By Nicole Beckley
On a rainy day, a kid’s best friend can be a cardboard box that is quickly transformed into a house or a castle. Taking this idea into the digital era, Bryan Thomas and Amelia Cosgrove created PopUp Play, an Austin- based company that produces 4-by-4.5-foot berboard playhouses, which can be customized through an iPad app and easily assembled at home.
When Austin musician Dana Falconberry begins to write a new song, it’s often an image of nature that springs to mind. “Usually it’s some sort of beautiful scene
that I’ve come across on the road or while traveling,” Falconberry says. “Those are the things that strike me and stay with me and end up coming out in a song.” That’s certainly true on From The Forest Came The Fire,
her new record with band Medicine Bow. Embracing the natural themes, Falconberry and band are setting off on a National Parks tour beginning June 19 in the Guadalupe Mountains and playing shows at White Sands, Yosemite, Muir Woods and others. While the settings and situations will vary (the weather always lends an element of surprise), Falconberry says, “Whatever happens it’ll be fun.”
Photograph by Shelby Marie Lloyd
If there’s any drawback to the great outdoors, it is certainly tiny pests like mosquitoes and ticks. With an aim to produce pest control products without toxic chemicals, Austin- based Wondercide has created a slew of natural repellents for pets, lawns and more.
“I grew up on the East Coast, but I’ve been hiking and backpacking forever and that kind of was what brought me into photography in the first place,” explains Anna Donlan. An Austin- based designer and photographer, Donlan’s images of sprawling Texas landscapes sparked an idea in Kelly Appleton. The artist began printing the images on fabric. This past August, Donlan and Appleton launched Eleven Twenty One, a brand of handbags and pillows featuring Donlan’s photos. “There’s something about that landscape that resonates with people,” Donlan says. “They have kind of a universal feel to them, but they’re also very unique.” Sourced, printed and crafted in the United States, Eleven Twenty One’s products are printed using eco-friendly methods and made by hand in Appleton’s Chicago studio. The company also commits a portion of their profits to the Big Bend Conservation Alliance.
Austin Biplane offers a bird’s-eye view of Austin. Accommodating two passengers, the open cockpit plane, piloted by a former Air Force F-16 pilot, takes passengers over downtown and the Texas Hill Country for a memorable mini- adventure. (Bring your own long silk scarf).
HELO Austin offers chopper tours (not the two- wheel kind, but the two-blade kind) of Central Texas. In a 2015 Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, three passengers can take a custom tour of our city — check out the wild flowers from above or do a special flyover for Austin City Limits and Formula One.
Escape from a burning van, land a three-story leap and cascade down a zipline when you spend an afternoon at Stunt Ranch. “The idea was to create a series of experiences so that when someone goes through them, they build their con dence and their competence and their knowledge and their optimism and their overall physical health,” says Founder Steve Wolf. After a career doing stunts for lms, Wolf opened Stunt Ranch in 2005. A decade later, he regularly hosts professionals seeking team- building exercises and school groups.
Photograph by Nathan Schultz
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