More than 10 acres of wooded river bluff are the stomping grounds for this Texas family's round-the-clock recreation. Little ones hunting river rocks, adult horseshoe tournaments, and plenty of gatherings are just a few ways this family spends time at their Southwestern-style home.
Minimalist style suits this Texas family's home to a T. Rugs and upholstery are of resilient natural fibers, floors are reclaimed barnwood, windows are undressed, and doors are bare except for an acid-wash finish. Bold colors in the fabrics pair well with the natural stone fireplace.
The home boasts more than a dozen intimate seating areas. This living room circle easily seats five. Fresh flowers in a stylish Southwestern vase and a few favorite snacks invite guests to sit and stay awhile.
The dining table, made from planks of wood from an old bowling alley, is prime for family meals. Mismatched chairs were collected from a handful of local markets and shops. Modern light fixtures keep the Southwestern look updated.
It's easy to chat over the industrial kitchen island while preparing meals. Open upper shelving, plenty of base cabinetry, and a found butcher block island make the space as functional as it is fashionable. The family funnels into the kitchen to fuel up for the day's activities: kayaking, fly-fishing, and biking.
Photos, notes, and sketches by family and friends recall past gatherings at the river house. The family has a tradition of photographing all the guests on the same blue bench next to the front door. Memories are tacked onto a patinaed sheet of metal by the entry.
This reading nook takes style notes from the rest of the home. Wood beams and floors, chairs with a Southwestern pattern, and desert finds seamlessly blend together. Natural light completes the look while allowing succulents and desert species to thrive.
Three bedrooms, including this one with two sets of bunk beds, adapt to crowds large and small. The house can sleep as many as 16 when all the beds are in use. Can you imagine the sweet Southwestern dreams?
With the potential for as many as 16 houseguests at a time, counter space is coveted. The homeowners opted out of double sinks in this bathroom in favor of more counter space for toiletries. Subway tile installed vertically visually heightens the room, while raw wood and concrete on the vanity keep with the home's modern-meets-Southwestern style.
Mornings begin early, with the family taking their coffee on the back porch. Two sprawling porches are favorite family hangouts and prime bird-viewing perches. The river-facing rear porch, which spans the length of the house, has a custom stairway that leads down to a big oak tree.
The homeowners often hosts get-togethers on their expansive porches. Bright red stools provide a punch of fun color amidst the neutral landscape and rustic wood decor.
The family is proud of their 300-year-old oak tree. They can be found sitting beneath it most evenings, watching the sunset over the bluff below. Their daughter's wedding was hosted beneath the great boughs.