Aria & Jason's Austin Oasis

Aria & Jason's Austin Oasis

Chris Perez
Jul 2, 2013

Name: Jason & Aria Kilpatrick
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 2,145 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; owned

There are several reasons someone may choose to buy a particular home. Sometimes that decision is made because of the neighborhood, other times because of the isolation. Sometimes a home is chosen because of its bones and history, or because of the potential to renovate. For Aria and Jason, the choice of their home hinged on one critical factor: the backyard. Come enjoy a beautiful midcentury-style home with a rare garden oasis located in Austin, Texas. 

Before arriving at Aria and Jason's home for a tour shoot, I had a fairly good idea of what to expect. Midcentury remodel. Handmade elements. Well-blended decor. What I discovered when I arrived, however, was so much more — especially when I stepped foot out back. 

Aria and Jason have a sprawling backyard retreat just outside the doors of their home. There's room for their two children and three dogs to run free. There's room to stretch out your arms. There's room to breathe.

The midcentury influence inside the home makes its way out back, seen in a Frank Lloyd Wright sculpture that marks the end of a walkway surrounded by oak trees and cherry blossoms. Aria is a builder's daughter, and as such wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and do a lot of the renovation work herself. Flipping through pages of the "before" pictures allows you to realize all the natural beauty they were able to uncover from the home. Exposed beams, previously covered by a flat ceiling, now define the home's style — simple lines with natural textures.

There's definitely lots to view and enjoy at Aria & Jason's home, including a delightful nursery. So come on in, and take a look around.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: A curated mix of vintage and modern.

Inspiration:  We saw a home with great original mid-century modern bones and wanted to bring it back to its former glory while modernizing the home to make it more functional for the way young families live these days. 

Favorite Element:  We love the architecture and how we were able to bring it back out through the restoration. 

Biggest Challenge:  Incorporating state-of-the-art environmental features and new materials while preserving the original character of the home.

What Friends Say:  Friends love the general character and the unique kitchen… then they see the master bathroom and closet and want to move in.

Biggest Embarrassment: The back porch did not turn out how we envisioned it.

Proudest DIY: Our dining room table. It was a true family project involving my brother and father (both engineers). We sourced the wood slab from a tree that was removed for a city project, had it locally dried, sanded and filled for weeks, and had a artisan friend build the legs based on our design.

Biggest Indulgence: The kitchen counters. You'd think it would be our master suite with the "party shower" and enormous closet, but we spend more time in the kitchen. We had another counter material selected, then our countertop contractor called and said "you HAVE to see what I just brought back – you are going to LOVE it".  We did and splurged!

Best Advice: Bring in pros to help with huge projects. There are things we did ourselves, but never would have finished without help. There are things like insulation and new wiring that you can't see, but are worth the investment if you are putting time and energy into what you can see. It makes your home so much more live-able. These things need to be done by a pro, but help you enjoy the fun projects and protect your investment.  

Dream Sources:  We love any opportunity to cruise thrift shops, antique malls, and anywhere we can find something special.  It gives your home so much more meaning if you've curated your furnishings over years, and gives you a great sense of pride in your surroundings.

Resources of Note:


  • Sherwin Williams : "Softer Tan" at 75% on walls


  • Front door "doorlite kit" : Crestview Doors
  •  Mailbox : Ebay find painted silber
  •  Doorbell : NOS ebay find
  • Stone planter: original to the houseStone planter: original to the houseStone planter: original to the house


  • Piano: Family pieceConsole : Custom designed & built with the help of a friend
  • Sofa : IKEA
  • Clock : Family Piece


  • Dining Table : DIY  
  • Chair Shells : Ebay Find
  • Chair Bases : Modern Coscience


• Cabinet Hardware : Atlas Hardware 
• Breakfast Table : Crate & Barrel
• Pantry Door Decorative Panel : Crestview Doors
• Backsplash : Walker-Zanger
• Range : Bertazzoni


  • Headboard : Antique Mall Find  Dresser : Craigslist Find 
  • Nightstands : Ebay Find 
  • Bench : Ebay Find 
  • Plycraft Chair : Thrift Store Find

Thanks, Aria and Jason!

(Images: Chris Perez )

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