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About this time last week, I was reeling from news of a very expensive car repair. Besides some incredibly sweet and generous friends who took me in during my crisis, things were pretty bleak. I was stuck and stressed and without much to console myself. But you know that.

When I look back at it now, though, from the seat of my own sofa with an almost fully functioning car, my mind doesn’t immediately jump to what distressed me. Nope, instead I find myself thinking about the good things that happened that week including the easy afternoon I spent with Meredith Carmichael in her Austin, TX home.

Meredith is the client services manager at Spruce Austin, a progressive upholstery workshop and retail store, with a penchant for vintage frames and eye-catching fabrics. Her 60s ranch-style home is a mash-up of the design expertise she’s cultivated at Spruce, masterful DIY projects, and art pieces that have found form through the handwork of her friends. She totally saved my day when we had our shoot. I mean, just look at this place! Regardless of varying tastes, I think it’s all the things we inevitably strive to achieve in our personal spaces and wardrobes… comfort and style.

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At the end of the day, I really can’t complain about my auto mishaps anymore. (Besides, I’m sure you’re totally over it by now!) Traveling to Austin was an adventure. I had the privilege of visiting some of the kindest, coolest, most stylish people around. I peeked into their public spaces and private sanctuaries and asked them all the questions I’m sure most folks are thinking. In Meredith’s case, I also left with a laundry list of DIY’s that I can’t wait to try.

Cars be damned, I choose to see the brighter side. And I’ll pull out my craft supplies to prove it!


What DIY projects are you inspired to try?





All of the above…


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20 responses to “Meredith Carmichael’s Style Story”

  1. i love her spaces and colors and textures and surprises – i feel totally at home there and i haven’t even been.

    Thank you for the visit!

  2. Angela says:

    This space is so fab!! I absolutely LOVE the door in her bedroom. Gorgeous!

    • Hilary says:

      Isn’t it incredible!! It’s hard to tell, but that door was hand upholstered with nail heads and leather swatches.

  3. Jessica says:

    The bedroom door is amazing. Love the shape of the bookshelves- almost Moroccan like. Very cool space!

    • Hilary says:

      Yes, and both were DIY projects! The door was upholstered with leather swatches and the bookshelf is really a simple set from Ikea with a Moroccan style facade attached to the front.

  4. What beautiful photography! Thank you so much for coming by to take photos of my humble abode. You were a delight, and I love seeing all the beautiful spaces and interesting people you feature. I hope you can make time to pop by Spruce the next time you are in Austin!

    • Hilary says:

      It was my pleasure entirely. And you can be sure I’ll visit Spruce next time I’m in Austin! Thanks again for everything.

  5. Abby says:

    Love this space. I am a big fan of kooky lamps, and that monkey lamp is right up my alley. I also love the large prints above the fireplace and the indoor/outdoor rug. Great space!
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

    • Hilary says:

      Oh yes, I fell in love with that funky little monkey lamp too. And the paintings above her fireplace are probably my favorite element of the entire house! They were done by Meredith’s good friend, Kellen Segura.

  6. Meg Scholz says:

    The first piece of furniture my parents bought when they were first married is the brown chair in the second picture (or well obviously not THAT one)! Our family has lovingly passed it around–man does that thing have a “style story” or too! So strange to see it in someone else’s living room! I hope Meredith loves it as much my family does!

    • Hilary says:

      How wonderful! I love those kinds of stories. My parents have pieces of furniture in their home that has a long and full history as well. They almost become a part of the family, don’t they?!

    • Hilary says:

      And another quick thing… the chair in Meredith’s home and that your parents bought as newlyweds was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in the mid-century and it is an icon in the furniture industry!

  7. Eleanor says:

    I ADORE Meredith’s house and I have a feeling I will be revisiting this blog post often for inspiration!

  8. Hilary, what a beautiful documentary of Meredith’s house! I love how you capture the atmosphere of a home and the character of the homemaker. It’s such a thoughtful presentation and so hard to do well! Meredith is a talented designer and quite a character, and I think you did her justice for sure! Too bad you didn’t catch her weekly Broadway performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie– may be worth a second trip to Austin! Hope to meet you the next time you’re in ATX!

  9. […] Meredith impressed you with her masterful DIY-ery in yesterday’s Style Story, then you’ll definitely want to hear more from this gal in the audio interview below. Sat on […]

  10. deepa says:

    is there a DIY tutorial on how you did the door?
    that doors is a total inspiration 🙂
    I’m planning on painting..
    what do yall think ?

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