottage has great style - love the framed frames - on the hunt to copy the idea


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