A Casual & Eclectic Guesthouse

Professional Project

Project by: Mark Cravotta of Cravotta Interiors
Location: Austin, Texas

One of the best parts of Mark's designs seems to be the attention to detail. It doesn't matter if a space is huge or tiny, it's richer when textiles are intriguing, furniture is a mix of modern and ornate and accessories are thoughtfully chosen. This guest house (a companion to his home we showed previously) is the perfect example of this level of enviable detail.

From Mark: We were thrilled to find our house in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin two years ago. The original house was built in 1922 and the guesthouse was built 12 years ago. It was designed by esteemed Austin architect Tim Cuppett. Although in need of some TLC and freshening up, it was structurally in great shape. So after a little cosmetic love and decorating, it now provides a sanctuary for family and friends as well as guests we host via AirBnB.

The renovation included repainting the entire interior in pure white, replacing the HVAC, adding window coverings, furniture and decor. As with most designers, I had accumulated a variety of furnishings in storage and the casita provided a perfect opportunity to utilize those items in a fresh new way. The result is casual, colorful and eclectic.

Concrete planters: 200 year old cattle troughs

  • Buddha: hand-carved from Thailand
  • Patio furniture: Roost
  • LR Sofa: Vintage 1940’s
  • LR rug: Antique Berber I purchased in Marrakech, Morocco
  • LR Coffee Table: 150 year old Chinese that I purchased at a warehouse sale for $200.
  • LR Table lamp: Koncept Gen 3
  • LR Chairs: Roost
  • Wall Sconce: Paul Ferrante
  • Bedroom Bed: Julia Gray
  • Bedroom Chair: Quatrain Borghese Neoclassical Style Gilt-wood Side Chair

Thanks, Mark Cravotta of Cravotta Interiors!

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