When we came across the East Austin house of artist Jennifer Chenoweth, of Fisterra Studio, at the last East Austin Studio Tour, we were bowled over by this simple, unique and colorful home. Jennifer's put a lot work in this 102-year-old house, and she's filled it with her own art and furniture, art from friends and a lot of personality.
It's not often that you meet a homeowner who can claim they've made or designed nearly every piece of furniture in their home like Jennifer. A talented painter and metalworker, her unique designs fill the house, from the beds, to the couch, to the window rods to even the hardware and lighting. You may even remember seeing her unique style in a post we did long ago featuring her burglar bars. Also a professional paint color consultant for hire, we fell in love with some of the unique color ideas she's incorporated, like patches of color and dripping wall borders.
Accompanying all the handmade furniture are her pieces of artwork sprinkled around the house along with friends' work, like ceramic artist Jennifer Pritchard and others. We even like how Jennifer used the hanging decorations from a recent birthday party to add surprising punches of color in her bedroom. The kids' room, home to two rambunctious young boys, is bright and filled with fun toys. Our favorite part of the house has to be the kitchen and adjoining dining room. Featuring an original color palette and a great set of windows at the height of someone sitting at the table, the room's wood walls and metal tile-like ceiling are a fun and unique combination of colors and textures.
My/Our style: Contemporary, artistic, handmade.
Inspiration: Philosophy, literature and Roman empire architects.
Favorite Element: My bedroom, the bookshelves and the paper flower-fireworks.
Biggest Challenge: It's a 102-year old house, nothing is really straight or square.
Biggest Embarrassment: One closet... we don't look in there.
Proudest DIY: Chicken coop.
Biggest Indulgence: Expensive glass tile backsplash that I put in, 8 years ago it was really pricey stuff.
Best advice: Vacuum out your attic.
Dream source: 17th Century China (the country).
Appliances: Sears/Home Depot
Furniture: my workshop/studio
Hardware: my workshop/studio
Accessories: my workshop/studio
Lighting: my workshop/studio
Window Treatments: my workshop/studio
Beds: my workshop/studio
Artwork: my workshop/studio
Paint: Front Bedroom: Ralph Lauren Suede "Desert Cactus"; Hallway: Benjamin Moore "Rockport Gray"; kids' room and yellow splash in hallway are Benjamin Moore "Mulholland Yellow" and Kitchen trim color is Benjamin Moore "Rust."
Flooring: mostly original hardwoods
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