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Interiors Shop Hop

In so many ways, the environments we spend time in have the potential to profoundly affect our internal experiences. With that said, it only makes sense to design the spaces we live and work in with great care and intention. Fortunately, Austin happens to possess an abundance of shops, showrooms, and studios geared toward outfitting our city with everything needed to create the distinctively individual interiors that inspire us to thrive.

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Bay Hill Design

Rustic, modern, and decidedly Austin, this full-service West Austin design studio offers the moon in terms of outfitting your newly remodeled or constructed interior. Bay Hill’s services range from assistance with the selection of lighting, wallpaper, fabric, and tile, to full-fledged construction management services. If you’re simply in the market for an overhaul of the decorating variety, fret not, dear reader. Co-owners Brooke and Scott Anderson’s storefront is equipped to oblige your home décor needs as well, with an amassment of one-of-a-kind stately antiques, upholstery, art, and plants. Bay Hill’s defining crisp and cultivated aesthetic, and airy, washed palate are right at home in Central Texas, dialed up just enough to lend an overwhelming sense of refinement and luxury.

Mockingbird Domestics

Folks tend to pay quite a bit of lip service to the rustic, eclectic, and iconic style Austin is so famous for, and for good reason. The truth is, though, that bringing this aesthetic into your home can sometimes be a tricky task to master. Let’s just say there’s a really faint line in the sand, and you probably want to be on the ‘discreetly paying homage but not overdoing it’ side of that line. Fortunately, South Austin’s Mockingbird Domestics has taken the guesswork out of that equation. Co-owners Jeff and Laura Daly offer a well-curated collection of warmly modern, artisan-produced pieces that would lend balanced, classic, and colorful appeal to any interior. Vintage jadeite and milk glass bowls and Homer Laughlin dinner plates round out the tabletop collection. French bistro chairs and wall-mount nightstands made from salvaged wood cozy up next to handsomely modern desks, along with boldly powder-coated terrace chairs fit for a upscale downtown condo’s balcony.

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Collectic Home

West Austin’s Collectic Home takes the task of outfitting interiors very seriously. After all, the furnishings you bring into your home have the power to inform how your home feels, and be an integral part of your family’s experience inside of it. With that said, owners Joni and Greg Greeson have gone great lengths to offer an extensive collection of new home furnishings of every imaginable style and purpose. In-house designers are available for consultation at their 7,000-square-foot showroom, or will travel to visit with you at your home or business. Heaping helpings of varied finishes and materials abound, you’ll find everything from clean, crispy Amisco metal bedframes to sleek, high-backed Rowe settees. Plentiful possibilities are at every turn as many of the pieces Collectic Home carries boast an array of custom options, including fabrics, leathers, frame styles, and colors.

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Nannie Inez

Another South Austin gem not to be overlooked is the splashy design-concept store Nannie Inez. A walk through the crisp, airy, chromatic interior alone is an inspirational lesson on fusing high-design with down-to-earth, welcoming touches. Co-owner Deeyn Rhodes left behind a career in fashion to pursue her love of all things interiors, along with partner and co-owner Lonzo Jackson. The result of their intrinsic, artistic talent and passion for soulful design is a strikingly-fresh offering of textiles, furniture, home wares, frame-ready art prints, books, and gifts. And as if Nannie Inez’s collections weren’t conversation pieces onto themselves already, every item in the space seems to have a rich and ethical history that the owners are eager to serve up with a smile. Each piece is versatile and drenched in cosmopolitan whimsy, and would radiate an invigorating aura into any room.

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Remixologie

Mid-century modern aficionados Amy Offield and Dini Snow initially met via Craigslist. Amy was selling mid-century finds and Dini was buying them. Just a few months later, the two would share a booth at Austin Antique Mall, before eventually opening Remixologie’s doors in January of 2013. With career backgrounds in fashion and graphic design, respectively, the two share a well-honed talent for tastefully choosing versatile vintage pieces, as well as the passion and skill to restore them to aesthetically immaculate, ready-to-use condition. Finish and repair work on every Remixologie find is done in-house by the owners themselves. Sofas and chairs are routinely professionally upholstered in gorgeous, era-appropriate fabrics, transforming them into one-of-a-kind heirlooms worthy of further lifetimes of use. Sprinkled amid historical design are respectably new pieces, such as Modernica fiberglass shell chairs, made from the very molds and machinery used in original Eames production. The Burnet Road store is a reliable resource for elegantly understated, functional finds. The store’s motto: “If we wouldn’t have it in our own house, we won’t have it in the store.” Coming from two people as passionate about mid-century design as Amy and Dini are, this sentiment definitely speaks volumes to the quality and craftwork you’ll find at Remixologie.

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LOFT

LOFT owners Kelly and Offir Schwartz believe that “furniture should compliment your lifestyle, not dictate it.” What seems like a simple concept tends to go overlooked more often than one might imagine, but the old design adage “form follows function” is an adage for a reason. Located in the Domain, the owners and staff at LOFT carry a collection of wares that are touted for their functionality and durability just as much for their inherent beauty. LOFT’s showroom and online store offer a mountainous collection of pillows in every imaginable pattern and color, along with handsomely-striped bed linens and baby alpaca throws. Endless combinations of modern coffee tables, end tables, and sofas are staples here, along with one-of-a-kind finds, and statement pieces, such as the gorgeously re-imagined Winslet dining chair in high-gloss black. While many of LOFT’s wares are customizable, the tenderfoot home décor need not worry. LOFT’s staff specializes in interior design, and 100 percent of their consultation fee goes towards your order.

Nest

There’s something about Nest’s sizable modern collection and its principles that seem to effortlessly challenge one’s notion of what the term ‘modern’ actually means, in relation to today’s interiors. Put more simply, Nest isn’t preoccupied with pretentious high-design, but rather is committed to offering inspired design, built from quality materials, using skilled craftwork. That said, nosing around through Nest, you get the strong sense that modern doesn’t necessarily have to subscribe to one particular aesthetic. Nest’s collections offer a sanctuary from the sleek but somewhat cold, bland styles typically touted as modern. Take the bold orange and green LED Link Task Lamp, or the multi-color would-be pixelated Renault rug: with an emphasis on architectural details, the extensive assemblage of furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom, and home office leave nil to be desired. Founded by John Allison and Douglas Galloway, Nest’s original location is perched on West Sixth Street at Lamar. With customizable options abound, Nest additionally functions as a design resource, able to outfit any interior with decidedly tasteful and functional style.

Room Service Vintage

Any lover of vintage and retro interiors will agree that a trip—or maybe 20 trips—to Room Service Vintage is basically an Austin rite of passage. Established in 1981, this influential fixture in the North Loop community has since switched hands, but has always remained an iconic resource for vintage treasures. Brimming with furniture, lighting, décor, housewares, and clothing from the 1950s through the 1970s, Room Service takes pieces on a consignment basis, and also offers delivery. The massive assortment of colorful inventory turns around quickly, so there’s always something new to peruse, leading many regulars to visit the store on a routine, even weekly basis, to score choice finds. For the particularly obsessed hunters of vintage, you can peek at photos of newly-acquired inventory on their website.

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David Alan Rugs

If it’s floor coverings that will last a lifetime and beyond that you seek, David Alan Rugs surely will not disappoint. Interior designer/owner Paul A. Davison employs his 20 plus years of experience in the rug industry, and treks to markets around the world in search of unique, handmade, durable, fine-woven carpets and rugs of distinguished quality. Specializing in hand-knotted rugs in traditional, as well as contemporary styles, David Alan Rugs offers a selection of behemoth proportions, in varying sizes and styles, all intended to withstand the tests of time. The design-conscious staff boasts experience and skill in working with design professionals, as well as assisting clients looking to take the decorating reigns into their own hands.

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Urbanspace Interiors

Founder Kevin Burns was inspired to create Urbanspace Interiors through his background in real estate. As he yearned to complete the interiors of the homes he represented, Burns recognized the functional need for a full-service lifestyle firm—one that combined his passion for both real estate and interior design. In the pursuit of establishing a “source for high-end design excellence,” Burns enlisted the expertise of interior designer Emily Basham-Hoelscher, along with a talented staff comprised of interior designers and design enthusiasts. What’s truly extraordinary though, is Urbanspace’s staggeringly-fabulous and dizzyingly-expansive collection of furniture, lighting, rugs, textiles, and wallpaper. Everything is impeccable. Urbanspace’s collections are decisively modern, but not the least bit fussy. Geometric faceted pendants and swoon-worthy sofas share the line up with rocking chairs you could actually feel proud to install right in the middle of your living room. Yes, rocking chairs. Brooklyn Toile wallpaper designed in part by Beastie Boy Michael Diamond presents a possibility that’s truly excessive in the best possible way.

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Four Hands Home

Speaking of not molding your entire space around any one particular interior genre, let’s chat about Four Hands Home. While a solid aesthetic theme in one’s space is certainly the intention at times, and the temptation to stick with an obvious design format can be hard to resist because it’s so dang easy- sometimes it can be, well, too easy. And sometimes, too easy can be boring. A review of Four Hands Home’s massive collection, either in person at the South Austin showroom or online, quickly lends the design enthusiast the confidence to trust in our internal overall vision of our spaces, even when the end goal isn’t completely certain. The selection at Four Hands is just so immeasurably diverse, rendering the possibilities within it virtually limitless. Simply put, there is something for just about anyone here, whether you realize it at first glance, or not. Founded by passionate world traveler Brett Hatton, Four Hands carries everything from raw Peroba wood dressers and stately modern leather sofas to flea market inspired design. Much of the Four Hands collection was once available solely to wholesale buyers, which explains the volume of sumptuous choices to be sifted through.

Uptown Modern

Let’s just be clear about this: Uptown Modern is nothing short of a mid-century modern goldmine. Specializing in Danish and American mid-century functional pieces, the 6,000-square-foot Burnet Road storefront supplies Austin with striking vintage originals from a long list of revered designers and classic genres. Collecting pieces from the 1940s through the 1970s, Uptown features furniture restored with respect for its original integrity by owner Jean Heath, who hand-picks every item from estate sales and auctions. Newly upholstered 1970s sofas, Herman Miller shell chairs, and a crop of rosewood and teak credenzas are sure finds here, along with Hollywood Regency touches and even industrial metal tables, desks, and consoles. At any given time, Uptown’s collection is certain to showcase a number of wildly unique pieces with rare and noteworthy lines and details. The diverse mixture and broad range of mid-century styles, makes Uptown an obvious destination for anyone looking to add mid-century elements to their home’s overall aesthetic without completely conforming to any one particular interior genre.

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Breed & Co.

This longtime Austin institution gracefully straddles the line between being part practical hardware store, part high-end home and garden furnishing supplier, and certainly is anything but typical. While seasoned staff in the hardware department will happily walk first-timers step-by-step through a routine plumbing repair, an array of colorful Le Creuset cookware, china, silverware, and glassware line the shelves just a few paces across the store. Established in 1970 by Truman and Ann Breed, Breed & Co. is still owned and operated by the Breed family, and offers one of the finest and most practical tabletop collections in Austin, along with registry services. High-end brands Wustoff, Shun, Breville, Cuisinart, Bodum, and Nespresso are neatly nestled among an inspiring collection of cookbooks, linens, cutting boards, and just about anything else your kitchen or tabletop could possibly require. Whether you’re itching to update your entertaining aesthetic or selecting housewares for the first time, Breed & Co.’s trained staff offers consultation services of practically every variety.

Mercury Design

Founders of one of the pioneering shops situated in Austin’s downtown West 2nd Street District, Mercury Design Studio owners Steve Shuck and Bobby Johns believe in “living with the past, not in it.” This sentiment certainly resonates during a visit to the store, where lustrously lacquered, reimagined vintage pieces scattered throughout the space barely register as vintage upon first glance. The store itself is lined with routinely-updated, pristinely-styled vignettes, each boasting an exotic mixture of color, texture, and era-informed themes. Within these vignettes, shouldered alongside vintage furniture is a seemingly endless supply of wonderfully esoteric, decorative artifacts and shiny new accouterments. Deliciously-scented candles nuzzle up with splashy hardback art and design books, sure to fancy up the dullest of cocktail tables. Ceramics, textiles, art, jewelry, and an inspiringly artful assortment of gift items round out the store’s collection. Design services are available to design and production professionals.

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Photography by: Nicole Mlakar

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