Sara Cukerbaum received her B.A. from New York University in 2004. She later returned to study Interior Design at The Harrington Institute of Design in Chicago. After graduating, Sara worked as a designer at several high-end residential firms on a variety of published projects in Chicago, New York, and Dallas. She then returned to her home state of Texas where she founded SLIC Interiors in Austin.
Sara Cukerbaum received her B.A. from New York University in 2004. She... More »
Sharon Radovich of Panache Interiors was busy renovating four bathrooms in Herb and Nan Schwetman's house when she got a call from Nan. Nan told Sharon to stop working on the bathrooms because a lot the couple had wanted for years finally came on the market. The Schwetmans bought the lot immediately and put together a team of award-winning designers including Barley & Pfeiffer Architects, Panache Interiors and Botanical Concerns Landscaping.
The Schwetmans told the design team they wanted something contemporary, but with natural elements to tie their home to the beautiful panoramic views. With a strong focus on the topography, the architect created a linear home with tall north-facing windows to bring in cool light, protect the home's south-facing walls, and shield it from exposure to the sun.
Once the architects completed the design, Radovich came to the plate with an array of natural materials to promote the ambiance of the home's setting. The Schwetmans couldn't be happier. When it came to working with design professionals, Nan says, "We think we know what we like, but sometimes you just need a little nudging in the right direction."
Houzz at a Glance Who lives here: Herb and Nan Schwetman Location: Austin, Texas Size: 4,000-square-foot, two-story house with 4 bedrooms
The architects at Barley & Pfeiffer created an open floor plan for the main living area, using the lot's natural slope to conceal all secondary living spaces. Detaching the garage and placing the deck and screened-in porch on the south side protects the home from harsh winds. The design team further emphasized the home's energy efficiency by using premium non-degrading exterior materials.
Panache Interiors used Mesquite wood floors in the main area of the house. Horizontal wood panels offset the shell fossil limestone fireplace surround. Radovich chose gray for the walls. Sliding doors lead from the living room on to the deck, showcasing the home's spectacular view of the Austin Hill Country.
All furniture and area rugs came from Room & Board. Nan says, "We just love that store. Their pieces are modern but still look cozy and they are really reasonably priced. It was perfect for us."
Radovich selected Verde Marinace as the material for the kitchen island countertop. The Marinace is comprised of large colored river rocks fused together. "Everyone is always asking me what this stone is. It is very unique," Nan says.
Ayers green granite was placed on all of the remaining kitchen counters and the kitchen backsplash was covered in a combination of horizontal limestone and glass mosaic tiles. Green-gray cabinetry in Sherwin Williams Rare Gray 6199 further emphasizes the home's contemporary look.
The decks are made of sustainable Ipe Brazilian hardwood. "One of my favorite things about this house is its natural setting," Nan says. "We tried to bring as much of that setting inside with our choice of colors and with some of the art that we used."
In the master bathroom, Radovich combined honed seagrass stone with mosaic bamboo tiles for the floor. "The bamboo is warmer to the foot so when Nan and Herb step out of their shower, they aren't stepping onto cold tiles," Radovich says.