House Tour: A Bold and Colorful Austin Home!

House Tour: A Bold and Colorful Austin Home!

Adrienne Breaux
Oct 3, 2008

Designer: Misty Adair
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 1500 square feet


When the homeowner of this gorgeous mid-century bungalow enlisted the help of veteran Austin designer Misty Adair, they gave her few limitations. Important to them was creating a fun, hip and carefree modern home while staying true to the home's vintage heritage—and they wanted color! Completed over one summer, Misty was able to give this bold-loving homeowner exactly what they asked for...

The exterior of the home's controversial orange color was the homeowner's idea, and Misty took that cue and ran with it. This home's colorful palette was inspired by a gorgeous fabric with bold hues and circular patterns, now residing in the kitchen's banquette seating area. Everywhere you turn bright wall colors compliment equally bright furniture and accessories, but nothing seems too over-the-top. Misty did an amazing job of combining many bright colors without the space feeling overwheming. Vintage furniture finds mingle nicely with newer, modern pieces, and wall alcoves and open kitchen shelving provide the perfect resting places for interesting accessories.


Custom made window treatments add pattern and texture in coordinating colors. Lighting is super important in this space, and several gorgeous fixtures take turns illuminating nooks and crannies of the house. If the interior doors in this home look amazingly vintage—it's because they are. These doors are one of Misty's favorite elements to the home, plucked individually from piles of other doors and seamlessly integrated into their new home here. The only room in the house not sporting the bright color scheme is the master bedroom, where muted light blues and browns create a soft sanctuary. Our favorite part of this home's design: the details. The place isn't over furnished; it's not stuffed to the gills with furniture or accessories. Rather the tiny details, like the the penny mosaic tiles in the kitchen and the front porch, the gorgeous kitchen cabinet hardware, the one-of-a-kind doorknobs—all work together to create a truly fun and inspiring space!

AT Survey:

Our Style: The house is a mid-century bungalow, so we wanted to stay true to the nature of the house. . . but with a twist. The homeowner wanted the home to be a colorful playhouse that was full of things that would make people smile. There was a great deal of attention to detail so that visitors can constantly be amused by little surprises. We like the juxtapostion of vintage or slightly rustic items with cleaner, contemporary pieces. Everything was carefully chosen because either the homeowner or myself spotted it and instantly loved it, but there was no distinct "style" guiding our choices.

Inspiration: The mod concentric circles fabric used in the kitchen began our color palette by inspiring us to use juicy oranges and pinks, with cooler blues and greens.

Favorite Room: The kitchen. It really is the all purpose living space in this home and it was the starting point for our design choices. I love the tonal blue color scheme with the pops from the orange stove (originally in there), apple martini Caesarstone, and the penny round tiles. The marble countertops give the room a bit of sophistication and the comfy banquet counteracts that with outright informality, inviting the family to lounge as long as they want.

Favorite Element: I am really pleased with the vintage doors in the house because they were literally found treasures. I spent hours in a warehouse of architectural salvage looking for just the right doors to lend authenticity and interest to the house. The original doors had been replaced over the year with cheap hollow doors and I just could not bear it.

Biggest Challenge: Hardware. I was determined to find vintage doorknobs but that became a nightmare of hunting down intricate little parts to complete mortise lock sets. I managed to do one door, and then settled on vintage reproduction sets for the rest.

Most Talked About Element: The exterior color of the house. People either love it or hate it, and they voice thier opinions loudly! The homeowner picked the color because she wanted something vibrant that would contrast with the landscaping. I thought is was a bold choice and loved that she was willing to take a risk.

Proudest DIY: The seesaw in the front yard was inspired by a project in ReadyMade magazine.

Oldest Item in the House: Probably the oldest items in the house are the French farmhouse table and cupboard, which were bought at a local antique store.

Best advice: Be flexible. When you remodel an old house there are many surprises along the way (especially electrical issues) and they can be expensive. You have to be willing to change your plans as you go, allow more time for completion, and come up with creative solutions. You can choose to be anxious and miserable, or consider the remodel to be an interesting and exciting challenge.

Cleaning or Organizing Tip: Hire a professional organizer to push you to let go of your old, unnecessary stuff and to help you put new, efficient systems in place. You have to be willing to constantly revise your systems to adapt them to your current lifestyle.

Favorite Store: In Austin, I like Mercury and Homegirls. There is an antique store in a small town outside of Austin where I always find amazing things, but I'll have to keep it a secret.

Place You Buy Things for Your Design Projects: Anywhere I can find them. I have a very democratic shopping approach of going to discount stores, chain stores, outlet malls, boutiques, antique stores, and design centers. I shop local as much a possible, but use on-line sources like Design Public as well.
Biggest Indulgence: The restored vintage O'Keefe orange stove was a huge splurge. . . and sadly had to be later returned due to a malfunction. It was gorgeous and was the highlight of the whole kitchen.



Furniture: Zebra credenza and orange sofa from Century Modern in Dallas, French farmhouse table and kitchen cabinet from Dreyfus Antiques in Austin, ghost chairs and barstool from Topdeq, blue bed from Austin Antique Mall (we had it powedercoated), swivel chairs from Ikea, mirror side tables from Mercury

Accessories: CB2, Soco shops

Doors: Discovery Architectural Antiques in Gonzales

Cabinet hardware: Architects and Heroes, Alexander Marchant

Lighting: mostly Eurofase from Lights Fantastic

Rugs and Carpets: Rug tiles from Flor

Tiles and Stone: Caesarstone from Wilkinson Woodworks, marble and tile from Architectural Tile and Stone

Window Treatments: custom made by Leslye Womack of Best Dressed Windows

Carpentry: built-in furniture and shelving by Dean Holms of Homeworx

Fabrics: Interior Fabrics, Stockton Hicks Laffey and Silk Road in Austin,

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Photos by Adrienne Breaux

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