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Our Best of Texas

by Amy Azzarito

I don’t think I’m going to surprise you when I say that Texas is a big place. A big place made of some very different cities and that means there are some very different homes. I got to spend some time in Dallas and Austin when Grace and I were on the Design*Sponge book tour. We had a great visit to Dallas, but we had a bit more free time in Austin, and that city pretty much stole my heart. It is certainly one of my favorite American cities. Austin just has a casual, creative vibe that is so special and I’d love to go back. Next time, I’m plotting to make a detour to Marfa. To bide my time while I plan my Texas getaway, I looked through the Sneak Peek archives to find my favorite Texas homes – and they are as individual as the people and the cities of Texas. Enjoy!  –Amy

Image above: We recently peeked into the home of interior stylist, art director and prop and wardrobe stylist Paige Morse. She just updated the look of her 100-year-old Dallas bungalow. The home is small but has incredibly high ceilings, which she made the most of with this beautiful chandelier.

Image above: Sara, Travis and their dog, Cash, live in this 1905 Austin, Texas home. They keep the surfboard in their guest room as a reminder of their former life in LA (and because they love the design!).

Image above: This is the home and studio space for the jewelry line, Ax + Apple, which was started by two childhood friends. If you love this fireplace setup, check out  Make it Yours: Jamie Lyn + Jessica Fowler to get the look! (Editor note: I loved the “Ah Ha” print so much that I used it in my own house!)

See more Texas homes after the jump!

Image above: This 1938 Austin bungalow has amazing light in the kitchen, and in fact, the architect designed it so that not a single light ever needs to be turned on during the day.

Image above: Camille Styles was married in her jaw-droppingly beautiful home in Austin. The focal point of the living room is the custom-made steel chandelier inspired by a similar one that the couple saw and loved at a Napa winery.

Image above: When Camille Styles leaves her beautiful Austin home (above) to go to work, she heads to this 1930s bungalow which she’s transformed into the perfect space to test out all of her entertaining ideas.

Image above: Loft living in Dallas! Paul and Megan Wilkes live in a former Goodyear Tire building in Exposition Park. They love the open space, but it’s been a challenge figuring out exactly how to set up an entire home in just one room!

Image above: Bailey McCarthy spent five months renovating this Austin, Texas home after moving from Chicago back to her native Texas. With 4 bedrooms and 5.5  bathrooms, it was a huge project (oh, and she was pregnant at the time!).

Image above: Glamour in Dallas in Samantha Reitmayer’s home. The house is tiny, but she wanted it to feel seriously feminine and she definitely succeeded!

Image above: After a short stint in Dallas, Lara Collins and her husband Tim moved back to Fredericksburg, Texas. They designed and built this home themselves so that they have enough space for themselves, their two beagles, milk goats and their cow!


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