By Rhonda Reinhart | Modern Luxury Interiors Texas | Photo: Photo by Max Burkhalter

Keeping it Casual
An easygoing Austin kitchen sets the scene for a Houston family’s weekend getaways.

Just about every weekend, Meg Lonergan’s clients load up the car and make the drive from Houston to Austin, where their waterside second home awaits. The family’s dreamy retreat, situated on the shores of the Colorado River, wasn’t always so appealing, however. Built in the ’70s, the house had been added onto a number of times over the decades, and it needed a fresh start. “We took it to the studs,” says Lonergan, founder of Houston-based Meg Lonergan Interiors. The whole-home renovation included a complete overhaul of the kitchen, which opens onto the dining room and features doors leading outside, where the homeowners and their three daughters spend as much time as possible. “The color palette was inspired by the surroundings,” says Lonergan, whose nods to nature include terra-cotta-colored tile for the floor, green subway tile for the backsplash and rattan counter stools for the island. “We wanted to get away from the typical white kitchen but still do something that felt fresh and modern.”

Loch Ness subway tile, from $28 per square foot,

Marin V.2 light fixture in white with cerused oak, from $1,399,

Soapstone green honed slab, from $30 per square foot, Allied Stone, Austin, Dallas and Houston,

Hacienda hexagon field tile in Cotto Gold, from $16.08 per square foot, Ann Sacks, Austin, Dallas and Houston,

Scoop counter stool, $469, Wisteria, Dallas,

Kitchen deck mount faucet with straight spout in silicon bronze light, $2,726, by Rocky Mountain Hardware at Alexander Marchant, Austin, alexandermarchant.‌com; Pierce Hardware, Dallas, piercehardware.‌com; Elegant Additions, Houston,;