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A Mid-Century Designer Home Now on the Market

Austin-based designer Claire Brody and I were introduced a few years ago, and I’ve closely followed her work ever since. Claire’s innate sense of curiosity and creativity is evidenced in all her projects—most recently, an Austin, Texas mid-century home renovation that’s now on the market. I had the pleasure of touring this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, and it’s an absolute masterclass in color theory, pattern play, and texture variance.

The renovation of this 1970s ranch involved an overhaul of the home’s bones and cosmetic features while maintaining its mid-century authenticity. Claire achieved a level of livable luxury that’s well-suited for any family, and I cannot wait to see who’s lucky enough to call this home. Austin locals: here’s the official listing.

 

Checkerboard backsplash tile, Mid-Century Designer Home by Claire BrodyCheckerboard backsplash tile in the kitchen, design by Claire BrodyMid-century renovated kitchen with brass hardware, design by Claire BrodyMid-century living room with fireplace, design by Claire Brody

 

A Mid-Century Designer Home in Austin

 

THE OVERVIEW:

Project: Mid-Century Renovation by Claire Brody

Location: Austin, Texas

Architecture: 1970s Ranch-Style Home

Scope of Work: Installed new electric panel and wiring, windows, ductwork, plumbing, hot water heater, and serviced HVAC. Cosmetic updates included opening the kitchen to the living area, adding square footage to the main bath, gutting the kitchen and two baths, adding new flooring throughout (except original terrazzo), new wall treatments, custom builds with the dining table/bench and entry shelving. Exterior work included new trim/door paint, garage doors, landscaping, and custom breeze block partition walls.

Official Listing

 

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Will you share about your home and what first drew you to the property?

The home features ranch-style architecture and was built in 1971. I always look for homes that have character to preserve. I loved that the house sits on a quiet cul-de-sac and is located in an up-and-coming area in Austin. The house was in overall solid condition but had not been touched, so was ready to be brought back to its original glory!

 

Tell us about the overall project and the scope of work involved.

Before we planned for cosmetic renovations, we opted to replace the electric panel and wiring, added new windows, serviced the HVAC, added new ductwork, updated the plumbing, and added a new hot water heater. Once the bones were restored, we moved on to the cosmetic changes. 

In this phase of the project, we opened the kitchen to the living, added square footage to the main bath, completed gut jobs on the kitchen and two bathroom, laid new flooring throughout (except the original terrazzo), added new wall treatments, added custom builds with the dining table/bench and entry shelving.

The project also included exterior work. On the home’s exterior we added new trim, door paint, garage doors, landscaping, and custom breeze block partition walls. After the home’s renovation was complete, I fully decorated and styled the home. No surprise, final styling is my personal favorite phase of the project.

 

Mid-century kitchen with checkerboard tile, design by Claire BrodyCopper pots in vintage-inspired kitchen, design by Claire BrodyMid-century kitchen with checkerboard tile, design by Claire BrodyMid-century dining chairs, design by Claire Brody

 

I wanted to design with elements that felt true to the mid-century era and maintain the home’s authenticity.

 

Portola Paints in home office, design by Claire BrodyMid-century accent chair, design by Claire BrodyMid-century bathroom style with green Portola Paints on wallsTextured bedroom walls with Portola Paints, design by Claire Brody

 

Talk to us about the initial inspiration and the process of honing your vision? 

I wanted to design with elements that felt true to the mid-century era and maintain the home’s authenticity. Some features that helped us accomplish that are the terracotta-style tile in the living and kitchen, glass shower blocks in the main bath, small format tile in the bathrooms, mid-century style shelving, wood slat wall treatments, slab style doors, concrete accents, and the home’s overall color story. We also chose to preserve elements like terrazzo and the rock partition wall to honor some of the home’s original features.

 

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What were some of the major pain points, and how did you problem-solve? 

The house truly had no pain points. It was a very straightforward renovation with no surprises, thankfully. The pain points came from our end as we overspent on the renovation by about $50,000. It was a lesson learned on planning and budgeting, for sure. 

 

Any favorite features to share? 

I really love the entry rock partition wall that we edited. The wall was originally 7 feet, so we knocked it down to four feet and had custom shelving extending to the ceiling. I love that the partition wall creates separation between the entry and living, but also feels open with the shelves.

 

Textured bedroom walls with Portola Paints, design by Claire BrodyMid-century wood chairs, design by Claire Brody

 

I always look for homes that have character to preserve.

 

Textured dining room walls with Portola Paints, design by Claire BrodyMid-century Austin home renovation by Claire BrodyTextured walls with Portola Paints, design by Claire Brody

 

How does this house work for a family? How did you make the design family friendly?

We increased the kitchen size by 2-3 times, which I think will be appreciated by any buyer. We also opened up the living and kitchen, which isn’t a feature that’s true to the home’s origin, but it was necessary to increase the kitchen size. Another family friendly feature that already existed is the 4 bedrooms all located on one side of the house—a common ranch-style layout.

 

What do you like about the neighborhood?

I love that the neighborhood is quiet and untouched. There are no tear-downs or confusing new builds that don’t honor the neighborhood. 

 

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Textured bedroom walls with Portola Paints, design by Claire BrodyMid-century bathroom style with tiled bathtub, design by Claire Brody

 

 

SHOP THE HOME

 

 

 

PAINT COLORS:

Front Door: Brinijal by Farrow & Ball

Entry/Living Room: Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams 

Kitchen: Highland by Portola Paints

Dining: Sirene by Portola Paints 

Hall Bath: Birdie by Portola Paints 

Study: Meritage by Portola Paints

Kid Bedroom: Costes by Portola Paints 

Guest Bedroom: Mare Island by Portola Paints

Main Bedroom: Highland by Portola Paints

Main Bathroom: Sirene by Portola Paints

 

EXTERIOR:

Exterior Breeze Blocks

Exterior Door Hardware

 

LIVING ROOM:

Living Room Art

Living Room Drapery Fabric

Living Room Furniture/Accessories/Rug – Vintage/Thrifted 

Living Room Chandelier

 

KITCHEN:

Kitchen Pendant

Kitchen Faucet

Kitchen Counterstools – Vintage

Kitchen Accessories – Vintage/Thrifted

Kitchen / Column Zellige Tile

 

DINING: 

Dining Chandelier – Vintage 

Dining Chairs – Vintage; Chair Fabric

Dining Dresser/Accessories – Vintage

 

STUDY:

Study Furniture, Accessories, Rug – Vintage

Study Drapery Fabric

 

HALL BATH:

Hall Bath Tile “Lagoon”

Hall Bath Vanity Faucet

Hall Bath Vanity Light

Hall Bath Vanity – Vintage 

Hall Bath Shower Curtain Fabric

 

KID’S BEDROOM:

Kid Bedroom Furniture & Accessories – Vintage 

Kid Bedroom Drapery Fabric

Kid Bedroom Duvet & Pillow Fabric

Kid Bedroom Bedding

Kid Bedroom Bookshelves

 

MAIN BEDROOM:

Main Bedroom Headboard & Pillow Fabric

Main Bedroom Bedding

Main Bedroom Kantha Quilt

Main Bed Throw Pillows

Main Bedroom Pendant

Main Bedroom Table Lamps, Nightstand, Dresser & Accessories- Vintage

Main Bed Chair – Vintage; Fabric (Grape)

Main Bed Drapes – Vintage

 

MAIN BATHROOM:

Main Bath Tile “Stonewash”

Main Bath Glass Shower Blocks

Main Bath Vanity Faucets

Main Bath Shower/Tub Faucet

Main Bath Hand/Body Towel

 

 

PROJECT CREDITS

Design: Claire Brody Designs, Photography: Jenna McElroy

 


 

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