Love has a way of call­ing the shots.

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That’s how a girl from a mil­i­tary fam­ily who spent her child­hood in Florida ended up liv­ing and lov­ing Texas through­out her adult life. “When you marry a Texan, you marry the state,” Kandice Ri­d­ley says. In 1995, Kandice and her hus­band, David, bought a four- bed­room home in Park Ci­ties, a Dal­las neigh­bor­hood in which the homes have mas­sive front porches, and where there are so many ma­ture trees it doesn’t feel as if you’re in the city at all. The cou­ple sent their three chil­dren to the area’s ex­cel­lent pub­lic schools be­fore even­tu­ally mov­ing their fam­ily to a 6-acre ranch. Here, the chil­dren learned to ride the fam­ily horses and fish in the back creek. Fast-for­ward 10 years. “Our two older chil­dren now had chil­dren of their own, and both had moved back to Park Ci­ties for the schools,” Kandice says. “We sorely missed them and de­cided to look for a house in our old neigh­bor­hood.” One of the first houses their real es­tate agent showed them was a home they had of­ten walked past when they last lived in the area. “We loved the home’s spa­cious porches and curb

OP­PO­SITE: The kitchen cab­i­netry is a master­piece of painted wiz­ardry. But, don’t over­look the room’s eclec­tic light­ing. From the wire bas­ket chan­de­lier and the barn ceil­ing fixtures to the rush-shade pedestal lamps and an above-sink lantern, each piece brings its own legacy to the home’s le­gend. THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE: Cut­lery with antler han­dles came from the his­toric King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. A paint­ing of the French coun­try­side hangs above a mar­ble-topped buf­fet that Kandice found at a re­sale shop and painted and dis­tressed in a lus­cious shade of blue. The bas­ket fix­ture boasts vin­tage sock­ets and Edi­son bulbs. Farm­yard fig­urines sit atop the buf­fet.

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