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Round Top Idea Cottage Move In

Other than 30 mph gusting winds, leaden skies and intermittent downpours, it was a perfectly beautiful Round Top morning when the call came. Editor's note: Kathy Johnston of The Compound is chronicling the evolution of the ugly duckling…

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…