Lisa's Crestview Charmer

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Name: Lisa
Location: Crestview — Austin, Texas

Our home was originally built in 1955, in an area of town that is commonly thought of as a time capsule of mid-century Austin. There is an independent grocery store, pharmacy, deli, and barber in the heart of the neighborhood and the homes average between 1200-1500 square feet.

It can be a challenge to keep a home of this size clean and organized, with two busy adults, a growing toddler, and a dog, but with bins and baskets hidden away throughout the house, it helps. It also helps that our son's bedroom doubles as his play area, keeping stray toys from wandering around and taking over the rest of the house.

One of our favorite features of the house is the wallpaper in the hallway, which can be seen from every room in the house. Another favorite is the wall of books in our living room, bringing a lot of color and personality to the space.

When we bought the house, there was a very strong urge to buy everything at once and finish the decorating process. But I knew that the homes I have visited and enjoyed the most were not the ones that had everything perfectly matched; they were not the ones that looked like model homes. My favorite homes were those that were layered with the homeowner's memories, travels, tastes, and dreams, and that was the kind of home I wanted to have. I think when people visit our house, they know right away that it is ours.

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-Lisa