Gadora is always on the hunt for inspiration in snappy home-design and avant-garde clothing boutiques. My former life as an accessories editor nurtured a persnickety penchant for the finer things, though at present my champagne tastes come with a Pearl-beer budget. Catching wind of HOWL Interiors ~ Fearless Home Fashion, Gadora grabbed some girlfriends for a trip to find it. The tiny bungalow-turned-studio space, tucked just off 6th Street, was unoccupied but we peered inside to find curiosities both teensy and on a grand scale. I’d have to meet Howl’s “mad-scientist” and designer Barry Jelinski another time.
Later that day we found Jelinski’s wildly intricate coquillage mirror at Mercury. Got my noodles churning with all the things I might do with seashells, too, had I a zillion of them and the patience of a Saint. Yesterday Gadora heard word that the amazing Howl Studios Deco-esq Mirror, which has been living at By George boutique—an Austin staple for the fashionably-inclined—IS. FOR. SALE.
Name: Ellen, Sarah, Sandra, Billie and Butchie
Location: Cherry Creek, South Austin
Size: 1,370 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
Artist Ellen Tanner’s home, nestled in the heavily-treed South Austin neighborhood of Cherry Creek, oozes with creativity. A consummate artist, Tanner has filled her space with well-edited items she and her wealth of talented friends have created over the years. Luna L’Amour (above) is a shadow-box homage to “voluptuous burlesque gals” that Tanner created in 2002.
Her painted ode to lighthouse keeper Ida Wells shares the same space on the home’s original stone wall hearth. To the untrained eye, it’s masterfully entertaining. Not her favorite piece, she let me snap it anyway, the other paintings still in her possession have been rounded up for a gallery in Houston.