Jenni & Jeff’s Contemporary and Modern Austin Farmhouse

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Jeff and Jenni Swedlund and their son, Decker
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 1,497 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Owned

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Jenni and Jeff come from different parts of the country—Seattle and Chicago—but met on common ground when they were both living in California. Six weeks after Jenni moved to their beach town, they met in a sequence of events involving tequila shots, mistaken advances toward a waitress, a whispered coaxing from a friend, and an ocean swim.

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The couple married four years later and moved to Austin not long after in search of the American dream of settling down and bringing a bundle of joy into the world. Only a year later, they purchased their first home and found out they were pregnant with their son, Decker!

Jenni decorated the home from top to bottom and realized that her true passion was interior design, so she started an online interior design company, Shilshole & Co.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Contemporary/Modern Farmhouse

Inspiration: Beach meets Texas Traditional

Favorite Element: Breakfast nook in kitchen

Biggest Challenge: Baby-proof design

What Friends Say: Love the subway tile and kitchen nook, great dining table, “Where did you get the dining room light fixture?”, and “It feels bigger than it is!”

Biggest Embarrassment: I’ve never swept under the rug in the dining room! It’s gross. Haha. And I kill all the plants in our house on a regular basis.

Proudest DIY: The kitchen nook. We made the benches out of IKEA shelves and made the padded cushions!

Biggest Indulgence: West Elm couch and Pottery Barn rocking chair. But they get sooo much use.

Best Advice: Great design doesn’t have to cost a lot. And if you get stumped, ask for help from friends or a professional. Don’t be afraid of interior designers! I started my company, Shilshole & Company, for people who want to save money but still have a gorgeous house to come home to. Online interior design is a fast, inexpensive, and easy way to design your spaces from scratch or just give it some updates.

Dream Sources: Love everything from West Elm, some things from Pottery Barn, lots of things from Target, and really love Magnolia Farms, the boutique from HGTV’s show Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines just north of Austin in Waco.


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  • Living room: Olympic Grey Ghost
  • Dining room: Olympic Riverdale
  • Front door: BEHR Marquis Pageant Green
  • Guest room: Seagull Grey
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  • Console dresser: Salvation Army
  • Lamps: Target
  • Mirror: Target
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  • Couch: West Elm
  • Rocker: Pottery Barn
  • Pillows: West Elm
  • Fur blanket: Pottery Barn
  • Rug: West Elm
  • Coffee table: Craigslist, whitewashed by Jenni
  • TV console: Target
  • Storage benches:
  • Ghost Chair: Kartell
  • Stump side table: made by Jenni’s best friend, Allison Beal, from a plaster stump she found at a garage sale
  • Light fixture: West Elm
  • Side table: Target
  • Lamp on side table: Home Goods
  • Wall hanging: Hand-made
  • Jeff and Jenni’s wedding photos: by Fondly Forever Photography
  • Pool photo: by Jenni
  • Cactus illustration: Renegade Craft Fair
  • Frames: IKEA
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  • Table: already in the home—we negotiated it as part of the house purchase!
  • Rug: Cost Plus World Market
  • Chairs:
  • Large flat wicker basket: Target
  • Candleholders: Goodwill
  • Vintage record player: 1960 Silvertone from eBay
  • Vintage record player table: gift from friend
  • Jeff and Jenni’s wedding photos: by Fondly Forever Photography
  • Sunglasses and Palm Trees photos: by Jenni
  • Frames: IKEA, HomeGoods
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  • Wood piece:
  • Cookie jar: Target
  • Ceramic berry baskets: Crate & Barrel
  • Round wood trivet on table: Crate & Barrel
  • Other decor items: Goodwill, Easy, Target, IKEA
  • Custom painting by Graham Curran: wedding gift from friends
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  • Bed frame: Home Depot
  • Quilt: HomeGoods
  • Euro pillows: Target
  • Comforter and cover: Pottery Barn
  • Side tables: Target
  • Lamps: Urban Outfitters
  • Wood wall hanging: found on the street
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  • Bed frames: Rooms-To-Go
  • Duvet cover:
  • Pillows:
  • Decorative pillow on bed: HomeGoods
  • Ghost Chair: Kartell
  • Small cabinet: Craigslist, painted by Jenni, knobs from Anthropologie
  • Mirror: Craigslist
  • Ceiling light fixture: West Elm
  • Drum shade: Craigslist
  • Side table: HomeGoods
  • Lamp: Target
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  • Bed: IKEA
  • Crib: gift from a friend
  • Rug: HomeGoods
  • Curtains: Urban Outfitters
  • Wall graphics: Etsy
  • Quilt: handmade by Jeff’s Mom
  • Dresser: gift from a friend, painted, pulls from West Elm added
  • Green square pillow:
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  • Mirrors: IKEA
  • Light fixtures: Home Depot
  • Cabinet: IKEA
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Laundry/Storage Room

  • Wicker baskets: At Home
  • Cage pendants: Home Depot
  • Bench: DIY with fabric and foam from Jo-Ann
  • Hooks for storage bench: Home Depot
  • Geometric pattern laundry baskets: HomeGoods
  • Other decorative items: HomeGoods
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The lovely Swedlund family posing with their sweet pooch (Image credit: Breanne Johnsen)

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Thanks, Jeff & Jenni!