A Sleek and Modern East Austin Home Taps Into a Local Vibe

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When a couple who frequently traveled to Austin for business decided to ditch hotel living for a more permanent place to hang their hats, they knew they'd need help. Since they had a permanent residence elsewhere, they were coming into their new east Austin home with only clothing and computers. Grace Hall and Chris McCray of local design firm McCray & Co. stepped in to help turn the house into a home. "They were newlyweds, and they hadn't spent a lot of time investing in their home or finding out what they each liked and disliked," says Hall. "And since they were new to town, we wanted to create a space that introduced them and their guests to the Austin vibe."

Hall and McCray personalized the newly constructed home with built-in furniture and used a neutral palette with colorful accents and eye-catching art. They made sure to include spaces for the couple to entertain and host their large, out-of-town family. The designers brought in plenty of pieces from Austin makers and artists, which gave the couple a crash course on what their creative new city has to offer. The end result is cool but grown-up — the perfect combo for the couple as they begin married life. "Recently, they let us know that they're considering making this their primary residence," says Hall. "So we feel like we've accomplished what we'd set out to do!"

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Local artisan Ankor Studios created the living room's custom entertainment center. The Four Hands Home sofa is topped with Design Within Reach pillows and can fit a crowd. McCray and Hall also brought in a Roll & Hill floor lamp and a vintage chair reupholstered by Spruce Upholstery.

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The dining room's custom banquette was a collaboration between Ankor Studios, Spruce Upholstery, and Transmountain Design. Chairs from Four Hands Home surround the West Elm table.

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Pendant lights by Era Ceramics add a handmade touch to the modern kitchen. HAY barstools line the island.

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"They each work from home at times, so there needed to be individual work spaces," says Hall. The library, which is outfitted with Gus* Modern chairs and a Gan Rugs pouf, offers a comfortable spot for reading.

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A midcentury-style sofa from Apt2B is paired with a vintage coffee table in the home office. The Neon Jungle customized the vintage sign.

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A rug from Black Sheep Unique adds warmth to the master bedroom. Ankor Studios side tables and Rejuvenation wall lights accompany the RH bed.

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A blue accent wall brightens a guest bedroom. McCray and Hall added lamps from <ahref="https: www.westelm.com="" products="" penelope-nightstand-large-acorn-h703="" ?pkey="cnightstands&isx=0.0.1065""> </ahref="https:>CB2 and a West Elm side table.

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In another guest bedroom, artwork by Dylan Strzynski hangs above a Modernica bed topped with a Dana Haim pillow and a coverlet from Individual Medley.

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The casita, which the couple plans to rent out on Airbnb, features custom bunk beds by Ankor Studios.


Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer splitting her time between New York and Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, ... more