Antique Finds and Dream Homes in Cameron and Thorndale TX

The post earlier this week only had the first half of our Saturday excursion. The other half resulted in a restyling of my office.

Office Restyle with Antique MirrorI realize that I’m getting a little ahead of myself but I was dying to show it off. Plus, look at the the gorgeous bust from RH that Nate gave me. Absolutely gorgeous (and totally on sale)! Anyway, we stopped off at the little town of Thorndale Texas to check out their main street and antiquing.

Thorndale Antiques

Boy oh boy, did we hit the jackpot! The women in front, Lily, owns this store and four others on main street. While not everything in every store is a treasure, she has tons and tons of antique furniture and she’s “looking to make deals” with anyone who comes along. Ah, if only we needed more antique chairs.

Thorndale Antiques

This was only part of one of her stores so one could easily spend a whole day searching through her items for treasure. I found my turn of the century mirror at the second store hidden in the back so it’s worth looking around for sure. She also has a store with part of amazing original tin ceiling and seemed like she’s be willing to part with some of it.  Architectural salvage anyone?

Thorndale Architectural Salvage

Twenty minutes down the road we arrived at our final destination: Cameron Texas. Why would we spend hours moseying up to this little town? Because of this:

Cameron Grammar School

I found this gem while I was searching for homes in Austin. Somehow this ended up in my search results and I just had to go and see it for myself. This 1895 charmer is absolutely beautiful. Better than imagined. And the crazy thing is that its’ only $275k- for 5 bed and 3.5 bath with a pool on two acres. Do you need to see it from another angle? I agree.

 Cameron Texas Grammar school

Oh and did I mention that it has a gourmet kitchen and a swimming pool in the back? Check out the listing HERE while you try to keep from drooling. Oh if only I had the inclination to run a B&B…

And lest you think that this house is the only charming thing in Cameron, you must look at this home also for sale.

Cameron texas Historic Home

Named the Magnolia house, she’s a little bit more cash (and not as much my style) but she has been completely re-done and is absolutely stunning.

Magnolia House

This is the only semi-decent photo that I can find but it shows some of the gorgeous woodwork in the home. This is an absolutely beautiful home and even registered on the Texas Historical Register. The location is across a main road from the amazingly beautiful Milam County courthouse.

Cameron Courthouse

Across the street you’ll find another old building with some historical markers. This is the most awesome historical marker in Texas because who doesn’t want to be part of an organization named the “Girls Tomato club”?

Historical Marker Tomato Club

After reading about tomato clubs and seeing dream homes, it was time to head back home so we saddled up, proverbially speaking, and headed back home. But no trip to rural Texas would be complete without tasting some of the local fare. So back to Thorndale we went for some grub at the Downtown Cafe.

Thorndale Downtown Cafe

Yes, the fried chicken is huge and amazing. And those onion rings are “chicken fried” as well, so excuse me while I head to the gym.

Sculpture Gardens and Architecture in Coupland and Taylor Texas

So we love Texas. And not just a little. While we love traveling to big cities (we’ll post more on that later) we find the small towns of Texas to be down right charming. So we headed up Highway 79 to take a break from the city. We headed northeast from our beloved Austin, and first hit the extremely small but surprising Coupland, TX. If you blink once, you’ll miss this little town but it’s worth stopping in for this:

Huntington Sculpture Gardens.

Coupland Huntington Sculpture Garden

This town of less than 1500 people has what I’d describe as a modern Stonehenge. And its huge, especially when you compare it to the rest of the small town. Here’s a little clip to show some scale:

You could spend hours in this garden looking at each unique sculpture. And what’s wonderful is that the garden is free- donations are accepted but no one will kick you out for taking pictures or staying awhile. Perfect place for some awesome photography. It’s a cool modern oasis in the traditional Texas countryside and definitely worth the 30 minute drive.

Huntington Sculpture Gardens

After heading down the road a’ piece (as many texans have been known to say), we made a quick stop in Taylor, TX and drooled over some of the gorgeous homes and buildings there. 

Taylor TX Home

Those columns. I die. And the roof. Holy hannah. All she needs is a little landscaping love and a new driveway and she’d be good as new.

Taylor TX House 2This was another favorite that we found just a couple blocks over. The stained glass+picture window+ porch with columns almost makes me reconsider Austin. Almost.

Methodist Church Taylor TX

This church was a beauty too and just turned 100 years old. Absolutely charming. Doors were locked- I checked- but I’m sure the inside is just a beautiful.

Taylor Texas Church

Look at the castle feature in the front with the amazing windows. Overall, we loved so much of the architecture in Taylor. After wandering about a little, we found out that this small town is actually growing and many businesses are moving in. After this trip, I know why and I’m tempted to snatch up some of the gorgeous historical buildings here.

Next visit here demands some famous Louie Mueller BBQ which may be some of the best in Texas according to Texas Monthly. Anyone tried out their perfected brisket or even just stopped by for some Taylor architecture envy?