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Sophisticated yet cozy interiors embrace this Austin family home

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The architectural studio of Ryan Street & Associates was responsible for the fabulous design of this Mediterranean style residence located in Tarrytown, a neighborhood just west of Austin, Texas. The two-story (plus a basement) family home is owned by the owner of Michael Deane Homes, a high-end custom builder. The original home was dilapidated and needed to be torn down, while the one-acre property was in need of a major overhaul. Landscape architects Landwest Design Group enhanced the surrounding environment, creating beautiful curb appeal. Mature oak trees are nestled all around, while views out towards Westlake hills only enhances the surrounding aesthetic. The interiors offers five bedrooms, while an open plan kitchen, dining room and the master bedroom suite were positioned along the north side of the home to take advantage of the stunning views through expansive windows. There is also a main set of doors that have been custom-built to extend out to the patio, blurring the lines between indoors and out.

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The goal of this project was to give a sense of humbleness, with a clean aesthetic and an air of sophistication. The architecture was designed with proportions to that of a simple Texas ranch house, yet filled with materials that have been used in striking ways. Looking around you will notice rough-hewn, wooden beams on the ceiling and wood flooring reclaimed from torn down barns, mixed with luxe materials such as polished marble found in the dining room. The designer, Elizabeth Stanley, added warmth with cozy elements of slip-covered chairs and sofas as well as burlap curtains, while modern pieces were mixed in to give bursts of energy. Most of the furnishings are bespoke pieces, the homeowners designed them and had local artists bring them to fruition.

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What We Love: Although somewhat sophisticated in style, the warmth that has been injected through beautiful reclaimed flooring and ceiling beams makes this home feel very cozy. The gardens are spectacular, really adding a finished aesthetic to the home, making it inviting both indoors and out. What do you think, is there anything in this home you would do differently?

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In the dining room, the beautiful handblown glass Lindsey Adelman chandelier takes center stage over the dining table. A polished marble fireplace helps to create a warm ambiance to the space.

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If you enjoyed this home tour, may we propose other works by this same architect that you might enjoy, such as A rustic-modern home in Texas: Scenic Drive Project or this fantastic property, Mediterranean home with inviting design style in Austin.

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A clever concept was incorporated into the glass enclosed shower in the master bathroom. The design team incorporated a nine foot high glass door, which opens directly into a private corner of the garden, giving the inhabitants a feeling of shower outdoors, yet with all of the conveniences of still being indoors.

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To overcome the challenge of the property’s steep grade changes, the landscape architect created several different zones on the property, beginning with the front garden, which enjoys al fresco dining, a swimming pool and manicured lawn. Gentle terracing, pathways and small steps creates the feeling of meandering through nature. At the edge of the main garden you are greeted by a beautiful meadow, with prairie grasses, indigenous wildflowers and chickens!

Photos: Ryann Ford

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