A “Primitive Modern” Austin Home

updated Aug 29, 2019
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Name: Georgia Pellegrini
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 1,700 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year

Georgia’s home is truly a gem. I love her simple style fused with modern decor and warm textures. All of her accent pieces are a reflection of her personal style and inspiring career. Read more to take a peek into her eclectic Austin home and amazing life.

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Georgia may not look like the type of woman who gets dirty for a living, but the adventure tour host draws much of her inspiration from the outdoors. The Modern Pioneering author turned her white-walled, concrete-floored abode into a warm and inviting space with touches of the trail and bits of the outdoors.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Primitive Modern

Inspiration: I host Adventure Getaways for women around the country where we roll up our sleeves and experience life more viscerally—everything from fly fishing, hunting, cooking classes, falconry, ATV rides 10,000 feet in the mountains, horseback riding… I bring back.

Favorite Element: The 19 overlapping skylights that cast diagonal stripes of light along the two-story wall at 2pm every day. Also the thick glass circles in the doorway that have little orange figurines—everything from ducks to deer to people.

Biggest Challenge: It is a very modern space, with white walls and polished concrete floors, so it is easy for it to feel “cold” and sterile. I have spent time adding textures, layers, and colors to “warm it up.”

What Friends Say: “It’s so you.” They also say my place encourages them to de-clutter their lives. I throw everything out that isn’t serving a purpose, I don’t save magazines or newspapers unless I’m framing them and put them on a wall. My mind isn’t clear when my space is cluttered.

Proudest DIY: There are so many! A lot of them are featured in my latest book “Modern Pioneering.” The stencilled risers on the staircase may be my favorite. It was a labor of love and a big learning curve but I love how it turned out. There are step-by-step instructions on how to do it on my website.

I also love the homemade planter box for my bamboo. I saw something like it in a parking lot and went straight to buy lumber to see if I could recreate it. I had a certain size I wanted and was able to fit it perfectly. It’s a perfect planter for people without a lot of space, it will even look great in a driveway or back alley!

Biggest Indulgence: Gold silverware from Italy. We used them in a Food & Wine magazine photo shoot at my house and I had to have them.

Best Advice: Your home should be a reflection of you, where you’ve been, where you want to go. It should be a giant vision board that inspires you on a daily basis and serves as a sanctuary. Spend time giving it all kinds of good energy.

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Resources of Note:


• I’m a believer that everything should be bright white. I have one pale blue accent wall in the entrance, but the rest serves as a simple canvas to work against.


• Stump from a neighbor cutting down their tree

• Vintage photographs from my grandparents who were fashion photographers as

well as from my dad who does reportage photography


• Hunting board (it is made in America from 1,000 year old cypress trees by
Paul Michael Company

Pendleton wool blanket and pillows

Tom Dixon gold plated coffee pot

• A
sheep’s hoof with a magnifying glass and whistle attached

• Belgian linen weave sofa filled with goose feathers. You sink into it and never want to move. They also sell a fabric which won’t stain, you can literally pour wine on it and it will sit on the surface without sinking in. I’ve turned a lot of friends on to this

• Stetson hats. We did a custom fat fitting for everyone at one of my Adventure

Getaways and I have the extras hanging about.

• Mason jars which I’ve spray painted various colors (step-by-step in my book

Modern Pioneering)

• Pheasant feathers from the birds that I’ve hunted and eaten.

• Vintage shotshell boxes from the 1800s. From Roundtop antique market.


• Spun Black place mats from

• Gold silverware

• Wooden table made from
reclaimed doors

• Deer antlers that I found in the woods, some of which I’ve turned into candle

holders (step-by-step instructions

• A giant picture of a pig’s butt that my dad took. I want to have a dinner party and serve pork chops.

• Deer antler cutting board from


• Leather vintage stools from Roundtop antique market. Twice a year people come from around the country and sell their goods, it’s 10 miles of antiques and vintage items. Design within reach is currently selling a knockoff for much, much more.

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Thanks, Georgia!

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