Break­ing Ground

Broadway pro­ducer Allen Becker was a city dweller through and through, un­til a no-fuss farm­house got him singing a dif­fer­ent tune.

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An ac­claimed en­ter­tain­ment man­ager and Broadway pro­ducer,

Allen Becker never planned to buy a farm. But af­ter an es­pe­cially in­spir­ing Sun­day drive in cen­tral Texas farm­land, Allen de­cided to go in with his niece, Su­san Mc­cauley, on a scenic 79-acre prop­erty just out­side the small town of Round Top. “With its beau­ti­ful pas­tures and tow­er­ing oaks, it felt like a place the en­tire ex­tended fam­ily could go to es­cape—my­self in­cluded,” Allen says.

Find­ing him­self with a farm, Allen then found him­self in need of a farm­house. But for this afi­cionado of all things con­tem­po­rary and clean-lined (his full-time res­i­dence is a Hous­ton high-rise filled with mod­ern art), the farm­house aes­thetic didn’t ex­actly come nat­u­rally.

En­ter in­te­rior de­signer Stacy Graubart, who teamed up with Allen to craft a brand-new home in keep­ing with its sur­round­ings and its owner’s aes­thetic. “Rus­tic min­i­mal­ism. That was our de­sign credo for this house,” Graubart says. She turned to farm­house hall­marks such as shiplap walls and wide-plank floors, as well as in­dus­trial fin­ishes like me­tal, con­crete, and alu­minum. She kept the pal­ette neu­tral—mostly white with bits of black, gray, and blue—and avoided frilly de­tails. Which isn’t to say the house is de­void of per­son­al­ity. Through­out the home, Graubart added rough-hewn, time­worn touches, nearly all of them pur­chased at Round Top’s famed an­tiques fair. “Ev­ery time Allen saw me drag­ging in some shut­ters with flak­ing paint or Longhorn art­work, he’d gripe, ‘I thought it was go­ing to be con­tem­po­rary!’” Graubart re­calls. “But when things were in place, he saw they felt right at home.” It’s a sen­ti­ment that now also ap­plies to Allen him­self, who spends most week­ends at his coun­try re­treat. “I love the sim­plic­ity of both the home’s de­sign and time spent at the farm,” he says. Sounds like he’s singing a whole new song.

left: Though con­tem­po­rary at first glance, the liv­ing room fea­tures plenty of weath­ered trea­sures, in­clud­ing an an­tique re­cliner, dis­tressed shut­ters-turned-clos­et­doors, and one pair of im­pres­sively large deer antlers. be­low: De­signer Stacy Graubart re­pur­posed a mar­ble-topped cab­i­net into a hand­some bar. Top­ping the strik­ing vi­gnette is a Texas longhorn oil paint­ing that pays homage to the lo­cal ter­rain.

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