Austin Duplex: Before & After Part III

Hi there!

For our next and final installment of Before and After Austin Duplex Edition...I present to you the bedroom, bathroom, and study.


Master bedroom before

Master bedroom after (I apologize it is not the same angle)

master bedroom 2
master bedroom
master bedroom

I had plans to add drapes and other accents, but we ended up deciding to move to Charleston before I could get around to it!  The window in my bridal portrait shot looks especially lonely to me, but alas there was no time  :)

Now for the bathroom...


bathroom before


bathroom after

My favorite part of the bathroom remodel is the part you can't really see...the black and white penny tile floor! I thought it was such a fun complement to the original baby blue fixtures and looked like it could have been original to the house. We also retiled with a classic white subway and took it to the ceiling in the shower. I 100% thought that the fixtures were mint when the bathroom was tiled in peach and was so surprised to see that they were actually light blue. I would have been happy with either one, but it was a huge testament to what lighting and other colors in a room can do to a color. Please ignore the drabby not cute hand towels that somehow went unnoticed to me on shoot day... :)

We had another challenge with no natural light in this room, so I wanted to be sure I let as much light through the shower curtain as possible without compromising privacy (there is a frosted glass window in the shower).

Finally, the study!


Study before

study before

Study after

study after 1
study after 2

The study was painted a darker shade of grey than the rest of the house called Pewter Cast by Sherwin Williams. I've always had a thing for moody spaces...I will have a high gloss black library one day. Mark my words. I had plans to paint the brown bookcases the same grey to make them disappear and open the room more, but once again there just wasn't enough time! Also, may I offer a small piece of advice? If you have plans to paint bookshelves, do so immediately before putting anything on them. You would be amazed at how much fear of temporary clutter can hinder design projects. We replaced the existing vintage light fixture with a vintage brass chandelier with custom shades.

Well that concludes the tour of our beloved Austin duplex. A big thank you to the very talented Adrienne Breaux for all of our after photos. Believe it or not, we cranked this shoot out three days before we moved across the country! I would also like to send a special thanks to my husband, who supports me in crazy ideas like that and almost totally unpacks a moving POD to make it happen, Adrienne Breaux for the photos, and Bay Hill Design for adding some beautiful finishing touches :)


PS. If you are curious about sources, I have listed them in this article featured on Apartment Therapy