An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
Conni Reed's Jet-Setting Essentials
Since leaving the corporate world in 2005, Conni Reed has been promoting happier living with her lifestyle brand, Consuela. The playful line of clothing, bags, and home decor echoes rich hues and textures from Reed's world travels. This fall, Consuela's signature collection is ready to take flight with its luxurious Italian leather bags and punchy color schemes. Reed let us see what's always inside her Consuela carry-on.
On our short list: the Do-Ho Suh solo exhibition at The Contemporary Austin (it runs through January 11). Showing at both the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria, the evocative work of Korean-born renowned sculptor and installation artist Do-Ho Suh examines the layered dimensions of personal versus public space, globalism, and displacement through architectural structures, documentary films, and videos. At the Jones Center, guests are encouraged to wander upstairs through brightly colored, transparent large-scale installations—replicas of Do-Ho Suh's apartment spaces from a single building in New York City—and downstairs in the dark among light-box fixtures, made entirely of polyester fabric and stainless steel, from his Specimen Series (2013). At Laguna Gloria, Do-Ho Suh's Net-Work (2010) is refabricated. The sheeny "fishing net," comprising thousands of tiny gold and silver human figures, recollects the nets that Do-Ho Suh observed stretched across the shorelines of Japanese seaside villages. As guests explore the architectural settings of Do-Ho Suh's nomadic past, they begin to meditate on their own notions of "home."
Billy Hankey and Colette Dein knew they had a legacy to uphold when they moved into the space that previously housed East Austin's staple blues bar, Legendary White Swan. Named in homage to a Muddy Waters song, their bar, King Bee Lounge (which opened August 1), adds its own charisma to the history its predecessors have left behind. Some things haven't changed: there's still live blues on Monday nights from the Little Elmore Reed Blues Band, and a section of the bar has been left untouched, with old concert posters and other remnants from the Legendary White Swan. But other details have changed for the better—like the lounge's redesigned cedar bar and warm accent lighting. Hankey, former bar manager at Bar Congress, and Dein, former operations manager of Second Bar and Kitchen, want to provide a relaxing getaway cocktails and food, but at much more enticing prices. We're certain King Bee's curated wine list, impeccable cocktails, and delicious made-in-house pizza menu will do the trick.
After losing his parents to cancer, Brian Allen-Aguilar vowed to spend the remainder of his life doing solely what he loved. "Life is too short. I want to do woodwork," he says. A self-taught craftsman, Allen-Aguilar, owner of Eagle's Nest Artistry, approaches his carpentry organically. "I'm fascinated by the natural figure of wood. The way the grain turns, swirls, and fans out," says Allen-Aguilar. "Most wood is either dyed or strained rather than allowing natural variations to come out." Utilizing wood that he's harvested either from local suppliers or a friend's ranch in Kerrville, Allen-Aguilar works with the organic lines and blemishes of his materials, creating sleek hardwood tables with a contemporary edge. His work can be found at Urbanspace Interiors, Primitives Furniture, and on display at Houndstooth Coffee on North Lamar. He's also working on new tables and art to showcase at E.A.S.T. in November.
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