Name: Janie Flemming, daughters Ally and Kat
Location: South Austin, Texas
Size: 2,400 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months
This home is a surprising and delightful mix of traditional and modern elements infused with feminine details and lots of texture. The thing we love the most is how smartly it was decorated: rooms aren't filled to the brim with décor elements, yet they feel full, layered and sophisticated...
After purchasing the home, renovations of the kitchen and bathrooms took place, as well as giving all the walls and trim fresh coats of paint. Next there was the challenge of marrying the home's older features with the homeowner's desire for a more mixed-style space. Janie turned to Suzie Page of Twenty Three 07, a designer with a great eye for proportion and detail who used her years as a decorator and antique store owner to invest in neutral basics in lots of textures, collect colorful and unique accessories and splurge on luxury fabrics and fixtures where they counted the most. The result is a modestly decorated space that shines for a reasonable budget. We asked Suzie Page for her input on the home for our survey:
My/Our style: Classic contemporary with the use of eclectic, collected objects. We wanted to reflect a contemporary life style without looking trendy. This home is comfortable, sophisticated and fresh.
Inspiration: Travel and discovering new designers and architects. I love Vicente Wolff for his collected style – mixing antiques with modern elements.
Favorite Element: The timeless open floor plan and the cozy, elegant living room in Navy Blue Lacquer.
Biggest Challenge: Low Ceilings
What Friends Say: "Can't believe the transformation!"
Biggest Embarrassment: The laundry area by the back door is hidden by a linen curtain hung on a ceiling track.
Proudest DIY: Keeping the style of the home while incorporating the great new look. We also re-purposed most furniture and only bought a few necessary pieces.
Biggest Indulgence: Great lighting, mirrors and wall papers
Best advice: Stay true to yourself (Great advice for life and decorating the home!)
Dream source: I love Donghia! Also our local to-the-trade design resource center, Stockton Hicks Laffey.
Furniture: Mixture of both custom pieces and antiques. Belgian Linen on sofas and chairs in the living room and den. The dining room chairs are upholstered in a Sunbrella with the look of linen on the seats and Kaplavitch & Zimmer cut velvet on the backs of alternating chairs.
Accessories: Collected. Zimmer and Rohde fabric for living room pillows. Schumacher fabric in the den.
Window Treatments: Silk Taffeta, Chocolate Velvet and linen shades in the kitchen
Rugs and Carpets: Thames Sisal and Madeline Weinrib in the Family Room
Tiles and Stone: Carrera Marble in the kitchen
Artwork: Collected – Lance Letscher, Beth Hammack and Betty Gold; Antique Map of Paris – a nod to her teenage daughter's recent extended summer stay in Paris
Paint: Pittsburgh Antique White in enamel on both trim and walls throughout the house. Living room Benjamin Moore paint in Hale Navy in a lacquered finish.
Hardware: Restoration Hardware
(Thanks, Suzie and Janie!)
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