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Adding Texture

It is said that we dress more for others than for ourselves, but decorating our home is a strictly personal endeavor. The thought, time, and money we put into creating a space that really looks and feels good to us is what turns a house into a home. Here we shine the spotlight on a few talented Austin artisans who craft beautiful goods to help you add texture to your own home.

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Kyle Bunting

Hide may be having its moment as a decor trend for 2015, but Kyle Bunting — widely acknowledged as the creator of the hide rug — has always recognized its potential. In fact, the famed Bunting has been working with the material for over a decade.

“Before we started doing it in 2001, it was people taking hides and just throwing them on the floor,” says Bunting. “We thought the material was very luxe, sustainable ... kind of sensual. It was tactile, and the way it played with light was really dynamic.”

In the hands of Bunting and his Austin team, hair-on hide has taken the form of throw pillows, detailed murals, upholstery and, most notably, those famous rugs. He has also put a twist on the traditional by employing an anything-goes attitude towards color, offering over 100 options ranging from more natural shades to striking hues like fuchsia and teal. Bunting’s most impressive feats, however, are his bespoke pieces, for which he operates on the philosophy “any size, any shape, any color” to craft custom creations for designers and clients. It’s projects like these that most excite him and his team.

“The opportunity to create something dynamic appears, and it takes it to a whole ‘nother level,” says Bunting. “That’s the stuff that keeps us running in here every day, the chance to create something new.” For more information, inspiration and inquiries, head here.

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Kyle Bunting’s in-demand creations elevate the traditional hide rug.

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Yard

Ashlie Adams has always been artistically inclined, but what wasn’t always clear for the native Texan was what medium was best for expressing this creativity. The designer found her calling, however, during college in the form of fiber arts, and that passion — combined with an epiphany in Africa where she worked educating and empowering craftswomen— inspired her to launch her own line: YARD.

As far as selection goes, works range from scarves and jewelry to commissioned home goods. For the latter, imagine intricately woven wall hangings, rugs, baskets, and more — all made by hand and to order — in a juxtapositional style Adams has described as “modern-meets-primitive.” Aesthetically speaking, while the color palette may be minimalistic, the texture of the pieces are anything but. The woven layers of fringe, braids, and ties bring a certain softness to walls and floors, complementing the space they’re inhabiting and, as Adams put it, flowing seamlessly into the architecture of the room.

“You’ve seen The Big Lebowski?” she jokes. “My rugs really tie the room together.”

All kidding aside, the artist’s mission with YARD is simply to create goods that people will love having in their homes.

“That’s your haven, and I want the pieces to bring comfort, bring warmth to a space,” she said. “I want them to bring serenity. That’s all I ever want it to be.”

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It was Ashlie Adam’s work in Africa empowering young women that inspired her to start yard.

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Little Minnow

If you’re familiar with Little Minnow, it’s likely because of the brand’s popular handmade infinity scarves. But just as noteworthy as the colorful neckwear is the selection of cheerful home goods, which includes patterned tea towels in an array of patterns and shades and brightly-hued throw pillows featuring a bold diamond print — all of which are dreamed up, designed, printed, and constructed in-house by owners and sisters Lizzi and Mary Bradley.

“Each piece has a story [about] why we wanted to make it, who drew the original design, why we picked the fabric,” explains Mary. “While other brands might make similar products, no one else will have the same patterns or fabric as us.”

“We design for ourselves ... and choose colors that we want in our home,” Lizzi adds. “We might add a color or two that are really on-trend, but if we aren’t excited about it, then we aren’t really interested in making it.”

The Bradleys have always shared a love of art, and it was this interest along with plenty of YouTube DIY videos (and countless weekends and evenings of hard work) that led to Little Minnow’s success and the Bradleys’ transition from sisters to full-time, bona fide business partners.

“We weren’t really sure what would come of it, but I knew that it made me really happy,” says Mary. “And I’ve never looked back.”

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Co-owners-and-sisters- Lizzi and Mary Bradley started Little Minnow in 2010. Every piece from the collection is handmade in the Bradleys’ studio.

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Photography by Jessica Attie

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