Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.Steve Jobs
Most people would say that going to the town of Waco, Texas, home of the Chip and Joanna Gaines “fixer uppers,” would be treat enough, but while searching for a place to stay, we not only FOUND a treat, we STAYED in one!
The house belongs to Leslie Saeta, a trendsetter of home decor through My 100 Year Old Home, a blog I’ve been following for quite some time as well as Leslie’s Instagram account. And I’ve watched as this California resident purchased a home in need of renovation in Waco, Texas, to transform into a star rental through AirBnb. With one quick check to see if was available — it was! — I hurtled downstairs telling Bert that we (along with my sister and brother-in-law) would be staying in the home known on the internet as My 100 Year Old Waco Home! (I think there was a leap in the kitchen right after that!!)
What we found when we arrived was even more creative than what was shown online. I’m guessing (don’t really know for sure) that the style is called “farmhouse” with its white walls, original floors and ceiling, open concept, and practical uses for vintage and industrial objects. But whatever it’s called, Leslie in California and her partner Kelly in Waco have made it a memorable, treat worthy place to enjoy.
Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.Charles Eames
As you can see, the renovation offered us much to talk about while we enjoyed the comfort, but it was the “little things” that made a big impression — and expanded the treat that this whole house was. Here are some of the “found” items that now have a second life, thanks to the creativity of Leslie and Kelly.
If you’re planning a trip to Waco, see if My 100 Year Old Waco Home is available from AirBnB. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped right into a real live “fixer upper” — which you have, of course. And you, too, will be saying, “What a treat!”
Travel safely and look for shiplap and chippy paint,
Future posts on what we saw in Waco are forthcoming, but thanks to blogger/photographer Tina Schell (Travels and Trifles) for sharing this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #120 — What a Treat! with all of us. (Her photos of wild animals and the photo tips in her post this week are golden, so I invite you to check it out.) If you’d like to participate, be sure to tag your post Lens-Artists and link here to Tina’s photographic treat for all of us this week.