A Whimsical Wonderland: Rancho Pillow

"Rancho Pillow reflects who I am and what I love. It was born from the idea of duende: a term rooted in the art of flamenco that is best explained in English as having soul. There is a beautiful and mysterious power that we hold when we listen to what's around us here at the Rancho. We connect more deeply to art, nature, ourselves and to those around us. I invite you to open your hearts and listen with me. This place was built on Love. Come reclaim your sense of wonder, find the music of your own heart and stay awhile." -Shelia Youngblood, Owner & Designer

Rancho Pillow was the talk of this year's Texas Antiques Week in crowd. Shelia Youngblood started Rancho Pillow as a place where her family could retreat and come together as a tribe. She is now opening the 20 acre compound to the masses for get-aways, family reunions and any momentous occasion that needs to be celebrated. 

Rancho Pillow was the talk of this year's Texas Antiques Week in crowd. Shelia Youngblood started Rancho Pillow as a place where her family could retreat and come together as a tribe. She is now opening the 20 acre compound to the masses for get-aways, family reunions and any momentous occasion that needs to be celebrated. 

We just so happened to be shopping in Round Top during Rancho Pillow's opening weekend. Rancho Pillow went big for the occasion, playing host to Chef Monica Pope with pop-up farm table dinners, buffet style lunches, an open bar, and The Rancho Mercado pop-up shop. It only took one Google search to see that we had to make time for a detour. We decided a quick lunch break trip would do the trick. 

We just so happened to be shopping in Round Top during Rancho Pillow's opening weekend. Rancho Pillow went big for the occasion, playing host to Chef Monica Pope with pop-up farm table dinners, buffet style lunches, an open bar, and The Rancho Mercado pop-up shop. It only took one Google search to see that we had to make time for a detour. We decided a quick lunch break trip would do the trick. 

As we pulled up to the ranch we were awestruck. Our jaws dropped and smiles spread across our faces as we took it all in. It is was festival girl's dream land. We realized that what we thought would be a fast lunch was going to take a bit longer. I eagerly jumped out of our truck camera in hand, ready to explore.

It was as if we had stepped into a Wes Anderson movie. Everything was perfectly in theme from the pastel tasseled camping tents and oversized guest teepee, to the ranch styled guest houses and bohemian lounges spread through out the property. Even the guests and staff were characters to be seen, dressed in elaborate bohemian garb. Cozy campfires were burning close to a vintage Indian-inspired tent where Aussie natives The Heart Collectors, were playing sweet tunes. Lunch was set as a family style buffet, playful and happy with colorful vintage chairs (some of which were draped with Persian rugs), candles and vases of peonies and ranunculus. We felt as if we were experiencing something rare and intimate.

There are 4 unique places to choose to stay in Rancho Pillow. First is The Barn, a place to gather, and dance, a place to dine and connect. The Barn is an 18th century Dutch barn originally built in upstate New York and disassembled and rebuilt into its current home. It also has a few bedrooms to get cozied up in. Next is The Red House, a warm space with decor bringing together a country bohemian feel. Equipped with two porches perfect for morning coffee or late night cocktails. Then there is The Love Shack, my favorite. What use to be an old storage space is now the most beautiful oasis. Otomi throws drape over the end of the queen-sized bed. A vintage porcelain bath tub lies atop a folk tiled floor. The walls are finished with old barn wood for the homiest of feels. There are influences from so many cultures: African, Mexican, Persian and Asian. It's a beautiful mixture. The Tower House is an open style loft filled with every color of the rainbow, completely rebuilt from reclaimed materials. The Teepee houses a king-sized bed comfy enough to host the dreamiest of dreams. The entire inside of the teepee is painted with a scene of the night sky. Let's talk about the shared, outdoor bathroom. It may seem weird to say that a bathroom gave us good vibes, but trust us, it was super cool. The open roof top let the wind blow all the way through the rough wood walls. One stall homes a large claw foot tub. We dreamed of long steamy baths on Summer nights. Yes please! The turquoise and coral tile was a perfect backdrop to vases of Indian paintbrushes and bluebonnets. We wanted to stay on the ranch forever.

After exploring and sipping on Bloody Marys it was time to shop Rancho Mercado. Rancho Mercado was a trunk show of amazing artists: Sam Robertson Hats, Gold Dust Dresses, Michele Quan, Anvil and Aura Jewelry, Museum of Wonder and The Sabah Dealer to name a few. All of the designers were on deck and eager to talk about their brand, their inspirations and learn about why we were there.

"You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams in your imagination." Shelia as clearly given Rancho Pillow her heart and dreams. She has created a place where you can retreat and be inspired. We are busy coming up with all the reasons we can come back! You should be looking for your call to the Ranch.

Posted on April 15, 2016 .