One of the best-known names in American decorating, Mary Emmerling, has authored a beautiful and informative new book, Eclectic Country. Ms. Emmerling will be at The Dove's Nest Gift Shop in downtown Waxahachie, Texas on May 21st for a book signing.
Mary Emmerling is the author of twenty books, many of them part of her American Country series. She is creative director of Country Home magazine and the host of Country at Home series on HGTV, as well as a designer and collector. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona.
Of special interest to us Texans, is her visit to the famous Round Top Antiques Fair. While here, she will be staying with her good friend, Mary Baskin, proprietor of the English Merchant's Inn, a fabulous bed and breakfast located at 717 W. Main Street, Waxahachie, Texas.
The English Merchant's Inn
Escape the fast pace of everyday life with a visit to The English Merchant's Inn which is located on picturesque Main Street in Waxahachie, a short 30-minute drive south of downtown Dallas. Immerse yourself in the relaxing ambience of this unique property and this historic Texas town.
We are fortunate to be the custodians of this beautiful historic mansion located at the doorstep of Dallas. The home was built circa 1915 by the English cotton merchant, James Wright Harrison, for his new bride at a time when Waxahachie was at the center of one of the leading cotton producing areas in the world. Your host, Mary Baskin, has many years of experience in interior design, hospitality, and small group European travel. In addition she has worked for and produced interior design articles for such publications as Traditional Home, Country Home, and Better Homes and Gardens. She brings with her many years of travel experience with a wealth of knowledge and an educated eye for interior design.
If you fancy a romantic getaway or a traditional country house party where you can gather friends and family, let us organize the details, giving you the opportunity as host to kick back and relax for an evening of fun and fellowship. At the end of the night, you can retire to one of our luxurious ensuite rooms. In the morning, a complimentary breakfast will be served.
Waxahachie Texas Welcome
The Downtown Square in Waxahachie, with its charming turn-of-the-century architecture and friendly people, is truly a time capsule of an era long since past. One can easily take a step back, for just a little while, to a place and time when values were a little clearer and life a little simpler. Waxahachie offers the visitor this opportunity to use their imagination to go back to another era such as turn of the century 1905, or perhaps the roaring 1920's by just walking the downtown square. Your imagination is your only limitation!
Waxahachie was founded in August 1850 as the seat of the newly established Ellis county on a donated tract of land given by early settler Emory W. Rogers, a native of Lawrence County, Alabama who migrated to Texas in 1839.
Custom Furniture Designer and Builder
Our area is home to so many talented individuals with all sort of gifts and artistic ability that I get excited when I discover one. Dixie Dodd, of Midlothian, is one of those talented people. Her medium is wood, and she is a custom furniture designer and builder of the first order! She not only designs her creations but she actually builds them.
She is a petite young mother of 5 children and looking at her you would never imagine that this young lady is a powerhouse furniture designer and builder. This reporter has seen her furniture creations and designs and they are unique. Her studio and work area are located in her garage where she creates some amazing pieces of custom furniture and millwork. From dining tables, cabinets, to doors, she seems to come up with unique designs that are marvelous. How she juggles this artistic energy and talent and at the same time take care of her family is just amazing.
Get Ready for the
48th Annual Gingerbread Tour of Homes
June 2016 - Saturday and Sunday, June 4 - 5,
Well, it's official! Burleson House, (the original headquarters of Burleson Honey), will be participating in the 48th Annual Gingerbread Tour of Homes Saturday and Sunday, June 4 - 5, 2016. Please come out to support our historic community. Waxahachie is a truly magnificent place to live and visit....full of beauty, character and old southern charm. Hope to see you then!
The Gingerbread Trail invites you to participate in its renewal of the Antique Market located in the Chautauqua Auditorium Building. The Gingerbread Trail Home Tour has been a tradition in Waxahachie for 48 years and coupled with the market …it is the biggest week-end in our community!
Arts and Crafts and Antiques Fair - Plein Air Painting "Paint Historic Waxahachie" - Gingerbread Trail Antique Market The Antique Market is in the historic open-air Chautauqua auditorium in Getzendaner Park along with the arts and crafts in the park.
The Enchanted Cottage
Once upon a time there was an Enchanted Cottage in Waxahachie!
The Enchanted Cottage Tea Room - was one of those special little hidden secrets in Waxahachie several years back. Located just a few blocks from the downtown square, in a remodeled historic structure, The Enchanted Tea Room was just that! This quaint little Tea Room was a dining experience. The food was great, the atmosphere was wonderful, bright and cheery and the service was excellent.
The business was doing very, with so many people wanting to visit have tea and lunch. You could hardly stir-em with a stick sometimes! Sadly The Enchanted Tea house is no longer in business and I know a lot f people were sadden to see this little business close down.