If a former Texas union hall doesn’t seem like the most obvious place to open a chic hotel, you’re probably right—but you’d be wrong to think the team behind The Carpenter Hotel didn’t do exactly that. Located on a bopping stretch of Austin’s Josephine Street, the hotel, which opened in 2018, has a design-y, industrial vibe, but with a shot of laid-back Texan chill. It’s also a restaurant destination, thanks to the fact that former Bon Appétit big shot Andrew Knowlton oversees the food program, which includes an all-day café famous for its club sandwich (yes, really) and coffee spot that’s already won over the locals. Ready to move in? We’re right there with you. But since that’s not possible, we have plenty of ideas for bringing its brand of no-nonsense hominess to your own place, too.
What to Know If You Go
Vibe: It almost feels like an oceanside getaway—right in the heart of Texas. Think striped woven throws, landscaped boardwalks, and whitewashed brick, plus lots of Americana touches like retro wall phones and a vintage Union flag. Bright lounge chairs line a crystal clear pool, worn-in leather couches fill the common areas, and hand-painted wall murals bring an almost nostalgic high-school feel to the lobby—but a way elevated one, thanks to the abundant modern lighting and bright textiles.
Fun Fact: The central building was originally constructed in the forties as the home of Local 1266’s Carpenters Union Hall, the hotel’s designer’s went out of their way to preserve the existing materials and architecture.
How to Recreate the Feel at Home
Start with an inviting color palette of bright blues, muted greens, and warm browns. Layer on pale wood and unfussy brick. Top it all off with big ‘n bold art (it’s Texas, after all!) and seating you and your guests can sink into.
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