This home, located on the sub-penthouse level of the Austin Proper Residence Tower in downtown Austin, was designed by Mark Cravotta of Cravotta Interiors. Truth be told, the project was a labor of love…and divorce. Mark tells us more. 

First, tell us about the clients. How did the project begin, and what was the ‘pivot point’? 

Cravotta Interiors was approached by a couple who wanted to downsize from a house in Austin, and transition to downtown living. A year or so into the project, the couple split up, so the design pivoted towards a “bachelor pad” aesthetic. We went for a warm masculine space, combining wood accents and soft textures with more modern touches such as the monochromatic black kitchen space. The biggest challenge was redesigning whole spaces, i.e. the kitchen which was originally designed as a brighter feminine space. 

You graciously share some of the details of the design in the slideshow, but we’re most curious about this open living and dining space. We’d love to know more about it! 
The living room Flexform sectional is defined by a custom L-shaped Jiun Ho sofa table. The open concept living/dining space is accented by a Christophe Delcourt floor lamp, Holly Hunt coffee table, the homeowner’s grand piano, and a sculptural light fixture from Ted Abramczyk. With Google HQ as the building’s neighbor, we designed custom shelving to provide privacy while allowing light to filter through frosted glass panes. The dining area features a BDDW dining table, Cast Design dining chairs, and a Holly Hunt light fixture. The modern kitchen adorned in Ann Sacks tile is low contrast in effect for a dramatic moment in the home. 

What does the client love most about the finished space?
As the client has moved into a new phase of life, he especially appreciates how this sophisticated, yet very comfortable urban home fits him so well.

See more in the slideshow.