105 Year Old Victorian Texas Farmhouse

The Family
"We want our house to be comfortable and inviting, without being fancy or fussy," says Bailey. "This is where were come to unwind, reconnect, and build memories as a family."
In this photo: Bailey and husband Pete pose with son Harry, 11 months, daughter Grace, 3 (not a fan of posing for family pics!), and their goat, Calamity Jane.54f0d39ebd00e_-_farmhouse-fresh-family-0415-xln
Family Room
Bailey designed this space to be roomy enough to host a crowd but cozy enough for family game nights around the fire. "I wanted a few big pieces of indestructible furniture that people could pile on, plus some modern elements so it didn't feel too 'themey,' " says Bailey. Case in point: Bailey paired the room's showstopping farmhouse icons—a buffalo check-covered sofa and wildflower chintz armchair—with a streamlined steel-framed coffee table and graphic longhorn watercolor painting (by Houston artist Mary H. Case) to keep the mix from going too traditional.
Bright idea: When weekend guests ask, "What can I bring?" Bailey suggests a beloved paperback book with an inscription to add to their library.
The previous owners had restored the 105-year-old home, so the kitchen didn't need a total gut job. What it did need were some simple but substantial cosmetic upgrades—starting with paint. When the McCarthys moved in, the walls were beige and the cabinets, which vary in height, were white. "Painting everything black seemed like a good way to make the cabinets blend in with the wall," says Bailey. Next, she swapped out the granite countertops for butcher-block ones. "We wanted the feeling of an old farmhouse that would age nicely with us," she says. "Butcher block is practical, casual, and the opposite of trendy."

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