The previous Austin couple renovate a 1934 constructing in quiet Bertram to showcase their new line of furnishings.
This story initially appeared in the December 2017 difficulty with the headline “Fashionable in the Country.”
Bertram, a speck of a city about forty miles northwest of Austin, with fewer than ,500 residents, payments itself as “residence to the annual Oatmeal Pageant, a Greenback Common, and a brand new motel.” Just lately, although, the burg’s palpable stillness has been interrupted by the fixed buzzing of a MIG welder at the Hibler Constructing, on South Gabriel Avenue.
Constructed in 1934, the grain mill turned blacksmith store is now residence to a most sudden endeavor for such a center-of-nowhere place: a contemporary-furnishings retailer based by former Austin residents Kelly DeWitt Norman, 28, and Travis Norman, 35. “It’s simply too costly to try to open something in Austin . . . and we really feel this vitality proper now amongst folks our age with inventive concepts who're considering, ‘Perhaps we should always try the nation,’ ” Travis says.
After marrying in 2015, the couple joined forces underneath Kelly’s design and fabrication business, KKDW, with Kelly helming the woodwork and Travis the steelwork. They booked huge Austin tasks like the design and construct-out of kitchen store Kettle & Brine and the smooth cherrywood tables they made for eating scorching spot Mattie’s at Green Pastures. However on a drive by means of the Hill Country in their white 1968 Chevrolet pickup, the couple started tossing round the thought of opening a contemporary-furnishings showroom for a brand new line of items together with sofas and mattress frames.
After a buddy reduce them a deal to hire the Hibler Constructing, they started renovations in Could, elevating the roof two toes to make room for clerestory home windows; additionally they put in a pair of metal pivot home windows and added a room in the again for workshops.
The KKDW retailer, which opened in mid-December, options items like an eight-foot couch in buttery saddle leather-based, low and lengthy credenzas in stable oak and cherry, and metal furnishings in powder-coated hues. Kelly says, “Our hope is that it's going to encourage others to take a Sunday drive in the Hill Country to return see us.”
102 S. Gabriel.