In interior designer Yadira Acevedo’s home in Timberwood Park, the Chicago native and former folk ballet dancer has created an “urban-meets-Hill-Country” oasis.
“I think a lot of people walk into the house and feel a sense of comfort and balance,” says Acevedo, owner of Yadesign Interiors.
Acevedo moved to San Antonio in 2011, after her husband’s appointment here, and says after years of living up north, the town of Alamo, with its warm climate and vibrant heritage, was a welcome change. “I love anything to do with culture, color and texture, so San Antonio definitely ticks all those boxes,” she says.
The couple built their 2,300 square foot residence in 2018 with three main goals in mind. First and foremost, they wanted it to blend architecturally with the Hill Country surroundings of the northern suburbs of San Antonio. Second and third, it was about designing a space that would thoughtfully incorporate both their mid-century furnishings and their collection of colorful folk art.
To achieve this, Acevedo offset the home’s clean, neutral palette using a patchwork of materials and textures that together create a bright, warm and visually appealing environment.
The selection of stained concrete floors, for example, provides a stylish contrast to the rustic cedar beams, walnut paneling and barn-style pantry door. Meanwhile, a mix of velvet, wood, and hammered brass create a layered, shimmering sanctuary in the jewel-toned master suite.
Acevedo is an expert in pattern play, as evidenced by its whimsical wallcoverings and statement-making rugs. “One of the things we had fun with was the dining room drapery,” she says, showing off her graffiti-like print. “It’s my tribute to living in Chicago in a very urban area.” The fabric is complemented by a splashy, graphic space rug that mimics many of the colors of the curtain.
Throughout the three-bedroom home, the couple’s collection of artwork and relics from around the world feature prominently. A woven table runner from the Yucatán Peninsula tells the stories of past adventures, while other works pay homage to local artists, like Oscar Galvan. A favorite, hanging above the central fireplace, is a wire painting of an antlered deer, made by the Huichol people in Jalisco.
“We immediately fell in love with this piece which had both bold geometric shapes and the deer, which are very symbolic of Timberwood Park,” she says. “We had never lived in an area where you could see deer up close like we do now.”
The large room where the painting hangs is also Acevedo’s favorite space in the house. With its high ceilings, natural light and long mustard curtains anchored by a black and white rug, it’s a striking yet inviting place to entertain loved ones and spend time with family, including their 3-year-old son.
“For me, good design is about incorporating pieces that make sense,” she says. “My home is an extension of my personality, my life experiences and the things that inspire me.”