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.
The particular batch of oysters prepared on the day of our shoot were Tracey & Ethan’s “Sandy Miracle” — the last oysters harvested on Sunday before Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast on Monday, meaning no more oysters for the season. The Steads order theirs direct from oyster farmer (and champion free diver!) Dave Sipperly, their neighbor on the Vineyard.
“We never know what Dave will bring home for dinner after being on a beach outing with his family. However, we can always count on the best and freshest oysters from our RI friend!”