Tour Our Home: Hill Country

In late summer 2015, we moved from our 1940 fixer-upper colonial in the city into a “new” 1994 home on an acre+ in the Texas hill country.  It has been a new kind of DIY adventure, but we are loving it.  Taking one space (and one day) at a time, we are working to make this house a warm, inviting, functional, and beautiful home for our family.

I tried to link to projects in each space (most of which have source lists included), but if you have any specific source questions, you can always shop the house here.

entryway before

The entry... before. Come see how this 1990's home was transformed and updated beautifully!

entryway (in progress)
As you can see, the biggest change here was the new floors we put in (throughout the downstairs) before we moved.  I also built a shoe box (to look like an antique firewood box), gave a clock a makeover, and added a rug.  I’m still dreaming up the perfect giant chandelier for this space.  The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.

gorgeous stairwell and functional entryway with an antique wood firebox used as a mini mudroom | maisondepax.com

Love the simple eucalyptus in a green glass demijohn! What a beautiful home with light touches of greenery perfect for spring or summer | maisondepax.com

living room before

The living room... before. Come see how this 1990's home was transformed and updated beautifully!

living room (in progress)
This room got mostly furniture and paint (other than the new floors).  We also gave the fireplace a facelift, made these mantels, and added these diy wood curtain rods.  We actually have plans in the works to build bookcases (which requires a new fireplace)… Hopefully we can get that done soon.  The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.

these are awesome! DIY wood curtain rods with a Restoration Hardware look for a fraction of the price | maisondepax.com

I love this fireplace makeover! Some paint, a simple mantel, and a total transformation of this formerly dated black box fireplace | maisondepax.com

Ikea Ritva white curtains with diy curtain rods: affordable decorating ideas | maisondepax.com

dining room before

The dining room... before. Come see how this 1990's home was transformed and updated beautifully!

dining room (finished… for now)
The main staple here is my great grandmother’s dining set that I refinished.  Otherwise, paint and a new chandelier gave this space all it needs… for now.  The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.

Spring Home Tour: What a beautiful home decorated with neutrals and light touches of greenery perfect for spring or summer | maisondepax.com

gorgeous dining room with neutrals and lots of texture | maisondepax.com

kitchen/breakfast area before

The kitchen... before. Come see how this 1990's home was transformed and updated beautifully!

kitchen/breakfast area (in progress)
We have grand plans for the kitchen involving painting the cabinets and replacing the countertops and backsplash with something that is more our style… But in the meantime, we’ve simply added this beautiful island (a birthday present from Mr. Pax) and brought my diy planked table into the breakfast area.  The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.

Spring Home Tour: What a beautiful home decorated with neutrals and light touches of greenery perfect for spring or summer | maisondepax.com

family room before

The family room... before. Come see how this 1990's home was transformed and updated beautifully!

family room (in progress)
This room is waiting on those bookcases to be built so we actually have somewhere to put the television other than on a bench in front of the window.  In the meantime, my craigslist armoire is in the corner with much of the furniture from our previous living room.  The entire downstairs is painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams.

Love the wreath over the antique window above the mantel... What a beautiful home with light touches of greenery perfect for spring or summer | maisondepax.com

I love this fall home tour! Calming neutrals and lots of texture: simple ideas and easy fall decorations | maisondepax.com

Using cloches for a spring display... What a beautiful home with light touches of greenery perfect for spring or summer | maisondepax.com

powder room before

The powder room... before. Come see how this 1990's home was transformed and updated beautifully!

powder room (finished… for now)
You can see the full reveal of this room here.  I still may some day replace the tile (which is generic, off white ceramic tile and the only part of the downstairs flooring we didn’t replace).  I am really happy with the rustic chic look, though, and it works great as our pool room, too, with our diy rustic towel rack.

Rustic Chic Half Bath

This DIY towel rack is gorgeous! The rustic finish and strong, sturdy hooks make this a perfect coat or towel rack for any space. Great step-by-step tutorial, too! maisondepax.com

master bedroom (in progress – no before pics, sorry!)
We replaced the flooring in the entire upstairs, as well.  I also painted the space with my favorite white paint, refinished an antique dresser, and added this diy lettered sign… and then waited for more inspiration to strike.  To be honest, I’m liking the space and simplicity right now.  Maybe it is finished… Only time will tell.  The walls are Cameo White by Behr.

lovely, calming white master bedroom with natural wood tones and textures throughout | maisondepax.com

I love the serenity and simplicity of this white bedroom! What a beautiful home with light touches of greenery perfect for spring or summer | maisondepax.com

lovely soft yet deep blue antique dresser acts as an accent in this otherwise white bedroom | maisondepax.com

office before

The office... before. Come see how this 1990's home was transformed and updated beautifully!

office (in progress)
This is one of those projects that got started… barely… and then got put on the back burner.  But I’m hoping to return to it soon.  The walls are Secret Society by Behr.

deep navy blue office with rustic wood floors, lots of bookcases, and an eclectic, collected vibe

girl’s nursery before

The nursery... before. Come see how this 1990's home was transformed and updated beautifully!

girl’s nursery (in progress)
I say “in progress” only because my daughter is now ready to transition out of her crib and into a twin bed… So transitions are coming soon.  But her current room is anchored by the diy stenciled wall.  Her current furniture includes the farmhouse dresser that came from my grandmother’s attic (and received a makeover) and the crib I got for free (and also received a makeover, naturally) with my diy pleated crib skirt.  And we can’t forget the faux oxidized plant stand turned side table.  The walls are Cameo White by Behr with a stencil in a custom color.

I just love this room! Gray and White Girl's Nursery: patterned stencil accent wall and soft gray and white textures create a beautiful, serene space for a little girl | maisondepax.com

Lace Stencil Accent Wall (chair ottoman)

the reading room (finished – no before pics, sorry!)
This little closet off my boys’ room (which is next on the list for a makeover!) was one of our first projects to tackle.  A diy bookcase and some fun accents turned this empty closet into a special reading and adventure space for my kids.  We love it!  The walls are Cameo White by Behr.

Create an adorable reading and play room for kids with this diy wood crate bookcase | maisondepax.com

Reading Room (dark)

the backyard before

Tour this gorgeous Texas hill country property with amazing potential at maisondepax.com

the backyard (in progress)
Ok, I realize that the views, pool, and landscaping are still amazing in the before.  You can see why we landed on this home. 😉  But utilizing the space well takes some serious planning.  Our industrial spool tables are a great budget option (read: free!), affordable outdoor cushions make a big difference, and our full entertaining area makeover really made this the perfect spot to enjoy all year long.

gorgeous outdoor dining and living space with so many fun decorating and summer entertainment ideas!

5 steps to getting your patio ready for summer | maisondepax.com

gorgeous outdoor dining and living space with so many fun decorating and summer entertainment ideas!

gorgeous outdoor dining and living space with so many fun decorating and summer entertainment ideas!

We still have a laundry room, guest room, and the boys’ room left to tackle… Not to mention the exterior of the house (for which my ideas are starting to form) and the aforementioned living room and kitchen plans.  Follow along below to keep up with the progress!

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