Pretty In Pink: A Historic Dining Room

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The Brady House on Pearl Street

Judges' Hill, 78701
Construction & Remodeling

An Austin City Landmark built in 1910, and one of the only all-brick Arts & Crafts bungalows in the city.

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A splash of color on the walls and a use of different textures create drama where there was none.

When Jeff and Katie Bullard of Avenue B Development bought the historic Brady House to be their own residence, the dining room, much like the rest of the house, was “in pretty rough shape,” Katie says. It didn’t even have sheetrock.

Once the structural elements were addressed, she used pieces of gray-and-pink wallpaper from the old house to inspire the color palette for the new one. “I thought if I could pull in elements of that throughout the house, it would be a nod to what the house originally looked like,” she says. The paint choice for the dining room was raspberry glaze.

A farmhouse table from Restoration Hardware was then paired with clear chairs from Collectic Home. (“I like to mix up the textures in the room,” she says.) A nickel chandelier from the Robert Abbey Bling Collection completed the look. “I wanted to bring in something very reflective since we had these wood floors and this farmhouse table and the pink on the walls,” she says. “Bringing in something heavy could’ve made the room feel drearier than what I wanted.”

“The dining room is a place where you can experiment a little bit,” Bullard says. “The one place where you can play with some color or some drama, like a great light fixture, is the dining room.”