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A project by interior designer Fern Santini and architects Pam Chandler and Patrick Ousey of FAB Architecture shows what you can do when your clients own an entire floor at the Four Seasons in downtown Austin. The penthouse aerie offers the empty nesters 360-degree vistas of the city, but also access to wonderful perks at ground level, too, such as the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake where they take their golden retrievers for outings.

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Architects Pam Chandler and Patrick Ousey created a stunning entry with a view of the city that’s visible the moment the well-traveled owners step off the elevator.

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Detail of the entry.

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Situated between the entry and the view, the lounge is meant to be a place to relax and enjoy the panorama. Custom Tecno chairs from Scott + Cooner are covered in Clarence House fabric and encircle a custom coffee table. The vintage Sputnik chandelier is from Jean-Marc Fray Antiques; the Moroccan-style carpet is from Carol Piper Rugs.

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Just across from the kitchen, the freestanding gunmetal gray aluminum Bulthaup credenza is topped with Taj Mahal polished quartzite from Architectural Tile & Stone. Flooring throughout the condo is white oak with a gray wash from Cox’s Fine Floors.

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Between the dining room and the family room, two “boxes” clad in fumed eucalyptus house the powder room and bar. Chandler and Ousey made sure that every piece they designed had a purpose above and beyond looking pretty, capitalizing on spatial problems—such as where to put plumbing and mechanical features—to create imaginative solutions.

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The informal eating area.

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A formal dining room features a contemporary Alison Berger Glassworks chandelier and a pair of 1940s Venetian mirrors hanging above carved-wood buffets.

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Builders David and Kathy Escobedo fabricated the living room’s wall panels and the limestone fireplace through their sister company, Architectural Elements by Escobedo.

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The Art Deco lines of the fluted-limestone fireplace surround and the Art Deco silhouette of the sofa frame two club chairs and a vintage coffee table.

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For the living room designer Fern Santini chose a Holly Hunt sofa, Hervé Van der Straeten lamps, a vintage coffee table from Monc Xiii in Sag Harbor, New York, Patrick Naggar club chairs from Ralph Pucci in New York, and a Kyle Bunting rug.

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A mirrored bar area reflects the view down a long corridor lined with art.

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Chandler and Ousey created a layout that follows a logical sequence, with the kitchen serving as a dividing line between public and private areas.

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The kitchen features a combination of custom white-oak wall cabinets fabricated by Architectural Elements by Escobedo and Bulthaup cabinetry on the work islands. Architectural Elements by Escobedo also fabricated the burnished-brass shelving unit. Swivel barstools are by A. Rudin; the vintage runner is from Black Sheep Unique.

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Holly Hunt’s Sorraia bed anchors the master bedroom—its headboard upholstered in Great Plains fabric. Vintage table lamps from Jan Showers sit on Maxine Snider nightstands. Patrick Naggar chairs and an ottoman from Ralph Pucci are at home on a Stark carpet.

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Fabrication of the master bathroom’s floating mirror is by Architectural Elements by Escobedo.

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The master bathroom’s Kohler tub is from Ferguson Enterprises and is paired with a Waterworks faucet. Vanity hardware is from Alexander Marchant. Both are organized along a wall inlaid with tile by Artistic Tile from Architectural Tile & Stone. The Cameron Collection vanity stool is clad in a Kerry Joyce Textiles fabric.

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A balcony is handy when the homeowners want to get closer to their view.

BUILDER: Escobedo Construction

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK JOHNSON

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