Clean Lines And Open Spaces Make This Home Shine
Octavio Orozco figures if he can visualize how an ad campaign is going to turn out, he can visualize the end design of a house.
“I’m surrounded by creativity all day in my work,” says the Hispanic marketing agency co-founder who eats up design the way an epicurean salivates over food. “I love looking at magazines and getting ideas from my travels. I’ve never studied architecture or interior design but people have told me that I have a sense of spaces.”
It would appear so.
The father of five was hands-on in the design of the family’s 6,000-square-foot Sterling Ridge home, bringing his and wife Romina’s vision to fruition. The result is a gorgeous, streamlined dwelling with white walls, wide-open spaces and no-frills, clean-lined furniture that is beautiful yet functional for the family.
Romina’s tastes complement his. Both prefer a timeless, not trendy style. And they’re not afraid to think outside-of-the-box when it comes to getting what they want.
Take, for example, the home’s commercial style windows, a contemporary element that nods to a slight industrial edge. In this house, it works.
“We love the clean, simple look of the windows and how it works with the interior,” Octavio says. Ditto for a custom-made black iron door fronting the house, a teaser to what’s inside – a beautiful courtyard with fountain that leads to the home’s actual entry.
This refreshing home fits the couple’s entrepreneurial spirit. In addition to the advertising agency, the couple owns a company, Chilesquiles, that sells varieties of homemade artisanal sauces at area farmers markets and specialty stores.
“We love to eat chilaquiles on the weekends and this is the perfect sauce for it,” Octavio says. “We love it so much so thought we needed to share it.”
Similarly, Romina started a small company, Rapunzel’s Potion, selling artisanal herbal natural hair products. “I swear by them. The recipes have been in my family,” she says. She sells the products online and has some retail stores interesting in commercializing them. “I like sharing things I think will make other people happy.”
Speaking of happy, this family finds contentment the minute they walk inside the doors of their abode.
“We are a busy family,” Romina says. “Coming home to this house every day is peaceful, a place we can wind down our day and enjoy each other. We love our house.”
The couple moved to The Woodlands from California several years ago, quickly settling into a house to “feel out” the community and see if it was a good fit for their growing family. “It felt good. It was a good place for us to raise kids,” Octavio says.
So onto the next phase, building a custom home that spoke to their hearts.
“We wanted a bigger place. When we first got married we had some certain land in Mexico where we had intended to build, but that was put on hold because we moved to Mexico City to open an office for my marketing company,” he explains. “Then we opened an office in Los Angeles too, and then Houston. It was always on our mind to build one day. So it was time.”
The builder, Prestige Custom Homes, provided some house sketches and Octavio got busy tweaking the plan. But the real fun began post-construction when the couple set about picking out furniture and accessories. Longtime fans of Restoration Hardware, they opted for a uniform style throughout. Most of the home’s furniture and lighting are from that store.
“When we find a style we like, something we don’t think will go out of style, we think it’s important to keep that look throughout,” he says. “And the style, I think, goes with the white walls. Not so busy.”
A trio of birdcage chandeliers hovers over the den, breaking up overhead space, softening it. “I didn’t want the den to feel like this big box you walk into,” he says. Sumptuous off-white sofas anchor this space with a modern cowhide rug underfoot.
The kitchen with large marble island is the perfect place to gather when Romina is cooking. But it’s the dining room that sees most of the eating action. The room is striking with Octavio’s idea of placing framed plant prints on the far wall like wallpaper. Fourteen chairs stand ready for guests but the family eats in here every evening, Romina says.
“Just because it’s big doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use it as a family,” she says. The family opted for a wine cabinet in the dining room in lieu of building a separate wine room.
A downstairs gameroom off the dining area is Kid Central when school is out. “We liked the idea of a gameroom down here, not upstairs, separate from the family,” Romina says.
At the opposite end of the downstairs is the master suite, a calm retreat for this busy couple. A reproduction antique bed from Restoration Hardware acts as stately anchor for this room. The large master bathroom with streamlined stand-alone bathtub, sparkling chandelier and marble surfaces invites relaxation with a spa-like feel.
Upstairs, a wide hallway provides offshoot for four bedrooms, including their baby daughter’s nursery. When she’s old enough she can join siblings in the homework nook, an open space at the hallway’s other end, replete with desk/ bookshelf units and sumptuous leather chairs.
By far the most fun room upstairs is the media room where the family winds down after a day of school, chores and play. “I told the builder I wanted a home theater that was a normal room where you can watch TV, not one of those spaces with steps up like an actual theater,” Octavio says.
“And by 7:30 p.m. after baths, the kids usually wind up in here for a little down time and TV before going to bed. We all really look forward to that time!” quips Romina. “Good for us all.”
For a house with five children, one might notice there’s very little clutter. But there’s a reason for that, Octavio says. “We don’t like clutter. And we have lots of storage,” he says, motioning to attic space overhead. Indeed, this house boasts an entire third story that duplicates the floorplan of the house.
“Essentially I had them build a whole other level above us to store things,” he says. “We like it that way.”
The home stays light and bright due to expansive windows and doors throughout. Balconies, too, invite the outdoors in. The patio flooring is unique — made of volcanic rock from Mexico.
“It’s a good house for us,” says Octavio. “I travel a lot for work and when I come here, it’s a very good feeling.”
Text by Cathy Gordon / Photography by Miro Dvorscak / Builder: Prestige Custom Homes / Furniture: Restoration Hardware
TOP IMAGE: A kitchen with sizeable island is a fun gathering space for this family that likes to cook. They own their own sauce company.
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