Texas Hill Country Beauty

If you’ve been following me some time, you know that it was almost exactly a year ago that we left our beloved 1940 colonial in the city and headed out here to the Texas hill country.

Beautiful home in the texas hill country

Now let’s be clear, I’m only about 20 minutes from downtown Austin (when there’s no traffic, which is almost never 😉 ), and our 1994 home can hardly be called quaint or rustic (see our summer home tour here if you’re interested)…

But I am thoroughly enjoying being surrounded by much more natural beauty than was provided in our former city life.

Beautiful home in the texas hill country

Don’t get me wrong, Austin has so much city life to offer: music, shopping, restaurants, and more…  And while we enjoy taking advantage of it all (as much as we can with three little ones who go to bed by 7:30), it’s the beauty of the Texas hill country that captures my heart.  So I’m excited to share today as part of the Southern Road Trip tour my incredible history with this place.

great southern road trip graphic

First of all, as the only representative of Texas on this tour, let me say that we don’t all ride horses everywhere, many of us actually talk way too fast though we do say “y’all” in about every other sentence, and nobody outside of this state can really understand Tex Mex food.  And yes, a large portion (and I mean VERY large portion) of this state is flat, hot, and dry…

And then there’s the hill country.

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My history with this area actually began almost 75 years ago when my great grandparents bought a little piece of property on a tiny lake about an hour outside of Austin.

Beautiful home in the texas hill country

Deer Lake was part of my mother’s childhood.  She spent a month here every summer (even after they moved to Argentina): sleeping on the screened porch, lounging in the water, creating and performing plays on the large stone hearth in the small log cabin… it formed her.

Beautiful home in the texas hill country

That’s my mom there in the foreground on a visit she made during college.  For the record, this photo is about 45 years old and – if you know my mother, then you know – she looks exactly the same to this day.  #goodgenes 😉

Eventually, my own grandparents retired in the area.  My great aunt and uncle kept the place on Deer Lake, and my own rehearsal dinner was held on the lawn just outside that very same screened porch where my mother had slept so many warm summer nights.

gorgeous views of the Texas hill country on this southern road trip

Fast forward 12 years and Mr. Pax and I took a job opportunity in Austin.  Though it was hard to leave the old fixer upper we had, well, fixed up as well as all the family and friends we had back in Houston, we couldn’t resist the call of the hill country.

gorgeous views of the Texas hill country on this southern road trip

It may be 100 degrees out here this week, and it may not actually be heaven on earth… but when you see this as you walk out your front door, I definitely think it must be a tiny taste of it.

gorgeous views of the Texas hill country on this southern road trip

Now for more Southern fun… Be sure to visit the other places on our road trip, starting with Atta Girl Says in Greensboro, NC!


Monday Graphic- FINAL

Southern State of Mind {Atlanta, GA} | Restless Arrow {Belton, SC}

Southern Hospitality {Marietta, GA} | Our Southern Home {Caswell Beach, NC}


Tuesday Graphic- FINAL

Unskinny Boppy {Birmingham, AL} | Maison de Pax {Austin, TX}

Atta Girl Says {Greensboro, NC} | 3 Little Greenwoods {Aiken, SC}

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  1. So beautiful! We’re headed to Texas next week! We’ll be stationed at Fort Hood (about an hour from Austin!) for a few years and we’re pretty excited about it. We love Austin and are looking forward to becoming Texans (for a little while anyway). Yep – I’d agree, this is your own slice of heaven!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Oh my, how exciting, Jen!! Fort Hood isn’t far at all… Let me know when you get here; we should get together! xx

  2. I spent 12 years in Texas and hill country is something I miss so much! I loved the countryside and all the quaint little towns and shops. But most of all…I loved the people. Friendly people. You have such a beautiful view.


  3. We have family that lives near Austin and we’ve always wanted to visit with them. Thanks so much for the tour of your home and for lighting that traveling fire underneath us again!

  4. How beautiful, Rachel! Will you please save me one of the chaise lounges next to the pool? :) I’ll be over in a minute!

  5. Wow! I have serious view envy! It’s beautiful! Thanks for hopping on the bus.

  6. what a gorgeous area. I especially love the roots and history that you have to the area. your new home is breathtaking.

  7. Rachel, as a Dallas girl who has been to the hill country more times than I count, I understand your attachment to this beautiful part of our state. New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Wimberly, Comfort, Kerrville, Gruene, all are wonderful places to stop and enjoy life. We had friends who lived on the south side of Lake Austin and their view back to the city was amazing at night. the capital shone like the star it is. Thanks for showing off Austin.

  8. Enjoyed visiting your neck of the woods on this fabulous tour. Thanks for sharing your home town.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

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