An Old Boat House Is Now a Cozy 296-Square-Foot Backyard Tiny HomeTours
See how an old boat house was transformed into a tiny but cozy and cute backyard tiny home that’s less than 300 square feet in size.
Dec 14, 2023
A Restored 1940s Bungalow Is a "Fresh Perspective on Curated Vintage"Tours
Nathalie and Sean originally rented this charming house, but now own it, and have now had full creative freedom on the decor!
Oct 31, 2023
A 350-Square-Foot Austin Studio Apartment Is Tiny, but Colorful and BrightTours
William Swinton-Ginsberg has been renting this studio apartment in Austin's Cherrywood neighborhood for four years, and built the kitchen table, which has a round gap that was designed to wrap around a cement column.
Jun 16, 2023
This Formerly "Dark Gray" 1977 House Is Now Colorful, Thanks to a Fun Reno
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Nayeli Crossdale, a visual designer, and her husband, Nate, have transformed this dated Austin house into a colorful, eclectic, and lived-in home full of inspiration.
Apr 19, 2023
See a Heart-Themed Bathroom & Disco Ball Trash Can in This Barbie-Core Bungalow
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Ashley Martin’s inspiration comes from vintage aesthetics, from Hollywood Regency to charmingly kitsch honeymoon motels. ”I love incorporating modern art, eclectic furniture, and plenty of sparkly disco balls for a funky twist!” Ashley says. “It’s like if Barbie’s grandma had her own dream house.”
Apr 11, 2023
This Rental Has a Vintage '70s Pink Kitchen and Surprising Storage Mini FridgeTours
Rachel and Ethan are a Texas couple living together for the first time in this duplex. With rent prices going up in Austin, Rachel and Ethan have saved money by scouring local vintage stores and Facebook Marketplace to make their home as unique and stylish as they are.
Dec 21, 2022
A First-Time Renovator on a DIY Budget Transformed This 1971 Ranch-Style HouseTours
Megan and Alex bought this 1,800-square-foot, ranch-style house in Austin three years ago. Megan is just the right person to style a house from the 1970s because of her passions for retro styles, thrifting, and history, which she explores on the popular blog Mid-century Millennial.
Apr 25, 2022
An Austin Home Layered in Texture and Pattern Masters a Monochromatic AestheticTours
Anastasia Casey, the founder of boutique creative agency IDCO Studio, says her goal for designing spaces is for them to "feel collected and elevated, with each piece telling a story."
Nov 17, 2021
A Charming 1930s Austin CottageTours
This couple has preserved many of the home's authentic details and elements, all while infusing it with their own personalities.
Aug 25, 2021
A 'Generic New-Build White Box' Is Now a Colorful and Whimsical HouseTours
Missy McCabe had fun filling this blank canvas with accent walls, wallpaper, and vintage and heirloom pieces.
Jun 22, 2021
Before & After: A Previously Abandoned Airstream's Transformation Is BeautifulTours
This creative couple bought an abandoned Airstream on the side of the road for $600, eventually spending two and a half years and $20k to completely renovate it themselves!
Mar 25, 2021
A Playfully Eclectic Rental Townhome Shows How to Decorate on a BudgetTours
Designer and children's book author September Scott describes her style as playful. "I’ve always loved incorporating old pieces with new and find that doing this adds much more personality and character to a space."
Feb 12, 2021
An Architect's Austin House Has Splendid Built-Ins (& an Amazing Walk-In Closet)Tours
Everything is always changing and moving around in Melanie Raines' remodeled house, it's why she lovingly calls it “the laboratory.”
Nov 30, 2020
Before & After: A Newly Modern Austin BungalowProjects & Improvements
Just because I’ve come to terms with my home’s imperfections doesn’t mean I don’t obsess over my inspiration boards. The latest addition is this incredible makeover of an Austin bungalow. The owners, Britt and Dan, waited five years to tackle their remodel, and the result is a beautifully modern and calm home awash in white. And yes, I’m jealous much.
Jul 16, 2020
A 600-Square-Foot Austin Rental Apartment Shows How to Keep it Casual and CozyTours
Each area of this small rental apartment is filled with stories and memories, and this interior design loves living here.
May 30, 2020
Every Room of This Austin House Has Inventive DIYs & Enviable Secondhand Finds Tours
Noah Marion power washed, painted, scraped, and replaced light fixtures, fans, appliances, toilets to reveal this Austin house's beautiful bones.
May 1, 2020
A Chic Austin Bungalow Is Decked Out in Cheery Christmas DecorTours
Live greenery, luxe gold touches, soft textures, and cheery pops of color characterize this home's festive holiday decor.
Dec 16, 2019
Amber’s Art-Filled Austin ApartmentTours
Name: Amber Abramson, Associate Director at New Image Art Gallery and owner of Busy-Being, her son, Angelo, and pets Pigeon (AKA Maiden of Anarchy) the cat and Paper the turtle. Location: Cherrywood neighborhood — Austin, TexasSize: 900 square feetYears lived in: Rented, 1 year It’s hard not to be envious of a woman who can turn a blank space into a fascinating, art-packed apartment in just under a year, but then again, not all folks can claim as many creative hats as Amber.
Dec 19, 2019
Eric’s Soothing StripesDesign Ideas
Name & Age: Eric, 1.5 weeks(!) oldLocation: Austin, TX When Ohdeedoh friend Luciana let us know that she was decorating a nursery for a baby boy, we couldn’t wait to see what she put together. Baby Eric’s nursery was lovingly decorated in advance of his October 15 birth day. Welcome home, little man.
Dec 19, 2019
The Shepherds’ Sunny & Simple RemodelTours
Name: Trent and Carly Shepherd, our 4.5 month-old baby, Gray, our 14-year-old golden retriever, Levi and our 8-year-old cat, Phoenix. Not listed in order of preference.
Dec 19, 2019
Dave’s Tiny Urban Austin StudioTours
Name: Dave JohannesLocation: Austin, Texas Size: 392 square feetYears lived in: 1 You may remember Dave’s place from his Small Cool entry — we liked so many things about Dave’s apartment we knew we had to visit for a House Tour! Sure, Dave lives in a hip, urban apartment complex close to downtown Austin, but it’s not his location that makes this tiny studio so great.
Dec 19, 2019
Before & After: A Dated 1970s House Got a Jaw-Dropping Modern Remodel, Is Now Totally UnrecognizableTours
After quite a few months of casually house shopping, a 1970s house in a great location came up and this couple had to go for it; it just had too much potential.
Dec 19, 2019
Ben’s Tiny But Comfy 250 Square Foot StudioTours
Name: Ben Steinbauer, Filmmaker, Man About Town Location: Austin, Texas Size: 250 square feet Years lived in: Rented 1 year Ben’s home is the perfect example of not needing a lot of space or expensive furniture to create the kind of home you want to hang out in. Under 300 square feet (not counting the outdoor deck), his home — a compact studio he rents in the backyard of a Central Austin house — is filled with vintage scores, art by creative friends, and records.
Dec 19, 2019
Melissa’s Eclectic Austin BungalowTours
Name: Melissa Reese Location: Tarrytown; Austin, Texas Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Melissa Reese is a Creative Director and Illustrator. Her work is whimsical and soft, much like her eclectic two bedroom home and office located a few minutes from downtown Austin. Her vintage bungalow is in one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods and has such charm.
Oct 31, 2019
Danielle and Austin’s Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Real-Life Lessons from a Real-Life RenovationProjects & Improvements
Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage RemodelLocation: Austin, TexasType of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet We’ve been following along with Danielle and Austin’s kitchen and garage renovation every step of the way, from its ‘Texas suburbia’ style beginning to the beautiful new kitchen and master suite they have now.
Sep 24, 2019
A “Primitive Modern” Austin HomeTours
A simple style fused with modern decor and warm textures defines this Austin home.
Aug 29, 2019
Check in to Wille Nelson’s Austin Hangout Turned Tiny House HotelDesign Ideas
Austin is known for its live music scene, funky boutique hotels and nearby Hill Country, and one of its newest places to stay, The Wayback Cafe and Cottages, combines the charm of all three. Located on three Live Oak-dotted acres in the exclusive West Lake Hills neighborhood, The Wayback boasts eight board-and-batten style cottages, a restaurant led by the flavors of Central Texas and a handful of communal areas including a pool, fire pit and cabana.
Jul 19, 2019
Marco & Shanna’s House of StyleTours
Name: Marco Fiorilo and Shanna Eldridge, their 5-year-old son, 4 chickens, 2 dogs and sea monkeysLocation: South — Austin, TexasSize: 1186 square feet Years lived in: Owned 2 and a half yearsIt’s not a requirement that you own a hip furniture store to have a stylish house, but chances are if you do helm one of the hottest and trendiest furniture stores in Austin, you’re probably going to have a cool house to match.
Jul 11, 2019
Misty’s Bright and Colorful Cottage!Tours
Name: Misty Adair, husband John, two young sons and dog, LucyLocation: Allandale, Austin, TXSize: 1375 square feetYears lived in: 6 yearsWhen we spotted some photos of Misty’s home in a few of her previous posts here on Apartment Therapy, we knew we needed to get in there for a house tour! A visit to Misty’s house in the Allandale neighborhood doesn’t disappoint.
Jun 20, 2019
House Tour: Jennifer’s Cool and Kitschy Austin Home!Tours
Name: Jennifer Perkins, owner of the Naughty Secretary Club, and her husband Chris Boehk (also Ella the English Mastiff, Georgie the black cat and Lucy the older pup)Location: Austin, Texas Years lived in: 6 years>> When Jennifer Perkins and her husband Chris moved into this South Austin home six years ago, it was clear it had previously been a rental home for college students, featuring bad paint jobs, gross surfaces and evidence of neon signs.
Jun 19, 2019
This Stylist’s Austin House Is a Must-See Maximalist WonderlandTours
From giant mural wallpaper to layers of plants, bold romantic colors and multiple art galleries, this home has us swooning.
Jun 6, 2019
A Pretty Pink Austin Bungalow Is The Product of Resourcefulness and Neighborly HelpTours
Not only did this couple do much of the house's renovation work themselves, the entire neighborhood pitched in. Their style? Reverent and resourceful!
May 28, 2019
Three Roommates Foster Creativity in a Stylish, Cozy Austin Rental HomeTours
Name: Sara Barge, Shelby Goodwin, and Stephanie Gutierrez of Foster ATX Location: Austin, Texas Size: 1,344 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting After a five-week backpacking trip, Sara, Stephanie, and Shelby left Europe exhilarated by all they’d seen and done. At the time, they were convinced that kind of joy, excitement, passion for life—it was temporary.
May 27, 2019
Maxwell’s Mix of Old & NewDesign Ideas
Name: Maxwell Location: Austin, Texas Room Size: 200 square feet My favorite nurseries include a mix of old and new, handmade pieces and family heirlooms. Baby Maxwell’s nursery is a perfect example. With a trendy triangle accent wall, a classic Jenny Lind crib, vintage dresser/changing table, and loads of DIY projects throughout the space, the space feels like it was put together over time rather than lifted from a showroom floor. How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
May 18, 2019
Before & After: Jenny’s Creole BalconyPlants & Yard
What is a garden designer without a dirt level garden to do? Well of course, make the most of the available 150 sq ft balcony. Jenny Peterson, who lives and works in Austin, Texas transformed her ‘L’ shaped balcony from a mish-mash of outdoor ‘stuff’ to a cohesive and relaxing southern inspired place for her to enjoy the outdoors.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: A “Cookie Cutter” House Gets A Bold, Brilliant MakeoverProjects & Improvements
Kind of hard to believe this is the same house, right? When Kezia and Jonathan bought their home, they were seemingly stuck with a material they hated that couldn’t be removed. Instead of throwing up their hands in despair and settling, they got creative and gave the facade of their home some major curb appeal. From Kezia: We bought a cookie cutter house and redid the kitchen and facade ourselves – we call it the Kimono Project (because our house is on Kimono Ridge Drive).
May 4, 2019
Airstreams, Yurts & Cute Critters: A Modern Day “Green Acres”Tours
Name: Kirsten and Brandon Dickerson, plus their son and daughter Location: Our homestead know as Green Acres Retreat, just east of Austin in Elgin, Texas Size: 25 acres that includes our personal dwellings: a 1955 Spartan Mansion just under 350 square feet and a 1967 Overlander Airstream just under 180 square feet, as well as an open air vintage barn and Lotus Belle yurts for guests. Years lived in: Full time living in both of the vintage trailers for 1.5 years Green Acres update!
Apr 30, 2019
A Chic “New Traditional” Austin BungalowTours
Name: Tiffany and Alan Goldstein Location: Austin, Texas Size: 1064 square feet Years lived in: Owned for 9 Months Natural light pours in through large windows, warming Tiffany and Alan’s Austin bungalow. Tiffany’s background in fashion and the couple’s traveling adventures have inspired chic yet playful interior design. In just nine months, they have creatively remodeled the home to make their space feel open and airy.
Apr 30, 2019
Get the Look: Chic, Glam & PlayfulTours
Tiffany and Alan’s Austin bungalow is chic and playful, inspired by Tiffany’s background in fashion and the couple’s travels. Most impressive is that the couple has only been in the space for nine months. You can easily get this warm, beautiful look in your home using the links below. Shop the style!
Apr 30, 2019
A Colorful, Kitschy Tour of a Home with 100 Christmas TreesTours
Not exactly known for her minimalist views on decor, Jen's holiday-ready home—and over 100 Christmas trees—is cheery enough to brighten even the biggest Grinch's day!
Apr 30, 2019
A DIY-Obsessed Couple’s Renovated 1960s Austin HomeTours
Name: Amy and Jed Rogers, dog: Prancy and cat: Barney Location: Austin, Texas Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: Owned 2.5 years When my husband, Jed Rogers, and I started our house hunt four years ago we knew our list of “must haves” was going to be tough to find all in one home. What we ended up finding? A 1964 one-story home with good bones and lots of potential in a desirable neighborhood.
Apr 30, 2019
Two Architects Share a Jungle-Inspired Home in Wine CountryTours
Name: Austin Carrier, Alex Mutter-Rottmayer, and their dog Ziggy Location: Sonoma, California Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned Austin and Alex say their apartment is like the scene in Alice in Wonderland in which the Mad Hatter is calling for people to change seats. It’s very likely that the couple’s wine country apartment is already styled completely different than how it looked during this house tour.
Apr 30, 2019
Practical Minimalism in an Austin Family HomeTours
Name: Ruth Snell Location: Austin, Texas Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: Owned 6 years Ruth Snell and her family have lived in their bright, 1300 square foot home for almost six years. As you enter her organized entryway, you wouldn’t guess that controlling family clutter is her biggest challenge. Ruth’s best advice for a tidy home? Practice picking up daily, have a place for everything, and keep baskets around to collect items that need to go back to their homes.
Apr 30, 2019
Rookie Renovators Nail it on the First TryTours
Name: Kelly and Colton Jarisch, baby Silas, and Shiner. Location: Tarrytown — Austin, Texas Size: 1,530 square feet Years lived in: Owned a little over 2.5 years Kelly and Colton’s small cottage home just west of downtown Austin is a case study for renovations done right. Their reno began as a series of DIY projects to remove the previous owner’s design decisions, but Kelly and Colton soon found themselves in the midst of a whole house renovation — for the first time.
Apr 30, 2019
This Crafty Austinite Just Might Out-Halloween Us AllTours
Retro Halloween masks, handmade spooky DIYs, glitter, pom-poms, tassels and a ton of faux trees — crafter and blogger Jen Perkins doesn’t just set a few fake tombstones out on the lawn and call it a day. When it comes to Halloween decorating, every inch of her home (inside and out) is splashed with spooky decor. This is the third year in a row we’re showing off what her home looks like in October.
Apr 30, 2019
These Tiny Houses in Austin Are Sustainable and ChicDesign Ideas
Just off South Congress Avenue, one of the most highly trafficked streets in Austin, lies an apartment community that is just as eco-friendly as it is Instagram-worthy. La Dueña, which was originally constructed in 1973, was remodeled in 2018 by Jeanne Schultz Design Studio and now contains 10 400-square-foot fully furnished units.
Apr 26, 2019
A Solar-Powered Austin House for Two CreativesTours
This home aims for sustainability in small but impactful ways.
Apr 23, 2019
House Tour: Greg and Laura’s Space Maximizing BungalowTours
Name: Greg and LauraLocation: Austin, TexasSize: 720 square feetYears lived in: 8 years>> Converting a small house into a chic, modern home was the task Greg met when he first bought this Austin house in 2000. When he married Laura a few years ago, the task officially became a challenge on how to fit two people happily in 720 square feet.
Apr 15, 2019
Southern Comfort & Creative Quirkiness in AustinTours
Name: Greg and Becky Simpson Location: East Austin Size: 1,500 square feet Years Lived In: Owned 2 years Greg and Becky don’t have any particular favorite time period of design. Nor do they hold any allegiances to any brands or designers. Truthfully? They just buy what they like. Influenced heavily by their “groovy friends” and the lively city of Austin, their home is a playful, unique reflection of their two fun personalities.
Apr 14, 2019
A Thoughtful Remodel of a Historic Landmark Home in AustinTours
Name: Amanda and Chris Covo Location: East Austin, Texas Size: 967 square feet Years lived in: 7 months owned, after an 8 month renovation Amanda and Chris live in Austin, Texas — East Austin, to be specific. They are right down the street from Franklin BBQ and East Side Pies, local favorites. The house isn’t just cool because of its proximity to the hippest restaurants, though; it’s also a historic landmark.
Apr 14, 2019
The “Sweet” Austin Home of Lick Honest Ice Creams’ FoundersTours
Name: Chad Palmatier and Anthony Sobotik Location: North Austin, Texas Size: 1,850 square feet Years Lived In: 1.5 years, owned In their business—Lick Honest Ice Creams—as well as their home, Chad and Anthony focus on bringing an appreciation of simple things into the world. When it comes to decorating their North Austin house, they only brought in items they really love. The kind of items that bring them joy every day. For the couple, that means color, pattern and family heirlooms.
Apr 14, 2019
An Austin Vintage Treasure Hunter’s Second-Hand StyleTours
Name: September Scott Location: Austin, Texas Size: 740 square feet Years Lived In: 2 years, renting Designer September Scott is all about the hunt—for treasures, one-of-a-kind finds and absolutely any found object she can reinvigorate. “Almost all the pieces in my space are reclaimed from an estate sale, flea market, Goodwill or on the side of the road. My passion is bringing new life into found objects,” she writes.
Apr 14, 2019
A Handmade South Austin HomeTours
Name: Lara and Adam Location: South Austin, Texas Size: 930 square feet Years lived in: 6 months, owned Not counting the couches and chairs, nearly all the furniture in this home was built by its owners! Pallets, old fences…any reclaimed wood Lara and Adam found around their neighborhood became building material for their home’s contents. And they saved a lot of money by salvaging fencing they took down during the renovation and other wood scraps.
Apr 14, 2019
Shannon’s Soothing Mix of StylesTours
Name: Shannon Schelbert of mac+cam photography, along with husband Michael, sons Mac (10) and Cam (8) and dog Tottenham (named after Tottenham Hotspur) and cat Messi (after soccer player Lionel Messi) Location: Aldridge Place — Austin, Texas Size: 2500 square feet Years lived in: 3 — owned It’s all about details and materials in this Central Austin home. It’s also about customizing a home to fit the residents’ needs.
Apr 14, 2019
Is This Ultra-Affordable 3D-Printed Tiny House the Home of the Future?Design Ideas
In a quiet East Austin neighborhood, newly-constructed homes sit side-by-side with the time-weathered structures in need of a fresh coat of paint, homes where overgrown grass reaches out to touch the cracked sidewalks. But, along with the apparent signs of gentrification, there is also something quite unexpected hiding behind a fenced-in backyard: the first permitted 3D-printed house in the world.
Mar 19, 2019
LonAnne’s Vintage and Modern Texas CharmerTours
Name: LonAnne Culver Magnuson, design and organizing consultant, with sons Thomas and William. And Lucy the cat. Location: Brentwood Neighborhood — Austin, TexasSize: 1,848 square feetYears lived in: 10 There’s this intangible, mythical quality that Texas-born men and women ethereally possess. Something about always saying “thank you” and “ma’am.” Pulling off cowboy boots and any article of clothing. Always having a cold beer ready for a guest.
Feb 20, 2019
Erin’s Warm & Wood-Wrapped Austin Budget BungalowTours
Name: Erin Curtis and Aaron Dubrow (and 4 part-time, indoor/outdoor kitties) Location: East Side — Austin, Texas Size: 1400 square feet Years lived in: Owned 1 year What would you get if you mixed a 1920s bungalow, the inside of a vintage boat and a lofty barn with clean lines? The unique look of an East Austin house that has completely won us over. Full of incredibly smart space and money saving ideas, we’re quite impressed with the path the look of this home has taken.
Feb 20, 2019
Eva’s Cozy Sense of Clarity in AustinTours
Name: Eva Schone Location: Hyde Park; Austin, Texas Size: 850 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Eva Schone, the founder of Trophyology (and an architect on hiatus), describes her style as “light, cozy, and green with a sense of clarity.” It’s true. Upon entering her sun-drenched two bedroom garage apartment, Eva’s decisions and delights are perfectly clear, without the appearance of a lot of work or fuss.
Feb 20, 2019
Karen & Deborah’s Cherrywood RenovationTours
Name: Karen LaShelle (nonprofit director) and Deborah Esquenazi (documentary filmmaker) Location: Cherrywood; Austin, Texas Size: 2,100 square feet Years lived in: 9 years; owned It’s been five years since we first toured Karen’s house in Austin. Since then, her 2 bedroom/1 bath house has undergone some big and meaningful changes.
Feb 20, 2019
Candice’s Creative Austin HomeTours
Location: Austin, Texas Size: 960 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned Candice is an amazing Austin-based stylist and sells a collection of her vintage finds on her online shop, Oh Fox Creative. Everything she salvages has a story and her home is filled with them, too! Her classic taste is showcased through her vintage hints and globe trotting finds. Keep an eye out for her one of a kind must-haves and take a peek at her ‘found’ rugs. They’re all works of art.
Feb 20, 2019