Monday, June 24, 2013

Visit to San Antonio

I think I mentioned that I would be in San Antonio for a few days. 

I wanted to show you some of my sister and her husband's darling house. 
They have lived here for about 20 years and  
she had  often said it was the ugliest house on the block.
 They knew all along they could remodel and transform it into a gem. They didn't realize it would take 18 years. 

About three years ago they moved out and loaded most of what they owned in a pod. 
It took nine months to push out walls and turn a walk through laundry room and carport into a kitchen

and family room. 

 The rest of the houses on the street are cute 50s ranch colonials. Their house had a more modern mid-century vibe. It wasn't really possible to make their house match the other  houses on the street so they went in a totally different direction.

 My sis and her husband love Santa Fe and San Antonio is a great city to incorporate Adobe or Pueblo style architecture.

She has sprinkled in family treasures, artistic pieces, organic materials and collected finds to create a fun, unique and comfortable look.

Karin said her style is earthy, artistic, minimalist.  
  It is very Spanish revival meets Texas chic.

They have reworked family heirlooms to mesh with their offbeat style.

A painting of Karin's grandmother painted by her grandfather. Her grandmother was 14 at the time.

As much as possible they have included items found on Craig's List

and at auction.

Original sub floors.

along with the family pieces.

I love her mix of organic and natural materials

chunky textures.

Her husband is an absolute wiz at building things for the family.

Stucco wall and stone patio.

I think they have created a one of a kind space that is a great mix for their fun and zesty family.

Thanks for coming along,

Between Naps on the Porch   
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia  
Savvy Southern Style


  1. Very very pretty! I'll be heading to San Antonio today or tomorrow to visit my mom. :)

  2. Their kitchen is indeed a gem! 18 years of renovating a house seems too long, but I know that your sister and her husband enjoys the fruits of their labor. Anyway, having a glass cabinet can make it easier to locate utensils and ingredients. They have a cute faucet and sink and I bet they're loving all the food that they prepare. Overall, they have a precious house! And I bet they don't have to describe this one as the ugliest house in the vicinity. :)

    1. It didn't take 18 years to renovate. It only took 9 months. It did take 18 years to start the reno. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Love it! I am one of the lucky ones - living next door to this beautiful home and wonderful family. Vicki Auth

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, Vicki. I am sure you have enjoyed watching the transformation over the years. :)

  4. Wow!! It's truly a darling home. I just love carved wooden photo frame and headboard. Beautiful home!!
    Joining your site it's lovely :)

  5. This home looks original and it looks like it really reflects the style of the people who live there. Wonderful! I just found your blog through Savvy Southern Style and I am now following you on bloglovin. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime.
    Thanks, Patty

  6. It’s great that they were able to maintain the old Spanish feel while incorporating some modern designs to it. Really makes it quite unique and very pleasing to the eye. Are they renovating the exterior of the house, or are they sticking mostly to improving the interiors, at least for now?

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