Step Inside a Bohemian Style Home in the Heart of Austin

Interior designer Katrina Boschenko’s three-story Airbnb Plus home says serenity from the moment you walk in.

Photographs by Alpha Smoot
Styled by Shannon Eddings
Illustrations by Tara Johnston

Hidden Paths print, $109, and Tipping Point print, $254; Daydreamer photo print, $1,200; Pure storage table, $349, Source Kudu table lamp, $179, and Linear ombré rug, $899 for 9'x12'; Blue pillows, for similar. Round lush velvet pillow and silk hand-loomed pillow covers, $39 each;; Magnet Linen pillows, $85 each; French Modernist armchair, $1,149;

SET IN EAST AUSTIN, walking distance from one of the city’s buzzy nightlife hubs, Katrina Boschenko’s townhouse belies none of the area’s boisterous energy. Instead, it’s a three-story Airbnb Plus oasis designed to be calming, with boho-style touches inspired by her favorite travel destinations, including Tulum and Bali. Subdued shades are the host’s go-to — “a natural environment is so soothing,” says the former tech director turned interior designer — but her approach to beige is anything but boring. Think tone-on-tone pieces with tons of texture, and clean-lined modern accents paired with artful antiques passed down from family members or picked up on trips.

“My father is a Russian immigrant and my mother worked in the airline industry, so while I grew up in Indianapolis, I also traveled a lot,” she says. “Being exposed to the outside world from a young age helped me develop an appreciation for all kinds of textiles, prints, and ceramics.” The result is a home that’s airy and inviting and just the right amount of eclectic: “It’s personality-packed without being cluttered. I never want visitors to feel like they’re invading someone else’s space. I just want them to look around, feel relaxed, and be inspired.”

The Climb print in coral, $466; Wing series custom cantilevered shelf, for info.

Go with the Flow

Before Boschenko installed an artisan-made shelf in this high-traffic stairway area, she had set it up for seating, with two chairs and a side table. “It was bulky and no one ever sat there, so I streamlined it,” she says. “Look at how you’re using your space, and don’t force something that isn’t really serving a purpose.”

Eames molded-plastic counter-height stools, $539 each; Pendants, for similar.

Stay Light and Loungey

Cream-colored floral wallpaper is an ethereal backdrop for this hangout zone, and an oversize white sofa and natural wood accents make it even loftier. “If you stick with a restrained color palette, you can add a few offbeat pieces — like this peacock table and lantern floor lamp (above left) — without having the room veer too crazy,” says Boschenko. “A living room is meant for interacting, so I love to sprinkle in conversation stirrers.”

Keep the Kitchen Simple

White cabinets plus floaty pendants equals a calming cookspace.

“I mixed in a few distressed pieces to bring in a little of Austin’s industrial style.” — Katrina Boschenko

Make Your Space Sparkle

A giant bronze mirror floods the dining room with light and dresses up the mostly white seating area. “I wanted to evoke a little drama in here,” says Boschenko. “Place a plant next to a big piece like this if you want to soften the look and keep it from overpowering your space.”

String pendant, for info. Gleaming Primrose 7-foot mirror, $1,348; Vintage table and chairs, for similar.

Kick Up the Character

You can’t go wrong with crisp white bedding and cool graphic prints. For an added layer, bring in a piece or two that looks a little lived-in (like a vintage chair) or feels personal. “The guitar gives this room an interesting POV,” says Boschenko. “It’s a nod to the musical side of my family. I had a violin growing up and never touched it, but my grandfather, who owned this guitar, played four instruments.”

Joshua Tree in September print, $199, and Organics_9_2_A print, $89; Otto woodblock print, $250; Clint floor lamp, $329; Linen duvet cover set, $329; Forma pillow, $45; Black Chiapas throw, $155; Threshold faceted ceramic large lamp base, $38;

Add a Little Edge

This is the only room with a concrete floor, so Boschenko took the boho scheme in a slightly more rugged direction. “I bought the weathered dresser on Craigs­list, the black rocker is a family heirloom, and the headboard is wrapped with a repurposed rug,” she says.

Clint floor lamp, $329; Striped linen queen-size quilt, $279; Marigold pillow, $85; blockshop Vintage throw, for similar.
“The table is the one I grew up with. Using pieces from childhood helps a house feel like a home.” — Katrina Boschenko

Bring In Something Sculptural

A big, scrolly bed gives this room an artsy vibe. “The posts reminded me of tall spires from the Sagrada Família in Barcelona,” says Boschenko. To help a busy piece blend in, surround it with accents in similar shades (like the mocha walls, wood frame, and natural-dyed linen drapes here).

Isaac plug-in short-arm sconces, $189 each; Vintage Guatemalan pillow №14, $98 each; Woven Tala throw blanket, $68; Tulip side table, for info. Custom natural-dyed linen drapes by Wander Designs’ Textile Collective, for info.

Create a Cozy Corner

A rich paint color sets a dreamy tone in a bedroom. “These walls used to be white, but a trip to Morocco prompted me to try an earthier shade. This one [Frontenac Brick by Benjamin Moore] feels like a big hug,” says Boschenko. Set an arc lamp next to a sheepskin-topped seat, and you’ve got a restful reading spot.

Spotlight Your Surroundings

The yard’s pecan trees “are the big draw,” says Boschenko, so she went with all-white patio pieces that don’t compete for attention.

Left: Modern hanging oversize mirror, $299;

About the author: Betsy Goldberg is the deputy editor (Home) of Airbnb Magazine. Previously she was the deputy editor of Real Simple and HGTV Magazine, editorial content director at Bed Bath & Beyond, and an editor at UsWeekly, Modern Bride, and New York Magazine. She is co-author of BusinessWeek’s Guide to the Best Business Schools. Her writing has also appeared in Glamour, Health, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Money.