Coastal Charm on Display in this Port Aransas Beach Home

Coastal Charm on Display in this Port Aransas Beach Home

Filled with color, pattern and natural materials, this Port Aransas beach home is packed with coastal charm and anything but ordinary.

Photography by Jason Page

Situated in the heart of Port Aransas and within walking distance from the beach, this vacation home is ideal for relaxation and family time. The homeowner was born in Corpus Christi but moved away when she was young. Ever since, she has dreamt of owning a home in Port Aransas. When the homeowners purchased the property in 2007, they had hopes of making memories with family and friends. 

For 10 years, they had many weekends and summers at their Port A home, but when Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, those moments came to a halt. “Our home was destroyed. After much consideration, we ended up buying out our partners and decided to rebuild,” recalled the homeowner. 

A devastating hurricane wasn’t going to stop this family from making new memories in Port Aransas. Working with architect Mark Luddeke and designer Susan Castor, the homeowners created a vacation home with a balance of personality and tranquility. 

Much of the artwork throughout the home is sentimental or by local artists. The painting on the right is by Port Aransas artist Larry Felder. The large painting of the jumping fish is of an actual fish the homeowner caught and is by Colorado artist John Kobald.

“We have known Susan Castor for a long time and have always loved her work. She made it fun and interesting. We have similar tastes. She also guided us on our choice of builder, Garrett Kypke. All three made this an incredibly pleasant experience,” said the homeowner.

The result is fresh, fun and warm. The living and dining area, with its soaring ceiling and wooden beams, is an open and comfortable space for family to gather. Quirky accents like a woven cockatoo table lamp and a palm tree floor lamp add whimsy to the space. “Our design team was able to help us achieve our goals of a family home, but also one for entertaining,” said the homeowner. 

One notable detail designed for entertaining is the beautiful custom bar just off the kitchen and living area. It has a nautical and vintage feel with its rattan cabinetry and glass and antique brass shelving. The continuation of the cane accent behind the shelving makes it feel more like a piece of furniture rather than ordinary cabinetry.

The custom bar is a stunning focal point for the kitchen and dining area. The glass and antique brass shelving along with the cane cabinets give the bar a nautical feel.

Unique wallpaper is featured in each bathroom: The powder bath features an aqua wallpaper with a floating jellyfish pattern, while the guest bath has a traditional blue and white trellis patterned wallpaper. Another bathroom upstairs features a lime green and aqua palm tree patterned wallpaper. 

One guest bedroom includes a chinoiserie rattan headboard, coordinating woven nightstands and blue and green shell bedding. Another bedroom upstairs skews more feminine with its white bamboo bed frame, navy lacquered nightstand, fuchsia patterned bench and crab table lamp. The pop of pink on the bench coordinates well with the graphic palm tree art. 

Bright, vibrantly decorated bathrooms add to the coastal flair.

In fact, the home features many pieces of eye-catching art. “The design of the home is very functional with a great amount of wall space. We’re art lovers and have several commissioned pieces from Texas artists,” said the homeowner. Large-scale paintings of South Texas landscapes and sea life cover the walls in the living room, while another illustrative beach scene is featured in the upstairs sitting area. 

With its bold wallpaper, layered natural textures and unique accents, this home is full of personality and charm and is a perfect setting for making family memories. “We feel very blessed to be able to enjoy this sanctuary with our children, grandchildren and friends. The thought of future generations enjoying this home makes us very happy.”

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