Name: Carly Uson, Lifestyle/Fashion/Beauty Publicist and owner of Carly Co. Public Relations and Jason Uson, Film/Commercial Editor with Posey (a female rottweiler), Gunner (a male rottweiler) and Rain (a male pit bull).
Location: Agave Neighborhood — Austin, Texas
Size: 2300 square feet
Years lived in: 2 ½ years — owned
Though Carly and Jason's place looks stylish and finished now, it looks pretty different from when they first moved into this ultra modern house almost three years ago. Why? Because when they first moved in, Carly thought she had to decorate to match the modern feel of the architecture. It was when she decided to be authentic to her own style that the house became the stunning specimen it is today.
An upstairs bathroom we weren't allowed to photograph because it hadn't been finished yet still bears the evidence that Carly once tried to create a home she thought she should have versus the home she really wanted: a neon green "modern" color adorns the walls. Since realizing that she could live in a modern home, respect the architecture and live in a style that fit her and her husband's personalities better, the whole home has really come together to be transformed into a comfortable, glamorous, luxurious space that highlights the architecture in a different way than before and also honors the style this young couple exudes.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Modern comfort meets rustic elegance
Inspiration: Stylish women who are as creative in work as they are at home and... Nancy Meyers Movies (particularly the cozy, stylish essence of the homes in "Something's Gotta Give" and "It's Complicated" although they lean toward a more traditional/classic style...I love them!)
Favorite Element: The unexpected warmth and classic elements in décor that contrast to the ultra-modern architecture.
Biggest Challenge: Our home is 3 stories and is spread out vertically rather than horizontally. This is challenging with 3 dogs and can also be especially challenging when entertaining, depending on the guest count.
What Friends Say: People comment on the interior décor and often ask if we've hired a decorator. We have not...it's all us ; ) We've had a few people comment on how "put together" it is while still maintaining a great level of comfort. The latter is the best compliment EVER...it's what we strive for each time we're decorating an area or room. A few people who know me well have said it's very "me" which I love. Your space should be a direct reflection of who you are and your unique taste. It's not fun to see a room that lacks real personality.
Biggest Embarrassment: Oh boy! Well...this one is easy! It's our backyard. Our house has a massive, beyond gorgeous oak tree in our backyard that is completely visible from each level of our house. The back of the house is basically all windows from top to bottom. This tree is awesome but it has kept any grass from thriving in the back yard. With the dog's wear and tear and the summer's massive heat, it has now become a big dirt pile more or less. Modern xeriscape plans are underway!
Proudest DIY: I found this old vintage chair for about $25 and re-styled it. I spray painted it black and highlighted some of the wood detail with white paint and covered the seat cushion with a beautiful cream silk damask fabric. I adore this chair.
Biggest Indulgence: So far (and it will continue to be) custom pieces. I have splurged on having pieces of furniture, accent pillows and decorative floor cushions upholstered with fabric I picked out on a trip to Los Angeles. I love knowing that many of the items in our home are custom and one-of-a-kind. I have a small love seat and ottoman that are next!
Best Advice: Contrast materials and style periods. Old meets new, sleek meets rustic. It's almost fail proof!
Dream Sources: Genevieve and Candice Olsen. Somewhere in the middle is pure perfection.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• Living Room brown wall (Iron Mountain, Benjamin Moore)
• Living Room and entry hallway, light gray walls (Covington Gray, Benjamin Moore)
• Stairway and upstairs hallway (Weimeraner, Benjamin Moore)
• Master Bedroom (Fashion Gray, Behr)
• Half Bath (Black Noir, Behr)
• Uptown Modern
• West Elm
• Los Angeles Boutique
• West Elm
• Random boutiques
RUGS & CARPET
• Carpet Warehouse (had them custom cut pieces)
• Home Again
• West Elm
• Bed Bath and Beyond
• Los Angeles Boutique
• Salvatore Principe
• Personal artwork
• A few custom pieces from Robert Rodriguez's movie MACHETE
• Framed picture of one of our dogs by Tonya Pet Photography
Thanks, Carly and Jason!
Images: Adrienne Breaux
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