Chris & Roger's DIY + Modern Farmhouse

House Tour

Name: Roger and Chris Stout-Hazard of Design Hazards, Buck the dog and an evil housecat
Location: Agave Neighborhood — Austin, Texas
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years — owned

Roger Stout-Hazard might be best known for introducing home staging to television ten years ago with the Emmy-nominated show "Sell This House." Together with his husband Chris, their modern house in Austin, Texas was personalized to create a beautiful home that is filled with carefully curated pieces, is comfortable to live in and showcases a ton of amazing, inspiring DIY transformations.

Chris and Roger run a residential and commercial design, renovation and staging firm called Design Hazards that is based in Austin, Texas and operates nationally. So yeah, you could say this stylish couple knows what they're doing. But while the changes to every room and nearly every surface in this modern architecture house are imaginative and creative, they're totally doable by the average person. They might have a little extra practice in doing home transformations quickly, but the fact that they finished their home in twelve months is proof that with a little inspiration and hard work, anyone can invest in creating a home that is authentic to their personalities, too. And if you want a little help in creating your perfect vision, in early 2012, together with their partners Adam and Daniela Johnston, they will be launching their furniture line Decades, featuring custom-built pieces made entirely in the U.S.A.

A note about all the taxidermy from Chris: "Roger grew up in Texas, around huntin' and fishin' and all that. When he told me that he wanted to put a deer head in our dining room, I was...concerned. Objectively, it was beautiful and perfect for the space, but I was a little bit unnerved by the prospect of hanging a dead animal on the wall. But this was an antique – decades old – that we had found in a vintage shop. This deer would have died of natural causes by now, I reasoned. Then we found more taxidermy. An antelope. Some horns. A five-foot long tarpon. My parents drove down from Nebraska, bringing along an old pheasant they found in the attic, a pheasant that originated on my family's ranch in South Dakota. All of them antique. All of them second or third or fourth-hand. These animals, in a strange way, are part of our little family. We weren't responsible for their deaths in the past – Roger, an excellent marksman at one time, now refuses to hunt; I've never so much as touched a gun. But we can at least play a role in their present and future, treating them with respect, taking care of them, and giving them a home."

For more photos and information about their house (if the gorgeous photos Chris sent us aren't enough for you) they have dozens of posts about the process of redesigning their house, including photo galleries, how-to articles, and source lists on their site. Roger's latest show, "Sell This House: Extreme," airs Saturdays on A&E.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Relaxed modern. We call our home "the modern farmhouse." We enjoy the light, flexible, and clean aesthetics of modern architecture, and we pair that with rustic furniture, industrial accessories, and classic, casual patterns.

Inspiration: We wanted a home that accommodated us, allowed us to relax, and made our guests feel welcome. Some houses make you feel as if you're always about to get yelled at for putting your feet up. Our house is the opposite. (Although Roger does occasionally get upset with Chris for messing up the pillows on the couch.)

Favorite Element: The 24 huge, commercial-grade windows that bring in astonishing amounts of light. Particularly in sunny Austin, getting this much light into every single room is intoxicating. The cat definitely enjoys her afternoon naps in the many pools of sunlight.

Biggest Challenge: Our home is our retreat, our office, our workshop - we need it to be functional, comfortable, unpretentious, and durable. It was imperative that we make use of every bit of space, so the arrangement of furniture was quite deliberate. With a big, furry dog, a cranky housecat, and two big, somewhat clumsy guys, we wanted to pick furniture and surfaces that didn't need to be treated delicately. Note the selection of cowhides that match Buck's fur, the already-scratched vintage furniture, and the staircase wrapped in jute that neither Buck nor humans have trouble running up and down.

What Friends Say: We asked a few neighbors and friends, all of whom used the word "cozy." They've also mentioned that it's a great fit for our personalities - a little bit modern, a little bit rustic, a little bit weird.

Biggest Embarrassment: As owners of a professional design firm, we're legally restricted from answering that question, but we ask that you please refrain from looking in our storage closet.

Proudest DIY: Completely redecorating every room of the house, landscaping the front and back yards, simultaneously starting four businesses, traveling the country to film a TV show, renovating a dozen other houses, and getting married - all inside of twelve months. And ZERO trips to the emergency room!

Best Advice: From Roger: "Remember, it's your house. It should reflect your personality. Have fun and take some risks."

From Chris: "Buy a really good drill. You won't believe the difference it makes. And an impact driver - you'll want to run outside and build a deck with it. Oh, and make sure your circular saw has a laser guide on it. In fact, let's just run to the hardware store now."

Dream Sources: Wyeth, NYC and the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena

Resources of Note:

LIVING ROOM
Appliances

    • Internet TV, chosen because most TV sets are incredibly ugly (Sony)
    • Zeppelin stereo (Bowers & Wilkins)
    • Pro-Ject Debut III turntable in white (Needle Doctor)

Hardware
    • Georgian doorknob in aged bronze (Schlage)

Surfaces & Colors
    • Polished concrete flooring
    •Board-and-batten effect created with strips of wood lattice

Colors
    • Sherwin-Williams "Hinting Blue" above board-and-batten
    • Gallery white on board-and-batten
    • Gallery white on trim

Furniture
    • Corona sofa (Macy's)
    • Eames fiberglass shell rocking chair in limited-edition "elephant" with walnut rocking base (Modernica)
    • Besta console table / storage unit behind sofa (IKEA)
    • Glass and wood coffee table (Blu Dot)
    • Amazing rough cowhide chair (found at The Upholstery Shop in Austin)
    • Weathered wood console table - originally a tall farm table; legs cut down (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Wood milking stools (found on a farm in Iowa)
    • Besta white laminate cabinet housing DVR and DVD player (IKEA)

Lighting
    • Mid-century teak lamps (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Brass picture light (Ethan Allen)
    • Carefully hidden uplights on timers
    • Can lights with spot bulbs on dimmer

Textiles & Window Treatments
    • Assorted throw pillows (Pottery Barn, Anthropologie)
    • Surplus Army blanket (Banana Bay Trading Company)
    • Striped area rug (Dash & Albert)
    • 2" wood blinds with white fabric tape (3 Day Blinds)
    • Blue gingham drapery fabric (IKEA)
    • Wood drapery pole, supports, ring clips (The Home Depot)

Artwork & Accessories
    • DUNES vintage metal sign (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Vintage B.S.A. marching band drum (Austin Antique Mall)
    • "The Serious Man" portrait (junk shop)
    • Metal airplane toy (flea market in Hot Springs, AR)
    • Cowboy clock (gift from Chris' brother Darian)
    • Streetlight light bulb mounted in wood block (gift from Chris' brother Darian)
    • Original cowboy/bear/girl/strongman illustration (gift from Chris' brother Darian - who clearly has great taste)
    • Cambodian Buddha bust (Target)
    • Rusty wheel (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Orange and blue ceramic balls (Shoal Creek Nursery)

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KITCHEN/DINING ROOM
Appliances

    • Bosch refrigerator
    • Maytag range, microwave, and dishwasher

Hardware
    • Aubrey pulls in oil-rubbed bronze (Restoration Hardware)
    • Large wooden spherical drapery finials repurposed into cabinet door pulls (West Elm)
    • Long brushed nickel pulls (IKEA)
    • Dakota Button wall hooks (Restoration Hardware)
    • Georgian doorknobs in aged bronze (Schlage)

Surfaces
    • Polished concrete flooring
    • Board-and-batten effect created with strips of wood lattice
    • Jute runners wrap the steps of the open stairway (Overstock.com)

Colors
    • Sherwin-Williams "Hinting Blue" above board-and-batten
    • Gallery white on board-and-batten and trim
    • Stairway was originally black metal with bamboo inserts on steps. We repainted it glossy white.

Furniture
    • Shaker-style cabinetry. Upper cabinets and island have been repainted white and Army green, respectively (IKEA)
    • Bamboo counter stools (a Craigslist triumph)
    • Marcel mini sofa (Pottery Barn)
    • Wood dining table that we hand painted white and selectively distressed (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Antique metal dining chair, recovered with gingham fabric (Hudson NY / IKEA)
    • Eames white fiberglass shell chair (Modernica.net)
    • Antique Baldwin Acrosonic piano that we repainted tangerine (acquired from Chris' friend)
    • Metal piano stool, repainted white and recovered with bath mat (Room Service Vintage / CB2)
    • Vintage metal chest of drawers with pull-out desk that was originally used in a now-closed sanitarium in San Antonio (Uncommon Objects)
    • Karlstad chaise with natural slipcover and metal feet (IKEA)
    • Small white table that we hand painted white (Austin Antique Mall)

Lighting
    • Japanese wood box converted into pendant light (Uncommon Objects)
    • Nelson Bubble Lamp crisscross saucer pendant (Room Omaha)
    • Light hidden inside of drum
    • Akari Noguchi paper lamp (Circa50.com)
    • Can lights with spot bulbs on dimmer

Textiles & Window Treatments
    • Throw pillows on chase (West Elm, Home Goods)
    • Throw pillows on sofa (Pottery Barn, West Elm)
    • Cowhide rugs with colors conveniently matched to Buck the dog's fur (Tandy Leather)
    • 2" wood blinds with white fabric tape (3 Day Blinds)
    • Cowboy pattern fabric (e-prairiegirls.com)
    • Wood drapery pole, supports, ring clips (The Home Depot)

Artwork & Accessories
    • Vintage marching band drum (Uncommon Objects)
    • Metal mesh tray originally used for sterilization of instruments, chemical baths, or baking? We're not sure. (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Vintage taxidermy (Uncommon Objects)
    • Vintage metal car and camper toy (flea market in Hot Springs, AR)
    • Wood and ceramic bowls for Buck's food and water (flea market)

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OFFICE
Hardware

    • Aubrey pulls in oil-rubbed bronze (Restoration Hardware)
    • Georgian doorknob in aged bronze (Schlage)
    • Surfaces
    • Carbonized bamboo flooring
    • Sliding doors with wood, paint, and pulls applied to resemble barn doors
    • ¼" plywood applied over sheetrock walls with ¼" reveal

Colors
    • Gallery white on walls
    • Gloss white on doors and trim

Furniture
    • Vintage lab desk (found for $7 at the city dump)
    • Eames white fiberglass shell chair (Modernica.net)
    • Eames taupe shell chair with dowel base (Herman Miller)
    • Modern desk and cabinet (IKEA)
    • Studio office chair (CB2)
    • Vintage Eames LCW chair (Room Omaha)
    • Billy bookcase (IKEA)

Lighting
    • Rook lamp (BluDot.com)
    • Vintage red Japanese desk lamp (junk shop)
    • Can lights with spot bulbs on dimmer

Textiles & Window Treatments
    • Plaid area rug (Pottery Barn)
    • 2" wood blinds with white fabric tape (3 Day Blinds)
    • Red gingham drapery fabric (IKEA)
    • Wood drapery pole, supports, ring clips (The Home Depot)

Artwork & Accessories
    • WPA-era Lindsay mural (Housing Works auction, NYC)
    • Chris' childhood collection of Hot Wheels (doled out one at a time as bribery by Chris' parents for his good behavior)
    • Assorted vintage ad reprints (Plan59.com)
    • Frank Black concert poster (PosterScene.com)
    • Amazing three-dimensional Beethoven needlepoint (UncommonObjects.com)
    • "Beef" print by Chris Sherron (chrissherron.net)
    • Gold Marilyn Monroe print by Andy Warhol (MoMA)
    • Geiger counter that may or may not still work (vintage shop in Austin)
    • Somewhat disturbing native American-themed pencil holder (enormous flea market in Hot Springs, AR)
    • Eames Hang-It-All holding Roger's hats (DWR)
    • Bones of hand suspended in Lucite - Educational model? Real bones? These questions remain unanswered. (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Galvanized metal trash can spray-painted white (RustOleum)

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MASTER BEDROOM
Hardware

    • Georgian doorknob in aged bronze (Schlage)
    • Stable door latch and heavy-duty hinges (The Home Depot)

Surfaces
    • Carbonized bamboo flooring
    • Door cut in half and cross pattern applied to create stable door
    • Board-and-batten effect created with strips of wood lattice

Colors
    • Sherwin-Williams "Hinting Blue" above board-and-batton and on ceiling
    • Gallery white on board-and-batten

Furniture
    • Malm bed frame with headboard wrapped in denim fabric. We actually like the lines of the Malm, and most modern bed frames are quite expensive despite not offering much in terms of interesting design. Chris wrapped the headboard in a washed denim, folding the ends like you would wrap a gift, pulling it tight, and stapling the fabric into the back of the headboard with an upholstery stapler. (IKEA)
    • "Hockey Night In Canada" wood-and-Formica side table designed by Chris' favorite author Douglas Coupland
    • White bent-wire side table (BoConcept)
    • Metal Army machine shop shelving unit that we modified (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Vintage vinyl arm chair (Hogg Wild Austin)

Lighting
    • Industrial sconces (West Elm)

Textiles & Window Treatments
    • Wool area rug. We didn't want to spend the money for a larger rug, as most of it would be hidden beneath the bed. So we bought a smaller rug and cut it in half with a carpet knife, hiding the edges a few feet in from each side of the bed. Half the price! (Pottery Barn)
    • White sheets and pillow cases (Bed, Bath & Beyond)
    • Thomas O'Brien throw pillow (Target)
    • Wool blanket (Pendleton)
    • 2" wood blinds with white fabric tape (3 Day Blinds)

Artwork & Accessories
    • Vintage paper artillery target (Stag Menswear, Austin)
    • Chris' collection of cameras (gathered from family and antique shops around the country)
    • Antique glass bottles (flea markets)
    • Moose antlers (flea market)
    • Mounted insects (The Evolution Store, NYC)
    • Model One table radio (Tivoli)
    • Vintage postcards (Uncommon Objects)
    • Porcelain jar (West Elm)
    • Old pheasant from Chris' family's ranch in South Dakota
    • 1950s professional wrestler illustrations (gift from Chris' brother)
    • Chicken figure (flea market)

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MASTER BATHROOM
Hardware

    • Large wooden spherical drapery finials repurposed into cabinet door pulls (West Elm)
    • Dakota Button wall hooks for bath towels that we hand painted gloss white (Restoration Hardware)
    • Aluminum-framed shower door. We chose a framed door because it fit well with our design and was less than 50% of the cost of a frameless door.
    • High-efficiency faucet, showerhead, and shower handheld (Hansgrohe)
    • Wire corner shower basket. We were sick of those shower caddies that hang on your showerhead. Everything gets wet, the caddies inevitably rust, and those suction cups are useless. We installed a screw-mounted solid brass caddy that fits nicely in the corner opposite the showerhead. (Deltana)
    • Magazine racks were the previous towel racks that we spray painted gloss white and repurposed. Toilet paper holder also spray painted.

Surfaces
    • Slate tile on floor
    • White subway tile in shower
    • Bamboo floor in walk-in-closet painted glossy white
    • Board-and-batten effect created with strips of wood lattice
    • To give the large, unadorned mirror more presence, we framed it with thick MDF painted gloss white
    • Silestone countertop on vanity

Colors
    • Sherwin-Williams "Hinting Blue" above board-and-batton and on ceiling
    • Sherwin-Williams "Cyberspace" charcoal on walls of walk-in closet
    • Gallery white on board-and-batten
    • Gloss white on closet floor, cabinet, trim

Furniture
    • Shaker-style vanity cabinet repainted white (IKEA)
    • Closet shelving and storage in white laminate. Because there is no door to our closet, we wanted it to be neat and stylish. Shoes are kept up high, out of the way of Buck, who occasionally likes to snack on a sneaker. A built-in dresser in this closet frees us from having to place a standard dresser in the bedroom. (California Closets)
    • Antique iron garden seat (Casa Bella, Hot Springs, AR)

Lighting
    • Barn light wall-mount double CGU sconces in galvanized finish with ribbed glass and clear low-wattage bulbs on dimmer (Barn Light Electric Company)
    • Can lights with spot bulbs on dimmer

Textiles & Window Treatments
    • Blue and white striped cotton area rugs in bathroom and closet (Dash & Albert)
    • Simple white vinyl roller shade custom cut on-site at The Home Depot, with a classic white ring pull from ShadePull.com

Artwork & Accessories
    • Vintage shaving mirror (eBay)
    • "American Weekly" cover print (Plan59.com)
    • Owen decanter for mouthwash - because those mouthwash bottles are seriously ugly (Crate & Barrel)
    • Fancy toothbrushes and toothpaste - that Chris is not allowed to use because they for display only! But if you're a graphic design nerd like us, you should definitely check out Kikkerland's Pantone Toothbrush Set (Kikkerland.com)

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GUEST BEDROOM
Hardware

    • Georgian doorknob in aged bronze (Schlage)
    • Stable door latch and heavy-duty hinges (The Home Depot)

Surfaces
    • Carbonized bamboo flooring
    • Door cut in half and cross pattern applied to create stable door
    • Board-and-batten effect created with strips of wood lattice

Colors
    • Sherwin-Williams "Cyberspace" above board-and-batton and on ceiling
    • Gallery white on board-and-batton

Furniture
    • Malm bed frame with headboard wrapped in charcoal suit wool. See master bedroom for description. (IKEA)
    • Contact stool/side table (CB2)
    • Vintage western chair (Hogg Wild Austin)
    • Antique wood dresser. This beautiful old dresser was marked down to $60! (Salvation Army)

Lighting
    • Black metal floor lamps with wood block base (West Elm, sadly discontinued)
    • Accent lamp created from an antique tripod, a red pendant socket lamp with fantastic red fabric power cord, an Edison squirrel cage-style light bulb, and a lamp dimmer (Tripod was gift, socket from West Elm)

Textiles & Window Treatments
    • Jute runners placed under bed (Overstock.com)
    • "Cozy" euro-size throw pillows in charcoal (West Elm)
    • "Celebrate The Horse" hand-hooked wool throw pillow (Pendleton)
    • White sheets and pillow cases (Bed, Bath & Beyond)
    • Wool plaid blanket (Manufactured by Pendleton for the Ace Hotel, NYC)
    • 2" wood blinds with white fabric tape (3 Day Blinds)
    • Black and white gingham drapery fabric (Calico Corners)
    • Wood drapery pole, supports, ring clips (The Home Depot)

Artwork & Accessories
    • Vintage bird house (Uncommon Objects)
    • Antler mount (Stamford, CT antique mall)
    • Infrared night photos of lions on the prowl
    • Vintage brown glass bottles (flea markets)
    • Vintage boots (flea market)
    • Original pen illustration (Omaha art auction)

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GUEST BATHROOM
Hardware

    • Large wooden spherical drapery finials repurposed into cabinet door pulls (West Elm)
    • Dakota Button wall hooks for bath towels that we hand painted gloss white (Restoration Hardware)
    • High-efficiency faucet, showerhead, and shower handheld (Hansgrohe)
    • Wire corner shower basket. See master bathroom for details. (Deltana)

Surfaces
    • Slate tile on floor
    • White subway tile in bathtub surround
    • Board-and-batten effect created with strips of wood lattice
    • Mirror framed in MDF and painted gloss white
    • Silestone countertop on vanity

Colors
    • Plaid wallpaper above board-and-batten
    • Gallery white on board-and-batten
    • Gloss white cabinet, trim, door

Furniture
    • Shaker-style vanity cabinet repainted white (IKEA)

Lighting
    • Barn light wall-mount double CGU sconces in galvanized finish with ribbed glass and clear low-wattage bulbs on dimmer (Barn Light Electric Company)
    • Can lights with spot bulbs on dimmer

Textiles & Window Treatments
    • Jute runner (Overstock.com)
    • Simple white vinyl roller shade custom cut on-site at The Home Depot, with a classic white ring pull from ShadePull.com

Artwork & Accessories
    • Swarthy man portrait (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Vintage shaving brushes (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Olive oil soap block and wooden holder (Circa Soap Apothecary, Wimberley, TX)
    • Tabletop shaving mirror (Restoration Hardware)
    • Vintage antelope taxidermy (Uncommon Objects)
    • Vintage deer taxidermy (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Vintage urinary tract medical illustration (Uncommon Objects)
    • Wooden ballerina legs repurposed as toilet paper holder (Uncommon Objects)
    • Natural fiber tassel - a good way to let guests know which door leads to the bathroom (flea market)

HALLWAY/STAIRS

    • Vintage wooden bench (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Tarpon mount (Howl, Austin TX)
    • Wood wall-mounted gallery ledges that we hand painted white (Pottery Barn)
    • Assorted vintage paint-by-number pieces (flea markets, eBay)
    • Original portraits, oil on canvas (Austin Antique Mall)
    • Print of "Nihon Buyo" by Ikko Tanaka (MoMA)

Thanks, Chris and Roger!

Images: Chris Stout-Hazard

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.