A Decked Out First Christmas in a Chic Austin Bungalow

A Decked Out First Christmas in a Chic Austin Bungalow

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Reagen Taylor
Dec 18, 2016

Name: Tiffany and Alan Goldstein
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 1064 square feet
Years lived in: Owned for 10 Months

If Tiffany and Alan's place looks familiar, it's because we toured their lovely home sans holiday decor a few months ago → A Chic "New Traditional" Austin Bungalow. The holiday decor they chose to add to their first home fits their personalities — and their style — perfectly. Live greenery, luxe gold touches, soft textures and cheery pops of color fold into their decor effortlessly. Their holiday-ready home shows that just a little bit of Christmas cheer can go a long way.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: We like using modern pieces and unassuming elements, while respecting the original character of a space.

Inspiration: We find inspiration everywhere — the places we've traveled, the cities we've lived in and the people and things we love.

Favorite Element: When we first drove up to this house we were immediately enamored by the number of windows. Good fenestration (Alan took an architecture class once upon a time) can be easily overlooked. We get so much wonderful natural lighting and there's really nothing like cracking open the windows on a crisp fall day.

Biggest Challenge: To counter our favorite element, when we were buying the house we learned that all of the original wood-frame windows were painted shut and many were cracked. We wanted to preserve the feel of the home, but weren't on a budget to replace the windows with exact replicas. This took us down a long and winding road of window education that, probably unfortunately, made us celebrities at our local Home Depot's window and door department.

What Friends Say: We remodeled a significant portion of our house and started off living out of the guest room for about a month. With so many projects going on, our friends were always asking what was new and encouraging us in the moments where we thought it would never end. Those questions have carried forward as we continue to make little changes and add small pieces to keep things fresh.

Biggest Embarrassment: We absolutely love having fresh flowers and plants in our home, but our thumbs are far from green. From maintaining our jungle of a backyard to revolving through more fiddle leaf fig trees than we can count, we have really struggled to maintain a consistent roster of flora.

Proudest DIY: It may seem insignificant, but we have a stool that I painted and upholstered and I'm actually really proud of it. DIYs are almost never as easy as they seem to be, so we have a hearty respect for the craft.

Biggest Indulgence: Hosting. When we moved back to Austin from New York, we were set on prioritizing building a community and welcoming people into whatever space we lived in. Once a week we get the opportunity to host some dear friends from our church group in this humble abode and that alone has instilled so much more character to this home than we could ever design. We are always looking for reasons to invite people over and share life together.

Best Advice: Low furniture does wonders for lower ceilings and lighting is everything.

Dream Sources: Anything Kelly Wearstler and the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman

HOLIDAY DECOR RESOURCES

Fresh garland, fresh boxwood wreaths, & eucalyptus — Trader Joe's
Gold garland & Christmas tree — Hobby Lobby
Poinsettias — Home Depot
Ornaments — All over! Hobby Lobby, Target and the more unique ornaments were purchased at places we've visited.
Wrapping Paper & Ribbon — Hobby Lobby & Target

Thanks, Tiffany and Alan!


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