Design Board to Reality: Downtown Austin Abode

Happy Tuesday everybody! These are some of my favorite posts to do because I think it is so much fun to see how a project can move from an idea on paper to reality. We named this cute project the “Downtown Austin Abode” project because it is located in the heart of downtown Austin in a high-rise right off of the notorious 6th Street. I hope that you love watching our ideas for this project come to life!

As you can see below, we started off this project by making a design board. Design boards are really helpful not only to the designer, but also for the clients to get an idea of what the finishing spaces will look like. Design boards are a rough replica of what we imagine the space to turn out like. Not all of the details in the design board will actually happen–some of the fun of it all is making things work as we go. As you continue to scroll down, you will notice that this design board is almost identical to what the space actually turned out to be. We LOVE it!

DESIGN BOARD

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REALITY

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When we visited the apartment for the first time, this is what we were working with. Going to see the empty space before any work has been done on it is always a good idea for an interior designer. It helps to get exact measurements of everything so that we can make sure all of the furniture and accessories will be the perfect fit. Below are photos we took of the master bedroom and the kitchen area.

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Before – Bedroom + Kitchen Area

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I am obsessed with how the bedroom and kitchen area turned out! The cactus wallpaper and green walls with gold accessories and art, as well as the dark wood side tables are to die for. My favorite part about the view from this master bedroom is the green, rolling hills that go on as far as the eye can see!

Lets talk about the breakfast table–we added the four chairs and marble lazy suzan for friends to drink coffee and for conversations to flow. The variety of framed vintage fabrics brightens up the white walls and adds even more of a unique, Austin feel to this apartment.

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Bedroom Wall Art

Bedroom Wall Art

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The following pictures show more views of the empty kitchen and living room area. We were really excited to work with this spacious and open living room because that is where most of the hanging out would occur. Scroll down to see how our ideas from the design board were reflected in this space.

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As you can see, this space turned out to be a pretty close replica of the design board. My favorite piece of furniture that we incorporated in the living room is definitely the woven peacock chair with the fur throw and fringed blue pillow. I also fell in love with the ombre blue and white fabric art and the leather vintage suitcases we used. The pops of color from the fringe pillow, geometric marbled coffee tables, and large wall art above the couch give this apartment such a positive aura.

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Living Room

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Colorful Fringe Pillow

Colorful Fringe Pillow

This southwestern style apartment with its modern bohemian flair makes the perfect getaway weekend for couples or friends visiting downtown Austin. Watching projects like this one come to life is what makes working for an interior designer so rewarding and inspiring. I hope you all enjoyed reading about one of our most recent, finished projects and were able to gather some ideas for yourself! Have a great rest of your week and make sure to check the blog on Friday for some 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!