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Profile in Style | Heather Winn Bowman & Tibaut Bowman

A creative couple returns to their roots and shares a peek inside their light-filled and minimalist chic West Austin home.

On the verge of starting their family, Heather Winn Bowman and Tibaut Bowman moved cross-country from Brooklyn back to Austin after six years of being away. Heather, a textile designer, and Tibaut, a musician, explored almost every part of the city in their real estate search, so they felt lucky when they stumbled on a charming house, just west of downtown, early in their quest.

A year later, the Bowmans love being home with their five-month-old baby girl, Lola. Decorating the space became a celebration of their return to Texas with the help of Heather’s mom who makes frequent trips with random selections of assorted knickknacks and treasures from Heather’s youth. All items are carefully edited and displayed with intent, and without clutter. There is a consistent organic color palette in the home with reserved pops of bright colors. Textiles hold each room together as they cover seats, pillows, walls, and floors — also present throughout the home is a connection to music as guitars and records occupy corners and shelves. Both Heather and Tibaut have their own work space at opposite ends of the house, which they take turns retreating to so both have time to work on their respective crafts.

Coming out of a busy year with a big move, having a baby, and making a house a home, the Bowmans are enjoying a new rhythm of life for 2015. "We had time to recalibrate everything, and now we are starting to get in our groove... and get a little more sleep," Tibaut says. Heather is working on new products for her store and accepting more commissioned pieces. Tibaut plans to release more music than he has in years, starting with a new album from Auto Body followed by a tour this March. Tibaut reflects on how his music has matured and lovingly attributes the growth back to his wife: "My music was always really noisy and just lots and lots of layers and I looked closely at her designs and the way she makes things, and there is no wasted thread, everything has a purpose. So I am trying to do that with my music and not just fill every second with noise but be more deliberate and have space in it.”

Follow Heather’s adventures on Instagram @heatherwinnbowman.

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  • New touches like soft organic bedding from Wildflower Organics and graphic wallpaper from Cavern Home mix with vintage pieces like the cat rocker, which was Heather's brother's chair as a baby. Artwork from a multitude of places, including photography by a house favorite: Katrina Jane Perry.
  • Heather is thankful for the luxury of working from home, close to both her husband and daughter.
  • Tapestry loom and heddle loom Heather uses to create her pieces.
  • Almost every item in the house has a unique story like this 19th century monastery table, found on 1st Dibs, and the tapestry on the wall that Heather found at Uncommon Objects, tucked away in a cabinet in the back of the store.
  • Tibaut has paired different guitars to specific spaces in the home, matching the sounds of the instruments to the various room acoustics. Here in his office he has a variety of acoustic guitars to work out compositions.
  • Purchased in a thrift store in Dallas (Forestwood Antique Mall) years before Heather was even thinking of kids, this vintage suede jacket now hangs in Lola's room.
  • This is one of the oldest parts of the home which was built in the 1930s. The mirror is an original fixture, preserved by the past six owners.

Credits

Photography by Nicole Mlakar

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