This 1960s Texas Ranch Was Inspired by "Father of the Bride"

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Photo credit: Molly Culver
Photo credit: Molly Culver

A cinema classic was the unlikely inspiration for designer Shannon Eddings’ recent project. “Father of the Bride is one of my all-time favorite films, and I can easily transport myself mentally to the way her films make you feel ‘at home’ in the houses she uses,” remarks her client. Director Nancy Meyers nails the laid-back, yet sophisticated look, and Eddings infused an array of color, vintage finds, and plenty of arches into the family’s 1960s-built Austin home.

The clients appreciate a classic Southern home—one that “tends to be both comfortable and well-styled at the same time,” Eddings says. They were also willing to take risks, something that is evident in the purple bunk room, which has quickly become Eddings’ favorite room in the whole project. In partnership with Andrew Logan of Logan Architecture, the design and vernacular honor the home's history, but now features a reinvented and more functional floor plan.

Entryway

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Photo credit: Molly Culver

“The home had been owned by the same family since it was built in the ’60s, so it was largely untouched,” says the designer. The goal was to keep the home's charming style in-tact, but open up some of the tighter bedrooms and bathrooms, plus add on a mudroom/laundry room and study. Console: Madegoods. Ottomans: antique and reupholstered in fabric from Brooke Perdigon. Rug: Antique Oushak. Mirror: Ballard Designs. Scones: Visual Comfort.

Dining Room

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Photo credit: Molly Culver

The chandelier over the dining table is an antique that we had reworked a bit by a local lighting company here in Austin,” Eddings remarks. Another unique addition to the dining space is the custom mantel inspired by a magazine photo of an English fireplace. “We played around a lot with whether to incorporate more color on the mantel, but ultimately decided to use restraint there so that the brick and the surrounding space could shine,” she adds. Dining Table: Bernhardt Furniture. Dining Chairs: Chairish. Dining chairs: Ballard Designs. Chandelier: antique.

Kitchen

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Photo credit: Molly Culver

Arched cabinetry was the perfect addition to the sage-green kitchen. To balance the cost of the custom-designed hood and quartzite slab counters, Eddings kept the perimeter cabinets painter-grade, while the island is a rift-sawn white oak. And in lieu of a traditional backsplash, quartzite runs up the walls with a small ledge, ideal for displaying vintage art from Round Top Antique Week.

Barstools: Restoration Hardware. Cabinet Paint: Tate Olive, Benjamin Moore. Faucet: Rohl. Appliances: Cafe Appliances.

Bunk Room

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Photo credit: Molly Culver

“In order to pull off our long-dreamed about built-in bed, we had to be sure it fit within the space between the existing, custom windows and the wall and that there was space for a trundle bed to pull out,” she says. A lilac-toned bed, plus built-in lighting for bedtime stories, and a hand-made quilt by the girl’s great-grandmother keep this room feeling special.

Fabric on pillow and window valance: Lulie Wallace from Supply Showroom. Sconce: Visual Comfort. Rocker: antique. Paint Color: Mauve Desert, Benjamin Moore.

Guest Bathroom

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Photo credit: Molly Culver

One of the challenges for Eddings during this project was learning restraint when it came to her desire for beautiful wall treatments. “Generally, I am very in favor of a high-low (splurge here, but save there) approach, but sometimes you can’t fake the really good stuff. We really wanted to do a lot of picture-frame molding and wallpaper, but kept costs down with tile and plumbing fixtures,” she says.

Wallpaper: Lulie Wallace from Supply Showroom. Sink Console: antique. Mirror: Crate & Barrel.

Main Bedroom

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Photo credit: Molly Culver

The architect masterfully re-framed the primary suite, which was taken down to the studs.

Bed: Serena & Lily. Pillows: Zak + Fox and Penny Morrison. Lamps: Ballard Designs with shades from Matilda Goad. Bench: custom-made with Penny Morrison fabric. Rug: Surya. Window treatments: custom in Pindler fabric.

Main Bathroom

Teal Zellige tile complements neutral herringbone in this tranquil bathroom.

Mirrors: Restoration Hardware. Sconces: Vaughn Lighting. Countertops: Silestone.

Study

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Photo credit: Molly Culver

While the study is in the new part of the home, the designer worked hard to make sure she selected one-of-a-kind vintage items whenever possible. As the room is mainly for the husband, an attorney by day and avid reader and musician at night, specially designed bookcases with room for his instruments were custom made.

Settee: Antique recovered in Pindler Leather. Rug: antique Persian from Ebay. Picture Lights: Visual Comfort. Coffee Table: antique. Paint: Templeton Gray, Benjamin Moore.

Children’s Bathroom

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Photo credit: Molly Culver

Lemon wallpaper is a sophisticated yet whimsical choice for a child’s bathroom, while arched cabinets make another appearance.

Wallpaper: Wayne Pate – Studio Four NYC (James Showroom). Cabinets: custom-designed. Faucets: Delta. Mirrors: CB2. Sconces: Arteriors. Tile floor: Daltile.

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