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Dressing up an Austin Rental with Handmade and Vintage Finds

by Amy Azzarito

In the past six months, Catelyn Silapachai has gotten married, moved into this apartment in Austin and started a business with her brother, Clif. Catelyn likes to fill her home with the special things she finds while traveling, along with vintage treasures and meaningful art. She and her brother turned their shared passion for discovering great things into a business, The Distillery Austin. The Distillery sells vintage goods, work by local artists and handmade, artisanal items that they find on their voyages. Catelyn’s home is an extension of her shop’s aesthetic. When looking for a place to rent, the most important priority was a decently sized backyard for their two retired racing Greyhounds, Reagan and Angelo. Because Catelyn likes to showcase her curios, she keeps the furniture neutral and basic, leaving the space looking open and uncluttered. The result is a clean backdrop for all her bright, colorful finds. Thanks, Catelyn and Komson and thanks to Clif for the lovely photos! –Amy

Image above: Since we rent our home and couldn’t make any permanent changes, like removing the carpet, I covered as much of it as possible with huge jute rugs (from Overstock). The kitchen table and chairs were very inexpensive Craigslist finds. I love how light and airy they look in our dining room. The painting is my brother Clif’s work. I wanted to hang it over the table where I have breakfast, because it makes me feel ready to tackle the day.

Image above: This Ikea shelf has been with me a long time. It’s so basic and fits into any nook. The colorful rug is from World Market. The flower vases are vintage – I love decorating with vintage glassware in interesting tones and shapes. I am also very into brass right now; I buy a lot of vintage brass items for my shop and I have a few little things that I love in my home, like this swan mail rack. The painting is of Madrid’s Gran Via. My parents bought it for me in Spain when I was 18. Clif and I later studied abroad together in Madrid for a year in college, and I was able to go back later with my husband. To us, Madrid is magic, and I try to surround myself with as many memories as I can.


See more of this Austin home after the jump!

Image above: I used the huge space over our TV to set up a gallery wall. Most of the photos were taken by Clif in Spain. I bought the Madrid map print on Etsy. My mom painted the “Birds on a Wire” piece for me several years ago. I love the rich orange texture of this painting. The brass swans, pitcher and apothecary jar on the bookshelf are all vintage items that I’ve collected. On top of the bookshelf is a vintage Mahjong set that I just love, which was also a gift from my mom. I knew how to play in college, but need a refresher at this point. The bookshelf is from Crate and Barrel.

Image above: Here is my sweet greyhound, Angelo, on “his” couch.

Image above: I inherited this huge brass mirror from my great aunt. It is incredibly heavy, but I love it and hang it up every time I move.


Image above: I wanted to hang a planter in this space. I found this vintage glass planter at an antique store in Dallas – it was exactly what I had been looking for. The plant is a pineapple.

Image above:This kitchen shelf was only $60 from Walmart.com – it’s perfect for keeping pots and pans visible yet organized. The glass decanters are vintage. Vintage barware is also something that I love to buy for my shop. I kept these for myself because I like how the black and amber glass look together.

Image above: Our bed is from Eurway, and the bedding is Matteo in “vintage cotton.” The huge mirror is another brass mirror I inherited from my great aunt. It also weighs about a million pounds, but I love the warmth it brings to our room. That’s our other greyhound, Reagan, trying to hijack our bed

Image above: I found this dresser on Craigslist. It’s solid pine and very worn (in the best way).

Image above: Most of my jewelry consists of chunky gold vintage chains or handmade jewelry I’ve picked up traveling. I use a glass cake stand I found at a flea market to organize my perfume bottles.

Image above: The pillows were handmade by Hmong people in Thailand – I got them in a small village in Northern Thailand last year (we have a few similar in our shop right now). They were completely handsewn, and I think the colors are just incredible – so vibrant with an ’80s feel.

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  • Are the jute rugs soft on bare feet? I am contemplating getting a large jute rug, but we are a shoes off house and I don’t want scratchy rugs underneath my feet.

  • @Juice thank you so much! :) Ah that pineapple has been a little challenging as a house plant. It needs lots of sun, so I move it over by the window about half the time.

    @venice I think they’re pretty amazing too! I wish I had their posture for sure :)

  • @Jess we are a strictly shoes-off house as well, so I made sure to read the reviews carefully. The ones we bought are soft on bare feet, but I know that not all jute rugs are created equal. I can’t remember which rugs we bought exactly, but there are tons of reviews on each Overstock rug, so that will definitely help you. That was definitely something I was worried about, but they have been great!

  • Lovely. I particularly love all the brass , that bird-on-a-wire painting and those gorgeous greyhounds! And I am super envious of your Matteo bedding.

  • Gorgeous place! It has a really warm and comfortable feel, like home. Love it!