House Tour: Alyson's Illustrated Home

Austin

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Name: Alyson Fox, Illustrator and Clothing Designer
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 1000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years

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Being a huge fan of airy loft spaces, when Alyson Fox first glimpsed this house built in 1946, she knew it was love at first sight. Although the décor was a bit outdated, the tall ceilings with exposed beams, uniquely shaped windows and great floor plan appealed to her design senses. Soon after purchasing the house (which was relocated to its current property in 1996), Alyson and her fiancé made quick work of creating a new color palette of warm grays, light blues, whites and pops of red...

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The few structural changes they made were opening up the wall between the kitchen and the living room and adding on 100 extra square feet to the kitchen and dining area. Although the house is a cozy 1000 square feet, it feels airy thanks to the tall ceilings with exposed beams, which lends an almost cabin-like feel to the space. Simple changes, clever details (check out the geometric wooden features in the living room and kitchen) and honest materials define this gorgeous space.

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AT Survey:

Favorite Room: The kitchen. We just remodeled it and love all the open space and pop of color as soon as you walk in the front door and see it. I feel the kitchen is where a lot of hanging out happens and with it being open to the living room it becomes a nice conversation between the two rooms and people.

Inspiration: A nice blend of Masculine and Feminine.

Favorite Element: Little moments on the wall that are always changing.

Biggest Challenge: Making final design decisions that are permanent. A lot of little design elements around the house are always changing ( chairs, pillows, art) so picking the right floor, sink, cabinet..etc can be an event sometimes.

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Biggest Embarrassment: I can't think of anything that stands out. We don't get embarrassed to easily.

Proudest DIY: The Kitchen. It was a family DIY. All efforts much appreciated and loved.

Biggest Indulgence: ** Chairs. I have a obsession with them. Shoes and dark chocolate.

Best advice: Have fun with your space. And as you change your house should too.

Most Talked about Element: The open beam ceiling and geometric shaped windows on the front of the house...and the big porch.

Dream Piece of Furniture: I would like to find a danish modern wall unit.

Fun Fact: I can do some pretty fun tricks jump roping- in the house.

Oldest Item you Own: Original Thonet chairs for the house. A 1890 slip for my body.

Cleaning or Organizing Tip: If you have not used something in a year donate it.

Favorite Store: My favorite local store is Home girls. A great place to find affordable treasures. Most of our chairs in the house came from there.

Place You Buy Things for the Home: Everywhere. I just bought a vintage pendant from a bead store that I used as a mini frame for a piece of art.

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Photos by Adrienne Breaux

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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.

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