St. Barts-Inspired Accents Create Modern Tranquility in an Austin Tilley Row Home

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By Gabrielle Golenda / Published by Dwell
An interior design studio outfits an Austin home with midcentury-modern minimalism, and sprinkles it with organic and ethnic accents inspired by St. Barts.

In the northeast quarter of Austin, Texas, lies a Tilley Row Home in the new urban epicenter that used to be home to the city's airport. Designed by architect Michael Hsu of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, the home is part of the new urban typology intended to create a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in close proximity to the city center. 

St. Barts-Inspired Accents Create Modern Tranquility in an Austin Tilley Row Home - Photo 1 of 6 - The dining room is outfitted with a pair of striking paintings by Vivian Caits.

The dining room is outfitted with a pair of striking paintings by Vivian Caits.

Inside, the interior is enveloped in a material palette that's infused with birch, dramatic pops of white, and touches of blue. The resulting transformation envisioned by Christine Turknett Interiors creates a continuous connection between inside and out. In the outdoor patio space, layered cedar shingles serve as a backdrop to a pair of Finn Lounge Chairs designed by Norm Architects. 

St. Barts-Inspired Accents Create Modern Tranquility in an Austin Tilley Row Home - Photo 2 of 6 - The large built-in shelving unit acts as a multifunctional divider between the dining space and the staircase.

The large built-in shelving unit acts as a multifunctional divider between the dining space and the staircase.

St. Barts-Inspired Accents Create Modern Tranquility in an Austin Tilley Row Home - Photo 3 of 6 - The living area is inspired by the owners' love of St. Barts.

The living area is inspired by the owners' love of St. Barts.

Similar to the first home in this area that the interior design studio revamped, this townhouse exudes a midcentury-modern minimalism. The tranquil organic fibers and ethnic accents were drawn from the neighbors’ love of St. Barts, inspiring a calm, lush, and plant-centric atmosphere. Aptly, the midcentury furniture and stark modern lines are counterbalanced by lush plants and handwoven accessories by local artisans.

St. Barts-Inspired Accents Create Modern Tranquility in an Austin Tilley Row Home - Photo 4 of 6 - Knoll's Bertoia counter stools were chosen to complement the hardware in the kitchen. 

Knoll's Bertoia counter stools were chosen to complement the hardware in the kitchen. 

Just like every Tilley Row Home, the heart is centralized around a 12-by-12-foot bookcase. Turknett personalized the space with the owners' personal items and books on display to reflect their appreciation of art and design. Meanwhile, the handmade accents and succulents create a dynamic collage of the owners' love of ceramics. 

St. Barts-Inspired Accents Create Modern Tranquility in an Austin Tilley Row Home - Photo 5 of 6 - Because of the homeowners' admiration for ceramics, Turknett blended sculptural pieces with arid greenery.

Because of the homeowners' admiration for ceramics, Turknett blended sculptural pieces with arid greenery.

St. Barts-Inspired Accents Create Modern Tranquility in an Austin Tilley Row Home - Photo 6 of 6 - The owners took it upon themselves to lift thousands of pounds of concrete and stone to create their patio's foundation. To match the white-and-birch interior, they opted to create continuity with the finishes in the back patio. It's completed with a pair of Finn Lounge Chairs by Norm Architects.

The owners took it upon themselves to lift thousands of pounds of concrete and stone to create their patio's foundation. To match the white-and-birch interior, they opted to create continuity with the finishes in the back patio. It's completed with a pair of Finn Lounge Chairs by Norm Architects.