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Round Top Summer 2022

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trays. "I'd just check the box as we went along," he says. One bungalow has a preppy Palm Beach vibe; a pair of pink velvet armchairs, a rattan coffee table, and a navy rug were discovered at the Bassett warehouse in Houston, an unexpected new haunt where they've found sturdy furniture basics. Flanking the fireplace, a pair of chinoiserie-inspired chairs from Memorial Antiques & Interiors (MAI) in Houston were perfect as-is, covered in chartreuse leopard spot upholstery. In one bedroom, a pair of exquisitely worn blue nightstands came from Round Top Ranch Antiques, which specializes in Swedish Antiques. The details are divine and include the couple's charming collection of antique porcelain monkeys, which decorate a pair of chests in a living area, and in a dining area, there's an ancient sculpture of a Chinese scholar that Fourticq discovered decades ago in Paris. For each bungalow, they commissioned black-and-white umbrella stands made by artisans just outside San Miguel de Allende in Dolores Hidalgo, an area known for ceramics. Beautifully colored handwoven alpaca throws on the beds in all three bungalows are from Alan Vogt at Manos De Sur, who sells during the shows at The Compound in Round Top. Six vintage Knoll Brno chairs, covered in red mohair and snagged from a dealer going out of business, started the basis of the design for the modernist bungalow. "There's a mix of contemporary and traditional, with some Asian references," Fourticq says. "That's my style, and if you look at Florence Knoll design books, she always included orientalist pieces in her interiors; it all naturally fits together." These bungalows are stylish, but it's a hotel, so furniture has to be long-lasting and comfortable. A plump sofa, made by online company Grandin Road, is slipcovered in blue linen so that it can be easily cleaned, and a pair of rattan chairs from another online source, Article, have a hint of Asia with elegant swooping arms. In one of the bedrooms, there's an old rattan desk that came from 209th Designs about 40 minutes from Houston in Tomball, which owners Troy and Mandy Garza lacquered a stunning navy blue, with new hardware. The Garzas also lacquered the red antlers appended to the bungalows' exteriors. Art and objects from the couple's collections include brilliantly hued minerals and crystals and graphic black-and-white photographs of horses by photographer Steven Klein, whom Fourticq met while shooting an advertising campaign eons ago for Calvin Klein in New York. Layered in pale brown, gray, and ivory, a more neutral bungalow is an all-around guest favorite, Fourticq says. "People react to its monochromatic look. But it's not boring at all — we went far enough with the design to keep it interesting." In front of the fireplace is a bench with spool legs, scallop carving, and an intricately woven seat they discovered at Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions in Houston. Cone also sourced a lot of furniture from Memorial Traders, a private Facebook shopping group, including a coffee table and pair of chests from Houstonian Robin Goodland, who finds and refinishes vintage furniture. "She has a good eye for simple shapes and lines and spot-on pieces that she takes down to the wood," Fourticq says. There's also a pair of smoky Murano glass lamps Cone found in Italy years ago and black Wedgwood bowls and vases, a burgeoning obsession of theirs. "A lot of these things you would love to have in your own house or probably already have — that's kind of the point," Fourticq says. "People want where they stay to be at least as nice as their own homes, and that's what we're shooting for." L ongtime Houstonians Cone and Fourticq fell in love with Round Top's rolling countryside, as well as the people who live there. "It's a cool little town with cool people doing all kinds of unusual things you might not expect in a small Texas town," Fourticq says. Cone Greg Fourticq, John Cone in the pool area of Red Antler.

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