Stay In Style At The Kelly Wearstler-Designed Austin Proper Hotel & Residences

By Claire Harper | February 17, 2020 | Lifestyle

Getaway in style to the Kelly Wearstler-designed Austin Proper Hotel & Residences.

AUPRoomsApr201903v2.jpgRooms include Bellino Italian comforters and pillows as well as Kelly Wearstler custom throws for ultimate luxury.

A culmination of creativity, uniqueness and history made Texas’ buzzing state capital the ideal location for Los Angeles-based Proper Hospitality’s first hotel outside California. After landing arguably Austin’s best location (steps from downtown’s 2nd Street District and situated on the edge of Lady Bird Lake), Proper tapped a team of industry leaders to bring the 32-story, 244-room Austin Proper Hotel & Residences (room rates from $350 per night) to life.

AUPRoomsAp20190192.jpgThe 550-square-foot penthouse suite includes a living and dining area.

At the helm of the interiors? Seasoned designer Kelly Wearstler, whose overarching goal was to capture Austin’s distinctive soul. “I was inspired to infuse the surrounding authentic elements into the design, juxtaposing old and new,” says the designer, who drew inspiration from the historic Craftsman-style homes in the area. Wearstler filled the space with a curated selection of vintage and contemporary pieces, along with original artwork from local artisans, including Rick Van Dyke, who contributed ceramics to an installation that Wearstler calls the hotel’s wow factor. Van Dyke’s ceramic pots top the lobby’s monolithic wood staircase, which is covered with more than 60 conjoined vintage carpets.

AUPRoomsApr2019014v2.jpgThe Proper penthouse suite bathroom has a marble bath and double vanity. All bathrooms include Aesop bath amenities and Kelly Wearstler x Parachute Home robes.

Wearstler also drew on the city for inspiration. From a showstopping light fixture boasting neon accents—similar to the iconic neon signs around town—to the columns, walls and furnishings crafted using elmwood, a material indigenous to the area, Austin’s culture remained a core theme. “I wanted guests to feel immersed and inspired from the moment they stepped inside,” says Wearstler. Mission accomplished.

Photography by: The Ingalls