Sipping on a glass of his wife’s cucumber mint vodka lemonade, Keith Kreeger shares a laugh with wife Evangelina Kreeger (right) and brother-in-law Guillermo Trabanino and his brother-inlaw’s fiancée, Reiko Takemasa.
Keith Kreeger’s vases are filled with peonies, his wife’s favorite flower.
Sitting next to his wife, Evangelina, and their cavapoo, Charlie, on a patio sofa at their Tarrytown home, Keith Kreeger takes a weekday evening to relax after working in his new East Austin studio. “This is how we entertain in the summer,” says Kreeger, a pottery designer for the past two decades. “I love to cook. My work is so related to food.” The Kreegers’ home includes the courtyard-styled space that quickly has become the backdrop for entertaining adults as well as their children, Javier, 10, Alejandra, 8, and Clara, 6, and their friends. For a visit from Evangelina’s brother, Guillermo Trabanino, and his fiancée, Reiko Takemasa, the Kreegers opt for Old World fare: chorizo and Toscano salami from Salt & Time, honeycomb, almonds, cheeses from Antonelli’s
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“Our lives are pretty crazy with studio work and with the kids,” Kreeger says.
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Entertaining outside, he says, is “something that we cherish. For us, it’s also
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about enjoying the space and enjoying what you have. I don’t know the point of having a beautiful table and an outdoor space and just looking at it.” For the Kreegers, adding personal touches to their space such as coral peonies, Evangelina’s favorite flowers, in Kreeger’s vases are just as important as the food they serve guests. “When we purchased the home, we knew the backyard was going to be the centerpiece for everything,” Kreeger says. He has one rule for entertaining guests that he always sticks to: “I never let them clean up. No
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matter what it looks like at the end of the night.”
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