BY TIMIA COBB
CUSTOMIZE YOUR FURNITURE
Adding cowhides to furniture, such as dressers or chairs Expanding or taking in wardrobe or dresser sizes Repainting furniture Adding extra coatings to furniture Casa Decor can customize furniture by:
From left: General Manager Robbert Van Gelderen and Mitch Stephens work at Casa Decor.
Casa Decor adds a Hill Country air to its custom furniture sets by adding animal hides to the pieces, including dining room sets, living room chairs and more.
Customers can nd authentic cowhides on display at Casa Decor.
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Casa Decor 1 651 S. I-35 Business Loop, Ste. 840, New Braunfels 830-837-5777 2 1671 N. I-35, Ste. 102, New Braunfels 830-837-5648 www.casadecornewbraunfels.com Hours: daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Casa Decor Retailer sells customizable furniture with Hill Country charm S pecializing in rustic hand- made furniture and accesso- ries, Casa Decor approaches
store receives its custom-made furniture. He said the custom furniture is made from their own input and designs. The store works with carpenters who can achieve Casa Decor’s distinctive rustic look by overseeing the type of wood used, carving techniques and being environmentally friendly by reusing and repurposing old furniture. “We have a carpentry shop that does the carving; we have a car- pentry shop that just builds from mesquite,” Van Gelderen said. “Then we have several that kind of like use old building materials, so old doors and stu like that. Everything gets brought into El Paso and then we just either pick it up ourselves with our trailers or we have 18-wheelers
bringing it to us here in New Braunfels.” Van Gelderen describes the
its one-year anniversary of opening its second location in New Braunfels. Casa Decor originated in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1989. Since then, the store expanded to multiple locations including El Paso and two stores in New Braunfels. Its second store, located at 651 I-35 Business Loop, Ste. 840, opened in August 2021. “We practically grew out of the rst store here, and then we just decided to nd a bigger store,” Casa Decor General Manager Robbert Van Gelderen said. Van Gelderen explained that Casa Decor’s manufacturing location is based in El Paso and is where the
furniture items sold at the store as “handmade furniture with rustic touch.” Rustic being classic or nor- mal pieces of furniture with rough touches to them, giving each item its own personal and unique charm. The store also provides a variety of furniture from Mexico. “We have more rened furniture that kind of originates from, you know, the Spanish colonial and Mexican and even Texas styles of furniture that evolved over the last two centuries,” Van Gelderen said. “So it’s a mix; that’s why we call it either Texas Hill Country furniture or rustic furniture.”
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