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Inside Job

Inside Natalie Davis’s Studio...and Butcher Shop

Inside Job BY meghana gandhi 02/28/2013

Recently, the Austin-based designer Natalie Davis moved into a new 300-square-foot studio space—HQ for her unfussy leather-good line Canoe—and she and her husband Ben opened a butcher shop, Salt and Time. But wait, there’s more: Jay Colombo, the architect who designed the meat haven, works for the same firm that did the studio complex, and the spaces have common elements (like polished concrete floors and expansive white walls). Not surprisingly, Natalie’s channeling similar vibes for both spaces: clean, natural, and vintage-inspired. 

The Inspo: Georgia O’Keeffe and Ghost Ranch


Georgia O’Keeffe’s studio at Ghost Ranch.


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"Its such a beatiful and calming haven and I am addicted to their waterlemon juice at breakfast. They also have Marmite, which I have a weakness for."
of Canoe

A damn cool tool wall, for inspiration!


Natalie’s collection of tools.

“One of the overall things for the studio is creating a utilitarian space, where the tools are really the décor in a way. My blog is called Tool and Tack, and I’m obsessed with getting the right tool for the job and building this collection of tools. As for the shop, there are three giant windows straight into the cutting room so that customers can watch the butchers work. There’s total transparency to build trust with our customers.”

The Inspo: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose


A super-slick idea for the studio!


Vintage meat case at the butcher shop.

“I’m waiting for the antique event Round Top to look for the kinds of pieces that have a lot of history to them—the older pieces that have been through multiple lives, like vintage leather tools, old barn wood—that I can re-purpose to make a showroom wall and inspiration board. In the butcher shop, we have a lot of older equipment that we’re waiting to install—equipment that has a story to it. When you’re in this business, you’re standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Score Natalie’s amazing edition: an envelope-style wallet made-by-hand in Austin!



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