Awhile back, Apartment Therapy featured the gorgeous renovated "urban cabin & lost and
found" home of my boyfriend's friend and colleague, Aaron Dubrow and his artist wife, Erin
Curtis. Apartment Therapy titled their post: "Erin's Warm & Wood-Wrapped Austin Bungalow," which I think nailed the aesthetic and ambiance of their home. The bungalow was a labor of love from so many talented people including their architect, Nicole Blair at Studio 512, Habitat for Humanity Restore, contractors Mike Phalan and Shawn Rodriguez, wood-workers (trained artists in their own right) and of course, their parents. Although I'm yet to see it in person, I've used the photos as inspiration for decorating my own apartment. I especially love their mis-matched bar stools and (forgive me for using the word) "ethnic" prints and textiles. The colors are warm yet balanced with cooler shades that complement all of the textures and prints throughout the home. I'm a sucker for books as decor and clearly, Aaron and Erin's choice to create built-in bookshelves into their staircase and throughout the home reflects their intellectual and artistic sensibilities.
Of course the custom-made staircase, built out of old doors, is the centerpiece of the whole home. They worked with architect Nicole Blair to create this recycled masterpiece. The way they laid out the blocks of wood, mixing in white/lighter and darker woods, give this staircase both a modern yet more settled, rustic feel. I'm also in awe of their use of geometric shapes created by the ceilings in their loft area -- it's amazing what paint, light and prints can do to a warm wooden room. Before seeing this bungalow, to be completely honest, I've never been a fan of rustic style homes, the color brown, or wholly wooden interiors, but these renovations and the decor have completely changed my view of what you can do with any space that you've invested in making your own. Erin and Aaron have managed to accomplish something that few homeowners ever venture to do: strip a home down, recycle parts and turn it into the (very difficult to achieve) perfect balance of rustic, modern yet playful.
Golden Gate Bridge, Acrylic on found image, 15" x 12”Also, be sure to check out Erin Curtis's work on her site: erinelizabethcurtis.com. If you love her home, you can see how her art may influence her home aesthetic and vice versa.