from Washington, D.C., to Boston in 2012.
That philosophy is expertly executed
throughout his home, which he shares with
his husband, Joshua David Giamichael, a
human resources professional. Their real
estate agent had encouraged them to look in
Boston’s Jamaica Plain and South End neighborhoods, but the couple preferred less gentrification and eventually landed in Dorchester in
an area referred to by the locals as the Polish
Triangle. “It’s fun to be part of something on
the cusp,” says Austin.
The 1,200-square-foot condominium on
the second floor of a recently renovated triple-decker that dates to 1905 is smartly laid out.
With two bedrooms, an
living area, a design
studio, and a deck, the
small space is maximized for functionality.
Known for designing refined spaces with
bold gestures, Austin
acknowledges he was
it came to his own place.
“Clients hire you to think
out of the box and push
them outside of their
comfort zone,” he says, “but it takes a little time
to gain their trust. In my own home, I didn’t
mind experimenting — I create neutral spaces
for so many people, I wanted to have fun here.”
His signature rich colors, multi-era
furnishings, and provocative artworks are
amplified here. In the living area, painted
a dusty teal, a cluster of landscape paint-
ings and sketches takes the spotlight above
the Draper-style sofa, next to which a set-
tee upholstered in a yellow-and-white chev-
ron pattern adds an intriguing pop of color.
Midcentury Modern chairs and lamps and
Moroccan-style side tables cohabit the space
the entry hall doubles as a rotating gallery (left)
for Austin and his husband’s large collection of
artwork, much of it by family and friends. The living
area (left bottom) is anchored by a Dorothy
Draper-style sofa and an oil painting by Gary Fisher.
“It’s tough to start
over in a new market.
By chance, I met
Webster on a plane,
and he gave me some
great advice: ‘Make
your house a home
where you want to
have people over and