Helen Thompson
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An Austin family used to living in an expansive house in the suburbs decided to move to a high-rise in downtown Austin, knowing that the process might require some compromises such as loss of square footage and a sense of hominess. They turned to Austin interior designer Mark Cravotta, architect Christopher Sanders (who had contributed to the design of the original building), and builder David Wilkes—a team that was up to the challenge of maximizing livable space and endowing it with a sense of home.

Living Room 2 V2

The artwork on the far wall is by Morris Broderson from Dragonette Limited in Los Angelse; on the right, a print by Rick Shaefer from Sears Peyton Gallery in New York. The sofa is Minotti from Scott+Cooner.

Living Room Overall V2

The rug in the living room is from Tai Ping.

Coffee Table Detail V2

The custom coffee table by Stefan Bishop features a finish that has been burned, wire-brushed, and waxed.

Living toward Dining V2

Chairs Detail V2

Living room arm chairs from Randolph & Hein.

Dining Room V2

Cravotta customized the black mahogany dining table in collaboration with Hamilton Billiards to convert easily into a billiards table. The wall behind is composed of colored glass panes in a Mondrian-style pattern. The Codor Design custom chandelier lowers for better game-play lighting.

Kitchen 2 V2

Silestone countertops in the kitchen are a glossy accompaniment to custom cabinetry.

Kitchen V2

Ceiling fixtures by The Urban Electric Company; backsplash of glass-covered Missoni Home fabric from Urbanspace Interiors enliven the sleek cabinets. Barstools by Powell & Bonnell from Dennis Miller. Builder Wilkes constructed the lacquered ceiling panels.

Kitchen Detail V2

Office V2

DuChateau wood on the floor, walls, and ceiling define the office.

Office Detail

Blackened steel-and-wood shelving in the office.

Master Bedroom V2

The master bedroom rug is from Black Sheep Unique; bed is by Holly Hunt; bedding from Wildflower. Pagani chandelier and floor lamp are from Baker.

Master Detail V2

Fuse Lighting pendants hang above the BDDW nightstands from Dennis Miller.

Bath V2

The master bath overlooks the downtown Austin skyline.



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