For Tommy and Lauren Moorman, life revolves around the kitchen. Whether it's one of the kitchens that comprise the busy restaurant group Tommy co-owns—which includes Austin hot spots like Lamberts, Jeffrey's, and the newly opened June's—or the one in their own home, the kitchen is where cooking, congregating, and catching up take place for this family. That's why ease, design, and family were top priorities as the couple planned the kitchen of their waterfront getaway spot—a home they share with one of Tommy's five siblings in their fifth-generation Texas clan.
Deep in the Heart of Texas
The importance of adding personal touches to the space and making it work for multifamily use was part of the reason the Moormans declined to hire an architect when designing the home. With lots of project management experience between them, they were able to oversee it themselves and were better able to keep costs down and carefully curate a mix of high and low finishes, fixtures, and appliances. While the appliances qualify as splurges—their fridge and freezer are a white-paneled Sub-Zero model and the range and oven are Wolf—a little online research and digging in specialty shops yielded quirky, affordable treasures, including the vintage light fixtures that Lauren had rewired to hang over the island and the vibrant stools, which were made from Indian saris and cost about $100 each from overstock.com. "Nothing is too precious here," Lauren says. "Two-dollar tile can look amazing— it can be fun to make something out of nothing."