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Interior Design Buzz: Hand-Painted Wallpaper and More for a Beautiful Austin Home

An insider's guide to what's buzzing around Austin

Good Company Home

Bold Strokes

During 2019’s East Austin Studio Tour, artist Cecelia Murphy opened her home to display her unique hand-painted wallpaper featuring white magnolias set against a black background in her bedroom and bedsheets printed with her own bougainvillea pattern. Since the fall of 2018, Murphy has created bold custom wallpaper and fabrics with her Cecelia Claire line.   

Murphy’s designs are lush with florals and greenery.

After attending Georgetown University, Murphy went to work as a traveling translator and, after responding to a classified ad, found herself living in Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain. “The thing about Gaudí and his architecture is that every single detail of his buildings is a work of art, from the doorknobs to the hand-carved elevator,” Murphy says. The experience motivated Murphy to want to create art specifically belonging to interior spaces. Look for the debut of her commercial wallpaper later this year.

Feels Like Home

Mallary Carroll hadn’t set out to open two new shops in 2019. “There was a ‘For Lease’ sign taunting me, and the space was so pretty,” Carroll says. “It just kind of made sense.” She opened her second Good Company outpost on South Congress in February and, in August, after eyeing the perfect spot, debuted Good Company Home a few doors down from her original shop, on West 12th Street.  

Since 2017, Good Company has specialized in women’s fashion, including Carroll’s own SBJ Austin clothing line, but for the home store, Carroll wanted to curate a mix of new items and vintage pieces that have a “soul.” “I love being out in the field of really yummy-smelling antique places and digging and finding that treasure,” she says. “It really is the best thing.” The new shop will also debut an all-natural apothecary line, including deodorant, hand soaps and rose hip facial oil.

Built To Last

“I want to make timeless furniture,” Scott Martin explains, “something people want to hang onto.” Last year, Martin launched Seer Studio, a brand of custom furniture, including contemporary oak and marble tables. A native Texan, Martin came to Austin originally to pursue music, but found himself drawn to the creativity of interior design, going to work with Joel Mozersky.  

After developing relationships with local upholsterers and fabricators over the years, Martin wanted to try his hand at crafting his own pieces. He sources marble from Italy and oak from Texas, working with craftspeople in San Marcos to create his tables. This year, he’s working to release custom upholstered armchairs and sofas.

We Are Loving…

Superthing Coffee

Created by Patika owners Nick Krupa, Andy Wigginton, Kyle Smith and Tony Smith and released in summer 2019, Superthing coffee is as much a marvel to look at as to drink. The Futura Creative Studio-designed packaging is so beautiful it hurts to throw it away. And ingredients are lovingly sourced from sustain – able farms in Guatemala, Colombia, Ethiopia and Kenya, then roasted in small batches in Dripping Springs. Purchase online at or in person at Patika locations.