A Spanish-Style Home Full of Color and Joy in San Antonio

(upbeat music) – My name is Galeana Younger, and my son, Gray and I
live in San Antonio, Texas, and I’m an interior designer. I used to drive by this
house all the time. I grew up not far from here. It’s a really beautiful neighborhood. The houses are all historic. This house in particular
was really, really run down, but it had a certain charm that was always appealing to me. San Antonio is heavily
influenced by Mexico and the Mexican culture, and this home did have that stucco facade. It had a clay-tile roof. When I walked in, it had the original hardwood floors, the walls were plaster and stucco, it had incredible crown molding. But I had a lot of work ahead of me. The whole house needed
to be gutted and redone. It was in terrible, terrible shape. So, I knew that I wanted to preserve the integrity of the house. The house is in a historic district. But I also wanted the
house to be reflective of our personality. (fun music) The first thing people say when they walk into my living
room is they’re sort of like, “Wow, it’s so colorful,
it’s so you, it’s so fun.” I like having that kind
of personality reflected in this space. It’s very playful, it’s very whimsical, and that’s my personality, and that’s certainly by design philosophy. I like to create small vignettes, and I think it sort of gives people the opportunity to tell a story. These are some bronze
baby shoes of my sons. I have some of his baby teeth in a little, pretty, decorative container. This is my para shelf, and I have everything
that has to do with Paris. I found this in a Mexican market, it was completely random, it meant nothing to me at the time. I don’t think you have to
have really important pieces for them to be meaningful. So, for example, I love
my Lucha Libre coin banks that I have up there. The more random the collection is, then the more personal it becomes. There’s sort of a nice
organization to the chaos. I also like the idea
of mixing high and low, and old and new, and pretty fabrics and pretty materials. I like mixing a lot of
different patterns and textures. I mean, one may not think
that this bine leaf print would go with this sort
of bluish ikat print, but I think it ties together quite well, especially when you put
the black and white. (playful music) I’m a firm believer in black and white. Black and white always neutralizes things, and sort of puts the bow on the present. So, this kitchen isn’t large at all, but one of the most interesting elements is the floor, the geometric floor. The kitchen space is important to me primarily based on how it looks. I’m not a gourmet cook, I wanted to make sure
that I could have a place to hang a little but of art. The salmon, actually my grandfather caught while he was fishing in Alaska. Just because somethings functional doesn’t mean it can’t be fun or playful. What better place to hang a
salmon than in the kitchen? I really did think about ways that I could either add storage or that I could make a
closet more functional. I’m a firm believer in built-ins, I like having built-ins. People always need storage, and it’s nice to have a place to display things that are important to you. So, we had space for a
tiny little China Closet. And I love this because I’ve
got so many beautiful things, and actually, I can see them and I know where they are. I’m not sure if I should show you this, but this also ended being
really a great thing. The dining room had the,
sort of, built-in bench. So, it sort of dictated where I would put my dining room table. I just had a table made out of plywood, and put it on wheels so
that I could move it. When I was thinking about what I wanted to do in my bedroom, I wanted my room to feel
flirty, and feminine, and fun. The first place I started
was with the curtains. What girl doesn’t like pink-silk curtains? So, this is a really fun
starting place for me. And then slowly just sort
of added things together. The carpet is purple, and I’ve got my sort
of oaker green chests. So, for the the creme de
la creme in the house, is the master closet. I had the best time designing my closet. The idea of a woman having
this sort of incredible closet, it’s like every woman’s fantasy. I, myself like to arrange my closet as a store might arrange their goods. So, I incorporated lots of features that make it easier for
me to locate things. For example, these push-pull-out drawers. I have some hanging racks that pull down so that they’re actually accessible. I have mirrored doors. Going the extra mile and
spending a little more time and resources on having
a really great closet is really worth it in the end. I do have a very kick-ass closet. (laughs) Pink and purple and
green isn’t a combination that would appeal to some people. I think people are scared
of color a lot of times. And too many patterns. It’s always easier for
them to actually see an example of something like that. So, I think houzz is an interesting place to see a lot of different things. You’ve got all this information, and all of these beautiful
images in one place. (calm, playful music) The original guest
bathroom was a great place for me to be able to
incorporate cement tiles. If you go to some places
around San Antonio, the cement tiles are very historic. A powder room in a home
represents an opportunity to push the envelope a little bit. I sort of started mixing and matching and the rest of the place came together. And I love it too because it looks like it
could’ve been original. I think when I was thinking
about the downstairs area, I wanted it again to be comfortable and a little unexpected. I love coming down these stairs and seeing this fun floor. If we go in here, this is kind of a game room where Gray and his friends like to come and play video games, and
watch TV, watch a movie. The curbed seating area is just kind of a fun,
sort of random nook. And of course, my signature built-ins. I love built-ins, I don’t think you can
ever have enough of them. So, behind this closed door, is the guest suite. Obviously, the floors
are the showstoppers. These were original to the house. I think pretty common
for this neighborhood, for whatever reason. But it’s totally playful and
colorful, and casual, and easy. Off of the guest bedroom is a bathroom. The bathroom downstairs
was the original kitchen, and there was a fireplace. It’s sort of beautiful down there, and it adds a warmth, it’s just pretty thing
to look at on that wall. You can see, I used Mexican tile that goes all the way up the wall. And so my philosophy is, if you’re gonna do it, you might as well really, really do it, because this bathroom would not have the same impact if
that whole wall wasn’t tile. (light guitar music) I had one friend tell me that she thought my house
felt like a candy store because it was colorful and
sweet and fun and energetic, and that’s always stuck with me, I liked that. I love that it’s bright, I love that it’s definitely
a reflection of who we are. It’s a very comfortable, warm place for us to entertain and to live. (playful music) (Galeana laughing) Who doesn’t love that, that’s so fun!

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