In the new layout, the dining room transformed into a family office, where Mom and Dad could use their computers while the kids worked at their own desks. This would de-clutter the kitchen and allow the breakfast nook to become the main dining area.
To make the main living space feel larger, the design removed the dividing wall that separated the kitchen from the living room. (This was Alli's favorite part of the redesign because now there's a space for her to slide along the floor in her socks.) In addition the project replaced the heavy cabinets in the kitchen with simple shelves, allowing more natural light to shine in through the transom windows.
For the dining table and bench seating, Quick and Leslie decided to contrast the dark blue with crisp white furniture. Though white furniture doesn't normally work for a family with young kids, these pieces are all made of material that is easy to clean. "It's not a dressy kitchen, it's not a casual kitchen— it toes the line," Leslie says. "You want people to feel like they can actually it down and eat."
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“It’s not a dressy kitchen, it’s not a casual kitchen— it toes the line. You want people to feel like they can actually sit down and eat.”
Midcentury modern. Hollywood Regency. Traditional. Ecletic. Those are some common types of interior design styles, but none of those describes the decor in the downtown Austin condominium unit that belongs to Jay and Pam Shultz. Pam, instead, uses another phrase: Texas glam. And what is Texas glam exactly? "A little luxury" she says. "Yet I want to know I'm in a condo in Austin."
The interior of the unit on the 41st floor of the Spring Condominium building definitely accomplishes that. The work of their interior designer Kari Quick (of KQ Design), the design mixes textures with a little bit of glitz, producing a handsome unit.
The focal point of the condo is a wall in the dining area that is covered in reclaimed wood from an old shipping crate. About 10 percent of that wood has a high-gloss sheen, and the result is a wall that, like the rest of the unit, is a real eye-catcher.
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"One of the reasons we used that wood wall was that it's such a conversation piece."
"What's this? It's art on its own".
When Austin Home Magazine asked us to contribute to the Fab Finds for their winter 2015 issue, of course we couldn't wait to share our insights. The topic: desks. Our fav? The Minnow Desk from Loft Home. Here's an excerpt from the article with Kari's feelings on the subject. For the full article filled with even more great recos, head on over to Austin Home.
"I love this desk because the classic lines and clean construction allow it to work in any style of home. The desk has enough presence to hold its own in the center of a study or become a support piece in a bedroom. Pair it with a bright chair to add a pop of color."
Just a few short months ago, "Pops" and his dog Peanut were homeless residents of Austin. But thanks to KQ-Design and Community First!, they now have a cheery and functional home. Community First! The village is a 27-acre planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled and the homeless in central Texas.
Kari volunteered her time and talent to outfit the small space with all the practical needs of Pops, along with a visual sensibility that matched his tastes.
MAKING IT WORK
Relying on her connections in the community along with her own financial contributions, Kari outfitted the home with an electric recliner, cozy sofa bed, and a clean, easy-to-navigate negative space that made it easy for Pops (who walks with the aid of a walker) to venture safely around the home.
The black out curtains and the oscillating fan help block heat in the summer (the space has no heat or air conditioning), and a cozy dog bed is perfect for peanut, who upon seeing the space immediately curled up in it as if he'd done it a hundred times.
Assembling the space was a family affair - Kari's husband helped install all the components of the space in under six hours, and her kids helped paint the rocking chair that graces Pops's porch a bright canary yellow.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME.
In the end, what resulted was a man and his dog gaining a place to call their own, with a layer of thoughtful design that makes this a home anyone would be proud of
" It was a pure joy to work with Community First! and have my family involved in this unique project."