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An Austin Condo That Reflects A Design Client’s Fierce Flair

by Sofia Tuovinen

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The first time interior designer Maureen Stevens (@maureenstevensdesign) met her client, trial attorney and legal, political and social commentator Brian Claypool, she drove to the airport in Austin, TX to pick him up. In a sea of Austinites wearing laid-back shirts and shorts out came her client, sporting athletic bottoms paired with a flashy blazer and a colorful shirt. Before meeting Brian for the first time, Maureen didn’t know much about him and had no idea what he’d expect his Austin space to feel and look like. Upon meeting her client, one thing became clear — the space needed to be as bold, fierce and fun as Brian was.

Overall, designing Brian’s second home and bringing it to completion took six months. Maureen’s design process always begins with getting to know the client by sending over questions about their wishes, likes, and dislikes. After that, she moves on to the space and furniture plans. When the general layout of each room has been decided the creative design work begins, with vibes and color palettes for each space. The initial design concept for Brian’s condo featured a mid-century-inspired, masculine vignette, but that didn’t jive with Brian’s exuberant flair. Maureen got the inspiration for the second proposal from a picture of Brian wearing a magenta tie. She created a rendering of the home in a magenta and navy palette — “I presented [it] to him, got an outstanding ‘yes,’ and we were off to the races!” Maureen describes.

Brian, who lives full-time in Los Angeles, wanted his Austin condo to feel like a hotel and that was at the forefront of Maureen’s mind throughout the process. The one-room condo on the 27th floor feels just like that — a posh hotel suite, filled with bold colors, dramatic accents and curved shapes that feel exciting and soothing all at once. All in all, it’s the ideal spot for entertaining Austin friends and feeling at home away from home. —Sofia

Photography by Lauren Logan / @laurenloganphotography

Image above: The living room overlooks Austin’s Seaholm District, formerly an industrial section in downtown Austin that has been transformed into a vibrant urban neighborhood. Maureen designed her client’s home using a magenta and navy color palette with several patterns thrown into the mix. 

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“The undulating mirror reflects the feel of the coffee table and the fuchsia patterned wallpaper is a great contrast with the seductive sofa,” Maureen explains her design choices. 

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From walls to the floors and windows to the accents, the living room boasts glamorous materials throughout.

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Various patterns mixed together make for a stunning effect in the living room.

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Maureen opted for a coffee table with a marble top and sinuous brass legs. The rounded shape is the perfect match with the velvet seating.

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A giant acrylic hand is the centerpiece of the accessories on this table — it is dramatic and unexpected. Small geometric accessories further bring allure to the pattern of the drapery in the windows,” Maureen shares. 

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Velvet and brass continue to the unique counter stools in the kitchen. “We had plans to renovate [the kitchen] and make it vibrant with the other spaces but since this is a second home, it wasn’t a necessity for the client,” Maureen explains.

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Design and decorating is not all about being creative, it definitely juggles your left brain as well,” Maureen says. “Intuition, emotional intelligence and being a great communicator all come into play. I think with this work, I became more observant and learned to listen more intently. I learned to be more versatile as well with my process.”

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The bold drama continues to the bedroom with wall color in exuberant pink and a tufted velvet bed in deep navy.

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Luxe bedding and pillows with accent patterns are the icing on the cake in the bedroom. 

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A silver foil nightstand with with brass hardware and a glossy blue table lamp create a bold contrast against the hot pink walls. 

SOURCE LIST

Living Room
Sofa, chair and mirror – KOKET
Drapery – Robert Allen
Wallpaper – Quadrille
Pillow – Lee Jofa fabric
Table – Jonathan Adler
Media credenza – Global Views

Kitchen
Stools – Mr. Brown Home

Bedroom
Bed – High Fashion Home
Nightstands – Bernhardt
Mirrors – Bungalow 5
Lamps-  Jonathan Adler
Chandelier – Lumens

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Comments

  • Super vibrant yet well-edited! Would love to know where the floor lamp in the living room is from.

  • Please please please…share the sources for the white and magenta rug under the coffee table and the muted rug under the bed. Wonderful apace! kudos to both the gutsy owner and the talented designer! Thank you!