When the homeowners moved into this Austin property, the yard was a jumbled, overgrown mess. Careful landscape design cleaned all that up with a serene, zen-like feel and clear areas for entertaining and playing. There's now even an art studio that doubles as a guest room.
Designers were careful to blend the indoor and outdoor spaces by taking advantage of sight lines from the home's interior design. The plants in the front courtyard and the back yard can be seen from the living room, kitchen, bedroom and hallways. Here, a sculptural cactus provides a backdrop for art inside the home.
A clean-lined, upholstered bed is layered against a built-in upholstered panel, giving this transitional California bedroom depth and polish. Large-scale art leans against one wall for a casual vibe, and a plate glass window offers stunning views of the lush yard. A petite, tufted bench and graphic pillows bring a punch of rich color.
With an interest in street art, designer Cecilie Starin turned to surfer and muralist Ian Ross, whose designs are inspired by kelp, for the eye-catching wallcovering in "Street Soiree," the dining room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Ross spray painted 17 yards of canvas for the wallcovering, which is complemented by black lacquered paint and a black-and-white striped ceiling.
Nestled in a small back yard surrounded by a curtain of mature hardwood trees, this outdoor living area makes the most of the available space. The owners wanted to her the "arts and crafts" stylings of the neighborhood, but they also desired a contemporary twist. Designers added a small hot tub and a water feature that make use of clean lines, while the pathways and walls have a splash of personality with natural stone.