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PaperCity Dallas March 2022

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and his wife purchased the house and land and made extensive changes. Tyler architect Mike Butler oversaw the renovations and additions, which included a rustic staircase crafted by carpenters from felled cedar trees and branches on the property. An artisan from East Texas was enlisted to carve woodland animals here and there throughout the house, including a delightful bird's nest and squirrel face on the stairs' newel post. Cedar trees were also used for the porches and to build several bridges near the house. Oak trees were harvested from the land, and the sturdy lumber was used for millwork, ceiling beams, and floors. Rose Cottage, a guest house overlooking the lake, was designed by Butler with most of the interior finishes made from wood salvaged from old barns in the area, including exquisitely carved millwork around the doors. Clad in wood with a pitched metal roof and a screened- in sleeping porch, the cottage's architecture is reminiscent of early East Texas farmhouses. "The idea was to make it look like it had been in the family for generations," Butler says. Kincaid's clients first fell in love with the house and land after the husband attended a corporate event there almost two decades ago. "The farm reminded [the husband] of where he grew up in Virginia, with all the trees and red dirt, so when it came up for sale, they purchased it," Kincaid says. She had previously decorated the couple's Highland Park house and was enlisted by the husband to redecorate their new Edom farmhouse and cottage. "It was his baby, and it was the first time I'd ever presented a design plan to a husband. He was so lovely and enthusiastic — he embraced his feminine side, because we definitely had a lot of florals and prints." Kincaid worked on Rose Cottage first, since she wanted her clients to be able to stay there while the main house was being renovated. "We kept everything pretty much as it was — we just painted the rustic wood white, which brightened it up," she says. The cottage has everything it needs to be comfortable: a main room that combines a living and 106

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