Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #120: What a Treat in Waco!

Front of My 100 Year Old Waco Home

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!

Front Door: My 100 Year Old Waco Home

While I was searching AirBnB for available spaces to rent, this site popped into my browser. And it looked familiar. Very familiar. As it should have been.

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!!)

Kitchen, My 100 Year Old Waco Home
My brother-in-law from Larue, TX checks out the information left by the homeowners.

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.

Living Room - My 100 Year Old Waco Home
The stylish living room with white decor and seasonal touches seats four comfortably.
Bedroom at My 100 Year Old Waco Home
Our cozy bedroom for the duration of our stay. (The lines on the wall are not painted — they are the reflection of filtered light from a macramé ceiling fixture.)
Dining room -- My 100 Year Old Waco Home
Dining area with fall decorations. Rough hewn antique table easily seats eight.
Kitchen - My 100 Year Old Waco Home
Updated kitchen with new appliances, open shelving, and shiplap!
Sitting porch - My 100 Year Old Waco Home
Newly added porch offers great seating and shade from the live oak tree in the side yard.

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.

Fall decor -- My 100 Year Old Waco Home
Old signs, wooden boxes, even vintage tickets serve as decoration at My 100 Year Old Waco Home.
Entry piece -- My 100 Year Old Waco Home
We need help with this piece in the entryway. (What is it? What was it used for? Maybe tickets? Just guessing.)
Dining room - My 100 Year Old Waco Home
Doors with peeling paint slide to open and close, leading you to two bedrooms off the main living area.

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.

36 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #120: What a Treat in Waco!

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  2. Betty Sue Sparks

    What an inviting, welcoming home! I want to stay there next time. Isn’t Waco fun? We enjoyed the shopping, the scenery and couldn’t seem to get enough of the barbeque. I fell in love with the Gruene Dance Hall in New Braunfels and Doug said we couldn’t come home until we stopped to see “Willie ‘n Wayland and the boys” in Luckenbach.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Oh, my. You have now given me two more places to visit: New Braunfels and Luckenbach. There is a water park near or in New Braunfels that we enjoyed with our families, but I’ve only heard of Luckenbach through song! The house was fascinating. Since I love antiques, it was fun seeing how so many items were re-purposed. Travel in the U. S. has its advantages. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Vandy Leake

    What a fun house! So interesting to see how familiar things were used in different ways.
    Keep traveling …. love to see all the special places and things you find!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      It’s a type of board that is wide and applied to walls. I had no idea what it was until I started watching the TV show so popular here — “Fixer Upper.” Chip and Joanna Gaines have made renovating old homes in Waco an art form. And she loves it when they rip off old plaster or drywall or wallpaper and discover shiplap behind it all. So, I was excited to see what all the fuss was about!

  4. Leya

    Wow, what a treat, Rusha! Love the house and the light, nordic colours. The porch looks very comfy and inviting too – but I would also have let the mosquitos have it in the evenings…

  5. Miriam Hurdle

    I can see this was a treat to stay in this house, Rusha! The work put in this 100 years old house is amazing. I love the décor, especially coordinating the patterns in the bedroom.

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