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'Terrell and Kathi helped put our ideas in place and they had some too. I'm so glad because it helps us enjoy the house so much more,' Connie said.

By Diane S. Morales, Caller-Times

July 6, 2008

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The couple was impressed with the home's existing pool design, which didn't require any changes.

As the July 4 celebrations wind down at Connie and Bill Cone's waterfront home at Ingleside Cove, memories of family laughter and story-telling by the water linger until the next gathering.

"It's our 40th anniversary gift to each other. So it's a special place," Connie said.

The West Texas natives moved into their gift last fall after living on Padre Island.

Bill's job moved them around from Houston, Austin, New Braunfels, Victoria and Corpus Christi.

"We always loved the salt water and fishing and knew this house was meant to be," Connie said. "We looked for two years in Texas for property, but this is it."

With retirement on the horizon, the Cones polished their waterfront gem with home improvement projects guided by homebuilder Terrell Pruett and designer Kathi Robichaux, owner of Gemini Interiors. There's more work to do in the yard, but progress is steady and the Cones can't wait to relax when it's all done.

Waterfront views

It took about four or five visits to the house before the Cones caved on the view. The white stucco, Mediterranean-style home was cleared of canopies of hackberry trees, uncovering a variety of plants and allowing the waterfront view to become the home's decorative focal point.

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When the Cones entertain, the couple adds another table to the library's chess table if they need the extra seats. The cozy spot is just steps away from the main dining area.

Walking through double leaded glass doors, the open living area welcomes guests to a remodeled space with new floors, eyebrow arches, creamy wall color, a custom TV unit, library shelves and capital square columns highlighting a new kitchen.

"We had to make sure the decor evolved around Igor, but mainly Connie wanted a tone on tone travertine look," Robichaux said. "Real creamy, not dramatic colors so when you walk into the door your eyes go straight into the beautiful view."

Igor, an elk mount Bill bagged and Connie nicknamed, looks out into the view, too. The massive taxidermy adds wildlife elements to the traditional decor with splashes of tropical textures.

Room to relax

Brown and coffee-colored furniture pieces pop against the warm wall color. A tan chenille and leather embossed sofa pairs with matching cane back armchairs with elephant and palm print fabric. To the right of the foyer, the former dining room was transformed into Connie's much wanted library.

A double boxed ceiling with white crown moulding hangs above an oversized leather armchair and ottoman. Antique French chairs Connie found in Austin sit under an octagon pedestal table ready for chess. A custom wall unit doubles as a library and wine rack with books lining shelves on top and wine bottles laid on open lower racks.

Above a carafe and wine glass tray hangs an original landscape painting by high school friend turned artist Woody Gwyn.

“It’s my favorite,” Connie said. “He painted it when he was maybe 16 years old.”

Eyebrow arches shape the overhang to the dining area and above the kitchen bar. The contoured detail works its way outside to the open patio where the idea originated for the patio’s remodel.

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Aaron Chatham refinished the stairs by the den in a dark stain to work with the dark finish on the front door. The stairs lead to a guest room and a game room with a pool table, which had a wall removed to open the space to a living area with a balcony.

Connie paired more of her French antique chairs with a round mahogany and burl wood inlaid dining table between the two living spaces. The table sits by the kitchen with leather and metal bar stools tucked under the columned bar. Tan and amber granite counters look glossy against tumbled marble back–splash and custom brown cabinets. Open eyebrow shelves and glass front cabinets display colorful Fitz & Floyd pottery.

Bare windows and transoms line the wall overlooking the patio, including a remodeled sunken wet bar between the living and dining areas. Built–in banquettes fit neatly against a window that opens to the rock fountain swimming pool for swim up cocktails.

Owners’ retreat

Windows from the living room look into the master suite, which Connie camouflaged with an antique tri-fold mirror in the master windows for added privacy. The long bedroom suite features a four poster bed with a sliding glass door to the hot tub. The sound of running water from the pool’s rock fountain can be heard through the windowed sitting area.

The outdoor covered patio looks onto the swimming pool and gangly mesquite trees arching the threshold to the Cones’ newly built pier.

“We built the walkway, dock and boatlift without steps so when we’re in our 80s, we can still walk out there,” Connie said.



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