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A Stationery Designer’s Cheery Austin Bungalow
By Mimi Faucett for Lonny Magazine | Photographed by Molly Winters Photography for Lonny Magazine

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When Houston-based stationery designer Megan Davis and her husband, found a charming 1930s bungalow near Austin’s buzzy South Congress Avenue, it was more than just love at first sight.

The home of their desire had previously belonged to Davis’ grandmother’s best friend, a place the designer frequented growing up. “When the house went on the market we almost didn’t recognize it,” says Davis, founder of stationery brand Toast & Laurel. She notes that the previous, more recent owners, changed the house quite a bit since she had spent time there. After a few hurdles, the pair and their one-on-the-way, snagged the 1,500-square-foot residence to serve as their second home. (The sale originally fell through and the home came back on the market six months later.)

Today, stepping into the home is like taking in a breath of fresh air — and that was the intention. Houston interior designer, and close friend of Davis, Meg Lonergan envisioned a boutique hotel space for the weekend getaway: “A place where they could feel at home, but without too much decoration,” said Lonergan. The interior designer kept the open plan spacious while using comfy silhouettes, extra beds and practical upholstery to accommodate the home’s frequent visitors. The palette is crisp and clean, punctuated by vintage textiles, patterned rugs, and surprising moments of color throughout. The home’s vibe reflects the style of the city in which it resides, effortlessly bohemian, but edited to feel tailored and fresh.

Flip through the images to see the sunny space for yourself – and prepare to lust after a particularly punchy dining room ceiling!

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