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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Retama House

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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Timberline Pass

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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Lakemoore Residence

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Lakemoore Residence

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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: Black + Gold

Hello all! The chill in the air on this fall Friday has me happier than ever in my cozy sweater. It’s the little things…right? I finally feel like the holidays are near since Austin has finally decided its over summer weather.

While we are transitioning our lives and homes into the next season, I wanted to inspire you all with some black + gold favorites.

Black {or as we like to call it, “Noir” because we are fancy}, symbolizes the spooky holiday coming up at the end of this month, Halloween. Gold, represents the golden leaves that are falling and all the festivities that come along with the holidays.

When combined, this color duo makes any piece of furniture or accessory look chic and swank. Enjoy these fabulous finds!

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black-gold 1. Coco Cabinet, Shine By S.H.O

This funky cabinet shown in ebony oak has brushed brass inlay and acrylic door pulls — from our mouths, oh my gosh!

2. Modernist Murano Glass Wall Sconces, from a local Austin fave, Jean-Marc Fray

These Italian Mid-Century Modern style wall sconces are composed of glass globe shades and black lacquered cones that extend from brass structures.

3. “Midnight Tide” by Kelly Wearlster

I am obsessed with this simple, yet distinctive work. The artist’s love of geometric form, rich textures, and bold imagery is what inspired this gesso painting. “Midnight Tide” also comes in turquoise.

4. Angles Wallpaper in Black / Gold, Erica Wakerly – locally sold at Supply Showroom

This incredible metallic wallpaper is printed in the UK and comes in all different color combinations. Supply Showroom, located in Austin, also carries this line of wallpaper if you want to go see this daring combination in person.

5. Anabelle BRB in Black, Worlds Away

The Anabelle in black velvet and brass is the definition of a posh dining chair. Although I am hooked on the black and gold combo, it also comes in a bright orange velvet and a white velvet with either a nickel or brass frame.

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That’s all for now! Feel free to share your own black and gold finds with us in the comment boxes below. We love getting feedback and getting to know what grabs the attention of our readers and fellow interior designers. Have a fantastic weekend!

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

Featured Artist: Caroline Doyle

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Today, we are featuring a young, vibrant & contemporary artist, Caroline Doyle. Here at Maureen Stevens Design, we are always looking for amazing art for our clients & well, hers? We fell in love with. We caught up with Caroline for a little Q & A on how her passion & drive for art started.

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I have been fascinated by all different styles of art since I was young, from Realism to Abstract, and everything in between. Whether in a gallery, a museum, or a home, art has always been an essential part of enhancing spaces with its power to transform any interior atmosphere.

The art we choose to view and hang in our own space is always changing, as new artists and inspirations come along. For me, I have always been drawn to the bright colors and exciting vibrancy of Contemporary Art, with a hand from Pop Art. Pop Art has brought popular culture in the realm of high art since the 1960s, and reflects the realities and concepts of everyday life.

The evolution of Contemporary Art and the importance of incorporating artwork in spaces we design is what inspired me to begin this segment on our blog. To start this series off with a bang, I sat down with one of my most talented friends, Caroline Doyle, who has a knack for combining all of my favorite styles of art. She is heavily influenced by Pop Art, and incorporates both realist and abstract elements to create paintings that keep us wanting more! We asked her a few questions about her lifelong passion for painting that has turned into a full-time career as an up-and-coming contemporary artist.

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Bey in the Air, 48″ x 48″

1/  Tell me about yourself, your art experience, and how you decided that creating art was something you wanted to make a career out of.

I was born and raised in Houston, and just graduated from the University of Texas in May. I majored in Studio Art, but never dreamed of turning my degree into a career. By a series of happy accidents and the incredible support of friends and family, the career happened to me! While I was spending my whole Senior Year, half-heartedly applying for jobs that seemed more practical, I started getting requests from people to purchase my work. Before I knew it, I was flooded with orders, and my little business had begun! I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who took interest in my work without promoting it, and it was then that I thought this was something I could seriously pursue after graduation. My art experience thus far has been a medley of exploring many different means and styles to achieve the same goal: bringing something beautiful into existence that did not before, and making it thought provoking and fun for viewers to engage with.

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Diamond, 48″ x 48″

2/ What is your favorite piece of art that you’ve ever created and why?

Gosh, so hard to pick favorites! If I had to choose one, it would be the first major painting I did freshman year of college, “Paint Coated Deer.” It’s a marker for my technical improvement from day one, and still represents some of the ideas I explore today. It juxtaposes the contemporary with the classic. I grew up in a family of hunters, and while I enjoy the sport, I constantly find myself more intrigued by the composure of deer. The deer exhibit the serene figurative aspects of traditional painting, interrupted by a stark breach of the absurdly contemporary. By “painting paint” on the poised animals, it suddenly brings them into a dialog between primal existence and fast-paced colorful modernism in an amusing way.

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Paint Coated Deer, 48″ x 60″

3/ What are you trying to communicate with your art?

Truth, brilliance, and conversation with a satirical flair. I am drawn to exploring the fast and loud within our society – there is beauty to be seen in both the good and bad aspects of our culture. I seek to create work that is both pleasing and fun at first glance, yet dares my viewers to invoke further thought as to the underlying theme of each piece. I want my art to start conversations on anything from politics to pop culture to nature by adding energy, humor, and elegance to the otherwise mundane. Moreover, I just want people to enjoy it!

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4/  Who is your ultimate inspiration and why? 

Ashley Longshore. If you don’t know her, you need to! She’s the most out-there, kickass artist in the game. I resonate with a lot of her ideas on pop culture and showcasing luxury and wit. I admire how raw and authentic she is in her work, and aim to be that way with my own! Her vibrant use of color, cultural icons, and text bring hilarity to a world of darkness – gotta love it!

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Big Red, 48″ x 72″

5/ What is your process for taking custom orders or selling work?

So far, the word has spread itself!! I cannot credit enough the overwhelming support of friends, family, and even strangers to bringing in business. As of right now, I share my work on Instagram (@carolinedoyle_art) where clients can either message me or email me with inquires about purchasing work or ordering a custom commission. I love when people reach out, and I am always happy to chat ideas! So feel free to send me a note and let’s get talking! *stay tuned: website in the works*

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Beats by Deer, 36″ x 60″

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On the Fly, 42″ x 66″

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Amanda-naut, 48″ x 48″
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Hilde, 36″ x 48

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Milary Clinton, 48″ x 48″

For more updates and photos of Caroline’s recent artwork, follow @carolinedoyle_art on Instagram. Cheers to the artist herself & her swoon-worthy art!

Red Carpet Inspired Interiors

You may have seen some of our Editorial to Interiors posts, but today I’m doing a one off and just taking inspiration from the red carpet.  I was dying over some of Vogue’s 10 Best Dressed looks for this week and thought, why not see if we can find some rooms that embody the essence of these elegant looks.

1.  Emily Blunt in Romantic Peach

Here’s Emily in her gorgeous gown…

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And the room it inspires…

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2. Marion Cotillard and Rich Deep Purple

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3. Jennifer Lawrence and Brooding Burgundy

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4. Helen Mirren and Glamorous Gold and Black

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5. Naomi Watts and Blue Elegance

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And there you have it, my take on these fashions’ transition from clothing to decor.  Let me know which is your favorite, or if you have a different take on these fashions…my personal favorite is Jennifer Lawrence’s dress and room pairing, but I am biased towards all manor of wine-inspired colors.

Have a wonderful weekend!