The Roeders' Modern Life is Beautiful

The Roeders' Modern Life is Beautiful

Chris Perez
May 23, 2012

Name: Vanessa and Jonathan Roeder
Location: Round Rock, TX
Size: A ridiculous 3600 square feet
Years lived in: 2

Welcome to the home of the Roeder family. Homeowners Vanessa and Jonathan — with their children Audrie and Finn — have taken a builder grade home and injected it with personality, imagination, and life. You'll feel the spirit of the place right when you walk in, but it'll continue to inspire long after you leave.

Vanessa will tell you that her style is always evolving. Like any artist she sees things not as they are, but for what they could be. With husband Jonathan, they've tackled DIY's big and small throughout the home — wallpaper, painted cabintery, custom bookshelves, and hardwood flooring. The charm of the home though, really comes from Vanessa's arts and crafts. Her playful paintings are created by building up layers of magazine or newspaper clippings, after which washes of acrylic paint are applied to give the images substance and emotion. In that same vein, you can see how the family's remodeling efforts have progressively layered onto one another to create the joyful home you see today.

Children Audrie and Finn are filled with a bright youthful enthusiasm, and with the help of mom's artful hand, their rooms reflect their personality and interests. The second floor is almost entirely devoted to a large play space that's filled with all the magic and imagination of childhood — Legos, a kitchen playset, an intricate cardboard city the kids crafted, and a caterpillar named Grover (who is now in a cocoon beginning his transformation into a Monarch butterfly). Walking into the colorful and bright nursery awaiting the expectant mother's baby boy, it all becomes glaringly obvious. This home, like our home tours, is more than the sum of its decorative elements. It's about the life inside it, and that life is truly beautiful.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Ever evolving — right now it's modern farmhouse meets crafty eclectic mishmash, but who knows what it will be next week.

Inspiration: Old homes, design blogs, and my kids, who are fearless when it comes to designing. (Audrie picked out all of the colors in her room)

Favorite Element: The light streaming in through the windows, the big trees surrounding the house, and the living room DIY bookshelves, made by Jonathan, his father and brother. We filled the bookshelves with souvenirs from travels, postcards, drawings, and mementos. I love the story that everything tells.

Biggest Challenge: Adding character to a builder-grade tract home.

What Friends Say: Random kids say "Wow, your house is cool", but frequently friends will ask "Wait, what changed?" or "Is that new?" as we're constantly up to some project or other.

Biggest Embarrassment: It took the looming deadline of this photo shoot to motivate us to finish (and in some cases start) so many of our projects.

Proudest DIY: The kids' rooms. Before we got a hold of it, Audrie's room was a dark baseball themed room, and the boys' rooms were white boxes. We feel like we really captured Finn and Audrie's personalities in the rooms.

Biggest Indulgence: The hardwood floors. I also feel quite spoiled having my own room as a dedicated studio.

Best Advice: Fill your home with things that make you smile.

Dream Sources: Salvage stores, Craigslist, but mostly I like to fill my home with handmade stuff from friends, family, and favorite artists, and souvenirs from travels. These are the things that I enjoy more than having a perfectly decorated room.

Resources of Note:


    • Behr: Ashwood, Dining Room
    • Behr: Castle Path, Game Room/Baby's Room
    • Behr: Frozen Pond, Powder Room
    • Behr: Rhino, Master Bath
    • Behr: Vally Mist, Finn's Room, Office Nook
    • Behr: Windwood Song, Audrie's room
    • Behr: Trail Print, Bookshelves/Island in Kitchen
    • Behr: Lemon Grass, stripes in game room


    • Door: Door Outlet in Austin
    • Light fixture: Pottery Barn
    • Rug: Damascus, Syria [a gift from my brother]
    • Bench: Pottery Barn


    • Rug: West Elm
    • Couch: Macy's
    • Side table: World Market
    • Curtains: Ikea


    • Light fixture: Pottery Barn via Home Consignment in Austin
    • Table: thrifted
    • Chairs: Crate and Barrel via Craigslist
    • Curtains: Pottery Barn
    • Hutch: Hand me down


    • Drawer Pulls: Martha Stewart
    • Knobs: Liberty
    • Backsplash: Floor and Decor
    • Shelves: Pottery Barn


    • Curtains: Target
    • Bed and Armoire: Bassett
    • Vanity: Handed down from my great-grandmother
    • Family Portrait: taken by Viviana Killion of Heartspun Imagery


    • Chairs: Bombay Company, repainted/recovered
    • Barstools: Crate and Barrel via Craigslist


    • Mirror: Pottery Barn


    • Desks: Ikea
    • Cubbies: Ikea via craigslist


    • Desk and Storage File: Ikea


    • Chest of drawers: Ikea
    • Crib: Bassett Baby via Craigslist
    • Curtains: Ikea


Thanks so much Vanessa, Jonathan, Audrie, and Finn!

Images: Chris Perez

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