Austin Home Magazine Feature – The bold design of a renovated condo stems from an unusual source
As soon as Kyle Adams hired interior designer Komal Sheth to completely overhaul his newly purchased condo in the W Residences in 2016, she gave Adams an important assignment.
“I asked him to go around Austin, check out some art festivals and look for something that’s unique and different,” Sheth recalls. Adams obliged and found a 5-by-5 abstract painting of a woman from the shoulders up. The piece of art is so massive that it is painted on four pieces of wood. Adams showed the artwork to Sheth and said, “I like this. What do you think?”
“I love it,” she replied. “Let’s get it.”
That painting, which today hangs just inside the front door of Adams’ condo, served as the launching pad for the design of the rest of the unit. Like the painting, which primarily features shades of red and blue, the condo is bold and dramatic while also comfortable and inviting. It also looks nothing like it did when Adams purchased it. Previously owned by a builder-architect, the unit formerly had an excessive number of built-in walnut cabinets and a walk-in closet in the bedroom that made the unit feel smaller than its 1,159 square feet.
“Too much stuff,” Sheth recalls of the condo. “It was super cluttered.” The renovation removed all of built-ins and the closet. But one significant feature of the original unit remained: the walnut wood floors.
“We decided we wanted to go more ‘cool’ with the design than ‘warm’ because the floors already had the beautiful warmth in it,” she says. The remodeled unit is a clean, modern and uncluttered space with what Sheth calls “a dash of quirkiness.” The Venetian plaster walls in the living room and dining space set the tone for the entire condo. An off-white Italian sofa anchors the living room while two deep blue Reginald fabric chairs from RH Modern give the room a pop of color.
“Every piece of furniture is designed to be comfortable, functional and chic,” Sheth says. The adjacent kitchen features an elegant backsplash
with copper, blue and gray tiles.
The bedroom has received an extreme makeover as well. Gone is the walk-in closet, which has been replaced by a wall wardrobe. Textured wallpaper provides a neutral backdrop and creates a relaxing and calming atmosphere. A dramatic powder bathroom features a frameless mirror with LED backlighting that helps accentuate the metallic Venetian plaster walls.
The unit’s porch has been furnished with weathered teak seating from RH’s Belvedere Collection and a rug also from RH. The porch, like the rest of the condo, provides what Sheth calls “a perfect backdrop for entertaining a few friends or relaxing after a long day.”