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Most colorful house in Austin plays host to stylish Texas Monthly soiree

Most colorful house in Austin plays host to Texas Monthly soiree

Lauren Smith Ford and Sheila Youngblood TM Spaces
Lauren Smith Ford and Shelia Youngblood. Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces Shelia Youngblood
This is an area of Youngblood's house reimagined just for the party and unveiled that evening. She often works with artist, Frederico Archuleta, who painted the room. Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces Katie Kime, Anne Campbell
Katie Kime and Anne Campbell. Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces Bethany Ross Aaron Ross
Bethany and Aaron Ross.  Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces Jordan Fronk, Claire Oswalt, Maya Nairn, Kelti Smith
Jordan Fronk, Claire Oswalt, Maya Nairn, and Kelti Smith. Photo by Miguel Angel
Shelia Youngblood home Texas Monthly Spaces
The "most colorful house in Texas" extends out of doors, too. Photo by Miguel Angel
Austin McKenna, Sarah Wittenbraker, Windsor McKenna
Austin McKenna, Sarah Wittenbraker, and Windsor McKenna. Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces david courtney missy nichols
David Courtney (The Texanist) and Missy Nichols. Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces
Dai Due chef Gabe Erales provided the bites. Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces Casey Dunn Lauren Smith Ford Sean Greenberg Matt Rainwaters
Casey Dunn, Lauren Smith Ford, Sean Greenberg, and Matt Rainwaters.  Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces Joel Mozersky, Courtney Trucksess, Ted Allen
Joel Mozersky, Courtney Trucksess, Ted Allen Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces Janell Brown, Kristin Gish, Amy Bodle
Janell Brown, Kristin Gish, Amy Bodle Photo by Claire Hogan
Shelia Youngblood home Texas Monthly Spaces
Party-goers learned just why Youngblood's home is called "the most colorful house in Texas." Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces
Noel Bridges, Karen Trombetta, Rose Reyes, and Delfo Trombetta. Photo by Miguel Angel
Texas Monthly Spaces
Dan Dyer, Evan Voyles, and Jesse Ebaugh provided the dreamy tunes.  Photo by Miguel Angel
Lauren Smith Ford and Sheila Youngblood TM Spaces
Texas Monthly Spaces Shelia Youngblood
Texas Monthly Spaces Katie Kime, Anne Campbell
Texas Monthly Spaces Bethany Ross Aaron Ross
Texas Monthly Spaces Jordan Fronk, Claire Oswalt, Maya Nairn, Kelti Smith
Shelia Youngblood home Texas Monthly Spaces
Austin McKenna, Sarah Wittenbraker, Windsor McKenna
Texas Monthly Spaces david courtney missy nichols
Texas Monthly Spaces
Texas Monthly Spaces Casey Dunn Lauren Smith Ford Sean Greenberg Matt Rainwaters
Texas Monthly Spaces Joel Mozersky, Courtney Trucksess, Ted Allen
Texas Monthly Spaces Janell Brown, Kristin Gish, Amy Bodle
Shelia Youngblood home Texas Monthly Spaces
Texas Monthly Spaces
Texas Monthly Spaces

What: Texas Monthly SPACES launch party 

Where: Shelia Youngblood's Old West Austin home aka "The Most Colorful House in Texas."

The lowdown: Texas Monthly celebrated the launch of its brand-new special issue, SPACES, a collection of the state's most inspiring homes, during a stylish soiree on September 28. Lauren Smith FordTexas Monthly's style and design editor, and Shelia Youngblood, owner of Round Top's famed Rancho Pillow, co-hosted the eclectic affair at Youngblood's Old West Austin home. 

Austin's most celebrated photographers and writers mingled with the city's best designers and architects while sipping Dandy Rosé, Desert Door cocktails, and Rambler Sparkling Water. Dai Due chef Gabe Erales crafted bites especially for the occasion while Dan Dyer, Evan Voyles, and Jesse Ebaugh provided the tunes. 

Hosting it at Youngblood's abode was akin to coming home for Smith Ford. (Pun very much intended.) "I became the Style Editor three years ago and writing about Sheila’s house was the first piece I did in the new role," she says. "It set the bar high for the kind of spaces and homeowners I wanted to write about — bold, storied, and unexpected."

Indeed, the 17 homes in the first-ever SPACES issue are bold and unexpected, ranging from South Texas' opulent King Ranch Main House to a majestic Marfa estate. 

Who: Janell Brown, Kristin Gish, Amy Bodle, Joel Mozersky, Courtney Trucksess, Ted Allen, Austin McKenna, Sarah Wittenbraker, Windsor McKenna, Katie Kime, Anne Campbell, Jordan Fronk, Claire Oswalt, Maya Nairn, Kelti Smith, Casey Dunn, Lauren Smith Ford, Sean Greenberg, Matt Rainwaters, Jordan Fronk, Bethany and Aaron Ross, David Courtney, and Missy Nichols