When West and her husband, Dave, had their first child, Lulu, in 2011, the Brooklyn-based couple knew it was time for another lifestyle change. “I was ready for the next chapter,” she says of their decision to return to Texas. “Austin was a place where we could be creative and entrepreneurial. The city has a beautiful soul.”
First dabbling in interior design with some of her husband’s commercial real-estate clients, West bonded with fellow interiors-world acquaintances Callie Jenschke and Kristin Gish over the fact that “all the things we were attracted to weren’t available in Texas.” The trio decided to remedy that.
In 2015, they opened the shop
The completed home is her ideal mix of “light, joyful, and fun.” To achieve that effect, West layered a washed-out, livable palette with bright accents—and plenty of wallpaper. “My love of color was planted by my Texas roots,” she says.
Guests enter the traditional Craftsman by way of the living room, which is anchored by a large, ’70s-style sectional reupholstered in a bold pattern. (“Go big or go home!” is one design principle West adamantly espouses.) She adorned the common room with pretty floral drapes and left the walls white—because giving the eye a rest is also important, she explains.
In the mudroom, West applied big-print cobalt wallpaper and added contrasting lilac cabinets, because “laundry rooms need to be a little happy.” Everywhere she points out “something sweet, something graphic, something old, and something new—I layer those elements throughout.”
“We surround ourselves with positive, creative, forward-thinking people,” says West of the family’s Austin community. “And a lot of vitamin D.”
Take a Risk
“Don’t decorate like every neighbor on your street,” says West, or worry about standing out. Follow your instincts and do something that makes you happy.
Look for a Common Element
If you’re nervous about patterns clashing, pull prints that share a color, like a ﬂoral and a stripe. (Also: Fabric collections usually use the same palette across different prints, so choose a few within the same line.)
Strike a Balance
Layer different styles—industrial with mid-century, Scandi minimalism with free-flowing boho—to achieve an eclectic cohesiveness.
Explore Independent Design
Experiment with incorporating pieces from lesser-known brands rather than the usual big-box selection. “Even one new element takes a space from vanilla to interesting,” explains West.
Draw Inspiration From Everywhere
West looks well beyond the interior design world for a fresh perspective, like the recent documentary on fashion designer Dries Van Noten, “the master of mixing prints and colors,” she says.
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