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From the doorstep, the beautiful wooden, arched, leaded glass door of Joel and Barbara Hoskinson’s home is worthy of more than a brief gaze. From the foyer, these glass designs are illuminated by the sunlight, creating its own work of art, and art is what this house was built to display. The 15’ ceiling easily accommodates the two large, 6’ x 4’ colorful, snow scene paintings on the entrance wall. The Hoskinsons owned a home in Utah where snow skiing vacations were enjoyed. These paintings reflect their happy memories.
Seven years ago, the Hoskinsons were talking about another update to their home in Northshore Country Club in Portland. “We kept trying to make our home new, with renovation after renovation,” explains Joel. Their desire was an open kitchen/dining area but taking out the wall that divided the rooms would be a major project. This became the impetus that sparked the idea of building their own home. They bought a lot in the same subdivision on a street where they knew several neighbors, and in 2009 they built a new home. Design plans came from homes they viewed in the hill country, putting parts of two different floor plans together with a few minor tweaks from architects. “We took one side from a home we saw in San Marcus and one side from a home we liked in New Braunfels,” says Joel.
For several years, Joel purchased works of western art from New Mexico, Utah and Texas. “We wanted a home that would fit in with our artwork,” Barbara explains. Cowboys, horses and dusty scenes painted by artists Jack Terry, Tim Cox, and Andy Thomas, are beautifully framed and displayed throughout the home, as well as large G. Harvey works of art.
Two rows of G. Harvey paintings adorn one wall in the sunlit dining room, situated at the front of the house and just off the kitchen. An octagonal glass table elegantly fills the room with intimacy for dining in the round. Light shimmers off the chandelier hanging above the center of the table. Conveniently located just outside the dining room entrance is a coveted corner wet bar.
Steps away is the spacious kitchen that is outlined by a wraparound bar of striking Medora Gold granite, flanked by four large, leather, studded bar stools. The rich antique glazed wood kitchen cabinets with accordion grooved design looks more like furniture than cabinetry. Barbara loves to cook, and her kitchen ensures her joy. After years of celebrating Thanksgiving at her grandmother’s, Barbara cooked her first Thanksgiving turkey here and hosted 12 relatives. The colorful rooster paintings in the kitchen were painted by Barbara’s mother, Paula Kainer, whose work is also displayed in Latitude 28°02' Restaurant and Art Gallery in Rockport.
A wall of windows overlooking the patio and pool bring the outdoors in. Built-in book shelves along a side wall add to the comfortable setting. The Hoskinson’s calico cat, Callie, lounges atop the square coffee table appearing as if a porcelain accessory. The inviting living room is separated from the casual dining area by two large overstuffed chairs and ottomans. Showered in sunlight from the windows and glass French doors, this casual dining area seems to glow from the brightness of the day.
Stepping outside the French doors, the stone covered patio invites fun all around with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and TV. Cooking on the grill or lounging on the comfy furniture, the setting is enhanced by the dark blue saline pool. Water cascades from a large stone platform into the twelve-foot deep, rounded end of the pool. Verdant hedges of faint coral oleander line all three sides of the backyard, creating privacy and uniformity befitting an English garden. Before the home was built, the couple planted these bushes along the fence line. Now over six feet high, the oleaners create a lovely view from the patio.
The patio area gets lots of attention from 16-year old Ally and her friends. Just down the hall is Ally’s bedroom. An avid reader at age nine, her only request in the plans for her new bedroom were bookshelves. One shelf overflows with her collection of Nancy Drew books that she accumulated from shopping antique stores with her grandmother, Sharon Buford of Portland.
At the rear of the home, the master bedroom offers convenience as it’s situated off the dining/living area with lovely beveled glass doors that lead to the patio. Hanging above the leather upholstered sleigh bed is an original painting by Beaumont artist, David Drinkard, of the multi-family owned White Point Ranch along Nueces Bay. Of all the rich art displayed throughout the home, this piece is Joel and Barbara’s favorite. Not to be excluded, a child’s portrayal of the ranch, painted by Ally as a youngster, hangs on a side wall next to a roll top desk.
The appeal of the master bathroom is accentuated by the large fireplace across from the travertine tiled tub. The focal point is this elegant, elevated, oval tub set into a curved stone wall in the center of the room. Nestled behind the tub is a walk-in shower built of the same lovely tumbled tile and turret shaped wall.
Aside from western art and cowboy sculptures, Barbara’s prized antique is a small child’s rocking chair in the living room that was made by her great grandfather for her grandmother’s baptism. Joel’s family’s secretary desk in the guest bedroom belonged to his great grandfather who kept lollipops for the grandkids in the desk.
Joel and Barbara’s friendly, inviting, and easy-going nature is reflected in their home’s comfortable furnishings, casual feel, and rich uniformity.