Helen Thompson
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Fans of A&E TV’s show “Sell This House” know that its host Roger Hazard lives in Austin with his partner in both business and marriage, Chris Stout. The couple resides on the east side of town, in the Agave subdivision. The idea behind Agave was to have a community of well-priced, super-cool, green, modern homes. When Stout scouted Austin looking for houses, the mid-century fan couldn’t find anything to buy that didn’t need tons of revamping. Agave was the answer to his prayers: the two-story, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house he chose suited his quest for “modern,” but it also accommodated his love of furniture and detail. When Roger entered the picture he added signatures of his own style–vintage finds, quirky art, rustic cues.

Stout and Hazard have other projects besides their house: DesignHazards, a company that specializes in design, renovation, and staging and Decades, an online furniture company that sells built-from-scratch, customizable pieces based on the vintage/rustic vision the pair developed in their own house. It’s scheduled to debut in mid-spring. And then there’s that house thing, an obsession both Stout and Hazard can’t shake. It’s what drives them to pick up and move to another house the minute the one they’re in is finished. This time, though, the house they have in mind is a centuries-old Georgian beauty in upstate New York. Selfishly, the first thought that occurs to me is whether they’ll sell their stylish urban farmhouse in Agave to me if they really decide to leave–and whether they’ll include some of their furniture (I especially like the vintage portraits) in the deal, too….


Designed by architect Patrick Ousey of FAB Architecture, the house is straightforward, with simple materials and style, and a palette of colors from which a new owner could pick–the dirtied up green apple had a nice edge Hazard and Stout liked. Photo by Chris Stout.

The exterior of the 1500-square-foot house is clad in HardiePlank. Roger Hazard also designed the landscape. Photo by Chris Stout.

Porches downstairs and upstairs expand the living space. This one’s just outside the living room and is a good spot to display one of Hazard’s vintage signs. Photo by Chris Stout.

The designing duo painted the front door a zingy yellow to provide a sharp contrast to the dark green trim and apple green siding. Photo by Chris Stout.

Stout and Hazard found the “DUNES” sign at the Antique Mall in Austin. Chris Stout chopped off the legs of a wood table previously in his backyard and added metal legs to create the new coffee table. Photo by Ryann Ford.

A pillow is covered in black and white ticking, a color theme that extends throughout the house. Photo by Chris Stout.

Collections are a big part of the decorating theme in this house. Here, the Buddha head is from Target, the rusty wheel is from the Antique Mall, and the old street light bulb was a gift from Stout’s brother. Photo by Chris Stout.

Although the ceiling here is only 8 feet high, appearances are deceiving thanks to the open floor plan and the step down to the living room which achieves the effect of a 9 1/2 foot-tall space. Photo by Debbie Cannon for the Austin American-Statesman.

The tangerine-color spinet piano next to the dining table doubles as a bar. Photo by Chris Stout.

The 1936 Baldwin Acrosonic belonged to the mother of a friend of Stout’s in Nebraska. He painted it with enamel and recovered the white wire stool with a bath mat. You can find out how to do both projects on their website. Photo by Chris Stout.

All cabinets in the house are original, but Hazard and Stout felt they need to be perked up. They painted the island Army green and added hunky hardware (repurposed drapery rod finials) to the cabinet doors. Photo by Chris Stout.

The kitchen window is framed by curtains made from $5-a-yard vintage fabric from a quilting store. The pendant was a rice box purchased at Uncommon Objects. Photo by Chris Stout.

Architect Patrick Ousey maximized versatility in the compact house by creating what he calls “flex space,” such as the niche under the stairwell, which Hazard and Stout use as a sitting area. Photo by Chris Stout.

Art in the stairwell are paint-by-number paintings. Stout admits that it is no coincidence that the cowhide rugs match his dog Buck’s coloring. Photo by Ryann Ford.

Architect Patrick Ousey specified concrete floors downstairs. Photo by Chris Stout.

The painted yellow table and drum are from the Antique Mall. Photo by Chris Stout.

Read my mind: “Thank goodness Roger and Chris wrapped those slippery wood treads in sisal.”  Photo by Chris Stout.

Hazard and Stout added hardware and an MDF frame and X’s to the pre-existing birch sliding doors to make them feel more substantial and to follow through with the urban farmhouse theme. All upstairs flooring is bamboo. Photo by Chris Stout.

The home office is located between the master bedroom and guest bedroom. It has two desks, one for Hazard and one for Stout. Photo by Debbie Cannon for the Austin American-Statesman.

Plaids and checks are a recurring motif; Stout stores some of his old Hot Wheels cars in the glass jar on his desk. Photo by Chris Stout.

Hazard purchased this desk for $7 at a resale shop located at a dump. Photo by Debbie Cannon for the Austin American-Statesman.

A paper artillery target purchased at Stag adds some drama. Stout put his gift-wrapping skills to use on the headboard, which he covered in denim and secured with upholstery tacks on the back of the headboard. The table is by the multi-talented novelist and visual artist Douglas Coupland, whose first novel in 1991 was the international bestseller “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture,” which popularized the concepts, “McJob” and “Generation X.” Photo by Ryann Ford.

A detail shot of a metal 7 1/2-foot tall military storage cabinet that Hazard and Stout placed in their bedroom to display Roger’s insect collection and Chris’s antique cameras. Stout spend two days scraping rust and removing some of the cubby holes from the 300-pound cabinet. He waxed the piece to give it a rich patina. Photo by Chris Stout.

Another view of the master bedroom, with its faux board and batten walls. Pleather chair purchased at Hog WildPhoto by Chris Stout.

In the master bathroom, Hazard used curtain rod finals for cabinet hardware. Photo by Chris Stout.

Because the house is small, organized storage is essential. All closets were outfitted by California ClosetsPhoto by Chris Stout.

The sleeping porch is outside the master bedroom. Photo by Chris Stout.

The view from the upstairs sleeping porch. Photo by Chris Stout.

The guest room’s black and white motif is anchored by the charcoal color of the ceiling. Photo by Chris Stout.

Black-and-white checked curtains, charcoal linens, and black-and-white photographs of the African countryside are a crisp antidote to the white board-and-batten walls. Photo by Chris Stout.

Hazard and Stout punctuated sheets of HardieBoard with vertical strips of molding to create a board and batten effect. Photo by Chris Stout.

Plaid wallpaper accents the guest bathroom. Hazard replaced mundane cabinet knobs with drapery hardware finials. Photo by Chris Stout.

Roger Hazard got the vintage portrait in Seattle. Photo by Chris Stout.

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