Carol Hedrick frequently visited her family in Wimberley and, in her own words, "fell in love with the place." Three years ago, she purchased land in Mustang Valley and began to build the dream home that would bring her closer to those she loves.
Of Italian ancestry, Carol reviewed the designs and styles of her grandparents' homes in Italy and made the decision to build her home in the Tuscan style. She selected Olson Defendorf Custom Homes, an award-winning firm that builds homes of superior quality in Austin and surrounding areas. In April 2014, Carol moved into her dream home.
As you approach the property a stately rock wall and ornate iron gate welcome you to a Hill Country home that honors Carol's ancestry while highlighting the beauty of the land around it. Take a few moments, as you walk the stone path to the front of the house, to note the impressive exterior features: rubble-rock exterior walls complemented by brown trim, a very Tuscan tile roof, and a landscape dotted with native live oaks and blooming flower beds outlined with river rock. The front porch, with its herringbone-patterned brick and the glass and wrought iron front door, opens the home to visitors.
The rock-walled entry is your first glimpse of the home, and it is an impressive one. A large wood frame mirror faces the front door and is flanked by scrolled wall sconces. Near the rock-walled wine cellar, a painting of Tuscany reemphasizes the design of the home as well as the family connection.
An antique door purchased in Gonzales, Texas, leads to Carol's study. The matching transom did not fit above the door but Carol plans to use it as a table base. The focal point of the study is the large fireplace surrounded by cast iron. Vaulted ceilings with heavy wood trusses and custom made bookcases that include a secret door to a guest bedroommake this a very special and personal room. A large sheet metal wall sculpture, "Fabric of Life," by local artist Cecilia Orr, adds to the beauty of the study.
The hidden guest bedroom has treasures of its own: a lamp made from a repurposed teapot, an antique iron bed, and windows framed by beige tasseled curtains. In this room, as well as throughout the house, the floors are ground and polished gray concrete.
Opaque glass doors connect this bedroom to a private sitting area and the master bath. A white claw-footed bathtub sits below a picture window with a stunning view of the surrounding country. Frosted opaque glass encloses the large shower and above the vanities, gold-framed mirrors and a display case add a touch of elegance.
A Gothic-style antique door, also from Gonzales, leads to the master suite; the walls are a calm gray plaster that is also used throughout the house and give the suite a comfortable, restful ambiance. The quilted coverlet and decorative pillows on the bed continue the color palette. The master suite is furnished with unique antique pieces, such as a cabinet with decorative carved Gargoyles, a fainting couch that opens into a child-sized bed, and a demi-lune table. A painting titled "Good Luck Dragon" by Juliann Mayer, Cecilia Orr's student, is also part of the decor.
The hall leading back to the main part of the house features rubble rock walls and a beamed ceiling. On the wall hang two metal wall sculptures by Orr titled "First Light." Guests can access the powder room through a wodden door with ornate ironwork backed by frosted glass. Parts of an iron gate are mounted in front of the arched vanity mirror and metal iron work skirts the vanity.
Two arches in the rubble-rock wall lead to the living area. A large limestone fireplace surrounded with marble tiles is the focal point of the room. The room furnishings are inviting, and one can imagine reading by the fireplace while resting in the comfortable leather sofa. By the large windows, an area for games with family and friends , includes a game table with four chairs. Opposite the windows, a large French hutch found in Round Top adds a touch of history. On the wall adjoining the kitchen, antique windows connect the rooms visually. A unique iron chandelier adds ambient lighting while a lamp made from a garden sculpture and an Italian sculpture rest on top of an Aidan Gray sofa table.
The Chef kitchen has a barrel-shaped ceiling made from Chicago bricks. Gray painted cabinets with antique pulls provide ample storage. A large farmhouse sink sits in front of the indoor window and allows a visual connection to the living room. Over the cooktop, an antique fireplace fender finds new life as an iron pot rack while the Italian tile backsplash add to the Tuscan d?cor.
In the dining area, strategically placed by a large picture window, a large marble slab table surrounded by leather chairs provides ample seating for family and guests. Because family and, especially grandchildren, mean so much to Carol, the dining room includes a child-size dining table.
To the left of the dining area, double doors open to a delightful children's playroom. The room includes a play house, a built-in Murphy bed, an 1895 Foosball table, and a large hutch for storage of toys and games. The attached bathroom displays wall sconces from France, a wrought iron/porcelain/alabaster chandelier, and an old iron table.
The guest bedroom meets the needs of a family with young children. The closet is large enough to house a baby bed. Furnishings include an iron bed covered with a woven bedspread, a low chest with shelves above, adult- and child-sized rocking chairs, a chest with a drop-down desk, and a Bombay chest. The lamp is a repurposed ship's lantern.
Covered patios, surrounded by iron grillwork, are accessible from the master suite and the dining room. Area rugs define comfortable spaces for dining or lounging. The furnishings and accessories are comfortable and inviting; ceiling fanlights and hanging lights provide light after dark.
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