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Lifestyle New Braunfels

MODERN COUNTRY LIVING

Magazine

Sept./Oct. 2019

Upcycled Treasures by Carvel Vintage

Williams-Hirsch Custom Home Builders: Delivering Cozy Craftsman Homes with Modern Amenities

Kathy Perales - An Artistic Presence In the Heart of Downtown NB


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New Braunfels, TX Letter from the Editor

If you’ve ever visited New Braunfels then you understand why the draw is so powerful. Everyone is just downright hospitable and the overall ambiance is chill and relaxing. The shop buyers know their customers well and go to great lengths to stock the racks and shelves with unique items they know will appeal to them. The restaurants don menus that would impress both the finicky eater and the burger connoiseur. Our plan is to keep you in-the-know about all these wonderful establishments in our section, “NB Mingle - Places to Gather, Eat and Drink!"

Brimming with country charm and a healthy dash of hipster flair, New Braunfels has come into its own by offering locals and tourists alike a quaint yet eclectic mix of eateries, an ample assortment of both vintage and trendy shops, and a bar scene hosted by some of the areas most talented mixologists and musicians. Over the years, New Braunfels has cultivated a unique and thriving town vibe that has brought with it an appeal to the masses, making it an ideal place to live, work, and play and (according to Forbes Magazine) one of the fastest growing cities in the country. In our section, “NB Homes & Gardens” we will showcase some of the city's most ideal communities--both masterplanned and historic, master builders and craftsmen, as well as the homeowners that take great pride in the design and care of their homes and personal gardens. Surrounded by lush countryside, sprawling pristine rivers, and flanked by the historic Gruene, TX, the New Braunfels location (right off the IH-35 Corridor) makes NB an ideal spot for convenient day or weekend wine tastings, shopping, and/or recreational jaunts from cities as near-by as San Marcos, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston.

And let’s not even get started on all the wonderful antique and architectural salvage places around town--you could spend an entire weekend just perusing these shops alone and the wares will not disappoint. I can only suggest when planning this type of trip to bring a bigger truck! Through our sections “True North - Profiles of the Entrepreneurial Spirit” and “All Things Vintage”, we will profile many of these courageous and savvy business owners. One of the true joys of visiting some of the local art galleries, quilt and sewing shops and other interesting craft shops around town has been meeting the people behind the beautiful work. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful and talented artists, creatives and DIYers and look forward to sharing their stories in our section “Labours of Love”. Welcome to the inaugural issue of New Braunfels Lifestyle Magazine! We are so excited to be launching this publication and sharing the history and stories of the lovely people and businesses that have shaped and influenced this community and the charming City of New Braunfels, TX. All My Best,

Melba Romero Melba Romero Creator | Publisher | Editor-In-Chief

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Contents DEPARTMENTS All Things Vintage Antique & Vintage Vendor Opportunities

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Red Rooster Antique and Design Center & Encore Antique Co.

By: Gail G. Collins

Labours of Love Kathy Perales - Artist

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True North Jenny Reacer - Carvel Vintage By: Stacey Lovett

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Homes & Gardens Craftsman Homes

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William-Hirsch Custom Builders

By: Gail G. Collins

10 Tips for Selling Your Home By: Trish Long

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My Edited Wardrobe - Closet Organization By: Jessica Scott - Living Simply

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NB Mingle - Places to Gather, Eat & Drink Open-Air Market Delights - NB Farmer's Market By: Melba Romero

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Editor-In-Chief Melba Romero Graphic Design Melba Romero Contributors Gail Collins Stacey Lovett Photography Melba Romero Stacey Lovett Publisher Black Pearl Publications

New Braunfels Lifestyle MagazineŽ is a registered trademark of Black Pearl Publications and may not be used without permission. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher, Black Pearl Publications. The information contained in this magazine is provided AS IS. Neither New Braunfels Lifestyle Magazine nor Black Pearl Publications, make any representation or warranty with respect to this magazine or the contents thereof and do hereby disclaim all express and implied warranties to the fullest extent permitted by law. New Braunfels Lifestyle Magazine and Black Pearl Publications do not endorse any individuals, companies, products, services, or views featured or advertised in this magazine. ŠNew Braunfels Lifestyle Magazine all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the copyright owner.

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Fischer Park, New Braunfels, TX City of New Braunfels Parks & Recreation

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All Things Vintage

NB Antique & Vintage Vendors Meet Contemporary Decorating Demands By: Gail G. Collins

Vintage is all the rage, but truth be told, it always has been. Something old became something new. A fleeting fad created a cult classic. From furniture to fabrics, what goes around comes around.

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All Things Vintage

According to the lay decorator’s Bible, Southern Living, what is trending today in home decor has an anchor in the past: red front doors, faux marble finishes, crystal chandeliers, collectable displays, gold fixtures, whicker, wallpaper and sumptuous fabrics. Best, these ideas are better than before. Hoist the chandelier over a simple dining table or reflect some wow in the bathroom. Protect fabrics against stains and never score a party foul. When it comes to vintage, it’s not a flash from the past, but a fresh footprint in another era. Lila and Don LeMaster agree. The owners of Red Rooster Antique & Design Center, a mall for vendors in historic downtown New Braunfels, have grown their concept to 25,000 square feet of shabby chic and period treasures. Artistic displays and vintage vignettes draw customers in and through the mall. “Don is very creative and loves to decorate,” said Lila. “Whatever he touches turns out well.” The couple began with a café and store in 2003, expanding and relocating to a defunct furniture store. Focusing solely on antiques, they added a second mall, Encore Antique Company, in 2016. With more than 65 booths, a short list of goods for sale includes: Western and primitive décor, furniture, jewelry, clocks, rugs, handmade quilts, original art and apparel. No wonder they have been voted Best Antiques Store in New Braunfels for years running. It was a good fit for Don, who explained, “I like really unique, rare, quirky, odd stuff. Personally, that’s what attracts people to my business.” He fancies old signs, like the nearly 20-foot metal Gold Bond Stamps signboard, a trademark in the store. When buying or selling awkward-sized goods, they transport via UShip, a niche transport company that handdelivers unconventional items. It makes impulse shopping a “no worries” solution for customers alike. Vendors rent space at Red Rooster, like hairstylists lease a chair at a salon to cut hair. The booths comingle in the great space for greater impact and shopping benefits. A good relationship works both ways. Generally, mall managers provide a sales venue, supervision, utilities, promotion and staff while the vendors offer high quality items displayed attractively to attract shoppers. The LeMaster duo work with vendors to be successful, even if they are newbies. “We help set-up from zero to selling,” said Don. Selling takes effort and tips can make it pay off. Like a wall of fishing-related signs, gear and décor, turn interested heads. A lace tablecloth with dainty china,

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tailored linens and mix-match flatware begs for a party. The trick is stocking a booth with inventory without crowding it. Make ordinary goods special with a facelift, like painting a group of frames to match, or bundle items for effect, like books or postcards. Price competitively, track sales and focus on selling what is selling. A booth is a business, not a hobby. Successful vendors know their customers. They keep booths fresh, regrouping and restaging goods. Promotions, like trunk sales, donating to fundraisers, pop-up events, teaching classes and lending for exhibitions can build a brand and expand the customer base. “We have about 10 original vendors,” said Lila, “and we call them family.” They build one another up and contribute to the overall value of the mall. The idea of recycling, repurposing and reviving goods has gathered momentum with a new generation. Millennials adore vintage, mixing traditional styling with contemporary flair. A hand-knotted Persian rug undergirds the cool lines of a neutral couch. A landscape painting offers a view an urban loft misses. A glass topper on a trunk creates a coffee table for the insatiable traveler. Unique, found objects are not a commodity. Vintage vendors sell history, nostalgia and fantasy. The goods are one-off, not available in a big box world driven out of business by online sales. A vintage item is considered for its merit in the eyes of a smitten seller, and then, a beguiled buyer. Still, the greatest joy of vintage goods is found in the personal story …who owned that cocktail dress in 1957 and who will wear it to ring in the New Year in 2020? The legacy is ongoing, bringing happiness once again. To learn more about how to become a vendor at either the Red Rooster Antique and Design Center or the Encore Antique Co., contact Lila LeMaster at: redroosterworldnb@gmail.com or call (830) 609-3311

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Gruene Mansion Inn 1275 Gruene Rd. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (830) 629-2641 www.gruenemansioninn.com

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LABOURS OF LOVE

Kathy Perales NB Resident Artist ‘I am grateful for all of the support that I have received for my art. I never really thought of myself as an artist until I was surrounded by wonderful artists. They encourage and enable me to be a better artist and person.’

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atherine Kenagy Perales has been fascinated with art all of her life. She studied education and art at Southwest Texas and while teaching school, was awarded a Masters of Education with a minor in Art from UTSA. She is an artist, an art educator and a teacher. Kathy is a member and past President of the Canyon Lake Art Guild, a member and past President of the New Braunfels Art League and a member of the San Antonio Art Education Association. While growing up in a loving and supportive family in San Antonio, Texas, art was a part of my life even from an early age. My father was an artist and although he didn’t pursue that field as a serious artist, watching him always intrigued me. The fine arts were definitely prevalent in my mother’s family. She could play any song on the piano by ear and tried her best to instill the same talent on to me, but alas to no avail. My piano teacher was very patient, but I think in the end it was decided I was just short of tone deaf. One summer, while in elementary school and during an art class at the Witte Museum, there was a defining moment where my drawing skills became obvious and it was at that point, as I recall, that became the catalyst in furthering my drawing skills. About then my neighbors gave me an oil Paint by Number kit; it fueled my love of oil painting. I still have the brush from that kit. Today my brother gives me a real compliment saying that he can’t see the numbers anymore! Taking art in junior high and high school took my love for art to a new level. College took me to Southwest Texas to major in Education and minor of Art. Each of those classes filled my heart with love for art and art history. During the next few years, while teaching 4th grade

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elementary students, I made great efforts to stress the importance of art to my students. One year while teaching summer school, I was tasked with teaching the older kids “real art,” not just crafts. This scared me at first, but I pulled it together and enjoyed the challenge more than I thought I would. I give all of that credit to the Principal who made me stretch my skills as a teacher. During this time, I was convinced by a friend to take some fun classes at that “new university” in town, UTSA. I was just going to take a few art classes but soon found myself halfway to a master’s degree. I had taken all of the art classes I could so then I had to take the “education” classes, like Research Methods, Curriculum and Instruction and Philosophy! That was NOT the fun part. I did receive my Masters in Education, with a minor in Art in 1977. My husband and I married in 1978 and we started to raise his three boys…. during their teenage years! While still teaching all day and being the “mean old step-Mom” (smile) at night, I found that I needed an outlet. I looked up the Continuing Education classes by my district and found an oil painting class. It was taught by a very good teacher named Vie Dunn-Harr. I didn’t realize at the time that she would become one of the best influences on my art, but she did. This experience saved my sanity! Somewhere in this timeline, I was privileged to take a weeklong workshop by the Betty Edwards organization. Drawing on the Right Side of

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the Brain is one of my favorite art books. I was honored with that opportunity. I later had the honor and privilege of meeting Betty Edwards at a seminar. I retired from education in 1999 after teaching 3rd and 4th grade and also teaching art to 750 elementary students for the last 6 years. Unfortunately, I was injured in a severe auto accident one week after I retired. For a long time, I didn’t know the difference between Retirement and Recovery. Recover I did and was able to build a studio at our home. I feel very blessed to have that studio. I began my retirement with classes in Watercolor and more classes in Oil. Those are my favorite media, but I also paint in acrylic, alcohol and acrylic inks. I paint on glass and continue to put together collages as well as do my own version of Calligraphy. If I am stumped about what to paint, I sit down and think about what intrigues me. Sometimes I just pull out my brushes, smell the oil paint and look over the photographs that I have taken. When I paint from photographs, they are my own photographs. This exercise usually gives me the incentive to start something. Sometimes, I look back over a painting I have just finished and wonder who painted it….It doesn’t seem like I did it myself so I like to think that God must have had a hand in it. “God uses the unlikely for His purpose; I use the unlikely in my art.”


Since my retirement, I prefer to spend my days painting. Unfortunately for my husband, believing he would now be enjoying three warm meals a day from the space my kitchen occupies, I have given up cooking except on special occasions. I would rather paint you a picture of a meal than cook it for you. I am drawn to the Impressionists painters for inspiration and many present day Plein Air artists. I have discovered Plein Air art in the last 8 years, and I love to be able to get outside and paint, weather permitting, of course. Although, I have painted all bundled up, holding an umbrella in one hand and a paint brush in the other! In 2014, I traveled to Monterey, California for the National Plein Art Convention. I had been to other Art Teacher Conventions, but nothing compared to 900 Plein Air artists painting outside on the California coast. It was a thrill to be part of that. In early 2019, New Braunfels Art League, hosted a Plein Air event. After that I was fortunate to take a workshop with James Sampsel. I have been a member of the Canyon Lake Art Guild since 2002 and the New Braunfels Art League since 2003. I have served as President of each of those organizations and I continue to support each group. In 2018 the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council presented me with a Lifetime Achievement Award. I never imagined that I would receive such an award, but I did and for that I am forever grateful.

In 2013 I was asked to join the fabulous artists at the Art Cottage, a Working Studio and Gallery. I was thrilled when that opportunity presented itself and I continue to be part of that Gallery today. It has been a true blessing to work with these 4 ladies, Sherry Wooley, Sherry Kelley, Vicki Smith and Gay Fly. They each have their own favorite medium and style and we work very well together. The Art Cottage was started in 2011 by Sherry Wooley, Sherry Kelley and several other artists. It is a genuine Working Studio and Gallery, as we each paint when it is our day to work. Now, housed in the 1860’s home of a German cabinet maker; it is a welcoming site for our art. I am grateful for all of the support that I have received for my art. I never really thought of myself as an artist until was surrounded by wonderful artists. They encourage and enable me to be a better artist and person.

“The best part of my painting experience is seeing what the paint wants to do and what the painting wants to become. Making someone smile warms my heart and keeps me painting.” You can learn more or contact Kathy at: www.kathyperales.com or www.artcottage-gallery.com

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OUR MISSION NEW BRAUNFELS LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE = NBLM = Modern Country Living Our mission is to bring inspiration, delight, entertainment, and information to our readers by celebrating the best of the NEW BRAUNFELS Lifestyle through our print and digital platforms. We will endeavor to lift small businesses, engage community, inspire creativity in homes, gardens, arts and crafts and to be resolute champions of our city, commerce, and economic development. We will commit to a standard for excellence in NBLM content regardless of platform or medium. We look forward to our bold, new journey and hope that you will join us!

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TRUE NORTH

STORIES OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

Upcycled Treasures Carvel Vintage By: Stacey Lovett

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Jenny Reacer “Sometimes all you need is a little vibe music and a trusty welder to empower your creative process – all the rest is in your soul.”

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rtist Jenny Reacher holds true passion for her art – so much so that it emanates from her presence and illuminates the room. She finds an unconventional beauty in random automotive and vintage parts otherwise destined to be discarded and sources them for the uniquely amazing lighting pieces she creates for her business, Carvel Vintage. When it comes to great talent, roots often run deep. Jenny grew up immersed in art (her father a 2nd generation hot rod pinstriper) as well as the attitude that one can conquer whatever they put their mind to, that one’s passion brings substance to life greater than material wealth. And in her medium she not only creates aesthetically wonderful pieces but creates a commentary on the waste of the world – of this material wealth and abundance – proving that beauty and function still lives on even after most deem it “through.” This wisdom is drawn from her upbringing – both in the ‘feast or famine’ territory of being a working

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artist and the influence of retro ideals as she was surrounded with hot rods – a culture which celebrates the simplicity of an earlier time as well as the hands on aspect of being one with the power of your machine. “Having to make due forced you to get creative--years ago, it used to be whatever you had, had to be used for 10 different things” and Jenny holds this wisdom true in her art today. Jenny started out joining her art and ideals with clothing and textiles, remaking thrift store finds into new pieces but eventually turned to familiarity alongside her uncle – a mechanic and master welder – hooked from the first time she picked up a welding torch. She has honed her skills over the past 6 years and never looked back. The two of them started out creating with salvaged pieces and doing shows together, but slowly went their separate ways with their own aesthetics. She creates with many discarded automotive parts but also incorporates a lot of vintage wares “anything someone is throwing away that looks really cool and old, I use.”


98% of her materials are ideally scrap & salvage – her intent to convey her message and motivation to not pass on any additional cost to the customer. Lighting is her passion – the combination of always having lived in small spaces requiring artificial lighting and her belief of a dual purpose of objects inspired her to pursue illuminated metal sculptures as her focus.

“Dealing in scrap & salvage you never know what you’re going to get so it can be a big challenge but it guarantees I’m never going to make the same thing.” However, meeting Jenny you get the first impression that she doesn’t fear challenge but rather invites it. At any given time she can have anything from vintage typewriters & sewing machines to rotary

phones and Cadillac wheel spokes ready to pick from in her shop and periodically takes her truck out picking to piece together her finds into her next work of art. Her ties in the automotive world guarantee her an interesting surplus of scrap parts but the hunt for unique pieces is half the fun. She draws a lot of inspiration from art deco and the rest is more of a spontaneous “mad scientist” motivation after laying out all of her goods, sometimes having multiple designs and projects drawn out at a time. “Everything I make, I love.” That personal element Jenny puts forth in her art appeals to such a broad audience in the shared respect and love of design. Paired with the intent to keep the affordability of her art low – with the nature of the medium and her beliefs – she has been able to spread her message further to all walks of life through her art, and she has made it her goal to continue to inspire upcycling with plans for larger gallery-inspired pieces in the future.

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Jenny’s parents have played a pivotal role in her attitude on life as well which alongside her talent and passion has led her to be able to enjoy and do what she does today. The balance of her father’s advice to start small and hone her skills, along with her mother’s words to live simply and be willing to make sacrifices, has allowed her the freedom to do what she wants as an artist. “Things’ don’t make us happy. It’s what we do and what we live for each day that does.” Jenny Reacher has put her signature style on both her life and her life’s work, and it is one of wisdom grown and nurtured from her roots. She has empowered herself - reflecting her true essence in her art -and challenges other artists to do the same - to defy what they perceive as their limitations and be surprised of the outcome. “You learn to weld and your whole life changes.” And when you’re doing it to also make a difference in the world, you begin to rule yours as well.

“Things’ don’t make us happy. It’s what we do and what we live for each day that does.”

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Reacer, Carvel Vintage

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Williams-Hirsch Custom Builders Craftsman Styled Homes Popular in NB By: Gail G. Collins

With nearly half a century of experience logged between them, Jim Williams and Greg Hirsch allied in 2001 to begin building custom homes. “At first, we built what customers asked for—big, rambling, Mediterranean-style homes. At the time these type of homes were in-demand,” said Jim Williams. “Then seven or eight years ago, we got the opportunity to build specs houses, so we studied and began building nicely-appointed Craftsman style homes. We were immediately drawn to this style of home.” It would appear a vast number of residents were drawn to them too as the popular design and Craftsman style has become synonymous with the area.

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The modest bungalows exude comfort and a productive lifestyle. They are both beautiful and functional—rife in textural, local materials with a high degree of craftsmanship. It is their fine details, which sets a Craftsman house apart, for though all Craftsman houses are bungalows, not all bungalows are Craftsman style. It is just such aspects that have sold home buyers on Williams-Hirsch designs. The company offers eight Craftsman Cottage models. Buyers delight in the “custom designs within a budget,” “the functionality of a new home with the charm of an older home,” and “capturing unique architectural elements.” Utilizing Pam Williams’ for her interior and exterior design skills, the family team goes the extra mile with quality materials and workmanship.

The partners also had done a lot of remodeling around San Antonio, particularly Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills. They adored the bungalows in those mature neighborhoods, but even with updating, the old homes often lacked efficient plumbing, insulation and didn’t meet other current standards. So, Williams-Hirsch (W/H) designed a better version. “We build homes with all the modern features, which fit into established, traditional neighborhoods,” said Greg Hirsch. Their custom Craftsman homes possess every contemporary function, yet project a timeless, irresistible curb appeal. Though W/H constructs other styles, such as ranch, Mediterranean, farmhouse or contemporary in various communities, people come to them for their appealing Craftsman models. “If it is up to us, we choose to build a Craftsman cottage,” said Greg Hirsch. So what defines a W/H Craftsman style? The simpler, less pretentious home is characterized by a low-pitched, gabled roof with broad eaves and stands one-and-a-half stories with dormers. Craftsman plans could include a large, covered porch with battered columns that draw guests to the door and invites them to stay awhile. Pillars line the entry. A prominent fireplace, flanked by fitted cabinetry, defines the living area. Windows are double-hung. Wood abounds in exposed rafters, built-in cupboards, nooks and window seats. Hammered metalwork in copper or bronze adds fine detailing.

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Both Williams and Hirsch are Texas A & M grads. As a former Vietnam helicopter pilot, president Jim Williams then tacked on 25 years of experience building custom homes. He is married with three children and six grandchildren. Vice president and co-partner Greg Hirsch is a knowledgeable site superintendent with 25 years invested in project management plus quality assessment and customer service. Hirsch works on architectural design alongside W/H residential designers. “We collaborate on the design process,” said Greg Hirsch. “It’s a team effort, and we stay with the plans until everyone is satisfied with the result.” Their customers share one thing—the desire for something more than the existing choices in custom homes. The company works closely with clients, taking into account their lifestyle, tastes and needs every step of the way from design to completion. The builder hires third-parties to assure inspection standards, including energy testing, framing and more. “From a construction standpoint, we engineer everything we do,” said Greg Hirsch. Williams-Hirsch is certified in many areas to incorporate science, efficiency and air quality into the overall construction. The company has also erected commercial buildings, such as the Candlewood Suites Hotel, dentist offices, churches and a


bar, as well as mixed-use projects. With an aim of blending the building into community spaces, Jim Williams said, “Our products are designed to fit in well.”

practical innovation and technology provide a return on the long-term investment. “After moving into their new homes, clients call, excited with their lower utility bills.”

Their awards reflect this goal as Herald-Zeitung readers voted Williams-Hirsch Best Homebuilder and among the Best General Contractors for 2019. They are designated as a Certified Green Builder, Smart Energy Builder, and an Energy Star Builder. W/H is a Premier Partner with CPS Energy, a San Antonio Sustainability winner for 2015 and 2016, as well as winning the Build San Antonio Green Award for Single Family Development in 2017. Additionally, the builder holds designations as Certified Graduate Builder, Master Builder and with the Certified Professional Building Performance Institute. Perhaps, most cherished is the recognition for Infill Development Focused on Community and Historic Character.

Word of mouth advertising and repeat business mean the most to any business. “We say what we mean and back it up,” said Jim Williams. The builders simply treat their clients the way they desire to be treated. As a result, they have, on several occasions, built more than one home for the same family.

“Importantly, our homes look great and function well,” said Greg Hirsch. They guide clients in green decisions, where

The attraction to the Craftsman style is enduring, and Williams-Hirsch builds them for longstanding value. “When a family builds with us, we want their grandchildren to enjoy the benefits of that home one day as well,” said Jim Williams. To learn more about Williams-Hirsch Custom Builders, please visit their website at: www.williamshirsch.com

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Ten Tips for Selling Your Home

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By: Trish Long

o you’ve decided to sell your house? Great! There’s not enough houses for buyers right now, interest rates are still low, and buyers are pushing to get settled before school starts next year. Here are ten tips to get a head start and empower you to sell for top dollar. Think about why you’re selling – if possible, write out your reasons. You may feel this isn’t relevant; however, reason(s) for selling will influence pricing – especially if they mean you need to sell quickly. If you decide to partner with a realtor, your reasons will guide their strategy so that all your goals in selling are met.

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What price do you want to get? Price will determine the amount of equity you clear from the sale, to purchase your next home. Call your mortgage company to get a current total on what is due so you have that information readily available. Check pricing for any other houses in your neighborhood and go view them – this will allow you to compare your home to the competition in your area. Most realtors will also give you a preliminary cost analysis.

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Also as you think about price, consider the “hidden” costs, which can include commissions, repairs needed, survey and/or inspection costs, any taxes or liens outstanding against your home, and of course moving costs.

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Setting the price is crucial. While pricing your home too low may bring in a quick sale, it can also lose you money and inconvenience you with a fast move. But pricing too high will shut out some buyers and can mean a longer time spent on the market – which research shows will typically lower the final selling price (since the longer your home stays on the market, the more buyers will feel there’s “something wrong” with it).

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Make a list of things to be cleaned / repairs needed / projects to be completed. Include items like changing filters and light bulbs, having major systems checked / emptied or filled – such as septic tanks, wells, air conditioning, small plumbing leaks, etc. You’ll want to list updates on your Seller’s Disclosure, which assures buyers your house has been well-maintained, giving them less leverage to make a low offer.

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Make a schedule / plan for quick cleanups when buyers want to see the property on short notice. Assign tasks to each person, so that everyone “knows the drill,” and make a practice run so you know how long it takes. Make sure you have a check list to remind you to turn on lights / open blinds during daytime showings, start soft music, and plans for where to go during showings. Note the amount of notice you’ll need (such as “at least two hours’ notice is required to schedule a viewing”) so that you can field showing requests. Make sure you have


removed precious items to a safe place while your home is active on the market.

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Make a schedule for needed up-keep of your home while it’s on the market. Lawn maintenance, window cleaning, washing walks and drives, and keeping gutters cleared will get you top dollar and make your home stand out in the market. First impressions can mean the difference between getting a showing rather than just a drive-by, or receiving an offer rather than just an inquiry.

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Consider getting help to stage your home. Well-placed furniture can make rooms “live larger” and feel more inviting. A stager can often work with your own furnishings, and make suggestions for small projects (such as painting an accent wall) that add a lot of ‘pow’ without spending a lot of time or money.

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Make a list of all the fun activities you have enjoyed while living in your home. Can you watch sunsets off the back porch? Any parks, pools, or entertainment values nearby? Is your school district sought out for any special

reason? What transportation is available, what shopping areas are close? Include this information for buyers who come to see your home. Take photos of your house from the street, and go to your local print shop to have a flyer made up. Include the best shot, as well as all the main points you want buyers to remember about your home. Always list the price and address, the square footage of the house and the lot, and the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and any extra or special spaces. This information is critical to help buyers with their decision (for example, you may only have a carport, but there’s a storage shed in the back yard). Of course, include how buyers should contact you! Happy selling and good luck!

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Best of luck,

Trish Long

Keller Williams Heritage To learn more on how these and other tips can help sell your home, you can reach Trish at: PatriciaLongRE@gmail.com and 281-235-5558

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My Edited Wardrobe By: Jessica Scott

One of the most rewarding area’s to tackle and organize is the closet! These are probably the spaces I enjoy decluttering the most because the visual impact is immediately rewarding. If you have read Marie Kondo’s book, “The Art of Decluttering”, one of the things she suggests is removing everything in your closet, touching each piece, and returning it to your closet but only if you absolutely love wearing it and it makes you feel good. While this method is tried and true, in doing my own closet, I found that these steps were way too overwhelming with a newborn and two littles running around. Instead I just went piece by piece through my closet. At this point in my life, I had a ton of clothes that were different sizes, styles, occasions, etc. and pieces that had been passed down or gifted to me. I had been pregnant three times and had clothes in all those associated sizes, which were basically mumus and leggings. No judging here. My closet was a hot mess and I pretty much rotated the same five things.

also allowed myself more room for workout and casual clothes, because that replaced my work section. I love wearing dresses so I if the dress made me happy I didn’t get rid of it. Dresses are basically pajamas if you’re doing it right. My closet is now only filled with clothes that I feel look flattering on me and that make me happy when I wear them. I have to continually go through my closet to ensure it stays that way. I think a minimalist or capsule wardrobe is different for everyone, but everyone can make it work in their favor and make getting dressed easier. To contact me or for more on how I can help you get organized, please visit my website at: www.livingsimplyorganization.com

Can I tell you this was way harder for me than I thought it would be, but once I stopped holding myself back it was increasingly satisfying. First pass through I think I got rid of 8 items. Not really what I was going for with that. Try again, Scott. I went through again and discarded anything that was not flattering for my body. I discarded anything that I only kept out of guilt because it was a gift from a loved one. I had to remind myself that their joy was giving me the gift, it didn’t mean it needed to take up real estate in my closet for the next 6.5 years. I got rid of the dresses I was saving for someone’s wedding. Guys – I had shoes from high school in my closet. And not Chuck Taylors. We’re talking Steve Madden heels. Trust me when I say I should not be walking around in my Steven Madden heels from high school. Going through my closet, I got rid of a bunch of nice work clothes because I no longer had a corporate job and needed to dress nice daily. I kept a couple nice pieces if I ever needed to go to a professional event, but I ditched most of my work wardrobe. I

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Fresh Olive Oil and Vinegar on tap 1641 Hunter Road New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 627-9087 www.grueneolive.com


The Gruene Olive Tasting Room is a beautiful shop located in historic Gruene, Texas, offering fresh Olive Oil & Vinegar on tap, Gourmet Chocolates, Pastas, Pesto, Sauces & much more!

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Open-Air Market Delights

PLACES TO GATHER, EAT & DRINK

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New Braunfels Farmer's Market By: Melba Romero

t’s no secret that some of the most popular places to visit while in New Braunfels are the wonderful Open-Air Markets and the New Braunfels Farmer’s Market is at the top of the heap. Open every Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, and centrally located in the heart of downtown, the location is ideal for locals and visitors.

The New Braunfels Farmer’s Market takes great pride in the sourcing of their vendors many offering hand-made wares with finely detailed craftsmanship that can include genuine leathers, jewelry embellished with precious gems, and handmade quilts, blankets & throws (to name a few). There's always a great line-up of live music too.

The market is always bustling with casual browsers and shoppers on a mission for the perfect and fresh ingredients for a delightful meal planned for family and friends. Because of the ideal location, it’s easy to just pop-in for a gorgeous bundle of kale or sweet carrots. Of course, there’s convenience for many other specialties too--like flavored infused olive oils, herbs, salsas, jerky, sausages, quail eggs, exotic teas and the likes. There is no shortage of baked goods either. The market vendors offer an array of breads and cookies with options of onion bread, garlic breads, sourdough loaves, and cookie assortments too many to name. But if you have a favorite it’s almost a guaranteed find.

The overall shopping experience in this market is nothing short of a treat and fur-baby-friendly too! There is an intriguing item for everyone in the family. Whether it’s a need for an ideal indoor/outdoor plant, a love of gourmet ingredients, a special addition for the man cave, or special time with the kids with treats and face-painting...there is sure to be something for the whole family.

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The market is also conveniently located next to Krause’s Café & Biergarten which adds some delicious German brunch or lunch options. To learn more about the market please visit: www.nbfarmersmarket.com


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It's our One-Year Anniversary! Drop-In for a visit and find out what all the Muck & Fuss is about!

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El Legado De Nuestra Jornada Mural – The Legacy of Our Journey, New Braunfels, TX Designed by MOSAIC Artist-in-Residence Alex Rubio


Building Trust for Generations. Texans have trusted Tilson to build on their land since 1932. Our family owned and operated business has been building homes in Texas for over 87 years. We continue to follow our founding principles of quality, integrity, and fairness. The Tilson team wants to help you build the home of your dreams. Every step in the building process is backed by our experience and superior craftsmanship. We work with you to personalize any of our many floor plans with a wide range of interior and exterior customizations. Tilson will build your home for today, tomorrow, and to last for generations.

Visit www.TilsonHomes.com to see our customizable floor plans or to view our other locations. Make an appointment at our San Marcos Design Center and start planning your dream home today. 2396 I-35 North | San Marcos, TX 78666 512-357-7315

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New Braunfels Lifestyle Magazine Sept./Oct. 2019 - Vol. 1 Issue 1