Ben Steinbauer & Louisa Hall Location: West Campus neighborhood in Austin, Texas Size: 1 Bedroom Years lived in: Rented 4 years It's not everyday you get to see Austin apartment inspiration on the silver screen, but it was during a viewing of the hilarious documentary Winnebago Man, about Jack Rebney who became an internet sensation when footage of an RV sales tape gone horribly wrong went viral, that we spotted what would be our next house tour. Cozy, warm and with a healthy sense of humor, Ben and his girlfriend Louisa have done a stand-up job of creating a great-looking home in a tiny Austin apartment.
Winnebago Man, but the key elements that make the space so hip are still there.
Our favorite element to this home is just how real, sensible and accessible it is; we felt immediately comfortable in this place (comfortable enough to take our wet-from-the-rain shoes off and pad around a stranger's home barefoot). We echoed the same sentiments that Ben says his friend often comment about the apartment: it feels like a tiny apartment in New York City rather than in Austin. As we mentioned, humor plays a big part in both Ben's life and his home. A delightful surprise is the large-scale photo of Ben from his high school football team hidden behind a closet door. Not to be the only one with an embarrassing photo around, Ben also framed and hung a photo of his girlfriend (who happens to be a world famous squash player) on the wall--though in a more conspicuous location. All over the place are spots of humor: mustaches on photos, plastic ears on mirrors and a shark toy guarding over the pots and pans. But the place is also practical. With two people sharing such a small apartment, it was necessary to get smart about storage, like raising the bed very high to store stuff underneath, utilizing hooks on doors, draping the yoga mats over a door and storing kitchen supplies in cabinets even when the doors don't quite close all the way.
Winnebago Man was hilarious. We not only encourage you to check out a screening of the film in your city, we'd also feel remiss if we didn't mention that pre-sales of the DVD, which ship November 2nd, 2010, are available!) Images: Adrienne Breaux We've had amazing response to our Apartment Therapy House Tour Submission Form. While we will work with homeowners of our favorite homes to feature full tours, we will also share the best as House Calls -- short, quick tours of readers' homes. Submit your home here.