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By Lauren Jones
Photographs by Andrea Calo and Robert K. Chambers
Andrée Chalaron and Amity Worrel
Amity Worrel & Co.
What sets Amity Worrel and Andrée Chalaron apart is an innate sense of style, “the eye,” as they call it, and the ability to intuit what clients really want. They also have very impressive backgrounds, working with the best and brightest creatives in the world. Principal designer Worrel started her career at notable firms Bilhuber & Associates and Tom Scheerer, serving high-profile individuals like Anna Wintour and David Bowie, while lead designer Andrée Chalaron represented the best interiors photographers in the industry at Art + Commerce, learning design through osmosis during long days on set.
A 1970s marble coffee table shipped from Denmark, vintage tapestry and murals from local artist Emily Eisenhart are but a few pieces in their East Austin residential project that personify the designers’ superb taste. The home, which was built in 2008 by UT grad Ezra Wheeler, “was great, but the couple wanted to put their personal spin on it,” Chalaron says.
The homeowners desired a look that was refreshing, “bright and calm,” with a neutral palette and textures, materials and craftsmanship similar to those they’d seen in a project on the firm’s site. The end result was something even more magical than they had originally conceptualized. The main living spaces are an example of clever space planning, as the designers carved out three separate nooks from one large room, taking tips from their time living in cramped New York apartments. There’s now a library, a foyer featuring a vintage Moroccan rug, a living room with seating for nine, a revamped master bedroom and a master bath. The owners are so thrilled with their home they now ask “What would Andrée do?” when making any new design decisions.