Lara Collins and her husband, Tim, have always called Fredericksburg, Texas, home. The couple had a short stint in Dallas but moved back to Fredericksburg shortly after getting married so that they could have a bit of land for gardening and for their pets — they have two beagles, several milk goats and a cow! Lara owns Enid, a boutique in Fredericksburg filled with her own designs, her vintage finds and handmade goods by independent designers and artists. In addition to working as a Fredericksburg police officer, Tim is quite the handyman and builds fences, entrances and custom furniture; their home is filled with the couple’s collaborations. Thanks, Lara and Tim! And many thanks to Christian Collins for the lovely photographs! — Amy A.
Because Tim and I designed and contracted our home ourselves, we decided to keep it simple. I can’t resist color when decorating, so I wanted the structure to be a blank canvas with white walls, natural wood ceilings and trim, and grey concrete floors. For our decor, I love to mix modern design with vintage finds and a touch of industrial edge. Most importantly, I want my space to be personal — full of things that have meaning to us.
Image above: Our kitchen, dining area and living room are all one big, spacious room with very tall ceilings. I love how our living room furniture floats in the middle of the space. The round coffee table was in my dad’s house when he was growing up, and it was my art table when I was growing up. It was covered with glue and marker drawings until my brother recently refurbished it. My grandfather, Frederic, sculpted the colt sculpture on the mantel. The Deer silhouette hanging on the back wall is from Keep Calm Gallery.
Image above: When designing our kitchen, I knew for certain [that] I wanted open shelving. Colored cabinets were another must. The spice cabinet is an antique tin pastry cabinet that Tim mounted on the wall. When we were building our house, I lost a lot of sleep over how the kitchen would turn out. It was the most difficult room to create.
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Image above: Our bathroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house. I love the way the old fashioned claw foot tub contrasts with the modern lines of the steel and concrete counter made by Tim. Tim also made the floating wall shelves with scraps from our salvaged fireplace mantel. I choose glass tiles for the wainscot for its water-like look. The bathroom door was another spot I decided needed a splash of color.
Image above: Tim and I always wanted a loft. I love painted wood floors and this was the one space I could have them. The credenza was designed and built by my friend, David Volk. One of my best yard sale finds to date is the framed David Weidman “Butterfly” print. The abstract oil painting I found at a thrift shop — it’s dated 1962.
Image above: When we first moved into our house, we splurged and bought the antique chest of drawers from a local antique warehouse, Homestead. One of my favorite ways to decorate is hanging a collection of prints and photographs in antique frames I find for cheap and fix up myself. Tim bought me a mat cutter and I’ve saved tons of money by doing all my own framing. The bamboo print is by Molly M Designs; the “You’re So Fly” print is by Roll and Tumble Press; the owl clock is by Decoylab; and the butterflies are by The Butterfly People — all of which are from my shop.
Image above: The antique wood drafting table belonged to my grandmother, Enid, and it is one of my favorite pieces in the house.
Image above: The leaning white book shelves are from Crate and Barrel and were the perfect fit for that wall space. The orange floral chair was a resale-shop find that I had recovered with a vintage floral I bought on eBay.