Country Cottage Idea House

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.

Looking for ideas to build a nest for your guests?

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All photos courtesy Long Cove

Bunk rooms have become ubiquitous in vacation homes — not only for kids, but adults too. What is it about bunk rooms that is so engaging? Perhaps they bring back happy memories of sharing bedrooms with siblings (fights forgotten), summer camp, slumber parties, ghost stories, whispers, and giggles. We all have a little spot in our imagination of what the best slumber party ever looks like, and it likely has some kind of bunk bed or canopy-covered cozy spot.

The trend is prevalent at Long Cove, the knockout lakefront real estate community  on Cedar Creek Lake we’ve shared news of as stages unfolded.  The project is being developed by Don McNamara, well known in Dallas for projects such as CityPlace and West Village.

With shared amenities and a full range of services similar to second home communities such as Watersound and Seaside in the Florida Panhandle, Long Cove is a convenient and carefree place to relax just one hour south of Dallas. The premise: 1,100 acres of luxury lake housing with more than 6 miles of shoreline, a community knit together with shared amenities (a convenient marina, boat shop, pool, golf, and playing fields and courts for all sorts of sports and activities); concierge services to take care of the work that goes into the care and maintenance of a home and boat — all within easy driving distance from Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Residents here tend to be multi-generation families gathered to share weekends and vacation time under one roof. Space to sleep many counts here; hence the appeal of the bunk rooms. There’s a friendly bit of competition as to which designer comes up with the best bunks — it even has its own page on Long Cove’s community website. In the race for the best bunkroom, Long Cove shared photos of these slumber party-ready spots.  These fun nooks are tricked out with cool storage compartments, clever ladders, and tech-friendly USB ports. Many adjoin media or  game rooms furnished with flatscreens, video game setups, and billiard tables.

Have a gander, and smile with us, at these inviting heartwarmers and tell us: Which bunkroom is your favorite?

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Decorating a second home can present some unique challenges, says Jason Lenox of Anteks.

Now that you have your sought-after weekend retreat on Cedar Creek Lake, what are you going to put in it? Bought a home away from home in Boot Ranch? What do you hang on the walls? Acquired a ski home in Aspen? What is your design inspiration?

Decorating a second home is a huge challenge, especially for those who want a place that feels comfortable and easy without all the fuss of shopping for just the right arm chair, carpet, dining set, linens …  Eeeeeesh. Seems overwhelming, right?

If that sounds familiar, you’ll want to read on to get some sage advice from veteran vacation home interior designer Jason Lenox. Not only does he own two successful home decor stores — Anteks Home in the Dallas Design District and Anteks Curated in the Plaza at Preston Center — but he designs warm, sophisticated, rustic interiors for vacation homes near and far.

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Like many mundane things that have been made “cool” these days (from Haute Dogs to Lobster Mac & Cheese), it’s now possible (as Candy wrote)  to have cool bunk beds. I don’t know about you, but if I had the ceiling height, it would be soooo fun to have half the set pictured above in my bedroom. Every night I’d be thinking, “Hmmm, do I want to sleep up or down tonight?”

… and then I could post naughty “pin-up” pics to the underside of the upper bed like when I was younger. (OK, perhaps I’ve grown up at least that much since then … but not much.)

Alder and Tweed is run by sisters Lynsey and Heather Humphrey who come by their design chops naturally with parents who founded the largest lighting company you’ve never heard of.   Their firm specializes in creating memorable interiors (translation: house porn) for big-time vacation homes. Many of their clients fall out of the pages of Fortune and People. Their work results in the kinds of interiors most of us slobber over in hopes of finding some trinket we can use in our more modest homes. The Utah-based sister-designers get around with projects and offices in California, Mexico, and of course Utah.

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Because really, who doesn’t love Paris? If trans-atlantic travel just will not fit into your busy schedule, the gorgeous ranch at 632 County Road 43400 in Paris, Texas, just may be the perfect locale to get you and the family out of the hectic city. This property is so much more than a vacation home, it is truly an estate. Located on 22 sprawling acres complete with a six-acre lake, attention to detail abounds on this stately compound.

Gated entry with stained concrete circle drive.

Gated entry with stained concrete circle drive.

Designed with friends and family at the forefront, the main house is absolutely built for entertaining. Featuring three living areas, the kids, teens, and adults can all have their own space. No fighting over the television here! MainLivingArea

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It’s hard to say what kitchen you’ll like more – indoor or outdoor? Both spaces are state-of-the-art with Subzero and stainless steel appliances.

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The crown jewel of this property is really the outdoor space. The property has an astounding total of seven (yes, seven) fireplaces, including one outside, and a firepit for marshmallow-roasting lovers.

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The sparkling 60-foot saltwater pool is overlooked by a cozy outdoor seating area, perfect for sipping cocktails and watching the sunset.

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One of the major standouts of this outstanding property is the choice of both the 1,800-square-foot carriage house or the newly constructed 2,000-square-foot guesthouse for lodging. The simpler carriage house is perfect for kids or teens, while the guesthome features a stone fireplace and full master suite.

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Carriage House Apartment

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This peaceful, quiet property is such a gem, it is not to be missed. The ultimate in private family compounds, this ranch is just waiting for your friends and warm summer nights.

Your new weekend paradise is offered for $1,098,00.00 by Ebby Halliday Realtor Dee Evans.

“…You could say goodbye to everyone and retreat to your land, hunkering down and living off it.” – Jeanette Walls, Half Broke Horses

Kathryn Roan 1Kathryn Roan is an Ebby Halliday Realtor focusing on farms, ranches, and equestrian properties. Kathryn lives in Poetry with her 7 horses. Contact Kathryn at Kathryn@TexasEquestrianProperties.com

Ski season is almost over, but don’t let that keep you from daydreaming about the perfect ski chalet in Park City, Utah’s Deer Valley. Known as the best place to buy a luxury ski home, this area is full of multi million-dollar beauties that will make you bat your eyelashes. And, of course, you’ll have plenty to do with the annual Sundance Film Festival, too. Here are a few of our favorites that will be perfect to host a gaggle of snow bunnies for the perfect apres ski!

1) Amazing Canyons Ski Retreat

This home is so high end that the listing doesn’t even have an address. Located in the Canyons, this amazing chalet has nine bedrooms and 15 bathrooms over more than 15,000 square feet in an amazing 5-acre setting. This family legacy estate feels almost like a compound, really, with a courtyard around which several buildings circle. Listed for a whopping $26.2 million, you’d expect this home to have an amazing hot tub. Surprise, surprise: it does. (Fisher Group/Summit Sotheby’s International)

2. Empire Pass Chalet

I am in love with this place. You get a classic chalet profile on the exterior of this Red Cloud luxury ski home, but inside everything feels so modern. The master bath has an amazing infinity edge, allowing you to submerge your whole body while you admire the mountains outside. Listed for $13.5 million, 8 Ruby Hollow is my dream ski home! (Jess Reid Real Estate)

3. Contemporary Park Meadows With Huge Glass Wall

And now for something completely different. This Park Meadows contemporary ski home  has an amazing wall of windows for some of the best views in the Mountain Top subdivision. I love the attention to detail and how completely different this home feels from the multitude of listings that imitate a traditional ski chalet. Listed for just $4.5 million, it’s pretty affordable as far as Park City luxury properties go. (Prudential Park City)

4. Jordanelle Ski Run

Views? This property has them. From this home you can see both the Jordanelle River and Park City proper in the distance. It’s very private, too, with neighbors out of viewing distance on three sides. It’s on the market for $8.495 million. (Summit Sotheby’s International)

5. Creme de la creme of Park City

Indoor pool? Check. Antler chandeliers? Check. $44 million views? Check. This home, which happens to be constructed from logs reclaimed from Yellowstone National Park, is the most luxurious Park City ski home on the market. It has 12 bedrooms and 16 baths on more than 60 acres. The owner is willing to subdivide the Upper Deer Valley property, or you can keep it all for a very private compound. (Summit Sotheby’s International)

We need the help of interior designers to keep us on the straight and narrow. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it twice: interior designers SAVE YOU MONEY. I think we could have educated Jon & Kate’s brood with all the money I wasted buying furniture and objets d’art I did not need that created no design flow in my home. (At times, my home looked like the nic-nak department at Horchow! Oh the skeletons in my design closet!) Finally, a few good interior designers set me straight! It’s no different in a first or second home. So we have this nice ad in the fabulous Dallas-Fort Worth Design Guide  — best design site ever AND they are not just in Dallas and Fort Worth, but active in Austin and San Antonio. We’ll be sharing some content and Dallas-Fort Worth Design Guide designer tips to help our readers figure out what to put in their second homes, and how to keep it all pulled together.

Now, this calls for a celebratory trip to the Hill Country!

I caught up with Vern Yip, star of HGTV’s way popular design shows, when he popped in to visit I.O. Metro up near the Dallas Galleria last week. Yip has a new partnership with the Little Rock, Arkansas-based store that offers a wide variety of stylish, sleek but hip, good-looking and comfortable home furnishings at most affordable prices and a “made in America” stamp/tag. Yips fans were busting down the door, first in the Allen store, then at the Galleria location. Many brought design dilemmas — and he was so gracious! Yip has formed a new alliance with I.O., will be seen in advertising campaigns and is offering “Vern’s Picks” throughout the stores — these all items Yip has selected as design must-haves.

I sat down on a plush I.O. couch and just went right for the real estate jugular — turns out Yip is also real-estate obsessed and even has a second home in Manhattan:

VY: Second homes are really getting popular because real estate is so affordable now and it really gives you an opportunity to free up your design sense a little.

CE: Like?

VY: Oh, let your hair down, explore a different style, do something radically different from the primary residence.

CE: Load it with old furniture?

VY: Second homes are not about old furniture! They are an escape, a retreat, a gathering place for friends and family and the last thing you want to do is have it filled with old leftovers.

CE: Everything new then?

VY: Sometime used is good, sometimes it’s not — but we are not talking —

CE: Furnishings you would have take to the Salvation Army?

VY: Yes. A second home is a good opportunity to reflect a design side of yourself not seen in your primary home. Maybe go for clean lines or contemporary —

CE: If your primary home is traditional?

VY: The design must be functional for less upkeep, not loaded with a ton of stuff.

CE: Like a beach house?

VY: Yes, you need to have furniture that works, that is not just great looking. Closed storage is important. Stain resistant fabrics and furnishing s that do double duty. Second home furniture must work harder.

CE: Good point! So do you have a second home?

VY: My primary home is in Atlanta and I have a second home in New York City.

CE: Do you lease it out? (Pulling out checkbook.)

VY: No! It’ about 800 square feet at Columbus Circle with great views of Central Park. I’m there at last once a month and I always feel more relaxed there — you tend to be more relaxed in your second home because you — literally — leave your baggage in your first home!

CE: That’s what I love, too. OK, so how is it designed?

VY: Clean lines, neutral tone on tone, minimalistic and big, bold art. The windows see nothing but Central Park. I have a sofa bed that is a queen sleeper, and my one bedroom. Simple, easy, what else do you need?

CE: Sounds perfect. Everyone needs a second home in NYC. Thanks Vern!