Round Top Report

I've been meaning to write this post for awhile, but things have been busy! Several of our projects are moving along at a rapid pace, so I'm excited that I'll get to share those with you soon. Also, stay tuned for a big announcement I'll be sharing within the next couple of days!

I organized a short and sweet trip to Round Top a couple of weeks ago for their bi-annual Round Top Antiques Fair, which has somehow become one of the largest fairs in the country. I've been going for years and years (and years!), and while the prices have gotten higher and higher, the deals are still relatively good and the variety of vendors has really improved from the earlier shabby chic domination.

If you know me, you know I am textile OBSESSED, and this year there were lots of exciting textile vendors at Round Top. Here are a few photos of some of my favorites (click the image to go through the gallery!):

The big furniture winners of the day were these beaded (!) chairs from Africa:

And this GORGEOUS, mint condition, original Lucite and glass dining table for only $1800!

As always, there were lots of fun decorative items and kitsch a-plenty!

Authentic African Juju hat

Authentic African Juju hat

Huge welded metal chandelier

Huge welded metal chandelier


On the brain: ART

Well, that looks familiar...

Denise Prince's Paper Corsage, Tumbleweed

Denise Prince's Paper Corsage, Tumbleweed

Ever since I drove down Burnet Road a few weeks ago and saw an art piece I own (Denise Prince'Paper Corsage, Tumbleweed) plastered up on an Austin Art Board billboard, I've had art, in general, on the brain. I started college as an art major, but as an interior designer, it's the one thing I always hesitate to recommend to clients. Why? Because to me, art is extremely personal and what might strike me as brilliant may fall flat with someone else. And I kind of feel like the options are limitless. In the context of interior design, I don't believe art should match a space. I actually like it better when pieces are bold and striking and demand their own attention. Of course they should still make sense in the space and "coordinate" in some tiny way, but please don't match the colors in a painting to your sofa, rug or throw pillows. 

Here are a few artists I'm currently obsessing over... How would these look in your space?

Ashley Woodson Bailey's Rest in Jessica Alba's newly redesigned bedroom (photo by Justin Coit from Domaine Home)

Ashley Woodson Bailey's Rest in Jessica Alba's newly redesigned bedroom (photo by Justin Coit from Domaine Home)

I think this high contrast print from Ashley Woodson Bailey makes all the difference in this room! Is it striking, or what? Be sure to check out her other pieces- I love that her online shop is broken down into light vs. dark moments.

I must be having a floral moment, because I'm also currently obsessed with these Stephen Eichhorn pieces, which I first discovered when I was in Chicago last winter and saw his work as part of an exhibit across El stations.

Stephen Eichhorn's Orb III and Eulogy just arrived last week from Zioxla. Can't wait to get these framed and up in my house!

Stephen Eichhorn's Orb III and Eulogy just arrived last week from Zioxla. Can't wait to get these framed and up in my house!

I'm hoping to get a print of this one, too:

I love everything about this.

I love everything about this.

These on exhibit with the Johalla Project through October 11th are simply stunning

Maybe I'm not having a floral "moment," because, come to think of it, my longest artist crush (going on at least 10 years) has been on Kate Breakey (sadly, I don't own any of her pieces-- yet!). Her hand-colored photographs and photograms of dead animals and plants are hauntingly beautiful.

From Kate Breakey's Small Deaths series

From Kate Breakey's Small Deaths series

From Kate Breakey's Small Deaths series

From Kate Breakey's Small Deaths series

From Kate Breakey's Las Sombras (The Shadows) series

From Kate Breakey's Las Sombras (The Shadows) series

Another current artist obsession: Xochi Solis.  Xochi layers found papers, images and translucent paint gestures to create her collages and produces both small pieces and large scale wall installations.

Xochi Solis' I Wasn't Born to Follow (2014)

Xochi Solis' I Wasn't Born to Follow (2014)

For Mother's Day this past spring, I got a studio tour AND these two beautiful abstract collages (the grainy, awful photography doesn't do these justice, but I still want to share):

Pieces by Xochi Solis

Pieces by Xochi Solis

I'm always up for telling a story with your interior, so why not take a little time to discover some great artists whose work will elevate your home? Start locally by attending your local fine art festivals and stopping by galleries! 

xo, Becca

Update at Verde Heights

We are moving right along with construction at Verde Heights! Here are a couple of photos to prove it. The views just get better and better... a few of them have panoramic city skyline views!

Unit 1 is almost ready for its stucco and stone!

Standing in Unit 12, facing Unit 10, which is on the corner.

This is where Unit 12's kitchen will be- notice the clerestory windows that will be be above the cabinets. Out the "wall" to the far right you can see Unit 1 up the road.

Onward and upward!

Reveal: Before and After 1953 Central Austin Bungalow

After many months, we are finally finished with this renovation! We took our sweet time with it since midway through the project the owner decided not to rent or sell it upon completion, but to move her family into it while they renovate another, much larger home for the next 9 months. They are set to move in within the next couple of weeks.

To say that this house has changed is quite an understatement. It has completely transformed, and, I hope, taken on the "modern charm" I was aiming to impart with all of the selections. The owner granted me full control over the selections (but still with a conservative budget... it'll eventually be a rental, after all!), so it was a pleasure to have the freedom to execute my vision from the beginning. I wanted it to be fresh, bright and modern, yet still charming, made possible by adding a few vintage details that tie into the preserved items, such as the original windows.

BEFORE:

Before: Dark and closed off- the kitchen was behind those walls.

It can only go up from here...

And AFTER!

We removed the pantry and moved the water heater to the garage to open up the space. The range with a downdraft was moved to the peninsula to create more counter space. A 33" wide and counter depth refrigerator fits perfectly into the bright cabinetry!

Removing the upper cabinets that flanked the window and adding the custom walnut shelving makes the kitchen appear larger and more open, while still providing lots of storage for dishes, etc. There's also a niche for a microwave oven at eye level in the cabinetry to the left that allows for even more counter space. The tile is a Terra Nuova brushed marble linear mosaic that feels organic, fresh and warm and was only $10/square foot. Countertops are honed black granite, which will be extremely durable and easy to maintain.

We added the single panel glass door to let in even more natural light. The flooring feels both vintage and modern, exactly the combination we were going for.

The bathroom renovation is also complete. You probably can't tell from the "Before" photo, but there was a 20 lb tortoise living on a straw bed under the vanity! We took the bathroom down to the studs, so everything in there is all new and fresh, while the basic footprint remained the same.

Before: No big deal, nothing to look at... Just a very large turtle with its heating pad living under here...

Before: No big deal, nothing to look at... Just a very large turtle with its heating pad living under here...

AFTER:

We used Kemper cabinets in the color "Storm" and Ceasarstone "Lyra" engineered quartz for the countertop, which  mimics carrera marble but is much more durable. The Ogee tile was off-the-shelf from a big box retailer and used around the shower surround and back wall to make the space more continuous and feel larger. The same floor tile from the kitchen was used in the bathroom.

Sleek faucets match the sconces and mirror for a clean, modern look. The marble-like countertop, gray stained Shaker style cabinets, and soft shape of the Ogee wall tile lend the space its charm.

Sleek faucets match the sconces and mirror for a clean, modern look. The marble-like countertop, gray stained Shaker style cabinets, and soft shape of the Ogee wall tile lend the space its charm.

Thanks for reading! I wish my client the best of luck as she and her family moves in... Did I mention she and her husband have 4 children and that this is just over 1000 square feet and a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house? Their time here will surely be a lesson in living minimally.  I'm secretly looking forward to seeing how my choices handle the wear and tear ahead! :-)

Sneak Peek: Central Austin Bungalow Renovation Update

One of our renovation projects is moving along nicely and should be finished in just a couple of weeks! I thought I'd go ahead and show you a before picture of the kitchen, compared to a photo I took a couple of weeks ago, pre-cabinets. Cabinets are in now and look fantastic, but I'll leave that for the final reveal. Our goal for this 1950 bungalow was to keep the charm while giving it a modern edge, so you'll see lots of blending of vintage and mod elements, while keeping it fresh and bright-- just what we like. We demo'ed the pantry and a water heater closet that were closing off the kitchen originally so we could enlarge the space and connect it to the living area. I can't wait to show you the final result!

Soon it will be modern but charming!

Soon it will be modern but charming!

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