In the heart of Austin, this two story home, built in 1923, was originally a duplex. In the 90’s, the home was turned into a single-family home, keeping its original hardwood floors and lovely old millwork. During this transformation, wainscot was installed and the kitchen received a lovely update. The client, who identified this home as her forever home, wanted to further unify the house, add a home office, update the bathrooms and rearrange the furniture and accessories. Unification was achieved by painting the walls a warm, taupe-gray neutral with all millwork painted a crisp white. Custom-cut Seagrass rugs were placed in the downstairs rooms and then run up the staircase. In the bathrooms, custom cabinets are painted white and topped with Carrara marble. White tile backsplashes – subway for the guest bathroom and penny sized hexagonal shapes in the kid’s bath – pair nicely with polished chrome details. A charming home office was carved out of the oversized laundry room with a checkerboard patterned black & white ceramic floor tile. Custom cabinets and shelves were then installed and painted white with the lower cabinets dressed out in a rich, glossy cobalt. The client’s collection of seashells and blue & white patterned ceramic pieces are scattered throughout the home, conjuring up lovely breezy, seaside thoughts in this elegant and stately home.