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  • Writer's pictureMaiden Stone

“Ranch Modern” Blends In Along The Brazos River


Perched on a bluff overlooking the Brazos, with stunning river views in every direction, its sprawling surroundings set the stage for this residential ranch project.


Rooted in the native country, the ranch’s refurb required the right materials to match its rustic environs. The team’s initial selection, Ironwood Sandstone, was ultimately replaced, underscoring the importance of reviewing the stone in its final proper context.



“The unique challenge here was to find a stone that complemented the soil,” recalls Maiden Stone founder, Sandra Jonas Desguin. The team wanted the compound to look like it was part of the rolling terrain that was already there. In Russet Sandstone, “the warm-toned color suited the natural surroundings and felt like an extension of the environment.”



Maiden Stone partnered with Boston-based Reed Hilderbrand landscape architects who designed the paving that connects the main residence to the guest housing. In addition, Russet Sandstone is featured in the pool coping and stair blocks. The rustic texture and worn patina works well against the natural ranch backdrop, creating warm gathering spaces throughout the family home.


Photographer: Scott Frances

On the inside, local Texas interior design firm Bodron Fruit collaborated with Lake|Flato architects, to pair clean lines with nods to traditional ranch-house fare, while maintaining a strong connection to the landscape.


In this project: Russet Sandstone

Natural cleft Russet Sandstone is awash with earth-tones, making it the perfect fit for casually elegant landscapes. Whether in classic flagging format, or cut to size patterns, this stunning paving can be combined with matching solid stair block material for a total effect.



Interior Designer: Bodron Fruit

Architect: Lake|Flato

Landscape Architect: Reed Hilderbrand

Photographer: Scott Frances

Stone Spotlight: Russet Sandstone



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