An Austin Vintage Treasure Hunter’s Second-Hand Style — House Tour
Name: September Scott
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 740 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years, renting
Designer September Scott is all about the hunt — for treasures, one-of-a-kind finds and absolutely any found object she can reinvigorate. “Almost all the pieces in my space are reclaimed from an estate sale, flea market, Goodwill or on the side of the road. My passion is bringing new life into found objects,” she writes.
September’s home is impressive for more than just her ability to blend a wide variety of styles in one small space; her apartment feels good. There’s a palpable optimism to the way she designs interiors. And she’s recently started sharing her positive outlook in a new way: Her company September Scott Designs launched a new brand (one might even call it a movement) earlier this year called LOVE ALL Y’ALL. “It is an inspiring line of apparel created to share a meaningful message during a challenging time. It’s a simple reminder that we are all in this together — every race, religion, color and creed. Everyone matters, even the trees, birds and the bees.”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Eclectic mixed with modern and vintage. I am quite the treasure hunter always looking for the next hidden gem. I like to find things that are unique, inspiring and tell a story. My passion is bringing new life into these found objects. Whether it’s creating a lamp from a statement piece, re-purposing a side table or re-upholstering a chair. Designing your space doesn’t have to break the bank. My place is full of special finds from my travels, my favorite antique show in Round Top, Texas, estate sales, flea markets, Goodwill and even a few dumpsters. It’s FUN mixing all the unique pieces together and creating something beautiful.
Inspiration: I have found immense inspiration on my travels around the globe. After my endless trips to Europe I come home dreaming of castle furnishings. I have an obsession with gold leaf, chandeliers and gorgeous tapestries.
Favorite Element: All the BRASS objects. They add much more character to my space.
Biggest Challenge: The problem with renting is the light fixtures are usually mundane. I was determined to get my own fixtures in my apartment. It’s all about lighting.
What Friends Say: My place is full of life and light!
Biggest Embarrassment: Not having space for a dining room table. I like to break out the good China and host a rockin’ dinner party!
Proudest DIY: Creating the gold metallic elephant lamp. This vintage ceramic elephant was once jade green. I thought this big jumbo would make a beautiful lamp. After gold leafing this beauty, I took it to D&W Lighting of Austin. The owner Bruce created a gorgeous Lucite base and a brass figurine mount. It is definitely one-of-a-kind!
Biggest Indulgence: Purchasing the gorgeous mid-century modern credenza from Sweden.
Best Advice: Be your own creator. Don’t be afraid to create your own unique style. For example, mixing and matching modern and vintage pieces adds much more character and personality to your place.
Dream Sources: I look for inspiration in spaces. Grizzelda’s Restaurant, Hotel Saint Cecilia and Weather Up Bar in Austin. Or the Kong Restaurant in Paris, France.
PAINT & COLORS
Living room — Shoji White
JOY vintage metal letters — Round Top Antique Show
Blue velvet tufted Victorian sofa- Estate Sale
White Mongolian fur pillow — Z Gallerie
Magenta pink velvet pillow — Ambrose Upholstery
Love all y’all pillow — Collaboration with OneFive Trading in Austin, Texas
Moroccan silver sequin pillow — Trip to Marrakesh
Hand-dyed fuchsia and blue pillow with metallic thread — OneFive Trading
Antique oil painting with naked tambourine players — Round Top Antique Show
Mid-century inspired acrylic chandelier — D&W Lighting
Magenta pink vintage velvet chair — Vin-Taj furnishings and recovered at Ambrose Upholstery
Vintage velvet leopard chair — In the family since I was a kid. It’s been recovered many times!
Gold vintage chair — found next to a dumpster. It was in bad shape, but I brought it back to life with this gorgeous gold fabric.
Vintage acrylic laundry hamper —I found this at an Antique store and repurposed as a small side table
Phillippe Starck Style Louis Ghost Arm Chair — InStyleModern
Glass mid century modern coffee table — Round Top Antique Show
Antique black metal tea cart — Antique Shop in Round Top
Small antique wooden side table — Goodwill in Austin
Large Quartz — Cole’s in Warrenton Booth #71 at Round Top Antique Show
Brass deer — Estate Sale
Antique crystal candy dish — Estate Sale
Brass chandelier lamp — City Wide Garage Sale in Austin
Brass pineapple lamp — Antique Market Place in Austin
Small pink abstract oil painting — Estate Sale
Wooden IBEX trophy head — ROOST
Modern rug — HomeGoods
Vintage ceramic dog lamp — D&W Lighting
Gold metallic vintage bust — Round Top Antique Show
Crosley Record Player — Urban Outfitters
Vintage dog cookie jar turned utensil holder — Estate Sale
Pale pink cake pedestal — TJ MAXX
Antique ceramic dog figurine — Round Top Antique Show
Antique 2-tier tray with gold feet — Round Top Antique Show
Gnome — Antique Shop in Bern, Switzerland
White linen bedding and curtains — Pottery Barn
Black Hollywood Regency 3 drawer dresser with brass pulls — Estate Sale
Antique Wooden Dresser with Brass pulls — Estate Sale
Word Art — “DO WHAT YOU SHOULD” by artist Joseph Santandrea
Gold metallic vintage elephant lamp — September Scott Designs
Small Antique crystal lamps — Estate Sale
Brass Unicorn — Rose Bowl Flea Market
Vintage flower oil painting — Estate Sale
Brass bunny figurine — Round Top Antique Show
Pink planter — Anthropologie