The Rose Table turns two today! Thank you all for reading, sharing, and cooking with me. These last two years have been an absolute blast. I have lots of fun things planned for the next year, but I thought today would be a great day to talk a little bit about the new setting of The Rose Table. As you know, I sold my Fort Worth house this summer and had to say goodbye to my beloved garden. The news is that we are going to have so much fun cooking together in my new kitchen! And now that it’s fall, I can start transforming the yard and this time, you can watch how I do it.
I want to give a very special shout out to my amazing realtor Dell Osborn. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be writing this from my new home today! She goes above and beyond for her clients. If you’re buying or selling in North Texas, give her a call and tell her The Rose Table sent you. I also want to thank my mortgage broker, Dennis Gary, who fought like a gladiator for me to get this house. There was a whole lot of real estate drama this summer but my wonderful team never gave up and it’s truly because of them that I was able to purchase this gorgeous home!
My new house has a gas range, which I’m so excited to cook with! The stone backsplash and under counter lighting make the space so cozy. I love having a kitchen table and a bookshelf full of cookbooks nearby. I also love that I’m able to see my TV from my kitchen sink!
I’m so excited to have a formal dining room! Right off the kitchen and next to the sitting room, the floor plan is perfect for entertaining. The huge window allows a fantastic amount of natural light.
The Sitting Room
This is one of my favorite rooms in the whole house. The big doors greet guests to the dining room or they can hang around the sitting room for some great conversation while the sauce simmers.
I repurposed an antique shelf to set up a home bar area. My wine cabinet has bottle openers and stoppers in the top drawer and a decorative vase full of corks on top.
The Great Room
At first I thought, I should probably clean up this Disneyland puzzle before taking photos! Then I remembered that you all totally get me and wouldn’t judge it at all. Besides, these are hardly staged, professional photos. These are pictures I snapped with my iPhone one morning. Anyway, the floor-to-ceiling slate fireplace makes me so happy, as does the thick cedar mantel. Here you can get a sense of how I can now watch TV while I’m cooking dinner, which is so fun. I love that one whole wall of the great room is a view of my courtyard. I feel like I’m outside when I’m on the couch!
I also want to point out that I did not get new great room furniture. Remember my beat up coffee table, red chair, and ripped floral chair? I had all three pieces (plus the ottomans) recovered! I couldn’t bear to part with such comfortable furniture but the pieces had certainly seen better days. I chose a grey and white striped fabric for the burgundy chair and a French fabric for the floral chair. The most outstanding transformation was the coffee table, which had been chewed by every dog my family owned except Gabby, who was always falsely accused when people came over. The company I used was able to rebuild the corners and buff out nearly 30 years of scratches. It looks brand new! Before you buy all new furniture, I encourage you to consider having your furniture worked on.
The Guest Room
The guest room has whimsical art and clean, iron furniture. I found the end table at one of my favorite little shops in east Texas and was delighted at how well it matched the headboard and mirror.
I’m searching for the perfect piece of art to hang behind my elliptical. My gym is stocked with weights, a hula hoop, a balance ball, an exercise band, a yoga mat, an iGallop (an exercise machine that simulates a horses’ movements), and my Livestrong elliptical. All of my equipment is oriented towards a TV (not pictured).
I work from home and spend a lot of time in this room! My dog Gabby loves laying on the chaise lounge while I work. I wanted a Kentucky vibe for this room so I hung up some of my fox hunting art.
The Master Bedroom
I really love the size of the master. It feels spacious and restful. I hung some of my most prized artwork (which actually is on the one wall not photographed – whoops!) in the master bedroom because I love gazing out at the Mediterranean while drifting off to sleep.
The master bathroom is actually my favorite part of the house. There’s something about this shower that makes me feel like I’m on vacation in the mountains every single day. I love the garden tub and the giant window looking out to the backyard. Plus I have great light to get ready in the morning!
The backyard has an outstanding 8′ tall cedar privacy fence, two mature trees for shade, and gorgeous New Orleans courtyard. Other than that it’s a fairly blank slate. I’m going to put in a second patio in the corner of the yard, where the butterfly bench is currently hanging out. I’m thinking hydrangeas against the fence behind the hammock. I’ll leave the center of the yard open for croquet. My dad is going to ever so nicely build cedar raised bed gardens for me on the sunny side of the yard so I can start growing my own food again. I’ll add some roses next to my stone bench, though the bulk of my roses will go in the sunny front yard. I plan on extending the courtyard patio on the grill side so I can keep my bistro table where it’s currently set. In the grassy area between the hose and the courtyard, I want to add a water feature and roses galore, since it’s the sun for most of the day. There’s a lot to come here at The Rose Table’s new house so stayed tuned!