By Lauren Jones
Photographs by Tre Dunham Fine Focus and Sylvia Wesley
Page Gandy and Allison Gaskins
3 Fold Design Studio
Page Gandy grew up in South Texas, just 15 minutes from the Mexican border, which led to her interest in bold color and pattern in each of her projects. Graduating from Rice University with degrees in political science and psychology, she later found her passion for interior design but jokes that psychology is just as much a part of her process as her design education. She’s all about creating livable, functional spaces that work with how a home will really be used, “where the homework will be done and where the Legos will be played with,” and as a mother of two boys, designing for families is her forte.
This latest project is in Austin’s Westwood neighborhood, nestled between Rollingwood and Westlake, for a family with three young boys. In addition to the interiors, Gandy’s firm, 3 Fold Design Studio, completed the building plans, making room for a big kitchen and separate spaces for the family to use as the children grow older. One of the home’s standout features is the designer’s creative use of Ann Sacks tile, from the living room fireplace, minimalist kitchen backsplash and laundry room floor. While it includes plenty of fun details, she tends to start with a simple approach and a clean palette. “Fads come and go, so you have to see how much you can push a design where it will still be relevant in 10 years,” she says. “But you can really do something with tile and wallpaper.” In addition to funky high- and low-end tile choices, Gandy turned to Etsy for unique lighting and hardware finds.