Contemporary Hill Country Hacienda by Melisa Clement
Located just outside of Austin, Texas, Contemporary Hill Country Hacienda is a beautiful single-family house designed by Melisa Clement.
About Contemporary Hill Country Hacienda
A Hill Country Haven: Blending Indoor and Outdoor Beauty
Located just outside Austin in the Central Texas Hill country, this home masterfully incorporates 360-degree views from every window and each of its seven patios. Inspired by a timeless California hacienda, the interior mirrors the exterior’s beauty, featuring rich white walls and organic wood accents.
Architectural Elements and Natural Light
The home’s unique feature is its full stacking glass doors at the back, complemented by a wall of glass doors at the front. This design invites light and air, creating a breezy, beachfront ambiance in the gathering room. The room’s 24-foot-tall ceiling (7.3 meters) posed a challenge, especially in lighting the tall fireplace wall effectively. After exploring various designs, Moonshine Shades from south Austin brought our vision to life. They crafted a stunning, 14-foot by 14-foot (4.3 meters by 4.3 meters) moving mobile chandelier with 8-foot shades (2.4 meters), evoking images of floating clouds.
Interior Design: Earthy and Contemporary
To complement the home’s airy vibe, I designed walnut panels with intricate details for the house, including the tall fireplace wall. These panels added warmth and texture, balancing the light fixture’s airiness. The contemporary lighting throughout the house contrasts with the walnut’s warmth, enhancing the cozy atmosphere. We mixed wood tones, pairing white oak cabinets with a gray wash alongside solid walnut countertops and a custom vent hood, creating a diverse, forest-like feel.
For the kitchen backsplash, I chose Neolith for its durability, heat resistance, and beautiful patterns. It perfectly matched my vision, enabling bookmatching in various directions. We used it extensively for the backsplash wall, the full island with a waterfall edge, and all counters in the prep kitchen.
Our accent colors, aqua blues and greens, extended the “outdoors-in” motif. I selected a beautiful cork wallpaper by Candice Olsen for the office and other unique textures for powder bathrooms. Bright cement tiles in several bathrooms enhanced the hacienda feel with vibrant hues.
Overall, this home offers a family-friendly, peaceful retreat, a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor serenity. We believe we’ve achieved that goal.
Photography by Allison Cartwright
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