Here’s the teaser — a sketch of the pint-size Country Cottage Idea House opening March 24, 2017, in Round Top, the Fayetteville County hamlet that has been hosting mega antique shows each spring and fall for decades.
The 1920s-era building which measures less than 800 square feet, was transported by trailer to The Compound of Round Top earlier this year. Award-winning designer Julie Dodson of Dodson Interiors in Houston has overseen a complete makeover of the tiny house, utilizing finds from the vendors of Round Top, to create cozy “Southern Country Chic” guest quarters.
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We wrote about the Houston-based designer last January, when she announced she will be hosting the Second Annual Designer Dream Spree at the fall Round Top Antiques Fair September 26-29. The Designer Dream Spree will include shopping the dealers of Round Top, a designer panel discussion on “Exceptional Discoveries,” and an array of social gatherings, from wine tastings to fine dining featuring cuisine prepared by notable Houston chef Travis Lenig.
Dodson’s spring precursor to the Dream Spree is the Country Cottage Idea House, a revamp of a house built in the 1920s to haven done in “Southern Country Chic,” a bit more rustic than her signature style incorporating glam elements with classic antiques. The transformation of the petite old home into a dreamy guest house is an inspiration for individuals looking for ideas to create small, separate guest quarters on their own farms or ranches. The idea house will open just in time for Round Top’s Spring Antique Fair which takes place March 27-April 1. Longtime Round Top attendee Dodson will utilize items she gleaned from prior visits to the more than 2000 antique and decorative accessory vendors who set up shop in booths under tents and pavilions spread over more than 200 acres during the semi-annual event. Tickets to visit the Country Cottage Idea House are $10, with proceeds going to benefiting area animal shelters.
“I’m so thrilled to be involved in this little project at Round Top — it holds a special place for me, a place where my family and friends gather to create memories. We’re out there almost every weekend. I simply had to do this, it’s a natural fit and I love that it’s benefiting local animal shelters,” said Julie.
Road trip anyone? Let’s head to Round Top!