Who lives here: Allison Crawford and her Papillon, Pierre
Location: Downtown Austin, Texas
Size: 1,100 square feet (102 square meters); two bedrooms, two bathrooms
Six months ago, interior designer Allison Crawford decided to downsize from a four-bedroom house in Tarrytown, a family-oriented area of Austin, Texas, to a two-bedroom apartment in the heart of downtown. While she loved her house, she was a single gal surrounded by families, and she longed for the social scene and vibrancy that living downtown offered.
“Since none of the furniture for my new apartment needed to be large — quite the opposite, I had to hunt for the perfect tiny sofa — I was able to spend more on each piece, like the custom loveseat and vintage headboard I scored from Again & Again in Dallas,” Crawford says.
Vintage sofa and side tables: Again & Again; coffee table: Room Service Vintage; Bono pillow: Chairish; leather tray: Canoe; commissioned painting: Jerry Cabrera
Crawford’s inspiration for the design of her pad was the burgeoning pop scene of the 1970s. A huge fan of the bold colors and funky patterns of that era, she took midcentury classics and refashioned them with a late-’70s/early-’80s femininity.
Platner chairs: Samuel Ivan; dining table: Room Service Vintage; lithographs: Marta Minujin
Crawford also cites Design Within Reach and 1st Dibs as go-to sources for her splurges.
Commissioned painting: Jerry Cabrera; Meurice side table: Robert Abbey for Jonathan Adler; vintage Milo Baughman dining table: Uptown Modern
“I love the floor-to-ceiling windows. It makes me feel closer to nature without having to go outside and brave the notorious Austin heat,” she adds.
“I started my textile line as a way to share this love with clients and be able to source my own materials ethically,” she says.
This international inspiration is visible throughout her space. “I bought the Che painting [above the bed] from a local artist in Cuba,” Crawford says. “The throw on my bed is from a direct-trade artisan market in Mexico City; the material for one of the throw pillows was sourced while cycling in a remote Burmese village. I love how decor holds memories and stories.”
Nightstand and ceramic lamps: Room Service Vintage; print: Thom Jackson
But the change in venue is a welcome one for Crawford and her friends. “My friends gasp over the view and rave about all the natural light. The apartment is right downtown, so it’s a fun place to pregame for a night out on the town,” she says.
“Since I have the stock for my textile line in the home, the girls and I will swap out a pillow and stand together in a line and stare at it; we’ll each adjust, fluff and move it before deciding if it can stay. Then we’ll have a laugh and gather around the counter for a snack before getting back to work,” Crawford says.
“This sums up my day — hardworking, playful and relaxed,” she says. “I love having my team in the house with me. It makes them feel more at home and keeps our spirits high.”