You might not recognize it by name, but if you read as many shelter mags and blogs as I do, I bet Magnolia Pearl Ranch will look familiar to you. The “Shabby Victorian” cottage has been featured in publications like Country Living and Romantic Homes, and the photos have been reposted all over the Internet, from blogs to Pinterest.
It sits on about 40 acres in Texas Hill Country, and it’s now on the market for $975,000. Take a look!
Robin “Pearl” Brown and her partner John Gray founded Magnolia Pearl in 2001, selling clothing and accessories she made from vintage laces, velvets, silks, and embroidered linens.
The property comes with two guest houses, three outdoor showers, two barns, an RV structure, a well house, a rocked-in office and a storage shed.
That garden gate (above) was made out of a rusty headboard.
Robin once told Romantic Homes, “I don’t like anything to match.”
There are only a few new photos on the listing, and they’re all exterior shots. Most are ones that appeared in magazines.
Robin told Country Living that the fridge was a “horrible brown” when she found it at a yard sale for $30 bucks. A trip to an automotive painter turned it shell pink, her favorite color.
“Everything here, from bits of tapestry to tin ceilings, had a previous life,” Robin told CL, calling the retreat “a Victorian fairy tale.”
The property, which is near Medina, has nearly 40 acres with “lots of oak trees, two gazebos, a covered rock table, three chicken coops and a deer-proofed and irrigated organic garden with a rock enclosure.”
Shabby Victorian is definitely not my style, but I admire people like this who have an artistic vision for something different and really go for it. It expands our ideas of what is possible and what we can do in our own homes.
The Country Living photos were taken by Steven Randazzo.
In 2008 Robin wrote a book about her unique style called A Bit of Velvet & A Dash of Lace:
Want it? For more photos and information about the ranch, check the article on My San Antonio, the listing by Steven Stone at Gray Realty, the photos on Country Living and the Magnolia Pearl website. (Thanks to Michelle for the tip!)