Vintage Charm: Nikki and David Oates’ Home Uses Rustic Decor | Waco today
Nikki Oates readily admits that she enjoys “old things” and frequents Round Top for her huge antique exhibits.
It’s no surprise then that many Round Top purchases over the years have made their way into her home in the Riverside subdivision of Speegleville Road in Woodway, adding vintage charm.
She is also fortunate to have a homebuilder as her husband.
Nikki’s wife, David, owns Oates Construction Services. He built their 3,500 square foot home, which they moved into in January 2015 with their son, Owen, who is now 11 years old.
“I felt like this was a good neighborhood our son could grow up in,” David said.
Nikki, who owns and operates JobLink Personnel Services, said a lot of the furniture and pieces have come over the years (and their old home in Twin Rivers) from Honey’s Home + Style in Waco.
Nikki says she was able to count on Honey Rader’s pick for items that fit well in their home.
“We built our house around a lot,” Nikki said.
If they were to describe the interior design of their home, David and Nikki agreed that “eclectic rustic” might be an appropriate reference with perhaps a French country.
Nikki said the layout of the house is inspired by Tulsa architect Jack Arnold, whose work she adores.
Upon entering the house you are greeted with an open concept with the large family room, dining table and kitchen in sight. In the entrance, a two-part thick wooden “O” is attached to the wall. David thinks this is an old metal casting mold. Nikki found it at Round Top and bought it so that the “O” represents Oates.
David said it was certainly an “inhabited” house, which also houses their two dogs, Blew, a 12-and-a-half-year-old yellow Labrador, and their most recent addition, Rush, a 5-month-old Yorkie.
The Oateses are big supporters of Fuzzy Friends Rescue and have posed with their dogs over the years for the Fuzzy Friends schedule. Photographic portraits of the family and their dogs by Charla Holmes are exhibited in several rooms.
The dining room
Two large sofas – one in black leather and one in white fabric – and two chairs stretch out across the room with a flat-screen TV above the fireplace in plain view.
A thick wood dining table (another purchase from Honey’s Home + Style) serves as a separation between the family room and the kitchen area.
“I love the open living room,” Nikki said. “We didn’t need all of these (separate) eating places and we don’t have a formal dining room.”
The family room has an extra large feel thanks to the 17 foot vaulted ceiling. Wide dark beams cross the ceiling to the top.
“Nowadays you have products that allow these homes to open up,” David said. “I think it gives the house a lot more character.”
David said he was building open plan homes in Twin Rivers in 2008 before it became a popular trend.
A striking piece in the family room is a large mirror, with a few dark spots and surrounded by a thick wood frame, giving the mirror a glass-like effect.
“It’s so heavy,” Nikki said, but it just adds to the play.
It’s another Round Top buy. The dealer, who was from Dallas, said he came from an old hotel in Chicago.
“At least that’s the story he told us,” David said. “Sometimes they say whatever it takes to make the sale.”
Two large, light globes hang from other beams in the kitchen for an eye-catching accent. The lights are above a large island with a marble top.
“I knew I wanted marble in the kitchen,” she said.
Three swivel chairs are placed under one side of the surface for sightseeing or dining on the island.
David added a wooden corbel at each end under the marble top to give the kitchen island extra character.
Another thing Nikki absolutely wanted for her kitchen was to have a window over the sink so that she could look outside while doing the dishes.
These windows offer a magnificent view of their garden and the swimming pool, which they have spent hours enjoying with their covered terrace.
Nikki says she’s never been the type to sweat the little things in the house like some design-conscious homeowners do.
“I told David I didn’t care about doorknobs or door hinges,” she said. “It didn’t matter to me. He could make those decisions.
David said that as a home builder he sometimes urges clients to “take the big picture and not hang on to just one thing.”
An attic above the kitchen overlooks the family room and has been the “high ground” for many Nerf rifle battles, she said.
Large columns from Waco’s Falcon and Owl store were built with the stair rail leading to the loft. Many movie nights and sleepovers have taken place at this loft, she said, which also contains photographic portraits of Nikki, David, Owen and their dogs.
Owen’s favorite place is the playroom, right next to the kitchen. Among the colorful objects are the Lego constructions he assembled, including an old-fashioned television and a vintage-looking Nintendo game console. A playroom sign is mounted between a pair of Lego figures high up on the wall. A traffic light is high on the opposite wall.
The sign and the brake light were both found at Round Top, Nikki said.
The master bedroom is comfortable and spacious. A barn door opens into the master bath which has marble greens and blues that remind Nikki of their visits to Rockport Beach.
In the bedroom, her collection of penny dolls is on display in a rustic curiosity. The vintage style chest of drawers is yet another Round Top item. More and more photos of family and dogs adorn the walls for a warm atmosphere.
The sofa in their bedroom that they’ve had for a long time, she said. It is now covered with a cover, but Nikki laments that its manufacturer has since closed its doors.
A variety of different antique doors are evident throughout the house. Nikki admits that some people don’t see the appeal.
“Not everyone likes old doors,” Nikki said.
“I had to convince people to frame these old doors (for the house),” he added.
David said the homebuilding industry is so different from what it was just a few decades ago.
“Twenty years ago there were few outlets for interior design,” he said. “There was no Internet. Once a month you had Southern Living magazine and that was about it.
Today there are Pinterest, HGTV shows, definitely more home decor magazines and websites, he said.
“The availability of trends is right at your fingertips,” said David. “As a home builder, it’s hard to keep pace. I feel like it forces you to go faster.
Sometimes, however, the old becomes – if not new – more popular.
“The trends tend to go backwards,” he said.
Home is where the Oates family can get comfortable and relax, whether it’s a movie night in the loft, soaking up the sun by the pool, or lying down. on the couch.
It’s a place they can enjoy with their dogs, surrounded by vintage charm. ??