Name: Jackie Rollins
Location: Southwest Austin, Texas
Size: 1,850 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years; Owned
You can learn a lot from Jackie Rollins and her home. Now retired, this former IRS agent and avid traveler proves staying busy keeps you youthful. She's also inspiration for anyone still a little timid about how to make a home true to themselves: her house is 100% her style, and she's filled it with her favorite things that bring her joy every day (and have great stories).
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Southwestern — Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico — with touches of "diversity." I have been "keeping house" since 1955, so I have had lots of time to acquire a variety of looks and trends.
Inspiration: The decorating and styles of other homes I lived in for over 50 years. They enabled me to know what I wanted in my very first brand new home where I was allowed custom choices. These were inspired by my previous older homes (including rentals), specially the last one in Travis County, which had two previous owners and where I lived for 10 years.
Favorite Element: The ability to view my favorite items in prominent spaces and the ability to make it look the way I want — Southwestern with touches of other looks.
Biggest Challenge: Avoiding a "cluttered" look. I don't want to overdo displaying items.
What Friends Say: Lovely, beautiful, awesome.
Biggest Embarrassment: None.
Proudest DIY: Not exactly DIY, but achieving the right mix for a mid -century/southwestern/eclectic look.
Biggest Indulgence: The window treatments.
Best Advice: Keep the look that is pleasing to YOU.
(Images: Adrienne Breaux)
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