Among other Round Top staples like The Compound and Rancho Pillow, The Vintage Round Top was featured in PaperCity's March 2017 Round Top Roundup piece!Read More
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We've been fortunate enough to be featured in Houston House & Home, but this month we were thrilled to see we made the cover! HHH is the go-to publication for resources about the home. They provide amazing design inspiration, remodeling advice, and information on services, products and local businesses.Read More
What a great surprise to see we were featured in Romantic Country's Spring 2017 issue! We found out through our friends at Old Glory and immediately went out to grab a copy for ourselves.Read More
Recently, we had the wonderful opportunity to talk with our friends Lorie and Katie at the Round Top Register about our Modern Vintage Life. Lorie interviewed Smoot about our background, why we chose Round Top, our hospitality philosophy, and more.Read More
We recently received a surprise in the mail in the form of a feature in the Winter edition of Vintage Style magazine!Read More
Hotel Ella recently earned a great review by the UK's Telegraph Travel section! We were excited to be mentioned in the article. In celebration, we wanted to share the review and a bit about our wonderful partnership with them!Read More
Recently, we had the good fortune of connecting with the wonderful women at Yellow Conference when they reached out to us for an interview on their blog! The Yellow community was thought up by Joanna Waterfall and exists to gather and equip creative women to use their passion, strengths, and influence to serve the greater good in the world. Yellow celebrated their 3rd annual conference this past August with over 500 creative entrepreneurial women in Los Angeles.
One of the things we love about Yellow is the sense of community that they promote. It's easy to get caught up in competition and comparing our work to others, when we can instead be learning from and empowering other women. We feel so honored to be included in such a strong community of creative women. Check out a short excerpt from the interview below and visit the Yellow Blog to read more about our inspiration, living with intention, our commitment to sustainability, and more!
Where do you live and what brought you there?
Our family home is in Houston, Texas. The Vintage Round Top (RVT), our vacation home rental, is located only an hour and fifteen minutes away in the magical town of Round Top, Texas. Fate brought us there a little over five years ago. We took the scenic route home from visiting Smoot’s (my husband) mom and stumbled upon an open house in Round Top. The open house realtor educated us on the need for rental property in the area. We thought buying a house in Round Top was out of the question until we learned they can be rented during the bi-annual world famous Antique Fair that attracts over 125,000 people per year to this tiny town of 90 permanent residents.
Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?
Yes, “Live with Intention!” We were given this advice right before we stopped at the Open House we mentioned earlier. In fact, that’s why we stopped. We thought, let’s go inside and get the “mojo” going for when we’d be in a position to purchase a second home in the country. Had we not made that stop, we wouldn’t have been told about the rental property business and wouldn’t be answering your questions today. So, our advice is to take action oriented steps towards your goals and desires. Ours was simply to find something creative to do together. And boy, did we ever find that!
Photo: Laura Morsman