René Norman, dogs Paco and Nellie Location: Austin, Texas Size: 1,350 square feet Years lived in: Owned 3 years We've been fans of René's art for some time now. Abstract and with delicate details, her paintings and collages are always fresh and bright. It came as no surprise that her house is modern and sunny! Simple, clean, warm, and homey, René's East Side home is full of her great art, Mid-Century furniture pieces, global details and layers of texture.
What Friends Say: "It's so clean"! Biggest Embarrassment: The bedroom floors that need a cool solution. Proudest DIY: The guest bathroom tile job I did from collected and recycled tiles, that I even cut myself! Also, the backyard landscaping, with help from a fantastic architect friend, Patrick Oussey. Biggest Indulgence: Chairs. I am a self confessed chair fanatic. Best advice: I always start with bright white walls. It's crisp, clean, and modern and everything pops against a white wall. It also provides a blank slate and expands the space. Dream source: SPACE & LIGHT!!! Specifically, I would love to have a large spacious Mid Century modern home in the hills overlooking the ocean. High ceilings, lots of big windows, with shadows dancing on the floors and walls. And since I am dreaming, let's throw in a large light filled painting studio! And of course, money: no object. I would love to also have a Saarinen womb chair. They are so darn comfy!
Resources: Appliances: Came with the house. Hardware: Home Depot, Lowes, Ikea Furniture: My chairs are all Ebay wins. Kofod-larsen, Eames, Bertoia. Faux lem stools. A mix of Ikea. And a fantastic vintage secretary that was given to me by another artist friend. Accessories: Everywhere. Flea markets, vintage stores, gifts. Lighting: Ikea Window Treatments: You guessed it, Ikea. Tile and Stone: Collected bits from working on other home projects. Beds: Nothing special, but very comfy. Artwork: All the artwork in the house is mine. Paint: White. If I had time I would do it all again in a brighter white. The "green" room was my favorite color in nursery school, and I cant find the paint chip. Flooring: Bamboo. (Thanks, René!)
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