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5-bedroom home near Blanco, Texas combines antiques and architecture

For 50 years, Twain and Francene Tharp collected antique furniture and architectural pieces to use in the home they hoped to build one day.

Finally, in September, they moved into a new, five-bedroom, five-bath home just outside Blanco that was designed and built specifically to accommodate dozens of pieces they had been storing — including a magnificent walnut winder staircase in the front entryway.

“I was always going to build a house to fit this staircase,” said Twain, 74, a retired associate superintendent with the North East Independent School District. “The only reason this is a two-story house is because

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