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Interior Design

Art, Antiques and a Victorian Lady

For almost 25 years, Tom Vining and Dent Beall have collected antiques and fine art. In 2015, they found a permanent home for their extensive collection—a tri-colored Victorian lady built in 1887 that is a work of art in her own right.…

Church Lane Upholstery

Brinda Dunlap and Betsy Jones Church Lane Upholstery Co. LLC Waldeck, Texas 979-224-5161 or 979-966-2970 churchlaneupholstery@gmail.com Years in the Creativity Biz: One year (officially) and five years (unofficially) Get their goods:…

Woodwork by Westfall

Doug Westfall Woodwork by Westfall Giddings, Texas 979-542-1234 doug@westfallrealestate.com Years in the Creativity Biz: 26+ Get his goods: Bar W Field during twice annual antiques shows or by appointment Woodwork by Westfall: The…

On the Porch: The Family Visit

The Family Visit It's strange how most of my memories of childhood are cloudy, like I'm looking through an ever-changing fog. I strain my eyes looking for clues, then a cloud rolls in completely obscuring my view. Some days I wade into the…

Decorating an Open Concept Room

An open concept house is the only floor plan that makes sense for me even though an open concept room is much more difficult to decorate. The larger the room, the more difficult it is to make everything in the room work together and feel…

Designs on Round Top: Julie Dodson

When Julie Dodson brought her own well-worn glove to the softball tournament at the Round Top Inn-dependence Day Jamboree, she tipped her hand. As I watched her play, it struck me that Dodson is a trendsetting designer with a tomboy’s…

Designs on Round Top: Ike Isenhour

Ike Isenhour and I played a protracted game of text and phone tag, but I won. Our window of opportunity was the 48 hours he was in Dallas between trips to NYC and India. I interrupted Isenhour’s conversation with his Uber driver as he…

Designs on Round Top: Cathy Robinson

Cathy Robinson can make a phone call as fun as a dance hall. I know this because the first time I met her we were at the Round Top Dance Hall and Asleep at the Wheel was playing in the background. When we reconnected six weeks later for…

Designs on Round Top: Marsha Smith

Marsha Smith is a natural communicator. The first time I met her, she was the subject of a Round Top Register Facebook Live feed from her booth on opening day at the Marburger Farm Antique Show. Katie, who was the host, finished up the…