We really are spoiled with choices here in Austin. When I was searching for inspiration for today’s Bring it Home post it was hard to settle on just one Austin interior to feature. There was the effortlessly cool styling of hotels like the St. Cecilia and San Jose, gorgeous restaurants like Josephine House and Hillside Farmacy, and countless small bars to choose from. Ultimately it had to be Elizabeth Street Cafe, a French Vietnamese cafe whose interior is filled with myriad Instagram-worthy moments. The space was designed to “evoke the feel of French Colonial Hanoi,” and I’m going to show you how you can bring that look home at a totally accessible price.
Spoons — I’d love to have a drawer full of these mismatched soup spoons to serve guests. I’ll be keeping an eye out for these next time I go thrifting.
Enamel bake set — Technically this bake set is British and not French, but the clean lines work perfectly set against the more intricate patterns in the space.
Chair — The Era chair designed by Michael Thonet is over 150 years old, but you’d never guess it in this fun turquoise! If a set of these is out of your budget, you can always customize a thrifted dining set with a coat of blue paint.
Table — All of the tables at Elizabeth Street Cafe are gorgeous, but this round table in the light-filled nook is definitely the best seat in the house. Recreate the setting at home on a budget with a pedestal table from Overstock or Walmart.
Chopsticks — For the chopsticks-impaired, traditional wooden chopsticks are generally easier to eat with as they grip food better.
Engraved glassware — I admired the cut glass tumblers at Elizabeth Street so much that I’ve purchased a few for my own home. I’ve seen them in antique stores in a variety of jewel tone colors too!