Austin is a mecca for eclectic art, live music, and quirky attractions, so it’s no wonder a wonderfully unique interior design follows suit. Hold on to your hat as this Austin home is a fantastic mix of bold colors, wild patterns and artistic sophistication. Seriously, hang on your hat – there is a place to display the owner’s huge hat collection!
Located in Austin’s popular SoFi (South First Street) neighborhood, this three bedroom, three bath loft residence is the perfect size and shape for its first owner. This single 30s woman wanted an eccentric place to hang her hat (s) – literally – so she chose interior designer Maureen Stevens to bring her vision to life. The two worked on a design scheme that reflected the individuality of the owner while also establishing the vision in a cohesive style.
Maureen, who divides her time between Austin and New Orleans, says she is “a modern, classic type of girl who loves old architectural details, finds found with history and panache, and mixes everything with new trends and items. I also love the subdued maximalism – subtle grandma style that is nostalgic and multi-layered, but still refreshing and tidy. “
She transformed the 2,097 square meter room by thinking outside the box with bold colors and textiles. Perhaps inspired by the house’s location on Peacock Lane, the master bedroom has a luxurious teal velvet. Both in the bed of High Fashion Home and in the extravagant window coverings, the homeowner snuggles into a blue-green dream. Together a monochrome theme unfolds – velvet on velvet, tufting with fluted folds and a cool geometric rug that brings every element together.
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The skillful use of geometric shapes extends far beyond the master bedroom. From the steel railing and textiles in the living room to the star-shaped back wall in the kitchen, coherent graphic elements highlight the design of this house. And nowhere is this use of the geometric style more evident than in the office / guest room – Maureen drew shapes right on the wall for her assistant to paint them. The room was supplemented with a daybed from CB2, window coverings from Loft Curtains and accessories from Anthropologie, CB2, Burke Décor, Finnish Design Shop and various vintage finds. And because the homeowner owns so many hats, Maureen created a charming yet functional wall to house and display.
With all the clever combinations of animal and geometric prints, curated accessories and bold colors, it only makes sense to show off the adventurous design. This homeowner is often entertaining and wanted a home to welcome and impress her guests. Their vintage bar cart is both fun and functional, and makes a great place to display heirlooms, antique glasses and bottles. Another popular place to entertain friends is the eye-catching dining room, which uses a black and white neutral animal pattern that blends with the other animal patterns throughout the house. And to put everything together, the same wallpaper from the dining room is repeated on the kitchen island, crowned with a butcher’s block and accented with brass stools from Trica Furniture.
“Everything was reduced and neutral, but with different textures,” describes Maureen from the dining room. “The transparent linen curtains in mauve-taupe add to the depth of the room; even the minimalist Scandinavian carpet. “
This vibrant Austin home is a perfect reflection of the diverse people and culture of the surrounding neighborhood. We put our hats on the cool varying colors, patterns, materials and products that merge into a wonderful design.
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All photographs by Lauren Logan Photography.
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