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A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family

by Garrett Fleming

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

Every time I miss a family milestone or the temperature dips below freezing, I feel a subtle tug to pack up my Chicago home and move back to Texas. Sure, its heat waves are legendary, but my home state boasts so much more than that. It has a personality all its own, some of the nicest people around and will always be a place I can go to recenter myself amongst the familiar.

I’m not the only one whose heart forever beats with Texas pride. Designer Avery Cox totally relates. Years after leaving Dallas behind for the Northeast, her longing to return grew so strong she eventually gave in and headed back home. This time around, she set her sights on Austin, the state’s burgeoning artistic center, in hopes of both reconnecting with loved ones and making a splash within the design community.

The years she spent away from Texas not only found Avery falling in and out of love, but learning the ropes of interior design from some of the greats. Since moving back, she’s applied her genius to the look of her two-bedroom bungalow on Austin’s East Side. Full of eclectic finds and cozy textures, the home feels effortlessly curated and epitomizes the surrounding community’s laid-back style.

The home’s greatest asset isn’t Avery’s emerald sofa or enviable shiplap walls, though. On the contrary, it’s the sentimental accents throughout each of her space’s 1,200 square feet that are truly unforgettable. Artwork by her late mother is celebrated in her living room, and on nights in she plays her dad’s old records and sips cocktails out of her grandmother’s serveware with her friends. In this rustic pad, every night truly is family night. Scroll down, and enjoy! —Garrett

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Photography by Chelsea Francis

Image above: The wood paneling in Avery’s house makes it feel homey, but it doesn’t provide natural light anything to bounce off of. At times, this leaves the home quite dark. To keep the house from feeling too dreary, Avery continually hunts down cheery pieces that enliven the space through color and pattern.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

The process of curating Avery’s own home stands in stark contrast to the work she does for her clients. Instead of being timely and efficient, here she took a more informal approach. Avery let her home speak to her and casually grabbed things as she saw them. “It [was] much more about experimentation, and the joy of the hunt,” Avery recalls.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

Long, narrow and with many doors, the layout of this room challenged Avery more than any other space in the house. After making it functional, she sourced accessories with a balance of height, color and texture to make it just as visually arresting as it usable.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

After seeing how well this painting by Avery’s mother fits into the living room’s overall color scheme, you’d think it served as inspiration for the look. On the contrary, Avery didn’t bring the piece home from her parents’ place until after the room was complete.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

Avery hosted one of The Elephant Table’s dinner parties right here in her quaint living room. “We partnered with several local artisans, chefs and makers to create a magical evening for everyone involved. Would you believe we were able to seat 18 people in this room? We put a flat top grill in the backyard, turned the back half of the house into a full commercial kitchen and [turned] the front half into a banquet hall/cocktail lounge. I let the lawn grow wild so it felt like you were at the little house on the prairie. It was truly something,” she tells us.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

Small paintings by Avery’s mom and records from both her father and grandparents are kept in the living room.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

Much like the previous setup, this corner of the living room is an ode to some of the strongest people Avery knows. Her grandmother loved to entertain, and the silver pieces here were hers. The small photo to the left of the artwork shows Avery’s mom in front of the painting that now hangs by the living room sofa.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

The bedroom’s wall color, tassels and hunting-themed accents celebrate the style of Avery’s favorite English decorators.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

Avery inherited the chests on either side of her bed from her grandmother. She then updated their hardware.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

A 1960s-era renovation left the home with powder-blue countertops. Avery isn’t able to change them since she’s a renter, so she leaned into the color scheme and tracked down matching accents to help the countertops feel more intentional.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

The kitchen’s “more-is-more” style finds Avery snatching up every blue-and-white accessory she comes across.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

Having an at-home office comes with pros and cons. On one hand it’s convenient, but it can also be challenging to separate work from play. To stay focused, Avery keeps everything organized and at the ready. Having a door she can close has also proved instrumental in helping her stay on task.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

The home office is modular, and Avery frequently mixes it up to keep her creative juices flowing.

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

“The thing I love most about my home is… it’s a reflection of my life. Past. Present. And future.” – Avery Cox

A Rustic Bungalow in Austin, TX Celebrating Family, Design*Sponge

The home’s layout.

Source List

Living Room
Sofa – Salvation Army
Sofa upholstery – Childress Fabrics
Pillows- Modern Comfort
Pillow fabric- Walter G “Pyramids” in chalk
Table lamp- Paul Schneider Ceramics
Coffee table – West Elm
Rug, chairs, side table, vase – antique
Painting above sofa, small paintings and purple assemblage over door and record player – Laurie Hickman Cox
Small collage above TV – Jenny McGee Dougherty
Side table tablecloth – Lisa Corti
Curtains – Overstock
Dining Chairs – Design Within Reach
Dining Table – Ikea
Light over bar- Urban Outfitters
Pink decoupage artwork – John Derian
Plates- Anthropologie
Wood Assemblage – Will Sears

Paint – Benjamin Moore “Gumdrop”
Lamps and shade – Target
Bedding – Parachute Home
Chair upholstery – Clare Frost “Flower Apricot”
Pillow upholstery – Brunschwig et Fils “Les Touches”
Pencil figure drawing – Laurie Hickman Cox
Bed, chair, rug, lamps, vase – antique
Hardware – The Home Depot
Throw pillows – Modern Comfort

Black-and-white storage basket – The Container Store
Bird Plate – John Derian

Baskets – The Container Store
Storage Cabinet – Ikea
Green Lamp – Arteriors
Desk Chair – Design Within Reach

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  • I’m having a hard time picking a favorite room, but I think I love the bedroom and office most. Great post, Garrett!

      • I love everything about your home! So cozy, colorful & inspiring! And achievable – hurray! But most importantly what brand is the dress you are wearing in the last photo of you? I want a non-wedding dress wedding dress and that is adorable!

  • WOW. I just LOVE her mother’s art. It has such a joyful and special presence in the space.
    In terms of the interior design, I really like all the details, textures and colours. It feels so happy. Great job!

  • And there was I, thinking: Oh great, a duck-egg-blue counter top – she must love the colour blue…. :=) EGGcellent! I LOVE her mum’s paintings, I would be happy to hang every single one of them, so hugely talented. I also love how you set up, with intention or intuition, your home – that living room pairing of painting and colours are just simply TOP. Lovely combinations, colours, a totally adorable home. Thank you for sharing.

  • Blue and white is so classic and a favorite of mine, so the kitchen really speaks to me. I agree with Lisa, above, the artwork is colorful and fun.
    I am sure that I would enjoy Austin, from all I’ve heard but had to comment how this lifelong Yankee would have to return to New England and the Atlantic to feel grounded. Born in a harbor city and live near the ocean…though not as close as I wish. (Though global warming is rearing its ugly head and turning that lust into a whimper…)

  • Such a happy space! I love that she is connected to her family in such a beautiful way throughout her home. Love love love!

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