Tim and I came to Austin for the acceptance weekend in the Spring and decided that during those four days (which were already jam-packed with grad-student events), we were going to find a place to live. We knew that we preferred not to make another trip to Austin until The Big Move, so we wanted to be efficient and decisive. I started calling real estate offices a few weeks before our trip and was lucky enough to find the best realtor around, who was incredibly helpful in our search.
We visited a few houses and about 10 million apartments, but ultimately, I fell hard for our little house. We decided to put in our application before the weekend was over.
Here’s a peek into our living room, which is the most “done” of any room in our house… yet. :) I can’t wait to share the other rooms as they come together as well!
My style tends to be influenced both by mid-century modern design and everything farmhouse-rustic, so this room is really where I see those two elements intersecting.
The only things in this room that we had from our previous apartment were the couch, which I considered a “make this work despite the fact that it’s dark and manly” piece, and the Spanish poster, which Tim’s parents brought us from Spain. I love the artwork, but always felt like it looked a little out of place in our last apartment. So for this room, I used the artwork as a color palette and chose light pieces to brighten up the rich color of the couch.
We picked up the cowhide in Santa Fe. It was a big purchase for us at the time but one that I am SO glad we made. I really love how low maintenance it is and I think it brings the room together really well.
The previous renters painted the door gold which looked AMAZING with their modern decor, but I was a little apprehensive about how it would look with ours. I actually love it! The room feels warm and cozy and I really like the statement that the gold door makes, without being too in your face.
Here’s a shot of the room from the opposite direction. I wanted to create a little sitting area where we could put our shoes on before leaving and keep mail and stuff. IKEA Kallax to the rescue. :)
This clock was actually a gift from Tim’s godfather and we picked up the chair in Waco at Magnolia Farms. We stuffed them both in our car, which was already quite packed, in the middle of our road trip. A recreational interior design lover never sleeps! :)
Also, I put my purse in that cubby in the very early stages of our decorating, and it stuck! It’s so nice to have a specific place to put it instead of throwing it on the couch or something as I walk in the door.
A tray for our mail and a longhorn for our keys. Hook ’em!
I convinced my dad to send me his old turntable when we moved. It’s especially fun to have records spinning when people come over for dinner or when we’re cooking. It feels a little more special than Pandora.
Here’s a shot from the angle you’d see when you’re coming in our front door. Don’t you love our moody hallway?! I’m obsessed.
And a few details! I snagged this lucite tray for next to nothing and keep an Austin Monthly magazine on it, along with our guest book (so many fun memories!) and a few odds and ends. Right now I have a cheesy Halloween snow globe because who doesn’t love a little tacky holiday decor?!
A matchbox that was my mother’s and a photograph of us from right after we started dating.
Oh, and my cowboy boots! From when I was teeny, obviously. I’m a normal size 7 1/2 now, thank you. ;)
Let me know what you think! Hope you’re having a good week.