Hello, readers! Happy it's Friday? Yes, so am I. We are going all elegant and luxurious today. This brick-and-stone Tudor Revival residence in Austin was built in 1927 and has been restored and furnished by interior designer Thad Hayes. Some of the original rooms were enormous and had to be cut down some sizes. Can you believe the original dining room seated two hundred people? Now, all rooms have at least two exposures, so they have lots of light. Let's tour this house which combines modern and classic lines.

For the living room, Thad Hayes painted the ceiling boards “to brighten the space and give a sense of the structure,” he says. The large metal chandelier adds “a rugged feeling appropriate for a room in Texas.” A carved stone fireplace dominates one end and casement windows on either side,

An Imogen Cunningham photograph is by a circa 1940 console.

Untitled, 1997, by Adam Fuss is behind a pair of T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings armchairs, which, like the sofa, are covered in Edelman leather. The living room’s circa 1940 French low table accompanies American floor lamps from the same era.

A set of Samuel Marx chairs, chosen for their “simple and elegant form,” surrounds the Hayes designed dining table. A circa 1935 chandelier from Italy echoes the chairs’ curvilinear shape. Chocolate-brown velvet draperies frame the dining room’s three windows.

“The soft, cool colors create a restful atmosphere,” Hayes says of the master bedroom, which features a pair of circa 1950 Piero Fornasetti landscape panels. Flanking the teak bed, which was designed by Hayes, are circa 1940s French lamps

The wife’s bath is “the most whimsical room in the house,” says Hayes. “With its black and white marble, reminiscent of a 1940s bath, it has a glamorous, Hollywood quality.” Russel Wright lamps and a 1999 painting by Fuss rest on the vanity. The fish vase is from Steuben.

“Every room in the house has two or three exposures, which makes it more open to the landscape than most houses built at that time.” To enhance the connection, he added more French doors.

Photography by Scott Frances
All images and information from Architectural Digest.

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