Location: Austin, TX
Room: Living Room
Own or Rent: Own
We went on a road trip across the United States to tell people about Complete + Happy Home, and while we're at it, we're saving the country, one room at a time! Our third makeover stop is Austin—where we met Victor, who recently built his house, and needed our help to tie together his modern minimalist look.
"I recently had a modest house built in East Austin," says Victor. "It has a few nice pieces from DWR (case study, knoll, herman miller). I want to arrange the room to be cozier, while taking advantage of the nano-walls on one side of the living space."
Listen to Maxwell talk about the makeover above!
Victor's high vaulted ceilings and sunny windows gave the space an airy feel, but with concrete floors and not much in the way of texture, it was feeling sparse and a little cold.
With the help of Maxwell, the original Apartment Therapist and Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio and creative director for Wayfair, Victor now has a space that fits with his modern minimalist style, but also is cozy and inviting.
Victor started a Pinterest board of things he liked from Wayfair.com, and from there, we helped narrow down what to bring in. The main objectives were to add seating and textiles to the living area to make it a place people want to hang out in, but in a way that stayed true to Victor's minimalist style.
The space called for a larger rug that allows for more seating (and is plusher to add more coziness), a lighting option that wasn't overhead, and a focal point that isn't just the TV. Swapping out the dining table and TV stand for wood pieces also add warmth to all that white and concrete.
In keeping it minimal, we stuck to a few well-placed objects—plants, functional touches, and personal items—to finish the space and make it look like home.
Since Victor's dining table is also in the open-plan room, we wanted to mark it as its own area, but have it complement the rest of the space . A rug adds clear definition, and the new pendant mirrors the red sofa. Mixing chrome and copper add texture and warmth to the space as well.
- Sofa: his, Eames case study
- TV stand: Blu Dot
- Wire longhorn: Bend
- Coffee table: Blu Dot
- Rug: Blu Dot
- Side chair: Blu Dot
- Floor lamp: Blu Dot
- Dining table: Moe's Home Collection
- Cowhide: Chesterfield Leather
- Pendant: Kartell
- Wire dining chairs: Bend
- Swag leg dining chairs: his, DWR
That's it for Austin! Stay tuned for our last makeover—Los Angeles!