You’re Invited! Mixing Interior Design Styles Workshop

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Gone are the days where one interior design style is enough… Now, people are starting to decorate their home with a variety of styles — mixing vintage with modern and classic with contemporary. How does one do this successfully, one may ask? That is why Maureen is hosting a workshop next week at Loot Vintage Rentals to answer all the questions you may have about how to create a space that mixes and matches your favorite styles in a way that reflects your multiples preferences.

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Who? Maureen Stevens, of course. + Me (her assistant)

For as long as she can remember, Maureen has always been passionate about curating visually pleasing spaces and vignettes. Well-edited and immensely functional are the two main ingredients she always put into her design. Add refreshing to classy, a dash of “oomph” to sophisticated and you’ve got a recipe for her style aesthetic; her design style is never sterile and a hundred percent unpretentious & approachable. Maureen has always enjoyed sharing her ideas and collaborating with friends on styling…

What? Join Austin interior designer, Maureen Stevens, and her team for an evening of all things interior design. There will be bubbly and bites, as well as swag bags full of fun favors for all attendees. Bring all of your girl friends to learn some of Maureen’s home decorating tricks and tips! Hashtags: #MSDWorkshop #MaureenStevensDesign

Where? Loot Vintage Rentals. 3312 Duke Road. Austin, TX 78724

Loot Vintage Rentals, soon to be Loot Rentals, is Texas’ largest vintage rental and event styling company based in Austin. Founded by sisters-in-law Anna Crelia an Rhoda Brimberry in February, 2011. Loot Rentals offers design forward and inspired furniture and decor pieces to fit every milestone of your life. In addition to rentals, Loot offers event design and styling, home staging and is launching their first home goods collection this September, 2017. For more information visit LootVintageRentals.com and follow along on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

When?  November 15th from 6 to 8 pm

How to RSVP? Click here for the EventBrite page to RSVP now!

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Here is just one example of a design board that Maureen created for a client mixing multiple styles in a breakfast room! These styles included California Cool wallpaper, a Modern rug, French bistro chairs, Farmhouse lighting, and Classic nook seating. How cute is this room!

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Thanks so much for reading and we hope to see you all there!

XOXO,

Greta

5 Featured Architects: AIA Austin Homes Tour 2017

HEY! It’s time for some mid-week inspiration! So, this weekend I am so excited because I get to attend the 2017 AIA Austin Homes Tour and visit with all of the incredible architects who designed these beautiful and unique houses here in Austin. You, too, can be a guest at this year’s event and get exclusive access inside all of the astounding homes by purchasing a ticket here.

You may be wondering, what even is AIA? Well, AIA Austin stands for The Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and it has more than 1,000 architect and associate members and over 180 companies working in fields related to design, architecture, and construction in Austin. Their goal is to advance the value of architecture and thus, improve the community as a whole.

Something you should know about me — I started my love for architecture way before I ever thought about pursuing a career in interior design. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with watching homes be built from the ground up. I remember when my family was looking to move from our little cottage home in Dallas to one with more room, I became obsessed with touring houses for sale, and ended up finding our family’s forever home as an eight year old. Although I do not have the expertise or knowledge of all things architecture, I sure do have an appreciation for all the hard work and endless creating that architects put in to design one single home.

In order to get hyped for this weekend’s festivities, we chose five out of the thirteen talented architects from this year’s tour to feature in this post. I had to narrow them down for you all, but I encourage you to check out all of the remaining architects because their work is just as stunning. In addition to giving you a sneak peak at some of the projects that are part of the tour, we also asked a few of the architects a question about their latest designs — their responses were almost as encouraging and impressive as the homes themselves. Keep scrolling!

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1/ AlterStudio Architecture “Constant Springs Residence”

The home that is featured by AlterStudio in this years’ show is the Constant Springs Residence. I am absolutely amazed by the cedar ceilings that run throughout the home and continue outdoors. The coolest part about it is the cutout that allows a towering live oak tree to pass through. Floor to ceiling glass windows surround most of the home, exposing the interior spaces and giving it a very contemporary feel overall.

What was the biggest challenge for you when designing this home and how did you resolve it?

“The biggest challenge when designing this home was transforming the latent possibilities of the challenging site- comprised of amazing live oak trees- into something special. Our solution was to design an agile building that deftly engages the landscape, intertwining the life of the home with that of the oak trees to create a glass home that is nonetheless private in the midst of a relatively dense suburban condition.” – AlterStudio Architecture

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Constant Springs Residence

2/ FAB Architecture “Retama House”

Retama House, designed by FAB Architecture, is composed of four levels that utilize the exclusive characteristics of its site, which include living and sleeping areas that open up to balconies nestled in the dense, old oak trees that surround it. This classic-modern home also emphasizes a roof deck that sits on top of the highest branches to view all of downtown Austin. How fun would star gazing be on top of this home!

What was the biggest challenge for you when designing this home and how did you resolve it?

“By far the most challenging aspect in designing this home was balancing the city’s requirements with our client’s needs and desires. In the end, we accomplished this with skill and grace, after much hard work and rumination.” – FAB Architecture

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3/ Tim Brown Architecture“Timberline Pass”

The single-family home represented by Tim Brown this year is named Timberline Pass. The architecture of this home uses classic structure and scale while incorporating contemporary fundamentals, as well. My personal favorite aspect of this house is that the central living space can be opened up to the pool patio by the stacking sliding doors. This element allows the main house to be connected to the beautiful outdoors during pool parties with family and friends.

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Timberline Pass

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4/ Matt Fajkus Architecture“Main Stay House”

Main Stay House, a minimalist, contemporary home, allows the inside and the outside to feel as one. The structure of this house entirely opens up the metropolitan living space to the backyard and pool area. This architect’s work is a perfect example of how a home can reflect a family’s flexible lifestyle.

What was the biggest challenge for you when designing this home and how did you resolve it?

“The design is intended for clients looking for a new home to raise a young family of four in an Austin neighborhood that is perhaps most “uniquely Austin.” The challenges were both cultural and site-specific. The residence needed to best represent the spirit of the neighborhood – artsy and eccentric, helped partly by its varied history and rapid evolution paced with the city’s growth, resulting in highly diverse architectural styles. The site itself is regulated by the City’s McMansion Ordinance with strict restrictions on zoning, controlling building envelope size and form, buildable area, setback, impervious cover, and so on. The large existing trees have already occupied the front portion of the property and a quarter of the area within the setback. Limited by square footage, the clients’ requirements included 5 bedrooms and a pool under budget constraints and a desire for a streamlined aesthetic. The proposal is simple and straightforward – an architectural experiment with clean forms, relatable materiality, and a flexible urban infill living space that blurs the lines between inside and outside, for both humans and nature.” – Matt Fajkus Architecture

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Main Stay House

5/ Stuart Sampley Architecture“Lakemoore Residence”

This one-story, dark grey modern farmhouse home by Stuart Sampley caught my eye because it is almost exactly how I picture my dream home. The traditional gable roof and six heritage live oak trees make this house feel like a cozy home nestled in the trees. Inside, the open living room connects to the dining room and kitchen, and proceeds out the back to the flat roof pool house and swimming pool.

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Well guys, I could go on and on forever about these unbelievable homes and the architects who constructed them. To say the least, every architect that is going to be featured in this year’s annual AIA Austin Homes Tour is well deserving of the honor. I encourage all of you to buy tickets for this exclusive experience–it will be worth your weekend! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Greta

5 Fab Friday Finds: Curvy Sofas

Who doesn’t agree that lounging is the besssssst thing to do after a long day of work? Well, I have found that most of my lounging occurs on my sofa. Although I have an “L” shaped couch and love it dearly, I am recently obsessed with funky, curvy sofas. So here are a few that I found on this fabulous Friday to share with all of you!

1/ Ella Sofa by Piet & Boon:

This rounded sofa comes in two different sizes to fit the needs of your space and is available in a variety of materials and colors. Love the simplicity and chic-ness of this piece.

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2/ Grace Serpentine Three-Piece Sectional by Anthropologie:

Anthropologie’s new home line is killing the game right now. I want it all. This three-piece sectional is available in Jade (pictured below), Charcoal, Marine, and Navy. Conversations with friends would flow nicely on this curvaceous and feminine velvet piece.

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3/ Heatherly Sofa by Anthropologie:

Told you I was obsessed with Anthopologie….This smaller sofa fits two people comfortably and is one way to brighten up any room. The Heatherly Sofa is customizable and comes in a large variety of fabrics, such as velvet, wool, linen, and hundreds of colors. I want it in light blue velvet with brass legs!

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4/ Boomerang Sofa in Velvet Stone by West Elm:

Shown in Stone, this gorgeous sofa has been very popular at West Elm this season. The softly rounded edges of this sofa give it a graceful and dainty look. A variety of big fringe pillows and a faux fur throw would add more of a cozy feature to this lounge area.

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5/ St. Tropez Curved Sofa in Velvet by ModShop:

Pretty in pink! Love this last Friday find because of its soft pink color, of course, but also because of its tufted back rest. As a part of the St. Tropez collection by ModShop, this sofa has six bleached walnut legs and its also made in a larger version, as well.

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Which curvy sofa find is your favorite? I would choose them all if I could, honestly. Give us your personal opinion in the comment box below.

Well folks, that’s it this Friday! Have a fabulous weekend and check in next Friday for more decor ideas.

xoxo,

Greta

Project Progress: Pretty in Pink

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had as amazing of a weekend as I did at Austin City Limits. I am seriously considering going back for Weekend 2 just so I can see the Red Hot Chili Peppers all over again… They were by far my favorite show out of them all.

Anyways, as I am sitting here reminiscing about my past few days, I thought that I’d share one of my favorite “in-progress” projects with all of you to make your Tuesday brighter. Although there is more work to be done to complete her new crib, I am already in love with all that its turning out to be. Here are a few photos I took of my favorite accessories and decor (so far). Enjoy!

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What I would do to work in this happy place…

1/ Butterfly Wallpaper, Designers Guild

2/ Book Shelf, Ballard Designs

3/ Three Door Credenza, Mod Shop

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Living Room + Dining Room

Every accessory from the blush oriental rug to the magenta agate coasters screams girl time. The pink and navy accents that Maureen incorporated throughout her home add pops of color that cheer up the open layout. Everything from the table books to the wallpaper was thoughtfully chosen to reflect the client’s bright personality. How FUN would a happy hour with friends be in this posh space.

1/ “When Art Meets Design” Table Book

2/ Dining Table, Layla Grayce

3/ Pom Pom Rug, Anthropologie

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Master Bedroom

Adding more of a theatrical flair and darker color scheme to this room, the master bedroom has an overall bold yet cozy feel. Very unique!

1/ “Opera” by Ludwig Favre, Art Star

2/ Dark Floral Wallpaper, Ellie Cashman Design

3/ Atlas Point Chair, All Modern

4/ Gold + Pink Ottoman, Wayfair

5/ Black Swing-Arm Wall Lights, Visual Comfort & Co.

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I hope that you readers got some inspiration and ideas from this project! We are still in the process of finishing her lovely home and can’t wait to share the rest of it all with you all as it comes together. Have a happy rest of your week and don’t forget to check the blog on Friday for some more Fab Friday Finds!

xoxo,

Greta

5 Fab Friday Finds: Fiber Art

Man, tapestries have gone a long way haven’t they? We are loving artists’ & crafters’ new take on fiber or fabric art.

Let’s do a little definition, shall we!

Fiber Art: ( /ˈfībər/ /ärt/ ) fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labour on the part of the artist as part of the works’ significance, and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility.

Here are our Top 5 Fiber Art finds for this fabulous Friday {did you see what we did there?}:

1/ Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams, a self-taught painter, began creating modern-bohemian, dip dyed fiber art because she wanted to something other than canvas art in her home. Her passion for modern art and art of macramé is what motivates her to continue designing art with texture, beauty, and movement. Check out her page to see her range of colors, styles, and textures!

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Left, Lauren Williams art / Right, Maureen found this kapunuk in the heart of Athens & painstakingly carried it through 14 hours of air travel — she really loves it!

2/ El Anatsui

I have never seen something like El Anatsui’s shimmering hangings. Featured in monumental places across Africa, America, and Europe, these expansive sheets are comprised of millions of tiny, colorful pieces of metal and bottle caps that are shaped and held together by copper wires. Although El Anatsui does make public commissions, his mixed media art is only sold at art fairs and shows. Browse his instagram account, @anatsuiel, to see more of his legendary work.

GRAVITY & GRACE Monumental works by El Anatsui. Installation documentation June 2012.

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3/ Faig Ahmed 

Faig Ahmed’s hyper contemporary wall sculptures embody ancient carpet-weaving techniques from his native country of Azerbaijan and are usually mounted on architectural structures. His intricately designed pieces are famous for their patterns that advocate digital manipulation, pixelation, and distortion. Like El Anatsui, his work is exhibited at prestigious fairs across the world and he does make public commissions for certain pieces.

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4/ Sonadora Studio, Lisa Garcia

Talk about a dreamer and a doer, Lisa Garcia began as an interior designer and decided to take her career even farther by branching into product design and art direction. By incorporating fibers into her work, she turned her ideas into reality and opened up Sonadora Studio in Nashville. Sonadora Studio offers more affordable, hemp and brass minimalist art. Their hand-made art pieces are perfect if you need something to fill a blank wall anywhere in your home!

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5/ Kilim Tapestry from Anthropologie 

The bright orange, dip-dyed ends and sequin embellishments caught my eye as I was scrolling on the Anthropologie website. Made of hand-spun wool, cotton, and a metal rod, this funky hanging would look so cute in any room that needs a pop of color. P.S. the orange totally makes me think of Fall leaves, which makes me happy.

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I hope that these fab finds spur your imagination and give you some inspiration for your own home. Have a blessed weekend and check in next Friday for some more home decor ideas!

 

A Q & A with Meredith Ellis // Tribeza Interiors Tour 2015

 

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since the first Tribeza Interiors Tour! Last year, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing the amazingly talented Tracey Overbeck Stead. It was great to peek inside the homes of the most celebrated interior designers in Austin and look closely as to what inspires them and fuels their creativity. One big thing about Austin, the designers are laid back, approachable, friendly and their homes? The same way as their talented owners … that is what sets Austin interior design apart — design that’s creative yet never out of reach, beautiful yet never stuffy.

This year, I am so lucky to do a Q & A with one of the designers for this year’s Tribeza Interiors Tour, Meredith Ellis. I was instantly drawn to her aesthetic because of it’s warmth, life and design that’s utterly personal. It’s curated over time with mementos that speaks of a hundred memories.

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1. What is the best lesson you learned when you got a gig working with the amazing Bunny Williams?

The most valuable lesson I learned from working with Bunny Williams was to be patient in advancing my career.  When I landed my entry job with her at 23 I wanted to be doing the “decorating” and advance up to a designer right away.

I was naive, and didn’t realize at the time how valuable progressing slowly, smartly and really spending several years “working”in the field was important before becoming a true “designer”. It’s not always about being creative, it’s mostly about  problem solving, and always being three steps ahead.

Working for someone REALLY good, established, and with major large scale projects taught me so many facets of the business that I never could have known without years of due diligence.

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2. I absolutely adore the character & the “life” your home evokes, which vignette/s is your favorite & most definitely reflects your personality?

Hard to say, because I change things all the time!  I buy something and then I totally reorganize everything.  That’s my favorite part of design… reinvention!

But if I have to answer I would say our Living Room.  I love our Living Room because it’s such a combination of Hunter (my husband) and I… I love textiles, and accessories,  and I especially love color.

I want people to walk into our home and know something about us… our books, our photos, the artifacts and important things that are framed and displayed all over the room, they tell a story … that is OUR History.

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3. Tell me more how you chose the vibrant hue of your kitchen cabinetry. Any advice for people that’s afraid of color?

I wish I could take credit for that color, but it was here when we moved in.   It’s one of  two colors in our house that has remained.  I actually loved it, and worked the rest of the house around it.  

We did make it a little bit better though by installing a new backsplash which I thought was more appropriate for the house.

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 4. What is with English interiors that you are drawn to it?

I think particularly I am drawn to the old English Country houses… they are comfortable, and exude a sense of history without feeling too stuffy.  They are elegant and sophisticated.  I think of pretty  hard wood floors, rush matting or old oriental rugs , ornate bookcases, piles of antique books, perfectly soft and aged linen prints, beautiful dutch paintings  and collections of blue and white porcelain.  It’s just romantic and relaxing.  I think I just described Downtown Abbey.

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5. Travel is such a big inspiration for creatives; which of your travels has been the most inspiring for you & why?

I really love San Miguel De Allende. Several years ago my husband and I were married there.  But in the planning stages we had the opportunity to go into several private homes & hotels as we did research for places for our guests to stay… you walk down these small cobblestone streets, and the walls are all painted bright colors of aqua and yellow and orange.  You have no idea what sits behind the unassuming carved doors.  It’s magical… everyone we went into had a garden or courtyard overflowing with bougainvillea, jacaranda trees and greenery.  I also love the colonial Architecture, the European influence , and the all around artistic vibe.  Not to mention the shopping is pretty great.  

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Thank you so much Meredith! You are spot on that interior design, apart from creativity is all about problem-solving.

I am so excited to come to the kickoff party and mingle with my design friends as well as meet new ones, shake hands with the best of the best. I also have my walking shoes and tour-goer gang ready to be inspired. Austin, I hope you have your winter outfit for the upcoming tour. Read more about the homes & the designers. Get your tickets here & mark your calendars! See you there!

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JANUARY 24TH, 2015

10:30 am –  4:30 pm

The Red Chair Workroom

I’m not sure if this research has been done yet but I’m pretty sure Austin is high up there as far as population density of people working from home or coffee shops or co-working spaces, etc. It’s also the most collaborative, creatives seeking co-creatives. It’s the same in the interior design world here in our small, big town. That’s why when I heard that Anita Erickson, founder of Red Chair Market is building a place that will nourish this camaraderie, I had to know more about it. I asked Anita a few questions about this new project, it’s goals and dreams for the Austin interior design community.

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As a design enthusiast and having met a lot of design professionals in Austin, how do you think the city’s interior design environment is evolving?

I’m a design enthusiast but not a professional designer, so I had a chance to ask a lot of “dumb” questions as I’ve been researching this project and have learned a lot!  Austin is definitely coming in to its own as a respectable design city, but I love that it’s maintaining its character. There is a desire to work with local retailers, craftspeople and artisans and to make sure projects have a unique flair. There has also been a lot of talk about the business model of the design profession, some are going the straight fee route, some are doing the traditional product markup. The internet has changed a lot of things, with clients being much more able to access products and ideas on their own.  I think there is an opportunity to really educate consumers on the value of a professional beyond the product-acquisition role; from making sure that all the creative ideas fit in to a real home to managing the headaches of installation.

Some formally trained designers have embraced other designers who are not formally trained, others haven’t, what is your take on this debate?

This is a dangerous one for me to dive in to! I respect people who are passionate, professional and dedicated to what they do.  People like this come from many paths, and for some projects it’s most important to find someone who you connect with personally and aesthetically.  For others you really need someone with formal training or lots of specific experience.  Fifteen years of experience can substitute for four years of schooling, but I think the frustration comes in in that it’s hard for the average consumer to know how to evaluate. If everyone can call themselves an Interior Designer, there’s a concern that an experience with someone who isn’t professional will taint the whole industry.

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Tell me more about the Red Chair Workroom & how it sees itself in the next 5 years.

In a nutshell, we want to create a hub for the design community.  I’ve met with over 70 design trade pros in the last few months: architects, registered designers, decorators, retailers, vendors, even color consultants!  Many of them are independent practitioners, and what I hear most frequently is “collaboration”, followed by access to products and help with managing the business details. All this input guided the vision for the Workroom; summed up by our mission statement: Together, we are more productive, more profitable and have more fun. 

We’re building the space right now, and I often daydream about a day in the life of a Workroom Member to keep me focused.

You walk in to the Workroom and are greeted by name by the receptionist who asks if you’ve found the perfect side table for the Smith project. In the nearby lounge there is a member you’ve been meaning to connect with, so you grab a cup of (fantastic) coffee and sit down with your colleague to get some suggestions for a tile installer.  A clients is coming that afternoon, so you head back to the quiet area to plug in your laptop and finish up the presentation, then to the print room to make some handouts.  Lunchtime comes and you join some of the other members for a lunch-and-learn in the conference room; it may be a vendor presentation on the latest wallcoverings or a “business basics” discussion on employment tax.

At this point your clients will arrive soon, so you start to set up the reserved meeting room.  The presentation will be shown on the flat-screen monitor, but samples are also tacked to the wall. You head back to the break room and put together a tray with coffee cups, a fresh pot of coffee and real cream.  When your clients arrive they are shown to the meeting room and a lively discussion begins.  Halfway through, someone wonders if hand-scraped oak or Brazilian cherry floors would be better, so you pop out to the resource room and grab a sample of each. Decision made, without leaving the Workroom. 

It’s been a productive day but you decide to stick around; realtors from a local agency have been invited to happy hour to meet and network with the members.  You’re busy, but it’s always good to make new connections!  At the end of the evening you scoop up your project materials and stow them in your locker for the next visit.  Tomorrow’s a work-from-home day, but you’ll be back again on Friday to see what’s new.

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Thank you so much Anita! Thanks to visionaries like you, the Austin interior design environment will continue to flourish. To help this project, please click here.

Do you have a Design question or dilemma? Drop me a line and I’ll answer them for free {and absolutely no strings attached!}. Click here >>>

Kim West: Fearless and Confident Design

When it comes to spaces that deserves an enthusiastic ooohhh and aaaahhh, the description bold, daring and gutsy comes to mind. Going past the simple and safe is something that some of us have a hard time doing. But Kim West, a New York transplant will tell us how to do just that. Her home was featured at the Tribeza Interiors Tour and rightfully so. Her vision and design is exemplary and confident just like the bubbling personality that she is. Here’s an insight about her leap to the design world and her fascinating aesthetic.

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1. From the fashion industry to interior design, what made you take the leap?

The move into interiors was organic for me, I think style is style and I have always looked for it whether it was a pair of earrings or a lamp. The exposure to a high level of design, loads of international travel and being a NYC citizen trained my eye. During that decade I spent in the fashion industry I was also obsessed with real estate, renovating and decoration. My developer husband and I loved buying apartments and turning them into little gems. When we sold them in one day with bidding wars I thought perhaps there is something there. When I left my position at Marc Jacobs and the city I wasn’t really sure what was next. A year later several people asked for my design work in their homes and Well Dressed Space was born.

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2. Some designers will say that they themselves were their hardest clients; were you an easy or hard client when you were designing and decorating your home? Why?

I find the hardest part of working with clients is comforting them into taking the leap away from safe choices. So I actually think I was an easy client. I’m more afraid of a boring space than a lively one. It’s sort of like one of Diana Vreeland’s philosophy’s… either be the best or the worst, just don’t be stuck in the middle.

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  3. Designers continually evolve and are multifaceted, for your home, what main “style” did you lean towards and your initial source of inspiration?

This house is cheeky and charming, I wanted my family to live in a home that is playful and fun. My goal was to preserve and highlight the original details while taking it up a notch with strong hues and prints.

 

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4. For some, wall coverings or wallpaper is passé {which we totally disagree of course!}, why do you think it’s otherwise?

Hallelujah that it is back and back big time! Wallpaper is full scale art, mixing patterns with paper is one of my favorite design opportunities. On ceilings, on furniture, in an air stream trailer, I’m game for it anywhere. We are mixing two stunning papers in a client’s kitchen right now; I’m dying to see it once we finish!

5. You showed us that in your style and home, you’re not afraid of color and pattern; what advise would you give clients who are afraid to give it a shot but longing to do something more bold & daring in their space?

Paint!! It is inexpensive and can be changed easily. You also have to let the eye adjust and live with it for a bit. Give yourself a few weeks with your new shade and see how it feels. Also take a risk in a small space perhaps a closet, utility area or powder room. The world of inspiration is never ending, join pinterest, spend some time perusing design publications and commit to a look.

6. Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and a slew of others have done it; which fashion designer would you love to see foray into the interior design world to make some home decor furnishings and accessories?

Good question! I can’t narrow it down to just one. I would love to see Irene Neuwirth designing light fixtures, textiles from Marni, accessories from Lanvin and any and every category from the queen Miuccia Prada.

Thank you so much Kim! Your style is adorable and Austin is lucky to have such an incredible interior design talent. And remember everyone, a daring and adventurous transformation to your space this 2014 just might be the first step to unleash your endless creativity and spunk!

 

An Interview with Tracey Overbeck Stead

I firmly believe that interior designers live by a common ethos…and that is to make a home that truly reflects who they are and surrounded by things they love. This weekend, whether you are a design enthusiast or not, you should check out the Tribeza Interiors Tour. It showcases the interiors of big names in Austin in the world of design {and beyond of course!}. I still don’t know what to expect but I do know I will be thoroughly inspired. Today, I couldn’t be more honored to do this interview with an amazing interior designer, Tracey Overbeck Stead. Her work is fearless and at times offers a pleasant shock-value that others may find uncomfortable but secretly aspires to be as bold as her in her choices. Here it goes…

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1. With so many design styles you are exposed to, how would you describe the style you chose for your own home?

I love so many styles and I design using a number of styles because I tailor to each of my client’s personal aesthetics. For my own home, I would call my style modern eclectic. It’s schizophrenic truly. I have mixed my family’s antiques, with client leftovers, along side pieces I’ve found while traveling.

tracey overbeck stead home 2. With a slew of residential and commercial projects under your belt, what has been most helpful for you that continuously inspires your creativity?

My creativity is inspired continually through travel, design blogs, and very progressive local showrooms like Scott + Cooner and Wildflower.

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3. What do you think is the biggest hurdle homeowners have in defining their own design style?

I think the biggest hurdle my homeowners have in defining their own design style is being afraid of change and taking risk. I find they also get trapped in trends instead of truly listening to their hearts on how they like to live stylistically.

4. Beauty before function or function before beauty? What is the sequence of importance in your design process?

I don’t think you have to sacrifice either of those. They both are so incredibly important that I never do one without the other. In other words, many of my clients have animals and/or children. I can always find durable fabrics, finishes that are incredibly beautiful as well to satisfy both needs.

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5. Your bio states that you are inspired by the “minimalism of High Modernism”; the play of words is quite intriguing in itself; can you expound more on this?

Inspirationally, minimalism of high modernism is basically “less is more”. Maximum impact with minimum clutter. In other words, I am inspired by spaces that have less pieces with a large design “punch” rather than seeing many pieces in a space with less high design.

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6. How would you describe the state of interior design savvy that Austin have or doesn’t have?

Being an Austinite, I have seen this city go through major changes over the years. I think Austin has an incredible passion for interior design. I think this city is design savvy and the growing population will demand more showrooms and increased resources for designers. Right now design-wise, we are in a city in flux. We have the interest, the desire, and the right minds but we are still a small city struggling to become a larger city with resources that you would find in a large metropolis.

7. What advice, ideas and tips would you give to new interior designers and decorators?

I love to speak to UT students during the year as a guest lecturer. I always tell them they are entering the most creative and one of the most satisfying professions.

Tip 1- Check your feelings at the door!

Tip 2- Listen to your clients!

Tip 3- No inflated egos allowed!

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I am giddy with excitement about this tour. Here are the details:

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10am-4pm Get tickets here.

I do hope to see you there. All of us can learn so much on how “they” do it… that is how to create a home that’s inspiring, full of character and impeccably curated.

Thanksgiving Leftovers in Style

TAKEOUT

A few weeks ago, I did a post on a rustic fall elements which transitions easily from a Halloween dinner party to a Thanksgiving feast! But if you really want to outdo yourself this year, why not have a stylish “Thanksgiving leftover station” to match your dinner setting aesthetic? Yes, of course we have enough on our plates when hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, but a stylish leftover station is actually much easier than it seems, and fun for the guests too! Some colorful twine and washi tape can turn a regular to-go box into a fun “gift-like” presentation. So go ahead you, hostess with the mostest. Set up a small station of boxes, washi tape and twine. Who knew gobbling up left-overs can look so good?!

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Image sources: Cutlery//Pie boxes//Twine//Washi