Austin Chronicle Cover Story
Jennifer Chenoweth’s home embodies the essence of the East Austin Studio Tour
PHOTO BY SANDY CARSON
Even before you enter the house at East Second and Waller, there’s so much to see: towering colored stalks rising from the yard, a flame-hued metal arch suspended in the air over a like ring of fire embedded in the garden, gravity-defying planters sitting sideways on the exterior walls. But that’s just a taste of what’s waiting once you step over the threshold. Inside, art is everywhere you look – on walls, on tables, on the floor, behind doors, in the hall, the parlor, the bathroom. Seemingly every surface in this 1,700-square-foot home is given over to the display of some drawing, painting, sculpture, print, or work of metal, and as your eyes work to take it all in, your nose texts you, “Something’s on the stove, and it smells powerful good. #chiles #chicken #hominy.” And sure enough, as you step into the spacious, light-drenched kitchen and dining room, you’re greeted by a simmering, four-gallon pot of northern New Mexican posole blanco, freshly cooked up by the hostess of this East Austin Studio Tour stop and just waiting for any visitors to dish themselves up a bowl.