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Austin, TX, is a vibrant city with a renowned live music scene, nature outposts for everything from biking to boating, and outstanding dining. In keeping with the city’s motto, “Keep Austin Weird,” you can also find an eclectic and thriving visual arts culture, as well as a range of architectural styles that run from Queen Anne Victorian to Craftsman-style bungalows. Modern, sculptural architecture is booming in Austin, too. A swell of contemporary homes offer walls of floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views, open floor plans, and custom features galore. This gorgeous contemporary home remodeled by LaRue Architects is a gorgeous example.

Exterior house in Austin, Texas
Exterior mood lighting illuminates the open floor plan of this stunning Austin home from LaRue Architects.

Located in Rollingwood, this 6,600-square-foot abode sits on two adjoining lots with an unobstructed view of downtown Austin. Originally designed as a five-bedroom house, the home just underwent a complete remodel. It also boasts six-and-a-half baths. “We originally designed the house as a new build that was completed in 2015,” says James LaRue, founder of LaRue Architects.

The initial construction was done by Greg Reynolds of Reynolds Custom Homes, with Shoberg Custom Homes coming in for the later renovation. “Kelle Contine Interior Design provided an interior remodel,” adds James, “and the floor plan stayed primarily the same — mostly new finishes.” While the design draws inspiration from Northeastern farmhouses, the home is site-driven, taking full advantage of the landscape and incorporating signature Texan elements like Texas Lueders limestone.

Living room with large windows overlooking a pool
Thanks to a Cavan Carpets Pinnacle Collection area rug in Mohave and Cova Swivel Lounge Chairs from Davis Furniture, this combined dining room and living room space encompasses rich textures and colors.
Close-up of dining room table with orange chairs
Commissioned from Maui, HI, this artwork (‘XO Allure’ by Lori Koprowski) adds a pop of color to the dining space, surrounded by Gubi Beetle dining chairs.
Colorful art over a fireplace, in front of two modern chairs
Purchased in San Miguel de Allende, this colorful artwork is ‘Abstracto en Otono’ by Marilo Carral.
Staircase with artistic lighting
This stunning staircase boasts artwork such as ‘Swing Silhouette III’ by Christopher Peter from Slate Gray Gallery in Telluride, CO.

The first thing one sees upon entering the residence is an expansive view of Downtown — and a skyline for days. Designed in the shape of an “H,” the layout offers a central living area that connects everything, and beautiful, cozy spaces abound.

“The living and dining spaces are connected, and an away room (originally designed for a piano) is separated by a see-through fireplace with a suspended chimney,” James explains. “The away room is closest to the street side of the home, and the stair to the lower apartment is located in this quadrant. The kitchen and soft seating are opposite the main living space, divided by a free-standing bar. Another flex space, currently designed as the music room, is on the Downtown side of the home, and there is access to the outdoor living porch and pool. All secondary bedrooms (besides the lower apartment) are on the upper floor.”

Kitchen with long dark island surrounded by stools
Emphasizing and maximizing storage, the kitchen offers up custom cabinetry for a sleek look that’s also practical. Chartier pendant fixtures by Jonathan Browning add a touch of elegance.
Close-up of island with blue cabinets
The kitchen cabinetry millwork is a mix of custom and grain-matched walnut and gray matte lacquer finish.
Mud bench with a dog, surrounded by blue cabinets
Refinished by Ace Hardwood in Austin, custom site-stained white oak wood flooring runs throughout the home.

If we had to pick only one, the home’s standout feature would most certainly be its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Surrounding nearly every main room, they offer up unparalleled, memorable views. “The primary bedroom is located closest to Downtown and is cantilever above the yard below,” says James. “It almost [appears that] it is floating in the treetops.” The bedroom also offers an unobstructed view of the swimming pool, which overlooks the lush property beyond.

Exterior home by pool, with glass windows surrounding primary bedroom
The primary bedroom features a view of the serene pool and lush yard.
Master bedroom with wood wall behind bed and floor-to-ceiling glass windows
Custom walnut panels and slats offer a sleek backdrop for this cozy bed from Restoration Hardware.
Floor-to-ceiling windows with view of Austin
B&B Italia Mart Lounge Chairs from Scott + Cooner make for a lovely perch from which to gaze at the view of the Downtown skyline.
Master bathroom with large plant and vanity
The primary bathroom wows, with custom millwork, elegant lighting, and greenery.
Kids' bedroom with black modern wallpaper and a bear near the bed
Whimsical Graffito Wallpaper from Kelly Wearstler (in Onyx Beige) gives this child’s bedroom a sense of wonder, while West Elm pillows add a touch of color.
Bedroom with black fringe light fixture and bay window with gray curtains
Our favorite feature in this pretty guest bedroom (aside from the fantastic view, of course!) is the fun Baja Chandelier from Arteriors.
Sitting room with white couch, mustard-colored chairs, and a colorful rug
This media room is resplendent in Sherwin-Williams SW 7069 Iron Ore, accented by Beaumont chairs in Varese Lichen Velvet from Jonathan Adler.
Stone wall with colorful art by office desk
With textures galore, this open office area features a stone wall, a wood ceiling, and the Whisper Chandelier from Ngala Trading Co.
Bathroom with textured wallpaper and a black marble sink
Stunning wallpaper abounds in this powder bath, thanks to Faye Bell’s Lichen wallcovering.
Close-up of black bathroom sink with brass spout
A custom faucet in polished, unlacquered brass is a standout feature on this powder room sink.
Exterior view of pool surrounded by house at dusk
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic view.
Outdoor courtyard at an Austin home
An outdoor patio offers up a tranquil spot for everything from morning meditation to dining with friends.
Backyard sign that says "AMOR"
A close-up of this fun backyard art piece adds color and whimsy to the thoughtfully landscaped space.

All photography courtesy of Chase Daniel.


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Jenna Bratcher

Jenna Bratcher is StyleBlueprint Nashville’s Associate Editor and Lead Writer. The East Coast native moved to Nashville 16 years ago, by way of Los Angeles. She is a lover of dogs, strong coffee, traveling, and exploring the local restaurant scene bite by bite.