Before + After: Lightened Up Luxury

Even though the fireplace, arches, limestone floors, and stone walls in the former baronial-sized foyer remained, the addition of white paint, beautiful blue velvet furniture, and an eye-catching chandelier did much to rid the space of its gloomy unwelcoming attitude.

Photography by Ryann Ford

Turn an enormous, heavy-handed “castle” in Austin’s Barton Creek community into a light-filled, happy home with a bit of Hamptons style. Such was the task facing Heather Harkovich of Heather Scott Home & Design. “The only part of the home that originally appealed to my clients was the garage space for the husband’s collection of motorcycles,” says the designer. “The rest of the house was the opposite of the wife’s taste. She prefers a lot of brightness and glossy accents with a beachy attitude.”

Undaunted, Harkovich rolled up her sleeves and tackled the superscaled rooms by bringing in lighter hues of white, blue, and gray through paint, furniture, and textiles. “I used larger custom pieces to make sense of the oversized spaces and add some needed comfort,” says the designer. In the foyer, for example, she chose an 84-inch oval settee upholstered in a plush blue velvet and placed it beside two generous lounge chairs. An orb-shaped chandelier with row upon row of sparkling lights brightens the space.

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