Gemini Interiors Featured Home

Eddie Seal/Special to the Caller-Times
The South Texas sunset illuminates the Cargileís home.

March 21, 2010

Eddie Seal/Special to the Caller-Times
Living area, featuring tin ceiling, has sofas and chairs from Stowers Furniture in San Antonio.

Gus and Gail Cargile leased their ranch property for nearly 30 years and spent most weekends enjoying the outdoors with their four boys. When the opportunity to purchase came up they were grateful for the opportunity to purchase and build this rustic ranch, shabby chic style home. The Cargiles love this home because it combines functionality, comfort and warmth indoors with a virtual connection to the outdoors, not to mention the gorgeous sunsets over the rolling terrain and pastoral setting of their property.

In three sentences or less, summarize why you love your home: This home combines functionality, comfort and warmth indoors with a virtual connection to the outdoors.

Why did you decide on this home? We wanted a home that blended into the surroundings, felt a little like country but did not fall into the Texana look. Shayne Schroeder Custom Homes, the builder, was very committed in assuring that we had "our" custom home, not just a blueprint house.

Best home project Iíve completed here and why: My husbandís company designed and built the galvanized columns and railings that really accent and complement the galvanized roof.

Something no one knows about my home: is that it is built on a carpenter-ant bed. Our chimney also had to be the proper material on the inside to accommodate chimney swifts when they migrate here for the summer.

A home item I canít live without (and why): The upstairs is essentially a guest house and craft room. Due to the fact that some of our family and guests have some physical limitations, we installed an elevator. I have become dependent on it to save my knees and haul my stuff.

Eddie Seal/Special to the Caller-Times
Gail Cargile and her designer, Kathi Robichaux of Gemini Interiors, visited the Texas Mesquite Guild show in Fredericksburg to find a craftsman to build a mesquite kitchen island. They met Tom Marschal of Furniture Forest, who created the 12-foot island from a single mesquite tree. The light shades are made from upside-down hanging flower baskets for pendants over the island.

My homeís best feature: the 12-foot handcrafted mesquite slab on top of the island takes everyoneís breath away the minute they walk in the door.

What I like most about my home (and why): is the location. The house was built in direct relation to an old hay barn that we have used for larger gatherings for many years including a wedding reception for one of our children. This house is the physical connection to the land that was already a part of us.

My next home project: restructuring the pond with a filtering system so that it will become our natural swimming pool, stocking it with koi fish and completing the pier.

A funny story about my home: until a week ago our donkeys had access to the yard surrounding the house. Beau, the jack (male), is very adept at sneaking into the garage, defeating all our attempts at securing the dog food, tipping over the container to share the food feast with the jenny ( Gemini Interiors Corpus Christi Caller Times Featured Home March 21, 2010

Gemini Interiors Featured Home

Eddie Seal/Special to the Caller-Times
The South Texas sunset illuminates the Cargileís home.

March 21, 2010

Eddie Seal/Special to the Caller-Times
Living area, featuring tin ceiling, has sofas and chairs from Stowers Furniture in San Antonio.

Gus and Gail Cargile leased their ranch property for nearly 30 years and spent most weekends enjoying the outdoors with their four boys. When the opportunity to purchase came up they were grateful for the opportunity to purchase and build this rustic ranch, shabby chic style home. The Cargiles love this home because it combines functionality, comfort and warmth indoors with a virtual connection to the outdoors, not to mention the gorgeous sunsets over the rolling terrain and pastoral setting of their property.

In three sentences or less, summarize why you love your home: This home combines functionality, comfort and warmth indoors with a virtual connection to the outdoors.

Why did you decide on this home? We wanted a home that blended into the surroundings, felt a little like country but did not fall into the Texana look. Shayne Schroeder Custom Homes, the builder, was very committed in assuring that we had "our" custom home, not just a blueprint house.

Best home project Iíve completed here and why: My husbandís company designed and built the galvanized columns and railings that really accent and complement the galvanized roof.

Something no one knows about my home: is that it is built on a carpenter-ant bed. Our chimney also had to be the proper material on the inside to accommodate chimney swifts when they migrate here for the summer.

A home item I canít live without (and why): The upstairs is essentially a guest house and craft room. Due to the fact that some of our family and guests have some physical limitations, we installed an elevator. I have become dependent on it to save my knees and haul my stuff.

Eddie Seal/Special to the Caller-Times
Gail Cargile and her designer, Kathi Robichaux of Gemini Interiors, visited the Texas Mesquite Guild show in Fredericksburg to find a craftsman to build a mesquite kitchen island. They met Tom Marschal of Furniture Forest, who created the 12-foot island from a single mesquite tree. The light shades are made from upside-down hanging flower baskets for pendants over the island.

My homeís best feature: the 12-foot handcrafted mesquite slab on top of the island takes everyoneís breath away the minute they walk in the door.

What I like most about my home (and why): is the location. The house was built in direct relation to an old hay barn that we have used for larger gatherings for many years including a wedding reception for one of our children. This house is the physical connection to the land that was already a part of us.

My next home project: restructuring the pond with a filtering system so that it will become our natural swimming pool, stocking it with koi fish and completing the pier.

A funny story about my home: until a week ago our donkeys had access to the yard surrounding the house. Beau, the jack (male), is very adept at sneaking into the garage, defeating all our attempts at securing the dog food, tipping over the container to share the food feast with the jenny (female), Bianca. Buffalo Bill, a 7-month-old donkey, is now a part of the "herd" and they have been banished to their own pen.

This item would never make it through the front door: anything really contemporary.

My home can never have too many: lamps, so much so that I am planning this summer on learning how to design and make my own lamps.

See more photos from this story at the Caller-Times website.

 

Contact Eddie Seal at eddieseal@gmail.com or 361-688-0887.

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