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Wellness Blogger Brings Chic, Zen Style to Her New Austin Home

POSTED BY LIBBY FERGUSON
AUGUST 17, 2021

Mindfulness is a central theme in Jules Hunt Acree’s new Austin abode. It’s a theme that carries over to all that she touches. Take a peek at her zen retreat here — we think you’ll echo our delight in what designing with intention can do for your living space (and your headspace).

Creator of the popular wellness blog Om & the City, Jules and her husband purchased a new home right after they were married. She was able to take her new space from blueprint to beautifully finished domicile entirely online.  Having worked with Decorist Elite designer Erika Dale to makeover her boho living room and bedroom in her previous apartmentJules was keen to collaborate with Erika again.

Erika and Jules, with a shared eye for clean, coastal-modern spaces, created a dwelling that is just as much function as it is form. Every gathering area and curated corner serves multiple functions while also looking artfully cohesive and easy on the eyes. A firm believer that a space unencumbered by visual clutter translates to a mind clear of mental clutter, Jules opted to keep things simple so she can keep the focus on work and wellness. Beyond blogging about a multitude of soul-satisfying subjects and sharing reasons to love who you are, she carves out plenty of quality time with her family (including her new hubby, two rescue pups and an extensive plant dynasty).

Designing for first-time homeowners is always a delight for Decorist designers. We appreciate the open-mindedness of clients like Jules who want to start with a clean slate and rethink all their wants and requirements (including things they didn’t even know they needed).

The same goes for recent transplants moving to a new city or moving out of the city to wide open spaces. It’s a time to reset and reevaluate your design style to align with your new lifestyle. Heck, you don’t even need to budge from your current spot to benefit from a reset. This project was featured in Dwell, Southern Living and Glitter Guide.  Here’s a look at Jules’ fresh start …


 

 

Rather than focus on any one design style, Jules wanted to make sure her home exuded a calming but happy vibe, much like her personality. Her initial consultation with Erika resulted in a shared vision for a clean, neutral color palette and a cohesive mix of mid century modern and coastal boho design influences. Erika’s initial design board gave her a good feel for the overall vibe of the open living room and kitchen area.

 

Photo credit: Courtesy of Jules Acree

 

The color palette carried through from room to room is equal parts restrained and welcoming. Moments of teal and copper lend just enough contrast and depth to a neutral backdrop of light wood tones, and the crispest white walls and trim.

 

Photo credit: Courtesy of Jules Acree

 

Live greenery everywhere you turn and brushed gold fixtures like these barely-there globe pendants add warmth without introducing more color. Effortless seating like these lightweight bar stools echo the clean lines introduced in the adjacent open living room.

 

Photo credit: Courtesy of Jules Acree

 

A smaller space calls for a light footprint and leaving plenty of negative space for easy flow and visibility from one area to the next. The low sectional sofa couldn’t be a better pick for its raised design that allows light and energy to flow in and around the seating area. It’s the epicenter of the house designed to be an inviting spot to decompress and enjoy togetherness. The neutral area rug with a sun-washed Moroccan motif defines the communal space without disrupting flow to the kitchen.  

 

Photo credit: Courtesy of Jules Acree

 

Space-saving was important to the couple as they wanted to make use of the whole home and also share their space with company and family visiting from out east. The nestled storage bed is a brilliant Ikea hack that feels elevated thanks to the brass pulls.  It offers tons of drawer storage is both a chill spot for reading a book and a single bed for overnight guests. The wall art brilliantly pulls from the color palette throughout and the darling rattan end table ties in with the eco vibe. Textured accent pillows and a plush faux fur throw blanket make the cozy guest room extra welcoming.

 

Photo credit: Courtesy of Jules Acree

 

The master bedroom is a study in calm, truly an Om-worthy retreat. Jules fell in love with the geometric wall shelving above the bed, which provides yet another opportunity to bring in more plants. The artful placement of the pots is a fresh alternative to wall art and lends loads of dimension. Low-profile mid century modern nightstands are a light touch and just the right height for the nearly floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

Photo credit: Courtesy of Jules Acree

 

Her first truly dedicated office space (like an entire room with an actual door on hinges) was a very exciting prospect for Jules who operates her growing lifestyle brand out of the home. She wanted to get the floorplan just right and, judging from the finished multi-use space, we think she nailed it. Bed, Bath & Beyond offered a wealth of options, from the crisp white credenza with roomy storage to the comfy swivel chair and minimalist desk setup. A coral “moment” — in the mid-mod sofa, also echoed in the textured rug — defines the seating area and is a great hue for creative inspiration, which Jules produces in spades.

 

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