Funky South Austin Oasis

This funky South Austin home has the best of both the urban and rural worlds. Located only two miles from downtown Austin, TX it still has a country garden space feel. The home itself boasts an indoor and door living feel, surrounded by flowers and beautiful plant life.
South Austin Garden Space
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A Costan Rican hammock hangs in the serene tropical garden space. The backyard is an oasis and retreat from Austin's city life. You can purchase hammocks just like this one at Mercado Central in San Jose, Costa Rica. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“different view” — Rosa Maria De Llano
Hallway
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The hallway is a collage of framed pictures of Jaret's and Kara's. It is a melding of the two's creative minds, and small framed images. This design idea turned their small hallway into a large glimpse into the imagination. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“there's always space for one more picture.” — Teresa Freeman
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The house holds many books, records, and art. The painting on the right was taken by Jaret on a camping trip to Big Bend National Park, on the Mexican boarder. The records to the left are a shared collection between the two. Many of the records were bought at End of an Ear, a local Austin record shop. endofanear.com Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“color idea for Rachel” — ramankulor
Front yard
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The house is located only two miles from downtown Austin, TX. Austin is known for it's eclectic music scene and colorful people. South Austin, where this home is located has a funky and free vibe. You can see their Turkish Van Kelly, walking by the front door. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
Kitchen
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The house has a studio feel to it. The kitchen opens up into the living room, which opens into the backyard. The kitchen still has the original aqua counter tops, built in the 1960s. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“Counter tops” — klcbois
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The couple has eclectic, but simple taste. The Buddha sits upon a wooden side table. The table shows the grains of the wood and the Buddha sits meditatively, welcoming guests in. Both items were purchased at Target. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“maybe brighter paint in my kitchen, maybe that aubergine from the other kitchen somewhere” — bludesigner
hallway
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The couple feel color is very important. Both being photographers and artists, color is a key part of their everyday life. They chose to paint their home softer tones, and more earthy colors. The yellow in the kitchen is a nice, warm hello in the morning. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
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This photo shows the yellow entrance of the home. The piano was a rare find on craigslist. It was one of 12,000 pianos built at it's factory in Ohio in 1913. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“multiple colors” — dariakirsche
backyard
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One of the most inviting features of this cozy home is the fire pit in the backyard. With the french doors open, the fire pit can hold a bonfire, both appreciated inside and outside. The circular lights outlining the french doors were bought at World Market. Photo credit: Kara Mosher www.thesebrowneyes.com
“Decorative features above French doors” — beckybryon
living room
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The floors were stained just before Kara moved into the home. The staining gives the home a warm and warehouse feel. The colors in the staining are very fall, and go well with the decorative pumpkins. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“french doors” — cabhara
living room
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Jaret painted the mural sitting behind him and Kara's dogs Harris (right) and Laika (left). The mural looks simple and elegant, and is the first thing you see entering the home. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“cement staining” — martik123
media room
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The couple are also musicians and house their recording equipment, instruments, etc. in their studio, or guest room. Much of the furniture in the home is from second hand stores, like the red chair pictured. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“Juls” — darrenlinderman
media room
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The wall behind the couch is also a collage of photographs. This is another good example of having lot's of wonderful things, but not enough wall space. By placing it all on one wall, the chaos becomes orderly and everything finds it's place. The yellow and blue pillows pop color into the room and on the couch, they can be found at Target. Photo credit Kara Mosher: ww...More
“couch” — danitrett
living room
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The home was built in the 1960s and its style shows that. The ceilings are a bit taller then average and the small home still contains a hallway. The couch Jaret sits on, is another item found at a second hand Austin store. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“Cause he's cute !!” — Raymond Savoie
living room
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This is an ideal house for dog owners. With the open french doors, the dogs are able to come in and out as they choose. The concrete floors are also a good way for Laika and Harris to keep cool during those hot 110 degree summer days. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“Looks very cosy” — karah1969
South Austin Garden Space
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A Costan Rican Hammock hangs in the serene tropical garden space. The backyard is an oasis and retreat from Austin's city life. There are many plants growing in the backyard, including a Morning Glory vine, growing up the side of the house. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“small yard” — kely0702
South Austin Garden Space
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The living room has french doors that open into the backyard. The house has an entirely different feel when the doors are closed. When they are open it feels like a paradise oasis, hidden in the hills of Austin. The house sits on a hill and you can really feel the fresh air when the house is opened up. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“like the small back yard - fire pit?” — kely0702
South Austin Garden Space
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The bathroom is painted an avocado green color that fits the 1960s style of the home's built. The shower curtain is from Target, and the floors are stained. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
bathroom
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The bathroom has a quirky photo above the toilet. Kara and Jaret appropriately named the cigarette smoking woman in the photo Phyllis. The photo was taken by Louisiana based photographer Brad Arender, and can be purchased by special order at www.bradarender.com. Photo credit: Kara Mosher www.thesebrowneyes.com
“Exquisite” — augustborn
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The bathroom though small holds it's own quirks. One of these unique touches are the large shells in the sink. Collected from around the world, the shells decorate the sink with the vibes of the sea. Photo credit: Kara Mosher www.thesebrowneyes.com
Cozy and colorful bedroom
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The room has the most beautiful morning light. The large window takes up a third of the Southern wall. The yellow and gray quilt adds a nice pattern to the rectangular room. The quilt can be purchased at Target. The Southern wall also has a photo collage created with spare prints Kara and Jaret had laying around. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“I like the shelf on the opposite wall. Maybe, again, something like that in the 'guest' bedroom.” — Francesca
Cozy and colorful bedroom
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The bedroom has two large closets and a ceiling fan. Kara replaced the glass over the light bulb on the fan with a covering from Home Depot. The yellow cover gives the room an orange, warm glow at night. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“added closet” — cooklg
Cozy and colorful bedroom
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The couple's large bedroom holds many books, comfy lighting and a large Epson printer. The home is used for both living and working, making it an especially useful space. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
Cozy and colorful bedroom
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Modern black bookcase holds many different books. On top of the shelf Joel houses some of his camera collection. Joel is a local photographer, who works out of his home at times. The bookcase is from IKEA. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“Black expedit” — nlf2
driveway
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This photo shows the private driveway leading to the South Austin home. Considering the homes two mile distance from downtown, the driveway really gives a cozy cottage feel. Photo credit Kara Mosher: www.thesebrowneyes.com
“Private road lead to the house.” — wachera
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