Your Heart is the Key to the Fantasies in this Elegant Row House
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Your Heart is the Key to the Fantasies in this Elegant Row House
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Discover the wonder of the lodging.
Indulge yourself in a breezy afternoon, turning into Tainan City’s alleyways to find a house of elegance. Enclosed by red-brick walls, a house with a frangipani tree in front of it stands stilly. Warm light shines through the characters of “Made in Heart” on the box sign as if calling you to open the old pale blue wooden door. Butterflies flitting to and fro, a secret little garden with greenery welcomes you here. Lighting up your inner child with a smile, your steps also become cheerful at the sight of the heartwarming scene behind the black-grid French windows.
A secret lobby connecting with an art studio
In a velvet long skirt and lace blouse, the hostess Ruxin, like Snow White stepping out of fairy tale, opens the door to greet you. The guesthouse “Made in Heart” accommodates only one group of guests at a time, letting visitors enjoy exclusively the beauty of the quaint world built by Ruxin. Stepping onto the wooden floor, you’re entering a space of European-style décor: a few dried flowers are basked in the warm light, accompanied by an antique sewing machine below, preserving a timeless scene; turning around, you’d find a few portraits sketched by Ruxin displayed by the faux fireplace. In one of the portraits, a woman’s eyes are meticulous depicted, as if some memories are hidden behind her eyelids. That afternoon, you relish some reading time like a refined lady sitting by the French window with the secret garden outside, while your bestie picks up a favorite porcelain teacup from the wooden cabinet in the kitchen in the back. The aroma from the freshly made herbal tea inspires another travel mate to draw a postcard as a souvenir at the long wooden table. You all form into a pleasant scenery as if appearing in one of the impressionist paintings.
The lobby of the guesthouse is hidden in a long row house, where the front is an art studio for kids. As an art teacher, Ruxin incorporates her beloved art studio and a secret lodging, creating this space for travelers to enjoy an exclusive vacation as well as sporadic art exhibitions, painting their traveling memories with an artistic touch.
Two rooms bringing fairy tales to life with an extra chapter of the secret attic
The well-preserved terrazzo staircase leads travelers up to the two rooms on the second floor. Like two foreign fairy tales, one of the rooms is western-style while the other is with a Japanese air, and both combined can receive a maximum of eight guests. The “Ujikintoki” tatami room with a matcha green wall and a string of pink cherry blossoms hanging from the ceiling will melt your heart. There is also a hanging chair for you to while away the time, while beyond the wrought-iron window grills is a retro balcony for you to sit and admire the garden view. At the other end of the passage, the “Romantic Room of Princess” has a pale blue wall with a chalk-painted headboard of a peacock-like pattern. On the other side, the wall-mounted hanger displays a little girl’s white lace dress which is one of Ruxin’s collection. Push open the white screen door, here like a simple little greenhouse, you may step onto the gravel-paved balcony and watch the alley scene through the white iron railing with green plants.
More enchanting chapters would unfold as you open the secret door hidden in the white wall of the passage. Exploring with excitement like a child, you follow the dim light and climb up the mysterious stairs, which lead you to the attic under the sloped wooden roof! Along with soft yellow light, the warm sunlight falling through the skylight, and loaded bookshelves, the space is turned into a secret little forest. Curl up in the floor level sofa or cute little hanging chair and read through pages like following the trail of breadcrumbs, the stories would take you into dreamland.
Open the windows in the wonderful sun-baked morning
In the morning, push open the French windows at the ground-floor lobby, you and besties sit at the wooden nook as the blue sky sends breeze and birds chirp in the treetops. The good mood for traveling shines brightly under the morning sun as the prelude of the journey is still played out in this elegant house. Saying goodbye, you gently close the beautiful old wooden door. The scenery behind the half-open door is like your secret memories of the holidays in Tainan with the key hidden in your heart. Whenever you would like to revisit, the space of fantasy is only a door away.
Meet the moving story of the host.
When we pushed open the retro pale blue wooden door of “Made in Heart” guesthouse, the hostess Ruxin with fair skin, in an elegant blue velvet long skirt and lace blouse, greeted us in an exciting voice, “Welcome, oh my God! I’m so happy you found me. Being covered by Dear b&b is my ultimate goal of opening this guesthouse!” said Ruxin cheerfully as a bluebird. Just like Snow White coming out from the fairy tale, she told us her pure wish when sitting by the window with a secret garden in the background. It wouldn’t surprise us if a fairy just lands on her shoulder or she could summon breeze with a smile. With a bamboo basket hanging on her arm, as if she was going on a picnic, she spread out the checkered mat named life, inviting us to sit down and listen to her story of how she made her romantic fantasy into this fairy-tale-like lodging.
A Tainan native who devoted herself to art
Born and bred in Tainan, Ruxin said that her hometown had a distinctive lifestyle and pace which kept people staying. After graduation, she was trained and then worked in Tainan, then went to the UK for advanced study. Eventually, she returned home and opened “Made in Heart,” a combination of a kids art studio and accommodation for travelers, sharing her beloved restful life with more people. Looking back at her childhood, she always liked playing a teacher, leading a bunch of kids at her age to make paper dolls and play house, though with a gentle nature, everyone still willingly followed her. When in high school, she fell in love with drawing and started to learn from sketching. As drawing would make her happy and forget the pressure of studying for exams, it inspired her to combine the dream of being a teacher with art she loved. When studying Art Education in college, she majored in ink-wash painting, an art form that used fewer colors but more tonal changes to bring people and scenery to life. She laughed and said that she enjoyed painting women and children the most—their beauty and innocence were just like the dream hidden under her gentle brushstrokes.
With the dedication to art, Ruxin even once explored the field of “History of Art and Archaeology.” After working several years as teacher-in-training in elementary school, as she had a keen interest in history and classic art from an early age, she went to the University of London to study History of Art and Archaeology to broaden her horizons and learn more about various arts and cultures. Completing the degree, she returned to Taiwan and joined a museum team to work on a project of restoring cultural artifacts for a year. Afterward, she started a career as an art teacher at elementary school, in the hope of bringing what she had learned into her teaching.
With art in her heart, she built a space with a meaningful cause
While she was in England, Ruxin started to exchange overseas letters with her current husband, and surprisingly discovered that they used to live on the same alley in Tainan but never met then. When Ruxin was back in Taiwan, the two got married and had the first child in Ruxin’s third year as an art teacher. To accompany their child growing up and to build an ideal space for teaching art to children, Ruxin began to formulate ideas of integrating a kids’ art classroom with a lodging. In this way, she would not only be able to put her enthusiasm for art education into practice but also have the space to accommodate artists and instructors from elsewhere as a support for them.
With support from her husband, Ruxin began to search for a suitable place. After a few twists and turns, she finally purchased this old Tainan row house that was then turned into Made in Heart Kids Art Studio and House. Remembering walking into this more than half-century-old house with the front yard covered in wild grasses, but the moment the sunshine poured down, she was able to picture a garden full of imagination and remodeling ideas in her head. As buying a property and starting a business had certain risks, Ruxin secretly embarked on renovation work without telling their parents so as not to worry them. Laughingly said that she had to say, “I’m going out to buy something!” and quietly brought her child along to oversee the old house’s reforming every day. Over a three-year course, she pieced together bit by bit her dream with art studio completed first and then the lodging. When asked the origin of the name “Made in Heart,” she said she came up with the English name first, as the spelling of “heart” contained the word “art,” it is like embodying the meaning of “having art in one’s heart.” The clever idea made listeners smile and believe that it was the dedication to art that allowed Ruxin to build such beautiful studio and lodging.
Inspired by the old house’s free will and built upon love
The next year after opening the studio, the lodging finally came to completion. When walking inside, one could find traces of art at every corner pairing with antique furniture meticulously arranged by Ruxin. When asked about her inspiration, “The house has its own free will,” said gently but with determination, she told us about the renovating ideas that organically evolved as she was impressed by its mottled red-brick walls and pitched roof.
We also asked about if her husband had contributed some ideas to this house of aesthetic beauty, Ruxin just shook her head and laughingly said, “Though he graduated with a degree in Architecture from National Cheng Kung University, he doesn’t have an artistic sense.” Nevertheless, he still had a dream of reforming an old house, and what he was good at was not changing the house’s look but strengthening its construction structure. So he not only drew the structural plan but also learned some carpentry skills and helped paint the house. “What he did is like water and air, one would easily ignore their presence, but his work was the backbone that brings the house into life,” Ruxin said emotionally without joking anymore. As her romantic fantasy was supported by the resolute steel framework, the modern fairy tale was turned into reality.
Before we left, Ruxin waved us goodbye while we still felt her tenderness with a lot of caring and encouragement in her words. The Snow White, not only with a dreamy look but courageously put her ideals into practice with the devotion to art and aesthetics. As she dedicated herself to art education and this wonderful lodging, she also drew up a key to life from the bottom of her heart, opening the hearts of travelers.
Made in Heart Guesthouse—Whole Building
1 ~ 7 guests
NTD 3,000 ~ 8,800/building
Breakfast not included, 2-story building, 1 2-person room with shared bathroom, 1 3-person room with shared bathroom, 1 double bed, 3 single mattresses, 2 bathroom(s), Booking of entire building includes beds for 5 people while 2 extra person(s) can be added with maximum occupancy of 7 people (more)
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