If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you probably noticed I was in Austin, Texas last week at the place we call “The Ranch”. It is a family ranch that was purchased by my maternal grandparents and was passed down to my mother and uncle. I adore the ranch because I have been visiting since I was about three years old and it brings back sweet memories of floating down the stream on inner tubes, eating barbecued brisket, and being able to spend time with my cousins.
I figured you all might want a peek inside, mainly because so many of us love seeing how others live. Though the house is modern, there are a few vintage touches throughout. Here is the front of the main house. It has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
Because I am the oldest of four kids, there was no way a four bedroom house was going to accommodate all of us at the same time (three of us are married with children), so a “bunkhouse” was built just a few feet away which has four more bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Amusing anecdote: So I sleep to the left of the bunkhouse and my sister sleeps on the right. It was nighttime and she has already retired to her room. I had something amusing I needed to tell her so I walked over using that outdoor hallway you can see in the picture. We had our little chat and I left to go back to my room. As I was fiddling with my phone and not looking where I was going I stumbled over something fairly large and kind of squishy. I knew there had been nothing laying around when I had walked over a few minutes previous so I looked down to see I had tripped over a very pissed off looking bullfrog! And I had bare feet! EWWWWW! He gave me the bird and hopped on his merry way as I ran screaming into my room.
Here is the entrance to the main house. Notice the vintage longhorn stool? Also the back of the bench is made with old pitchforks!
Each bedroom is decorated with different quilts, but this one is my favorite. I also adore the Cat Studio pillows that are found throughout the house.
As you can see, there is deer theme running throughout the home. We have quite a few bucks that live on the property and my brother and cousins enjoy hunting them.
The house was originally built in the 70s and then was recently rebuilt in early 2005ish. Here is a shot of the hallway ceiling that runs the entire length of the home.
Here is a snapshot of the powder room. I especially like the stone sink sitting on top of a log found on the property. The posters you see reflected in the mirror are of old spaghetti westerns.
Here you can see my son in green playing with his cousins in blue and grey. I think we are so lucky that we have a place we can visit where we can all be one big family. The old tools you can see hanging on the wall were owned by my great grandfather.
Speaking of family, here are each of my grandparent’s great grandchildren’s names in rope. Not a bad legacy!
Though the house is quite nice, it is really the outdoors that are the spectacle.
Here is the creek we used to raft down. There isn’t much water right now because it is summer, but when we were kids the caretaker would let some water out from the fishing hole and we loved floating down the stream.
At some point we all got too old to get in the muddy creek and a pool was built.
And the trees! Oh my word we have nothing like this in Los Angeles. I just love sitting under the oaks and listening to the cicadas buzz as I drink my sweet tea and watch the kids splash in the pool.
Coincidentally I will be back in Austin this weekend for the Texas Style Council Summit where I am teaching a class on monetizing your blog. It will be nice to be staying in Austin proper (our ranch is about 20 minutes outside of town near Bee Cave) because it is such an exciting and lively city. I believe I will be going on a vintage clothing tour with some of the ladies at the summit, so stay tuned and I will let you all know how it turned out.