Owner, Well Dressed Space
From Jil Sander to Marc Jacobs, Kim West has worked for some of the greatest designers in the fashion industry. She worked right alongside Jil Sander in her spectacular Hamburg showroom (formerly the estate of Aristotle Onassis) and made friends across the globe as the wholesale manager in charge of Asia for Marc Jacobs. Six weeks into her maternity leave from Marc Jacobs after the birth of her now 21-month-old daughter, Lulu, Kim’s Southern roots were calling her back to Texas. “Being a part of the fashion industry in New York was an incredible privilege, and one I worked hard for, but being with my daughter in her young years far outweighs any of it,” she says. “I never thought I would leave the city, but what has surprised me the most is how much life there is to live outside of it.” While living in New York, Kim and her husband, David, a real estate developer, enjoyed collaborating on renovating apartments, and Kim became interested in interior design. She landed her first client serendipitously—a potential buyer who looked at the West family's Brooklyn apartment, fell in love with her design and hired her to design her apartment. And thus her interior decorating company, Well Dressed Space, was born. Her next client came soon after the family moved into their renovated house in South Austin, when a passerby knocked on the door to ask who did the interiors, after seeing Kim’s choice in outdoor furniture. A TCU grad, Kim feels at home in Austin—“Austin has a beautiful soul, and we feel so lucky for our family to grow here,” she says. “Spending time with my daughter and launching my business with the support I have received from the community has been truly fantastic.” For more information on Kim and her design work, visit welldressedspace.com.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
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by James Ruiz
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Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
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by James Ruiz
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