Our first home staging client needed to furnish and accessorize this beautiful brand new build in South Austin. This bright + modern retreat is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood between South 1st and South Congress. With such an incredible location, this well-designed property is sure to be seen with a SOLD sign out front very soon. Below, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of the space and talk through the design choices we made to supplement the modern appeal of the home.
THE EXTERIOR SPACE
What first greets you as you walk up the driveway are the dramatic angles of home. But rest assured that this is not your oft-seen cathedral of concrete and glass. The design of the home plays on the concepts of contrast, lines + light while also creating a space that’s inviting. Scroll on for a look at how these ideas informed our approach to the interior furnishings.
It’s no secret that a well-appointed kitchen can persuade homebuyers to make an offer. And this modern + bright eat-in kitchen definitely lives up to that idea. Our favorite feature of this space is all of the natural light that comes in from the outdoor courtyard! We can easily imagine entertaining guests with summertime cookouts. In keeping with the look of the kitchen, which is outfitted with soft-close cabinets, luxury appliances, and sleek finishes, we brought in just a few accessories. Since the space is flooded with light, creating contrast is the best way to keep the room grounded yet stylish. Black stoneware canisters, a black French press, and touches of wood + leather serve to lend the kitchen a lived-in warmth.
THE LIVING ROOM
In all honesty, the living room took a few tries to get it just right. We underestimated the size of the living room—soooo spacious! But not to worry, we have tons of inventory to select from. So, we rolled out our Maximus rug and it was perfect in several ways. The jute material keeps the mood casual while the bold, contrasting pattern clearly defines the space. Symmetry was another design concept that we played with here. For a zen-like sense of balance, we brought in two sofas upholstered in a cream linen and accessorized them with equally bright + modern pillows. To anchor the space, we brought in a couple of black-framed coffee tables and a credenza. Now while symmetry creates much-needed balance. We also sought to add some interest, so we brought in some large accessories like a fiddle leaf fig tree and a couple of modern art pieces. These additions serve to keep the living room open, airy and inviting.
THE GUEST BATHROOM
THE MASTER SUITE
The master suite is another one of our favorite rooms in the house—and there are plenty reasons why! Firstly, the master bedroom includes views of both the courtyard and the front yard. So as with the rest of the home, there is an abundance of natural light. But while the kitchen and living room lean more modern in terms of design and styling, we opted for something a little softer and textured in the bedroom. It’s also the first time we introduce a blue color palette into the space through the wall art. We also used tones of taupe, brown and gray to add some coziness. Though, to avoid making the master bedroom drab, we flanked the bed with a pair of metal-framed glass night stands, which recall the airy sleekness of the home’s design and furnishings.
THE UPSTAIRS OFFICE
Finally, the upstairs office was the finishing touch. Tucked away in a sun-lit corner at the end of the hallway, the office called for the same approach that we took in the master suite: modern + warm. So we brought in a casual rug done in neutral hues, some graphic wall art, and another fiddle leaf fig tree for some greenery. We also set up a small reading nook in the corner with a leather chair and a sleek side table. An office that’s calming, stylish + productive is our definition of a successful staging story! To see all of the specs of this home, click here.
Home Design | HUNT ARCHITECTURE
Builder | TUSKER DEVELOPMENT
Interior Design | CLAIRE ZINNECKER DESIGN
Listing Agent | DAWN LANIER
Furnishings | BIRCH & BRASS
Photographs | JAMES H. RUIZ