Name: Amy L. Campbell, owner of Brilliant Imports, and Roxie (one very camera shy dog)
Location: Zilker neighborhood; Austin, Texas
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 7 years; Owned
If you've ever dreamed of filling your home with favorite finds from travels around the world, you'll find plenty of inspiration (and envy) in the townhouse of Amy Campbell, who's channeled her love of global goods into her Austin home and also an online store, Brilliant Imports, which launched a year ago.
Amy's house is three stories tall, with small, cozy spaces. Though the walls, furnishings, tabletops and more are sprinkled with fun finds she's brought home from her travels around the world, it doesn't feel like you're walking into an overwhelming or busy space. She's struck the perfect balance between incorporating eclectic design elements and making a harmonious, uncluttered environment. Amy also excels as creating vignettes, filling up each niche and corner with special groupings of items that makes everywhere you turn in her home rich with detail.
Aware that too much wood could make a space feel heavy, Amy has mixed natural wood pieces with painted ones, like in the spare and master bedrooms. And though many elements in her place are inspired by far-off lands, she also looks close to home for ideas: the blue painted ceiling in the master bedroom is inspired by Austin restaurant Uchi. Amy's been in this space for seven years (she got to choose the materials when it was being built), and her favorite thing about her home is how it reflects her personality and provides a place to return and relax and exhale. And don't miss her colorful and full but organized home office that serves as a home base for Brilliant Imports!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I gravitate towards Boho Chic infused with an edge of worldly sophistication.
Inspiration: I take inspiration from travelling the world — everything from magazines to nature.
Favorite Element: The diversity of elements and pieces tied harmoniously together. Also taking ideas and inspiration and distilling that down to what is functionally livable, resulting in décor with a relaxed and easy vibe.
Biggest Challenge: The diversity of elements tied harmoniously together, and achieving balance without having too much going on.
What Friends Say: It’s inviting, comfortable… the ultimate female bachelorette pad.
Biggest Embarrassment: My home office for Brilliant Imports when nobody is coming over! And sometimes, I cover my dining table with stuff while I am working, which makes eating dinner sometimes tricky.
Proudest DIY: I love to create layered vignettes throughout the house of cool things I find on my travels. I just got back from Italy and brought a whole bunch of new stuff to work into the décor! Can’t wait.
Also, I took a sewing class at Stitch Lab and designed and made some of the pillows that are on one of my sofas on the second floor, however I got a little frustrated towards the end of the process and my mom (who is an expert seamstress) finished them for me :)
Biggest Indulgence: Oh my goodness – many! I hired an amazing lady (Laurie from Dig It Gardens) to help landscape my outdoor areas because my home gets FULL Austin sun and I really wanted the outdoor space to be perfect, and it is! It’s one of the few things I did not do myself when creating my space!
Also, California Closets for my master bedroom closet seemed like such an indulgence at the time but has been worth every penny. I also believe in a Buddha in every room… love the Zen vibe emitted.
Best Advice: Let a house/space talk to you for a while, and it is easier to find the right décor once you know it better. And, if you truly love a piece, buy it — you will find a way to work it in. I swear, you will!
Dream Sources: Some of the pieces I’m coveting from my recent trip to Italy — the gorgeous sofas, corbels and chandeliers I saw while window shopping made me want to infuse more of that into my home décor!
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- All walls & ceilings except for listed below: Sherwin-Williams’ Panda White
- Study: Benjamin Moore’s Autumn CoverNiche: Martha Stewarts’ Metallic Paint in Polished Silver
- Master Bedroom: Benjamin
Moore‘s Taos Taupe (walls), Blue Angel (ceiling)
- Foo dogs and blue+white elephant jar: Bowerbird Home
- Rug & rocking chair: My Grandma’s
- Bird pillows: Crafted by yours truly (& my Mom)
- Ikat pillows: Brilliant Imports
- other pillows: Target and Pottery Barn
- Silver ceramic table: Overstock.com
- Swan table, bronze and metal elephants, wing, teak table & standing Buddha: Brilliant Imports
- Butterfly textile: From market in Thailand
- Floor lamp: My Grandma’s
- Kitchen table & chairs, glass pendant: Pottery Barn
- Bronze Shiva Statue, placemats & baskets: Brilliant Imports
- Water Carafe with stacked glasses: Merci
- Paper towel holder: Med
- Peacock textile: From Chiapas, Mex
- Dresser: Four Hands (hand-painted in Benjamin Moore’s Agave)
- Pair of hand-carved hands holding a lotus
flower in their palm: Brilliant ImportsChairs: From my Grandmother (reupholstered & skirt
taken off to modernize) Saraswati
hand-carved statue: Brilliant Imports
- Leather pouf: By T. Gremillion
- Leather Pillows: Ikat from Brilliant Imports
- Hummingbird crewel embroidery by my Grandma and pillow created by my Mom
- Bedside tables: Mercury Design
- King Copper Frog: Brilliant Imports
- Lamps: Anthropology; Desk: My Dad’s as a kid
of hand-smaller wings: Brilliant Imports
- Dresser & painting: Mi Casa
- Buddha: Brilliant Imports
- Bedframe (hand-painted in Benjamin Moore’s Agave), side table, 1940’s Ceramic SE Asian dancers, lamp, chair & chest: from my GrandmaPillows: Burgundy shine from Brilliant Imports, bird crewel embroidery by my Grandma and pillow created by my Mom, small beaded from Anthropology
- Magazine holder: Uncommon Objects
- Prayer flag: Miranda Gray Studio
(Images: Adrienne Breaux)
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