Pied-à-terre reimagined into chic and vibrant dream home in Texas


Mark Ashby Design has transformed a spec house into a custom vibrant dream home with an abundance of personality, located in Austin, Texas. The residence is within walking distance to Austin’s trendy South Congress Avenue, the neighborhood is referred to as Bouldin.

The owners of this 2,400 square foot pied-à-terre are University of Texas alums, so they wished to infuse their home with pops of orange (the university color) to celebrate Austin and their alma mater. They also desired to have all spec home elements removed, elevating this home with a custom designed aesthetic. The result is an energetic, colorful home, ideal for entertaining and watching their beloved Texas Longhorns football games with family and friends. 


The entire house was gutted, brand new kitchen and bathrooms were installed. The laundry room was turned into a bar with the laundry area relocated to the back of the house. Above: Ian Davenport’s ‘bold stripes’ artwork anchors the dining room.


The entrance to the home is tucked away while the rest of the front yard opens up to a swimming pool and terraced outdoor living space. The design team had four months to renovate. “Creating a highly custom look with one-of-a-kind furniture and fixtures in such a short timeframe is very difficult and high adrenaline but also rewarding and exciting,” states Christina Simon, Senior Designer, Mark Ashby Design.


Above: The living room features a custom sofa and leather ottoman designed by Christina Simon.


This vibrant dream home also showcases a spectacular (highly collectable) art collection curated by Alexis Armstrong of Armstrong Art Consulting.  Austin artist Paul Villinski ‘s birds made of LP records is featured on the living room wall.


 Above: In the living, white walls serves as a backdrop to fabulous wall art, such as the diver photo taken by Austin photographer, Clay Grier.


Above: The living room chairs were reupholstered with vivid green Kelly Wearstler fabric, along- side vintage orange tables.


“We added color and texture wherever we could while leaving the backdrop neutral,” states Christina Simon. “Wallpaper was used in both guest bedrooms and the powder bath. A beautiful tranquil blue was used in the master bedroom and the wildly colorful fabrics and  brightly tiled laundry room-turned bar all make this original spec home much more custom and elevated and most importantly- fun.” 


Above: In the master bedroom, a glass wall structure by Jennifer Bueno adorns the wall above the headboard. The wall-length bed was custom designed by Christina Simon and covered in Kelly Wearstler fabric. The bedside tables were designed with integrated outlets, designed custom for the space via 1st Dibs.


What We Love: This vibrant dream home offers its inhabitants and guests a fantastic place to call home in the heart of a trendy urban district. Comfortable living spaces are adorned with stylish furnishings, accessories and curated artwork. Bedrooms have been stylized with comfort and aesthetics in mind and we think the look ultra-inviting! Overall, this home has a highly customized feel with clean lines and fabulous pops of color.

Tell Us: What do you think of the new overhaul of this spec home? Would this be your idea of the ultimate dream pad in city? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of our favorite home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of Mark Ashby Design: European style home in Texas with a mid-century modern twist and Stunning rustic modern home nestled on beautiful Lake Austin, Texas.



Above: The guest bedroom bed frame is in rust mohair designed by Christina Simon. On the walls, Kelly Ventura — Brushed Scallop in ‘blush’ colorway.


Above: On the bedroom wall, the artwork is a cowgirl photograph by Anja Niemi.


Above: Above the bed, the artwork is a photo of U2 by Colm Henry. On the walls, Phillip Jeffries — Natural Grasscloth Chevron Wallpaper.

Photos: Clay Grier

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