Meet Tribeza Interiors Tour 2020 Designer Sara Scaglione
The Shabby Slips owner digs warm earth tones and textures like clay and sand
By Lauren Jones
Photograph by Nicole Mlakar
Sara Scaglione is the force behind Austin’s Shabby Slips, the interiors destination on West Sixth Street. Overflowing with timeless, clean slip-covered pieces, European antiques and more modern accessories, the store easily represents Scaglione’s own leanings toward a more classic look. To add depth to spaces, her go-to is texture, playing up a handful of complementing materials and fabrics. One of her latest projects, which is featured on Tribeza’s Interiors Tour 2020, is for a long-time client and features a warm, rich family room with leathers and walnut and an airier living room with unexpected details like a snake blanket and bright yellow artwork.
We asked each of the designers on this year’s Interiors Tour to answer a series of questions about their personal style and aesthetic to get a deeper sense of their influences and what informs their design.
What’s your favorite album or musician to pull out for an impromptu dinner party?
Amos Lee early in the evening and then Beyoncé.
What’s TV show or film is most inspiring in terms of design?
Netflix’s “The Politician.”
Roundtop, Brimfield or Marche Clignancourt?
Round top! It’s right in our backyard, although Marche Clingnancourt is such a treat.
What are three design trends you love right now?
Warm earth tones and textures like clay, sand and camel colors, large-scale wallpaper and natural, casual velvets for upholstery.
Is there a design trend you’d like to see fade away?
I’ll be glad to see less pink in designs.
Flowers or succulents and what kind?
What’s your favorite insider design resource?
Where do you shop for interiors in Austin?
Alexander Marchant, The Renner Project and Scott and Cooner.
What’s your current dream travel destination?
What’s your all-time favorite hotel anywhere in the world?
Hotel Splendido Mare Portofino in Italy.
What’s your local watering hole for a business drink?
What’s your favorite scent for the home?
What’s your current favorite coffee table book and why?
Painted on 21st Street. I love looking at the abstract art created by this American woman artist, Helen Frankenthaler. The colors are vibrant but soft and large-scaled.