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all photos Eddie Seal/Special to the Caller-Times
The living area in Kathi Robichaux’s home is decorated with leather, rustic woods and wrought-iron accessories. A cowhide chair adds to the South Texas style. Interior design by Kathi Robichaux, Gemini Interiors.

November 15, 2009 — South Texas, Spanish meets rustic

Homeowner and local design business owner Kathi Robichaux has crafted a look for her home that blends rustic, Spanish and South Texas chic with tropical influences. Robichaux considers her Kings Crossing home a peaceful oasis. When she first walked through the front door, she noticed floor-to-ceiling sun room windows overlooking the pool and the tropical back yard, bringing the outdoors into the home. She especially enjoys evenings relaxing by her pool with a fire going in the pit.

Best home project I’ve completed here — I did a total redecorating project because the house was decorated in dated pastel pink and teal with the old Southwest flair from the late ‘80s. I changed the flooring to complement my rustic style and added warm gold, chocolate, red and tweed green wall colors, granite, faux paint gel stain textures and frieze carpet.

Something no one knows about my home — I wrote meaningful Biblical scriptures on the slab before installing ceramic tile and prayed with my tilesetters to bless and anoint the home to be a dwelling of peace to all who live here.

A home item I can’t live without — My bubble bath where I can soak away my stress. The tub is big and overlooks the pool.

My home’s best feature — the flat screen television and surround sound in the living room are great for movies and football games.

A current home trend I like — outdoor living areas with stone fireplaces with comfortable furniture and a flat screen over the fireplace so that the outdoor area just becomes an extension of the indoor area and just as comfortable.

If my kitchen walls could talk — They would be thanking me for changing the teal tile countertops to a beautiful Crema Bordeaux granite and chocolate tumbled marble backsplash.

What I like most about my home — I love the recent addition to the master bedroom of rope lighting at the recess in the ceiling.

My next home project — Re-landscaping the front yard, gel staining the fireplace and kitchen cabinets and adding rope lighting to the ceiling in the living room.

A funny story about my home — Trying to be ever conscious about the electric bill, I walked down the hall to the kitchen early one morning with the lights off and ran into a wall. I knocked a pretty good knot on my head.

Biggest pet peeve about my home — the ivy that grows like a weed on the fence and is constantly on the brick walls, eaves and rain gutters.

My home can never have too many — lamps and framed family photographs.

  • The living area in Kathi Robichaux’s home is decorated with leather, rustic woods and wrought-iron accessories. A cowhide chair adds to the South Texas style.  Interior design by <strong>Kathi Robichaux, Gemini Interiors</strong>
  • Robichaux had this Andy Warhol-style four-panel painting on canvas made from a photo of herself. She loves the colors but said it doesn’t quite fit her home’s style. She also had one made for her daughter and both granddaughters.
  • The worm wood dining room table and chairs are from Rafael’s in Nuevo Laredo. Robichaux covered the chairs in black and white cowhide.
  • She collects crosses and displays them on a wall in the sunroom. All of the crosses were meaningful gifts from family and friends.
  • The master bedroom features a four-poster king-size bed with rope lighting in the ceiling and crown molding with dark walls for a romantic feel.
  • A bubble bath in the master bathroom is one of Robichaux’s favorite places to relax.
  • Robichaux loves her tropical pool area that has a hot tub and fire pit.
  • The breakfast room has faux finished walls.
  • The sun room has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the pool and patio area and features a rustic armoire with lion’s head handles, a cowhide rug and antique luggage chest that she uses for a coffee table.
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