About three months ago I headed to Waco for something that I can’t even remember.
The something isn’t important for this story.
What is important is that I heard that my friend Leslie from My 100-Year-Old-Home was fixing up a fixer-upper in Waco. I love a fixer-upper almost as much as I adore a multi-family yard sale sign and I asked her if I could stop by and see the progress.
I wish with every fiber of my curly blonde hair and my 10 fingers and toes that I had taken pictures of that visit.
It would make today’s post even better.
There’s no use crying over spilled pictures because I don’t have any—but suffice it to say—it was a shell of its former self.
That’s what I saw. She had removed most of the walls and the drywall from the ceilings and walls and I walked through it kind of tiptoeing on boards and avoiding power equipment.
I tell you this as a friend. You will not want to miss this post. Not a minute. Not a second. Not a picture.
Please grab a beverage and mark some time off on your calendar.
And let’s take a little tour.
Let’s hold our tour horses.
Before we tour, I need to point something out.
You might see a few things in these pictures that look unfinished.
The house isn’t finished yet.
It’s SO CLOSE, but Leslie has so many more things that she wants to do. You see—this is going to be an Airbnb. I know, right? An Airbnb in Waco just minutes from the Silos and the Findery and the shuttle to take the bus to the Baylor football games. This past weekend was Homecoming at Baylor and she asked me if I would stay there for the night and test it out and make suggestions on what she could do to get it ready to rent for the upcoming Christmas months.
Me, test a house that looks like this?
I also asked her if I could share it with all of you and you could make all your Airbnb suggestions, too.
Really, truly, without any more build-up….
…here’s the tour.
I thought I’d start with the center of the house.
And these light fixtures.
The house is designed with the dining room in the middle.
You walk in and enter the living room and walk through that to get to the table and beyond that is the kitchen.
Here’s the view from the kitchen looking back into the living room with the table in the center.
There’s also a wrap-around porch that starts at the front door and wraps itself all the way around to the back door.
Most of the furniture in the house is vintage and it came from Round Top.
Right across from the table is the entrance to the side wing of the house with two bedrooms with two queen size beds each.
They share this bathroom.
She got the doors at the entrance from Round Top and is planning on hanging them on barn door hardware.
At the very back of the house is the master bedroom and bath.
This is where we stayed.
There’s a king-size bed and a giant closet and mirrors and the prettiest matelasse coverlet and gray patterned shams.
But the best part of the entire house?
It’s this bathroom.
It’s about as big as another bedroom and there’s a giant walk-in shower with two rain showerheads.
There’s a giant farmhouse vanity with two sinks.
And chippy, distressed, beautiful mirrors.
And baskets of these towels that are monogrammed with the name of her home, My 100-year-old Waco Home.
She treated us like gold.
There were these amazing cookies from a local bakery and fresh flowers and yummy-smelling hand soap and a giant screen television to watch the Texas-OU game on before we left for the Baylor Homecoming game.
I can’t wait to see the house when it’s officially finished and ready to rent.
I know she’s adding rugs and pictures and artwork and finishing the kitchen and adding more to the bathrooms.
And on and on and on.
She had so many ideas and plans to finish it that she made my head spin. I told her it was literally so perfect now that I can’t wait to see what she adds to all the spaces.
I’ll keep you all posted on the progress and the website to rent it once it becomes available, but for now…
…can I ask a favor?
If you’ve stayed in an Airbnb and they did something special—like a book to leave a message or towel warmers or a magazine display rack or something that made your trip extra special…
…can you leave it in the comments so Leslie can add that to her list?
And if you are ever in Waco?
This is the room for you. 🙂