I really want to go to a party at Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead’s house. Aside from being smart, stylish and incredibly creative, this couple approaches entertaining with such an attitude of joie de vivre that the guests at their legendary dinner parties couldn’t help but have the time of their lives. As you enter the gorgeous grounds that house their historic home, abundant with live oaks and pomegranate trees and surrounded by a tall stucco wall, it’s easy to forget that you’re minutes from downtown Austin. Since Tracey owns the eponymous acclaimed interior design firm, I knew that the Stead’s home would be cool – but I wasn’t prepared for the jaw-dropping details and individuality oozing from every corner. Since they spend half the year at their homes on Martha’s Vineyard, the east coast and ocean play prominently into their entertaining style. On this particular day, Tracey and Ethan were prepping for an oyster party they were hosting for friends that evening. Take a step inside their home and click through the images shot by Chelsea Fullerton to see the perfect table setting, what they poured and how they prepped for an unforgettable oysters-in-Austin party.
Tracey’s grandmother collected French clocks, so the Steads have countless beauties like this one adorning the walls of their home that create a striking contrast to their more contemporary pieces. We were lucky to catch the symphony-like concerto that takes place every hour, on the hour.