By Sallie Lewis
A trip to Kettle & Brine in Austin’s West End neighborhood is a feast for the senses. In the store's center, a bold brass counter piece sshines amidst white walls, raw pecan wood and steel shelving. Design choices such as these were strategic for Tarica Navarro, the proprietor of Kettle & Brine, whose clean, natural aesthetic is evident throughout the space. “It was important to create a neutral backdrop to allow the products to shine,” she says.
A quick perusal of the shop reveals Kettle & Brine to be more than your average kitchen supply store. Rather, it is a place that connects people with food and celebrates worldly craft. From family-made Spanish knives to Japanese serving pieces, Mauviel copper cookware, and locally cast porcelain, Kettle & Brine’s curated product selection celebrates the best of handcrafted work.
Growing up in Thailand, Navarro’s passion for food developed from an early age. Today, Navarro says Kettle & Brine is an extension of that passion and a way to create a dialogue. The store was started to bring together products that were not only visually beautiful, but designed with intention. “When a product is both visually inspiring and a joy to use because of its intentional design, we place more value in it,” says Navarro adding, “It's as simple as getting excited to use my wooden spatula or cutting board so I cook more meals at home, spend more time with family around the table, nurturing relationships around a joint meal experience.”
The shop’s identity, which is evident throughout the finishes and fingerprints left by worldly artisans, is perhaps best encapsulated by its name. “The kettle represents the utilitarian accessories, while the brine stands for the extra little efforts that go a long way in making a great meal,” says Navarro. “In the end, it represents the special things that make the ordinary better, and everyday more enjoyable.”
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
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more