FM 36 South, Caddo Mills, Texas

Hi there!  You ever have one of those days where the post you're working on just isn't gelling?  What do you do then?  You pitch yourself a softball instead and hope you hit it over the net.  (That is why I have a decorating blog instead of a sports blog.)

My softball today is this Caddo Mills, Texas ranch house, built in 1970.  Caddo Mills is an hour & a half south of the Oklahoma border, and 40 minutes Northeast of Dallas. Caddo Mills is also the hometown of James Farrell Clayton, the art director of Mork & Mindy & Family Ties.  (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

 The living room holds true to the adage "everything is bigger in Texas":

I'm calling this my softball house because when I see a big fireplace in a Texas home, I know I can find easy inspiration from the show Fixer Upper.  Take this example from Season 3:


When I saw this kitchen, my first thought was to remove the upper cabinets:

But then I saw this:


Now, what to do with a nice sunroom with a view of the barn?

Give the ceiling some Texas style and make it a one of kind country dining room:

{source unknown}

Here's a bathroom that's pretty typical of the era, with the vanity separated from the other facilities:

When Fixer Upper faced a similar situation...


...they knew just how to handle it.

The bedroom features the narrow windows we've seen throughout the house:

I found a design that would work with them in a way that I think Joanna would approve:

{Linda McDougald}

Now, after all that decorating, who's ready for a swim?

C'mon, doesn't that look inviting?  No?

Ok, how about this:

{Peter Zimmerman Architects}

I think that picture may be one of the reasons Pinterest was created.  If Chip & Joanna add a pool to their property, I'm willing to bet they'll have a pool house like this.

Caddo Mills' city slogan is Be Lucky...Live in Caddo Mills!  If I found a house like this and was able to fix it up in Fixer Upper style, I'd say I was pretty lucky indeed.

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