A Mediterranean Oasis
By Jacqueline Gonzalez
Rebecca and Edwin Hawn immediately fell in love with the ambience of Padre Island, and chose to build their home there after they were married in 2003. “Life moves slower out here, and is very laid back,” says Rebecca, “this is a nice balance for our modern world.” Instead of just finding a home to purchase, they were determined to build their own – and crafted a completely original masterpiece that perfectly reflects their tastes.
Edwin oversaw the building project and built the 4-bedroom, 6-bath home with this own two hands. He and Rebecca constructed and put a lot of thought into every aspect of their gorgeous 3,567-square-foot island home. The exterior of the home resembles Greek Mediterranean style, while the interior is filled with Spanish, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences. Everywhere you turn, there is a unique feature, especially the curvature of the design.
Upon entering, guests are greeted by ornate wooden doors made by La Puerta Originals out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. They are made from wood that is hundreds of years old, sourced from all over the world. The inlays on the doors are surrounded by new wood blended to make each new door look old and unique.
Rebecca and Edwin wanted their decor to fit their personalities, and the stark white color of the curved walls was chosen as the perfect contrast to reflect their eclectic art and international accessories.
The curved walls also line the entrance of the master bedroom and are adorned with large windows, plush seating, and gorgeous works of art. The master bath has an eye-catching acrylic walk-in shower with two rain heads, as well as a double vanity, 10-shelf shoe aluminum rack that spins, built-in dressers, and extra storage. The bedroom even has a custom-made stucco fireplace modeled after the Kiva fireplaces of Santa Fe. The fireplace was ordered from New Mexico, and Edwin tried out his masonry skills to stucco it in place. The remaining bedrooms are filled with the same Spanish, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences and accented by the Mediterranean color palette.
The most eye-catching part of the Hawn residence is their one-of-a-kind gourmet kitchen, featuring seating for 20 around Blue Louise granite-topped counters with a built-in griddle, hidden refrigerators, and an oval island in a curved living space. The space was crafted to fulfill Edwin and Rebecca’s love of cooking, and it became the perfect area filled with modern appliances, while offering convenience that would help them create many fantastic meals. Behind the cooking area is a curved wall covered in photos of Corpus Christi landmarks and memories, providing the perfect backdrop for an island home. Along with the usual kitchen area seating, the Hawns added a wraparound bar with plush orange seating, and a counter bearing photos of Edwin and Rebecca – coated with epoxy for protection.
The best part of the kitchen is its combination with the wet bar and living room, creating one giant welcoming space perfect for entertaining. The beautiful hardwood floors and wood-trimmed ceiling add to the inviting ambience of the living room, which is well equipped with colorful furniture, offering multiple spots to take in the outdoor views or relax and watch television.
The interior’s multi-colored decorations, along with the hand-blown glass sculptures suspended from the ceiling, embrace many cultural designs, and marry well with the beachy ambience of an island home.
The living room doors open up to reveal a glorious view of the shaded outdoor area, along with the luxurious waterfront pool and a beach entry. The double-level infinity pool features a unique shape and a covered pool bar with a sink, as well as a hot tub.
The poolside seating acts as a colorful barrier and a practical lounging spot while the palapas and palm trees add the perfect finishing touch to the jaw-dropping tropical vibe. The three boat lifts facing out towards the ocean are perfect for riding in the Coastal Bend waters or spending the day fishing.
The entire home is aesthetically pleasing, and Rebecca and Edwin agree that the best phrase to describe their home is: “This home makes anyone who enters it feel comfortable!”