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A Family’s Collected Sensibility Creates a Home Full of Stories 


by Sofia Tuovinen

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When Kristin and Scott Laing first moved to Austin, TX, they never intended to stay for too long. Now, 19 years later, they couldn’t feel more at home and have no plans to leave. The city has turned out to be an ideal place to raise their eight-year-old daughter Fiona, the family’s artistic computer whiz. When Fiona started school, Kristin and Scott knew exactly what area would best suit their family’s needs. They moved to a neighborhood with a strong sense of community and an excellent school system, not to mention plenty of beautiful, mature trees. “It is a planned community and many of the homes have similar floor plans,” Kristin explains. “We were okay with that, but when our house came on the market it was one-of-a-kind with a very different exterior and kind of a strange floor plan.” On top of standing out from the rest, Kristin and Scott loved the house for the stunning landscaping that had been designed by the previous owners. Despite some original 80s features that felt outdated, Kristin knew that the house could be turned into something special for her family.

Kristin, who works as the Creative Director for a small company, also does interior and photo shoot styling and creative consulting. Together with Scott, who creates fitness tracking apps for Under Armour Connected Fitness, she has worked hard to turn her family’s home into a unique and welcoming place that always feels like a warm hug. During the five years that the family has owned their house, they have completed both smaller and larger updates. From installing breathtaking mural wallpaper in the master bedroom to completely gutting and redoing the bathroom, each step has made the house more reflective of its new owners. As an avid decorator, Kristin loves to change things up and add new creative touches when inspiration hits. The latest project involves breathing new life into the family’s dark office. The ongoing renovation includes adding a skylight to brighten up the room, and creating a functioning and inspiring workspace for the whole family.

One of Kristin’s major sources of inspiration is the juxtaposition between old and new. She has always been inspired by multi-generational family homes, where various family members have left their own marks throughout the years. It is with this mentality that Kristin set about decorating her own family’s home — although it was built in the 80s, antiques, thrifted finds and vintage pieces make the house feel older and full of life. “I’ve always wanted it to look like an old home that’s been lived in forever and has a soul,” Kristin explains. With a collected feel-good vibe, each room in Kristin, Scott and Fiona’s home feels more inviting than the next. Scroll down for a peek into these lovingly decorated spaces and see which one is your personal favorite! —Sofia

Photography by Kristin Laing

Image above: The family’s entry is a mix of old and new. The plant shelf and wall pots were recently installed, and the hope is that the plants will thrive in this light-filled space.

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The entryway’s gallery wall is a mix of original art and thrift store finds. The custom portrait of the family’s cats was made by Coat and Tails. The antique art nouveau armoire and vintage bench add warmth to this bright space.

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The inviting reading nook in the living room features brass details and an eclectic grouping of artwork. The wall was painted in “Down Pipe” by Farrow and Ball, which ties in with the color of the front door.

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The bright living room is the heart of the home and can be entered from both the front and back doors. When entertaining a larger group of people, the family takes advantage of their outdoor living area, which is accessible through the back.

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The living room is on the smaller side and posed a few design challenges. Adding built-in shelves in this corner of the room was one of the first projects after moving in. The shelves offer valuable storage and create a beautiful focal point in the room.

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Adjacent to the living room is another living area. “This was a dining room when we bought the house, but we instantly knew we’d use it more as a casual sitting room,” Kristin explains. The colorful decor and abundance of natural light draw everyone into this space.

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Kristin, Scott and their daughter Fiona with one of the family’s ragdoll cats, Teddy.

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The breakfast area, located between the sitting room and kitchen, is a colorful space where the family gathers for casual meals. A custom-built L-shaped banquette bench makes the most of the space. Matching wallpaper and lumbar cushions add the finishing touch.

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The most used area in the house, the kitchen, was updated by painting the honey oak-colored cabinets white. To bring some new character to the space, Kristin and Scott chose new floor tiles in a herringbone pattern. “Eventually we’d like to do a kitchen remodel, but for now this works fine,” Kristin adds.

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A panoramic wallpaper mural by Rebels Walls creates a stunning statement in Kristin and Scott’s master bedroom. “The wallpaper mural was a splurge, but it makes the room,” Kristin says.

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The rest of the room was designed around the mural wallpaper — Kristin kept the decor neutral except for the pink velvet duvet, which adds the perfect amount of soft texture and sheen.

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Brass details accentuate the luxurious feel of the master bedroom. Modern nightstands from West Elm contrast the old-world style mural.

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The mirror above the dresser was a flea market find. “From every angle it reflects the wallpaper on the opposite wall like a piece of art.”

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Kristin and Scott fully remodeled their master bathroom two years ago. Replacing the old 80s garden tub with a freestanding one was an instant update. Two hexagonal mirrors from West Elm create the focal point in this personal space.

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“Whoever designed our home liked big personal spaces and small common spaces. Our master bathroom is almost as big as the living room,” Kristin explains. She and Scott wanted an all-white space, but they recently painted the wall above the board and batten soft pink to tie in with the color scheme of the master bedroom.

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The upstairs media room is where you’ll find a group of girls playing Minecraft or watching a movie. In hopes of making the big TV recede, Kristin painted the paneled wall and TV cabinet off-black. Colorful aura photos of each family member were hung on the wall to personalize the space.

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Rich tones, soft textures and brass details make up the media room.

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“Fiona asked for black walls in her bedroom when she turned five. Our age-appropriate compromise was to give her one chalkboard paint accent wall,” Kristin explains. Fiona’s bed is 150 years old and is an heirloom from Scott’s family.

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The guest room is a cheerful space thanks to multiple patterns and vintage art.

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What I most love about my home is… “it is a peaceful and creative place.” — Kristin

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The floor plan of the family’s 2,800-square-foot traditional-style home.

Source list

Living Room
Paint – trim and fireplace: Benjamin Moore “White Dove”
Paint – accent wall: Farrow and Ball “Down Pipe”
Paint – front door: Farrow and Ball “Inchyra Blue”
Couch – IKEA with custom legs
Coffee table – All Modern
Chair – Wayfair
Throw pillow- Round Top
Mirror – Ballard Designs
Rug – Turkish vintage
Sheepskin- Cowboy Kate

Sitting Room
Paint – Benjamin Moore “Albescent”
Couch – World Market with custom legs
Chair – IKEA with custom cover
Throw pillow – West Elm
Coffee Table – World Market
Sheepskin – Wildflower Organics
Rug – Turkish vintage
Art by Hope Perkins, Jennifer Davis

Kitchen
Cabinet paint – “Quilter’s White” by Rustoleum
Wall paint – Benjamin Moore “Linen White”
Hanging light – Shades of Light

Master Bedroom
Wallpaper – Rebels Walls
Paint – walls: Benjamin Moore “Albescent”
Paint – trim: Benjamin Moore “White Dove”
Bed- All Modern
Bedding – West Elm
Nightstands – West Elm
Bookcase – Four Hands
Flokati rug – NuLoom

Master Bath
Wall paint – Farrow and Ball “Peignoir” and Benjamin Moore “White Dove”
Hexagonal mirrors – West Elm
Vanity mirrors – DwellStudio
Sconces – Restoration Hardware
Tub – Signature Hardware

Media Room
Paint – Farrow and Ball “Off-Black,” Benjamin Moore “Linen White”
Teal chairs – World Market
Couch – All Modern
Coffee Table – Target
Rug – One Kings Lane
Aura photos – Mood by Moss
Painting – bought at auction, artist unknown
Brass and crystal sconces – Craigslist

 

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