Set among the farms and ranches of southeast Texas, Rancho Pillow is a whimsical wonderland that has been a true artistic adventure for owner and designer, Sheila Youngblood. What began as a family compound in 2006 has become a heartfelt landscape that invites all of us into a deeper understanding of ourselves and each other. Poetic and playful, it's an idyllic shelter for Sheila's Latin American folk art finds, colorful architectural restorations, and collected curiosities from both wordly travels and years of hunting in her Round Top backyard.
Hoping to inspire, support and encourage artists and musicians to create in fresh and transformative ways, Sheila founded Pozo Hondo Studios, an artists' retreat and residential recording studio on this property in 2010. While waves of musicians have delighted in creating here over the years, Sheila is reinventing the Rancho, inviting guests to spend their most important moments in a place where the spirit of creativity is rich and vibrant.
"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."