Name: Artist 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.
Every aspect of René's home is a perfect representation of her personality--even her front door introduces you to her unique style! Originally a standard front door, after a run in with one of her dogs, her door was in need of repair. Gathering up scraps of wood and metal from previous art projects she created a patch that became a piece of art! These sorts of details and René's ingenuity can be seen all through her house. We love the way she's incorporated all of her favorite furniture pieces and accessories without the place feeling cluttered. René's favorite part of her house is ours, too: all the wonderful sunlight that filters in through the ample windows!
My/Our style: Mid Century modern "lite" with touches of global bohemian.
Inspiration: Color and composition.
Favorite Element: Great sunlight throughout.
Biggest Challenge: Keeping black dog fur off the bamboo floors. Previously it was keeping the dirt from the backyard out of the house, (via the dog's transport), but since I landscaped with crushed limestone, that problem was perfectly solved!
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!
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.
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.
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