There are some homes that instantly lift your spirits just by walking through the front door. Designer Merrilee McGehee’s colorful west Austin abode is one such smile-inducing spot, with creative details tucked into every corner and a vibe that makes you want to kick back with a glass of lemonade and stay awhile. I was first intro’d to Merrilee’s work through some mutual friends with fantastic taste who had both recently remodeled — come to find out, Merrilee was the designer behind both spots. I learned that her background as an artist (and actress!) plays heavily into her creative process as a designer, and her expressive use of color and pattern reveal a bold approach — and bring each room in her home vibrantly alive. Click through for a peek inside her home and brace yourself for a major dose of happy.
*photos by Molly Winters