When it comes to home design trends today, people are quick to turn to sites like Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, but what makes a good photo may not translate into something that is functional in your neck of the woods. So, with that in mind, we wanted to share what Amy Slaughter of Slaughter Design Studio and designer of the first ever Texas Monthly Hill Country Show Home at Boot Ranch thinks are two main factors when designing a Hill Country home.
One of the most important things that drive the way a home looks is its structure ” explains Slaughter. “Many of our clients want flexibility in their homes. We are seeing dual-purpose rooms. Since many of them are building second homes, they often want a lot of features—but in a condensed footprint.”
Slaughter may design a space that can be altered to serve different purposes, like a bunkroom that can be easily utilized as a media room, or kitchen’s designed with entertaining and extended-family gatherings in mind that have large windows and more furniture-like pieces in lieu of traditional cabinets.
In the Texas Hill Country, we experience a temperate climate nearly year-round extending the time families can spend outside and so, “outdoor spaces are approached no differently than if they were interior rooms” says Slaughter.
Outdoor spaces, like those found on the homes at Boot Ranch, are completely outfitted to take advantage of the warm Hill Country climate. “We are using upholstered furniture such as sectionals, outdoor rugs, and forgiving materials on dining tables such as ipe, concrete, and teak,” revealed Slaughter