Lauren Smith Ford
There is no other way to put it…Travis Norman and his long-time girlfriend, woodworker and darling of the design world, Kelly DeWitt are living the dream (have you seen the whimsical photo essay of their life on Design Sponge?). They watch the sun rise and set with their dog Ellie from the porch of their cozy home in the country just east of Austin and spend their days doing what they have both always loved most—building things. Most mornings, they head to their shared workshop in Northeast Austin in Norman’s '68 Chevy pickup truck. "Kelly [DeWitt] and I end up bouncing design ideas off each other everyday, and so our work ends up showing each other's influence,” he says. Norman, a self-proclaimed “tinkerer,” learned the art of wood working when he worked in a small cabinet shop 10 years ago. After a small fabrication company hired him to be their go-to “wood person,” he learned to weld and fell in love with the art form. "It's easy to get metal to stick together, but it takes years and a lot of practice to get it look beautiful along the way,” the Austin native says. Now, he is focused mostly on steel projects, making everything from windows and doors to furniture in both commercial and residential spaces. "I love the scale of the projects you can accomplish with steel. Nothing is cooler than pulling a door you've been working on off the bench to realize it's twice a tall as you had been imagining in your head. With wood, you tend to be more limited with the size of projects.” Norman and DeWitt’s co-project they often find themselves daydreaming about is a "house/ shop/land complex that would suit all our needs.” And, we predict it won’t be long before these two visionary makers turn that dream into a reality.
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