Designer Barbara Hill, whose renovation of a West Texas dance hall we adore, admits to putting her bathtub in the middle of her bedroom for "purely romantic reasons." From the bed, she can gaze straight out on the tub, though a pair of custom-made closets by George Sacaris offers a bit of seclusion from the rest of the house. Sacaris even roughed up the back panels of the closets with sandpaper to make them opaque while still letting light through. The tub itself is from Wetstyle's and Hill found the chandelier at August Antiques in Houston.
The first time Houston-based architectural designer Barbara Hill set foot inside what would become her future second house, a 100-year-old adobe in Marfa, Texas, she found a cramped warren of rooms filled to the brim with trash. The structure, originally built as a private dance hall, had lived through many incarnations, from a grocery and candy store to, more recently, a haven for detritus. Undaunted, Hill purchased the property and spent the next year and a half transforming the derelict building into a sophisticated and slightly rough-around-the-edges retreat. Here she shares the story of a true West Texas revival.
Regina and Andy Rihn weren’t exactly modernists when they first began their frustrating, unproductive slog through the pricey Austin, Texas, real estate market. “We just liked things that were old and wood,” Andy says. “That was our aesthetic.” But thankfully for them, the first-time homebuyers got lucky.
Rising out of the Texas bayou, Houston is both a sprawling metropolis and the largest city in the United States without zoning regulations. This cause-and-effect relationship has, over time, resulted in a hodgepodge of land use and a multitude of architectural styles that give the city its most unique alias, a city without memory.
The first year out of college is a wildcard for most people. Whether spent bumming around Europe with a backpack or slogging through a suffocating desk job, it’s often a year with little bearing on life’s next chapter. But Blake Dollahite—and his father—saw an opportunity in this transitional time to build a foundation for his future. With a small bank loan and a lot of helping hands, Dollahite dove into his first year of freedom by shackling himself to a rundown Austin bungalow and preparing to make it home.