Open House: Rustic Retreat
● By Jacqueline Gonzalez
From the front, you are greeted by a beautifully landscaped yard, and a long concrete walkway, leading to two tall French style doors. Once inside, the illuminated colorful fused glass art piece titled “Paradisius” by Frank Thompson of Lake Charles, Louisiana, gives you a preview of the warm and inviting vibe of their home. To the right of this vibrant art piece, a walkway leads you to the kitchen and dining area, remodeled and decorated to give it that R&R (Robert and Russell) vibe.
The house has a large living area, split in two by an opening, allowing for an aesthetically pleasing and inviting space for guests. The dark rustic, hand-scraped hardwood floor, which is found throughout the house, is brought to life in the living area with the contrast of the limestone fireplace, and the mesquite wood mantel handcrafted by Naves Sawmill in Kingsville. Sporadically placed lighting accents add to the comfortable feel of the area. The other half of the living space showcases brown leather and chrome Wassily chairs, complemented by a trio of photos from local artist Sheila Rogers and a vast array of colorful art and accessories.
The appeal of the master bedroom is accentuated by the ample space, enough to fit a king-sized bed along with a seating area. Robert and Russell added to their views of their dream home as they redecorated their master bathroom. What was once a basic walk-in shower, became a walk-in shower with glass “ice-mist” tiles, the bathroom walls were replaced with shiplap wood, and the granite counter top was replaced with Italian white Carrara marble, making for a picture-perfect master bathroom. The second bedroom is used as a guest bedroom, but no corner was spared in decorating to perfect the rustic country ambience.
Robert and Russell garnered most of their decorating influences by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Robert says, “Every episode inspires me to implement some small design element in our home.” Their love for home decorating and renovations is profoundly visible upon entry into their backyard.
The patio area was turned into a gorgeous outdoor room complete with a freestanding pergola, adorned with garden lighting and a patio seating arrangement. It creates the perfect space for an intimate, romantic candlelit dinner, while enjoying the soothing night sky. Connected to the secret garden, is the third bedroom, which was converted to a cozy little nook called the “garden room.” The garden room is the ideal space for relaxing with the doors open while taking in na-