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Farmhouse-inspired home with an understated country feel in Texas

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River Ranch is a new farmhouse inspired by history, designed by Michael G. Imber Architects in collaboration with Fern Santini Design, located in Columbus, Texas. This fabulous home overlooks the grassy plain of the Colorado River. The home anchors a grove of ancient pecan and sycamore trees. The house rambles in a built-over-years way, harmonizing with its surroundings. Broad porches shade stone pavilions strung along a ridge.

Simple white trim accents rustic Texas stone, recalling early farmhouses of Texas. A family home, a master pavilion anchors the house and brackets several children’s bedrooms with the broadside of the living room. Living areas are spacious, open and relaxed for casual family living. The key goals for the design included plenty of natural light and square footage for the couple and their children to spread out and entertain frequent guests.

Project Team: Architect: Michael G. Imber Architects / Interior Design: Fern Santini Design / Home Builder: McDaniel Construction Co.

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Above: A grove of olive trees flank either side of the pathway, leading to kitchen and dining area on the other side of the door.

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Above: The design team placed windows on two to three sides of each room. Reflective white materials were integrated into the design scheme, along with porch ceilings to provide a luminous quality.

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What We Love: This farmhouse-inspired home portrays a timeworn feel, thanks to a layering of period pieces that compliments the structure. A palette of soft hues mixed with texture and patina helps to infuse warmth into every space in this home. Although this home was constructed with a nod to the past, it is perfectly in tune with how a modern family lives. It offers inviting living spaces to relax, entertain and play.

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the designer of this project, Fern Santini: Fabulous modern lakeside retreat set on the shores of Lake Austin, Texas and Waterside retreat overlooking Lake Austin gets a tranquil transformation.

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Above: The large living room offers views of the pool area, a request of the homeowners so they can keep watch of their children at play.

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Above: The living room is connected to an eat-in kitchen, which the homeowners favored over a more formal dining room. The kitchen island barstools are Restoration Hardware, customized with blue leather.

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Above: A hall gallery links the main living spaces to a wing encompassing the master bedroom suite, the children’s bedrooms and playroom, a guest bedroom and a mudroom. To balance the floor plan layout, the architect designed a wing on the opposing side of the home. This consists of the study, garage and an entertainment pavilion.

These wings are enveloped around the front courtyard, where a mature oak tree was planted—appearing as if it had been there all along. To further add a sense of timelessness, authentic materials were integrated into the design: Hill Country stone, Post oak flooring, reclaimed bricks and wood shingles.

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Above: In a pergola area near the swimming pool, Bevolo Gas Lanterns are affixed to the stonework by Natural Stone Solutions.

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Photos: Peter Vitale Photography

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glenda LaFont

I love it and its got to be near hill country with the stone facade.