Name: Kim and Paul
Location: Bouldin Creek Neighborhood, Austin,TX
Size: 1650 sq ft inside and 1,600 sq ft outside
Years lived in: Built in 2000
Strolling down a South Austin street and finding a modern home isn't quite a surprise anymore, as talented architects and designers are putting their modern marks all over our city as of recent years.
But back in 2000, before the modern building trend really took off, architect MJ Neal took a chance and built the Twin Peaks of Bouldin Creek.
Named because each of the two homes features a distinctive "peak" towering over their South Austin neighborhood's tight lot, these two modern residences blend seamlessly with their surroundings and do not detract from the neighborhood's charming character. The design of the interior maximizes natural light and features smart storage solutions to maximize space (like the central yellow column/stairwell, which boasts touch-open doors along the column). Last Fall homeowners Paul and Kim Famighetti fell in love with the simple, clever and light-infused architecture of MJ Neal's twin peaks. Now, after over a year of living in the home, they've successfully infused their own style while revering the architecture---creating a perfect example of modern and casual Austin cool.
My/Our style: Organic modern, clean green.
Inspiration:The house itself is my inspiration. We're in a very tight urban neighborhood, but there's a great sense of space, privacy, light and nature here.
Biggest Challenge: We moved to Austin from NYC in late 2006 and brought almost no furniture with us. Then we lived for a year in a furnished apartment, so when we bought this place last fall we needed to basically start from scratch. Thus, our biggest challenge has been balancing our need to actually have furniture with our desire to take our time and find the right pieces. So, for example, the living room couch was kind of an impulse buy - after 3 weeks of sitting on the floor to watch TV, we just had to get something. We like it, but would probably like to replace it eventually.
What Friends Say: They tend to love what we love about this house...the light, the way it's so well designed to make maximum use of space and the outdoors.
Biggest Embarrassment: We still don't have any proper seating for any of the outdoor spaces. However, an architect friend of ours is in the process of designing an outdoor sectional and dining table for our screened in porch - so that should make a big difference. I can't wait to eat out there, read the paper out there, etc.
Proudest DIY: I love the coffee table - bought at a vintage store that's right in our neighborhood.
Favorite Spot in the House: I tend to hang out a lot at the dining table - I work from home and during the day it's my "office" and then we tend to relax there after dinner with a glass of wine. Plus I can look out at the courtyard w/ the Japanese maples. We bought the table (and the chairs) from the previous owner. It was designed by the house's architect and it's this amazing, heavy massive thing made out of steel and these three slabs of solid wood. I don't think they would have been able to even move it out of here. Paul is more drawn to the deck off our bedroom, where he hangs out in "his" hammock. There's a pecan tree there that provides great shade and has its own cut out in the wall so that it could continue to grow.
Biggest Indulgence: We've bought a couple of pieces from 1stdibs - the bedroom dresser and the orange recliner on the 3rd floor - that I would say were slight indulgences.
Best advice: Buy only what you love.
Dream source: ABC, 1stdibs
Artwork: photographs sourced from Etsy, framed by Soco Gallery Austin; vintage Oil Drilling Platform image from LaLuz Austin;
Furniture: Living room: Gus Modern Jane Sofa from IF+D Austin; coffee table, vintage from LaLuz Austin; rocking chair - street find from Boston; Ikea flokati throw; acrylic table from CB2; end table - Gus Modern Bishop Table from IF+D Austin; display stand - vintage from LaLuz Austin.
Bedroom: Blu Dot Nook Bed from IF+D Austin; Gus Modern Bishop Tables from IF+D Austin;
Cassina dining chairs;
3rd floor lounge chairs - white one from Etsy and Orange from 1stdibs
Accessories: succulent/cacti plantings from Big Red Sun, Austi; bowls/vases from Heath Ceramics; series of vases on coffee table in living room from Etsy
Lighting: Living room: arc lamp from CB2; Bedroom: Tolomeo parchment table lamp from Ylighting.com
Rugs and Carpets: Flokati rug bought online (don't remember the retailer); sea grass carpet from CDC Carpets Austin
Other: early American decorative painted furniture from Kim's grandmother
(Thanks, Kim and Paul!)