Sara, Travis and their dog, Cash, live in this Austin, Texas, home built in 1905. The couple met in New York City, where Sara started working as a fashion stylist and Travis was attending grad school at Yale. The couple moved west to Los Angeles where Sara’s work began to grow, but her heart was set on living in Austin. She frequently heads back to LA for styling work but has recently turned her aesthetic eye toward interiors, designing commercial and residential spaces in Austin. For her own home, she wanted to complement the house’s Victorian vintage charm with a more modern, clean approach. She began by painting all the rooms white and all the window trims black. This immediately had the effect of highlighting the home’s high ceilings and large original windows. One of Sara’s trademark touches is placing found objects around the house to bring a little more nature inside and to remind her of her favorite outdoor hikes. The resulting space is airy, calm and welcoming. Thanks, Sara, Travis and Cash! Photography by Sarah Wilson and Chelsea Fullerton of Go Forth Creative. — Amy Azzarito
Image above: This is the living room in the front of the house. This couch is from Crate & Barrel, and the pillows are from fabrics that I chose and had made into pillows by a friend. They are a light blue velvet and a blue-gray linen from Calico Corners. I created the coffee table from a cut beveled piece of glass that my mom kept from an old coffee table she’d had, and the base is just part of my collection of “W” magazines that I needed a place to store. So here they not only serve a purpose and look pretty cool, but they also have a home that’s out of the way. The antler is a find from one of my visits to my family’s friends’ ranch in Texas. The coasters are cut pieces of sealed wood that I bought from the store Spartan in Austin. The embossed prints that are hung vertically are drawings of the town Arcos de la Frontera in Spain. I bought them there during my time spent studying abroad in Spain. The charcoal drawing that you only see part of is a drawing that I made. The shag rug is a hand-me-down from a friend in LA. The lamp is one of two that I bought in the Antique Mart in Sacramento, CA — they are large old wallpaper printers that were made into lamps. The shades that I have on all the windows are from Selectblinds.com in a charcoal color to go with the black window frames. The paint in here and most of the house is Valspar — “Ultra White” on the walls. The paint on the molding and trim throughout the house is Behr “Frost.” The window frames are painted with Behr “Beluga.”
Image above: This is the guest room, which doubles as my art room. This bed cover is from DKNY Pure, and the pillows were from West Elm. I bought this rug from an estate/garage sale from a woman who is now a client, and I am now helping decorate her new home. The gray metal cabinets that I use as bedside tables are a find from a dealer at the antique fair at Round Top, Texas. The tiny vintage glass lamps are family heirlooms from my husband’s family, and I just replaced the shades with these black ones to update them. The six Life Magazine covers I took off original Life magazines from the ’50s and ’60s that had belonged to my great aunt. I love that a few of them have markings on them that she made as a teenager. The surfboard is my husband’s, and we like to keep it out as a reminder of his love for surfing, and because I think the design is pretty great!
See more of Sara and Travis’ home after the jump . . .
Image above: This table is a find from eBay, and I love that its legs are two “x” shapes that can swing together so that the whole table can be collapsed into a very skinny side table, which is great if we ever wanted to use the dining room for dancing. The chairs I found at an antique/vintage store in Sacramento and are from the original Scandinavian company in the ’60s that became Ikea. I recovered the chairs myself in an Ikea black and white fabric. The chandelier was an old brass thing that came with the house, and I spiced it up a bit by spray painting it bright yellow.
Image above: This vintage cream leather chair and ottoman were also found from a dealer at the Sacramento Antique Mart. The nesting tables are a cute mid-century find from a store in San Antonio, Texas.
Image above: This cabinet, which we use for a bar, was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law. I believe she told me that it is a Shaker’s cooling cabinet for baked goods and probably used to have mesh on the cabinet doors so the baked items would cool on the shelves inside. The lamp is from Crate & Barrel; the silver tray on the bar was a wedding gift and holds a vintage soda spritzer that I bought at a flea market in NYC along with various cut glass and crystal liquor bottles. The tray hanging on the wall was a gift that Travis and I bought ourselves at Artists & Farmers in Healdsburg, CA, one of our favorite places to stop while visiting his family in Sonoma County.
Image above: This is the master bedroom. Our headboard was something that I made myself out of plywood, batting, and a sturdy gray woven fabric. The striped pillows and matching vintage bedside tables were both finds from Spruce in Austin. Both drawings on either side of the bed are originals from Claire Oswalt, who happens to be my talented sister. When we moved in, we tore up carpet in this room and put down a woven seagrass.
Image above: This armoire was something my mom purchased long ago, and I benefited when she replaced it.
Image above: Guest room again. This is another amazing Claire Oswalt drawing collage of our friend Matthew Frost. The chunky knit throw is from Restoration Hardware. I must mention that the red wire magazine rack was a Goodwill find for 50 cents, and I absolutely love its mid-century appeal.
Image above: This is an original French iron café table that I found at the Round Top Antique Market on the same trip that I found the beautiful and curious Native American woman. The table also holds an assortment of West Elm vases; another antler that I found; a vintage wood and cork mid-century drink and snack tray set that I found in a tiny antique store in Wimberly, Texas; and a beautiful milky glass vase we received as a wedding gift.
Image above: This is the master bath, and here we pulled up linoleum floors and put in black and white hex tiles and painted the bathroom all white.
Image above: Guest and hall bath. This mirror is something I’ve lugged around the country as I’ve moved. I got it when I lived in NYC from a friend who was renovating an old house in New Jersey. They took out these old mirrored cabinet doors, and I got one! It happened to fit perfectly in this space in the bathroom. The little blue ceramic vase was my great grandmother’s, and I’ve filled it with bluejay feathers that I’ve found.
Image above: Guest and hall bath. Again, we took out the linoleum floors and put in all white hex tiles. I found this vintage mirror on the curb as a giveaway one day. Score! The porcelain votives are from CB2.
Image above: This is the entry to the house from the front porch. All the doors in the house were painted, like the windows, in Behr “Beluga.” The chandelier is from Jean Pelle in Brooklyn, and I ordered it on Etsy. The four red frames are posters that have schoolhouse sayings on them, and the bench below is another thing that I found at the Sacramento Antique Mart. This is Cash, our cute and very tall mutt. The black and white hat hooks are from Anthropologie. The rug is another hand-me-down from my mom’s tremendous rug collection.