An Austin Studio with a Flair for Entertaining

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A couple of years ago, we got a look into the Austin home of consummate entertainer Camille Styles (Her book Camille Styles Entertaining is available for preorder now). But since we last visited her in Austin, Camille had outgrown her work-at-home space and needed to find a space that could be dedicated solely to her work. So six months ago, she bought this 1930s bungalow. It was in a great location near many of Camille’s favorite restaurants and bars, yet it needed a lot of love and attention. But the big windows, old wood floors and high ceilings made her take the real estate leap. Together with Claire Zinnecker, Camille worked to smooth out the home’s rough edges and then added finishings and furniture that were simple and classic. Now when she walks through the front door, Camille says the entire space feels like a breath of fresh air and she’s ready to get to work. -Amy

Photography Jessica Pages

Image above: This room, thankfully, had the original wood floors that just needed a bit of polishing. We really wanted to keep the dining area simple so that it could be transformed for different tabletop and party looks. Windows on each wall let in tons of beautiful light. (Metal truss work table and industrial pendants from West Elm // flowers by The Nouveau Romantics.)

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Image above: I wanted to create something really eye-catching in this cute little nook, and when I stumbled on this emerald velvet settée, I knew it was just the bold statement I was looking for. Claire sprayed the mirror gold to add a touch of glamour (we posted the DIY here) and layered an eclectic mix of vintage pillows for a bohemian vibe. (Elton settée from West Elm.)

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See more of this Austin studio after the jump!

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Image above: When we bought the space, the biggest challenge was just brightening everything up so that it would become a blank canvas that would let whatever we were shooting take center stage. A bright white coat of paint, polishing up the wood floors and adding in modern furniture and art transformed it into a great, creative workspace. (Parsons desk with drawers and bentwood office chairs from West Elm // Satya rug from Lulu and Georgia // chandelier from Lindsey Adelman.)
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Image above: A marble-topped Saarinen table is the site of our editorial meetings and brainstorm sessions. (Art from Minted // zebra cowhide rug and brass sculpture from West Elm.)

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Image above: Every creative space has to have an inspiration board! There’s something to be said for doing it the old-school way and ripping a gorgeous page out of a magazine, letting it greet you when you walk through the doors each morning. (Desk accessories from Poppin.)

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Image above: A full-length mirror for last minute outfit/makeup checks before photo shoots is a pretty, practical addition to the space. (Etched chevron floor mirror, martini side table and mini geodesic table lamp, all from West Elm.)

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Image above: Marble countertops and stainless Electrolux appliances turned the kitchen into my dream space for food styling and recipe testing. Love this shot of our designer Claire and me — you’d never know the countless hours, trips to Home Depot, physical labor, and phone calls to contractors that made this space come together.

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Image above: One of the biggest changes we made was tearing out all the upper cabinets and installing floating shelves in their place. It opened up the entire kitchen and allowed us to display our prettiest props and serving pieces as decorative touches. I really love the mix of marble surfaces and wood accents.

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Image above: For a cohesive look in the kitchen (and to keep our prop supply from getting out of control), I like to group like items together. I filled this kitchen crock from Pottery Barn with all of our serving utensils that we use for shoots — they look really pretty in all different shades of wood.

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Image above: A bar cart in the corner of the dining room adds a decorative touch and a much-needed surface for storing entertaining essentials. We can wheel it around and deck it out in different ways, depending on what we’re shooting. (Bar cart from Target, hurricane from Serena & Lily.)

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Image above: When working with a massive bookcase like this one, I divide and conquer. Smaller groups of books get broken up by interesting objects to keep the eye moving — and help me find my favorite titles more easily. (Hitch bookcase from Blu Dot // agate bookends, wood object and brass sculpture all from West Elm.)

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Image above: I keep my desktop pretty clean, but a couple of peonies and a Diptyque candle add a little luxury that help me get through an afternoon slump.

maggie

I LOVE that hurricane candle holder. This space is so inspiring and wonderful – thanks for sharing!

Sarah

What a gawgeous space! I only hope that my own little studio could look so amazing someday! Mine is pretty nice, but I have some serious kitchen envy!

gina

Hi….love everything! Where did you get the pink/peach storage boxes that are on the bookshelf?

kimithy

Lovely and bright, wow that’s a lot of West Elm though – I’m surprised more wasn’t sourced from the huge population of Austin furniture makers, craftspeople, artists, etc., especially since the price would be comparable (unless you partner with West Elm, in which case, totally makes sense – regardless, no judgement intended). Especially since you’re also a local business, showcasing the beautiful work of fellow Austin business owners in your workspace would be great to see!

Lyndsey

I second Kimithy, what a lovely space. However, given the amount of talent in Austin, it would be great to see more local inspiration.

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