Interior Design Inspiration in Austin, TX

My husband’s birthday was last Friday, and we went to Austin, TX for a weekend getaway. Even though we were gone a whopping 48 hours, it was still so nice to eat new things, see our friends, and we even carved out some time to visit a few interior design hot spots in ATX. I took plenty of iPhone photos so I could share the eye candy with you all.

It was such a treat to get to visit Jonathan Adler’s Austin store. The staff was beyond friendly (even if it was totes obvious we weren’t going to buy anything…) and the decor and furnishings were impeccable. I am obsessed with the horse head lamp, Greek key rugs, agate coasters, and the hints of gold all around. 

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If you’re not familiar with Jonathan Adler, I would describe his taste as happy meets chic. His designs and products tend to be bold, large, and trendy. You can spot his furniture on The Mindy Project- several pieces at her fertility practice are Jonathan Adler pieces.

There was also a lot of acrylic (consoles, bookshelves, mirrors), which made my heart skip a beat. I puffy heart acrylic furniture- it’s simply so chic. Malachite was a dominant pattern that could be seen on several accessories such as coasters, bath wares, vases and the wallpaper below.

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My key takeaways from the Jonathan Adler showroom were to HAVE FUN with your decor and spaces. Nothing was overly matchy-matchy, yet everything jived well. Take a look at this “space”- it has so much going on yet feels pulled together and cohesive. 

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Same with this bedroom set-up. I think the shape of the headboard (SWOON!) and the tone-on-tone moldings on the wall are what make this eclectic set-up look upscale and well-designed.

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I wanted one of nearly everything in the store, but I think what I wanted to take home immediately was this console table. It’s so me, y’all! The lacquer finish, the crystal globe finials, and gold detail are timeless and would be oh so perfect in my living room or my office…or dining room. Or anywhere.

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And that wraps up my Jonathan Adler visit. I really think I am going to splurge on these coasters soon because I cannot get them out of my head. 

Two doors down from Jonathan Adler is West Elm, which just so happens to be the store I’ve been aching to visit. Now, to be honest, West Elm tends to skew a bit too mid-century modern for my taste, which happens to be ZGallerie on steroids, but their Terrace coffee table has been on my mind for weeks now.

I was about to bite the bullet and order it sight unseen one night when I was deliriously tired, but my practicality kicked in and said to wait till I could see it in person.

I’m so glad I did…I hated the table.

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I mean, I would like the table if it wasn’t over $400. The table quality and scale didn’t make me feel inspired to shell out $400+. It was very wobbly and wholly underwhelming for the price. I also sought out a few reviews from people on Instagram and they had less than stellar feedback.

My blog friend Corinna suggested I hack the IKEA VITTSJO coffee table (much like I hacked the VITTSJO shelving units), so since we were in Austin near IKEA, that’s what I chose to do. I already have the coffee table built, and I’m not convinced. I’m going to gold leaf it rather than spray paint it to see if I can get that upscale, non-IKEA feel I want. I’ll definitely blog about the process, because it’d be great to have an expensive looking coffee table for under $100.

What I did love at West Elm was the console table from the Terrace collection. I truly think this is stunning and would look lovely in any home. It’s $400, so try to snag it during their 20% off sales.

Design inspiration from Jonathan Adler and West Elm (terrace coffee table and console table) in Austin, TX | via

After West Elm, we headed down to Rainey Street for some day drinking at Craft Pride and Lustre Pearl, both of which are funky, cool, low key Austin bars I’d recommend. We played Cards Against Humanity for a few hours at Lustre Pearl on their upstairs patio and enjoyed the downtown Austin views, tasty drinks and afternoon breeze. Pure bliss.

I also couldn’t help but notice all the cool bungalows on Rainey Street. This one with the bright door caught my eye. So cheery!

We’ll be back in this area soon because we’re spending a week in Marble Falls, Texas at the Horseshoe Bay Resort! D is going to a conference there, and Pee Wee and I will be lounging by the pool. I also hear there are great antique stores in the region, so I’ll definitely hit them up to see what treasures I can find. I’m hoping we can sneak in a trip to Magnolia Market…fingers crossed!

Do you have any must see spots in the Marble Falls area I should see? 

We’re also all ears if you have dining recs! 



  1. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    June 14, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Jonathan's showroom looked so interesting. Love that horse lamp too.

    • Monica Benavidez
      June 16, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      It was definitely a feast for the eyes! 🙂

  2. The Wicks
    June 14, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Waco really isn't that close to Marble Falls – it's at least a 2 hour drive! You were much closer at Ikea in Round Rock! If you do decide to come here, definitely give yourself most of a day to do it. We've got tons of fun antique shops with upcycled furniture you should definitely check out. There are also lots of good food trucks, several wineries, and even a brewery.

    • Monica Benavidez
      June 16, 2016 / 1:32 pm

      We're staying in Georgetown after the conference ends, so we'll be a little closer to hopefully sneak in a Waco day trip. Even though farmhouse style isn't my jam, I'd love to see Magnolia Market in person AND all those amazing antique shops Joanna is always at. Who knew Waco had so much to offer? I've only been there once, sadly.

  3. Diane Haynie
    June 15, 2016 / 4:32 am

    I have the end table from West Elm and have found it to be very sturdy. I was initially worried that the brass frame would discolor over time but it has held up just fine and I have had it for over a year. It adds just the right amount of modern and mid-century to my transitional interior. And love all things Jonathan Adler too!

    • Monica Benavidez
      June 16, 2016 / 1:33 pm

      That's great to hear! The main complaint I heard about the coffee table was that the finish wore off on the bottom tier, so I am thrilled to hear you're having zero problems. The side table is quite lovely, and so was the console table.