Helen Thompson
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Austin-based interior designer Fern Santini worked with Austin clients on a new house the couple was building in Boulder, Colorado. They were interested in creating a place that connected with the landscape and, with guidance from architect Annette Martin, settled on a version of a Colorado farmhouse with a guest house. The architect developed the idea into an enclave of three separate buildings clad with vertical painted wood siding and fieldstone with courtyards. Santini is known for her audacious mix of styles and textures, a strategy that she used masterfully in this house.

Custom front door leading into the foyer is by Quality Metal Fabricators; the red sconces are Jean Royere. Santini found the circa 1950’s cerused oak Francisque Chaleyssin buffet at Jean Mark Fray Antiques in Austin. The rug is an antique Oushak.

A custom Lindsey Adelman Studio light illuminates the living room where Santini paired a Minotti sofa with Berman Rosetti armchairs upholstered in curly lamb. Artwork over the fireplace is by Hung Liu; art hanging over the windows is by Brad Miller.

The runner in the kitchen is from Black Sheep Unique.

Walnut bar chairs are by Arne Jacobsen; island is topped with marble. The sixties-era Italian globe pendants are from Obsolete in Culver City, Ca.

The floors are custom reclaimed hand-planed floors in a chevron pattern from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors; custom cabinetry by RL Woodworks & Design.

Santini upholstered the vintage Lucite dining chairs in Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon from Stockton Hicks Laffey in Austin. The Cloud pendant by Apparatus hangs over a teak dining table.

The designer hung Ingo Maurer pendants from Scott+Cooner in the library above a custom table and chairs by Formations. Builder Richard O. Jorgensen sourced the wood beams from old barns in Indiana.

The library’s book shelves are covered in faux leather python by Ramtex.

De Gournay wallpaper in the master bedroom is a luxe backdrop for the Dessin Fournier bed.

In the sitting area just off the master bedroom, Santini upholstered a sofa in Scalamandre’s silk velvet leopard print; vintage Moroccan rug is from Black Sheep Unique; Cameron club chairs are from George Cameron Nash.

White Moth Circle marble tiles from Timorous Beasties for Cle cover the powder room walls. Waterworks faucets and vintage sconces.

Vintage Moroccan rug underscores the marble-framed vanity in the master bath.

Fieldstone fireplace and French limestone slabs enrich a covered terrace. The two sofas are by Janus et Cie.



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