Remember the indelible “cool mom” character played by Amy Poehler in Signify Ladies? She wore Juicy Couture sweat suits and allowed underage ingesting at dwelling. Designer Juniper Tedhams’s mother, Charlotte Herzele, is a distinct variety of awesome mom. She’s got tummy dancing and poetry on her résumé, an Andy Warhol Elvis with an intriguing Manufacturing unit-period pedigree, and a critically chic house in Austin, developed by her talented daughter. Now that’s neat.
“Juniper has the very best flavor of everyone I know. She’s the only person I at any time allow costume me. I believe in her totally,” Herzele claims of the soup-to-nuts renovation of her Austin house, a formerly nondescript spec house located on a generous corner whole lot in a lively community of University of Texas students, professors (Herzele herself is an assistant professor in the Section of Nutritional Sciences), and assorted hippies. “The format of the dwelling was really bizarre. I could never determine out exactly where I was meant to be,” she continues.
Tedhams places a finer issue on the matter. “The dwelling was awful—a odd catalogue property in a neighborhood of charming bungalows and Victorians. It reeked of Febreze,” the designer remembers. “My mother usually experienced exciting, eclectic style, but inside layout by no means truly fascinated her. When this challenge commenced, her associate had recently passed absent, and it was an significant second. I wished to produce a genuine place of respite, a put exactly where she could be comfortable and entertain quickly, which she loves to do. Essentially, I desired her to be delighted.”
As so generally occurs, what commenced as a uncomplicated cosmetic makeover—picking new paint shades, some light alterations—quickly snowballed into a whole-scale gut renovation. “I think there was 1 unique wall still left when we have been by means of. We basically developed a new house on the current footprint,” Tedhams explains.
Doing the job with architect John Maier of the Oregon-primarily based agency Maier + Zelter, Tedhams recast the layout, the spatial circulation, and eventually the character of the property “to make it experience considerably less hulking and flat,” the designer claims. She and Maier reorganized the next-story bedrooms for visiting kids and grandchildren about a central core, following a conceit that the visitor quarters had previously been outdoor porches that ended up shut off. They also extra a gracious screened porch to the back again of the household, as perfectly as a new pool cabana with a visitor apartment previously mentioned.
For clarity and coherence, Tedhams constrained the supplies palette—plaster partitions and walnut floors, furnishings, and architectural information predominate—while relying on an array of classic and modern textiles and artworks for coloration and fascination. Environment the tone for the encounter, the entryway features a suite of Salvador Dalí watercolors from the artist’s illustrations for The Divine Comedy mounted over a bespoke walnut bench with a heart motif (herzele is a German diminutive indicating “little heart”) set on a polychromatic 1940s Berber carpet. The bench, like virtually all the customized furnishings and cabinetry during the home, was fabricated by Erik Gustafson, a longtime close friend and collaborator of Tedhams’s.
In the dwelling room, sofas upholstered in Schiaparelli pink linen incorporate an electrical jolt to an if not restrained composition that features a Jean Royere flooring lamp and a graphic 1940s Tuareg rug of woven leather and straw. Commanding the space is an unsigned Warhol Elvis, printed at the Manufacturing unit and specified as a reward to Warhol celebrity Joe D’Allesandro. Herzele obtained the piece from D’Allesandro’s wife Kim, a pal from Austin’s bohemian tunes scene. Cool, in truth.