2011 Idea House: Living Room

Take a tour of the design ideas and features from the living room of our 2011 Texas Idea House in Horseshoe Bay.


[MUSIC] The first thing you notice ,when you walk into the living room of The Escandido Andida house are the high ceilings, looming 18 feet and capped with rough hue and fir beams reclaimed from a 110 year old barn. The rustic wood embues the room with rich texture and a sense of age. A five-foot tall panel wainscot grounds the voluminous space, making it feel more intimate. A local decorative artist, scraped and painted the wainscot to resemble aged weathered wood. Down below, hand scraped wood flooring mimics the look of antique wide plank floors And continues the room's ,warm rustic feeling. Creamy plaster wall, add a reference to Mediterranean homes and give the entire house subtle texture. For the furnishings, Austin interior designer Marcus Mohorn created a look that is elegant and also relaxed enough to reflect the home's lakeside location. Separate seating arrangements, highlighted by dual chandeliers, promote multiple conversation areas, and visually divide the room. A combination of chair styles illustrates Marcus's design principle of mix don't match. No two chairs are alike ,allowing for more flexibility in room. Arrangement. Stenciled and embroidered accent pillows, introduce pattern and may be easily changed out with the season or mood. Juxtaposed finishes of materials, including acrylic, plastic, wood, and painted pieces, create a look that appears to have been collected over time. The round upholstered coffee table is actually two demilune ottomans. Keep edges soft and offering even more flexibility in the room's arrangement. A large clearstory window above the fireplace, provides the views of the live oaks surrounding the house, and floods the space with natural light at all hours of the day. Its shape mirrored the arched openings throughout the house. A full wall of french doors lead directly to the rear patios. Using simple curtains and sheer fabric invites romance, yet still allows plenty of light to illuminate the room. Looking back, the cased opening between the foyer and living room is enhances with stone detailing. Which gives, the visual impact of grand columns. Up above an open attic like loft is a creative use of space that takes advantage of the high ceiling height of the living room. This living room is spacious enough for a large crowd, but intimate enough for a quiet conversation. [MUSIC]
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