Step into this beautiful Austin home hidden amongst majestic live oaks

transitional style home exterior

Ashby Collective in collaboration with Cornerstone Architects has designed this Austin, Texas home that is a beautiful example of transitional architecture and design. This dwelling is tucked amongst magnificent live oak and elm trees uniquely balancing traditional forms with contemporary lines. 

A family of four recently moved to Austin from Silicon Valley, California to lay down roots. They purchased this home halfway through construction and worked together with Cornerstone Architects and Ashby Collective to create an environment that is truly in line with their preferences and lifestyle. The couple are each from different multicultural backgrounds as well as avid travelers.

DESIGN DETAILS: INTERIOR DESIGN Ashby Collective ARCHITECT Cornerstone Architects BUILD Shapiro Homes LLC & Allegiant Contractors LANDSCAPE Raiz Design Group STYLIST Stephanie Bohn Philpott LLC

transitional style home exterior

They sought to incorporate elements from their combined cultural heritage and diverse life experiences in the interior design and artwork selections. They also sought to create spaces for both more formal and more casual entertaining, as well as a teen-friendly home where their children and their friends would feel entirely comfortable.

transitional style home exterior

This dwelling is a beautiful example of transitional architectural design with the use of traditional elements such as dominant gables and pitched roof forms suffused with modern parapet walls and low flat sheds. The interior architecture follows the same cues as the exterior: smooth clean lines with subtle gestures of curves and arches.

transitional style home exterior

The material selection creates a similar balance with smooth plaster finish complementing warmer wood textures. The home is cloaked in trees, giving fragmented views of the façade as the trees gently veil the home’s architecture. Clean geometric forms appear on approach to the entrance.

transitional style home entry

The exterior and interior architecture work together to follow the same pattern in creating the simple and lovely transitional balance. The interior design team worked to elevate the architectural highlights balancing the large light-filled rooms with bold color, custom lighting, furnishings, and large impactful art pieces.

transitional style living room

Above: In the living room, a James Nares painting hangs above a Belgian Blue limestone mantel (Architectural Tile & Stone); Erik Madigan Heck’s print is illuminated by an Anna Charlesworth chandelier.

transitional style kitchen

The intended large gallery-style walls throughout the house are used to highlight the client’s diverse modern art collection. The design team was inspired by the client’s art collection and love of bright, bold colors and incorporated refined hues and modern silhouettes, to compliment the vibrant works of art in the light-filled rooms.

transitional style entry with a bench

Above: In the entryway hangs a Kazumi Nakamura’s acrylic-on-cotton canvas.

transitional style dining room

Above: In the dining room, a Jason Seife art hangs on Phillip Jeffries’ coffered wood veneer wallcovering.

transitional style home office

“This is a busy and active family, so the interiors needed to accommodate multiple purposes, business dinners at night, and neighborhood kids in the day. The intention with the design was to have fun while keeping it sophisticated,” says Cori Pfaff, Ashby Collective.

transitional style power room with green tile

The design theme is stylized with luxury finishes while being functional and casual, sophisticated but approachable. “The homeowners prefer Italian design and classic modern pieces, they wanted to create an almost European, cosmopolitan atmosphere. They didn’t want their house to look like every other Austin-styled house; instead, they wanted it to be chic without trying too hard. The homeowners and interiors team collaborated with an art consultant to curate their collection so that it blended in with the interiors,” adds Cori.

transitional style family room

The architect and builder used limestone but opted for long cuts stacked horizontally to create an unexpected look. The lush landscape is contoured and terraced up to the front entry to soften the natural drop in the topography. “The architectural design is very transitional, balancing traditional elements with modern features’”— says Cornerstone Architects.

transitional style home exterior backyard with a pool

What We Love: This Austin home offers beautiful and inviting living areas that seamlessly connect with the natural surroundings beyond. The project team did a wonderful job of selecting an attractive material palette and stylish furnishings and finishes throughout. Overall, we love every detail of this home, from the clean-lined kitchen to the entertaining spaces and the inviting owner’s retreat that awaits at the end of a long day.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this dwelling? Please let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign by the designers of this project, Ashby Collective: Lake Austin home is reimagined into a beautiful organic modern retreat and House Tour: Inside this Austin home with a maximalist makeover.

transitional style home exterior backyard with a pool

transitional style bedroom

Above: In the owner’s bedroom, the artwork above the bed is by artist John Chamberlain.

transitional style bathroom with a freestanding tub

Above: This spa-like bathroom features Ann Sacks tile and an exquisite Moooi chandelier.

transitional style bedroom

transitional style bathroom

transitional style staircase

transitional style home office

transitional style bedroom

transitional style family room

transitional style reading nook


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D Fischer
7 months ago

Beautiful contemporary design. I love the floors. Can you share what they are? Brand? Color?

2 months ago
Reply to  D Fischer

I would love to know the floor type and color too!