The Inn at Bella Vista

The Inn at Bella Vista
The Inn at Bella Vista

Name: Gary, Paula, Silly, Millicent (Millie) and Baby
Location: Promontory Point, Seven Falls Ranch, Fredericksburg, TX
Built: 2008
Size: (upstairs) 1,800 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and (downstairs) 600 sq. ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Accommodations: Main floor will sleep 2, upstairs will sleep 8

Dining Room
Dining Room

Nestled on 13 wooded acres in Stonewall, just a stones throw from Fredericksburg, TX, sits a new metal barn construction perched on a hill ~ “The Inn at Bella Vista.” Currently serving as home-base while the home owner’s stunning stone structure is constructed just up the hill, the “Inn” will be open for business in January of 2010.

Dining room with a view...
Dining room with a view...

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A gem in Austin’s Cherry Creek

Living Room and La Luna shadowbox
Living Room and Luna L'Amour shadow-box

Name: Ellen, Sarah, Sandra, Billie and Butchie
Location:
Cherry Creek, South Austin
Built:
1971
Size:
1,370 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 2 baths

Artist Ellen Tanner’s home, nestled in the heavily-treed South Austin neighborhood of Cherry Creek, oozes with creativity. A consummate artist, Tanner has filled her space with well-edited items she and her wealth of talented friends have created over the years. Luna L’Amour (above) is a shadow-box homage to “voluptuous burlesque gals” that Tanner created in 2002.

Ida Lewis by Ellen Tanner
Ida Lewis by Ellen Tanner

Her painted ode to lighthouse keeper Ida Wells shares the same space on the home’s original stone wall hearth. To the untrained eye, it’s masterfully entertaining. Not her favorite piece, she let me snap it anyway, the other paintings still in her possession have been rounded up for a gallery in Houston.

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At Home in East Austin

"R" marks the spot.

Name: Rachel, Jezebel and Lola
Location:
East Austin
Built:
1935
Size:
1,550 sq. ft.
Years in: 9

In a cozy East Austin neighborhood, the scarlet letter “R” marks the spot. Built in 1935 and rumored to have moved to its current location in the ’50s, the house stands apart from its modest mid-century neighbors, and the mystery of its origins tickle its owner pink. The muted turquoise exterior and lilac-trimmed windows only foreshadow the whimsy inside. (Click on pics to take a closer peek!)

Living room and storage close-up

Rachel describes her 7 room, 1 bath house as, “Hyde Park style via the East Side ghetto…with a splash of porn and a lot of hidden yarn.” A fierce knitter, admittedly not monogamous in her projects, she finds clever spots to conceal her craft. The diamond plate truck storage box serves as both yarn storage and coffee table.

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