Joel's Modern Glam-ma Ranch

Joel's Modern Glam-ma Ranch

Misty Adair
Jun 16, 2010

Name: Joel Mozersky, interior designer
Location: Windsor Park — Austin, Texas
Size: 1,700 square feet — 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
Years lived in: 8 years — owned

Joel Mozersky never meant to stay in his house for eight years, but time flies when the designer is busy. Joel not only converted his 1955 ranch house into a cozy retreat, but he also completed a celebrity list of interior design projects in Austin including Uchi and the Belmont. Of course we jumped at the chance to take a peek at Joel's house to see how the well-known designer, along with his partner Ted, their cat (KooKoo) and their three dogs (Alfie, Peggy and ChaCha), really live.


Even though Joel Mozersky designed the tour buses for the Dixie Chicks, Emily Robinson's home and the set for Real World in Austin, Joel is a down-to-earth guy. His modest sized home has only been slightly remodeled from its original 50's glory, but it is decked out in accessories that make a statement. The assortment of vintage lamps, classical figurines, turtle shells, and sometimes kitschy art could only have been gathered by someone with a keen eye and a true love of collecting.

The California ranch style home already featured original cork flooring and unique built-ins. Joel rearranged the floor plan by using the second living area as a spacious dining room and the former dining area as a sitting room. It's the perfect space for guests to comfortably chat with the host while he prepares dinner or drinks. The kitchen had been updated by the previous owner with concrete countertops, but the knotty pine cabinets remain (with glass panels installed). Joel opted to back-paint the glass fronts rather than expose any kitchen cabinet clutter.

The color palette throughout the home is earthy with pops of accent color and an emphasis on texture. Don't miss the custom coffee table with marabou feathers and topped with brass roosters engaged in . . . well, a cock fight. Did we mention that there is humor in the details of Joel's house? Yet, the styling of each piece is precise, as you might expect from a designer. We love the artwork mounted on the front of the dining room shelves to add more dimension to the display. Most of the vintage furnishings and accessories were inherited from Joel's "glam-ma" or purchased at local re-sale shops. The result is an eclectic mix of classical icons, 70's glam, safari relics, and granny chic which is essentially "glamma-tastic".

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our style: Eccentric.

Inspiration: Vintage furniture.

Favorite Element: Art by friends or relatives.

Biggest Challenge: Small rooms.

What Friends Say: It's very "me".

Biggest Embarrassment: Small bathrooms, but it's a 1950's house, when apparently big bathrooms were not a priority.

Proudest DIY: I converted by garage into my office, but I did not actually do it myself.

Biggest Indulgence: Vintage accessories.

Best advice: Buy what you love.

Dream—the best of everything.

Inspiration: Flea markets and vintage stores, like Uncommon Objects and Room Service.


  • Appliances: Bosch

  • Hardware: Original 50'S

  • Furniture: Vintage stores

  • Accessories: Inherited from my "GLAM-MA", vintage and flea market finds

  • Lighting: All vintage

  • Rugs and Carpets: Sea grass and antique rugs

  • Tiles and Stone: Original 1950's pink tile in bathroom, concrete countertop

  • Window Treatments: Custom

  • Beds: Custom

  • Artwork: Vintage, some are painted by my grandmother and the rest are by friends

  • Paint: BEHR "Guesthouse"

  • Flooring: Original 1950's cork and Italian porcelain

(Thanks, Joel!)

Images: Misty Adair

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