Catrina's Ranch Interiors
is the proud 1st prize winner of the "Best Furnishings" award in the San Antonio 2012 Parade of Homes
Parade of Homes Award winning designer Catrina Kendrick wears
both a creative bonnet and a business chapeau at Catrina's Ranch Interiors.
Go shopping at Catrina’s Ranch Interiors and you’ll likely find the owner, Catrina
Kendrick, juggling phone calls, meeting with clients, answering employee questions, conferring with craftsmen and doing a
thousand-and-one other things necessary to keep her custom furniture and interior design store thriving.
The decorating expert, who is noted for her one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, leads a demanding
professional life. But she’s not complaining. Kendrick loves the challenges and even the multitasking involved. "Everything
I used to do for other people I’m now doing for myself and this business,” she says. “This is exactly the
life I imagined for myself.”
Catrina spent years in the furniture business
managing and buying for other furniture stores. She takes understandable pride in her stores and her specialty handcrafted
furniture made of Canadian alder, as well as mesquite, pine, cedar and antique woods. She’s proud of her extensive inventories
– unique things such as antler and iron chandeliers, custom furniture and cabinets and doors at the ranch location,
and European-flavored and contemporary pieces.
Catrina's Ranch Interiors,
"Best Furnishings" Award Winner, San Antonio Parade of Homes 2012
The Dining Room, all award winning furnishings at the Parade
Home are now for sale
Make the move She is proud of the way she has been able to turn her career dreams
into realities. The ranch started out as what most considered an impossible dream. People gave dire warnings about
the venture and told her it was crazy to leave a great downtown location behind (she had a successful home décor shop
on Boerne’s Main Street). They shook their heads and asked, “Why take a dangerous gamble on an old, rundown building
just off the interstate?” It was a good question. But although Kendrick pondered it for a while (and although
she spent some sleepless nights scared to death that it might be a mistake), she decided to make the move.......
Catrina designed the stunning kitchen
The bar, created by award
The modern yet elegant
Nostalgia Somehow, the entrepreneur just knew the old building made partly of a barrack building constructed
in 1935 had possibilities, and could be repurposed to provide a perfect showcase for her quality wares and custom furniture
designs. Furthermore, there was nostalgia involved. It had been the site of her first commercial design job more than three
decades ago, and she had watched it function as a popular restaurant for many years. Many remember the old Loft Steakhouse
in Boerne. She beautifully renovated the old loft and opened in 2005. And what a space it is! Replete with Texas/Tuscan/hacienda
influences, it never fails to awe shoppers in search of the finest-quality home furnishings and unusual decorative items.
The building feels like an old ranch house.
Kendrick is no stranger to the various aspects of interior design. She spent many years working on commercial and residential
projects in Houston and Colorado. It was a busy life even way back then, but nothing compared to now, with two locations and
two professional hats to wear: a business chapeau and a creative bonnet. The creative bonnet just might be the hat she likes
best. She truly delights in working with clients, sketching out custom pieces that suit their tastes and then seeing the one-of-a-kind
creations through to completion. “If you can dream it, we can build it” is her motto, and she pretty much stands
The magnificent Master
Suite designed by award winner Catrina
Bedroom adorned with birds and butterflies
Design Philosophy What if a client has no dreams in mind? Well, no problem! The interior designer also meets with people in their homes to offer decorating advice, and
to suggest what might be successfully integrated into arrangements. Catrina’s approach rejects the one-style, right-out-of-the-catalog
look. Instead, she favors an eclectic mix of old and new, enlivened with eye-catching conversation pieces that have personality.
showroom arrangements aptly illustrate her design philosophy, and customers are encouraged to browse and to make a mental wish list. The
business owner tells her staff to be friendly and helpful, but never pushy. She also emphasizes the importance of making deliveries
on time and insists that installers do a professional job. There is a one-month turnaround time on custom-crafted furniture,
in most cases.
The elegant and spacious dining
An artistic eye Kendrick’s professionalism and
have resulted in honors ranging from the Parade of Homes to the Summit Awards, both sponsored by the San Antonio Builders
Association, of which she is an active member. She recently won the Parade of Homes at Comanche Trace in Kerrville. Her career
started when she arranged flowers for a local florist as a teenager. When setting up for home weddings, she’d often
find herself moving furniture around at a home in order to make things work better for a special occasion or party. Customers
liked what she did and always seemed to leave their furnishings right where she placed them. Many told her she should become
an interior designer.
Even at a very young age, she had an artistic eye. Innate artistic talent eventually led her to interior decoration with Lack’s
Furniture, and to opening a downtown shop in Boerne, which her sister managed for her. Years later, it was off to Houston
to work for Fingers Furniture, and then to Colorado to be the buyer and general manager of Denver Furniture. Eventually, the
move to the historic old building that became Catrina’s Ranch Interiors followed. Each one of the career steps over
the years has been a learning experience and a natural progression, she explains. Every move has been an opportunity to further
develop her talents and discover quality resources and talented craftsmen.
a mature businesswoman, Kendrick manages to run her business and pass it forward, helping other women and being very active with charity fundraisers.
Last year, she served as the head chairperson of decorating for the Zoo Ball and the Cattle Baron’s Gala. Currently,
she is the decorating chair of Ballet San Antonio’s fundraiser, Dracula’s Masquerade Ball.
Catrina Kendrick works in close
with some of the finest woodworking masters in Mexico, and she has great respect for their techniques and handcrafting. Indeed,
every beautiful piece that’s created by her artisans, whether a tiny table, a massive armoire or a dining room group
that is hand-carved, is built to last and to be handed down.
Kendrick likes to think about future generations still enjoying her heirloom-quality
pieces. It makes her demanding workdays and non-stop schedule all the more worthwhile.
Catrina's Entrance Hall floor and domed-ceiling
Parade of Homes Video
Catrina's Ranch Interiors Awards 2012
San Antonio Parade of Homes - Best Furnishings
2011 San Antonio Magazine- Best Custom Home Builder
2010 Summit Awards - Best Kitchen
2010 Summit Awards - Best Master Suite 2009 San Antonio Parade of Homes - Best Master Bath
2009 San Antonio Parade of Homes - Best Master Suite
2009 San Antonio Parade of Homes- Best Outdoor Entertainment
2009 San Antonio Home & Garden Show - Most Beautiful Display
2008 San Antonio Home & Garden
Show - Best
2008 Best Interior Design Summit Award - Steve Essex Home
2008 San Antonio Home & Garden Show - Most Beautiful Display
2008 Kendall County - Best of the Best
2007 San Antonio Home & Garden Show - Most Beautiful Display
2007 Parade of Homes - Best Furnishings
2006 Parade of Homes - Best Interior Design
2006 Kendall County - Best of the Best
Ranch Interiors, if you can dream it we can build it
San Antonio Parade of Homes 2012
Western accents Catrina's Ranch Interiors of San Antoniois
renowned for its award winning custom western furnishings and Texas hill country designs. Their stunning leather and rustic
furniture is always beautifully accented with fine art paintings, antler chandeliers, bronze statues, scrolled iron work, oriental
rugs and other glamorous accessories.
Catrina's Ranch Interiors
brings you elegance by design, if you can dream it we can build it