Austin Art Home Series 2: The Atrium
Written by Dalton Albus for Art & Soul Design
Kat Fleming, cofounder/VP of SolarMoon and lifetime friend, has welcomed me to her home where we sit in her backyard with a repose afforded only by the vegetation in bloom, the mid-seventy degree weather, and blankets we have laid in the sun. In the heart of Austin lies a treasure known as “The Atrium” to Fleming and friends, where the backyard and inside environs fuse jungle with living space, and frenzy and fret are lost in her practical paradise.
Upon entering her home, one is immediately struck by three things: a mismatch of obscurities that speak to her eclectic interests, an art collection with a serious, modern agenda, and of course- plants! The space is appropriately sized- everything a bachelorette needs for her art, her cat, and musician roommate. Though the size and format of the space is humble, there is little loss of luxury in her sanctuary. Fleming has cultivated quarters that breathe through incorporated foliage and exhibits many offerings for the curious mind, such as books on architecture and projects in the works. Kat has crafted an integrated concoction of her pursuits, both professionally and creatively, her domestic obligations, and her passion for flora into a seamless container that provides ample leg room for the imagination to roam free.
D: "What are some of your style inspirations?"
K: My grand parents were art collectors/cosmopolitans, so I grew up around a lot of creative inspiration. I’ve always been intrigued and inspired by the interdisciplinary nature of ‘style’. In my mind, style is an intersection of art x fashion x design x lifestyle x community, all of which create a certain ‘feeling’ that we call someones ‘style’. I am also inspired by urbanism, travels, yoga, and nature. Oh and my biggest recent historical inspiration has been the French influence in Asia!
D: "Is there intention behind the design of each room?"
K: The deepest intention of my house is to be a ‘incubator’ for my personal growth, and to be a place of retreat. I like style, functionality, cleanliness, and a degree of minimalism. My house is primarily designed for my own relaxation but is also my office because I primarily work from home. I do keep guests in mind though, I put the two couches in the living room facing each other as a means to promote a sense of community and conversation. Right now I think it feels like one big lounge, which I like. I like the idea of a space that is plush, comfortable, sensual and seductive. I used a lot of draping fabrics, mirrors, low couches, rugs, mixed art, and plants to create and emphasize that feeling, but it will take time to collect the furniture and items that I need to make it feel exactly how I want.
D: "What are some of your daily rituals? Any that you particularly enjoy?"
K: Probably making my bed and having a cup of tea or coffee! I don’t really have a ton of daily ritual right now, but I try to ‘stay in my practice’ as much as possible, whether that means working on my business, going to yoga, the gym, doing art, seeing friends, dancing. There’s so many different activities that support my overall wellness and enjoyment of life, that each day looks different. I just feel it out.
D: "Do any of the pieces have a special meaning to you, or story behind them?"
K: My mirrored dresser, I got that on the side of the road. Someone left it out for bulk pick up. The rugs are from my grand mother, she collected fine things from all around the world. The blanket on the end of my bed is from Peru.
D: "Are there any particular artists that you are inspired by?"
K: I get most my inspiration from day to day life in Austin. I love the fashion and style of people and places that I see when I am around town. Some people just live artfully, they have evident taste and style and essence... Those people really inspire me, the unidentified artists who roam town!
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