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Undeterred, we began work on the 1900s farmhouse. We added two bedrooms (gotta have room for all my people!) and an additional bath by converting the front parlor and a large sitting room. Once the house was completed, we set about tending to the farm part of the vision. We bought a fancy Victorian Lodge Greenhouse from Hartley Botanic and placed it on a two-acre swath of land that we then learned was entirely inhospitable, comprised of nutrient-deficient sandy loam soil. Not a great start, but, as always, we turned to our people. Pete had begun development on our Houston hospitality concepts. We were introduced to master sommelier June Rodil and chef Felipe Riccio through friends and partnered with them to start Goodnight Hospitality. Felipe was completing a stage (or internship) with the famed Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York and connected us to a network of farmers who helped us nurture and revitalize the land. We hired a caretaker and a full-time farmer, and together we began to cultivate the full potential of the farm. Working on the restaurants had inspired Pete and me to expand our vision for what we have now officially named Goodthyme Farm. We bought land across the street and hired landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand to help us create a 10-year plan for the property, which we hope will eventually include event and arts spaces, and a restaurant site that will be open to the public. At the heart of it all is farmer Jack Jones, who oversees our commercial-scale farm, focusing on development and education in sustainable farming practices. The eight "hoop houses" — large greenhouses that were completed last year — provide produce for our restaurants, and we will begin selling our produce at The Urban Harvest farmers market in Houston this summer, and a processing barn surrounded by Mediterranean tiered gardens will be finished in the fall. So, the stage was set, and the people were coming together. The people also needed more space to hang out or stay overnight, so I hired Textured layers in the living room, as well as an abundance of seating, makes a comfortable gathering space for weekend guests. Right, top: A central hallway extending from the front to back doors is cocooned in Bailey's favorite blue hues. Right, bottom: In one of four guest bedrooms, designer Miles Redd paired walls and draperies from his Schumacher fabric collection with linens from Bailey's store and bedding line, Biscuit Home. 52

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