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Michele's "Happy Daze in Austin" Room

Happy Daze in Austin




Austin, Texas



Colors Used

My entire house, with the exception of the bath, is painted with Behr's Patio Gray - a soft, pale greenish-gray. Everyone, but everyone asks me what the wall color is. It's clean and cool, but also cozy and warm at the same time. Because all of the wall color is so cohesive, I can add lots of other colors without them being overwhelming. I have a lot of orange, yellow, red and even lime green paired with it. We're a happy, fun family and the colors really reflect that vibe.

Color Inspiration

The fabulous Evelyn Ackerman tapestries that I inherited from my Dad! (As well as a gorgeous and now defunct Crate and Barrel rug that got trashed in about 13 seconds.) They were the first things I put in this room after the floors were done and the paint was dry. Also, I was determined to use the Patio Gray on all the walls because I love it so. I was afraid that the pale green of the paint was not going to work with the tapestry colors, but they sure pulled together beautifully.

Color Tips

Oh, just what everyone else has said. There are no rules other than to decorate with colors and things YOU love. The most wonderful homes to me are those that are happy, comfortable and reflect the personalities of the dwellers within. Make yourself and your family happy; everything else is just for show.

Favoriting and voting have ended.

Comments (62)

That is a beautiful living space! I love it Michele!

posted by Susan LeBoeuf on November 10, 2011 at 10:37pm
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You have a Pachinko machine?!?! I am so envious! I wish this was my room;-)

posted by B-girl on November 17, 2011 at 10:00pm
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What a happy space! I love how your children's books and board games are used as pops of color (my daughter just bought 3 Warrior books yesterday)!

posted by ~sabine~ on November 7, 2011 at 8:41am
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OH WOW!! My hubby would LOVE your tool box coffee table! Very unique. Love the room, great job! :)

posted by SherriEakin on November 7, 2011 at 8:22am
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Love! Super happy.

posted by herong on November 7, 2011 at 10:08am
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Yes! That's a Karlstad. I traded couches with a neighbor. I think it's an old color; isn't it great?

posted by MamaHolt on November 7, 2011 at 10:56am
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You rock. Love your space and the vibe it gives.

posted by DanielleC on November 7, 2011 at 11:07am
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Such a freaking yummy room!! LOVE.

posted by ChezMeaux on November 7, 2011 at 11:10am
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LOVE this room! So happy! You've got my vote :)

posted by monstergirl on November 7, 2011 at 11:19am
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I love it, wish we could have a house tour! I'd like to see more of that kitchen. Do you have a blog w/more pics?

posted by roxy72 on November 7, 2011 at 1:28pm
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Roxy72 - Yep! I have a blog at:


Thanks for all the compliments, everyone!

posted by MamaHolt on November 7, 2011 at 1:52pm
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You are my vote for best favorite happy full of color/character home.

posted by ilovemuddyhands on November 7, 2011 at 3:14pm
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Love this room. The toolbox coffee table caught my eye, but I lingered for all the lovely details. Another vote for house tour!

posted by lazy_lurker on November 7, 2011 at 4:27pm
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one of my favorite homes in the whole world! this space is just beautiful. just like the family that lives in it.

posted by Jessica Arellano on November 7, 2011 at 4:44pm
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I am so envious of your floors!!! They make my mouth water.
Your choice of colors is grand. You are a lucky duck to have that gift from your Dad.
That elephant picture is just the best thing I have ever seen!!!!! What does it say?

posted by MMQC on November 7, 2011 at 9:13pm
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posted by shizuru on November 7, 2011 at 9:31pm
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Is that "The Great Circus Drowning" on the wall?!! That is my favorite alltime painting.

posted by rooru on November 7, 2011 at 11:39pm
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Just full of color and life, love it!

posted by Newportmum on November 8, 2011 at 12:02am
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Room says - young smart happy family - well done!! I'd like to hang out there and play a game for sure.

posted by C. Nury on November 8, 2011 at 12:42am
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I feel like this represents one of the many great Austin homes. :D I love living in this city! <3

posted by Monklin on November 8, 2011 at 6:03am
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Soooo beautiful Bunny!

posted by ohcory on November 8, 2011 at 6:02pm
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The wall color makes a beautiful cool background for the brilliant colors splashed all around. The over-all effect is more than cheerful--it is "blues defying"!

posted by Judy Wyche on November 9, 2011 at 8:03am
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Beautiful house, beautiful Mama!! And, boy, don't your piano look purty!

posted by kfoley on November 10, 2011 at 7:01am
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I lurve you and your room and I wanna come visit. Great job!

posted by Babyvan on November 10, 2011 at 11:06am
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I ADORE THIS!!!!!!!! So well done!!!

posted by Reeses902 on November 10, 2011 at 1:13pm
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LOVE the rustic 'lucky' horseshoe over the door. I have one too that I scrounged at Out of the Past for $1. We're blessed with the gift of thrift. xoxox

posted by katzien on November 11, 2011 at 2:59pm
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Great looking place! What's that crazy thing hanging on the wall near the table? Is that a pachinko machine???

posted by J W on November 12, 2011 at 10:54pm
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JW - YES, it is! Got it FREE from a neighbor on my hood's list serve.

posted by MamaHolt on November 12, 2011 at 10:57pm
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Love it, love it, love it!!

posted by Kirsten Slade on November 14, 2011 at 12:00pm
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Wow I like your house it's very sunny I like that, Do you have any cats? Like an orange one those are cute (orange tabby)

posted by AmericanCat55 on November 14, 2011 at 9:52pm
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No cohesion here -just a random set of miss-matched furniture in different colors.

posted by ebb&flow on November 15, 2011 at 11:57am
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This is am amazing space. This place is very well thought out. I've seen people put many different colors in one space and it looks like a garage sale. You my Dear are great at it.

posted by Matador de Floor Plans on November 15, 2011 at 12:25pm
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@ paul.sikkema - Paul, that is actually an old Pachinko machine from the 70s. That would be rad TV though, wouldn't it?

posted by MamaHolt on November 15, 2011 at 2:42pm
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THIS is how you do neutral walls and still have a vibrant, colorful space. A ton of the entries this year are way too neutral to warrant being in the contest and should take a cue from this space. It's awesome.

posted by DipDipDive on November 16, 2011 at 5:26pm
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THANK you DipDipDive!

posted by MamaHolt on November 16, 2011 at 6:37pm
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And almost completely off topic, I want to recommend Lucy Maria Boston's Green Knowe books to whoever in your house reads YA fiction. Recent editions have covers done by the same artist who did the Lemony Snicket books. The best part is still what's inside the covers, though.

posted by kmehl on November 17, 2011 at 2:57am
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This, in my opinion, is one of the best interpretations of "vintage meets contemporary" I have seen in years.

posted by brkpndrgrss on November 17, 2011 at 9:23am
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Jackmehoff - Insults are much more effective if you spell them correctly. Definitely.

"Cute" screen name; are you 12?

posted by MamaHolt on November 17, 2011 at 7:33pm
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Kmehl - Thank you for the recommendation. We will definitely check them out.

Brkpndrgrss - Thank you very much for the lovely compliment.

posted by MamaHolt on November 17, 2011 at 7:32pm
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There is something about this space that keeps me coming back to look at it over and over. I can't put my finger on it, but I LOVE this house. House Tour! You should win the whole thing. Lucky kids who get to live here.

posted by beautifulhomer on November 17, 2011 at 10:26pm
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Paige.mctyre - That's the Pachinko machine. you can google it to learn more. Crazy cool thing.

posted by MamaHolt on November 18, 2011 at 2:01am
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What a happy space!

posted by MsBeasley on November 17, 2011 at 11:28pm
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Great use of space! Love the unique, classic, warm feel to it! And your ideas!
But on the last picture the back wall,what is that? Looks cool and interesting!

posted by paige.mctyre on November 18, 2011 at 1:19am
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Amazingly skillful job of bringing LOTS of colors together! Very happy, artistic yet also somehow understated space. This entry seems much more to be about COLOR than so many others. SO many.

And yes, the toolbox coffee table FTW!

posted by Annie-O on November 19, 2011 at 1:58pm
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In a word: fantastico!

posted by italianostalliano on November 20, 2011 at 7:01pm
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I need to come see yur sweet place someday chica!

posted by Buddy H on November 20, 2011 at 9:36am
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Such an inspiring space and full of real life...

posted by Hoa on November 20, 2011 at 8:47pm
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Cute and cozy all over.

posted by clindell on November 20, 2011 at 8:20pm
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Love, love, love it! The colors are beautiful and the organization of the space is great!

posted by cindylucc on November 21, 2011 at 4:35pm
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You win in my book. Warm. :)

posted by bejeweled on November 22, 2011 at 1:42pm
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I voted for this for 2 reasons: 1. It's a beautiful space 2. It looks like people can actually live comfortably there and enjoy it. Great work!

posted by decoratinfoo on November 22, 2011 at 2:22pm
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P.S.- Oh, snap, MamaHolt! You tell 'em!

posted by decoratinfoo on November 22, 2011 at 2:24pm
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Beautiful room with fun accessories—and I love the coffeetable. I wish you the best of luck!

posted by TurtleNYC on November 22, 2011 at 4:39pm
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This was the only room, where I felt I could walk in, chuck my stuff down and have a coffee, relax, and not be paranoid if I was making a mark on anything.
It's a "real" home, and the only one that made me smile.

posted by Serena Sax on November 23, 2011 at 3:15am
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Cute stove. I am such a sucker for typical Austin homes. Color color I love color.

posted by House Voyeur on November 23, 2011 at 9:33am
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Okay, so I guess you didn't win the grand prize, but let me just say that the Blue/Gray room has zero personality. I can't tell if anyone even lives there. But your home...yes...I can see that a family lives there and plays games together, and is learing piano and loves to read. Much more inviting and 'real.' ;-)

posted by katzien on November 23, 2011 at 11:27am
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Congrats for getting into the finals -- very nice room.

posted by kassgood on November 23, 2011 at 6:42pm
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I love your place - I agree with a previous poster about your place looking like someone actually lives here! I'm drooling over the tapestry in your dining room too. Can you share where you got the tablecloth?

posted by momnipotent on November 23, 2011 at 7:11pm
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Your place was so vibrant. I felt I could have relaxed in your space as well as Alison's and Turtle's. I loved all three rooms--all obvious winners.

posted by kassgood on November 25, 2011 at 7:44pm
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I thought turtle was a really nice to congratulate the other finalists.

posted by kassgood on November 25, 2011 at 7:47pm
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That is a room that has something for everyone. Love those kitchen chairs.

posted by Violet ODell on November 30, 2011 at 11:00am
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Oh, color, color, color. It sure makes me happy to see and live in a colorful house.

posted by Rebecca Gutierrez on February 29, 2012 at 9:56pm
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