Collection by Monique Valeris

A Charming Renovation in Austin


It takes the right couple to find a dilapidated home and wholeheartedly believe it can be transformed into a dream property. That’s just what Ryan and Allison Burke did. Allison, an interior designer, and her architect husband, who is a partner of A Parallel Architecture, knew this particular East Austin, Texas, property had the potential of meeting their needs. “It was really disgusting,” Allison said honestly of the property’s state prior to the renovation. “[The former owners] smoked in the house for 60 years. The foundation was compromised, there wasn’t any insulation in the walls, and it was really dark.” The couple embarked on a complete gut renovation, working to open up the space and infuse a more modern aesthetic throughout. And to top it off, Ryan recently finished adding a second level to the home while Allison was pregnant with their daughter.

Allison says the living room, which receives loads of natural light, is her favorite space in the house.
White walls bring a sense of warmth to the living room, while furnishings like a Ligne Roset sofa and Eames Bent...
The old kitchen was very small.
When designing the kitchen, dining, and living areas, the couple knew they wanted to achieve a continuous flow between...
Colorful art, including an ice cream cone painting created by a local artist and friend, fills the house.
“We opened the central bedroom to the dining room to create an office space,” says Allison.
A vintage modular shelving unit makes a statement in the office.
The bedroom enjoys ample natural light, thanks to the windows on either side of the Charles Rogers bed.
In the bedroom designed for the couple’s daughter, the couple chose to mix old and new with Design Within Reach’s Min...