Ole Decor Magazine Fall 2022

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Invitation Ole DistinctiveDecorReal www.OleDecor.comEstate Publisher Eddie Reyes Editor Lynn Walker Hoverson Graphic Design John Jacob Reyes Writers Lynn Walker Hoverson Eddie Reyes Juan Carlos Villarreal Lori LukeCohenHunter Photographers An thony Medina Andrés Gerardo Lozano José Adrián Quevedo Quintana Elsa Young oledecor.com 5800 Padre Blvd. Suite 203 South Padre Island, TX 78597 follow @ Ole Decor INFO go to oledecor.com, call 956.266.8663, or email eddie@oledecor.com. Contact us via social media or email us at officemanager@oledecor.com. On the Cover Take a trip down memory lane and witness as a boy reunites with his childhood home now as a man. Dallas designer shows us how to completely transform a home with out even breaking the skin. From caterpillar to butterfly turn to page 14 and witness this astounding metamorphosis. Juan Carlos is now open for business here in our very own RGV. Call to schedule your own private consultation and see what changes await you. Photo Anthonyby: Medina is the ONLY multi-media marketing agency of its kind that gives you all the online tools you will need to sell Real Estate and increase inventory! Listings published on our website will automatically be pushed onto all the major search engines on the web and social media! See our latest magazine ONLINE ALL THE TIME 4 Fall 2022 olé decor

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In this issue of Ole Decor Distinctive Real Estate you can choose from the warm gulf breezes in Port Isabel to high end shopping and fine dinning of metropolis McAllen. But what ever your preference you can’t go wrong with these two!

Featured Products 20 Saving the Planet one drop at a time. No, seriously, Blue Water Planet has some sound advice about the water you drink and wash with while at the same time helping the environment and your wallet.

In this segment of designer spotlight a prominent and highly talented Dallas designer comes back home to Harlingen, Texas and invited us into his child hood home. Take a walk with us down Mariposa Lane and witness its metamorphosis first hand.

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Featured Artist 24 Whether you’re headed to the beach with that special someone or with your besties nothing can get better than with a picnic on the beach. Yep, our featured artist creates art with food and sets the stage for an unforgettable experience. Indoor / Outdoor Living 32 In this whimsical home the architect has fun with all kinds of shapes and angles and shows us a seamless union of fun and functional. And how you dont have to compromise one for the other. Magnificent Homes 42 Why are shipping containers being used to make homes, studios, cabins, and offices? Well, with about 14 million ‘out-of-service’ containers in the world, there are lots of them available. And playing with giant blocks has a definite appeal!

Here in Paradise 150 Windward Dr, Port Isabel, TX

RARE FIND, highly sought-after deep canal house in the south end of Port Isabel with direct sailboat access to the Gulf of Mexico, just off the bridge to South Padre Island. You will enjoy fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding right outside your door. This two-story, 3 bedroom 3 bath home has a large 2 car garage and an ELEVATOR. Sleeps 15 guests for short term rental. The first floor can be used as a separate guest quarter or vacation rental. There is a covered boat slip with a lift, one open slip, three covered patio areas to view the Space X rocket launch. The home is fenced and has ample off-street parking. Stainless steel appliances, 2 heat and a/c units, water softener, filtered water at every sink, granite countertops and double pane windows. Low HOA channel fee. Home is sold fully furnished with the exception of a few select items.

OFFERED AT: $869,000 MLS: 94675 INQUIRIES Judy Woolverton: 110www.woolvertonrealty.comjudy@woolvertonrealty.com956.572.0320EQueenIsabella,PortIsabel, TX For more photos and information visit realestate.oledecor.com

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OFFERED AT: $4,500,000 MLS: 383755 INQUIRIES Robby Valadez: 221robbyvaladezrealestate@gmail.com956.793.0029www.robbyvaladezrealestate.comW.NolanaAvenueSuiteA,Mcallen, TX For more photos and information visit realestate.oledecor.com A Must See Home 9 Old Orchard Road, McAllen, TX Commissioned by the original owners, 9 Old Orchard Road was exclusively designed by acclaimed Colorado architect James Hyatt. With unmistakable architectural style, luxurious finishes & a complete understanding of the land, the home sits with its massive Cantera stone entry and façade facing North and maximizes the distinct dimensions of the almost 3-acre lot. Well known from coast to coast, Mr. Hyatt’s clientele includes a list of scions of industry, banking and celebrity – including one of the Kardashian estates in Calabasas. Located just South of The McAllen Country Club, this spectacular estate is truly a one of kind masterpiece. 9olé decor Fall 2022

F O R Y O U R L U X U R Y H O M E T H I N K B I G B I G G E R L O A N S

ou know how you always have that special place in your memories, the place where all the beautiful moments in your childhood with your parents happened, where you made major decisions that shaped your life into what it is now? Well, that’s what this house has been to me.

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I will never forget when my parents and I first saw this place in 1982. It was nothing but the foundation and frame. It had begun as a project for a gentleman who had backed out of the sale and was being sold as a work-in-progress for a new owner to take over. My parents jumped at the idea of being able to shape this brand new house to their own taste. In 1982 their plan was to have this house become their United States home, since dad had been working overseas for Chevron in Guatemala where I was born. NOW

The building of the house was finished in May of 1983. My mom was fascinated with the color peach. I remember Easter week in 1983 picking everything in that color— from carpet to wallpaper, window coverings to the furniture from Strouds in Harlingen. The interior of this house remained frozen in time literally until April of 2020. Both my parents passed away while living at that house— dad on April 19 of 2019 and mom on April 18 of 2020. The era of memories in this, my beloved house had ended, or so I thought at first…. THEN

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I had been living and working in Dallas as a real estate agent and an Interior Designer Consultant. Sometime had passed after my parents had died before I arrived in Harlingen from Dallas to arrange my parents’ things in Harlingen— which included the sale of this property. When I opened the front door and entered my childhood home— this crazy thought came to my mind of selling my home in Dallas, moving to the Valley and restoring this house. And so, its second life began. NOW

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THEN Juan Carlos Villarreal (214) Fusiondesignandinteriors@gmail.com876-4461

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My main focus was to not change the floor plan or knock down walls. I wanted to preserve the original, beautiful, simple floor plan it had, and transform it into a fusion of my taste and my furnishings from my house in Dallas combined with the beauty of my mom’s taste and style of 1983, then blend it together—making it look it look seamless. Well, that’s what the home on 2810 Mariposa Lane is today. It is a place where old heirlooms and furniture of yesterday and modern state of the art comforts have become one… my beloved home for years to come.

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In 2021, Nadia was awarded The United States American Flag and earned congressional recognition by Congressman Vicente Gonzalez along with the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women, for being named the winner of South Texas Women owned Small Business Pitch Competition. Nadia resides in South Padre Island and San Juan Texas, with her husband Louie and their 2 children.

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adia Baughman Turner is a Rio Grande Valley Native. Raised in Alamo, Texas she grew up with a passion for the hospitality business. Her family line is made up of restauranteurs and entrepreneurs.Nadiafelt the need to offer unique beach experiences such as picnics, wedding proposals and Personal Concierge Services when she realized that such services would draw additional business and tourism to South Padre Island. Customer service is paramount to her brand. Nadia strives to give THE ultimate customer service and luxury experience to every one of her customers.

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~Nadia and her husband Louie own and operate Ann’s Restaurant in San Juan Texas, Nadia’s Creations her personal jewelry line, New You Body Salon (Mesotherapy and Lipocavitation) and TNT Catering and Events (Valley and State Wide Catering For any event!) SPI Luxury Beach Picnics

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It is my goal to provide you with sumptuous foods, lovingly selected and prepared from the freshest, highest quality ingredients (locally grown and made when possible). Not only will your menu choices be tempting, tasty, and portable, but you won’t have to worry about anything except having a fantastic time. The perfect picnic includes beautiful surroundings, delicious food and drink, and someone with whom to share it. Whether yours is a picnic for 2 or 102, how about taking us along on your next special day. We’ll select the perfect foods to accentuate your wine tasting adventure, reunion, romantic date, birthday party, or relaxing day at the beach with family and friends. We offer a variety of fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, hors d’ oeuvres, and hors d’ oeuvre platters for your wine tasting snack, luncheon, picnic, and special event needs. If you have a need to change a particular ingredient due to allergy or preference, please discuss this at the time you are placing your order. We can adapt menus to Organic, Vegetarian, and Vegan diets at a nominal additional charge. We want you to enjoy whatever selections you choose and we will do our best to accommodate your tastes and your needs. We also personalize every picnic to bring my customers’ vision to life. One of my specialties is Beach or Bayside wedding proposals. We will assist in the coordination and execution of each proposal to ensure a perfect delivery and magical outcome! A new project is in the works! Luxury Beach Weddings by Nadia Coming in 2023.

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Shape Written By Lori Cohen Indoor / Outdoor Living

Entering via the quirky round door sets the tone set for experimental design philosophies the architect was exploring when designing it as his home in the 1970s

A light-filled family home in Cape Town celebrates its modernist heritage with a sensitive restoration and mix of handpicked vintage finds and contemporary interpretations. Located to the left of the entrance doorway, the kitchen was partly reclaimed from a ceramic studio, where the architects/ owner’s wife Helene Elliott worked. To make new sense of the space, a wall was built to create a kitchen courtyard.

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“The original kitchen was very simple, and the house has Scandinavian influences, so we wanted to reflect that by using a simple, clean beech wood for the kitchen table, shelves and bay window inlay and elsewhere in the home.” says Michael.

European beech table, Reynier van Zyl 11th Emotion Joinery; black highback Windsor dining chairs, Weylandts; orange glass pendant light, Ride a White Swan; artwork Dale Lawrence and Peter Eastman; yellow tiles, Tile House. The homeowners sourced pieces of vintage furnishings, fittings, and objects appro priate for the house’s modernist heritage.

-Tracking lights and a matte, leathered granite topping for the island are contemporary touches brought to the kitchen. The space beyond, originally used as a ceramic studio, was exploited to create a scullery, laundry and carport

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The kitchen needed updating and was reimagined without losing modernist qualities. The inclusion of yellow ceramic tiles on the splashback connects to others used in the bathrooms in the house.

The stairs behind the kitchen lead to the atrium, consisting of a lounge and dining area, with a second set taking you to the master bedroom above the kitchen. The house’s multiple levels resulted from the architect’s decision to accommodate the plot’s sloping landscape rather than excavating to level Michaelit. and Claire have collected artworks and modernist inspired furniture and objects, but acquiring a home with similar references compelled them to invest in carefully chosen vintage pieces to complement their collection.

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The rooms are all designed with dimensions based on the proportions of tatami mats, giving it a modular feel. In the TV room, sunken carpets help to define the space. Grey modular sofa, Superbalist.com; pebble, Pomme Pomme; occasional chair, Saks Corner; red stool, Habitat; green vase, Ride a White Swan; ceramic lamp, Andrew Porter; mask, bought in market.

The stairs lead from the kitchen to the atrium, consisting of a lounge and dining area, with a second set taking one to the master bedroom above the kitchen. The house’s multiple levels resulted from the architect’s decision to accommodate the plot’s sloping landscape rather than excavating to level Birdit. linocut, William Kentridge; chrome cantilever chairs, The New Modernist; leather and chrome bench, Tonic; selection of artwork by John Piper, Matthew Hindley, and Amelia Smith; ‘Whether You Say It Or Not’ blue glazed ceramic, Ben Orkin; Zulu beer pots, bought at market; wooden turned vessel, Andrew Early.

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Shipping Container Homes Pros, Cons & Costs Written by Luke Hunter Magnificent Homes

C ontainer homes are exactly what they sound like; homes made from the steel shipping containers that you see carrying goods everywhere on trains, trucks, and ships. From these giant Lego blocks, people are building homes of all shapes and sizes.

Shipping containers are generally available in 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft. The smallest shipping container can provide about 100 square feet of floor space for a shipping container home. Eight larger containers together can make a two-story house at about 1400 square feet. Hundreds of container micro-apartments together can make a huge apartment building.

Why are shipping containers being used to make homes, studios, cabins, and offices? Well, with about 14 million ‘out-of-service’ containers in the world, there are lots of them available. And playing with giant blocks has a definite appeal! 44 Fall 2022 olé decor Magnificent Homes

Besides trendiness, interest in container homes is also part of a wider interest in saving money with prefabricated and modular homes. Many potential homeowners are looking for lower construction and maintenance costs. There is also a perception that container homes are contributing to recycling. Could a container home be a good choice for you? Here are some pros and cons to consider. Many shipping container homes are available as prefabricated modular homes, making construction time shorter. Some companies advertise delivery within 10 weeks! Most of the building code inspections are done at the factory, which makes things simpler and quicker. Or if you are designing a custom home or building a do-it-yourself project, the container gives you a fun prebuilt structure to work with.

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A worldwide system exists for moving containers around. Once they reach your site, they are relatively simple to set in place on a prepared foundation. Most of the work is completed on a factory floor for a fixed price. Delivery to the site, site preparation, foundation, assembly and utility connections are the only variable costs. That said, container homes are not always less expensive. Estimates vary, and some put the savings at 5-10%, depending on what you’re comparing against.46

The environmental appeal of a container home is the idea that you are re-using a leftover product of the shipping industry to make a home. This can be a good thing, but as we will see, it’s not always true or the best thing.

Some of the advantages, like short construction time and predictable pricing, are the same for all prefabricated and modular homes, not just those made with shipping containers. But container homes benefit uniquely from the worldwide infrastructure built to move shipping containers. Even container home skeptics admit they can be useful where local building expertise is lacking or for emergency shelters that can be moved easily. In these scenarios, the versatility of container transport is a huge advantage.

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Container homes are often marketed as being environmentally friendly because they are said to be made from used containers, thus conserving metal resources. There are lots of old shipping containers out there, no longer in circulation, and repurposing them into homes has a strong appeal. But is a container home really the best use of a container, from a sustainability perspective? Many wouldYoudisagree.mightlove to have a container home because you like the idea, the look, the chance to play with blocks in a DIY design, or the quick delivery time for a manufactured model. But don’t assume it will cost less or that it’s necessarily more environmentally sustainable.