Fern Santini’s firm, Abode, designs one-of-a-kind residences for a diverse group of clients across the U.S. The style of each home she helps create is driven by the unique site, the architectural style and her client’s vision. Rather than apply a specific look across projects, Fern thrives on learning about each client’s tastes and personal style to tailor a unique environment perfectly suited to them. She builds upon her client’s affinity for art, reflects their history of travel and sometimes expresses their sense of humor. Her process involves listening to carefully reflect her client’s tastes, and encouraging them to be open minded and think outside the box. This results in a completely distinctive expression true to each client.
Fern works primarily on projects that are “ground up” from the initial architectural concept through to completion and move-in. This allows her to carefully compliment and accentuate the architecture and bring the interior style through to special touches outside the home.
One of Fern’s signature traits, which she has spoken about publicly for numerous organizations, is her commitment to collaboration amongst the entire design team. Her work style has shown that when creative, talented team members collaborate closely on a project, there is a synergy created that brings out the best in everyone involved, and provides a significant benefit for the client. Fern has worked with award-winning architects such as Paul Lamb, Mell Lawrence, Lake Flato, Gary Furman and Philip Keil, Dick Clark, and FAB Architecture. Her work has been published on the covers of Luxe, Renovation Style, and Belle (Australia), and has been featured in publications such as Milieu, Objekt International, Modern Luxury Interiors, Texas Architect, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Traditional Home, Bridge for Design (UK) and Mountain Living. Her work can also be found in books such as Great Houses of Texas and Contemporary Texas Architecture. Fern has designed a custom rug collection for Kyle Bunting that delivers a contemporary twist on classic antique Turkish Oushak rugs, made from hair on hide in multiple color variations.
Fern lives in her own unique environment in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Jerre Santini, two charming dogs and a stylish collection of vintage cars.