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A Dreamy Escape in the Texas Countryside

by Megan Thomas

On the journey to Jacque and Kenneth Schumacher’s country home outside Cuero, TX, something special starts to happen. The landscape slowly begins to change, the rolling hills become more lush with wildflowers and Spanish moss hanging from the oak trees, and you suddenly feel very at ease.

To say that this home is a slice of heaven is a major understatement. Its simple, updated country decor exudes tranquility, with no detail overlooked. The main house was built on the exact site of the original structure that the couple tried desperately to save. Despite being intended as only a weekend home, Jacque and Kenneth have not been able to tear themselves away. With all of their children now grown, this one-bedroom, one-bath home perfectly suits the needs of their laid-back lifestyle. With Jacque and Kenneth each owning various businesses, they work very long, demanding hours, and love having a place to come home to that is both calm and relaxing. The property also includes a pool and many creative outdoor areas for entertaining and hosting guests.

The original goal for the property was to turn an old airplane hangar into a “party barn.” Once Jacque convinced Kenneth, there was no stopping her. Just in time for their oldest son’s wedding, the property’s “party barn,” main house, and guest quarters were all completed within only a five-month time frame. Without a professional set of plans, their flexible builder was able to work with Jacque’s many impromptu design decisions to create what appears to be something that took years of planning and effort.

Enjoy this dreamy escape, but beware — even committed city-dwellers might be swayed to start looking for their own sweet spot in the country. —Megan

Photography by Laura Haley Photography

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Jacsiel Campos Construction was responsible for making Jacque’s napkin-drawn plans come to life. Details from the original home, including pier and beam construction and orientation to the prevailing winds, were used to recreate the Texas farmhouse that once was.
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The front door is an import from Belgium with sliding screen doors and original hardware. Jacque “knows a guy” who imported many of the doors, furniture and shutters found throughout the home. Wouldn’t you love to meet him?
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Always ready for entertaining, the dining area is kept simple with its long table for eight. Collected dishes are stored behind a custom-built cabinet encased with more imported doors.
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In the main house, the same custom paint color is used throughout, which helps to set a unified tone for the small space. There are many salvaged shiplap walls from the original home that add just the right amount of texture. The non-antique furnishings are simple and plush. The feather artwork is from Karen Greiner Design in Austin, TX.
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The kitchen's cabinets were custom built by local maker Red Miller Custom Woodworks with a Rohl farmhouse sink sitting underneath three windows overlooking the pool. The barstools and pendant lights nicely pull together the antique feel of the new-construction home.
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The quartz countertops and grey glass subway tiles were sourced and installed by Coastal Kitchen & Bath. From local shop, Friends, the glass cloches on the island almost always house fresh harvested fruits, veggies and eggs from their garden.
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The couple’s bedroom is the most formal room in the home, with a beautiful antique iron headboard and linen bedding from Be. Although beautiful and dramatic, the custom floor-to-ceiling curtains rarely get closed, as the couple enjoys seeing every sunrise and starry night view.
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The soaking tub overlooking the pool is just dreamy. The double-sink vanity and a glass enclosed shower with pebble floor fit perfectly in the somewhat narrow space.
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Carefully arranged, antique details are spread throughout the home, like this functional, yet pretty grouping on the bathroom vanity.
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The antique brass bull towel hook is one of my favorite details in the home, also from Karen Greiner Design.
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The view from the two guest suites off of the pool. The couple spends many nights sitting fireside, or making pizzas in their outdoor kitchen's pizza oven.
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The pool house hosts two separate suites, each with their own sleeping area and private bath, perfect for weekend guests. The vintage velvet sofa and antique armchair give a sense of the lighthearted decor used throughout these spaces.
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Here, a view looking toward the main home. The simple arbor, fireplace and outdoor dining table, just steps away from the pool, make this a multi-functional outdoor living area. The herb (and jalapeno) garden is kept near the home for quick access for the many home-cooked meals enjoyed here.
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The original columns and pad where an old cistern once stood inspired Jacque to use antique shutters to create the most unique outdoor yoga room. The couple’s favorite use of the space, though, is having a glass of wine there when it rains.
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The star lights on either side of the entrance to the “milk barn” once hung in front of Star Bar in Chicago. The couple purchased the sign at Marburger Farm Antique Show and had a local company split the double sided sign into two.
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Weather-proofing of the “milk barn” was done from the outside to save the most incredible interior details. To think those sliding doors were just there! This creative use of space houses two guest rooms. I can only imagine the fun their children and guests have when they come to visit. Just outside the far door sits Jacque and Kenneth’s garden and chicken coop.
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One of the beds in the "milk barn," all of which are covered in more plush bedding by Be.
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The couple finds so much delight in taking care of their 10 Plymouth Rock chickens. Incorporating the coop into the already present structure of the "milk barn" creates the sense that the coop has always been there.
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Jacque and Kenneth, with their 15-year-old black lab, Dirk. The porch swing hangs just outside their bedroom door. With its deep seat and overstuffed cushions, it's just begging for afternoon nappers.
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Just a glimpse of one of the many sunsets the couple catches on a regular basis. The wraparound porch has multiple cozy spots to chat with friends and admire their roaming cattle. The landscape, designed by Sitio Design, is home to many native trees and plants.
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The floor plan of the main home.
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From Jacque, "My favorite thing about our home is sitting on the porch, drinking margaritas made with fresh picked jalapenos from our garden!"

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  • Love this, especially the bedding. love the black and white pillows on sofa gives it a lil modern touch

  • I’d love to know who “the guy” is with the doors and screens! The entrance is beautiful!

    • Crissy, sadly, he has no online presence! He has a building that you have to “catch him” in along the railroad tracks in downtown Yoakum, Texas, and unfortunately, that is as much information as I know. If I ever find any more to share, I certainly will! :)

      • A tad more about “the guy” – his name is Bart Debrock, his business name is The Belgian Antiques. In addition to his Yoakum warehouse, he has a permanent warehouse in Warrenton, Texas, and is open during Texas Antique Week (going on now), and by appointment. :)

  • If this were my home, my favorite thing would also be drinking spicy margaritas on the porch. Or living room. Or poolside. Or anywhere.

  • I have been searching for a fan that attaches to the wall. Could you tell me what brand this one is?

  • I grew up in Texas and still go back for the twice yearly antiques/junk festival that happens every spring and fall in Warrenton and Round Top, Texas. What a treat to see how this beautiful home came together. I particularly love how they incorporated old into new and I love that they kept the barn. That pool is spectacular and the pizza oven! Wow.

  • Oh wow! I want to live there, too! I can just FEEL the place! Is it possible to find out where the sectional comes from?