When interior designer Mark Cravotta and his wife Monica, co-owner of a recording studio, first saw the 1600-square-foot bungalow-style house in Austin’s Hyde Park in 2010 they made an offer on it three hours after it went on the market. There were reasons—the neighborhood’s bur oak trees, a 600-square-foot casita behind the main house, and the 1920s-era home itself, beautifully maintained by its owner, a grandniece of mid-century modern furniture maker George Nakashima.
There were nuances to the interiors Cravotta planned—he prefers the clean lines of Modernist design while Monica is a committed traditionalist. In the living room a pair of Klismos-style chairs mix well with a modernist Italian sofa.
The skinny 29½-inch-wide rectangular dining table fits the modest proportions of the dining room.
Long leaf pine adds dramatic texture throughout the house.
A Modernist hutch is the perfect display case for white Modernist dishes.
The listening studio is just off the kitchen.
The designer accessorized the house with treasures he’s picked up on trips, especially to Morocco.
Cravotta blended antique, modern and low-maintenance decor to create a comfortable, livable family home.
The casita doubles as an office and, with hideaways tucked into the roofline, a favorite spot for the two Cravotta children.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYANN FORD
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