Jauregui is known for its classic signature—luxury homes, extensive detailing and the integration of architecture and interior design with full construction services. So when a California couple that was relocating to Austin had their heart set on a French country style home, they chose the architect-led design/ build firm to create the home they envisioned.
“As we began our journey together exploring various design options, the clients began veering toward casual, clean lines, so we changed our direction toward fresher, more modern finishes for the interiors,” explains design director Susie Jauregui, who graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York and earned her master’s degree at St. Edward’s University in Austin. She is also the daughter of the firm’s founders, Luis and Susan Jauregui.
The result is a spectacular one-story “French country modern” home that beautifully balances a classically detailed exterior with French and modern interiors. The firm was able to interpret what the clients described and create exactly the warm, inviting home they really wanted.
“We attract clients who appreciate professional guidance and are open to new ideas,” says Jauregui. “Our best projects are those where our clients have allowed our team to lead.”
With 35 employees and locations in Austin, Houston and Dallas, the architectural construction-interiors firm has built its 30-year reputation on its “turnkey” services, which include everything from initial lot evaluation and comprehensive construction services to window coverings and custom bedding.
The firm’s process ensures that interior design is involved well before the house is constructed. In this case, for example, the clients’ extensive cataloged collection of sculptures and paintings were factored into the architectural and design plans.
“The home was built around the art,” Jauregui says. “We knew exactly where each piece would go, so we could construct niches, adjust ceiling beams and install directional lights and sconces. The placement of every piece was planned in advance, with finishes, fabrics, draperies, accessories and colors coordinated around the art in that space. We meticulously mapped out locations of each wall plug to accommodate the art lamps and sconces at the right height.”
A grand library is the home’s centerpiece, with ceiling details, a catwalk to add height, a decorative fireplace, precise trimwork, coffered ceiling and heavy wood doors.
A closer look at the library doors reveals that the carved pattern matches the hallway carpet runners. That’s the kind of elaborate design detail that this company prides itself on.
“Because we begin the interior design process in the very beginning stages of the project, the designers are able to give our clients, and their homes, extra TLC that captures the wow factor that everyone wants,” says Jauregui. For this project, she chose a neutral, soft palette throughout the home to allow the artwork to shine.
“We chose fabrics to complement specific colors in the art, so it’s not just champagne tones everywhere—we used color to add contrast. For example, I’m really pleased with the way the color and fabrics integrate with the artwork in the dining room,” Jauregui says.
The clients’ own dining chairs were reupholstered in rich blue velvet that precisely matches the blue found in the portrait and still-life paintings on the adjacent walls. End chairs by Century, upholstered in an attention- grabbing custom fabric by Jim Thompson, add extra pizzazz. “We brought in formality with metallic drapery fabric and a neutral rug,” Jauregui says.
In the kitchen the plank herringbone- patterned backsplash, a natural vein-cut limestone, imparts an interesting texture and linear effect. Leather barstools pull out subtle colors from the backsplash, while walnut cabinets and the kitchen island add depth and warmth.
“With its differentiated cabinetry and countertop, the island feels like a piece of fine furniture,” Jauregui notes.
A highly detailed, woodcarved, whitewashed chandelier (from Currey & Company), adds a romantic, nostalgic—and somewhat surprising—touch to the office. Juxtaposed with a modern desk and chair and white cabinets, it exemplifies how the French and modern elements complement each other.
The tumbled limestone floor in the master bathroom is a checkered dark gray and ash cream. It’s a softer, modern version of a classic black-andwhite checkered French floor. “French blue cabinetry with antiqued iron cup pulls from JVJ Hardware complete the look,” Jauregui says.
Blue accents add a pop to the master bedroom’s champagne palette. Transitional Kravitz chairs, in a French royal blue fabric, enhance the sculpture and art in that room.
The king canopy bed, sourced through Horchow, adds a bold statement. “Our clients really wanted a wooden bed,” Jauregui notes, “so when we saw this one—with the hand-painted silver finish and gold undertones—we knew it was the right one.”
The result, she says, is a really soothing retreat where her clients can relax at the end of the day.
“Our clients are sophisticated, well traveled and open to new ideas. The house suits them very well and has become a showcase for their outstanding art collection,” Jauregui says.
Maryann Hammers is a writer and editor specializing in home design, travel, health, fitness, nutrition, natural wellness and spas.