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Publication Date: 2015-05-05

Inspiration

Family Homage

Creating a refuge for family and friends was one couple’s priority for their Lake Austin home. The result is a space where everyone can enjoy cozy company and outdoor adventures.

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When designer Ann Dupuy first entered this Austin home, she knew immediately her first task. Given the museum-quality array of African sculptures, Asian artifacts, striking fabrics, and woven wall-hangings the homeowners had collected on their travels and that were on display. Dupuy decided to lighten and brighten the interiors. She chose Benjamin Moore’s White Dove as a way to unify the spacious, soaring interiors and provide a suitable backdrop for the artwork. Against this clean, neutral palette, the shapes, hues, and textures of the collection would emerge in full. As for other conspicuous structural elements, including beamed ceilings and window mullions, the white shade would bring these details into relief. “The paint I used, which is sprayed on in a fine mist,” Dupuy explains, “has a pearlescent quality that shimmers and changes with the light.” So, in a clever strategy, Dupuy decided to keep intact expanses of dark-wood crown molding, baseboards, and window frames, while introducing a prevailing brightness on the walls and through the furnishings.

Interior design by Ann Dupuy. Photography by Peter Vitale. Written by Suzanne Levert.

This story appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of MILIEU. To read the complete story, or to see all photos, subscribe to MILIEU’s print or digital editions, available by clicking here.

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