This Texas Home Shows Off Bright Colors and Funky Designs

published Jan 18, 2023
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A dining room with a long white table and chairs leading into the kitchen

Name: Crystal Taylor, husband, two daughters, five chickens, and two dogs
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Type of home: Historical House
Size: 2,700 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: The house was built in 1907 and the architectural style is folk Victorian. It has a wraparound porch and a beautiful chicken coop in the backyard that my husband built. We live in downtown San Marcos and can walk to the river and parks. I have two redheaded daughters (my husband and I are not redheads) who share a room upstairs.

Although there is a seven-year gap between them, their shared space speaks to both their needs and wants. We purchased the home in 2015 and started remodeling it in 2020. So far, we have remodeled the primary bathroom downstairs, added a new roof (a standing-seam metal roof), remodeled the kitchen/dining room, updated the living room, and transformed the primary walk-in closet. I love color, shiplap, funky designs, and conversation pieces! Although I try to highlight the original features of the home, I mix in some retro vibes here and there because I love mid-century. This year my husband and I will be remodeling the laundry room, main hallway, and our primary bedroom.

My identity is reflected all over my home through my love for mid-century. I love quirky art and have showcased that — especially in my closet. I love loud colors and furniture styles. I love old homes and concentrate on the parts of my home that make it original, like the stained glass window in the kitchen, original long-leaf pine floors, and pocket doors between the dining room and living room. There are two fireplaces downstairs and I make them focal points in my design. I love antiques and vintage, so the only style home that is for me is anything “old.”

What is your favorite room and why? My latest project, my closet. I’ve been living here for eight years and I finally have a closet. Old homes and their quirks, like no closet space! I have a beautiful abstract floral rug that has pinks and reds. Then I have this funky sculpted chair that is hot pink that sits in the corner. The light fixture is purple and mid-century inspired. The artwork is all from Scout Design Studio (my favorite vendor to shop right now). In addition to interior design, I also love fashion. My closet is where all my prized possessions rest.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: A colorful, eclectic, whimsical farmhouse.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? This artwork for my closet from Scout Design Studio and this lamp from Scout.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Highlight original features of the home. If the house was built in the ’70s, then embrace that time period. Also, put your own personal touch on it. Collaborate the two styles. Listen to your gut.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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