I have long admired the chic and whimsical style of Bailey McCarthy, founder of the bedding and lifestyle company Biscuit Home and former interior designer. You may recall her fabulous Houston home which was featured by House Beautiful in 2017. When Bailey and her husband Pete decided to develop an 80-acre getaway in Bellville, Texas about an hour northwest of Houston, Bailey asked designer Miles Redd to work his magic with the design. “It ended up just the way she wanted it,” Redd told Architectural Digest. “A little bit [Wes] Anderson, with nods to Texas and a smattering of old lady, and everybody knows I love chic-old-lady style. Basically, it’s a big, happy, fresh, light family house.”
The architect William Curtis of Curtis & Windham Architects, a personal friend and professional collaborator of Redd’s, conceived a simple center-hall Greek Revival farmhouse sheathed in white clapboard with five bedrooms and a spacious porch. It is joined by a couple of barns and the property’s original Victorian residence, decorated by Bailey, which now serves as guest quarters. Extra visitors take over a retro chic Spartan trailer and sometimes a few rented RVs… This is a glamorous compound designed for entertaining! Last Labor Day, 23 children under the age of seven and 22 adults gathered for a weekend getaway celebration. “The house survived the weekend beautifully,” Bailey told Architectural Digest. As for the bubbly decor, “just because we’re in the country doesn’t mean the rooms have to look country,” she said. “The house doesn’t have to prove itself.”
Wouldn’t you love to be a weekend guest at this chic farmhouse getaway? This article originally ran in the January 2019 issue of Architectural Digest written by Mitchell Owens, photographed by Trevor Tondro, and styled by Howard Christian. Miles Redd worked with business partner David Kaihoi on the project. For additional inspiration, I recommend The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd.