Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Look, New Plan, Still Me

When I started my blog on a whim, literally at midnight one night, I thought I would write about all things design in the Texas Hill Country.
The name of my blog came to me in reference to my house and many in my area. There is a classic hill country style of architecture originated by the Germans who settled in this area, that is prominent in our town and surrounding towns.

Many of the houses here are restored historical homes, or newly built homes replicating the old German architecture.
In my first posts in 2007,  I took you on a tour of my home, a classic hill country house, here.

Standing seam metal roofs and big, wide porches are common to the style.

I took you on a visit to my friend, Barbara's house here

and to see my friend, Alice's house here.

Both have distinctive hill country styles.

Fredericksburg is a charm filled town with tons of cute shops, fine restaurants, and just about any kind of accommodations you could ever imagine. 
 You can stay at your standard motel or at the most fabulous bed and breakfast you could ever dream of.

Here I introduced you to my friend, Carolyn's,  bed and breakfast, Abby's, which was being featured in Mary Engelbreit's magazine at the time.

Carolyn also manages and buys for red in Fredericksburg, one of several very cool home furnishing and design hot spots here.

Over the past four years,   I have had the opportunities to travel. 

I have visited great art museums and galleries, design shops and quaint inns. I have met fascinating and creative people. I enjoy setting up at my hill country shows, but

 I love  going to great antique shows!

 I really, really enjoy seeing how other set up their booths. I love the creative forces behind styling and display.

 For so long I have not known who I am as a blogger - my posts are random and sporadic. Sometimes they are about the hill country, very often, not.

Yes, I write it for fun and there are no set hours.

Cerrtainly the only pay is self satisfaction, AND the wonderful people I have met and the education they have given me.

Still, my desire to define who I am in this blogging world is very much present.
I realized long ago by my inclination to post about all sorts of things that I did not want to limit my blog to the Texas hill country, as much as I love it!

So, with some help from the ever so gracious Shari, at Little Blue Deer, I have reorganized my blog and sport a hew header!
  All of my old posts are still here, but when I write specifically about art, or antiques, or some aspect of design, those posts will be referenced as so in my categories at the top of the page.

I will also be titling my posts in reference to the artist, the gallery, the designer, etc. so they are more clearly defined and found.

Not all that different for you, dear reader, but still, a better definition of what my blog is about and what you can expect to find here.

For example, I would like to tell you A LOT about  artist , America Martin, whose work I adore .

Or the story of these shoes, created by artist Brian White, called Tsunami Shoes.

Or architects I love, like:

Craig Kinney of  Kinney Franke Architects

Rather than random posts about this and that, I hope to become focused on information based posts about those areas of art, antiques and design that speak to me.

I hope they speak to you, too!

Thank you so much for reading Hill Country House, and thank you especially for taking the time to leave your comments!


  1. A splendid idea - approaching your blog with a good balance of documenting your own inspired look at the world of art, design and life and organizing your thoughts in a prescribed, finite manner. It's sort of like my day job - blending calculations with illustrations. Gotta love that :) Wonderfully designed new look! You've always been one of my very favorite blogs specifically for your content. Thank you!

  2. Well, it's true, I first began reading your blog because of the Hill Country connection. My own mother lives in F'burg. But, it will be really fun to see where you go with this. Branching out and all. So, looking forward to your new venture; but still hope to see a little HC every now and them :)

  3. Thank you both for your comments and for reading my blog!

    Diane, you articulate my thoughts so precisely - why can't I learn to write so succinctly!

    Shar, I will never stop posting about the hill country! It's just not going to be my defining subject.

  4. I'm looking forward to your new posts, especially since I enjoy your eclectic taste in art. Good luck with the new format and happy blogging!

  5. love the new look and look forward to your new vision!


    p.s.... LOVE those shoes!

  6. Love your new header! And as a Gulf-coast girl, you know I adore those shell shoes. I love visiting your blog and look forward to seeing more! Congratulations. And, as always, thank you for sharing. warmly, -susan

  7. Love the new makeover! The header is super cute and I look forward to reading what's the come. :) Lindley

  8. Looking forward to continuing to read your blog and seeing the evolving focus. Keep blogging! Best, Michele

  9. Love your blog and all your ideas! Glad you followed through on that thought at midnight!

  10. Looking foward to your new journey.

    ps my WV is "rerful." Could that be I've had a "rerful" and am now looking foward?

  11. From my email this morning:

    WOW.... I could feel your heart as I read this. if I knew how to post a comment I would. I need a lesson in that. thanks for the wonderful words about your friend, me, and red..... And as always I hope this blog fills your heart as you share your passions! I look forward to each of them and wow, 2 this week!!!!!!

    Xoxoxooxox c

    Carolyn Moore
    General Manager
    307 East Main Street
    Fredericksburg, TX 78624

    (830) 990-0700



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