Inside Sheila Youngblood’s colorful West Austin home
Walking through the doorstep of Sheila Youngblood’s West Austin home is like realizing what the inside of an artist’s brain must look like. What at first glance may appear to be a slightly cacophonous cabinet of curiosities, in reality claims a cultivated style line. This connective tissue does not come only from the head, but from the heart of the esthete.
Youngblood took me around her house on FaceTime, the bracelets clicking as she knelt to show me the clogs on the legs of her entryway table or the belly of an octopus carving table – more on that later. These eccentricities, along with many others around his house, are the work of local artist Barry Jelinski. They portray the inner workings of his mind and style: a personality-driven eclecticism with a touch of humor.
Youngblood’s personal journey is also quite eclectic in nature and includes cultivating his creative eye and mind by studying with shamans, spending time in North American reservations, and collecting Latin American folk art. throughout his travels. So naturally, she talks about shopping as a kind of transcendental treasure hunt.
Youngblood is the owner of Rancho pillow, a whimsical Texas wonderland located in the heart of Round Top (home of the acclaimed antiques fair that takes place in October and April), which houses the same colorful eccentricities of her home and personal style. “There is just an expression of my heart through my interiors and what I wear,” she explains. In a convergence of like-minded souls and tastes, Youngblood joins forces with A topical matter for three days of vintage shopping organized later this month. So that you can attend, keep scrolling to find out how Youngblood’s otherworldly home was born.