Julie's Witty & Whimsical 'Artsy Nerd' Home

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Name: Julie Gomoll
Location: Austin, Texas
Size/Room: 3,000 sq. ft
Years lived in: 12 years

Julie has done it all — grew (and then sold) a business, travelled the world (literally), swum with sharks, and read a library's worth of books. Someone this fun, adventurous, and creative is bound to have a unique home, right? Well, is her vintage Chambers stove red?

Julie's home is a bit of an architectural marvel. The first Austin home designed by Lake | Flato, one of Architectural Digest's top designers of 2012, is an masterpiece with lines and inspiration from the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright. Julie, making the space her own, has added interest and a story to every corner. A globe stands fittingly in the center of the main living area, a perpetual reminder of all the travels and adventures she has taken over the years. Quite a collection has amassed from these travels; pictures and art from Bali to Zimbabwe can be seen thoughtfully arranged throughout the home's expanse.
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As a web developer and entrepreneur Julie manages to fit a good amount of technology into the space as well. A 100" home theater projection screen sits as unassumingly as one can in a corner of one of the upstairs rooms. This same room is also home to the first computer she custom-built. Her primary workspace is downstairs in the main living area. There, on a simple desk placed strategically in front of a picture window, you will find a Macbook Pro and an iMac. Overlooking the garden and courtyard, the nook has a view of the overhanging wisteria that blooms during the short Texas spring.

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The four classical elements — earth, wind, water, fire — are represented at each main corner of the home and create its most distinguishing characteristics. A custom fire red Chambers stove, crafted of heavy gauge steel and porcelain enamel, serves as the bright focal point to the kitchen. A true antique, its form and style are timeless. In another corner of the home, an industrial-looking outdoor shower stands paramount. The large steel pipe serves as a literal burst of water into the open air. Its design is simple, harsh, yet glorious.

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These two corners of the home are joined by the earthen elements of the library. Wooden shelves filled with books of all subjects and disciplines form the walls. A burnt umber stained-concrete stairway diverges underneath a glass roof. When the sun rises, its rays shine through the glass and illuminate their common landing. Hello. Good morning.

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Apartment Therapy Survey

My style - Artsy nerd with a dash of whimsy? Is that a style?

The inspiration for my home office - My various travels from around the world.

Favorite element in your space - Hands down the outdoor shower.

Biggest challenge in designing my space - Scale. It was hard to manage the size of the rooms and height of the walls. Everything I brought in looked small, but I was able to address the solution by drawing the eye to several different levels with ledges, art, and other decorative elements.

What friends say about my space - "Oh man, this is awesome." And my mom said "Oh! I had no idea you were so creative!" :)

Area where there is room for improvement - The house is wired for sound, but it's not at all wired for tech. All the stone and concrete makes connectivity -- wired and wireless -- a major pain.

Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project - The magnetic spice rack in the kitchen pantry.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my space - Truly awesome parties.

Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home - Think ahead and leave room for growth. Leave spaces and cabling accessible for expansion.

Dream source for stuff - Art fairs, art galleries, and world travel.

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Tech Hardware

  • Macbook Pro
  • iMac
  • Mac Mini
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • hand-built PC
  • couple of old PC laptops
  • Sharp projector
  • Integra Receiver
  • Sonus Faber speakers
  • 100" projection screen
  • Xbox
  • PS2

Appliances

  • Fire Engine Red 1950s custom Chambers range
  • Subzero fridge

Furniture

  • Couches and chairs designed by myself from local custom furniture shop
  • The bed is from a boutique no longer around
  • Dining table is from Pottery Barn
  • Modular desk is from Container Store
  • Giant red picnic table made by a craftsman in Georgetown
  • Harlequin chest of drawers from Zinger Hardware

Accessories

  • Cuisinart
  • Zojirushi
  • Hamilton Beach

Lighting

  • Pottery Barn and several now-defunct local boutiques.

Additional Elements

  • Artwork from Austin, France, Italy, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Mexico, Greece, Egypt

• Julie's wonderful home is now for sale in Austin by Nanette from Austin Fine Properties. Julie is still doing her thing on the internet, and you can read more about her at her website.

Thanks Julie!

(Images: Chris Perez)

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