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Meredith Carmichael’s Style Story

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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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  • Reply cindy landham August 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    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!

    • Reply Hilary August 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      And it’s just as warm and inviting in person, too!

  • Reply Angela August 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

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

    • Reply Hilary August 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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

  • Reply Jessica August 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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

    • Reply Hilary August 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      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.

  • Reply Meredith @ Spruce August 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    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!

    • Reply Hilary August 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

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

  • Reply Abby August 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    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

    • Reply Hilary August 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      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.

  • Reply Meg Scholz August 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    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!

    • Reply Hilary August 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      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?!

    • Reply Hilary August 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      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!

  • Reply Eleanor August 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

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

  • Reply Amanda Brown @ Spruce August 16, 2013 at 3:32 am

    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!

    • Reply Hilary August 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thank you so much, Amanda!! That means a lot coming from you.

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  • Reply deepa September 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    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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