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Modern Bungalow / Backyard Project


Well hello there!  I know it has been a while…baby Max is keeping me very busy over here.  I wanted to share my design ideas for a little outdoor project we have started to talk about for our house.  Let’s just say our yard needs a lot of work.  We haven’t really touched it since we moved in except for occasional lawn grooming. We will most likley start this project in the Fall (Summer is Austin is not a good time to plant anything!) but I have started to gather some ideas that I wanted to share.

The Goals:

Goal: Curb Appeal. Our house has a modern look similar to the photo above.  I would love a clean front lawn with minimal agave plants lining the fence.


Goal:  Outdoor seating + lounge area.  A place to hang out and read a book outside would be great.  We have a few chairs on our portch right now but I think an outdoor sofa situation would be great.


Goal: Outdoor dining area.  We love having friends over and always try and to take advantage of living in a warm climate.  Love the look of the photo above.


Goal:  Mixing materials. I like how these large concrete slabs look with the grass and black rocks.


Goal:  Modern play area for Max + friends.  How cool is this play house?!

All images / Outdoor Spaces Pin Board


Modern Baby Gear

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Well, after almost two weeks at home with Maxwell our house has turned into baby central. The designer in me has been very selective with what gear we chose.  I know the endless amounts of baby clutter is bound to happen but we are trying hard to keep it at a minimum (we will see how long that lasts!)  I tried to focus on the more  modern + practical pieces since our lower level is an open floor plan (dining room pre-baby featured above).  Here are a few of our favorite pieces so far…


The Nuna Leaf // Max loves swaying back and forth in this stylish rocker. Last night he slept in there for almost two hours!   We got the charcoal one — highly recommended.


The Bloom Fresco High Chair //  Max can use this piece as an infant up to toddler age.  I love the sleek design and how it can serve as a little bassinet for our lower level.  We went with black + metallic silver to match our kitchen.


Lion Baby Blanket //  I love this piece, perfect for tummy time.  I purchased it at Anthropologie a few months ago.


The Bloom Coco Rocker //  This is a rocker I got for the office.  Max can rock away in style when I take him to work.


Custom Boppy Pillow Cover // I love the Boppy pillow and just ordered a fun geometric cover for ours.


Mr. Max


On 1.21.15 we welcomed our son Maxwell Reid into the world.  It has been a crazy few weeks adjusting to our new rolls as parents.  Thank you for all of the well wishes and sweet comments.  We are so in love with this little guy.   I am working on some (decor related) “new mom” posts that will go up in the next few weeks so stay tuned!


Tribeza Interiors Issue / Modern Bungalow Home Tour

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Local love is the best.  I am honored to have my home featured in the Tribeza Interiors Issue (Austin’s premier lifestyle magazine) .  Austin friends, the magazine hits newsstands today.   We had the pleasure of working with the very talented photographer, Casey Dunn.  I loved the direction he took and the photos really turned out beautifully.  Big thank you to the Tribeza team!    Above:  My dog Toby modeling in our living room.  Yes, he matches.

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This shot is a favorite.  I worked with a local woodworker to design this custom book shelf and entertainment center.

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The black and white kitchen, Casey really captured all of the layers here.  Such a great shot.

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Toby modeling again in our dining room….

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Vintage wallpaper in our guest bathroom.

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Stone Textile Deco Stripe Wallpaper upstairs.

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The master bedroom + reading nook.

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All Images / Casey Dunn for Tribeza Magazine


Modern Bungalow / Master Bedroom

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Today I am sharing photos from our master bedroom–the final home tour post from last month’s Lonny  feature!  When we were deciding on paint I knew I wanted to go bold and paint the entire room a dark gray.  After painting what seemed like 100 test swatches I chose BM Temptation Gray.  We have a ton of natural light in the space so painting the walls a dark color works here.  It has turned out to be one of my favorite rooms in the house, the perfect spot to relax after a long day at work.  Sources:  Bed:  vintage / Rose Bowl Flea Market in LA–reupholstered with fabric from Hickory Chair Co, Wallpaper Panels / Calico Wallpaper, Lamps / One Kings Lane, Pillows / Custom Stone Textile + lumbar is also custom by Carley Khan Textiles, Mint Jewelry Hand / Vintage


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Reading Nook: Chair / Vintage, Floor Lamp / Dwell Studio, Wall Hanging / Eskayel, Curtain Fabric / Stone Textile Diamond Print, Lucite Table / Kartell

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The white head sculpture above belonged to my grandparents.

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This is the stairway landing leading up to the upstairs bedrooms.  Wallpaper / Stone Textile Deco Stripe Print, Planter / Nannie Inez, Dog Bowl / Jonathan Adler, Ceiling Light / Vintage, Wall Sconces / Cedar and Moss, Wall Color is BM Ebony King

All Images / Ryann Ford for Lonny Magazine


Modern Bungalow / The Kitchen + Outdoor Living Space

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At the beginning of the month, our Austin home was featured in Lonny Magazine’s October makeover issue.  The kitchen was in bad shape when we purchased our house last year.  We were dealing with lime green walls, dated cabinets + fixtures, and some unattractive backsplash tile.  We did not have to totally gut this kitchen but, we did need to make some cosmetic changes to the space.  See the before + after photo (taken from the same spot) below.  We painted the walls + peninsula white, added shelving, demoed the original backsplash and replaced it with marble subway + geometric tiles, replaced the pendant lighting, painted the wood cabinets BM Snowfall White, and replaced the hardware with brass pulls.  It was a process and we are very happy with the new look.  It is amazing what paint can do to a space right?


Kitchen Sources:  Paint:  BM Snowfall White + Ebony King (dark walls), Tile: The Tile Shop, Stools: From Target and spayed matte black with gold detail,  Pendant Lighting: CB2, Accessories:  Vintage + Barney’s New York.

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Sources:  Mirror: Vintage / One Kings Lane, Metal Chest: Vintage / Room Service Vintage, Brass Plant Stand: Vintage / Austin Antiques Mall


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To finish up the lower level I also wanted to share our outdoor space with you.  During the house hunt, it was important for us to find a place with an outdoor entertaining space.  This deck is perfect for relaxing + entertaining.

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Outdoor Sources:  Dining Table / Four Hands Home, Chairs / Ikea, Chair Cushions / H&M Home,  Tableware / Stone Textile, Vintage, + Ikea, Black + White Acapulco Chairs / Wayfair, Multi-Colored Rug / Urban Outfitters, Stool / One Kings Lane

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All Images / Ryann Ford for Lonny Magazine


Modern Bungalow / Living + Dining Space

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Today I am sharing photos + sources of our living dining space.  Like I said in the Lonny Articlethis was probably the hardest space to design.  As much as I love open floor plans, they can be tricky at times.  The photo above is of our living room.  I still cannot believe I have a bright fuchsia pink rug in our house!  My husband was very easy going during the whole design process but he did want some color.  Not sure if a hot pink rug was what he had in mind.  The good news is that I am not sick of it after a year of living here.

Sources:  Sofa / MGBW, Burl Wood Lamps / Vintage from Chairish, Pillows / Stone Textile, Side Chairs / Vintage + reupholstered in Stone Textile Tribe Print Fabric, Peach Lucite Nesting Tables / Vintage from Etsy, Loveseat / Vintage from One Kings Lane,  Rug / Overdye from, Curtains / Stone Textile Black Diamond Print Fabric.

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These peach lucite nesting tables from the 1960′s were one of the first things purchased for the space.  One of my favorite color combinations is peach and brown so pairing them with the Stone Textile Tribe Print in Brown works well.

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We needed a very large coffee table for the space so after months of looking I decided to purchase four end tables, by Control Brand,  and put them together.    It is now the perfect space for all of our coffee table books + collection of decorative accessories.

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The dining room had to work with the living room so I designed the two spaces together.  The Milo Baughman chairs were also purchased early on.  They were originally a peachy color and were in desperate need of a good reupholstery job.  I chose a solid heavyweight black fabric so these chairs stay versatile and maintain their MCM vibe.   The were purchased at one of my favorite vintage stores in Dallas called Give + Take.   The lucite table base is a favorite.  I found this in West Palm Beach and had it shipped to Austin.  I had a smoked glass top made for it.  We sadly may have to put this in storage when the baby starts walking — def NOT KID FRIENDLY!  The artwork is by Austin based artist, Elisa Gomez.   The colors are made for the space.  I love that it has a graffiti like feel to it.   Our dining room light fixture was a Craigslist find–$75!

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I knew I wanted to do a unique wallpaper in the guest bathroom.  When I was in New York, I came across a vintage wallpaper store called Second Hand Rose.  I have a thing for metallics so when I saw this geometric mylar paper from the 70′s I knew it had to come home with me.

All photos: Ryann Ford for Lonny Magazine


Modern Bungalow / The Office


Thank you for all of the kind words on our recent home tour in Lonny Magazine!  Each week I am going to breakdown each room and share my sources with you.  Today I am sharing photos from my old home office.  Yes, old–we just moved into our new space (to make room for the baby) this week.  It has been a little crazy over here and the new space is definitely not photo ready.  Above is a close up of my inspiration board.  Pretty much organized chaos in old fashioned “Pinterest” form.

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I had this desk custom made.  It’s called the “Deco Leg” desk.  I designed some benches for a client last year, very similar, and wanted to do the same thing for my desk.  There was a lot of black + white going on already so I knew I wanted to have it finished in a bright color.  I worked with a local company called AK Woodworking –they are fabulous to work with and made my design become a reality. The chair is vintage that I had reupholstered in a black and cream embroidered fabric.  The lamp is also vintage.  The gallery wall consists of prints from Minted, Amy V Cooper,, +  Alyson Fox.

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The vintage brass etagere was a Craigslist find and I drove all the way to Dallas to pick it up.  You can read more about that vintage excursion here.  The acrylic globe is from Barney’s which we received as a wedding gift.


I fell in love with the design lines of the mirror above.  The colors were BAD.  I repainted it gold, black, and white and it is now one of my favorite pieces.  The daybed is covered in a African Mud Cloth+ Stone Textile Pillows.

All Images / Ryann Ford for Lonny Magazine


Interiors By Stone Textile / Modern Bungalow: Lower Level No.1

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Last week our Austin home was featured in the October issue of Lonny Magazine.  Over the next few weeks I am going to go room by room to share some of my favorite images from the shoot as well as the photos we took prior.  When we moved in there was an empty space in the living room area where our current media built in is now.  You can see the before photo below…Yes, the whole lower level was painted lime green when we bought the house.  What a different paint makes right?  I worked with a very talented builder to create this custom book shelve and TV unit.  I wanted it to be unique so each shelve is a different size.  The black and white multi-layered cabinets were inspired by a 1970′s credenza that I saw at a vintage shop years ago and also serve as the perfect cable box/speaker/wire storage. I like when all of that is hidden.  I also had to find something for the round wall (which is the outer wall of our staircase).  I chose a beautiful vintage macramé wall hanging that I purchased on Chairish.   Here are a few more detailed shots…


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AFTER:  This after shot was taken before we switched out our dining room art.  I am always changing things around and as much as I love a good gallery wall I felt like a strong piece of artwork would work better for our dining room.

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The Modern Bungalow / Lonny Magazine Feature


I am so thrilled to finally share photos of our Austin home with you!   If you have been following the #modernbungalow process on Instagram,  you would know that we did a little photo shoot a few months ago.  It was such fun experience to see everything come together and work with such talented stylists, writers, and photographers.   I will do a few more detailed posts (with sources) next week but, for now please take a look at the October Issue of Lonny Magazine which came out yesterday.  It was such a pleasure working with the Lonny team–thank you for this amazing opportunity!



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My Place / Nursery Progress


So many people have asked about my nursery plans so I thought it would be fun to share what I have done so far.  I am 22 weeks so we are more then half way there.  This pregnancy is really flying by.  I have done a lot of nurseries over the years  and I have to say it has been very fun designing our own!  I love native american and tribal influences so I am incorporating that into the nursery design using bold geometric patterns.  Let’s just say this little boy will be exposed the whole “print on print” thing at an early age…

Wallpaper:  We are going with this wallpaper print by Lindsay Cowles.  It will go on the crib wall.  She has so many great paper options that it was so hard to choose.  She is very talented.

Vintage Arrow Light:  This arrow will most likely hang above the day bed.  It is big–around 5 feet wide.

Custom Chief Art:  This may be my favorite part!  I have loved Jenna Snyder-Phillips work for a while and she created a custom chief print for the nursery using the colors from our wallpaper.  She did such a good job.

Window Treatment Fabric:  I love this print by Eskayel and  just ordered some for the window treatments.

Pillows:  There will be a daybed in the nursery and I want it filled with pillows.

Mobile:  I found this company on Etsy.  I will use a mixture of gold and black geometric shapes to hang above the crib.

Crib:  I went with the Parker Crib by Duc Duc NYC.  I love the modern look.

Have a great weekend!

xx Elizabeth


Featured On / Camille Styles


A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with the team at Camille Styles on a fun Entertaining With feature.  I invited some friends over for a little mexican fiesta complete with smoky lentil tacos, lemoncello cupcakes, + of course margaritas (I made a special mock tail for myself!)  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the party.  Big thank you to the Camille Styles team for stopping by!

The Stone Textile Scale Print napkins featured above.



The bar set up.


Cucumber / jalapeño margaritas…so good.


Prepping the chopped kale + brussels sprout salad.


Smokey lentil tacos.




My new favorite party game / Cards Against Humanity.  Its a must get, I actually went to High School with the creators of this game.

All images / Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles