A Texas Home Infused With Organic Style

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There is a big difference, I think, between so-called “relaxing” interiors and interiors that are “relaxed.” “Relaxing” interiors tend to be the purview of specialists, their soothing qualities (muted colors, soft textures, harmonious symmetry) meticulously orchestrated down to a T. Contrived with deliberation and purpose, these spaces are sort of like the Hannibal Lecters of interiors — well-coiffed, cool, and collected on the surface, but tightly-wound and more than a little off-kilter underneath. Think the intense tidiness of a luxury hotel or the clinical serenity of a hospital. Relaxed interiors, on the other hand, are ones that seem to exude calmness from a deeper level, from the inside-out, if you will. Allowed to evolve gradually over time, they are guided by impulse rather than overthinking, their sense of “rightness” a little bit harder to pin down or define.

This is what I think I love most about designer Kelly DeWitt’s Webberville, TX home. When she and her boyfriend, Travis, moved to this small town on the outskirts of Austin, they were looking for a place that would allow them to unwind after working at their respective businesses (Kelly builds furniture under the name KKDW and Travis works as a steel fabricator under the name TA Norman). “We wanted a space that felt like an escape after a full day of work,” Kelly says, “ostensibly after feeling very stimulated by design, and/or coming home sweaty, dusty, and tired.”

Built from the ground-up by their landlords five years ago, the home was pretty much move-in ready when they signed the lease, little more than a coat of paint needed in order to make it livable. This smooth transition is something that seems to have aided the couple in the long-run, allowing them to approach their homemaking with ease instead of urgency. Thus far, “It has been a pretty organic process,” Kelly says. “The house continues to take on different designs and moods, and every couple weeks, things will start to slightly shift around.” This organicism plays out in beautiful ways across the space, from a large-scale drawing tacked on the wall to a cluster of plants with leaves that spill languidly over their containers. The space is certainly considered, but in a way that allows for effortless change — it’s charming without being precious, beautiful without being ostentatious. “I wanted to create a retreat where I could let my mind wander, where I wouldn’t feel stifled, and where we could both let inspiration filter in naturally,” Kelly says. “I love being in my home.” —Max

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Living Room:

  • Plant stands: Low, Tall, and Hanging from KKDW
  • Red and yellow XO flag from Folk Fibers
  • Deer cross stitch: gift from friend
  • Leather chair from KKDW/Canoe
  • Armoire: vintage,
  • Paint color: “Gravel Gray” from Benjamin Moore
  • Record player stand from KKDW
  • Couch: IKEA
  • Bench behind couch: solid poplar from KKDW

Sitting Room:

  • Pillow on chair made by a friend
  • Chair is an Eames replica from the 1970s
  • Tall plant stand prototype from KKDW
  • Table from Travis
  • Walnut & brass stand from KKDW
  • Mug: vintage from flea market in DC
  • Board that books and candle are on is from KKDW

Bedroom:

  • WS Stool from KKDW
  • WS Counter Stool from KKDW
  • Small bowl from KKDW
  • Drawing by Kelly DeWitt
  • Bed frame: vintage
  • Throw pillows: Folk Fibers
  • European shams: IKEA
  • Bedcover is a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot

Washroom

  • “Living on the Earth” from used bookshop
  • Walnut tray and cherry bowl from KKDW
  • Bath salts from Folklorica
  • WS Mirror, WS Counter Stool, and walnut utility box from KKDW
  • Print is vintage French teaching poster

Studio:

  • Cedar pendants from KKDW
  • Brown glass vase is vintage
  • Fan is a vintage Hunter Fan
  • Steel stands from KKDW
  • Top postcard from Folklorica
  • All workbenches and tables from KKDW
  • WS Counter Stool from KKDW
  • Stained glass in the corner made by Travis’s mom

Backporch:

  • Serape is from a roadside shop in New Mexico
  • Bench is a prototype from TA Norman
  1. Rebecca M says:

    The small walnut and steel mirror is my favorite. :)

  2. I love all the greenery in the home. I’d love to do that but my cat would eat it all!

  3. Margot says:

    This is gorgeous.

  4. linda Adams says:

    why can I only see the living room???

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      Linda

      Did you click on the slideshow above?

      Grace

  5. trotula says:

    In love with all those houseplants! My dream house tour would just have a list of all the plants by species in each room rather than furniture sources, ha.

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