Unless you’re into large, Mediterranean-style McMansions, buying a luxury lakefront home in Austin can be tough. For CW Supernatural star Jensen Ackles and his wife, actor Danneel Ackles, the experience was no different. According to an exclusive ArchDigest, while moving from Los Angeles, the two were faced with a series of homes that Danneel calls “Texas Tuscan” – not suitable for creative people who want a bespoke environment.
Even so, the Ackles found a home in the area that, though vaguely in the same style, was less grand than most and was ready for a renovation. After getting the home (which wasn’t on the market but had a compelling seller) the couple, along with local design stars Fern Santini and Paul Lamb, did just that.
The result is a personalized, eccentric, but extremely livable homage to late 1960s California (a Laurel Canyon bungalow the couple once lived in) and an old-school Austin-style lake house that is themed by the many Reasons Connected People choose to live and work in Austin: music.
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The house also features the types of eccentric and eclectic objects – some useful, some decorative, some both – that were found in abundance in Austin during its bohemian era, as well as in California in the late 1960s, an aesthetic that was great too was influence on the renovation. It’s both the “free, Austin Lake House” that Lamb calls in AD, as well as what Santini described as “a cross between Joni Mitchell and the Serge Gainsbourg-Jane Birkin” that was going on in Paris at the same time . It’s very hip, but it’s low key. “Sounds like the perfect mood for your new locale.
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• CW star Jensen Ackles invites AD to his family home in Austin [ArchDigest]