Located in the South Lamar neighborhood of Austin, Texas, Gibson Flats is a modern living community with the style and unique character that’s ever-present with this eclectic metropolitan city. Like most living complexes, their model unit is on display for all the prospective residents to view – and it was due for an update. Having worked on various other projects under the Greystar’s property portfolio, the team reached out to the lead stylist with West Elm Austin’s Design Crew, Christina Rodriguez, to take on this project.
“Gibson Flats was in need of refreshing their model unit that they show to prospective residents. They weren’t sure what pieces they needed to keep from their original unit, they just knew that they wanted a new look. To begin, I walked the space with Kellie, the Community Manager, to discuss their needs for the new design and take an inventory of existing items that could potentially get moved around, and what key furniture pieces were needed to transform the apartment,” says Christina.
“I’m so pleased with how the space turned out, as are my clients,” adds Christina. “My favorite design element has to be all of the faux botanicals we used throughout. I feel like it’s a detail that really helps to bring life and a sense of home to any space. With this being a model unit, it was important that we add greenery that doesn’t require any additional care. Low maintenance plants you can’t kill? Count me in!”
Tour this space below and take a closer look at some of the key pieces Christina used to refresh this Austin apartment, including a reversible sectional that truly defined the look and feel of this one-bedroom unit.
The main focal point of the living room is the Paidge Reversible Sectional in Ink Blue Velvet, as its bold color visually anchors the space, while complementing the colors in the Minted for West Elm Wall Art. “The main reason we went with this sofa was to show that the space could in fact fit a sectional nicely. The actual physical unit being used as the model for Gibson Flats was changed last minute to this neighboring unit which had a mirrored floor plan. Being that the Paidge Sectional was reversible, we were easily able to change the side the chaise was on, thus providing access to the patio,” says Christina. “Such a versatile piece of furniture!”
“The Origami Coffee Table is a West Elm favorite of mine. It’s base has dynamic angles that create visual interest. An added plus – its round top supports a good flow of traffic through the space, especially when touring prospective residents towards the outdoor area.”
Christina was able to utilize the Reclaimed Wood + Lacquer Buffet in the living room to house the TV. “I choose this piece for its’ natural materials. It offers an industrial feel with the antiqued legs and drawer pulls, with a modern aesthetic in the glossy, white lacquer frame. The reclaimed pine wood added the perfect touch of warmth to the space, working nicely against the existing faux wood paneled wall. An added bonus in using the buffet was its additional storage it provides.”
The kitchen is the first and last impression prospective residents get of the apartment when touring the space, so it was key that it felt spacious and inviting. “I used the Roar + Rabbit Infinity Mirrors to brighten up the kitchen/entry area. With the textural brass accents paired with the mirror surface, it also acts like a piece of art. The trio of mirrors really expands the room, while in return reflecting the expansive amount of storage the kitchen cabinets have, and not to mention that large marble island – both important factors for the property,” Christina says.
The style of the apartment definitely would be considered more modern than industrial, but the use of the three Adjustable Industrial Backless Swivel Stools is a nice fit. The wood tones of the seat complements the dark wood cabinets, without looking too similar – and the steel frame visually anchors the room right as you walk in. A true pairing of form and function.
Since the unit is roughly 700 square feet, it was important for the bedroom to feel connected design-wise to the main living space. By incorporating blue color tones, as well as the Reclaimed Wood + Lacquer Nightstands, Christina was able to achieve a true sense of cohesiveness. “The king-sized Rhyan Bed helped to set the tone for creating a relaxing bedroom with its streamlined, slim light bronzed legs, topped off with the Melange Belgian Linen Duvet in Shadow Blue,” she says.
“My favorite piece in the bedroom would have to be the Metalized Glass Table Lamps flanking both sides of the bed. The blown glass is a work of art in itself, complete with the classic white linen shade. There’s so much depth in the gray luster finish, not to mention the shape is fun + elegant all at the same time. And let’s not forget their built-in USB port!”
Below: Christina Rodriguez, Lead Stylist – West Elm Austin, Texas