Studio Tour: One Eleven East

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When Erika and Halton Williams were wedding planning, they noticed the lack of open and creative venue space available in the Austin, TX area. So Erika made it her mission to find a studio space that could be used for photography, workshops and events. Their search led them to a rundown building in a small town outside of Austin called Hutto. “We immediately were struck by the charm of  ‘Old Town’ Hutto, where the storefronts are carefully maintained and seem frozen in time,” Erika says. “As soon as we toured 111 East Street, we knew immediately that this property had so much more potential.” Along with interior designer, Claire Zinnecker, Erika and Halton designed a beautiful space befitting the history of the building and the modern look of their new One Eleven East company.

The building had been mostly vacant since the early 80s, so the electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems all needed to be updated. Erika and Halton raised the ceilings, added a loft and installed skylights. “Our goal was to restore the existing architectural features and maintain as much of the history of the 123-year-old building as possible,” Erika says. “We wanted to create a bright, open space that is versatile for our clients and capable of hosting any type of gathering or shoot.” The huge arched windows, white-painted brick, and gorgeously restored long-leaf pine floors make 111 East Street feel like a chic, modern version of original incarnation. Read on to learn more about this special space. —Lauren

Photography by Katie Jameson

  1. RANDI BAYNE says:

    Wow!!! So beautiful!! This is definitely inspiring. We’re gathering inspiration to furnish our new studio space, so this is perfect timing! Love <3

  2. Julie says:

    Wow! Dream space! They found a diamond. I’d love to live in a space like this. This is awesome that such creative people are revitalizing old buildings like this.

  3. mel says:

    So pretty! Having a studio space like this is literally like my life dream. So incredibly inspiring that people are out there making their dreams come to life.

    xx, mel

  4. Kathleen Schmid says:

    Lovely! Any chance the wood frame couch is commercially available? I have been looking for exactly such a couch, but have not been able to find something that meets our size/quality/price point requirements so far. Also, even if the piece is vintage, any information on how you constructed the cushions would be very helpful, they look thick and quite comfortable.

    1. Claire says:

      Hey Kathleen!

      The sofa is actually from Urban Outfitters. It’s the Paxton Sofa. Thanks!

  5. Liz says:

    I am wondering where the blanket came from in the first loft suite (photo 9)?

    1. Claire says:

      Hi! I found the blanket online at Couverture and The Garbstore. It’s called the Go Undercover Heavenly Blanket, Honeycomb Rose. Hope this helps!

  6. Now *this* is my idea of studio heaven!

  7. Heather says:

    Beautiful! Question: Where is the chair from in Photo 9?

    1. Claire says:

      Thanks Heather! The chair is from The Citizenry!

      1. Heather says:

        Thanks so much!

  8. Carrie Purcell says:

    Question: I have seen that sink in Alison Foxes house also in Austin. What style is that and where are good places to look for one in the Austin area?

  9. Diana Andea says:

    Sometimes I can’t believe this places exist..


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