Inside This Austin Designer’s Creative Bungalow Office Space


Erica Volkmer sits on the floor resting her arms on an orange-velvet ottoman

Hallway with bamboo buffet and two paintings in front of gray wallcovering next to office doorway

Erica Volkmer, principal and founder of Evensen Design, is a mover and shaker on the Austin design scene. With experience both in hospitality design and at a design-build firm, she ventured out on her own in 2015. Now, she says, “We specialize in high-end residential and hospitality projects, working closely with clients and investors throughout the process, from programming to design to implementation.” Here, Volkmer shares more with Luxe.

How would you describe your style? We love interiors that are collected and not contrived. Our work is layered with texture and interest, fusing high and low. We embrace fun moments and juxtapositions and aim to bring out our clients’ inner styles. 

Tell us about your charming new office space. Culture is important to our boutique firm, so the main goal was for it to be inviting, warm and a bit idiosyncratic. We always have music on and collaborate over coffee. This is our happy place and a creative vortex to flesh out ideas and pull projects together. So the space is bright, engaging and a clean backdrop for our creativity. Our storage solutions are simple, versatile and useful. We also love the downtown location. It’s nice to escape midday and enjoy the energy of the city. 

What sparked your vision for the space? There is a rotating inventory of antiques and art we love. I wanted a blend of styles. I was inspired by the idea of old bungalows receiving a bright refresh. It is curated and layered, yet edited and clean.

What’s on the horizon for your firm? We look forward to several hospitality projects and working with new-to-us architects and builders. Travel is also on the docket, and we are excited to work on projects across the country.