Austin interior designer, Jeanette Van Wicklen, knew it was love at first sight when she saw 616 Crystal Creek. Being an interior decorator with 12 years of experience and living in a larger house next door for years, Van Wicklen and her husband finally decided to talk her sister into purchasing the small cottage next door. Says Van Wicklen, “I have a huge passion for creating warm, unique interiors that are a mix of tradition with a modern twist. Sharing my design passion with my husband, we have built or remodeled 11 homes together over the last 14 years. We love to hunt all over Texas for unique finds that add the unexpected touch to design.” The Van Wicklens have smoothly used that talent here with their cottage next door.
Built in the 1800’s, this sweet cottage was founded by a family by the name of Roves in New Braunfels, Texas. They loved it so much they moved it to the west hills of Austin, to a picturesque parcel of land complete with acreage and beautiful sunset views. The Roves did extensive remodeling to the home before marketing it and were even featured with a story years ago in Home magazine.
Remarks Van Wicklen, “We added alot of modern touches to the cottage by utilizing alot of IKEA’s great products…we basically added the new master closet (IKEA), and also added the new master bathroom.” The couple added several other modern touches to the cottage including a four car barn garage with upstairs storage and transforming the guest house into a design studio downstairs. Enjoy this modern farmhouse cottage’s interior design below.
An addition by the Van Wicklens, the master bathroom features half dome sinks rising above the antique cabinetry piece. Note the fireplace above the bathtub and the turquoise mosaic tiling surrounding it. The long mirror above the sink is perfectly placed to open the room up a little more.
The seafoam and brown color palette has really brought in a cohesive look to the cottage’s transitional farmhouse feel.
This living room design is a testament to the idea that any room can be transformed with a little bit of money. Note the rustic buffet and the beautiful white and brown cow hide rug. The “Revival” sign was obtained from one of her favorite antique shops, Riverside Antiques in Llano, Texas.
The backyard porch is the perfect place to come relax. The white bench, table and chairs really bring out a chic farmhouse feel.
For the kitchen island surface Van Wicklen used Calcutta Gold marble. The wood counters are butcher block from IKEA. Van Wicklen knows how to make this high-end kitchen affordable.
In the end, the Van Wicklens ended up selling it last Spring to a couple from Lake Geneva who saw the photos online and bought it just before it went on market. She adds, “Why would we sell that place that was so precious to us, you might ask?? The decision was a long, hard process because our whole family adored that place…Well, we really miss it terribly…but with every project, we end up needing to recoup our dollars. Now we’re redoing a “Tuscan style” one story…..and hoping the next one will create a new story! To us, each house is a new canvas!”
Thanks so much Jeanette for visiting us today on Design Shuffle! If there’s one thing to know about Jeanette, it’s that she loves helping others decorate their homes. She loves shopping around for deals in design, whether online or scouting around out and about. She welcomes small and large projects and commits to online consultations for those that need help but live outside of Austin.
If you like Van Wicklen’s work, check out her profile here! Be sure to check back again for updates on her “Tuscan Style” renovation. If you loved this Modern Farmhouse Cottage, check out the whole album here!