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Article by Joan Moore of The Woman’s Club

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The Bryan College Station Woman’s Club’s 49th annual House and Garden Tour and Luncheon will be Wednesday, April 12, from 10:00am until 6:00pm. The theme for this year’s tour is “Now and Then.” This special event is an important fundraiser for the Club and for the organization’s many community outreach activities.

This year’s theme, “Now and Then,” is reflected in three uniquely beautiful homes, all located in Bryan’s Traditions neighborhood. While the homes are all new, each has been decorated to reflect the different lifestyles, interests, and tastes of the homeowners. You’ll see a home designed to showcase the owners’ passion for history and family treasures. You’ll visit a home which embodies the owners’ love of all things modern, and you’ll also a view a home which displays the owners’ eclectic style, with a melding of the past and present. The Woman’s Club knows that this year’s tour will provide something for everyone!  This year’s homes are:

  • The Terrence and Erica Murphy Home, 3320 Sycamore Trail, Bryan
  • The Steve and Linda Pringle Home, 3216 Elm Creek Court, Bryan
  • The Jody and Marie Rodriguez Home, 3328 Sycamore Trail, Bryan

The Home of Terrence and Erica Murphy, 3320 Sycamore Trail, Bryan

Murphy Home (10)Now . . . As Erica Murphy says, “We don’t have a single thing old in our home!” It is an up-to-the minute house, inside and out. Terrence Murphy built this modern/contemporary style home with a sleek, cutting-edge design. Terrence and Erica are homebodies, so a lot went into the design to meet the needs of their young family. It is open and spacious and perfect for the family’s active lifestyle.

The home’s exterior is of masonry and stone, with a metal roof and some metal siding. The architects were Cornerstone Architects of Austin, and the decorators of the home, which was completed in 2016, were Joshua Ortiz and Ray Jezisek of Ambrose Furniture Works. The home has six bedrooms, six full baths, and 2 half baths.

Terrence, who played football at Texas A&M and graduated in 2005, also played for the Green Bay Packers and is from Chapel Hill, near Tyler. Erica, from Sugar Land, graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. The couple was introduced by a mutual friend and married on the beach in St. John in 2008. Early on, the couple decided that to avoid competition, neither would buy the kids Aggie or Longhorn things. However, it was agreed that they could wear any items that other people gave them. Consequently, you may see their three kids, Teryn, age 6, Tatiana, age 3, and Terrence, Jr., 9 months, wearing a burnt orange shirt one day and a maroon one the next!

The young couple is busy with their company, TM5 Properties, and with raising their children. As EricaMurphy Living Rm. (4) says, “We’re in the trenches!” She points out that they don’t have time to worry about everything always being neat and perfect. The home was built to be lived in, has a very comfortable feel, and is perfect for this active family.

When you enter the home, you’ll find yourself in the spacious, very open living area, which overlooks the outdoor living space and pool. The “great room” is the perfect place for entertaining and hosting dinners, which the family enjoys.  Here and throughout the home, you’ll notice an “inside outside reveal,” where the outside stone comes through the home and wraps the walls.  The stone in the great room is limestone from floor to ceiling, with sandstone in the hallway. The entire back of the house is glass, providing lots of natural light and a great view of the pool and golf course. The unique fireplace is 6 feet long. The large pieces of furniture are from Ambrose, but the couple enjoys adding accessories and other pieces for a personal touch. A custom made sectional as well as custom American leather swivel chairs surround a wooden cocktail table, including a white biscuit tufted leather bench. Patterned matching shag rugs and a white leather accent chair surround an organic wooden base cocktail table.

On the wall, you will see two paintings that are especially meaningful to Terrence and Erica. They were done by Ryan Carruthers, Terrence’s childhood friend, as a wedding gift, and portray a man and woman, with special scriptures and the wedding date included.

Murphy Living Rm. (4)To the right of the living space are the three downstairs bedrooms.  The girls share a comfortable bedroom and bath, with feminine touches. The custom bed frames are gray linen, with purple/gray geometric custom draperies.  Bold fuchsia pillows have been added as accents. Between the girls’ room and Terrence Jr.’s nursery is shelving for toys and books.

Terrence, Jr.’s nursery is next to his sisters’ room and contains Aggie and Green Bay memorabilia. Terrence’s Aggie jersey is framed on one wall, and his Green Bay jersey is framed, along with his trading cards, on another wall. The baby bed has the name plate from Terrence’s Aggie locker.

The master bedroom is large with floor to ceiling windows, covered by Custom Power Draperies, overlooking the pool and outdoor living area. The contemporary platform wooden bed sits in front of upholstered panels surrounded by a stained wooden frame. A Larry Laslo textured mustard woven slipper reading chair sits in the corner with an Arteriors modern floor lamp.

The master bath has a large shower/steam room, which is one of the couple’s favorite features. The closets have lots of cabinets and shelving, with easy access to everything.

To the left of the living room is the kitchen, which is conveniently located near the dining and breakfast areas. The appliances are all by Thermador, including Erica’s favorite, the expresso machine! (Although she thinks the central vac unit is pretty great too!) Murphy Nursery (2)

The formal dining space overlooks the front yard and has a live edge dining table on top of a hand-knotted wool abstract teal rug, and custom dining chairs with wooden accents. An abstract globe chandelier hangs from the dining room beams. Matching sconces and a large teal peacock painting hang above a textured wood console table.

The breakfast area opens to the outdoor kitchen, allowing for easy access to outdoor cooking. The breakfast room has suede/tweed combo custom dining chairs which surround a dark expresso table sitting below a large drum Arteriors chandelier and a dark expresso console table with reflective capiz shell doors. These pieces ground an over-scaled abstract piece of art to bring colors of the pool inside.

Erica’s office/planning room is adjacent to the breakfast room, and the kids also like to use this space for doing homework. The walls here are covered in geo/agate print wallpaper in bold blue.

Terrence’s office is down the hall from the dining room and is filled with Aggie and Green Bay Packer memorabilia. Custom sliding contemporary barn doors open to the office, which showcases Terrence’s framed jerseys. A much used chess table separates the Texas-made American leather clean edge wingback chairs. Menswear woven custom draperies allow privacy from the home’s exterior. Terrence tends to be a pacer when he’s working or on the phone, so he has a sliding door that goes to his private porch so he can walk in and out as he talks and thinks.

Just past Terrence’s office is the large utility room and a mud room, with storage areas for each child’s backpacks and other belongings. This area leads into the three-car garage, where the Reverse Osmosis water system is also housed.

Murphy Home (3)Just outside Terrence’s office is the staircase leading to the second floor. At the top of the stairs is one of Terrence’s favorite rooms, the media room, which features two-toned custom leather motorized theater seating, chocolate accent pillows, custom mid-century chocolate draperies, and patterned chocolate geometric carpeting. There is a mini kitchen just outside the media room, perfect for snacks.  Erica’s favorite feature of the media room, though, is that the room’s balcony offers a perfect view of the sunset!

The first upstairs bedroom is the “Bunk Bed Room,” which has four bunk beds, each with its own reading light. The goal in this room was to play off of the warrior/tribal artwork in the media room.

Anyone lucky enough to stay in the upstairs guest room will enjoy the Romeo and Juliet balcony over the front yard. Because the home is built on one of the highest spots in the neighborhood, the Traditions Club House can be seen from the balcony. Erica and Terrence repurposed their existing furniture here and used custom draperies floor to ceiling for privacy.

The third upstairs bedroom has recently been completed. It has a space that will eventually be a bathroom Murphy Erica Officebut is currently used for storage. This room also has its own private stairway and exit to the garage.

Back downstairs is the outdoor living area. The outdoor kitchen, big-screen TV, and several comfortable areas for seating, make this a perfect place to take the indoor parties outside! A Lava Rock cocktail table with stainless steel top is surrounded by contemporary dark expresso resin furniture, with sunbrella textiles and Thibaud and Duralee Fabric accent pillows. The home is on the fairway at Hole 12 of the golf course, and sits on a spacious acre and a half.  The Control 4 System controls sound, lighting and security cameras. The seamless hidden mosquito misting system adds to the comfort of outdoor get-togethers.  There is an outdoor shower and bathroom, and a fire pit. The beautiful mosaic tile beach entry pool has a large spa.

The couple is proud of their home with its sustainable design and unique architecture. Energy efficiency was a goal throughout the home. One thing Terrence tried to do was focus on mixing textures, and a minimalist inspiration is evident both inside and out, with splashes of color added to reflect the Murphys’ favorite colors.

Erica and Terrence Murphy’s home is both unique and interesting, with a design that is not the norm in Bryan-College Station. It is definitely “outside the box” and non-traditional in its design and décor. The couple wanted a home that was very modern, yet very comfortable.  Their home is just that.  It is beautiful and unusual, yet very livable for this active family, and it is definitely a home for today and tomorrow. This home will make you glad to be alive Now!

The Home of Steve and Linda Pringle, 3216 Elm Creek Court, Bryan

Pringle Home (2) Then . . . Even though their house was built in 2015, as soon as you step into the Pringles’ home, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the past.  Linda, a history major, has been collecting her treasures for many years, and as a retired librarian, she especially loves anything with a story. She and her late father, her “partner in crime,” spent many hours together finding the special things they loved.  She also has many pieces handed down from family members.  She grew up in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg, and the influence of her home state can be seen throughout their home. Steve, TAMU Class of 1971, was born in Marlin, Texas and grew up in Hubbard and also comes from a family who saved and passed down many wonderful heirlooms, which can be seen in the home as well.

The Pringles retired to College Station in 2015 to be close to friends and former Aggie classmates. They wanted a comfortable open floor plan so they could entertain and wanted places to display special antiques and collections.

The home was built by Steve Hanson and Dan Sears of Legend Builders. The architect was Nathan Winchester, and the decorator was Janice McKean, Linda’s long-time friend. The style of the 4200 square foot home is traditional, with brick flooring in the entry and hickory floors throughout the remainder of the house.

In the entry, visitors will see the oldest piece in the house, a chair from the 1700’s. The china closet was Pringle Diningmade by Steve’s great uncles and displays Mason’s china. The three signed copper teapots were done by Pennsylvania coppersmiths in the early 1800’s. The two portraits are of Steve’s great, great grandparents and were painted in Germany in 1823. The oak sideboard is from the 1800’s and shows off a collection of sugar shakers. The hanging rose copper entry fixture was a gas lamp from the 1880’s. The two framed crazy quilt pieces were made by Steve’s great-grandmother, and her husband’s portrait is over the display case.

A display case just outside the master bedroom holds Wedgewood Texas A&M collector plates. The doll in the master bedroom was by Simon & Halbig and is from 1869. The coverlets were woven on a Jacquard loom in the 1800’s. At that time, these coverlets were more popular than quilts.  Linda collects dated coverlets, particularly those from Pennsylvania weavers.

The bed in the master bedroom is made of oak and burl pine taken from the library panels of the home of William Cameron, an early Waco founder. Linda’s grandmother’s antique White sewing machine is by the bed. The church bench at the foot of the bed is from Irene, Texas, from the church where Steve’s parents married and where Steve and the Pringle’s daughter Lara were baptized. The antique communion table was found in a Bryan antique shop. The spool and thread cabinet from an old fabric store has been repurposed as a jewelry case.

Also in the master bedroom, you will see a McKinley rocker of dark mahogany from 1908. For purchasing $10.00 worth of Larkin soap products, one could earn points and redeem them for items, such as this chair, which was shipped unassembled. A delicate lace collar made by Steve’s grandmother is displayed above the spool cabinet, along with a shoe pincushion, a Civil War reunion souvenir belonging to Isham Johnson Pringle, and a purse which belonged to Linda’s great grandmother.

Pringle OutdoorThe master bath and dressing area provide a backdrop for more items of interest. An early Pennsylvania map from 1844 and Civil War prints from Linda’s hometown, Chambersburg, are on display. The light fixture over the bathtub is an antique piece, from the 1890’s. The sideboard is a late 1880’s piece, and the antique hooked rug above it was also from Pennsylvania and from the 1880’s. Antique postcards sent to Steve’s grandmother in the 1920’s are framed, along with trade cards advertising soap.

The large living area consists of a family space, breakfast area, dining area, kitchen, and butler’s pantry. The openness makes this space perfect for entertaining. The quilt box in the family area was made by Steve’s great-uncle. The corner cabinet is from the old Pringle home in Marlin. Linda’s Collector Souvenir Flow Blue Plates are here, as well as a kitchen table from Steve’s great aunt, which has been cut down to serve as a coffee table. The Danner revolving bookcase was patented in 1876, and an apple butter kettle has been converted into a very unique glass top table. The Gaudy Dutch hand decorated china was first produced in 1751 in England, and most of the patterns were done between 1790 – 1825. The name “Gaudy Dutch” came from the Dutch importers. The Gaudy Welsh pieces have designs which were drawn by hand by children and women in Wales, between 1820 – 1860. Many of the prints here and throughout the home are by P. Buckley Moss. The knotty alder fireplace is decorated with Pennsylvania redware and antique brass and copper sconces. Family quilts and coverlets can be seen in this area as well.

In the dining area, the table is of Pennsylvania oak and can expand to seat 12. Linda’s china is Mason’s Mandarin from 1900’s England. The highchair is dated 1886 and was used by the Pringle’s daughter Lara as a baby. The light fixture here is from the 1880’s.  It was a gas lamp, and the glass shades are hand cut from original molds.

In the butler’s pantry, there is a white wine double cooler and a red wine closet. The cash register is from Pringle Master Bed (2)the 1880’s from Dayton, Ohio. The Confederate $100 bill was Steve’s grandfather’s. All of the caned chairs here and throughout the home were done by Linda’s father.

The kitchen cabinets are of knotty alder, and the countertops are granite. The bread boards, bowls, butter churn, jars, and other household items here are all antiques. The doorway into the pantry is a screen door, a copy of an antique door. The faux painting in this area was done by Becky Luther.

The round oak breakfast table and server belonged to Steve’s grandparents. The light fixture above the table is an Angle Kerosene Lamp with original shades, made in 1888. The stone fruit in the knife box is antique.  The red glassware is ruby souvenir. People would travel to World’s Fairs, Niagara Falls, or Atlantic City and have this glass engraved with the date and the name of a special person. Linda’s dad collected over 300 pieces of this glass.

Linda’s office desk has been painted by Becky Luther with designs taken from Pennsylvania redware. Linda’s desk is from Larkin Soap Company and was earned by purchasing products and redeeming points.

The fraktur above the desk, one of several in the home, is a baby birth certificate dated 1800.  A fraktur is a folk art form of lettering from the Germans done in the 1700’s – 1800’s.  Most are birth and baptismal certificates. The name “fraktur” comes from “fractured,” referring to the “broken” lettering seen on these certificates.

In the hallway, you’ll see an antique hooked rug on the wall, along with quilt pieces and two Pennsylvania slaw boards.  The blue cabinet displaying salt-glazed crocks is a copy of an antique piece. The saltglazed pottery and storage containers originated in the Rhineland area of Germany in the 1400’s. These were first produced in Philadelphia in 1720. The barn door leading to the closet was made using original hardware from Steve’s grandparents’ farm dated 1904.

Pringle Living Kitchen DiningThe powder room contains more P. Buckley Moss prints. Moss is an American artist who portrays rural life and landscapes of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and often Amish or Mennonite farm people of the Shenandoah Valley.

The back bedroom is used by daughter Lara when she’s in town. The handmade quilt was done by an Amish woman Linda met. The lawyer bookcase holds torquay pottery, also known as “motto ware,” because of the sayings on the pieces.  The star quilt on the chair was made by Steve’s great-grandmother. The hand-colored copper engraved plate of Niagara Falls is from 1840.

In Steve’s office on the second floor, there are two old card catalogues, in honor of Linda’s career as a librarian. The Danner bookcase was a salesman sample. Steve’s senior boots are found here, as he was class of ’71, and his dad was class of 1938.

The upstairs blue bedroom contains Linda’s grandmother’s furniture. Pieces of the ruby glass collection are displayed in the lawyer’s bookcase. The blue and white coverlets are double-sided for summer and winter.  The rocker belonged to Linda’s grandfather, and the photo above it shows him in the chair. His framed work contract at Chambersburg Engineering Co. is on the wall. He started at the salary of $.04 perPringle Linda Office hour, and after 12,000 hours, his salary increased to $.09.

The pink bedroom has a yo yo quilt on the bed and family quilts and pink luster dishes on display. The German dolls were dressed by Steve’s great aunt. On the antique dictionary stand, an old family Bible is on view, along with a photo of Linda’s great-grandparents.

In the hall bath, there is a framed piece of a schoolhouse quilt. Also, an oval picture of Linda’s grandmother at age 16, as well as a photo of Linda’s great grandmother and great, great grandmother, can be seen.

With its extensive collection of items related to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and of Pennsylvania Dutch and German items, as well as many family pieces from Texas and Pennsylvania, the Pringle home is a museum filled with many stories. Always the librarian, Linda loves to share the stories behind the many things she and Steve have collected through the years. Somehow they have taken keepsakes from Then and made them right at home Now.


The Home of Jody and Marie Rodriguez, 3328 Sycamore Trail, Bryan

Rodriguez Home (6) Now and Then  . . . When you visit the home of Joseph (Jody) and Marie Rodriguez, you soon see that this couple loves mixing older pieces with newer ones to reflect their tastes and personalities. You’ll see some rustic touches mixed with very contemporary styles, all adding up to a look that works perfectly. The primary architectural style is a blend of hacienda, Italian villa, and modern styles. During the design process, the couple and decorators jokingly coined the term “hacienda zen” to describe it, and that phrase has stuck!  There is evidence throughout of the influence of the couples’ Hispanic culture, particularly their love of Mexico.

Jody and Marie have been married for 12 years, and Marie says that the home is really a project of their whole marriage. Jody graduated from Texas A&M in 1993 and Marie in 1998. Jody has lived in Bryan his entire life, and Marie has been here since 1991. They have a huge extended family and enjoy entertaining, but they also wanted a home where their children’s quarters would be peaceful, even with a get-together going on in the rest of the house. They aimed for a home that would be warm, inviting, and welcoming to all of their family and friends, with plenty of space to entertain. Still, they sought to allow for quiet places of retreat for their children and guests. They could not find a home that was perfect for their needs, so they found their lot in Traditions and started to plan their dream home from there.

The architect, Todd McIlaney, and the builder, Ronnie White of Ronnie White Custom Homes, helped them plan and create the home they had not been able to find anywhere else. With three children and both Jody and Marie busy in their careers as attorneys, the couple knew they did not have time to spend decorating the home themselves, so for that, they enlisted Josh Ortiz and Ray Jezisek of Ambrose Furniture Works. The architect, builder, and decorators listened to Jody and Marie and then set out to turn the house into a home that is perfect for the lives of this busy couple and their three children, Sebastian (Sebby), age 10, Elise (Ellie), age 8, and Desiderio (Desi), almost 2. Rodriguez Back-Pool

To achieve the sense of calm the couple desired, natural tones and hues were contrasted more by texture and scale as opposed to color, so that cultural artifacts and accents could stand as focal points of rooms. They also sought to balance rustic features like wood beams, decorative faux wood tile, custom iron staircases and scones with more transitional glazed tiles in the kitchen, and smooth finishes on the walls and cabinets

The spacious home has 4700 square feet heated, with 7300 square feet covered, and the home’s exterior primarily consists of stucco and wrought iron. It has 5 bedrooms, a game room with bunk beds, 4 full baths and 1 half bath. As you walk up the front sidewalk, you’ll notice the front shutters made of reclaimed wood, with handmade clavos (nailheads). Wrought-iron rosettes around the front door and archway were made by ToneArt, two artisans from Iola who also did other wrought iron pieces featured in the home. The front door was handmade and handhewn in Mexico and was stained by the home’s builders and carpenters.

As you enter the home, you’ll see the living room, formal dining room, and the bar. To your right is the formal dining room, with a table made from reclaimed wood. The dining chairs were found by Jody’s mother in an old church in South Texas and were reupholstered in jute and toiled leather. The buffet piece was handmade by an artist in Mexico and houses the couple’s wedding china. The chandelier over the table was also made in Mexico, and the draperies are custom-embroidered.

To your left is the beautiful stairway leading to the second floor. The stair railing and home’s exterior railing were made by ToneArt of Iola.

Rodriguez La Catrina (4)At the stairway’s second landing is an alcove which displays a beautiful hand-crafted ceramic statue called “La Catrina,” which was made by artisans in the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. La Catrina is a traditional statue showcasing Mexico’s holiday, “Dia de Los Muertos,” (Day of the Dead), a colorful holiday in Mexico and other Latin countries that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. La Catrina is made entirely of butterflies, which represent Spring and new life, and symbolize the correlation of those who have passed and those who still live and carry on their legacy.

The ceilings in the living room are 24 feet. The fireplace is made of caste stone and was done by an artist in San Antonio. Josh and Ray found many of the pieces for this room and had the others custom made. The grand piano belonged to Jody’s mother, but she gave it to them since Marie is the only one who plays. There are exaggerated wing back chairs which surround a vervain, an old world woven ottoman with nail head detail on the skirt, and a custom carved cocktail table with rustic inlay.

The bar has a unique wine rack with the wine holders made from Mexican clay tiles. Over the bar you will see another Dia de los Muertos artisan piece, a large, oblong-shaped wood “batea,” or handhewn wooden trough.  Ornate painted bateas are used in Mexico for various cultural ceremonies and were derived from their former use as mixing bowls for making masa for tortillas and other breads. This particular batea depicts two Dia de los Muertos men in a Mexican Cantina and was hand-painted by artisans in Mexico.  Throughout the home you will see various other pieces representing this holiday.

The beams between the living room and kitchen were made from reclaimed wood from a barn in Indiana.  The kitchen island and mudroom surfaces are made from Taj Mahal Quartzile, which is more durable than granite. The breakfast table chairs were found by Jody’s mother in another old Texas church and were also reupholstered by her.

Adjacent to the breakfast room is what the family likes to call the “Hearth Room.” The main seating here isRodriguez KitchenBreakfast a durable teal velvet sectional especially built to fit inside the nook for the family. The “Three Kings” painting was Marie’s mom’s and represents that important Christmas holiday celebration native to Puerto Rico, where Marie’s mother is from. That painting and the Madonna on the wall stay up year-round. The handcarved entertainment center cabinet is from Peru. The cocktail table has a multi-layered painted finish. Marie says that when all the men have gathered in the living room to watch football, the women and children seem to gravitate to the Hearth Room, where they can enjoy each other and watch whatever they’d like!

Just past the Hearth Room is a much-used and loved feature in the home. A small alcove has an altar, which displays a black, handmade, painted clay crucifix, the only item the couple bought on their honeymoon in Rivera Maya, Mexico in 2004. A nativity is also displayed here and was brought back from Honduras by Marie’s sister-in-law, who is from there.

To the right of the hallway is a mudroom and workstation. Jody and Marie did not want offices in the home as they both spend a lot of time in their offices at work. The mudroom leads to the garage.

To the left of the hallway is the master suite. First comes “Mom’s Quarters,” with a laundry room next to Marie’s closet and the master bath. The feminine closet has an alcove with mother of pearl tile where special photos and perfumes are displayed. An elegant chandelier adds a special touch.  In the master bath, the cabinet doors were made with reclaimed wood. ToneArt made the custom, aged-looking hinges for the cabinet doors. The bathtub sits on a teakwood base.

Rodriguez Hearth Rm (2)In the master bedroom, the repurposed family chaise lounge was faux finished and upholstered in glitz velvet. The four-poster custom-carved Spanish bed sits between mirrored, ambient-lit fretwork night stands. An antique tri-lit lamp was refurbished by Jody’s mother. The bedroom overlooks the pool and backyard and is on the 12th green of the Traditions Golf Course. The custom draperies here are of glazed linen.

To the left of the living room is the guestroom and bath. Jody’s brother and sister-in-law visit often and make good use of this room. The hall next to the guest room has a powder room and leads to the outdoor kitchen, living area, and pool.

On the second floor, Ellie’s bedroom is a reflection of her artistic personality. She chose the color scheme — purple, turquoise, and black — and it works beautifully. The bed used to belong to Jody’s mother, and Josh and Ray made the purple sheers around the bed. A surprising touch is the purple chandelier in Ellie’s bath.

The game room has two built-in bunks and a large sofa. It’s a fun place where the kids can gather with friends. The balcony outside the room has a great view of the front yard and of much of Traditions.

Desi’s room has the crib that was used by both Sebby and Ellie, but it’s been painted lime green and black.  Each brother has his own closet and lavatory area, and they share a bathroom. Sebby’s room has a maroon bedspread and personalized “Fathead” sticker above his bed. He has a built-in desk for studying, and a balcony overlooking the pool.

The hallway outside Sebby’s room has family pictures, including Jody’s grandparents’ wedding picture, and an upstairs laundry room. The hallway leads to the balcony over the pool.Rodriguez Front Door (2)

Back downstairs, you’ll want to visit the outside large covered patios and outdoor kitchen. A fireplace with a flat-screen, mounted TV allows for outdoor Aggie game and sports entertainment, and patio furniture features a centerpiece coffee table with a long, gas insert that provides a warm, cozy tabletop fire in addition to the fireplace on cool evenings. The pool was done by Mobley Pools. Marie and Jody had the idea for the unusual pool so they spray-painted it on the grass to show the pool builders exactly what they wanted. Landscaping design was intentionally kept minimal to allow the architecture of the home to remain the property’s focus. Drought-tolerant Zoysia grass was selected for its texture and environmental considerations.

After visiting the Rodriguez home, you will know that though it took the couple twelve years to get the home they were looking for, it was well worth the wait. They have created a home that reflects who they are, where they’ve been, and where they’re going. They love the overall calming aesthetic of their home, with its strong nods to rustic art and Latino accents. It is just what they wanted for their busy lives and for entertaining their large extended family. It is truly a home for Now, but it never forgets Then!

More Information about the Tour

The Woman’s Club is sure those attending this year’s tour will agree that their theme, “Now and Then,” perfectly describes the three beautiful homes. Tickets to tour all three homes are $15, and luncheon tickets, sold separately, are $15. Tour tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at any of the homes.  Tickets may also be purchased in advance from any Club member, by calling the Club Director at (979) 822-5019, or by e-mailing

Additionally, luncheon tickets may be obtained by contacting Sandra Petty at (979) 229-9945 or e-mailing her at, or by calling The Woman’s Club. The luncheon, to be held at The Woman’s Club, is open to members and non-members and will be served continuously from 11am – 1:30pm.

The Woman’s Club hopes you will help us make this year’s House and Garden Tour and Luncheon our most successful ever by attending this special event on April 12.  You’ll be glad you were there “Now and Then!”