The canvas before her is blank, but with brush in hand and colors on her palette, Barbara Houston is in her element. The natural beauty of the Austin terrain, its hills and lakes, are today’s inspiration for this new work of art. After a few moments of quiet reﬂection, she shifts her attention to the canvas, and with a single brush stroke, her painting comes alive. Over the next few hours and days it will surely evolve, but for Barbara, it all begins with that singular source of inspiration.
Live to Create
After receiving her degree in Interior Design from Texas Tech, Barbara began painting in earnest while raising her three sons on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Today her paintings still begin with the inspiration that she ﬁnds everywhere, from a small leaf laying on the ground, to lights reﬂected in wet pavement on a rainy night. Those who know Barbara best will tell you her creativity has no bounds and she thrives on expressing it in every way possible.
In addition to painting, Barbara’s other creative outlets include photography, making pottery, and gardening. After moving to Austin she also began working as an interior designer, helping her clients create a comfortable living environment reﬂective of their lifestyle. That led to a career fueled by her passion for Austin.
Passion for Home
As an interior designer, Barbara loved everything about homes – not only the interiors, but the exteriors, including the landscapes. She was interested in how others expressed themselves through their homes and even today, she often ﬁnds herself off the beaten path, exploring different neighborhoods, new and old, soaking in the varying architectural styles. Her artist’s eye thrills at the natural beauty and the varied terrain that make Austin unique.
Perhaps it comes as no surprise that Barbara’s passion for homes inspired her next career move when she earned her real estate license, followed by her broker’s license eight years later. It’s evident that her love for homes and her innate creativity have been at the core of her professional success. Recently she was in Texas Monthly as a Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent. When you work with Barbara toward the sale or purchase of a home, you can immediately sense her genuine love for her role. She thrives on helping others make the most of their real estate opportunities. Having moved many times herself, Barbara truly understands what you’re going through and takes care to ensure a smooth transition.
An Inspired Approach to Real Estate
Barbara’s interior design background serves her well as a leading real estate professional. For buyers, her ability to envision the possibilities can help recognize untapped potential in a property. For sellers, her expert staging skills will ensure your home shows in the best light and generates maximum return on investment.
If you’re considering a move, make sure you choose your real estate professional carefully. Combining a love for the area, a genuine desire to help others and an ability to ﬁnd creative solutions, Barbara Houston is bringing An Inspired Approach to Real Estate. Contact her today to schedule a private consultation and get started on your best move yet.