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The living room architecture had very good bones; the ceiling is original to the house and is a very common Spanish colonial feature. "I was adamant about preserving the ceiling," says Neithart. The floors were refinished, the walls were replastered, and the fireplace received a makeover.
Neithart added details found as far away as Africa and India that were in keeping with Old World style but added a unique stamp. "I like to put things that are exotic and eclectic in a Spanish house, things that make people ask, 'Where did that come from?'" she says. The bright green side table came from India, and the coffee table is an antique from Morocco.
Before the addition was built, this kitchen space used to hold the dining room. "This spot is the heart of the home, so it was a natural fit for the kitchen," says Neithart.
Details like the wood ceiling beams, mosaic tile with a hand-painted detail over the range and the ornate wood panels on the hood bring in Spanish colonial style. The color and texture palette, which includes Crema Marfil mosaic tile, white oak cabinets and cognac leather counter stools, is also in keeping with the style. The floors are travertine. "We picked chiseled edges for the travertine floor tiles to get the rustic look of Spanish colonial style," says Neithart.
The sage-green granite countertops veer away from the typical Spanish colonial color palette and were another nod to the husband's love of green.
The glass pendant lights are repurposed wine jars. In fact, when Neithart received them, one still had a big wine stain on the bottom. "I could not get the wine stain out, so I called Bobo's. They gave me the recipe for a magic potion to soak it in for 48 hours, and it worked," says Neithart.
"To me, a Spanish home is a warm home," says Neithart. She certainly made sure to prove it with this beautiful family home.
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