A Good Texas Neighbor: Ethridge Residence by Cornerstone Architects

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Located on a tight lot in central Austin, this home by Cornerstone Architects is inviting and beckoning, even from the curb. This effect wasn’t easy to attain, due to restrictions in the historic neighborhood. However, Cornerstone met the challenge with an open plan defined through exterior materials that delineate the interior space. With a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright-style rooflines and rectangles, the main living areas are connected to the outdoors through a screened-in terrace that leads seamlessly to the pool and back yard. The “public” areas of this home have a backdrop of pure white, warmed by rustic wood in flooring, seating at the casual kitchen island, and stairs. Even cabinet finishes mimic the grain of lumber, tying together the subtle dashes of blue and sand tones in a cohesive, soothing whole.

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At the quietest corner of the lot, the owner’s suite is planned around abundant natural light; a spacious master bath features not only twin sinks and vanities, but a central counter, complete with chair, large enough to be a work desk! Deep overhangs on the roof prevent any glare, while preserving maximum access to beautiful views through expansive windows. A guest bath continues a whimsical “seaside” theme with a porthole-style mirror and starfish accents, while bed linens, rugs, and furnishings echo a neutral palette of sand shades that almost make this dwelling feel like a beach house in the middle of a residential street. Maximum use of small space, harmony in color scheme, and airy openness: they’re all here in the Ethridge home by Cornerstone.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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