“The listing we found just said ‘VIEW,'” says Alyson Fox of the rustic green hilltop she and her husband (creative director Derek Dollahite) would eventually build their future home on. “There were no pictures or anything. And when we finally drove out here, we knew right away it was special.” The two decided to take a chance and leave central Austin for the small town of Spicewood, about 25 miles outside of town. Together, they designed an incredible Neutra-esque hill country escape that fuses concrete, copper, wood, and glass. The project was truly a family affiar — Fox’s brother-in-law served as general contractor and together, the three creatives built the house from the ground up. With massive glass windows and an open floor plan, the home they built serves as a place of creative inspiration that quietly celebrates that most important aspect — the view.

photographed by jessica pages


What things inspired the overall design of your home?

I’ve always liked simple, long shotgun houses. We (my husband and I) both like long and narrow. We wanted to use concrete and as much glass as we could afford… and we didn’t want to distract from what was around us. We wanted to build something that was as “quiet” as possible.


What’s  your favorite room in the house and how do you use it?

Probably our living/kitchen room. I love to just stare out into the quiet distance and think. It’s such a part of my creative process. I’m constantly adjusting and arranging things. Two weeks from now all of this will be different!


We love your mix of dining room furniture. Tell us a bit about where you found everything:

Well, I think you can put a DCW chair just about anywhere and it’s going to look great. Those I found at Home Girls on Burnet Road. The table base is from Design Within Reach. We got an incredible deal on it because it didn’t have the top. We were like, “We don’t need the top! Just give us the base,” and we had a piece of glass cut for it.


Was it hard, transitioning to the isolation of this location?

We’re both such homebodies, it really wasn’t. And watching a layer of stress leave my husband in the months after we moved was really wonderful.


Alyson designed the wallpaper in the guest bath behind a rustic wall-mounted sink.

How is it keeping all this glass clean?

(laughter) Well, my step father knows all about window washing so he gave me some tips before we moved in. But we’re not always on top of it.

The weather-watching must be phenomenal.

I’ve always been secretly fascinated with the weather. We love watching it out here. And the stars you see at night are unreal. We’ve even seen a burning comet.


What’s your favorite thing about your home?

All the natural light, quiet surroundings and the outdoor shower. That’s the one thing we wouldn’t budge on with the budget. We had to have the outdoor shower!


Alyson’s love of metals is seen in beautiful touches of copper and brass throughout the house.

You have so many wonderful indoor plants.

Plants are a big thing to me. I put a plant in every room — they’re the best decoration. I love the texture. I like to mix succulents with something like a staghorn fern.


A woven basket and colorful rug brighten up a corner of the house.

Do you miss the easy access to restaurants?

Yes, but we’re really into cooking. You have to be out here! We pump ourselves up when we go to the grocery store and pretend we’re contestants on Top Chef getting our ingredients.


Alyson and Derek cut and sanded over two miles of wood slats to create the stunning textured ceiling in the house.

Great bookshelf. Do you read often?

Not as much as my husband does. He loves to read. It’s nice because he sort of “screens” them for me. If he discovers one that’s really great then I’ll read it, too.


Alyson’s signature playful style is evident in bright, unexpected pops of color throughout the mostly neutral house.

Your best piece of advice on decorating?

Collect things that you love. They always end up working together. And less is more. And easier to clean.


A simple open shower with wood floor adorns the master bath.

A copper towel rod supports a hanging plant over Alyson’s modern standing tub.

We love the neon linen on your guest bed. Did you design it?

No, believe it or not, that was a CB2 find!


Paints and pencils fill Alyson’s home studio where she is currently working on her new clothing line, set to launch early this fall.

What can you tell us about your upcoming line?

The collection is built around seven simple garments. The garments will stay the same, but the textiles will change from season to season. The idea is for the clothing to serve as a canvas for my curiosity in textiles.

We seriously can’t wait to see where your curiosity takes you next. Thanks for inviting us into your gorgeous and serene space, Alyson.

27 comments
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    Camille Styles | August 27, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I love Alyson’s house almost as much as I love her humble and artistic spirit. When I interviewed her a couple years ago, she’d just moved into this gorgeous space, and seeing the house set right into the Texas hill country when we rounded a bend was breathtaking. So fun to see the little touches she’s added since then. Beautiful photos, Jessica, and lovely interview, Jenn! xo

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    DMD | August 27, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I would love to know where she got the daybed in her guest room. I’m in the market and that one is perfect!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith | August 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Hi DMD! Alyson said the bed is from ikea. Not sure if they still make it or not!

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    celine@aquahaus | August 27, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Probably my favorite house tour EVER. Wow.

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith | August 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Right?!! It’s just so gorgeous.

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} | August 27, 2014 at 8:49 am

    wow, what an absolutely fantastic home! this is one of my favorites that has ever been featured on camille styles.

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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil | August 27, 2014 at 9:18 am

    This is such a gorgeous home! I love how open the layout is and all the natural light from the windows. The exposed wood is a nice touch.

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

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    Georgia | August 27, 2014 at 11:51 am

    love the photography on this piece!
    and the home is beautifully serene and so perfectly suited to those sweeping hill country views.

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    diane smith | August 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Amazing home! Loved the views and clean lines.
    Great post.

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    Molly Kendrick | August 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Whoa. This piece is amaze.

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    Kristina | August 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    So amazing, can’t stop clicking through the pictures.

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    Chanel Dror | August 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    One question: When can I move in?!

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    Brittni | August 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    What a stunning, thoughtfully designed space. If I ever had a dream home, this would be it.

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    kelly c | August 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Breathtaking! What an amazing space.

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    Lillian-Marie | August 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I would love to know where she found that wall sink in the guest bath! I’ve been looking for one just like it!

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    Alysa | August 28, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    What kind of plant is that in the shower that can handle the heat of the water?

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    • Lydia | September 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

      I’d like to know the make and model of her refrigerator.

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    Najet | September 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I love the carpet. Kairouan/Tunisia has beautiful ones check glassypainterdesigns

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    annamuna | December 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I would love to know where the copper towel rod is from. Love the bathroom.

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    Katie | February 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Who makes the rustic wall mounted sink in your bathroom. It’s simply beautiful.

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    Genti | December 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I absolutely love the tile in the shower and around the freestanding tub, can you please share what kind they are?
    Thanks,
    Genti

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    Genti | December 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I absolutely love the tile in the shower and around the freestanding tub, can you please share what kind they are?
    Thanks,
    Genti Reply

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