Hello & happy Wednesday! Candice here & I’ve got the most wonderful space tour that is bound to leave you totally inspired. I met Laura several years ago; Olive focused on vintage clothing and sat in the back of a little book store on East Cesar Chavez.  Several years later, the shop stashes the best of budding clothing designers across the U.S. and mixes in timeless vintage. If you think this review is an overstatment, just take a little look-see around here. Uzi. Hackwith. Delphine. Miranda Bennett. I need not go on.

So when Laura moved Olive into its brand new space on Austin’s hip and bright East 11th Street, I had to have the space photographed share it with you all.  Scroll below for the full tour and find the interview below.


MH-20150325-10{Olive greets you with gorgeous light and the most perfectly organized rack of clothes.}



entryway details

{Laura sells funny matchbooks and leaping jaguar notebooks, which capture she shop’s style well – chill but so well designed.}


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{The layout of the space is centered around a jewelry bar, with pieces laid out on leather, ceramics and other interesting materials, which make it very tactile and almost an interactive part of the shop.}

shoezzz{Just right of the entryway, you’ll find Olive’s little shoe shop.  By little I mean cool, sexy, and relaxed.

Quick note:  since shooting this post, Laura redesigned the shoe shop!  Check it out here.}




{Copper pipes anchored to the wall make clothing rack installations.  These metal and rose tones are a color story woven into the whole store, reflected in the pendant lighting as well.}




plant deetsMH-20150325-17What do you love about this space?

Loads of natural light & plants keep me crazy about the space.
What has been the biggest challenge?
It was a bit of a challenge to make efficient use of a small space – it’s like a puzzle. But once I figured out which pieces go where, it all fell into place.
How were you able to arrive at such a cohesive style and presence? Did you hire an interior designer?
I didn’t work with an interior designer, though my friend Ann Edgerton, who’s a fantastic interior designer, did come sneak a peek.  I just had a vision. I’ve imagined this space for years, so once I had the opportunity to do it, I was ready. Pinterest, of course, helped too. I’ve kept a secret inspiration board for some time collecting visual inspiration for the space.
You always seem like such an amazing hostess – even in your shop. What’s your secret for great hospitality?
Aw, so sweet! I guess there’s really something to be said for Southern hospitality. I grew up around fantastic hosts — my dad, my grandmother: they love to make people feel welcome and at home — so I suppose I picked it up a bit inherently.
Give us your top entertaining tip.
Tricky. Fresh flowers and something nice to drink seem to work.

Beautiful photos taken by Minette Hand
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