Name: Jackie Rollins
Location: Southwest Austin, Texas
Size: 1,850 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years; Owned
You can learn a lot from Jackie Rollins and her home. Now retired, this former IRS agent and avid traveler proves staying busy keeps you youthful. She's also inspiration for anyone still a little timid about how to make a home true to themselves: her house is 100% her style, and she's filled it with her favorite things that bring her joy every day (and have great stories).
Her South Austin house has tall ceilings and a soft, earthy color palette. Big windows let lots of light in and offer views of her immaculate landscaping. And though we never would have thought of pairing midcentury and Southwestern styles, after seeing Jackie's mix, we can't believe we haven't done it before. Lovingly arranged is the Southwestern art and artifacts collection she's picked up from travels, as well as all of her original, bought-during-the-Mid-Century-not-from-vintage-store furniture pieces. Perhaps it's the long and successful IRS past, but we've never met a more organized home keeper: Jackie still has many of the original advertisements, receipts and manuals for her Mid-Century Modern collection. Puts to shame anyone trying in vain to search for that bill that's due tomorrow.
Though her schedule's packed with professional organizations and neighborhood association meetings (as well as still helping folks with their taxes, retirement not withstanding), Jackie makes time to enjoy the home she's created for herself in Southwest Austin. A design blog should never reveal a rad lady's age, but let's just say Jackie's had the opportunity to design and make quite a few homes throughout her life. With her parenting and wife duties over with, the only person she has to compromise with on design is, well, no one!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Southwestern — Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico — with touches of “diversity.” I have been “keeping house” since 1955, so I have had lots of time to acquire a variety of looks and trends.
Inspiration: The decorating and styles of other homes I lived in for over 50 years. They enabled me to know what I wanted in my very first brand new home where I was allowed custom choices. These were inspired by my previous older homes (including rentals), specially the last one in Travis County, which had two previous owners and where I lived for 10 years.
Favorite Element: The ability to view my favorite items in prominent spaces and the ability to make it look the way I want — Southwestern with touches of other looks.
Biggest Challenge: Avoiding a “cluttered” look. I don’t want to overdo displaying items.
What Friends Say: Lovely, beautiful, awesome.
Biggest Embarrassment: None.
Proudest DIY: Not exactly DIY, but achieving the right mix for a mid -century/southwestern/eclectic look.
Biggest Indulgence: The window treatments.
Best Advice: Keep the look that is pleasing to YOU.
(Images: Adrienne Breaux)
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