Elite Austin Offers Stylish and Effortless Home Furnishing Solutions
Amid the bustle of the real estate market, discerning clients get turnkey services for their dream home
By Bryan C. Parker
Photos courtesy of Elite Austin
With the real estate industry booming nationwide, no market is hotter than Austin. Already a lifestyle mecca for people who love live music, greenbelt hikes and patio hangouts, Austin has expanded even faster with the arrival of companies like Tesla, Google and Amazon. For busy executives making a transition to Texas, furnishing a new home from hundreds of miles away can be daunting, but Elite Austin’s InstaHome service makes the process effortless.
While some furnishing companies leave clients to piece together arrangements by themselves, Elite Austin offers more personalized and attentive experience. “We are truly a full-service design company,” says Valerie Pierce, President and Founder of the company. Pierce’s firm serves clients looking to furnish a home indefinitely or just temporarily while they transition to their new city.
After being matched with an Elite designer who creates a semi-customized plan for the space, clients select from package options that provide key pieces to pair with existing furniture or furnishings for the entire residence, and furniture rental is billed monthly. The company furnishes everything from one bedroom apartments to larger single-family homes in styles ranging from urban and contemporary to modern and transitional.
“I recently moved here from out-of-state and needed an entirely new house of furniture,” says Liz, a publishing executive. “I contacted Elite Austin for their InstaHome program, and Lori came out within days,” she adds. Designer Lori Sullivan consulted with Liz to develop a “design tailored around her personality and existing pieces.” For example, Liz wanted an oriental rug purchased on a trip with friends incorporated seamlessly, and Sullivan delivered, placing it in front of a fireplace along with a chaise lounge.
In keeping with her work in publishing, the design also incorporated an abundance of strategically placed bookshelves in Liz’s office, in her daughter’s bedroom and in a reading nook upstairs. “I left for the day during installation and came home to an entire 4,300 square foot, three-bedroom home fully decorated, top to bottom, including décor and blankets,” says Liz. Sullivan sees Elite Austin’s constant communication through consultation, management, and design as the company’s core strengths.
According to her, Elite Austin’s first step is earning the trust of clients by listening and understanding individual needs. Sullivan says she loved working on decor for Liz, who she describes as a “powerful woman with an outgoing personality,” traits that came through in the design in the form of fun accents and brilliant pops of color.
Sullivan says her favorite design element of Liz’s home is the spacious, sunlit living room with a sprawling sectional and vibrant accent chairs. She kept the design airy with light upholstery and added natural wood tables for grounding texture. The room is equally conducive to hosting a family gathering amidst its ample seating or curling up on the cozy sofa for a lazy afternoon alone with a book.
Clients who work with Elite Austin to design their homes may find themselves in love with the furniture they’re renting, for which Elite Austin offers an easy fix: furnishings can be purchased at any time after the first month – a fairly recent feature of the company’s services. This option serves people who need furnishings quickly and are undecided about whether to purchase or rent. With InstaHome, clients can purchase any of the furnishings they love, gain more time to find items they want to purchase, or both. After seeing Elite Austin’s design in her home, Liz has decided to purchase almost all of the furnishings the company provided.
In addition to new homeowners, Elite Austin also furnishes the temporary residences of homebuyers in the process of navigating Austin’s tough real estate market. By using Elite Austin’s services, those buyers save valuable time and moving costs while focusing on finding a home.
Real estate agents also find enormous benefit in Elite Austin’s services since staging plays such an integral role in maximizing home value for a seller, both in attracting offers and during the appraisal process.
Whether it’s a short term rental, a property on the market, or a forever dream home, Elite Austin takes a blank slate and turns it into something remarkable and special. In the end the company works toward one goal: to make a new space feel like home.