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By Jennifer N. Sullivan, Caller-Times

November 7, 2004

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In the master bedroom of the Rainses’ townhome, neutral-colored bedding is topped with animal print pillows and a cheetah throw. A lamb’s wool textile over the bed contributes to the room’s variety of textures.

When Ron and Bobby Rains first saw their two-story townhouse in Corpus Christi, it took them on a trip back to the 1970s. Outdated tile floors and bright white walls were not appealing to the retired couple.

“When you have so much area to decorate, it takes a while,” Bobby Rains said of her 2,800-square-foot home. “I’m not that knowledgeable about decorating.”

So the Rainses immediately turned to longtime friend Kathi Robichaux, designer and owner of Gemini Interiors to help update their home with contemporary comforts. “They said they were tired of white walls, they wanted something with color. It was like a blank slate — we could do whatever we wanted,” Robichaux said.

During the past nine months, the Rainses worked closely with Robichaux to create an elegant, yet casual living space.“And not stuffy,” Bobby Rains said.

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Golfing is just a hop away from the Rainses’ townhouse. Serene views of the Corpus Christi Country Club golf course bring nature right into the master bedroom.

Situated near the 18th tee box on the Corpus Christi Country Club golf course, the Courtyard on Saratoga townhouse provides a perfect view and easy course access for the Rainses, who are golfers. Robichaux wanted the gorgeous view to be the backdrop for the kitchen and living area. “What I love about the whole place is every room has a killer view of the golf course. With all the ducks and golfers going by, I believe they have the best view of the golf course,” Robichaux said. “So I wanted the fabrics to be blended colors and not dominate the room. I wanted the openness and the view to be the first thing you see.”

Neutral, yet rich, colors provided an understated palette. Dark sage brush-colored walls in the living area are complemented by fluted wood columns and trim and macadamia nut-colored frieze carpet.

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Classic and understated was the theme in the dining area. A small atrium full of large fronded greenery surrounded by fluted trim gives the space a crisp, updated look.

But a huge transformation occurred when Ron Rains, a semi-retired builder, and his sons tore down a wall dividing the kitchen from the dining and living areas, creating a large, flowing space.

“Oh it’s great, if anyone’s in the dining room and you’re cooking, you can kind of converse back and forth,” Bobby Rains said.

Now an open bar area is flanked by two other fluted columns and provides extra bar seating and an updated look. Likewise, the Rainses opened up an adjacent wet bar which had been closed off by doors. A mirrored back wall and glass shelves create an ideal place for displaying crystal and glassware.

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Ron Rains used his building expertise to tear down a wall separating the kitchen from the dining area to create an open bar area flanked by two fluted columns. The Rainses opened up the once closed-off adjacent wet bar and added a mirrored back wall to show off the shimmer of crystal glassware.

Additionally, Ron Rains built a new fireplace mantle embellished with a scroll relief. The Rainses wanted all new furnishings to match their townhouse’s fresh look, so Robichaux took them shopping and chose subdued pieces in solid colors. Robichaux said she wanted a tone on tone look and, therefore avoided florals or patterns.

Bronze toned lamps, candleholders and accessories add the final finesse. “That was pretty much the theme — bronzy, neoclassical elegance that you can mix with all kinds of décor,” Robichaux said.

After the crafty labors of Robichaux and the Rainses, a home once outdated and drab, is now contemporary and fab.“It kind of makes me feel good to know, once it got completed, this is exactly what they wanted and they’re happy with it,” Robichaux said.


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