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August 28, 2015
Cove House By Fern Santini

The interior of this dreamy waterfront house on the cove of Lake Austin was created by one of the best interior designers you can find in Texas – Fern Santini. She believes that balance in lighting flooring, colour pattern and fabric are the elements that contribute to a well-designed interior, but the paramount consideration is always the client´s lifestyle.

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A tract house on a verdant cove on Lake Austin was nearly awash in bad seventies’ architecture and interior design. But the site was incomparable, with the lake fronting two sides of the property. The new owners loved the location and even wanted to save the house, which spoke to them about casual lakeside living. Furman+Keil Architects rendered a stunning renovation to the wood and glass building, turning it into an indoor-outdoor house that’s perfect for entertaining both formally and informally. Fern played up the new architecture with elegantly relaxed furniture and an expertly curated array of contemporary art by local artists. Touches of absolute luxury—such as plaster walls in the master bedroom, all-out glamour in the gold-and-white tiled master bath, and a Kyle Bunting rug in the dining room—are reminders that being casual doesn’t preclude being very very stylish.

See also: Forter Castle by Katharine Pooley

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Though the phrase “location, location, location” is generally attributed to British real estate tycoon Lord Harold Samuel, its earliest usage appeared in a 1926 Chicago Tribune classified ad. Yet what was true in 1926, as well as in Lord Samuel’s time, remains an incontrovertible fact today. Proof positive of the adage is this idyllic tree-shaded property in Austin, which is bordered on three sides by a postcard-perfect lake.

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Unfortunately for the couple who transferred from California to Texas for work, the existing 1983 house that sat on the land had a few quirks. “The house needed a lot of work,” says designer Fern Santini. “It was red and black, with a lot of gold sponge painting.” And so, Santini—along with architects Gary Furman and Philip Keil, home builder David Dalgleish and landscape designer Mark Word—was hired to turn the house into one more conducive to the homeowners’ lifestyle.

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Architecture – Gary Furman, FAIA, LEED AP, and Philip Keil, AIA, Furman Keil Architects
Interior Design – Fern Santini, Abode | Fern Santini Design
Home Builder – David Dalgleish, Dalgleish Construction Company
Landscape Architecture – Mark Word, Mark Word Design

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Read more about Fern Santini’s designs on Best Interior Designers Blog

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See also: Amazing Sol House by David Guerra

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  • The high ceilings and clean lines are two of the most recognizable characteristics of Marbella's luxury, but LUXXU took it a step further by combining raw and fine materials and featuring marble floors and walls to create the perfect contrast with the simple white walls and wooden slabs.
  • Any dining space takes pride in providing a large area for family and friends to enjoy themselves. LUXXU kept this in mind at all times, providing a great view of the outdoor space while furnishing it with the most extraordinary pieces.
  • This spacious master bedroom is an utopian and captivating place to begin a brand new day. The neutrals are kept, but dark wood is given more emphasis to create even more contrast than usual to ensure the atmosphere is relaxing and acts as a soothing mechanism.
  • This spacious master bedroom is an utopian and captivating place to begin a brand new day. The neutrals are kept, but dark wood is given more emphasis to create even more contrast than usual to ensure the atmosphere is relaxing and acts as a soothing mechanism.
  • When you enter a living room and immediately feel more calm and relaxed, you know it has served its purpose. The neutral and soft color palette was chosen to provide the serenity we all need when arriving home. The Thomson Sofa is readily available to sit on its soft leather and velvet, which give a luxurious and sensual touch alongside the Galea Armchairs, with their elegant silhouettes, bringing back an ancient inspiration that fits well within Marbella's history.
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