Top Floor of Lone Star District Townhouse with Challenging Layout Remodeled for Entertaining Living Space in San Antonio

In many homes there is a space – an extra bedroom, a living room on the second floor, a large landing – that seems to slip through the cracks, from a design standpoint. So it ends with a mishmash of sofas, chairs, lamps, tables and other worn out furniture.

The young couple living in the Lone Star neighborhood, just south of downtown, didn’t want this to happen in the top-floor bedroom of their brand new three-story townhouse. So they called in an expert, interior designer Amber Guyton, whose company Blessed Little Bungalow was based in San Antonio at the time.

The four bedroom, 3 ½ bath home sits on a corner lot, so the top floor bedroom has stunning views down to the downtown area, hence its nickname, the Lone Star Lookout. The couple, who asked not to be named, wanted the room to be a place open enough to entertain while still feeling intimate enough to relax, watch TV, or just sit and read.

San Antonio’s Lone Star District is undergoing a facelift. Video: Billy Calzada

Fans of the Mid-Century style, they also wanted the decor to blend in with the neutral, clean aesthetic of the rest of the house, and not compete with the views.

But the layout made it a challenge. At just 12 feet by 15 feet, several walls are smashed through by large windows and three doors.

Fortunately, Mid-Century style furniture tends to be lower and narrower than other styles, so a Guyton L-shaped sectional sofa found in West Elm fits nicely under windows in a corner. A low-slung reclaimed wood TV console and coffee table also fits into the look and offers functionality, but is understated enough to keep the focus on the view.

The look is clean, modern, and airy, which the couple say they love because it’s not too trendy.

Just outside the Lone Star Lookout is a rooftop balcony, complete with a gas fireplace.

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A paint drip mat made of wool blend and viscose pile in light blue, yellow and baby pink ties the room together. When she saw it on a shopping trip at Home Goods, Guyton texted the couple a photo, who agreed it was exactly what was needed and immediately went to buy it.

“The rug really has an impact in the room, drawing your eyes to it, especially against the darker hardwood floor,” Guyton said.

The play’s art rewards the attentive viewer, with several framed prints the couple already owned and several they have purchased that reflect their interests, including snow skiing and the history of San Antonio.

These are displayed on narrow wooden ledges that adapt to the space. “There isn’t a lot of wall space, especially with all those windows,” Guyton said. “Window sills have a narrower profile than shelves, so they work best in the small room. “

One piece in particular that they are proud of is a vintage poster from HemisFair. Printed on paper, it is folded so that the tower stands out in the form of a bas-relief.

Now that the play is complete, the couple say they are using it even more than they expected. Big basketball fans, they love hanging out together to watch the Spurs (her) and the Bulls (him). Other times, they go there just to sit and read quietly with each other.

When the yoga studios closed at the start of the pandemic, they began to take their om upstairs, moving the coffee table to the side and placing their mats on the plush carpet. They say they find the view out the window very peaceful and calming, even while doing the warrior pose.

They also recently hosted their first reunion in over a year, inviting 12 friends to celebrate the Fiesta in person and watch the downtown fireworks display. The room might be small, but they said between the gazebo and the adjoining balcony it was never too crowded.

It took some work, but they say the room has become everything they ever wanted from her – and it looks good doing it. | Twitter: @RichardMarini

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