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"I love supporting local Austinites," Decker reveals. "The cool thing is you don’t have to compromise here: Just because you’re supporting local doesn’t mean you’re getting a lower quality. If anything, it’s better, more artisan and more interesting." True to her philosophy, the model and Austin Way cover star lists off some of her go-to Austin spots for everything home design, fashion, and dining.
Cool ceramics: "I love Keith Kreeger. We have so much of his work in our house, it’s actually embarrassing. Andy [husband Roddick] and I were at Jacoby’s [Restaurant & Mercantile] and he flipped the bowl over as he said, 'This is Keith’s piece, right?' He can identify Keith’s work, which is really fun. What I love about Austin is you can love someone’s work and that person is also accessible. I was following him on Instagram and started commenting, and he invited me to his studio.
Wild about wallpaper: "I met [floral photographer] Ashley Woodson Bailey the same way I met Keith. She lives in Atlanta now, but she’s from Austin. She’s doing wallpaper, and I wanted her wallpaper in my house. I reached out her to directly—I don’t think you can really do that in any other big city, follow people whom you idolize or whose work you love and pursue it.
Let’s go antiquing: The Austin Antique Mall has great treasures—I can spend so much time there. They have all these little rooms. I’ve bought lamps, a side table that we use as a nightstand, and a set of chairs. Mercury Design Studio has really interesting antique art, including reasonable old European paintings that are interesting. I also love Round Top—I’ve found so much stuff for my house there. I grew up in North Carolina, but I moved to Austin from New York. When you’re used to New York antiquing, coming to Austin feels like a very reasonable shift—it’s a nice break from those New York prices.”
Fashion faves: "I love ByGeorge, of course. Sunroom is very cool. I also love Garment because they have vintage, and Charm School Vintage is really good and super reasonable—the person who buys for them is very talented.
Let’s eat: My favorite restaurant hands-down is Uchiko. We went there last night. We love Tyson [Cole] so much. He’s a huge contributor to the Andy Roddick Foundation—his gala auction item [a private dinner for an intimate group] has won the most money every single year. People just lose their minds over him. If I have girlfriends coming to town, I always recommend Josephine House for brunch because I think it’s so lovely and quaint—it feels like Austin. I have Tacodeli for breakfast three times a week; the Migas Royale Plate is my jam. We go to The Picnic food trucks on Barton Springs Road a lot with my son Hank because it’s fun, and he can be outside. When I go out, which is very rare these days, I go to the tried and true places even though there are so many new restaurants to try. I went to Emmer & Rye recently, and it was unbelievable.