Helen Thompson
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GLAMOROUS DO-OVER

Not many architects get a chance to re-do a project they did in the past, but Austin-based David Shiflet had the opportunity when clients purchased a house he had built in 1992. The house sits on four acres above a secluded cove in Westlake. Shiflet teamed up with Mark Ashby Design and Dalgleish Construction to launch what became a two-years-long remodel that reflects the clients’ keen appreciation for modernism.

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Photographer James Evans‘ shot of a bull snake on a sofa greets visitors in the entry.

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Michelle Lorenz of Mark Ashby Design designed the light fixture above the dining room table in collaboration with Warbach Lighting and Design.

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The clients decided not to put art over the fireplace because they wanted the focus of the living room to be the light fixture above the dining table (see previous photo).

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The clients wanted a home office they could also relax in, which became the motive for making the office double as a den.

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The leather tiles on the wall in the den are original to the house.

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The floor is stained in “Smoked Honey Stone”. The stone limestone on the walls was originally rough cut but was honed to a smooth finish for the renovation.

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The kitchen is open and uncluttered, with stainless steel appliances and island inset that contribute industrial bling.

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Kitchen detail.

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The family’s two teenage girls weren’t specific about how they wanted their rooms to look, except for the requirement that they be colorful.

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Designer Lorenz aimed to create spaces for the teenage girls that were both playful and a little sophisticated.

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The children’s common room is situated between the two girls’ bedrooms and reflects their desire for bright colors.

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In the master bedroom, the windows open onto lush greenery which Ashby wanted to be a part of the interior design.

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High windows in the closet off of the master bathroom brightens the room with natural light.

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The sleek design of the master bath is dramatized with a vintage oriental rug.

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Detail of the powder room.

PHOTOS BY CASEY DUNN

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