Name: Eric Marshall, technical writer
Location: Clarksville; Austin, Texas
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years; Owned
Fans of adorable, well-organized and refreshingly decorated small spaces that open out onto green, tree-filled natural wonderlands might want to brace themselves. Boasting DIY projects, great furniture finds, daring wall colors and a bathroom so cute we want to pinch it, Eric's place is full of inspiration, and is every bit as envy-inducing as the photos might imply.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Curated eclectic, with an emphasis on personal attachment to objects.
Inspiration: Nature. Prouve, Saarinen, Terence Conran, Paul Smith, Nick Olsen.
Favorite Element: The forest behind my house.
Biggest Challenge: Ensuring that every item I own has a home.
What Friends Say: “It's SOOOOOOO cute!”
Biggest Embarrassment: Two cracked windows that I keep meaning to fix.
Proudest DIY: My gold-”leafed” ceiling [in the dining room].
Biggest Indulgence: I. Love. Lamps.
Best Advice: If you move into a small space, live in it for a bit. It will help you determine where to focus your design efforts. Avoid being in a rush.
Dream Sources: 1stdibs.com
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Chalkboard paint from Lowe's
- High gloss white from Lowe's
- Hall “closet” with mirror from PBTeen
- Rug from IKEA
- Chesterfield sofa off of eBay
- Factory cart coffee table from craigslist
- Chairs from Pottery Barn and craigslist
- Side tables from West Elm
- Lamps from craigslist (Jielde) and Uncommon Goods
- Amp Lamp by Nik Willmore
- Pillows from CB2
- Cushions from IKEA
- Parsons table from West Elm
- Chinoiserie chairs from Williams-Sonoma Home
- Prep island with Corian top from Williams-Sonoma Home
- Shelving from Costco
- Red trash can from eBay
- Cow print by Julie Thigpen
- Storage bed from Pottery Barn
- End tables from Williams-Sonoma Home
- Desk from West Elm
- Rug from Pottery Barn
- Storage cubes from Pottery Barn
- Black lamp from West Elm
- Nun poster I found in my grandma's barn and had mounted (it was my uncle's)
- Linens from Pottery Barn
- Branch art I made myself.
(Images: Adrienne Breaux)
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