Entertaining With: Tracey Overbeck & Ethan Stead

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.

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Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles

Kitchen rule they rarely break:

Never go to sleep with a dirty kitchen.

Taste they’re always craving:  

Tracey: sweet

Ethan: salt

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  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
  • Entertaining with Tracey Overbeck and Ethan Stead | Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles
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13 Responses to “Entertaining With: Tracey Overbeck & Ethan Stead”

  1. Kristin

    Beautiful photos! What is the design on the ceiling about the dining room table?

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    • Rebekah

      I was wondering the same thing!

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    • Chanel Dror

      Hi Kristin! The design was hand painted by Austin-based Red Start Design Studios. Isn’t it amazing??

      The same artists painted gorgeous details all over the Steads’ home… including the windows on slide 10, and a full landscape of Martha’s Vineyard in the room of their two little boys.

      http://www.redstartdesignstudios.com

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    • Chelsea

      Thanks, Kristin! I couldn’t stop snapping… soo many gorgeous details in Tracey and Ethan’s home.

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  2. Maria Valentin

    What a beautiful home! The architecture and the colors of the exterior…to die for! Love…love…love that dining room ceiling!

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  3. Monsterscircus

    It’s really amazing, I’m a big fan of the ceiling too, it’s stunning – really nice the easy all the colours are combined, I wish could a bit more dary according to that. Thank you for sharing, such creative people.

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  4. Camille Styles

    The ceiling was even more gorgeous in person… Tracey & Ethan are the masters of mixing unexpected elements together (high and low, old and new, contemporary and traditional) to make magic!!

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  5. Lauren

    LOVE this. Home tour!!! Stat!

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    • Camille Styles

      Oh my gosh, you have no idea!! I couldn’t stop gushing about every single room… totally original and completely inspiring.

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  6. Jennifer Rose Smith

    I have heard nothing but how cool these cats were since the day of this shoot! So fun to finally see the photos. Looks like a total blast!

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    • Chelsea

      It really was, Jen! Not to mention, the amazing oysters we got to eat after the shoot. What a treat.

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