An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
When the design concept for Gardner, the latest restaurant from the team behind Contigo, was being discussed, there was one word that kept coming up: “elemental.” “Because it’s a vegetable restaurant, we wanted to build it using things that are from the earth,” explains co-owner Ben Edgerton. To help fulfill this mission, Edgerton brought on furniture designer Michael Yates whose work he “fell in love with,” when he first saw it at an East Side boutique. Working in white oak, Yates crafted 64 chairs and 19 tables for the Gardner dining room, and built four stools from ebonized ash for the bar. Anne Lowe Edgerton and Charyl Coleman oversaw the decoration design, adding in soft textures and colors. “We wanted the design to play a supporting role,” Edgerton says. “It kind of speaks even louder because of its simplicity.” For more information, visit gardneraustin.com
For anyone hoping to stretch their design dollars, some savvy services are offering creative solutions. Looking for a better alternative to Craigslist and Etsy, Anita Erickson started Red Chair Market to bring together furniture buyers and sellers in the central Texas area. When determining what to invest in Erickson says, “Start with pieces that you feel passionate about and that you think you’ll want to have for 10 or 20 years.” If your heart loves vintage, even if your wallet doesn’t, check out Good Consignment for classic, custom, and one-of-a-kind pieces. Finally, Maggie Harshbarger’s Room Curated offers a suite of services; from answering quick design questions like what color to paint a front door to doing a full room redesign. She specializes in helping people work with what they already have. “Just having pictures hung at the right height can make a lot of difference with how a room feels,” Harshbarger says.
For 20 years Paul Davidson, the owner of David Alan Rugs has specialized in one of the elements that can make or break a space—finding the right rug. Davidson says it starts with determining the basics: size, budget, and style. Here are his tips for putting the right rug in your room:
What can make good design even better? Cocktails. At Deep Eddy Distillery (which opened in October) the local vodka brand gets shaken and stirred in the 5,000 square-foot space that boasts a retro feel. “If you ask me to give one word to describe it, it’s cool,” co-founder Chad Auler says. To capture this cool factor, the Deep Eddy team, along with designer Claire Zinnecker and restaurateur Larry McGuire, blended the industrial with the natural, selecting concrete floors and exposed steel beams in the ceiling indoors while emphasizing native Texas stone on the patio. “It feels like a hill country setting, and we’re 20 miles from downtown Austin,” Auler says. Toast to the new year with a Cranberry Fizz (Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka and sparkling wine, garnished with dried cranberries).
January is often the time that we make a fresh start and clear the clutter of the previous year. We asked Jill Siegel of California Closets for her best advice for getting—and staying—organized.
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