Living Large

At first glance, the massive contemporary structure in a luxury gated community in Northwest San Antonio might not seem family-friendly. This isn't simply modern. It's ultramodern. Über Modern. But not only is it a family home, it's a home of families, filled with warmth and light.

INTERIOR DESIGNER JAIMIE ANAND, OWNER OF Jaimie Anand Interiors in Austin, worked on the full-home design project from the time she saw the renderings, hand-selecting “every paint color, every piece of tile, every bit of wallpaper, every surface in the home.” The two story, six-bedroom, six- full and two-half-bath, 8,000-square-foot living space (12,000 square feet overall) was designed by Oscar E. Flores, president and founder of Oscar E. Flores Design Studio (OFDS) in San Antonio. Construction was by REM Construction.

The clients, a couple with three children, knew what they wanted, not just for themselves but for the husband’s parents, who live with them in a multigenerational setting. The husband was clear about the palette — clean hues of greys, whites and neutrals. Along the way, Anand was able to introduce blacks and subtle touches of metallic and shine.

The owner insisted on durable and relaxing furnishings. Every seat in the living area sectional had to be a recliner. The coffee table needed to hold up to a toddler standing on it, just in case. Anand worked well with the contemporary design style. “I think when you have less stuff it’s actually more kid-friendly than a lot of décor.”

With no formal dining room, the open floor plan accommodates a dining table between the dual kitchen quartz-topped islands (“One to work on, one to hang out on,” says Anand) and the television area with its color-changing linear fireplace below. The metallic gray shag area rug from Surya in the entertainment area needed to be practical and comfortable for the kids to play on.

The wall behind the television is a Jaimie Anand creation. “I said we have to do something so that when you walk in, it’s just like ‘wow.’” Her suggestion for a “crazy abstract” of cut-up MDF wood painted silvery grey filled the bill. “It’s a real conversation-starter,” she says.

Although the primary lighting is recessed can LED, Anand also used fixtures to warm things up. There is one custom fixture by Modern Forms Lighting over the white kitchen island. “Just a single,” says Anand, in order not to take away from the striking fixture over the dining room table, from Kuzco Lighting. At the top of the staircase leading to the second floor game room shines a cascade fixture from Modern Forms Lighting.

Off the living area is a gem of a powder bath, “one of my favorite places in the house,” says Anand. The three-dimensional tile is a dark metallic grey. Mirrors are LED lit. A striking vanity sculpture is a finishing touch.

Behind one end of the living area lies the owners’ master suite; the grandparents’ wing is at the opposite end. In the spacious owners’ suite, the wall behind the bed is sparkly grey wall covering. “Depending on where you’re standing the glitter shows either more or less,” says Anand.

Still, she wanted a bit more. “I expected the owner to say no to the fuchsia bench but happily, he said yes.” (His wife was also pleased.) The cheerful color repeats on throw pillows, dining chairs and wall art. The nightstands hold eye-catching acrylic lamps from Kartell Lighting.

The master bath is huge but practical, with an enormous walk-in LED rain shower,  tub, vanity area and adjacent master closets. “With a space this big you have to make a statement,” says Anand. That translated into stunning tile on the his-and-hers vanity walls.

Only the spectacular poor area with its magnificent views could lure families, friends and guests from these great indoors to the great outdoors through a massive slider that makes the transition a seamless experience. The pool is uniquely designed to make even non-water babies feel at home, thanks to chairs at one end that put landlubber guests practically at eye level with the swimmers, perfect for conversation without having to get wet (unless you want to).

A picturesque spiral staircase next to a fire pit leads to the upper deck, where a second fire pit graces the outdoor seating area off the game room with its collection of sports memorabilia.

Anand has encouraging words for those with an eye toward modern. “After doing this home I have a lot more clients who want these ultramodern homes. The myth is ‘If I have a home like this I won’t be able to live in it.’ But then you see a house like this and think, ‘I could live here!’”

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