Saturday, May 22, 2010

A "Golden" Opportunity on Golden Pond

This is the Wine Tasting Room at Golden Pond. Can you guess where it is? What Country?
It is an extraordinary home on 24 acres in beautiful Round Top, Texas. Yes, this is what Euro-Country design is all about....Add to it a home with a beautiful pond that, at dusk is bathed in a golden light hence it's name. Oh and did I mention?????? It can be yours........It is for sale....


The entryway with vintage beadboard on the ceiling gives it texture, and the floors are from an old barn in Iowa around the 1850's.... Who is responsible for this?????
She is an accomplished contractor/designer named Jacquelyn Ditsler. I am lucky to call her a friend. She said I "inspired her" to change from the typical country genre to Euro Country.....
I am happy to say you will see some Beadboard UpCountry influence and accroutrements here.......BUT...
the credit goes to Jacquelyn, who, after discovering Flamant after I lent her the book,,,,was inspired by it, researched Belgian design, and totally adapted it to TEXAS Euro-country. I couldn't be more proud as you will see.....



Oh did I say the light was GOLDEN??????



Yes it is.....Where's Kate and Henry???? And Jane? Note the galvanized steel staircase leading to the catwalk on the second floor. The great thing about this home is that no T's were uncrossed and no I's were left undotted. If you want a home in the country that is set up for sophisticated entertaining and coziness at the same time this is it.




The light beaming across the vintage 18 " plank floor.... Oh and see the French Settee? EVERYTHING in here can be purchased with the house and there are some pretty incredible furnishings and eye candy. PLENTY of it.


Linen, cotton, natural fibers, grainsacks, vintage chandeliers, French Water Well heads..... baskets, industrial architectural elements..... They are all HERE, in this house. Will they go out of style. NO. Not the way this was designed..



This is a real French Water Wellhead, festooned with an acanthus leaf motif. It weighs, well, A LOT. The floor is reinforced..... It was empty. What did Jacquelyn do with it ? Added a storage backbar from Europe and then.....


Filled the wellhead with corks and winebottles...Is that a bottle of Dom in there??? Oh, Jacquelyn and her husband are gourmands by the way....



I love this thing....



The adjacent seating area overlooks the pond....


Here is the star of the kitchen..... The II Vie Italian Stove.. Gorgeous.... Like an Italian La Cornue... They love to cook.... When Jacquelyn builds a house ( and she's done a few ) she does it like it would be her own.......


Open kitchen with a butler's pantry, and a vintage French buffet put to good use among the subway tiles.........


Dining room.... Need I say more?



No buffet here! A clever shelving unit from vintage architectural elements for serving.... Lovely host, hostess chairs in linen with rosettes.....


Where's this???? The bedroom?


Of Course! A screen used as a headboard and the towers serve as great alternatives to the usual accoutrements.


This is the Master bath and Jacquelyn's design whimsy, the Champagne bucket next to the tub.... What, you don't have one?????

Vintage French Buffet.. Great in a bath, and so functional...


Vintage vanity chest in the bath......I love the reflection of the chandelier..



Guest bedroom upstairs.....

Look at the stained glass and the view......

The second guest bedroom, more traditional with a lovely vintage bed.

View of the living area from the catwalk....



The back entertaining deck in the golden light.....

The pond with the fountain...


Wouldn't you like to end your evening here????????
GOLDEN POND IS ON 24 ACRES NEAR ROUND TOP. THE MAIN HOUSE IS APPROX 3000 SQ FT. THE AREA IS HOST OF THE BIGGEST ANTIQUES FAIR IN THE COUNTRY. THIS BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY FEATURES FOUR STOCKED PONDS, AND A SECOND HOMESITE FOR A GUESTHOUSE. THE MUSIC FESTIVAL AT ROUND TOP IS NEARBY, AND IT IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED BETWEEN HOUSTON AND AUSTIN.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT mailto:CONTACTroundtopdesigngroup@gmail.com


OUTTAKES!
We were all drinking gin and tonics (which I don't usually drink) but this was with a hard to find French gin called Magellan that is smooth as silk, and it's pale blue. We were shooting this after trying the gin, so I had to come back the next day and retake some shots. Thought you'd like to see ...

All of them scurrying out of the way as I was getting a pic of the water...


Chandelier unlit but the tasting table being put to good use, someone, (David of Round Top Inn) brought delicious roasted pecans.....I make those too, but the secret ,evidently, is whipped egg whites.....

This obviously was not a shoot staged by Jermaine of French Kissed. SHE would never leave her gin and tonic out in the room where anyone could see it. That was mine. Oh and those are insulated glasses so they really aren't as big as they look.

Those Pecans were yummy! I wonder how long it took Jacquelyn to amass all those corks?????Hmmmmmmm. They are not bad labels either.
That IS a bottle of Dom in there!!! The End;) Hic!

28 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous home! The bath vanity, the kitchen, The grain sack chairs...everything is beautiful.
    xoxo
    Sherry

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  2. Hi Maryanne,

    That is such a wonderful home and love evrything about it ~ especially the amazing kitchen and bathroom.
    What exquisite taste your friend has, and yes drinking a G&T or a glass of Dom Perignon at the end of the day in those chairs, would be bliss!

    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  3. Wow... that well head is wonderful!... and I love the floors and ceiling planks. They did a really nice job on this home. There is a very strong presence of Beadboard Upcountry here! Why are they selling? ~Terri

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  4. Beautiful home. I love the area and the fact it's not too far from Houston. DH and I've been tinkering with the idea of looking for something in that area - this home is quite nice. Hmm MLS #

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  5. What a gorgeous house for entertaining...looks like you had a good time! Tracey xx

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  6. Looks like a lovely place....and a FUn ^hic^ photo shoot!

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  7. FYI for Terri,it was built to be sold. The builder's house is in the same area...This is the third? House she's done... And for "B" it is not on the MLS at this time. It will also be featured in a design book coming out in the fall......

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  8. Maryanne,
    As you I love the French wellhead!! Love to have it for the wine cellar! A beautiful dining room too!!!
    Maryanne, thank you for stopping by the other day and for leaving me a sweet comment!
    Greetings to you and Peter! (Also from Jan he just said!).

    Big hug !
    Greet

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  9. Maryanne,
    What a great post! My favorite shot is of the two grain-sack French chairs in the evening sunlight.

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  10. Wonderful Maryanne. Love the wellhead, dining room. Might have to put one of those tubs on our master patio...with the champagne bucket, as well. Great metal roof. What a tour! Thank you! XO Trish

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  11. Love the French wellhead. And the floors are really to die for. I just love Roundtop and know that someone is going to be very, very happy here.

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  12. Maryanne, You are so funny. I DO drink gin and tonics and if we lived in the same town we could be dangerous. This is a spectacular place - and I agree, there is a strong feel of Beadboard Upcountry, but then great minds do think alike. Your friend is very talented and someone will get a beautiful home right in the prettiest part of Texas.......besides the hill country, of course!

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  13. Maryanne, as always you crack me up with your witty & entertaining (yet informative) posts. Lovely home indeed! Do you think that they are willing to move it to Seattle? The backbar (!), the floors, the dining room + the wonderful pond made my heart race.

    Thank you for the tour my friend!

    ox, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  14. love this house . What a beautiful atmosphere there is in it. I'm a fan

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  15. It is gorgeous! I especially love the french buffet used as a washstand - I have saved this photo for future projects.

    A tres bientot,

    Leeann x

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  16. French Buffets are fabulous for all kinds of things! Did you notice the two mirrors installed in it above the his/hers sinks??? Also dressers are fabulous for buffets....
    (if you lose the mirrors that come with them and get something special above) like a different mirror , some sconces....it's all in the mix.. Leeann and everyone else that comented gets it.... Lets use things as they were unintended.>>>>>> Maryanne;)

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  18. This place is serenity! I love it! Personally, I love that it is french country with italian and traditional touches and it's in Texas! How cool is that?!
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

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  19. I found your blog on Willow Decor and I am so glad I did!! I adore Scandinavian and European inspired decorating. This post is beautiful - the
    home is lovely!
    You mentioned "Flamant"... and if that is what inspired this home, I would love to hear more about it!
    Many thanks!
    Becky Tellefsen

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  20. What an interesting, unique home! It seems so peaceful and Zen, in addition to being beautiful. And I am going straight out tomorrow to get a champagne bucket for next to my tub!

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  21. Maryanne, this was one of the bests (and funniest!) posts I've read. Oh my, I want that house!!!

    In case I missed it, what type of flooring is that?? It is gorgeous! That sink cabinet in the bath was to die for!!

    I will have to see what hubby says -- think he'll agree to spring for the place?? ;)

    Great post, Maryanne!! Loved it!

    Ruth

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  22. wowwwww this home is stunning! I am in love with the whole things but my favorites are the claw footed bath tub and that amazing spiral staircase! dreaming of living here....

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

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  23. I am a new viewer. I have just put you on my sidebar. I don't do that often. I have more on my plate than I can handle, but you are a Texas gal and so am I. It has been a few years since I was in Dallas and quite a few from my home town Houston. I plan to be a visitor
    on your lovely post. Yvonne in Maine

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  24. Now this is place I could call home! Not typical in any way which makes it so compelling. I'll bet your friend is so happy you inspired her to go Euro country. You did a great job shooting this and taking us on the tour. And yes, I normally do leave my "Gin and Tonic" off camera during the shoots! LOL...eating and drinking the props with the crew is half the fun.

    ~jermaine~ aka French-Kissed.com

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  25. Oh it's just gorgeous and it looks like you were there at the perfect time to catch the golden rays. Great shots. Thanks for the tour!

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  26. Looks just like in Finland or Sweden...

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