text by SHANI SILVER
photography by AMY V. COOPER
After spending many years working out of her spare bedroom, Elizabeth Mollen of Stone Textile Studio decided it was time to think bigger about her business, and created a showroom/workspace worthy of welcoming her clients.
Styling this new print-perfect palace of productivity (say that five times fast) both in Stone Textile prints, and with a keen eye for making them work, allows Mollen’s clients to “shop the space” while planning their next big decor move. And after touring her new office, you might begin planning one of your own..
WHAT INSPIRED THE DESIGN OF YOUR WORKSPACE?
I wanted the space to serve as a backdrop for our products. I chose clean lines and the use of black and white because I am constantly redecorating based on the collection or project I am currently working on.
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WHAT WERE YOUR PRIMARY GOALS FROM A FUNCTION PERSPECTIVE?
After working out of a spare bedroom for years, I now have a place for everything. We have client meetings in the living room area, fill orders in the stockroom area, work on designs and cut samples on the large work table, store closets full of pillow samples + inserts… It took a while to find something that met all of our needs.
After working for months on our new wallpaper collection in this studio, it is very rewarding to see The Herringbone Print installed on the main living room wall. This was one of the first designs in the collection and I love that it’s the first thing I see when I get to work each day. It really brightens up the space.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN PULLING THIS DESIGN PROJECT TOGETHER?
Austin’s real estate market is exploding right now so finding the right space took a very long time!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY OF THIS DESIGN PROCESS?
I took a little road trip to Dallas with some other designer friends and found a lot of key furniture pieces. One of my favorites places is Scout Design Studio — I always have luck there which is good and bad! The sitting room in our studio is small so I wanted to focus on a smaller more uniquely shaped pieces.
The vintage kidney bean sofa (from Scout) needed some work when I found it. I had it reupholstered in a beautiful black textured chenille. It came back to life and is now serves as a great pillow display.
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I like to invite my interior clients over to discuss their design projects. They love “shopping the space” and getting a feel for my style. It gives them the ability to see how vintage mixed with modern really works.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT STONE TEXTILE?
As much as I am obsessed with wallpapers + fabrics, I am becoming infatuated with rugs. I am hoping to add a rug collection to the Stone Textile repertoire in the future.
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