Name: Knoxy Knox, owner and photographer at Knox Photographics, and her sweet little pup Edie.
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: Rented; 3 years
It's hard not to be jealous of Knoxy as soon as you walk into her impeccably decorated house, catch a glimpse of her adorable outfit and taste her waffles and homemade whipped cream. But the wonderful thing about Knoxy is that though you'd have every right to be dripping with envy around her, she's created such a warm and inviting home and is so nice and welcoming that you're left with no choice but to ask to move in/be her best friend.
And with her friendly personality and open-door policy for guests, there's a very good chance you'd get a "yes" on both counts. With a style that's a mix of vintage, Hollywood Regency, classic and modern, Knoxy's home is definitely beautiful and full of ideas to borrow, but it's the way she enjoys using her home and seeing others enjoy it that makes her decorating and entertaining style so inspiring. You get the impression that anyone who walks into her apartment is greeted with a mimosa and a smile.
Does the architecture of her place look a little familiar? Knoxy lives next to Christi Finley (and is in fact the manager of the six bungalows on the property), and we enjoyed seeing how two distinct personalities show through so strongly in similar-looking spaces. And, just as neighbors popped in to say hello for Christi's shoot, they also sauntered over to investigate the homemade whipped cream and mimosas at Knoxy's place. And before you have time to get jealous again of Knoxy, Christi and the rest of that property's perfect, sitcom-like, neighborly feel, a record's put on the player, Edie starts being ridiculously adorable and the waffles are moved outside for laughter on the porch.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Inviting modern, I suppose. I've always been a huge fan of the mid century modern style, but it's not always the most inviting or welcoming approach. It's very important to me that friends and family feel free to "make themselves at home," so I strive to create a comfortable, yet intentional environment.
Inspiration: My incredibly creative and talented friends. Namely, I have so much respect and appreciation for my friend Karen Morgan's design style, and my dear Phyllis O'Quinn, who has taught me so much about the art of aesthetic. I feel very lucky to have such inspired people in my life who continue to challenge and teach me.
Favorite Element: The fact that I live on the same property as some of my dearest friends. We are all very social people, so at any given time, on any given day, you can find us sitting out on the porch, listening to records, and spending time together — and don't get me started on the parties we throw. We pretty much look for any excuse to have a fete. I personally feel that entertaining is a dying art that so many people don't participate in anymore. To me, there is nothing better than sitting around a dinner table, or laying out on blankets in the front yard for hours listening to records and chatting with friends over delicious beverages.
Biggest Challenge: The lack of storage space is rough!
What Friends Say: My friends always tell me that my place is their home-away-from-home. More than a few people have keys to my house, so it is not uncommon to come home to someone making dinner or taking a nap in the guest room. I LOVE entertaining, so having visitors is a great way to fill the house with joy, and make some precious memories.
Biggest Embarrassment: The walls are very thin. I have an open door policy for friends and family who need a place to crash, or are visiting for SXSW or even just a weekend. It's always wonderful to have loved ones in the other room, but you can certainly hear a pin drop!
Favorite DIY element: I love the "head of garlic" photo that I took and printed on canvas. I built the frame and stretched the canvas myself, which definitely gave me a new appreciation for the medium.
Biggest Indulgence: Over time, my record and book collections have definitely added up!
Best Advice: If you have champagne tastes on a modest income, find a way to get what you want either by making the object yourself, or bartering for it. When I first moved into my house, I wasn't necessarily able to afford some of the pieces of furniture that I desired, so I bartered my photography services to earn them.
Resources of Note:
• Jonathan Adler credenza
• Couch and ottomans: Star Furniture
• Dining table: Ikea
• Bar stools: CB2
• Record player: Crosley
• Book shelf: Design Within Reach
• Books and Records: Collected from all over the world
• Owls: Random vintage stores
• Giant mirror: Star Furniture
• Lamp by couch: Barter from Karen Morgan
• Light fixture over table: DIY cables from ikea, bulbs from the Light Bulb Shop
• Curtains: Bed, Bath & Beyond
• "Everything Here is Wonderful" map: Best Made Company
• Original hard wood floors throughout the entire house
• Kitchen-aid Mixer: Williams Sonoma
• Nespresso espresso machine: Sur La Table
• Vintage metal press: Garage sale find
• Owl cookie jar: Hog Wild
• Wooden vegetable plate: Target
• Metal lamp: Target
• Mason jar full of antique spoons: Uncommon Objects
• Light fixture over oven: Barter from Karen Morgan
• Asian artwork behind kitchen sink: A garage sale in Boerne, TX
• Desk: A barter from a client
• Black dresser: Left over from an old roommate
• Mirrored night stand: Target
• Wood stump stool under desk: Room Service Vintage
• Brass lamp on dresser: Uncommon Objects
• Jewelry box: Anthropologie
• Square mirror: Garage sale find
• Hand-shaped ring holder: Anthropologie
• Jewelry tray on desk: Jonathan Adler
• Vase on desk: Jonathan Adler
• Mirror above desk: Ikea
• Tall lamp by desk: Ikea
• Lantern by bed: Uncommon Objects
• Curtains: Urban Outfitters
• Bed frame: Rooms-to-Go
• Duvet: West Elm
• Throw pillows: West Elm
• Quilted blanket: Hotel Collection
• Accessory pillows: Hotel Collection
• Painting on wood: My amazingly talented friend Leah Haney
• Credenza: Ikea
• Infinity mirror: Ikea
• Black mirror: Left over from an old roommate
• Guitar: A gift on my 15th birthday
• Red lantern: Prototype Vintage
• Bedside lamp: Uncommon Objects
• Curtains: Bed, Bath & Beyond
• "Head of Garlic" photo on wrapped canvas by me, Knox Photographics
• Small glossy painting: Leah Haney
• Shower curtain: Jonathan Adler
• Trash can: Jonathan Adler
• Tray and ring plate: Jonathan Adler
• Furniture: metal table- CB2
• White chairs: CB2
• Light blue glider: Purchased from a friend who moved to NYC
• Portable record player: Crosley
(Images: Adrienne Breaux)
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