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Studio Tour: One Eleven East

by Lauren Chorpening

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

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One Eleven East has a clean minimalist feel, but with a bit of boho edge. "We wanted simple statement pieces," Erika says. "There are a lot of white and steel accents, but also so much texture!"
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Erika, Halton and their interior designer, Claire, sought out ways to show off and enhance the existing architectural elements of the 123 year old building. This bar mixes old and new perfectly.
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"A big challenge was creating a full second floor to what is the now the loft - we fortunately had enough space to raise the ceilings by vaulting them to create the two loft suites," Erika says.
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"The arch that is now the bar was there when we purchased the building. We wanted it to be a focal point in the main open area of the space. Decades ago, the same owner owned this building and the one next door, and the arch was a pass-through between the spaces. It has since changed ownership and was enclosed," Erika says.
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"The tiled entryway in the front is new to the space - a lot of guests and clients ask if it was original! There was a lot of water damage over the years in the front area, so the pine floors were very rotted - the tile was our solution to create an designated entry and an opportunity to incorporate our love for the 1" hex tile in the main space. Every detail of the space was made with a lot of thought, down to the selection of the tile grout," Erika says.
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Erika and Halton in their fully restored building and brand new business.
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This building, built in 1893, has been given a new life as a studio and business for the Williams. Their dedication to see this space meet its potential is evident in every detail. These stairs were added when Erika and Halton decided to raise the ceiling and add a lofted area in the back of the building. They kept the stairway cohesive with the space by applying white shiplap to the surface .
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The landing leading to the two lofted suites.
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The first loft suite continues the light, airy feel of downstairs.
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A West Elm floor mirror opens up the smaller side of the suite.
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This suite is outfitted perfectly for performance and ceremonies where clients can get ready on site in a quiet, calm environment.
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"We worked with local interior designer Claire Zinnecker on the project. She has been right by our side since the beginning. We love her beautiful, bright, clean, 'less is more' design approach - she is just amazing and we knew she was the perfect asset to execute our concept for the space," Erika says.
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The second loft suite is decorated with a mixture of wood and leather elements.
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One Eleven East's floor plan, designed by Claire Zinnecker.

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