Name: Lauren Wilkins & Josh Block
Location: South Congress neigborhood — Austin, Texas
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 — rented
The South Congress neighborhood of Austin is one that has gone through massive transformation over the last few decades. As it goes, there are so many unique, quirky and old homes and apartments that seem to ooze personality. Add in a hip and lovely boutique owner, and you've got a great combo! Filled with character and interesting details, Lauren and Josh have made this place their own.
Lauren owns and runs Bows + Arrows, the sister store to Spartan, featured on Marketplace. Both shops are replete with the latest trends and classic furnishings, tchotchkes, clothing, and accessories and that style clearly overflows into Lauren and Josh's home. While Lauren admits that when she really loves something, she often ends up bringing it to the shop, she's definitely left just enough behind at home to give us a great idea of her personality, interests and style.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
I want my house to be a collection of things I love. I guess I would say anything that catches my eye - I like to take a found vintage piece and build around that.
I'm inspired by everything around me - it changes all of the time. I basically just want it to be comfortable and filled with things that mean something to us - i.e. records, books, art, knickknacks form a trip, a tear out from a magazine, a found crate...
I love the original hardwood floors and especially the original sea foam colored tile in the kitchen.
The biggest challenge is probably that I bring everything to the my shop! I feel like I live as much in my shop as my actual house - I have to remind myself to buy things for me!
What Friends Say:
That it looks just like us.
My paint job. It was my first time to paint all by myself - its pretty janky - just don't look too close...
My Navajo rugs and a few other Native American antiques. I'm happy to spend money on good historical vintage - it's like art. As long as you keep it in good shape it's an investment. Oh and my painting by Thomas Campbell.
I guess the best advice I've been given is actually what I said up above- my dad always taught me to invest in art and objects that mean something to you rather than putting money in objects that lose value - but of course you have to fill in with inexpensive things here and there.
BDDW - I dream of one day purchasing something - just something - from them.
Resources of Note:
Medicine Man Gallery Santa Fe
Roundtop - antique week
Thanks, Lauren and Josh!
Images: Jessica Tata
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