Curtis Park Home & Garden Tour: #2 Andalusian Allure, 1931

25th Street House by Karin

This gracious two-story house that stands at the corner looking out onto Sierra 2 Park derives its elegant simplicity from Andalusian themes of Spanish style. Gently arched windows amid white plaster walls capped by a tile hipped roof are characteristic elements of the architecture of southern Spain. A tile arched porch echoes the arch of the windows and shelters a divergent round arched entry door flanked by like-arched side windows. Steps leading to the porch interweave with hand-crafted Spanish art tiles.

Upon entry, a winding stairway of wood and iron sets the backdrop to a distinctly rustic foyer that provides an elegant, earthy welcome to the home of Karin Caves and her English Cocker Spaniel, Andy. Plaster walls throughout keep the house cool in summer, while original leaded glass windows look out to the surrounding gardens that Karin loves to tend.

In the living room, a squared plaster fireplace emerges from the wall, with its arched opening reflecting that of the large front window. Crafted buff bricks line the firebox in an alternating splayed style. The long kitchen galley opens from the back of the living room. Using a classic gray and white palette, the kitchen embodies a modern take on rustic elegance. The kitchen opens onto a very special corner – a corner rounded by two adjacent bays with a ribbon of windows looking out to lemon trees and wisteria vines. Throughout Karin’s home, a mix of modern artwork and fixtures mingle in concert with the traditional setting of this historic house.

A big Thanks to Rudy Calpo for his photos

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