Some of you long time readers may remember that when we started looking for homes in SA that I did the dumbest thing you could ever do--I started looking WAY too early and fell head over heels in love with a beautiful midcentury modern home that we could never get. For starters we probably weren't going to buy a home and secondly, by the time it came to actually go house hunting it was no longer on the market. It seemed pretty hopeless, but I could not get this house out of my head. When I came to San Antonio to look at home I came to this house--my San Antonio dream house--and knocked on the front door. When the owner answered I explained that I knew his home was no longer for sale, but that my family and I would be moving to San Antonio in 3 weeks and would they be willing to rent it out to us? Incredibly they said yes! Can you believe that? Sometimes I'm still amazed how it all worked out. It has been the perfect house for us. We love this home and will be sad to move. Forgive me as many of these pics you may have already seen from other posts, but I wanted to have them all in one spot as a homage to our home here in San Antonio.
As excited as I am to own a home again it's going to be hard to top this home in terms of charm and the overall cool factor. Seriously, this house is just cool. Almost everyone who comes here for this first time comments on what a great house this is. And I'm always like, Ya.... it is. When you first walk in there is a little entry way with this brick planter and sort of floating closet and a great sputnik type light fixture hanging right above. The formal living room to the left is bright and open.
The current owners actually bought this house from the original owner--she was a little old lady who had built this home in the 1950's and raised her family here. Our landlords love midcentury modern design (as do we!) and made a lot of updates to the house while also keeping the original integrity of the home. They pulled up the shag carpet in favor of wood floors and added the period appropriate light fixtures in the entry and dining room. Being big MCM fans ourselves we have quite a few vintage MCM pieces ourself including this white couch from an antique mall in Cincinnati, Bertoia Childs chairs, china hutch with vintage server ware, and our dining room set we bought in NYC right before moving.
A few of my favorite features: The angular ceilings, the giant sliding glass door that lets in a lot of natural light and the curved brick wall that separates the front room from the rest of the living space.
This wall is probably my favorite feature in the entire house. There is a little pass-through window to the kitchen. Apparently this was used for passing-through cocktail drinks from the kitchen into the main living room where the par-tay was presumably happening back in the day. However our girls have used this primarily as their drive-thru window when playing McDonald's.
What's even more amazing is that our landlord told us that these bricks were mined from a lake bed in Utah in the 1950's. These are real fossils people. I love that! Especially since both B and I have Utah roots. Isn't that amazing? Our landlord said they only allowed this lake bed to be mined for 3 years (from 1954-1957 I believe) and there are quite a few houses up and down these streets with this same brick--but many people renovated their homes and tore it down over the years. So glad this original beauty is still here. It's also the same brick used in the front planter.
Large family room, aptly renamed the friendship room by our eldest.
These shelves divide the friendship room from the computer and my studio. This was not my ideal set up for a studio space, but for 3 years it has worked well. You may remember when B made these shelf inserts for this long divider wall. And of course that beautiful modern kids table.
And of course our bedroom that we worked so hard to make our own. B's amazing bed, my quilt and even the desk renovation.
I added this painting after the room reveal.Photo credit Mark and Antia Warnick.
PSPs bedroom featuring the floating bed--one of B's first big projects in this house--and the dipped chairs.
The backyard has been a pretty great little space as well. The girls love playing out there... be still my heart, they look so young here.
But what I love even more are the people in it.
Thankfully I get to take them with me to Cincinnati.