The Art of Improbable Mish Mash

Cottage Living October 2008

D'Ette Cole is an artist, antique dealer, and entrepreneur and, if you think she's full of creativity, you should see her house! Jump down for more pics of this eclectically brilliant abode...

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Our favorite design moment in D'Ette's cottage is the antique pillar covered with hundreds of good fortunes (see left). The red pushpins flash bright against the white paper and worn wood.

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And, speaking of red...
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D'Ette utilizes one of AT's favorite tactics in the dining room: salon style frames. Here, though, the artwork appears to be made up entirely of family snapshots.

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Being a fifth-generation Texan, D'Ette has a soft spot for old cowboy boots. Being an artist and junk shop groupie, she gathers her inspiration with idea boards and small collections of uncommon artifacts.

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Another sweet spot in D'Ette's Austin home is actually outside. The spacious back deck is simple but cozy, with a built-in fireplace and overgrown greenery. Akin with D'Ette's unusual tastes, a "bottle tree," or an old French drying rack dressed in Christmas lights, welcomes guests to the party.

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Photos: Cottage Living (Thanks, Rex!)