Interiorssneak peeks

sneak peek: pete & bailey mccarthy

by Amy Azzarito

Just seven short months ago, Pete and Bailey McCarthy moved into this home in Austin, Texas. Bailey is a professional interior designer (and blogger), and she spent five months renovating the home while the couple moved from Chicago back to their native Texas. She was already pregnant with Gracie, and the house gave her something to focus on during the difficult months of pregnancy — and it was definitely a big project. The house has four bedrooms but 5.5 bathrooms — a bit surprising for an old house, but every room has its own bathroom and the master has two. So if you need some bathroom inspiration, this is the peek for you! Thank you Pete, Bailey & Gracie! And a big thanks to Paige Newton for the lovely photographs! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: The sailboat bathroom with wallpaper by Katie Ridder. We used this wallpaper for our guest bath in Chicago and had enough left over to do this one, too, which is great because I LOVE it and we didn’t get to enjoy it for long enough.

Image above: The table is vintage and extends to be huge, and I love to host dinner parties. We had the same chairs from Ballard at our house in Chicago; we just painted and reupholstered for a totally different feel here.

See more of Pete & Bailey’s Austin home after the jump . . .

Image above: That chandelier is murderously awesome. Between the windows hangs a Donald Roller Wilson painting of a smoking cat titled “Smoking Pussy.” It was given to my mom, and she was always too proper to hang it, so he came to live with me since I do not suffer from such good manners!

Image above: Most of this furniture was bought for and used in our previous home in Chicago, and I love seeing how it has transitioned to a totally different feel based only on wall color and accessories. The walls here are Colonial Rose by Fine Paints of Europe. The painting is another Donald Roller Wilson and it is on long-term loan from from godfather as a wedding present. My mother got the trunk as part of a lot at an estate sale, but she actually knew the family whose name was painted on the trunk and was afraid that they would come over and see it and think she was a creep, so it stayed in our attic forever until I came and snatched it up.

Image above: The chandelier is from gardenhouse.net and was in our old house in Chicago. I love it and plan for it to come along to the next house with us!

Image above: My version of baby friendly. Everything is padded, and the disco ball is like a giant mobile.

Image above: My favorite wallpaper, Osborne & Little; it is flocked, and Gracie loves it, like Pat the Bunny.

Image above: I have had these vintage chairs since college; this is probably their fourth upholstery job, this one done professionally. Buy good things and keep them forever!

Image above: Probably my favorite spot in the house. I can do my thing in the kitchen and watch Gracie in the playroom.

Image above: This room is made up of pieces I started collecting in college. The curtains were in the living room in my first home, and the vintage light fixture was a gift from my mom for my 21st birthday and is one of my most favorite things.

Image above: I have been dreaming of using this wallpaper forever. Chartreuse flocking, what more could you want?

Image above: I came up with the design of this room when I was pregnant and convinced we were having a boy. The ceilings are wallpapered in Ralph Lauren constellation wallpaper that glows in the dark. So magical. The bedding was my husband’s in his bachelor pad, and the window treatments are made from Anthropologie curtains. The sailboat bathroom is attached to this bedroom; it’s our “If you build it, he will come” little boy room.

Image above: This is a little corner of my bathroom. There is a flush-mount shower in the ceiling, and it is oh so cozy in here.

Image above: My girl! In her precious room! This room was such kismet, just like our Gracie. I had been obsessed with this Paule Marrot tulip fabric forever, and when we found out we were having a girl, I had to have it. Unfortunately, it had been discontinued, so I found a craftsman to recreate it for me. One day I was shopping at my favorite store in Houston, Kuhl-Linscomb, and saw the giant daffodils, which are also on the fabric, and had to have them. I love everything about this room, especially that little bubble in the crib.

Image above: More of the Paule Marrot fabric. The daybed was looking a little lonely, so I asked one of my design idols, Jamie Meares of Furbish, if she had anything that might keep it company, and she suggested these red towers. They could not be more perfect and are filled with precious gifts from our friends and my favorite childhood toys.

Image above: Gracie’s bathroom. The Audrey painting is by Ashley Longshore, a New Orleans artist who is kind of famey now, but while at Tulane, Pete got this for me.

Image above: One of my favorite objects in the master bedroom is the vanity. It was originally my great-grandmother’s. I love that the entire room feels a little ’50s.

Image above: Pete’s bathroom. Pete saw a picture of a similar shower I had posted on my blog one day and thought it was the coolest thing ever. He lets me paint lots of junk pink, so this is the least I could do for him.

Image above: Our firstborn Bella HATES her doppelganger statue. I think she is afraid it is going to animate and steal her thunder.

Suggested For You


Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.