5 Trends We Can’t Wait to Steal From the Austin Proper Hotel

It’s easy to ogle at anything Kelly Wearstler designs. Now, the queen of maximalism is back at it with the Austin Proper Hotel, a 244-room stunner with rich autumnal tones, pieces sourced from Vladimir Kagan, Herman Miller, and Le Corbusier, and penthouse residences overlooking downtown. Over the last five years, she has led the creative direction of the hotel melding a menagerie of styles from Art Nouveau to those that display the tradition of artistry and craftsmanship distinct to Texas’s capital city. Though traveling may be out of the question for the next few months, it’s the perfect time to seek inspiration and add some Southern-inspired flare to your home.

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Local artists like Gabrielle Martinez, Zhu Ohmu, Rick Van Dyke, who provided the handmade ceramic pulls for each of the guest room dressers, all have their work on display under the staircase too.

Adorn your stairs

Patchwork stairs? Count us in. When it comes to glam-ing up a staircase, the Austin Proper does it right. While the carved geometric staircase is a beauty on its own, and an ideal spot for a pic as the golden hour sunlight cascades across the steps, it’s Kelly’s choice to cover the stairs with vintage rugs that takes it up a notch. It has an arts-and-crafts feel that gives us all kinds of inspiration.

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The light streaming into the check-in area is a sight worth seeing itself. Plus, we love the gingham ceiling as an unexpected touch.

Neon can be classy

The check-in area, which is separated from the main lobby and lobby bar, features a neon-and-brass celling fixture by artist Massimiliano Locatelli and rewired by local neon artist Evan Voyles as a subtle nod to the city’s iconic neon signs. The light is paired with shou sugi ban wood millwork, a gingham ceiling, and a granite-, leather-, and wedge-wood-clad concierge desk. It’s a quiet, subtle look—by far the most relaxing space on the first floor—making it easy for guests to get to their rooms without the typical chaos larger hotels can bring.