Helen Thompson
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LIVING ABOVE THE STORE

Kimberly Renner is well-known around Austin—and beyond—as the consummate renovator of houses. She has targeted many in the city, some of which were well on the way to ruin. When Renner noticed an abandoned three-level red brick office building that had sat empty for years at one of the city’s busiest intersections, the visionary saw the potential. But not just as an office, even though the 5000-square-foot street-level space now houses her retail business The Renner Project where she sells mid-century and antique furniture, art, and accessories. Renner also realized she could turn the upper level into a family home for herself, her husband Dan, and their two teenage sons.

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A modern sculpture by Allen Wynn stands next to a Japanese tansu chest in the entry.

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Renner has assembled a variety of metal pieces to display on top of a long painted table at the end of the entry.

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A collection of locks also find space on the table.

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The kitchen and dining area are the family’s main gathering place. The Belgian oak dining table seats 12; the vintage oak chairs are from a men’s lodge.

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Renner designed the pendants that hang from the exposed ceiling trusses.

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Renner displays her collection of rolling pins and early American crockery in an antique hardware store cupboard at one end of her kitchen.

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Even though the crockery and rolling pins are part of her collection they are still on hand for daily use when Renner cooks.

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Renner’s brother Cole Thompson has a fabricating studio on the basement level of the building—he repairs pieces Renner finds for her store and he also fabricates new pieces, such as the steel cabinets in the kitchen.

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The chalkboard in the powder room is a place where it’s ok to write on the walls.

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In the living room, vintage sofas and a vintage coffee table are lit on high by a custom chandelier.

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A Milo Baughman table is surrounded by Queen Anne chairs; the wallpaper is by Philip Jeffries.

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A mid-century shelf system in the living room is a place to display books and art.

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Renner painted the bedroom walls Sherwin Williams’ Sealskin. The Gio Ponti headboard sports clip-on lights by Artemide.

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The master bath.

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The mid-century rosewood-and-brass cabinet in the master dressing room is by Silvio Cavatorta.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VITALE

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