By Lauren Jones
Photographs by Robert Gomez and Nicole Mlakar
Shabby Slips Interiors
Shabby Slips’ Sara Scaglione has design in her DNA. Her father was a builder and worked on parts of Houston’s Galleria. When she graduated from St. Edward’s with a degree in fine art, she knew she wanted to open a showroom, as the industry had always been part of her life. By 1994, she was managing the Austin location of Shabby Slips, selling soft, slipcovered pieces, one-of-a-kind European antiques and modern accents like coffee tables, lighting and art. The store is “classic and streamlined and has evolved over the years.”
Recently, Scaglione, who enjoys creating contrast with texture and color, revamped the interior of a Westlake home for a client she has known for many years. It’s their third project together, and over time, the homeowners have expanded their tastes, wanting something a bit less traditional for their new home. The family room is warm and casual, with a leather-and-chrome chair and darker accents, while the living room is full of natural light and white furnishings that play up a whimsical snake textile, local art and a contemporary chandelier.
Scaglione believes that a variety of textures and scale is key. Check out the oversize black-and-gold painting in the master bedroom, the stately midcentury-modern desk and the Moroccan rug in the bathroom. Looking to liven up your home? One of the designer’s trademarks is adding a large tray in the master where the homeowners can display their beautiful items like makeup, perfume and jewelry.