Anne Campbell’s 16 Favorite Home Decor Brands for Bold Interiors
The project manager for Sarah Wittenbraker Design shows us how a touch of color goes a long way
By Anne Campbell
Despite all of the design feeds you follow and the number of wishlist windows you have open on your laptop, outfitting your home space to your style and budget can be as difficult as predicting the Pantone color of the year. Before you let an HGTV-inspired migraine overwhelm you, relish in the quick tips and creative vision from the mind of local Anne Campbell.
When not putting her talents to work as project manager for Austin-based interior design firm, Sarah Wittenbraker Design, she’s assisting her husband and co-founder of Campbell Landscape Architecture, as well as contributing to CamilleStyles.com and Magnolia Journal.
This month, while there’s a chill outside, Campbell suggests sparking a new flame inside your home with just a few fun additions.
“Your living space is a reflection not only of your style, but your imagination,” says Campbell. “Having fun and not taking the task too seriously can lead to a home-life less ordinary.” She recommends installing new wallpaper, experimenting with a home scent or investing in the concepts you’ve been quietly coveting.
“Whether it’s switching out the ho hum pillows on your loveseat for some hot-hued color pops, adding in a warming rug underfoot for truly chic comfort, or finally buying that turntable you’ve always wanted to at long last put your vintage vinyl collection to melodic use, go for the gusto and don’t hold back,” she says. “Home is where the heart is, so why not make yours skip a beat with bold choices?”
Whenever my home is in need of a quick fix, the first place I always turn is to throw pillows. Swapping out a few new colors and patterns can instantly change a room. The same goes for a dog bed, adding a punch of pattern and color to the floor.
Call me a Boomer, but is there anything more romantic than a night in with wine and scratchy vinyl playing in the background? I have had our vintage 1980s turntable for years, but I’ve got my eye on this modern version. And a new record from ATX hometown hero band, Spoon, is a definite must.
($329.99 turntable) waterloorecords.tuneportals.com
($30 vinyl) spoontheband.com
We all got really close to our couches in quarantine. If cozying up on a loveseat watching movies is your idea of an ideal Friday night, consider one of these sleek sofas from Design Within Reach. I love this blush pink option, which toes the line between sweet and chic.
(Starting at $2,295) dwr.com
From the trademark red votives on each table to the inviting views of the lush interior garden to their signature wine glasses filled to the brim with precious pink frosé, the Hotel San Jose is (and will always be) the OG in ATX cool. Evoke that same hip vibe in your abode with a set of your own.
($36/set of 6) sanjosehotelstore.com
Impossibly chic in a nursery, but fitting in any room in any home, this 64”-tall mobile from Austin-based Circle and Line Design is proof that design can hold space for both boldness and gentleness. A literal balancing act that I can’t get enough of and always makes for great conversation.
Bijou Bergamot Sangria Colorblock Pillows from Square Feathers and Black and White Print ‘Taylor’ Pillows from Taylor Murphy
A few pillow change-outs here and there can take your sofa so much further. Square Feathers’ color block pillows in bold hues accented with black and white graphic print pillows from designer Taylor Murphy are an easy way to pack a punch without a complete overhaul of your living room decor.
Square Feathers pillow 20”x20” ($262.50) shop.squarefeathers.com
Taylor pillow ($185) taylorwmurphy.com
Flowers are a home’s best friend. Local petal master Margot Blair offers monthly, bi-weekly and weekly floral delivery options within Austin’s city limits. Think whimsical, beautiful floral creations hand-styled and hand delivered right to your doorstep.
(Starting at $297) margotblairfloral.shop
On frosty February evenings, I love to dream about warm summer nights in Austin. Specifically at one of my favorite spots to howl at the moon: Barton Springs. I love how local photographer Minta Maria captures this swim scene. It provides a warmth in my home without using any color at all.
Adding in local flavor — literally — is a cinch with eye-catching page turners that tout ATX talent. Part cookbook, part manifesto, this one book, signed by Aaron Franklin himself, elevates barbecue to art status and deserves a place in your kitchen, or even on your coffee table.
Insider tip, the Design Delivered option from Sarah Wittenbraker Design is brilliant — all the high-style from an actual interior designer, but you can fulfill the design and purchase everything on your own time without any designer markup.
(Starting at $1,200) sarahwittenbraker.com
Think pink. Installing glossy pink tiles in your home — whether they’re an a guest bath or as your new-and-improved kitchen backsplash — add a hit of trendy color without overwhelming the senses. This lovely terracotta version is designed by local designer Claire Zinnecker and can be used indoors and out.
($168 per box) clayimports.com
A powder room is the perfect space to experiment with elements that give your houseguests something to gawk about. Maison C’s Coven wallpaper, sold locally at Supply Showroom, channels vintage turn-of-the-century bathhouse vibes in your very own sanctuary.
(Starting at $16.80 per square foot) supplyshowroom.com
A little red goes a long way. Consider adding delicious allure to your coffee table setup with this large red acrylic candy bowl from AVF, sold locally at the shop at The Contemporary. Red Hots not included.