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Paige and Smoot Hull bought a place in Round Top and immediately began turning it into a country retreat, available to rent. The couple used reclaimed materials and added repurposed items to create a relaxing ambiance full of inspired ideas. (Photo courtesy of The Vintage Round Top)

Vintage Style with Modern Convenience WHERE CITY FOLK CAN GET COUNTRY INSPIRATION inety miles west of Houston where the salt grass prairie joins a swath of fertile farmland, half a dozen tiny Texas towns offer a respite from everyday urban living. Here, picturesque cottages, farmhouses and small inns, some dating from the early days of Texas, are now restored as vacation rentals in stylish, even luxurious fashion, without forgetting their roots. Creating a sleek, chic interior with rustic charm and modern comfort is second nature to Paige and Smoot Hull who own The Vintage Round Top, a house located just minutes from Round Top’s town square. Her design philosophy: “Buy pieces that you love, ones that speak to you, and don’t be afraid to mix the old with the new.”


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Their home’s interior is a combination of clean lines and reclaimed materials handpicked by Paige Hull, an inveterate collector of industrial objects and vintage furniture. “Our style is a mixture of modern with vintage touches; it’s a fusion of new and old,” she says. In the living area the couple has refaced the ceiling with blue-gray and brown planks from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Reclaimed wood also forms a backdrop for the bed in an upstairs sleeping loft. Using old items – many with stories – the Hulls find creative pleasure in making their own accessories. The dining room light fixture was once a metal drum with a wooden arm. The tabletop – found in a field – traveled with a carnival and once rested on saw horse legs.

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