Mid-century modern home offers fresh and inspiring details in Austin


This mid-century modern home was designed by Baldridge Architects, and built by Acero Construction, located in the Zilker neighborhood of Austin, Texas. The design of this home was inspired by the homeowner’s previous mid-century home in California—a 1959 brick bungalow. There was not anything the couple could find similar in Texas, so they commissioned the architects to build from scratch. Overall, the design is a modern house with a nod to American mid-century architecture.

The exterior of the home is an unassuming charcoal brick, resulting in an elegant and unassuming exterior. While on the interior, you will find bright white walls for contrast, with splashes of color and pattern throughout — mainly expressed in their modern art collection. Sleek furnishings from the 1950s to the ’70s are mixed with designer pieces. The overall feel of the interior is midcentury, yet a little crisper and cleaner. The homeowner’s were responsible for the interior design.


Offering an open plan layout, interior spaces offer a variety of mood and atmospheres to its inhabitants. Finishes includes ceramics and terrazzos, intermingled with honey-hued woods and high-polished chrome surfaces. While the interior represents a seamless mix of midcentury design from both the East and West Coasts, the exterior is purely Austin. Outdoors, a cluster of live oak trees at the heart of the property was the driving force of the home’s quirky L-shaped design. The carport features an electric car plug-in station.


What We Love: The interiors of this home are expansive and cozy, lively and muted — a dream home for those who love mid-century modern architecture. The exterior presents a striking brick facade, opening into a bright and airy interior with comfortable and inviting living spaces… Readers, please share what you think of this mid-century home in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other projects we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of Baldridge Architects: Creekside home of glass and steel infused with warmth in Austin and Modernist Home in Austin: Deep Eddy Residence.





Above: The breakfast room features custom designed, built-in benches that are covered in Knoll fabric. The benches encircle a vintage Eames table. The pendant light is a vintage Louis Poulsen.


Above: Seen throughout the interiors are white terrazzo floor tiles. They are custom-designed by Suro Ceramics in Guadalajara, Mexico.


Above: A dual-sided fireplace from the living room to the dining room adds warmth to the space. A terrazzo ledge provides additional seating. The dining table is complimented by Hans Wegner wishbone chairs.



Above: The kitchen features honed marble countertops and a handcrafted, glazed ceramic tile backsplash. The barstools are vintage, by Charlotte Perriand.



Above: The master bathroom features custom handcrafted tile by Suro Ceramics.




Above: In the children’s bathroom is custom handcrafted tile by Suro Ceramics.


Above: The children’s den features a vintage pinball machine. The Togo sofa is by Ligne Roset, complimented by a Knoll lounge chair and vintage coffee table.



Above: The back porch is clad in white terrazzo, which is surrounded by black lava stone sourced from Mexico. An Eames dining table provides a cozy spot for the family to enjoy dining al-fresco. A small plunge pool in the yard provides a cool respite from the hot Texas summer sun.


Photos: Casey Dunn / Max Burkhalter via Architectural Digest

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5 years ago

So cool. Love mid century and this house takes it to the next level.

5 years ago

Love the house, interiors, and photography- the article itself is a bit trite and simplistic.

James Rothwell
5 years ago
Reply to  DavisM

Dude, have some tact!!

frederick joswick
5 years ago

i like every thing about this house,PERFECT

glenda LaFont
5 years ago

Loving it, in fact, I’m loving contemporary more and more thanks to this blog.