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"I 've been the biggest Miles Redd fan forever," Bailey McCarthy says of the New York designer known for creating joyous interiors packed with color and pattern. So, in 2016, when she and husband Pete decided to build a house on their land in Bellville — charmingly named Goodthyme Farm — Bailey naturally reached out to Redd and design partner David Kaihoi. "I already loved Miles' chic city spaces and proper East Coast estates he has so rightly been celebrated for," she says. "At his core, Miles is a Southern gentleman from Atlanta, and I knew he was the perfect person to interpret a Texas country house in a fabulous fresh way." For the architecture, the McCarthys enlisted William Curtis of Curtis & Windham Architects, who had previously designed their house in Houston. Coincidentally, Redd and Curtis are longtime friends. Although their design styles are polar opposites — Redd's interiors are exu- berant; Curtis' architecture is restrained — it all came together like magic. The farmhouse's elegant Greek Revival-inspired architecture has such regionally familiar touches as a sloping metal roof, covered porches, and traditional center-hall planning that references historical Texas dogtrot houses. For Curtis, it was all about keep- ing things simple. "We focused on detailing the interior architecture so that it complemented the house and provided a simple backdrop for the strength we knew Miles and David would provide," he says. The McCarthys have two young kids, so they asked Redd to make sure the interiors were casual and durable. "We walk through the house with muddy feet and wet swimsuits, so we didn't want anything precious," Bailey says. On the other hand, she also wanted the interiors to have the quirkiness of a Wes Anderson film — and Redd was only too happy to oblige. "Wes Anderson is about charm and surprise," he says. The tented bar in the living room, the painted floors in the breakfast room and kitchen, and the enormous screen porch give the interiors an unexpected and fun vibe. Rooms brim with old Oriental carpets, chintz upholstery, and floral wallpapers, including hand-painted de Gournay panels in the living room. "The powder room is an homage to the wild, wild West," Redd says, with walls covered in vintage photos of cowboys, native Americans, and horses. "And the guest bedroom is decorated with ar- rowheads collected by Pete's parents. This feels very Texas, but in the manner of great retreats — comfortable, rejuvenating, and captivating." Rebecca Sherman DIVINE DESIGN DETAILS (continued) A guest bedroom on the first floor with canopied twin beds in Brunschwig & Fils fabric. Linens by Biscuit Home. A collection of framed arrowheads inherited from Pete's parents hang salon-style on yellow-lacquered walls. 57

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