You know that moment when you walk into an amazing store, see way too many things you HAVE to have, then proceed to get overwhelmed because you literally just. can’t. even? Well, that happened to me a whole lot while attending the second annual TRIBEZA Interiors Tour this past weekend.
As I toured eight homes (in no particular order), designed by some of Austin’s finest interior designers, I left refreshed, inspired and in a frenzy to get home and write all about it. It also made me wish I were on real life Trading Spaces. As hard as it was to narrow it down, I picked a few of my favorite stand out moments from each designer to share below. Grab your pen and paper (and some bubbly), because you’ll be writing a major list of must haves after seeing these inspiring homes.
To start off the tour, I headed north towards Hyde Park to the lovely home of Sara Scaglione, owner of the oh so fabulous Shabby Slips on west 6th street (if you haven’t checked out her boutique, you really haven’t lived yet). You’re instantly greeted by the most heavenly living room filled with shades of cream, grey and pops of gold = divine! While the fireplace depicts the traditional aesthetic of the home, the clean lines and mix of textures to come, really amplify the beauty of this shabby retreat.
Look at these faux axis stairs, I just love them! They also remind me of these cheetah stairs found in Domino mag.
Chris Sanders and Scheer & Co.
Oh Austin Country Club, home to some spectacular homes, but none that compare to this. Architecturally transformed by Chris Sanders, with interiors by Scheer & Co., this duo has collaboration down to a science – or in this case, the perfect mix of industrial modern meets Austin charm. Large steel windows and doors that now allow the natural light to sink in, revitalized this once dark and dreary home. You’ll see some bright pops of color throughout, but this team really keeps the natural beauty of the home the front-runner. You can’t help but notice this beautiful kilim rug and how it ties the room together. And if you can’t live without it now, you can snag a similar one from West Elm here.Look at how this built in desk meets the kitchen counter top – so sleek and modern. This closet was once an extra bedroom that was crying out for attention, and boy did this team deliver! A walk in closet with an island, talk about the icing on the cake!
Robin Colton Studio
Heading back into Tarrytown, we stopped by a modern home designed by Robin Colton. Unfortunately, pictures were not allowed in this space so I can only describe in vivid detail, but it’s clear Robin has a background in the fashion industry by the use of rich color in this home. Not only is it polished to a T, you feel so regal just walking into the front room, then up the stairs to the royal purple entertaining space. If I had to describe her design aesthetic in one word… Polished.
Sarah Whittenbraker Interiors
I need to take a minute to catch my breath on this next one, because it literally knocked my socks off. In the heart of Tarrytown lies Sarah Wittenbraker’s home, which truly speaks effortless, chic and totally cool. It’s evident that Sarah is not afraid of color or pattern, which I really appreciate because these days, that’s hard to find. Her home is so inviting, vibrant, and fun, yet kid friendly and functional. Honestly, everywhere I looked, I found something that caught my eye, a perfect mix of old and new. This place was nothing short of a dream! If mi casa es su casa, than I call dibs on this one. How unique (and totally quirky) is this? It’s just the little things that get me. I love a bathroom with a lot going on. Especially, if there’s a fun wallpaper like the one below!
Butter Lutz Interiors
I was so impressed when I stepped into Amy Lutz home in north Tarrytown during the Tribeza Home Tour last year, that it made me ecstatic to see she was on the map again. As predicted, Butter Lutz scored another home run with this ultra modern, farmhouse combination. The crisp foundation gave way for an elegant, yet family friendly aesthetic throughout this open and spacious home. This team is so consistent in their style; clean, sharp and full of eye popping wallpaper – which I totally love! With this duo, you won’t be disappointed. Take a close look at this spectacular tile. Tiny round mirrors adorn the corners of each marble diamond.
It’s evident Claire Zinnecker has a true talent, just check out her Instagram and you’ll soon be swooning over her beautifully simplistic design and bohemian flair. This relaxed bungalow (including the treehouse addition, which you can rent on HomeAway), is what you think of when you imagine Austin. It’s fun, eclectic, and has a relaxed vibe that makes you want to grab a Moscow mule and just sit on the patio for hours. It’s great to see a friend in the tour, even better when you know there is so much more to come! We’re all looking forward to it, kudos to you girl.
I’ve never been to South Carolina, but Meredith Ellis sure made me feel like I just took a trip by way of her coastal cottage hideaway. Situated right off South Congress Avenue, Meredith’s home is so cozy you’ll never want to leave, really. I loved the vintage finds, mixed with shabby chic details, and an all shades of green color palette, everything just worked so well together! If you’re looking for Martha’s other half, look no further.
Last but not least, we head to the East side for this masculine home by Hatch Works. Aha moments seem to be in their DNA because everywhere you looked there was another eye catching element being added to the black, grey and neutral mix. Just take their funky lighting for example, its not everyday you see a neon sign lighting up the stairwell. Hatch Works not only designs homes, but can custom build as well; talk about a double threat.
Thank you Tribeza for hosting another fabulous Interiors Tour, I’m already anticipating next years line up. For more about each of the designers, please visit their websites above. Take a peak, you’ll be glad you did!