Name: LonAnne Culver Magnuson, design and organizing consultant, with sons Thomas and William. And Lucy the cat. Location: Brentwood Neighborhood — Austin, Texas Size: 1,848 square feet Years lived in: 10 There's this intangible, mythical quality that Texas-born men and women ethereally possess. Something about always saying "thank you" and "ma'am." Pulling off cowboy boots and any article of clothing. Always having a cold beer ready for a guest. If you could take all these perfect, Southern qualities and translate them into a home décor style, well, you'd end up with a home that looks like LonAnne's.
Cass Cheesar Architects — LonAnne and Cass worked together to add on to the existing home (converting an old porch and adding new additions) to create a little modern oasis master suite and home office. Blending in excellently with the existing home's structure yet clearly setting itself apart as a new, contemporary area, the master suite's bright windows, semi-vaulted ceiling and streamlined touches are a breath of modern air in a home filled with vintage charm. The new additions and the old home strike a perfect balance for the family. LonAnne, a home organizer with a serious passion for interior design, really nails this style on the head, and working with Cass takes this home project from charming to really quite stunning.
Apartment Therapy Survey: My Style: Sanford and Son meets Bewitched. Inspiration: My near-nothing budget. I've always been more creative when the budget is tight because I have to be. Over the years I've found a lot of garage sale gems and several goodies off the street. Those free dumpster-bound pieces are priceless to me. Favorite Element: I love the way Cass designed the master addition with the intention to fill light into the space from three directions. The space changes throughout the day. The simple modern space is an elegant foil against my personal items and collectibles. It was enjoyable to work with Cass in design and building my project because he listened to my ideas and was able to integrate them into his design. Biggest Challenge: Keeping it clean. Two boys can really track it in. What Friends Say: Fun and whimsical. Clean and orderly. All at the same time. Everyone loves my kitchen, but most of them would never put all that stuff in theirs. Biggest Embarrassment: The make-do shed in the back. Demolition TBD. Proudest DIY: My entire house, really. I love my clothes rack that I made out of plumbing pipe, the mirror frame I made out of cereal box strips, the '70s buffet that I painted orange and stuck my spray-painted TV on top, the stenciled walls in the hall bath. Biggest Indulgence: I buy succulents and spray paint like most gals buy dresses and shoes. So I don't have any money for dresses and shoes. Best Advice: Hire an architect. People think they are expensive but they can actually save money. Understand that during the stressful task of construction they are advocates for you. Also, people should have fun with their homes and they should make sure they're functional. Dream Source: A fully furnished 1950s high school.
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