Summer Showcase of Homes: A Texas Country Home Tour

Hi everyone!

I am so excited to be sharing my home with you all today!  What a wonderful tour we’ve had so far!  If you’ve missed any part of the tour, you can scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the other blogs participating in our Summer Showcase Home Tour.

My home may be a little different from the others on the tour in that we don’t own our home.  We moved here last summer and we just weren’t sure where we wanted to be so we decided to rent before buying.  Luckily, we were blessed and found an amazing home that had everything in it we could possibly imagine.  An added plus was that the home fit our style of decor perfectly and so we were able to move right in and feel at home as though we had painted and designed it ourselves.

Michelle Shoultz, of The Vintage Bee, is not only the designer of this home, but is also responsible for the custom finishes, cabinets, and paint colors (including antiquing of all the trim and hand painting a few special touches here and there).  She is truly one talented lady!

All furnishings and decorations are mine.  🙂

Let’s get this tour started!

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First of all, we live in the Texas Hill Country, about 30 miles northwest of San Antonio in a little city called Spring Branch… not to be confused with the city in Houston.

Our home sits on a little over an acre of land.  It is in walking distance to a spring fed creek and is about 2 miles from the Guadalupe River.

One of the things we really wanted around our home were trees, and lots of them!  Luckily, we got that, and then some!  There are several tall oak trees on the property.  Not only do they provide shade during those hot Texas summers, but they are also great for little boys who love to climb trees!

There are several things that I love about this home, and this little front patio is one of them.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

This is one place that I hope to decorate in the very near future!

Come on in and I’ll share a few of my favorite rooms in the house.


 When you come in through the double doors, you enter into the foyer.  The majority of the home is covered in walnut wood floors.

To the left, is my office and one of my favorite rooms in the house!

French Desk Transformation

I recently bought and painted the lovely antique french desk you see in my office.  It will stay with me forever as it was something I had wanted for a long time.  I was beyond thrilled when I finally found it and couldn’t be more happier with how it turned out!

Of course, my husband, who works from home, also needs his own space, and his office is also to the left of the foyer through the double doors…

Rustic Pig: Husband Office

You will find lots of antique pieces of furniture in our home… some painted, some not, but using these pieces in an unexpected way is one of my favorite ways to decorate.  For example, this old ironing board begged to be used as a table, and it worked out perfect for my husband’s office.

Rustic Pig: Office

The living room and kitchen are truly the center of our home.


I’ve always wanted white slip-covered couches, but with three dogs, one being black, there is just no way that would be practical.  So, we opted for leather couches and I’ve tried to soften them up a bit with white throw pillows.

 Of course, my painted pieces show up here and there throughout the house, like this coffee table, and the black buffet in the back.

I absolutely LOVE to decorate… can you tell?  Our current fireplace mantel looks like this…


…I’m sure it will change again when the seasons change.

Our french country kitchen is yet another place I love!

Rustic Pig: Kitchen

 Again, the entire kitchen (including the cabinets and drawers) were custom painted by The Vintage Bee (see above for link).

 Next, our master bedroom…

I love the calming colors of this room, but mostly, I love the windows.  Not only are there windows all around, but in front of the bed are double doors that lead to our back patio.


I’ve worked hard on the back patio these past few months, and so I’m excited to show you what lies beyond those double doors. 

Back Porch Headboard Swing

My back porch headboard swing is by far one of my favorite places to be!  My husband and I just recently built this swing, and it has been a great place to sit in the morning and have my quiet time.

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

I love the large oak trees that come up through our patio, and the wide open space of the backyard. 

Living in the country is absolutely wonderful… until you decide to plant something!

The Rustic Pig: Home Tour

The deer out here are everywhere!  Since I really wanted a small garden, we decided to buy a few old whiskey barrels and added some fruit trees, a couple tomato plants, some herbs, and a jalapeno plant.  So far, the deer have stayed away and I’ve been able to harvest a few tomatoes and jalapenos.  Hopefully they’ll continue to stay away.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Please take the time to visit the others who are sharing their home today and don’t forget to check out those that posted earlier this week!

Summer 2013 Showcase of Homes

Monday, July 22
Atta Girl Says
The Happier Homemaker
Rain on a Tin Roof
Better with Age
Top This Top That

Tuesday, July 23
Mom 4 Real
Cedar HIll Ranch
Practically Functional
While Wearing Heels
French Country Cottage

Wednesday, July 24
The Lily Pad Cottage
Marty’s Musings
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Town and Country Living
Adventures in Decorating

Thursday, July 25
Good Life Of Design
A Stroll Thru Life
Worthing Court
Back Porch Musings
The Rustic Pig

Friday, July 26
Our Southern Home
The Everyday Home
Recreate and Decorate
Vignette Design




My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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Texas gal, wife, mother to 2 boys, author behind the blog The Rustic Pig, business owner, antique lover, and Christ follower!

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  1. claire- what a beautiful home. I love how you created your individual styles in your office for you and your husband. I too wanted white slipcover but with my kids…not going to happen anytime soon, so i settled for what works like you ….and it does, great family room. Thanks so much for having me over today.
    laura@Top This Top That recently posted…Summer MantleMy Profile

  2. You’ve done an amazing job with your home, Claire. I love your Summer mantle. What a great idea to use mason jars for candle holders! Thank you for the tour.
    Suzy @ Worthing Court recently posted…Summer 2013 Showcase of Homes: It’s My Turn!My Profile

  3. Claire, your home is absolutely beautiful! I enjoyed the tour so much.
    Pat@Back Porch Musings recently posted…Our HomeMy Profile

  4. Oh such a beautiful home and such a gorgeous area that you live in. I have friends in that area, it really is beautiful. Your home is really beautiful and that kitchen is stunning. Thanks so much for the tour. Hugs, Marty
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  5. I really enjoyed the tour of your beautiful home. I follow your blog and love the details of your home!
    Terry recently posted…A Bread Box and A TableMy Profile

  6. Love it Claire! I so wish I had an office like yours, so pretty! I’m still totally head over heels for your porch swing too 🙂
    Kelly @ thelilypadcottage recently posted…Summer Showcase of Homes – House TourMy Profile

  7. Beautiful home and tour, Claire! How awesome to find a rental that is so beautiful! You’ve done an awesome job!~~Angela
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  8. Peggy Thal says:

    Thanks for the great tour of your lovely home. You did a wonderful job decorating. It was such fun to see everything. Love your kitchen style. Thanks again.

  9. Claire,
    I love your home! Your home office would be a dream come true for me! Mine is in the mudroom!!! LOL! Thanks for opening your home up to us!
    Christy @ Our Southern Home recently posted…Summer Showcase of Homes {Virtual Tour Starts TODAY}My Profile

  10. Your home is so beautiful I LOVE your new desk I would keep that forever too!
    Dria recently posted…Conflicting Office Styles!My Profile

  11. Hi Claire,
    This is my first time visiting your warm and welcoming home. How fortunate to have found such a beautiful home to move right into. You have joined the homes style with yours beautifully. I think I would be sitting on your swing all day long, love that!! You also live in a gorgeous setting to look at while sitting on your swing!! Lucky girl, So fun to be in the tour line-up with you today!

  12. I’m loving all these home tours…especially love yours!! Your office is adorable and that ironing board….whoa ha!! There is no way white furniture would do well in my house either….prolly not many that can pull it off either! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!! How actually put this tour together? I would love to join one some day!
    Have a good one!
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  13. Claie – if one has to rent, then you could not have chosen a more perfect and beautiful home. It is magnificent inside and out. Your decor fit like a glove, almost as if it were meant to be. I love that kitchen, too. Swoon. I really love that pantry door. My fave! You have a very creative and unique knack for putting together vignettes and wall art that I love. Great job! Thanks so much for letting us come in. xxoo

  14. Claire, I absolutely LOVE your home… and I want to build a swing just like that!! What a wonderful idea!! I even have the headboard begging to be made into such a lovely piece!!
    Lori @Vintage Charm Restored recently posted…Beautiful Painted WardrobeMy Profile

  15. I have a leather couch too and for the same reason! The DOGS! 🙂

  16. Your home is beautiful!
    Pamela recently posted…Treasure Hunt Thursday #116 & HighlightsMy Profile

  17. You know how much I adore your home!!! The kitchen is a dream! Still giggling at the story behind the swing 🙂
    Thanks for allowing us to traipse through your home. I enjoyed it… your painted pieces are so my style!
    Hugs, Gee
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  18. What a lovely home, and proof that you don’t have to own your home to make it absolutely beautiful. I especially like the two office spaces. I would love to find a french desk. I just found your blog through Summer Showcase of Homes and I am your newest follower on Bloglovin. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design
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  19. Hi Claire,
    Loved your home tour today! How wonderful to live in Texas Hill Country! Your home is so warm and inviting–I love how you’ve decorated it. This is my first time visiting your home and your blog, but I’ll be back! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home! ~Delores
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  20. Claire, what a beautiful home. love your colors and use of antiques.

  21. Claire, your home and outdoor spaces are sso amazing…I so love your office!!!…and the rest of the house for that matter…you are so talented and creative…Loved the tour!!
    Shirley@Housepitality Designs recently posted…A Taste of Carolina Dinner Party TablescapeMy Profile

  22. Your home is darling!!! So charming. I live in Texas as well – outside of Dallas. Will definitely come back to your blog again. Love the name too!

  23. Claire, your home is absolutely lovely! Even though you don’t own it, it is filled with all your special touches. Using the old ironing board as a table is genius and works perfectly in your husband’s office. I have to be realistic about fabrics, too, as we have animals. And I think using those whisky barrels as planters just adds to the ambiance of your patio! Thanks for the tour!
    Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads recently posted…White Pumpkins for Fall, Anyone?My Profile

  24. I love your house so much! All your special touches, that ironing board as a table and your gorgeous porch swing! You are so talented and such an inspiration, sweet friend!!!
    Chelsea @ Making Home Base recently posted…10 Pin Worthy Summer Beverages [Creative Connection Features]My Profile

  25. Omgoodness, I love your home and the yard area! I could sit and swing all day! Great job!
    Recreate and Decorate recently posted…Dorm decorating on a dimeMy Profile

  26. Your home is just lovely! I could live on that porch swing, so cozy! Thank you for the tour 🙂

  27. Your home is beautiful, and I really WANT that gorgeous desk in your office! Thank you for sharing all of this inspiration. laue
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  28. What a BIG and beautiful home you have. It’s filled with country charm. So warm and inviting. Your office is my favorite, that desk…oh my goodness, so beautiful.
    Amy of while wearing heels recently posted…Self Portraits – The Great OutdoorsMy Profile

  29. I can see why you love that kitchen! It’s beautiful. I’m lovin’ your office too. You were smart to rent for a year. I would’ve done the same thing. My bro moved to Denver, bought a house right away, and put it back on the market because he wasn’t thrilled with the location. I don’t know why they didn’t rent for awhile. Anywho, thanks so much for taking us on the tour of your pretty home – love that swing!!
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  30. Your home is absolutely beautiful…inside and out! I am blown away by that fabulous kitchen! And I can see why you love the outdoor spaces…so pretty! Your headboard swing is so unique. What a fun place to have morning coffee! Thanks for the tour!…hugs…Debbie
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  31. LOVE your office!! And I’m so happy to see another buckhead on the home tour! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  32. Thanks for the tour, Claire. Your home is lovely! I live in Austin, so I know the area where you live. Lucky to have a hill country home. 😉

  33. Soo charming! I adore your home and style and what a beautiful area you live in too!!

  34. That’s a mighty nice rental! I love the Texas limestone you see on houses in the Hill Country.

    Thank you for the tour — as one who lived in rentals many years back when I was a single mother, I love all the touches you have put into the house to make it personal. It certainly can be done, as you have ably shown.
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  35. Love that you’re a Texas blogger. I am about 60 miles South of San Antonio so I find information
    from your blog very informative and inspiring. Excited to find you!

  36. What a wonderful home, Claire! Even though it is a rental you can definitely see you belong there, for however long! I know your boys must love the outdoors! I adore all your furniture and the way you use your accessories in surprising ways. Great job!

  37. Your tour was lovely…I appreciate the time it took to show us such a beautiful home!
    You live in my favorite place in the world!! We are Texans, but our vacation time is usually spent in the Fredericksburg/Kerrville area. We were down there in April and had a lovely week touring the countryside!
    Blessings to you,

  38. Claire, you’ve done a great job decorating your home! I absolutely love your headboard porch swing — it is so cute and comfy looking. Love it!! Thanks for sharing your home! It’s beautiful!
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