An East Austin Home Full of Mid-C Furniture & 1930s Industrial Ephemera

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Justin Cox and Blue Jean the pup
Location: East Austin — Austin, Texas
Size: 2/2 + Office
Years lived in: 1 years

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Justin Cox’s home is located in the heart of Austin. The rich, warm wood ceiling in the living room might catch your eye first. A modern kitchen is visible from the front door, and the first impression is of an airy, light-filled space, beautifully layered from floor to (wood) ceiling. Walking through his home, you’ll find yourself gravitating toward interesting art pieces, storied objects and textures.

This three bedroom Texan cottage is filled with many family treasures as well as the cutest dog west of the Mississippi. The home is spacious and comfortable. And Justin has created a functional space by carving out simple storage solutions both for wardrobe and food staples.

Throughout the home you will find hand-me-down audio gear that accents the home both visually and audibly. With a convenient kitchen to cook in and spacious live/work space, one can easily enjoy staying home or be welcomed back by a relaxing place after exploring what Austin has to offer.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: My style is a mix of mid-century furniture surrounded by 1930s industrial ephemera.

Inspiration: Old creaky industrial space. Concrete. West Texas minimalism.

Favorite Element: The mixed hardwood floors. When the house was renovated the owners salvaged long leaf pine from a Dallas tear-down and mixed it with the existing floorboards so they could extend the look throughout the living and kitchen areas. Not only are they beautiful but the old paint and patina helps hide the five tons of dog hair on my floors.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping the dog hair under control. I’m also in an epic battle to keep my fiddle leaf alive. It was on the brink of death after I moved in and I’ve been too stubborn to just give up and replace it with another fiddle that didn’t look sad and bare.

What Friends Say: They generally ask about the wood floors or ceiling panels. More than a few have asked for a towel and taken a random bath in the main bathroom.

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Biggest Embarrassment: My poor, brown, balding fiddle leaf fig.

Proudest DIY: It’s not a true DIY-type project, but I was pretty happy when I came up with a solution to hide the giant empty space on my wall where the projector points. When West Wing isn’t on a continuous loop, there is a giant WWII Red Cross flag that spans the wall.

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Biggest Indulgence: Ceramics and coffee equipment. I’ve been slowly trying to replace my hoards of IKEA mugs, bowls and plates with a smaller number of hand-thrown items.

Best Advice: Purge and replace selectively. You collect so many things in your 20s. The last time I moved I gave away and donated as many things as possible. I realized I didn’t need 30 brewery pint glasses or my random assortment of pots and pans. As a sentimental person, it was hard to do, but you realize quickly that if everything is special, nothing is.

Dream Sources: Urban Remains, Cleveland Art, Billy Reid remodel sale

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