design lessons from austin restaurants

Clearly, I believe in the power of a beautifully designed space. I sometimes go out of my way before work to get a cappuccino from Bouchon Bakery, just to walk through the gorgeous, spacious (and good-smelling) TimeWarner Center.

Good food is good food, regardless of where its served. But good food served in an amazing space is next level, it feeds my design inspiration as well as my stomach.

While in Austin, we had brunch in two really beautiful spaces, with distinct, though equally lovely styles. Each had distinctive design elements that could be applied to a residential home.

Josephine House, set in a charming house in the Clarksville neighborhood.


Launderette, in a converted laundromat over in East Austin.


We skipped brunch the last day (still stuffed from dinner the night before!)  but laVaustin is the next “must go” restaurant on my list:


While we’re on the subject of beautiful Austin spaces, we stayed at Kimber Modern tucked into a sweet neighborhood off South Congress. It’s a small, well designed place with only six rooms surrounding a courtyard. Guests can access the common room (which has a glass door wall that can be pushed open to the courtyard) where we could help ourselves to breakfast, the soda machine, and wine/beer in the fridge.


We loved sitting out by the water feature in the courtyard in the mornings, enjoying our coffee surrounded by beautiful, big Texas trees.

And we had great hospitality to boot – the manager, Cassie, was so kind to lend us her lawn chairs for the festival, which was a game changer for us. I’d highly recommend Kimber Modern, if you’re ever in Austin.

PS. Neat! I found the owner of Kimber Modern’s house tour on Apartment Therapy.

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