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A Room We Love from the 1stDibs 50: Fern Santini

Each week, we spotlight one of the notable talents from the roster of our most recent 1stDibs 50.
Fern Santini-designed bar in Austin, TX
Photo by Douglas Friedman

Hiring local talent can be the smartest thing a homeowner new to a city can do: The designer will not only know the market but will also be able to channel the mood of the place in a heartbeat. Texas native Fern Santini says her actor clients, relocating from Malibu asked for a “family-friendly home that was artful, accommodated their love for musical gatherings and was a little tongue-in-cheek — Austin in a nutshell.”

Adding whimsy to the custom bar — designed by Santini’s longtime collaborator, architect Paul Lamb, to house the couple’s collection of rare Scotch and bourbon — are such details as Paul Ferrante’s Odette Pendants and a preening taxidermied white peacock, which overlooks all the spirited action.


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