Caught in the whirlwind of the holidays, a savvy Alamo Heights couple give holiday staging “creds” to decorators Alex Perez and Tim Little of Texas Luxury Interiors for creating a sophisticated winter wonderland for Christmas entertaining.
The clients, who collect contemporary works of art, asked for a minimalist look that would allow the art to dominate the holiday décor. The breathtaking gold, silver and white installations that dominate the public spaces were kept very clean, taking cues from the modern setting.
Originally from the Midwest, the energetic couple searched for a suitable home in many of the city’s ‘burbs before settling in Alamo Heights.
“We enjoy being outdoors, running and exercise,” said the mother of three grown children. “It was the very best fit for our lifestyle, and the neighborhood is quiet and secluded, yet so close to shopping and dining destinations that we enjoy.”
Putting her talented touch to their contemporary home, the ambitious Internet shopper resourced Houzz, scrolling through rooms for most of their new furnishings. “I am an online search person; I am a sleuth,” she quipped.
She also found a decorator online – Martha O’Hara from Minneapolis – who worked from an Austin showroom selecting new lighting fixtures that would illuminate spaces while integrating the old with the new, bringing scale and proportion to their home.
Just off the newly renovated kitchen, a well-stocked wine bar has holiday libations at the ready, while a wine cellar stores bottles for future soirées.
A formal dining room was not the way the casual couple entertained — or lived — so the formal space was transformed into a warm and inviting respite that is well used. A sofa that everyone in the family covets is dubbed “the marshmallow.”
Just off the great room, a patio decorated with illuminated reindeer hosts a bar where guests enjoy a Texas Christmas outdoors. The home comfortably allows the party planners to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces, inviting conversation and dining to flow.
A cherished holiday occasion is forever remembered in a framed letter from the father of a young bride. Stationed in Virginia in the U.S. Navy in 1989, the young bridegroom invited all of his shipmates to join in the couple’s first Thanksgiving dinner.
The novice cook did not know a thing about preparing a Thanksgiving meal for two, yet alone for a ship full of hungry mariners. Her father sent her a “how to” letter, describing in detail the meal’s full preparation.
“That was 27 years ago,” she says, pointing to the framed letter hanging in the dining room. “It works every year.”
BY JOHN BLOODSWORTH
PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON