Dressing up for dinner at Cheryl and Chuck Votzmeyer's house means grabbing a blue foam, mega-gallon cowboy hat, a black and red feathered headpiece or a jester hat before heading to the table.
"I'm all about fun," said Cheryl, a painter and muralist. "The kids think I'm crazy."
Between managing her own business, Green Frog & Co., Chuck's chiropractic practice and raising two kids, life is pleasantly full for the couple. Home is their place to loosen up.
"This is our haven. We go so fast and so after work we just come home and get into our PJs by 7 o'clock," she said.
The Votzmeyers downsized from a home in Kings Crossing to a white brick house on about an acre of property two years ago in Casa Blanca Estates in Flour Bluff. They went from Mediterranean to eclectic groove.
Cheryl kept a taupe-walled palette througout the home, but infused color with accessories and her paintings.
Bucking a formal living room for a casual den, the informality meets guests inches past the front door with a wall of celebrity signed posters, car wash drapery strips in deep jewel tones, old family photos and a collection of costume hats for quick dining attire.
"I don't decorate just for the sake of decorating," Cheryl said. "I incorporate sentimental things too."
Black-framed posters signed by the Temptations, Frank Sinatra, Jim Breuer, Phantom of the Opera actors from New York and jazz musicians Boney James and Rick Braun make interesting conversation pieces with a tale behind each acquisition.
A taupe leather sofa and chaise and glass-top clock coffee table fill the space where Chuck enjoys playing guitar.
LOUNGE IN ABSTRACT
A tapestry depicting a fest of revelers hangs near a rectangular wood dining table Cheryl bought from Pottery Barn and sets the mood for dining. Floral tapestry draperies hang from the corners of three windows with oversized tassels hanging from black decorative hooks.
The family spends a lot of time in the great room where plush tan chenille sofas and a paisley brown accent chair cushion bodies after a long day.
"We watch a lot of CSI, play PlayStation and read a lot in here," Cheryl said.
Dark wood built-in shelves flank each side of the brick trimmed fireplace with metal floral inserts. Chuck's beer steins line some of the shelves. Cheryl's vibrant paintings of abstract flowers draw the eye above the sofa. An indigo blue background nourishes ruby red tulips in a transparent vase.
The same cabinet treatment is repeated in the kitchen, but Cheryl added wrought metal drawer pulls and knobs to accessorize the wood. Granite counters swirl in brown, tan and black colors.
Quirky caricatures collected from their travels line the doorway from the kitchen into the master suite. In the master suite, the mood turns subdued with moss green draperis pulled to the side, revealing ivory lace panels. Piles of throw pillows sit on the bed's embroidered floral bedspread. Catty-corner from the bed is a two-sided fireplace into the master bath.
Chuck chose chartreuse and brick red wall color to offset the dark wood vanities. Outside, the family's second living area extends from a coverd patio to pergola structures supported by cantera columns.
Chuck had a scrap piece of granite made into a patio table on cantera legs. Cheryl scored rustic brown metal patio chairs at a grocer's closeout sale to pair with the table.
"We're out here a lot,"she said. "We grill, eat dinner, read and Chuck plays hit guitar, too."
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The fireplace mantelin the master suite displays some of Chuck's collectible beer steins and a funky clock. Cheryl painted the abstract artwork. Photography by Eddie Seal
Soothing chartreuse colored wallsenhance a relaxing soak in the tub, while Cheryl's love for vibrant hues makes its way into the space with her painting. Photography by Eddie Seal
Cheryl's artworkcolors the walls in the living room where the family spends most of their time. The self-taught artist commissions murals for clients. Photography by Eddie Seal
Extending the patiowith pergoalas give the Votzmeyers plenty of room for shaded entertainment. Photography by Eddie Seal.
'Anything with sentimental valueisn't stored in the attic, it's displayed, ' Cheryl said. 'I just can't hide them.' Autographed poster souveniers are gifts from Cheryl's dad decorate the wall in the den. Chuck's yen for clocks shows in the ticking time table. Photograph by Eddie Seal
Our other homewas Mediterranean style, so when we moved here I told Chuck "can I just do my thing and decorate?'" He takes care of the yard,' Cheryl said. Photograph by Eddie Seal
Cheryl whips out the spray paint to keep her wicker furniture looking fresh on the covered patio. Red and chartreuse pillows and amber candleholders add just enough color to brighten the space.