A Southwestern-Inspired Shabby Chic Austin Apartment

A Southwestern-Inspired Shabby Chic Austin Apartment

Selena Kirchhoff
Feb 3, 2017

Name: Micaela Clouse and June Carter Cash the Pug
Location: South Central Austin, Texas
Size: 630 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Drawing inspiration from her family's collective design styles, Micaela brings together '70s charm with Southwestern flavor in this mid-century apartment in Austin, Texas.

Tucked away in an apartment complex in South Central Austin is an oasis of macrame and greenery. Micaela has effortlessly made this 630 square foot space a home. Crediting her laid back vibe to her mother—and the natural textures to being a native Texan—one can get a feel for Micaela's spirit in a glance.

Being a native Texan myself, I felt right at home and found a friend in June Carter Cash the pug, as my eye swept over the rich colors from the kitchen walls to the velvet sofa. Surprisingly, two unique fireplaces—the built-in fireplace and the inherited Turkish fire pit—actually tie together the design, despite being in the same room.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Bohemian Eclectic Shabby Chic with a touch of Mid-Century Modern

Inspiration: I owe all of my design aesthetic to my mother and grandmothers. They are truly my main source of inspiration. My mother has a very wabi sabi laid-back approach to design, her mother is more country shabby chic, and my dad's mom is contemporary eclectic with a dash of formality. Their varying styles have given me the basis for my eye for design. I also owe a lot of my inspiration to the landscape of the Southwest. I am a Texan through and through. As far back as my lineage goes, we are all Texan. I love the colors of the desert, the canyons, native cacti...I could go on and on. Put me in Marfa, Texas with my python boots on and I'm a happy girl. My inspiration isn't only local, however; I am constantly inspired by Indian and Moroccan cultures. I love all of the colors and the textiles.

Favorite Element: My fireplace! It is a showstopper. I walked into the apartment for a viewing and it was the first thing that caught my eye. I love the character it adds to my home. It has truly become the focal point for my design. My coffee table is also a treasured piece. It is a fire pit turned coffee table that my grandmother brought back with her from Turkey in the 1980s. She had a piece of glass cut to fit the top!

Biggest Challenge: I am mostly challenged by the small space. 630 square feet isn't much to work with. I am always wanting to add more—more chairs, more macrame pieces, more lighting.

What Friends Say: "It's so you!" That is the biggest compliment to me. I love when a person's home reflects their personality.

Biggest Embarrassment: The bathroom. It's dated and teeny-tiny.

Proudest DIY: Painting all of the walls white. It took three days and a lot of reality TV.

Biggest Indulgence: My sofa. I was on the hunt for the perfect couch for months. I stumbled upon my sofa on Etsy one day and I knew I had to have it. It is a 1940s Henredon with thumbnail trim. It was shipped to Austin from California and then I had it reupholstered in a rich navy velvet.

Best Advice: Go with your gut. Don't let other people's opinions sway you.

Dream Sources: Everything Flea Market Fab and Justina Blakeney. A Moroccan souk. The Round Top Antique Fair. My grandmother's house.

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Further resources:


White On White Paint — Glidden
Midsummer Gold Paint on Door — BEHR


Record Player — Crosley


White On White Paint — Glidden
Bar — Target (with added brass accents)


White On White Paint — Glidden
Indigo Streamer Paint on Accent Wall — Valspar
Mint Mixer — KitchenAid
Grand Canyon Artwork — Rifle Paper Co.
Buffalo Print — Animal Print Shop

Thanks, Micaela!

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