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JANUARY//FEBRUARY 2013

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PRESERVING THE BEST, UPDATING THE REST “OLD PLACES NEW SPACES”

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january // february 2013 texas nhome magazine

custom homes

NHOME Builder Spotlight: Prodigy Custom Homes With their passion for custom homebuilding and intricate attention to detail in each project, Raul Correa and his team are still going strong after 25 years, establishing themselves as true industry leaders.

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Giving Old Places New Spaces The new book, "Old Places New Spaces," showcases the work of talented designers who preserve the best of historic homes in the Alamo City while providing them with beautiful updates to suit contemporary lifestyles.

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Spaces to Show Off: Steel House Lofts The new upscale apartment community in San Antonio's trendy Southtown has both a rich history in the Alamo City and a chic, ultra-modern style that celebrates the building's unique architectural heritage.

50 real estate

San Antonio: The Next Silicon Valley? From local job growth and mortgage rates to the economic stimulation brought to the region by the Eagle Ford Shale project, real estate broker Craig Owen makes his predictions for the Alamo City in 2013.

62 great escapes

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nhome staff

executive editor Erin O’Brien erin@getnside.com

50 in this issue 12 A Note From the Publisher 16 Contributors 18 Advisory Board

Home Decorating Ideas

Dining

Industry Insights

Great Places for Valentine's Day 2013

74 Voices of the Professionals 76 Lighting the Way

Custom Homes

Finance

32 A Place to Call Home

80 History, Facts and Predictions

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Real Estate 54 Estilo Digno de Santos y Reyes 56 The City's Finest

Elisa Giordano elisa@getnside.com

70 What's Old is New Again 72 NHOME New Designer Showcase

22 Restaurants for Romantics:

48 Have a Green 2013

creative director

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A Wealth of Inspiration A Year of Blessings Celebrating Success Upcoming San Antonio Events

graphic designer Damaris Fike damaris@getnside.com

Arts & Culture 66 Contemporary Artistry 68 Bringing Baroque Back marketing assistant on the cover:

Builder: Raul Correa of Prodigy Custom Homes

photography: Jason Roberts

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on the cover

builder: Raul Correa of Prodigy Custom Homes / architect: Oscar Flores of oscar flores Design Studio decorator: Margarita Elizalde Carbo / photography: jason roberts

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// a note from the publisher //

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t’s a New Year, and NHOME wants to share what’s new and improved in our living space. It’s the time of year for new beginnings, and for us to improve on what we really had every intention of doing last year or the year before that. Get a fresh start and make the resolution that you will take action on in 2013! We have made improvements to our publication by starting the year transitioning from a quarterly to a bi-monthly publication. Many of you shared how you anticipate reading each issue. Now there will be two more great issues to look forward to. In the following pages, our featured builder, Raul Correa of Prodigy Custom Homes, shares one of his beautiful modern homes that reflects what is in demand this year. We were lucky to get a glimpse of the exquisite interior right before the new homeowners moved in. Don’t worry if you already wanted to inquire on this home because he also shares a rendering of the next one that could be yours. Correa and his designers can personalize according to your style to create your dream home this year. If building a new home is not your preference or on your radar quite yet, you will really enjoy reading the articles about “Old Places New Spaces,” Steel House Lofts and hot trends for green building. All of these articles show the amazing work of talented architects and a green sustainable building expert who have the gift to improve your current historical space. We are all unique with different styles and tastes. Prestigious Cordillera Ranch shares what’s new and improved in their exclusive neighborhood and with their preferred development builders. They have great plans in store for this year! To give you some additional knowledge on your home buying this year, Craig Owen, VP/broker with Keller Williams Heritage, gives us the real scoop on what we should expect in the real estate housing forecast for 2013. Enjoy his informative article, “San Antonio: The Next Silicon Valley?” Directions Equity covers the mortgage part of what we should expect to see this year, and the experienced designers of Interior Trade Cartel show us what’s old that is new again. You will also meet a few new designers to watch. In the Arts & Culture section, JR Mooney’s Gabriel Delgado shares how Renaissance and Baroque are influencing today’s art. Contemporary Art Month is almost here, so find out what the celebration is all about. To help you relax a bit this year, our travel section gives you a peek and offers great suggestions for exciting Spring Break getaway locations and attractions. Make your plans now for a family vacation or a romantic escape. And speaking of romance, our Dining section features a list of great places to consider for Valentine’s Day or any special night. Take time out often to enjoy yourself this year. Let 2013 be the year you work harder to make your dreams come true. Buy that new home or build on that property you already have. And most of all, take better care of your health, your family, your finances and the important space you call home. Whatever resolutions you make this New Year, make this the best year ever and aspire to live a life of luxe at all levels! Stay connected with us on Facebook or via email at info@nhometx.com. You may also email me directly at adaku@nhometx. com. Hearing from you is always a pleasure. NHOME wishes you, your family and your business a happy, healthy and improved New Year! Sincerely,

Adaku Okoro, publisher adaku@nhometx.com

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This photo taken from an actual home projection movie at the 2012 Spring Parade of Homes

The Difference is in the Details Builder: Kyle Lindsey Pool Builder/Designer: Pristine Pools

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Whole House Audio Home Theaters Outdoor Theaters Security

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The principals at Prodigy Custom Homes have provided their signature, attesting to the highest level of quality and craftsmanship. The enthusiasm and pledge behind our company is to provide our client with the optimum home that satisfies their lifestyle needs. With over 25 years experience in the building industry and a passion for building, we are making dreams come true for discerning home buyers in the San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas. Prodigy Custom Homes is dedicated to building quality custom homes at an affordable price. With a passion to build more than just a quality home, Prodigy custom homes are a synergy of architecture, artistry and custom craftsmanship. Our mission is to provide comfort, practicality and warm places for families to grow and celebrate life. We pride ourselves in going beyond your expectations. We invite you to see for yourself the quality, integrity and performance characteristics that are the hallmarks of our craftsmanship. Share your dream with us and we will build it.

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// contributors //

Nan Krigbaum

Michele Koch

Page Koerner

paulette jemal

Michele Koch lives in Boerne and is proud mother to two 20-something young men. She spent most of her career in corporate communications and public relations. Koch is now an avid volunteer for TEDxSanAntonio, serving and chairing the Program Committee since 2010, and she is a board member for a variety of nonprofits. She and her husband, Matt, hope to build their own net-zero green home someday.

Page Koerner has lived in San Antonio for the last 30 years. She is an English and special education teacher who has taught for the last 11 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2001.

Paulette Jemal, accredited luxury home specialist and stager, is currently an agent for KW Luxury International at the Dominion. With a degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, she has worked as a writer/producer for Telemundo and for Hispanic advertising agencies. Jemal is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and English.

Patricia Hart McMillan

Nancy M. PreyorJohnson

Craig Owen

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Crystal L. Ragsdale

Crystal L. Ragsdale is a 1997 graduate of UTSA. She has spent her entire professional career in local media and writes leisurely for NHOME Texas. She is a founding board member of the Woodlawn Theatre, and an active committee chairperson for multiple organizations. Her spare time is rare, as she is proudly the mother of two well-accomplished little girls in their own trades.

Nelson Enochs

Since Nan Krigbaum acquired her interior design degree in 1992, her work has taken her to clients’ projects in Seattle, Honolulu and Palm Springs. As manager of the furniture department at Interior Trade Cartel, Krigbaum’s goal is to help the interior designers of San Antonio and Austin find aesthetic solutions that work within their budgets.

Patricia Hart McMillan, an interior designer, is the author/co-author of 15 design books, six of which were produced since she moved from New York City and Palm Beach County to San Antonio in 2007. Three furnishings collections were based on her two “Sun Country Style” books, and she has received a lifetime achievement award from With-It in High Point, N.C. McMillan’s interior designs have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Parade, House Beautiful Home Decorating Guide and syndicated newspaper columns. She has appeared on national TV shows and is quoted on the HGTV websites. On Dec. 22, McMillan showed KENS 5 TV viewers quick and easy centerpieces based on her book, “Delicious Christmas Decorations At Historic Houses.”

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Nancy M. PreyorJohnson is a marketing professional by day and a passionate freelance writer by night whose published work covering a variety of industries has appeared in a wide array of respected publications. Prior to entering the world of marketing, she was a working journalist in newsrooms across Texas. Preyor-Johnson lives in San Antonio with her husband, Sean Preyor-Johnson, and her son, Terence. She claims she has two serious addictions: social media and Starbucks.

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Craig Owen is the broker and co-owner of several Keller Williams Realty operations in San Antonio and Houston. With more than 1,000 Keller Williams real estate associates in the San Antonio area, it is the largest sales brokerage in San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Business Journal year after year. Owen’s passion for real estate sales has taken him on a journey for 24 years, and he has served on various boards and leadership positions over the years to support the rights of home ownership. Owen’s dedication to the business and strong commitment to his associates and clients has ushered him into the ranks of one of the largest brokerages in the country. Owen is a father of five children, and he resides in the Stone Oak area.

Easton Crafts is the CEO of Directions Equity, LLC. He has been in the mortgage industry since 1995, and in that time, he has closed thousands of loan transactions of all types, including Conventional, FHA, VA, Texas Vet, USDA, Jumbo and Construction Loans. He co-founded Directions Equity in 2007, along with his business partner Marc Spitzer, and together they have helped the company increase production more than 20 percent per year since its inception. Easton holds a degree in business administration with a concentration in real estate finance and mortgage lending. He is a member of the Texas Association of Mortgage Professionals and the San Antonio North Chamber.

Gabriel Diego Delgado

Gabriel Diego Delgado is an art consultant at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art. He has spent almost a decade in nonprofit art management, serving as a curator of exhibitions at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art; the project manager of research and development at the Museo Alameda (a Smithsonian affiliate); the community outreach/communications director for an art and education nonprofit; and a working professional artist. He is a freelance curator and arts reviewer for several publications. His artwork has been shown in Arco 2012 (Madrid, Spain), New York, New York and MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) D.C., as well as numerous galleries and venues.


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// advisory board // NHOME Texas Advisory Board members share a few of their New Year’s resolutions for 2013.

denise graves

I resolve to: - Not make resolutions and forgive myself for the ones I broke last year - Lower my expectations and raise my gratitude - Be kind to my body – it’s gotta take me the rest of the journey - Connect people with solutions - Love better – and be more available to those who love me, instead of focusing on those who criticize me

barry denton

Ixchetl Romero

Years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution not to make any more New Year’s resolutions! It’s amazing how much happier I am when I look at the year in review. Cheers to a happy and prosperous 2013.

Professionally, I resolve to deliver a mortgage experience to our clients that earns Lone Star National Bank a lifetime relationship. My personal resolution is to demonstrate true commitment to the San Antonio business community by being involved in local nonprofit organizations and the business community at large.

Nelson Enochs

I resolve to spend my energies in 2013 more on things that matter and less on the mundane. I resolve to make more time for personal interaction with my fabulous friends and clients. I also plan to be healthier, happier and nicer in 2013.

Rev. Dr. Claudette Copeland

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trish najim

kristal powell

Gabriel Diego Delgado

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Typically I do not make resolutions just for the sake of the New Year. I do, however, resolve throughout the year to improve myself … I look forward to continuing to better my health, take control of my time, grow my businesses and give back, remembering the phrase, “live with passion, love deeply and laugh out loud.” I thank God for each day and for all the blessings that come my way.

One major goal is to be a more effective social networker. This year, I will take a more organized approach to social networking for my company. Last but not least, I will make it the best year ever by working with great people, keeping my life in balance and taking time to re-energize and get inspired.

My New Year’s resolution is to spend more quality time with my growing family and help my wife usher in a new baby girl in January 2013. I also resolve to be more prolific in covering local art events and exhibitions. With the launch of a new art review blog, I hope to give a new voice to the talented San Antonio art community.

I resolve to:

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- Pray more and to not ever use the Lord’s name in vain - Spend more time with my family - Volunteer more often to help those in need - Advocate for NHOME magazine and the wonderful people that help make the magazine possible


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// advisory board // Frederick Costa continues to write his love sonnets in fine cuisine and wine and the latest creation is not only a new look for Frederick’s Restaurant — complete with a fresh menu featuring his latest French and Asian favorites offering a variety of tastes to try.

belinda vela-reyna I resolve to: - Make a conscious effort to take time each day to appreciate the blessings in my life - Cook/eat healthy food and limit the amount of sugar in my/my family’s diet – and of course, exercise more - Keep my storage rooms tidy and organized - Continue to do volunteer work and give back to our wonderful community - Read more books

paulette jemal I resolve to: - Feed my body, mind and soul daily - Use my talents - Make a living doing something I am passionate about - Delegate - Be on time - Take a walk daily - Read at least one hour a day - Be top-of-mind awareness among friends/clients who want to buy a home, sell a house or invest in real estate - Sell three luxury properties per month - Travel abroad every year - Give my home a more contemporary feel - Expand my JHilburn.com Italian fabric men’s clothier team

dale ponder As an advisor, I resolve to work to help NHOME be the best it can be and participate more in the annual functions, as well as to shepherd our company to the next level and capitalize on an interested market. I also resolve to make time for family and spend as much time as possible with our new grandson, and to continue to work toward a safe, healthy and grounded lifestyle.

adam sanchez To make reservations call #210.885.3782

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For 2013, I have resolutions both personally and for business. At the office, I resolve to:   - Update our three-year business plan and then review it on a quarterly basis - Integrate a new system for contract bidding and estimating - Identify a charitable organization that our employees feel strongly about and then volunteer time as a group to that organization On a personal basis, I resolve to:   - Find more time to travel with family - Find more time to play golf


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Restaurants for Romantics This Valentine’s Day, treat your significant other to an unforgettable romantic evening at one of these delightful dining gems. // special to nhome

Frederick’s Restaurant

Biga on the Banks

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, the perfect spot for romance and indulgence. Treat your significant other to a memorable night complete with champagne, an extraordinary dining selection and spectacular tableside desserts flambé that will set your night on fire. Fall in love over live jazz and intimate surroundings at Bohanan’s Bar, plus order your favorite cocktails and late-night bites from the bar menu. Call 210-472-2600 for reservations, or visit www.bohanans.com.

Pure French and Asian fusion culinary poetry made with love for food lovers is what you experience at Frederick’s Restaurant. Quaint, classic and with a newly revamped, chic look, this jewel has been rated one of the top restaurants for many years in a row. Fine dining with friendly service creates the perfect setting for romance and elegance. We will be offering a four-course Valentine’s menu Feb. 13 through 15. Frederick’s is located at 7701 Broadway, Ste. 20. Please call 210828-9050 to make reservations.

Show your valentine that someone as special as she – or he – deserves dinner with a little whimsy. Dinner should be somewhere that has great service and a menu that is as unique as it is delicious – and most importantly, at a place that doesn’t have a drive-thru window! May we suggest Biga on the Banks? We’ll be offering a three-course Valentine’s menu Feb. 13 through 17 for less than $60 per person. Reservations are a good idea. Visit www.biga.com, or call 210-225-0722 for more information.

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The Fig Tree Restaurant

Bin 555 Restaurant & Wine Bar

Whether dining in the elegant, yet cozy interior or on the villa-style terrace overlooking the San Antonio River, the Fig Tree Restaurant is a wonderfully romantic setting. Crisp linens drape the tables that are set with elegant china and sparkling crystal. Outside, the trees are strung with white lights, and music drifts up from the Riverwalk. In addition to the menu standouts such as the roasted Texas Hill Country quail stuffed with pâté, beef wellington and bananas foster flamed tableside, a Valentine’s Day special will be available. The Fig Tree opens at 6 p.m. Call 210-2241976 for reservations, or visit www. figtreerestaurant.com for more information.

We highly recommend awardwinning Chef Jason Dady’s Bin 555 Restaurant & Wine Bar for a supremely romantic Valentine’s dinner. Dady prepares seasonal, farm-fresh foods and a pre-fixe sweetheart menu for Valentine’s Day that will intoxicate the senses. Exclusive menu selections may include Dady’s signature robust flavor infused lobster bisque with succulent pieces of juicy fresh lobster, as well as decadent desserts like his decadent flourless chocolate Nutella torte. Bin 555 is known for its world-class service and eclectic ambiance. You and your loved one will be welcomed by a crackling fireplace and a champagne toast. Call today to reserve your table for two. Bin 555 is located at 555 W. Bitters Road inside The Alley on Bitters establishments. Please call 210496-0555 for further details, visit them on Facebook or follow @BIN555 on Twitter.

Ounce Steakhouse This Valentine’s Day, locals and tourists looking for romance in the city need look no further than Ounce Steakhouse, which is offering a six-course menu for lovers. The menu is designed to reflect on the past, present and future, and it is intended to inspire couples to think about their own yesterday, today and tomorrow on this romantic day. Ounce is located in the Vineyard Shopping Center at 1401 North Loop 1604 West. The restaurant is open for dinner Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar opens daily at 5 p.m.

Las Canarias

Known as the “crown jewel” of the San Antonio Riverwalk, Las Canarias, located in the Omni La Mansión del Rio, creates a dining experience of romance and elegance, while reflecting the authentic San Antonio culture and regional flair of the Texas Hill Country. Executive Chef John Brand operates with the philosophy that food doesn’t have to be complicated to taste delicious, and he makes full use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients to offer refined American cuisine featuring a menu that evolves seasonally. Guests may dine indoors in the multi-tiered dining room, or alfresco and watch river barges float by on the serene Riverwalk. The AAA-Four Diamond Las Canarias was awarded “Best Décor” in San Antonio by the Zagat guidebook’s 2012 Texas Restaurants Survey. Each table holds a small vase of roses, and an acoustic guitarist serenades diners five days a week. Signature menu items include the heirloom tomato salad and the finest handmade margaritas on the Riverwalk. For more information, call 210-518-1000 or visit www.omnilamansion.com.

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NHOME Builder Spotlight

Simply Marvelous After 25 years of satisfying customers with great service and intricate attention to detail, Raul Correa and his team prove they know what custom homebuilding is all about at Prodigy Custom Homes. // by: Crystal L. Ragsdale // photography: jason roberts january.february 2013 / NHOME /

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t is a fair assessment: If you tell someone you have been in your profession or trade for 10-plus years, you have earned the right to say you are an expert in your industry or field. Typically speaking, individuals merit individuals for more years in service than less. Such is the case for an established custom homebuilder in San Antonio, Texas. When clients ask Raul Correa how many years he has in the custom homebuilding business, he proudly tells them, “25 years and still going strong.” If you are in inquiry of whether to “custom build” or “track buy,” Prodigy Custom Homes may be the resource you are looking for to suffice your decision. With intricate detail from the original sketch design of your home to the final hang of your glass mirror, Correa and his design and build team are easily accessible to you

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(within reason, of course). “There is a true need for custom homebuilders in San Antonio,” Correa says. “Our tastes are evolving. As the young executive begins to mature, he or she is looking for a different detail than the generation before. It is important that we embrace that and bring it to San Antonio. I am very proud to be one of the first design and build construction companies in San Antonio that is paying attention to what Generation X is looking for in their home.” In early 2013, Correa knows about San Antonio what we should all know as fellow San Antonians. Multiple media outlets both in San Antonio and outside of the Alamo City author articles about our great city. In so many words, San Antonio is on the map – and not just on it, but all over it! From companies such as Caterpillar Inc. adding 1,500 workers in the manufacturing


industry, the health care industry reporting $24.5 billion in economic effects in San Antonio and the oil boom of surrounding San Antonio cities to the most recent project uniting CPS Energy and a solar panel company to potentially build a plant on the South Side of San Antonio, our little Alamo City is growing. And as it grows, it evolves. The standard design of a traditional four-bedroom, three-bathroom house with a traditional rock-and-brick combination on the exterior and standard ceramic tile, laminate wood and Berber carpet on the interior is almost a dinosaur of the past. According to Correa, homeowners are now inquiring about modern contemporary designs with smooth or straight finishes on the exterior. They are inquiring about stone or marble finishes inside. They look to multiple sources both online

and in other homes for insight on what is bigger, better and of course, newer. “The home you see here is a complete custom design from start to finish made available to the homeowners by myself and my co-partners,” Correa says. “We

We take our time. We make sure every step, every concern, every detail is addressed.” itemized every detail of this home. The homeowner had input from the detail of the wall finishes to the last custom mirror that was hung ever so perfectly.” While the homeowners of this meticulously detailed and exquisite home have january.february 2013 / NHOME /

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opted to remain anonymous, their thoughts are as encouraging and optimistic as my own for Prodigy Custom Homes: “an outstanding job. Exquisite detail and lifelong invaluable impressions were made available in every aspect of this home by Raul Correa and Prodigy Custom Homes.” “When you buy a car, you make sure and take the time to decide the make, model, color, style and interior detail of the vehicle. Building a home should involve the same detail,” Correa says. “The building of a home can last 12 to 15 months. But that is because we take our time. We make sure that every step, every concern, every detail is addressed. “There are times when an original design can take nine to 10 sketches. There are other times when it only takes two. But no mat-

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ter the case, we don’t proceed from one step to the next until the customer/homeowner is completely satisfied. This is too important of an investment to not pay attention to detail.” A project Correa holds near and dear to his prodigal heart is inherently relevant to the contemporary evolution that is birthing itself in San Antonio. Travel north on I-10 West, exit Boerne Stage Road, breathe in the addicting barbecue aroma of Rudy’s BBQ and turn left to find yourself traveling west on Boerne Stage Road. After you have passed the H-E-B shopping center, you will find a road that may be part of your future. That is because Correa is pouring his heart and soul into what San Antonio has been asking for: a model home that even with only description and rendering already holds a place of intrigue and


expectation for many of Prodigy’s future clients. For more information and to follow the build of this home from the ground up, start visiting prodigycustomhomes.com in late January to take an online tour of the home. The second definition listed on dictionary.com defines the word “prodigy” as a “marvelous example.” And it is true. Prodigy Custom Homes is a marvelous example of what custom homebuilding is all about. Stay tuned. Virtually. ■

For more information, contact Raul Correa at www.prodigycustomhomes.com.

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Rendering by architect Oscar Flores of Oscar Flores Design Studio

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A Place to Call Home

Luxury surrounds you at Phase 2 of the Di Lusso Villas, a new world-class enclave in Cordillera Ranch that brings you the best of both worlds. // by: Cori Smelker

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rendering of Phase II Prospera floor plan

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ordillera Ranch is no longer an unknown entity. It is as famous as The Dominion and as well-established as Stone Oak. And without a doubt, it offers some of the finest country living and most elegant homes in the country. Just minutes from San Antonio, Cordillera Ranch provides the best of both worlds: wildlife and golf courses at your doorstep and a 10-minute drive from big-city living with world-class shopping at The Rim and the quaint stores in Boerne. New additions are on the horizon for 2013. Phase 2 of the Di Lusso Villas opens in early 2013. This phase is within walking distance of the Clubs of Cordillera Ranch clubhouse, fitness center and spa. This gated enclave has taken a page from the old Tuscan style and merged it with the Hill Country. The Tuscan style lends itself to the Texas Hill Country, as the landscapes are very similar. The vision of these villas is to bring the outdoors in. The builders have used the landscape to its best advantage, making use of the land’s natural beauty to enhance the contours of the home. Drink in the quiet beauty of the surrounding countryside, and enjoy the solitude of walking along the many wooded trails in Cordillera Ranch. The villas suit families of all ages and sizes. From the young up-and-coming family to the retirees who love to travel, these villas can accommodate you. Each villa comes with the convenience of “lock-and-leave” common landscape maintenance, as well as lighting and security. Whether you’re looking for a two-bedroom cozy home or a five-bedroom spread, the Di Lusso Villas are right for you. Floor plans range from 2,400 to 4,500 square feet, and each home is built on roughly one quarter of an acre. “We offer all the amenities of a luxury and custom

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rendering of Phase II Ispirato floor plan

rendering of Phase I Felicita floor plan


The vision of these villas is to bring the outdoors in.

lifestyle, but these villas are built to work for all life stages,” says Barry Denton, director of real estate sales. “Whether you have children, no children, whether you are empty nesters or retirees, this house is for you.” Terra cotta pavers surround the homes, and each one boasts a clay tile roof. The villas may look “Old World,” but don’t let appearances deceive you. Each villa comes equipped with fiber optic connectivity, smart phone remote access control and a 7” LCD touch-screen installed in the entry foyer. Natural elements grace the home from the beams and wood

throughout the home, and the native stones augment the natural feel. Luxury surrounds you with AirMasseur Bath Tubs (whirlpool tubs that bring together the sciences of hydrotherapy, massage therapy and reflexology, which provide both relaxation and relief) in the master bathroom. The fully stone-clad showers are thermostatically controlled, and the floors heated for those occasional chilly Texas nights. Five varied floor plans suit every family size and style, and each floor plan offers extra amenities, or additions, to make your new

rendering of the hillside layout of Di Lusso Villas

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home even more unique. The Fascino, for example, is accented by a central rotunda that opens up into the main foyer of the home. The Trionfo is available in three different models with multiple variations, and offers anywhere from three to five bedrooms and additions like a game room and/or a study. Regardless of whether you need a larger home like the Fascino or prefer something a little smaller, each villa’s outdoor living areas meld seamlessly with indoor living areas. The South Texas climate lends itself to outdoor living, and each home offers at least one outdoor living area – some as many as three. The views alone are enough to keep you outside! Patios overlook the Guadalupe River valley, the clubhouse and the Jack Nicklaus Signa-

ture golf course. Cordillera Ranch offers world-class amenities, from the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course to the private sporting clays course. The community has its own equestrian center, as well as a full fitness and spa facility. With just over 1,200 residents in this private gated community, you are immediately part of a close-knit community. Why not make the Di Lusso Villas at Cordillera Ranch your new home? ■

For more information, please visit the Cordillera Ranch Visitors Center, located at 808 Highway 46, East Boerne, Texas 78006. You may also call 888-66-RANCH (toll-free) or send a fax to 830-336-3571.


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// architecture & design //

Giving Old Places New Spaces

Ted Flato created a loft look for Jill Giles’ “industrial hacienda.” Photo by Chris Cooper/NYC, courtesy of Lake/Flato Architects

The book, “Old Places New Spaces,”

showcases gifted designers who preserve the best, while updating the rest in historically significant San Antonio homes.

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// by: Patricia Hart McMillan

Lovers of old houses are romantics, seduced by gracious interiors and rich decorative details. They are also realists, noticing missing bedroom closets, antiquated fixtures in too-small bathrooms and inadequate appliances in outdated kitchens. San Antonio has a wealth of handsome older structures, in both residential and commercial areas, suffering from what Jim Poteet calls “deferred maintenance.” They would be considered teardowns, unavailable to old house lovers were San Antonio not blessed with architects who are experts in revitalizing old structures. When architect David Strahan began work on “Old Places New Spaces,” he knew to find these experts among fellow members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “Architects whose work we feature are thoroughly familiar with preservation rules,” Strahan says. “They know sources for materials required to restore these homes to their original splendor, and they design for contemporary lifestyles. Here from our book, ‘Old Places New Spaces,’ is a sampling of work by a few of these experts, showing vital old house issues, beautifully resolved.” As Strahan says, “Creatively redesigned homes in ‘Old Places New Spaces’ are case an/ n/McMill studies in how to artfully reclaim and revitalize es, Straha 12 New Spac 20 Old Places hiffer Publishing, Sc , McMillan old structures.” ■

Interior designer Patricia Hart McMillan is author/co-author of 15 books, including “Old Places New Spaces.” She also co-authored “Home Decorating for Dummies” with Katharine McMillan, which is a decorating classic.

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ted flato

transformed an ugly duckling. He turned an industrial complex into a chic urban dwelling for owner Jill Giles. This now elegant home with its glorious loft-like space is slated to become an oft-told tale. The inspired redesign of this old factory deserves a long life and frequent telling.


Darryl Ohlenbusch

cornered a market. Noticing a wind-torn corner store in his neighborhood, he told himself, “Some poor soul is going to have to rebuild that place.” Ohlenbusch became the “poor soul” who gave that building – part of neighborhood lore – a new lease on life. There was always an apartment above the store. Now it’s a smart-looking home for a lucky lease.

Darryl Ohlenbusch reclaimed an old Southtown store, giving the apartment above new pizzazz. Photos by Chris Cooper/NYC, courtesy of Darryl Ohlenbusch Architect A crumbling parapet was repaired and the façade of El Picoso was given new curb appeal.

Chris Hill

restored stone walls. Hill stripped paint and plaster from native stone walls at the famous Gallagher Ranch, which he bought in 1996. He painted kitchen cabinets a vibrant turquoise and furnished all 25 rooms in a grand hacienda style. Flowering potted plants a la San Miguel de Allende add charm to the romantic exterior.

Chris Hill restored limestone walls at the Gallagher Ranch. Photo by Barbara Justice Photography/Santa Fe

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The new courtyard at Dos Diez, designed by Candid Rogers. Photos by Bailey Porter, courtesy of Architect Candid Rogers From the new courtyard with a pool, the view bears little resemblance to dos Diez at the time of purchase.

Candid Rogers

increased living space in his redesign of a 1,000-square-foot 1871 limestone cottage that graces the book’s cover. Restoration and remodeling began by removing the inappropriate 1970s addition. “A new 1,606-square-foot addition was planned for placement at the rear of the site,” Rogers says. “This allowed a sensitive connection between the original cottage; the redesigned garage, now a new bedroom wing; and the new kitchen/dining space that links those two structures.” The additions also created a courtyard – a private outdoor living space replete with a pool.

“Architects whose work we feature are thoroughly familiar with preservation rules.”

Architect David Strahan, author of “Old Places New Spaces,” with co-authors, Pat McMillan (left) and Kat McMillan (right)

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Fred Williams

made mid-century modern a la mode. The late Williams and his interior designer wife, Robin Black, updated a mid-century modern structure. They were ahead of the pack now recognizing and appreciating the enormous livability of this style. The efficient, subtle remodeling of their Casa Finale is a study in the masterful manipulation of available space and intelligent reuse of “gently used” materials.

Fred Williams and Robin Black reconfigured the kitchen, opening it to a great room in their ranch-style house. Photo by David Strahan, AIA Simple changes created more convenient traffic patterns and a more sophisticated look.


Roy Pachecano

went green when adding electronics to the historical Nix House. In 1899, the Nix hired fledgling professional architect Atlee B. Ayres to design (and W.B. Massey to build it in two-and-ahalf months) the residences at 432 and 434 King William St. Cost-effective, these houses were cleverly designed to mingle easily with the more pretentious homes along the street. Pachecano restored the Nix House authentically, reusing original materials whenever possible. His use of green building materials and techniques won Pachecano and the Nix House a LEEDS/Platinum Award. Updated electronics throughout are state-of-the-art. The added living space is usable as guest quarters or as a comfortable home for aging parents.

John Grable

restored views. Sweeping views of the grand house by architect Bartlett Cocke Sr. had been blocked by an insensitive addition. Grable did the sensitive thing: “I subtracted the addition.” But since less is not always more, he also added to the building in a way that reclaims the house/site connection. The Grable-designed additions increase the luxurious look of this grand dwelling.

Restoration meant replacing rotted board in the verandah ceiling.

The Nix House after restoration

Roy Pachecano’s new second-story outdoor living area connects the original Nix house to a new garage. Photos courtesy of Portico Residential LLC

James Poteet

revealed the original caliche block structure of a Lavaca cottage. To do this, the new design called for removing “several layers of shapeless exterior additions,” Poteet explains. The original cottage (with interior partitions removed) became one long, undivided living space. New wings at right angles to the old cottage create a master suite and guest quarters, separated by the newly formed courtyard. Poteet says the new plan (a small compound) is right for a modern, urban way of life.

The glamorous long living space was once the entire cottage. Additions resulted in a courtyard, now a private outdoor living area. Photos by Chris Cooper, courtesy of Poteet Architects

John Grable added a new wing, making a grand Terrel Hills more gracious. Photos by Chris Cooper/NYC, courtesy of John Grable Architects A new sitting room was added.

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A Historic Warehouse Transformed Steel House Lofts: The new upscale apartment community with a unique architectural heritage that brings a little of New York and a lot to show off to San Antonio’s Southtown

Alice Johnson is glad she stumbled upon a new loft community that would help her bring a feel of New York to her new home in San Antonio. She admits she was originally a bit intimidated by the wide-open, modern space at Steel House Lofts, a new upscale, modern apartment community of 67 distinct one-, twoand three-bedroom floor plans in San Antonio’s trendy Southtown. Johnson’s neighbor, Woody Caulder, says at Steel House Lofts, he found unique design elements he struggled to find elsewhere when he was relocating to San Antonio. He wanted clean lines and interesting january.february 2013 / NHOME /

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architecture in a place that was as storied as the eclectic furniture he has collected from his world travels. Steel House Lofts on South Flores Street has had many lives and enough stories to give Caulder and the other residents enough fodder for endless dinner parties. Since its birth in 1913 as the Peden Iron and Steel Company’s warehouse (designed by renowned architect Atlee Ayres), it has been a hardware company, a General Motors parts division, a paper company, a wholesale furniture business, a realty company and lastly, before developers with a historic preservation mission came along, a vacant, forgotten building. Steel House Lofts owners Dennis and Jill McDaniel knew the building was perfect for their vision of a premier upscale community that celebrated the building’s unique architectural heritage. It’s taken six years and more work and funding than they had imagined, but their vision is being realized: More than half of the lofts have been leased, and Fruteria, a new botanero restaurant by Chef Johnny Hernandez of La Gloria, is now open. Over the years, the McDaniels, who founded and operate the Austin Fairchild Art Foundation, have overseen the renovation and construction of 32 multi-family communities from El Paso to Tulsa, but this is the first historic property they have reworked into unique, urban lofts. One of the couple’s favorite elements is a 15” wide by 22” tall art installation, a skyline sculpture made of colorful stained glass and lit inside with LED lights. It is designed like the original water tower that once sat atop the building. “Preserving a building that is part of San Antonio’s story is very important to us. This is what we love to do, and it was a privilege,” Dennis McDaniel says. “I can’t tell you how much it cost because we have friends and colleagues who will ask us what we were thinking. We wanted to make it special, and it is.” Steel House offers loft living reminiscent of New York-style lofts in the Warehouse District. The residences, which are for lease, embrace the heart of historic San Antonio, reviving the building’s character through unique floor plans that feature soaring ceilings, exposed beams and brick and century-old clerestory windows with a view of downtown and Southtown.


Residents enjoy high-scale amenities like contemporary kitchens and baths, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, a private outdoor entertainment area with a posh lap pool, gated access parking and a fitness center with an onsite trainer available. Even the non-linear hallways are special, featuring the same 22-foot columns found in the lofts. The new community is alive with passion from its residents. People are excited to live there, and although the marriage of historic and modern design can be a décor challenge, they can’t wait to show off their spaces.  

Loft-style decorating

Kasey McCarty, an awardwinning, registered interior designer based in Austin, was hired by the McDaniels for consulting from the beginning design phase to the final decoration of the public spaces and model loft. McCarty says it was clear from the onset that the McDaniels’ approach was to get the very best design aesthetic for the money. “We felt like Steel House is such a beautiful building that we wanted it to have everything,” Jill McDaniel says. “We thought of what we would want if we were living here. It was important to have as high-end as we could afford.” The McDaniels, whose primary residence is in Austin, live in a small loft in the building when they come to San Antonio nearly every week. Caulder, 34, says that when people visit him in his 1,100-square-foot, onebedroom loft, they have varied positive responses. His mother thinks his loft looks and feels like a museum, but he says his

“new classic” decor is a mix of mid-century modern and current design. “For me, it is very homey,” Caulder says. “There are clean lines and enough color to keep you interested. It is relaxing because there is not a lot of clutter. I need that to de-stress. There is no door to my bedroom. It is one open space. With openness, you need to have discipline. There has to be continuity. Every place has its thing; every thing has a place.” Caulder says he enjoys the big windows that provide plenty of natural lighting. “And I have a view of the Tower Life Building, the Tower of the Americas … it’s all a nice connection to the urban space and a 1913 building. What I like about Steel House Lofts is that it has a story – a history. It’s not cookie-cutter. It’s why I like everything in my nest. I could tell you a story about each item.” Some of what Caulder has incorporated into his loft includes:   • A ‘50s mini bar from Belgium • “Barcelona sofa,” chairs and dining table from Milan • A sideboard from England • A floor lamp from Germany • An original Mitchell Gold bed from Hickory, N.C.   Johnson, 25, says people who visit her “funky chic” loft have good things to say, too. “They say, ‘Oh my God, I love it.’ Or they say, ‘This is the biggest hallway I have ever seen!’” Johnson says it took her three months to collect everything to decorate her loft. It was important to her not to rush and find things to fill her new home, but rather to find creative pieces that worked well together. Some

of the pieces she incorporated include: • Items from Round Top Texas, including a TV console and rugs   • Furniture pieces that belonged to her parents such as a brown couch, a deep purple suede ottoman and two chairs her dad used as a boy that she

recovered with a coral beige pattern • A chartreuse green velvet couch she reupholstered in college • A new painting by local artists Holly Hien Brooks and Bryson Brooks • A Pottery Barn pink-andwhite striped Chevron rug >>  

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Decorating the model To decorate the Steel House model, McCarty mixed pieces of furniture and accessories old and new, low-cost and moderate. Furniture and shelving was purchased from IKEA and Crate & Barrel, and some elements were provided by the McDaniels. According to McCarty, sometimes it’s necessary to use furniture for more than one function such as using a table as a dining table, an office table and a coffee table, or using a cart as an island or a bar. McCarty chose compact, apartment-sized sofas in neutral colors. She kept linens neutral, as well. Then she added color with rugs, pillows, throws, artwork and accessories. Many of the accessories were purchased at discount stores like T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and even the Salvation Army across the street from the lofts, where she purchased several books. She took the book covers off to create small

groups by color to place on IKEA shelves. Several tall floor mirrors help focus eye level, balancing the open space and lamps, which is another important element in making the spaces feel warm and homey. “Artwork is a necessity for decorating the lofts that feature gallery spaces, but it doesn’t have to be expensive,” McCarty says. “You can get large images at low cost or buy a large piece of canvas and just paint it a single color, Rothko style. Downtown living is so exciting. It’s a fresh start, and you can make it your own, whatever your style.” ■   Nancy M. Preyor-Johnson is a proud South Texan. She is a passionate freelance journalist and consultant with a social media and Starbucks addiction. To learn more about or take a tour of Steel House Lofts, visit www.steelhouselofts.com or call 210-227-1913.


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Have a Green 2013

Thinking of going green this year? Try

these hot new trends for green building.

// by: Michele Koch // photography: Nancy M. Preyor-Johnson

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f you’re considering a new home for 2013, going green has never been easier. As more products come on the market and demand increases, what options can homebuyers expect from their builder if they’re considering a more sustainable home?

1. In builder speak: It’s all about a tight envelope, which is a home whose structure is as airtight as possible for the highest efficiency. Consider SIPs, or structural insulated panels, a high-performance building system. As opposed to traditional stick frame, SIPs panels, which look a bit like ice cream sandwiches, consist of an insulating foam core pressed between two chip board-type facings. These panels are pre-fabricated and can be cut to suit nearly any design. The result is a home that is extremely strong and energy efficient. Another structural option is insulated concrete form, or ICFs. These hollow

blocks are significantly lighter than standard masonry blocks because they are made of expanded polystyrene. During construction, the forms are filled with concrete, becoming a permanent part of the wall assembly, and a two-inch-thick layer of foam insulation is added to each side of the wall. Foam block walls are so well-insulated that homeowners can realize a 20 to 50 percent reduction in heating and cooling.

2. If you’re leery of using different materials for the structure, insulation is critical. Leque recommends rigid foam board insulation. Built from two pieces of plywood with a foam material core, rigid foam board replaces cellulose or cut fiberglass insulation and provides good thermal resistance. It also has a higher R-value than fiberglass or polystyrene, and it can add structural strength to your home. The foam also offers high moisture and heat resistance, excellent acoustics and protection against mold and pests. Spray foam insulation has also seen an


increase in demand. Installers spray liquid polyurethane foam, which then expands, hardens and looks a bit like lumpy snow. The foam creates an airseal in baseboards, around windows and doors and in attic floors and the roof underside, thus greatly reducing the heat load on the house and its HVAC system.

3. In the average singlefamily home, 20 percent of all heat loss occurs through windows. Single-pane windows are especially problematic, as they let out 20 times more heat than nearby walls. Now low E (emissivity), doubleglazed windows are quickly becoming a staple in new energy-smart home construction. These high-performing windows are constructed of two panes of glass separated by a layer of air or gas such as argon. Designed to provide a better barrier against external temperatures than single-pane windows, the two layers of glass act as a buffer. The low E features an invisible coating that re-radiates heat in cold months, prevents heat from entering during hot weather and even creates a more comfortable home by reducing exterior noise.

4. Water conservation is an integral component of any green home, but nowhere is that more important than in drought-stricken South Texas. Bathrooms are the first place to start conserving. Dual flush toilets offer a choice on how much water is used to flush. Commonly used in Europe and other areas where water is at a premium, these fixtures feature two buttons on the top of the tank. A larger button is designed for solid waste, and the smaller button for liquid waste. Another option to help conserve water is the use of reclaimed, or “gray,” water in toilets and landscaping.

5. Homes with long plumbing lines from the hot water tank to the faucet can be challenging. Watching water go down the drain while you’re waiting for it to heat up is a tremendous water

waster. A water recirculation system is a system that is activated by either a manual switch or a motion sensor. These systems overcome the problem by keeping the water in the hot water supply pipe hot so that when you turn on the tap, you get instant hot water by running an extra water pipe out to the farthest water-using fixture you have. This extra pipe allows water to be circulated from the hot water tank, out through the hot water supply pipe and then back the extra pipe to the water heater, providing immediate hot water.

6. Energy-efficient lighting is now almost standard in both new homes and office retrofits. CFL bulbs use compact fluorescent technology to produce similar light to that of traditional incandescent bulbs, but at a fraction of the energy usage. LED bulbs use lightemitting diodes in a solid state, which are even more efficient than CFLs. And while LED light bulbs can cost as much as $30 to $40 each, with CFLs costing approximately $4 to $5, the LED bulb will last up to 50,000 hours, making it nearly 50 times longerlasting than an incandescent bulb. Additionally, manufacturers are now producing bulbs in varying shapes, including candelabra, globe and flood styles, making them an attractive option, as well.

7. Savvy homebuyers want not just an energy-efficient home, but a home that is healthy. Look for low VOC (volatile organic compounds) in carpeting, interior paint and even cement stains.

8. What about solar? Most people assume that in order to have a completely green home, a large solar system is required. Not so. A building envelope done correctly becomes so efficient that when you install solar, it doesn’t need to be a large system, making it just the icing on the cake. ■

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San Antonio: The Next Silicon Valley? Local job growth, mortgage rates, the Eagle Ford Shale and related predictions for

the Alamo City in 2013 // by: Craig Owen // photography: Jason Collins/ Against the Grain Photography

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Many of my colleagues and clients have been questioning and trying to predict what the 2013 San Antonio housing market will bring us based on the looming financial uncertainty that has plagued the airways. While writing this article, I’m constantly being reminded of the imminent fiscal cliff and possible doubledip recession that plagues our nation. It’s Dec. 26, and I waited as long as I could to place my upcoming predictions for 2013. To many of you, my logic sounds completely rational. Wait and see what the politicians decide to do – or better yet, what they won’t do – to protect the future of our nation and decrease the $16,400,000,000,000 national deficit we’ve racked up over the years. One would think that our entire economy – to include our jobs, our housing and most importantly, our peace and tranquility – was being decided by the decisions our federal politicians made before Jan. 1, 2013. By the time of publication, you will know the fate of our economic future, as they would like you to believe. This conversation has literally taken over the airways. Between Benghazi and the fiscal cliff, is there anything


else to talk about? Well, I don’t buy it. I believe keeping the conversation local is the only way to truly understand what affects us most. With that being said, we need to keep it in perspective. I constantly remind myself that the economic health of San Antonio rests almost entirely on local and regional job growth. I’m not saying national affairs such as mortgage rates aren’t important, but they don’t outweigh what happens at home. Let’s make it simple: jobs = housing. And jobs are the driving force of real estate in almost in any local economy. Of course, there are a few important national variables such as the unprecedented low interest rates homebuyers are receiving. When I was a youngster in 1982, I recall my mother, a realtor in San Antonio, selling a new Ray Ellison home to a first-time buyer with a fixed rate mortgage of 18 percent. Wow! She explained to me that it wasn’t uncommon for the builders to pay as much as five to six discount points to lower the initial rate so that the homebuyer could qualify. Well, that’s definitely not the case in our present market. The ever-increasing federal loan regulations, the mandatory health care guidelines and the hottest media topic to hit the airways, tax increases for the middle class, will have some effects, but they will not ultimately determine our local housing market for 2013 by themselves. I know many of you completely disagree with me, but the majority of these national issues affect the nation’s 352 million citizens as a whole, but not necessarily individually. Let’s take Detroit as an example. In the early 1900s, Detroit was one city that experienced explosive job growth due to the automotive industry. They truly lived in a renaissance era and became the Silicon Valley of their time up the 1990s. However, the years that followed with growing competition from foreign car companies, higher gas prices and unsustainable labor pensions the U.S. automotive industry put a black eye on Detroit. Over the years, huge layoffs from the car manufacturing industry created high unemployment for Detroit, and it’s been noted as one of the most economically

This is, without dispute, one of the best times in history to purchase a home.

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challenged areas in the country. While Detroit was experiencing its major challenges, many other areas of the country were experiencing explosive growth. Throughout the ‘80s, the ‘90s and the early 2000s, several large cities in the country saw incredible double-digit economic growth. Cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York and Miami experienced believable economic growth, which in turn, paved the way to massive appreciation in the real estate sector. Many of these local homeowners have literally doubled their investment in a matter of years. Let’s face it: Local markets can vary greatly regardless of national challenges or opportunities. So stop listening to what the media says. They are a year behind, and they inform us of the only thing that sells: sensationalism. Our economy is local and driven by the leaders of our city. I couldn’t be happier with the direction our leadership has made. As of October 2012, our unemployment rate was down to 5.9 percent, while the rest of the nation was averaging 7.7 percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the month of November placed San Antonio as the No. 7 highest employed large metropolitan city in the United States. Another strong indication for increased housing is the new fracking and drilling methods being conducted over the Eagle Ford Shale. This has brought South Texas back into the oil and gas exploration business. Many have called it the next gold rush for Texas. According to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, the oil and gas industry has employed more than 4,000 in San Antonio alone. Many research analysts from UTSA predicted that the Eagle Ford Shale industry will add many thousands more related jobs to the Texas economy by 2021. This continued labor growth in the Texas region is placing a definite housing shortage, along with additional infrastructure requirements. This will only add to the growth opportunities and housing market for San Antonio. We can’t forget that every one of these jobs creates demand for additional housing and everyone in the food chain who interacts with the employees. Restaurants, grocery stores, clothing and apparel, homebuilders and everyone else, directly or indirectly – we all benefit. It’s the circle of life. I don’t think San Antonio gets enough credit for who and what we are. We must continue to define who we are and give praise where it’s deserved. Recently, San Antonio, along with Fort Worth, Houston and Austin, was among the top 10 healthiest housing markets for 2013. This research was conducted by the Trulia website. Much of this plays into the fact that our economy had only mild price declines during the housing crisis, and it is due in part to a healthy employment over the last two years. In addition, we have not had the foreclosure inventory that many markets have seen.

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ccording to stats from the San Antonio Board of Realtors, year over year for November 2012, our sold units have increased by almost 10 percent over the last year, while our average sales price has increased by 5 percent to $194,000 and our median price to $160,000. Additionally, our days on market have decreased by 6 percent to 91 days. With national median prices hovering around $181,000, San Antonio is still a very affordable market for homeownership. In addition, new housing permits are up 8.5 percent, totaling 4,764 units from June 2011 through June 2012. Of course, this is a far cry from the building craze in '06, but it’s definitely moving in the right direction and shows signs of continuing an upward trend for 2013. Now we have the rates. They’re below 3 percent for a fixed rate mortgage. This is, without dispute, one of the best times in history to purchase a home. The rates have definitely fueled our economy over the past few years, giving first-time homebuyers an opportunity to purchase a home for less than they would pay for rent, thus increasing the homeownership percentage in the city. Also, the rates have increased sales activity by allowing current homeowners to upgrade their housing with stronger purchasing power than ever before. No one would have ever predicted the rates to be so low, and many analysts predict that the rates will increase in 2013, but all in all, we are still buying and selling plenty of homes in the 6 to 8 percent mortgage rates. I think we have all been a little spoiled by the sustained low

rates. It’s good, but I don’t see it staying in the 3 percent range for long. Get it while it’s good. If you’re in the market to buy a home, call a realtor today! All indications point to a stable market for San Antonio for 2013. Yes, I see you Negative Nellys pointing to the “fiscal cliff,” higher taxes and the possibility of higher mortgage rates, but our projected job growth continues to increase, giving us a housing demand for San Antonio. With the lowering and active housing inventory and foreclosures over the past couple of years, our housing market will continue to grow, while new building permits will continue to rise. It’s my prediction that 2013 will be much like 2012. It’s not Silicon Valley or like what many cities experienced in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but we definitely can’t complain. Our economy is based on local job growth, with mortgage rates being the most important national issue. In short, my dad always told me there are two things in life you can expect: death and taxes. So if the fiscal cliff happens and all of us have increased taxes, it’s not the end of civilization, as we know it. And more importantly, I’m alive and breathing in this great city we call San Antonio. ■

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Estilo Digno de Santos y Reyes // Por: Paulette Jemal

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l empezar un Año Nuevo nuestra lista de resoluciones tiende a ser larga, si entre sus resoluciones se encuentra;

u Explorar nuevas posibilidades y talentos v Tener un trabajo más divertido o w Ganarnos la vida haciendo lo que más nos gusta

Tome nota de lo que pasa cuando el talento se expresa en todas las facetas de nuestra vida y se lleva del hogar al trabajo y viceversa. Aquí mostramos dos estilos decorativos totalmente opuestos, un Loft contemporáneo con vistas del centro de la ciudad y un rancho divino en el Hill Country. Este recuento nos permite ver como viven y trabajan dos de nuestros talentos locales, Sherrie Sanderson dueña de 'A Little Room' y Andrew Goodman del Restaurante 'FEAST', que en solo un año a logrado ponerse en el mapa gastronómico alrededor de Texas. Pronto vendrá su segundo proyecto, aún más sorprendente que el primero en el cual le permite a su Chef, Stefan Bowers, nuevamente reinar en la cocina. Nuestra primera parada es en el corazón de Alamo Heights, ahí se encuentran antigüedades eclesiásticas, textiles antiguos, cojines santificados rellenos de pluma de ganso, pantallas de antiguos detalle hechas a mano. Este pequeño tesoro afectuosamente llamado 'A Little Room' difícilmente es capaz de contener la grandeza de sus bellas reliquias. La sensación de un 'déjà vu' es inevitable, solo que aquí, todo toma un aire aristocrático.  Nos entro la curiosidad de apreciar este estilo decorativo que decidimos verlo ya puesto en práctica. Los santuarios y altares de viejas iglesias toman nuevos votos convertidos en un bufete de comedor.  Antiguas mesas que fueron fieles compañeras de largas sobremesas durante varias generaciones.  Contemplamos milagrosos santos que ahora velan las habitaciones del 'Rancho Los Regalos', 166 acres y un arroyo llamado Joshua, apropiado nombre para su entorno que en hebreo quiere decir 'Bendecido por el Señor'. Más que un regalo, este lugar es realmente un rincón del cielo situado a solo minutos de

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Boerne al norte de la ciudad. El talento de su dueña, la afamada diseñadora de espacios interiores, Sherrie Sanderson le da ese toque celestial. Una pequeña e histórica cabaña de 1814, remodelada y expandida recientemente con la visión de Sanderson. El marco perfecto de un lugar sin limites rodeado de verdes praderas dibujados por la mano de Dios.  La paz que se siente al despertar en este bendito lugar una mañana bañada de sol, reflejado en una pileta bautismal convertida en fuente, es sin duda un privilegio. El Don de decoración que posee Sherrie Sanderson es un Don divino, los interiores con gobelinos antiguos rescatados de alguna iglesia europea, las copas de vino que han brindado en más de un festejo real, los platos de la vajilla Portuguesa, que han servido deliciosos manjares preparados con angelical devoción, sin duda se nos lleno el alma con todos los divinos detalles y se nos abrió el apetito. Nos aventuramos a FEAST en el centro de la ciudad, totalmente el lado opuesto de la moneda en cuanto a estilo decorativo. Sus espacios blancos, sillas de acrílico transparente, lámparas ultra modernas y toques de luz, que crean la ambientación perfecta en esta atractiva caja de cristal, que invitan a deleitarse el paladar y los sentidos con su concepto de 'platos chicos' para compartir sus delicias culinarias, uniendo sabores del Mediterráneo con contrastes inesperados como el zatar con el chile serrano, las papas fritas con la Nutella y la cebolla roja caramelizada, platillos de plebeyos, como el macarrón con queso, dignos de la realeza. Situado en el distrito de King William, conocido por sus galerías y artistas, el nombre que conlleva, FEAST, festín, en letras mayúsculas, con focos de colores que cambian de acuérdo a la temporada, lo que no cambia es la creatividad de su cocina.

El estilo contemporáneo de Andrew Goodman, que radica en un Loft súper moderno a unas cuadras de ahí, fue la inspiración detrás del concepto de FEAST. El Loft no tiene paredes excepto para darle privacidad al 'trono', ya que es totalmente abierto y falto de inhibiciones la regadera es una gran caja de cristal, situada en medio del espacio habitacional, totalmente fuera de lo convencional obligan a siempre mantenerse en la mejor forma física. Este loft brilla de lejos, con más de una docena lámparas suspendidas a lo largo de las ventanas. Aunque la idea de abrir un restaurante vivió en su mente durante años y a raíz de una ruptura en una relación de más de 15 años, se alinearon las estrellas para dejarlo brillar por si solo, dejando en el pasado una tienda de decoración y un exitoso negocio de producción de velas y fragancias para clientes como los Hoteles W, indudablemente el talento se lo llevó consigo. Dos estilos opuestos muestran lo que es vivir un estilo pleno, sensibilidades diversas, pruebas de que si se lleva el estilo en el alma, se manifiesta en todo lo que se hace, ese don de tornar hasta lo más sencillo y transformarlo en algo con un estilo inigualable capaz de satisfacer desde la realeza, hasta el propio San Antonio. ■

A Little Room en la esquina de 5405 Broadway 210.829.5511 FEAST 1024 South Alamo St. 210.354.1024 Para información sobre la venta del Rancho Los Regalos contacte a Paulette Jemal especialista en Propiedades de Lujo Internacionales www.paulettejemal.com 210.421.9102

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The City’s Finest

The Platinum Top 50 Awards Program recognizes its big winners for 2012 at its annual awards banquet.

Winners Adrianne Frost Phyllis Browning Company afrost@phyllisbrowning. com 6101 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 Amy Boehm Keller Williams Realty amy@myboehmteam.com 1595 S Main St. Ste 101 Boerne, TX 78006 Ann Jones Phyllis Browning Company ajones@phyllisbrowning. com 24200 IH 10 West, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78257 Barbara del Amo Keller Williams Legacy barbara@delamohomes. com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258 Binkan Cinaroglu Kuper Sothebys International Realty binkancinaroglu@ kupersothebys.com 4 Dominion Drive, Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78257 Catherine Naiser Keller Williams City View cathy@findsahomes.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230 Chad Hughes ERA Colonial Real Estate chad@era.com 19230 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 260 San Antonio, TX 78258

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On Dec. 7, 2012, 50 winners and 100 semi-finalists were formally recognized before a crowd of 500 industry peers at the Platinum Top 50 Awards Program’s annual awards banquet. The program annually recognizes top residential realtors for their outstanding achievements in sales, civic philanthropy and industry involvement. Often referred to as the most successful and well-rounded realtors, Platinum Top 50 winners exemplify initiative, involvement, success and benevolence. ■

For more information, please visit www.platinumtop50.com.

Cindy Baughn Kuper Sotheby's International Realty cindy.baughn@ sothebysrealty.com 434 N Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78232

Dayton Schrader RE/MAX Associates dayton@ theSchraderGroup.com 300 E Sonterra, Bldg 1, Ste 1180 San Antonio, TX 78258

Jim Hauglid Kuper Sotheby's International Realty Jim.Hauglid@ SothebysRealty.com 4 Dominion Drive, Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78257

Corie Boldt Corie Properties corie@corieproperties.com 4901 Broadway #132 San Antonio, TX 78209

Deanna Wright Kuper Sotheby's International Realty deanna.wright@ sothebysrealty.com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209

JoHelen Clark Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors jclark@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258

Debra Janes Keller Williams Realty Luxury dj@gvtc.com 10 Dominion Drive San Antonio, TX 78257

JonPaul Martin Kuper Sotheby's International Realty jpmartin@kuperrealty. com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209

Courtney Silver Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors csilver@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy. Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258 Dana Phillips Keller Williams City View DanaPhillipsRealtor@ yahoo.com 10999 W IH 10 Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230 Danyelle Daniel Keller William Heritage ddaniel@kw.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248 Dave Wilcox Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors dwilcox@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258 David Marne Half Priced Real Estate david@marne.com 116 Elm Spring Lane Shavano Park, TX 78231 David Wagner Keller Williams City View dwagner@kw.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

Denise Graves Phyllis Browning Company dgraves@phyllisbrowning. com 24200 IH 10 West, Ste. 101 San Antonio, TX 78257 Doug Curtis Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors dcurtis@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78248 Gina Candelario Kuper Sotheby's International Realty Gina.Candelario@ SothebysRealty.com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209 Jeanine Claus Keller Williams Heritage Jeanine@theclausteam. com 2901 Ashley Oak Dr Schertz, TX 78154

Judy Dalrymple Phyllis Browning Company judy@goseejudy.com 14855 Blanco Rd, Ste 403 San Antonio, TX 78216 Judy Dunlap Phyllis Browning Company jdunlap@phyllisbrowning. com 14855 Blanco Rd, Ste 403 San Antonio, TX 78216 Julia Carnahan Keller Williams Heritage julia.carnahan@ kw.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248 Ken Davis Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors kdavis@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258


Kevin Crawford Keller Williams Realty Luxury kevin@crawfordluxury. com 10 Dominion Drive San Antonio, TX 78257

Patti Nelson Phyllis Browning Company pnelson@phyllisbrowning. com 24200 IH 10 West, Ste. 101 San Antonio, TX 78257

Scott Jauregui Keller Williams City View Scott@ScottJRealtor.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

Kimberly Bragman Phyllis Browning Company kbragman@ phyllisbrowning.com 14855 Blanco Rd, Ste 403 San Antonio, TX 78216

Rhonda Howerton Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors sahomes4sale@earthlink. net 7523 N 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78249

Shelley Wright Nationwide Real Estate sgw1497@yahoo.com 29719 Fairway Bluff Boerne, TX 78015

Kimberly Howell Kimberly Howell Properties kimberly@kimberlyhowell. com 21252 Gathering Oak #100 San Antonio, TX 78260

Rick Kuper Kuper Sotheby's International Realty rick.kuper@sothebysrealty. com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209

Mark Stillings Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors mstillings@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258

Rob and Camille Di Maio Keller Williams Legacy texasfamilyhouses@ yahoo.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258

Mary Carter Kuper Sotheby's International Realty mary.carter@ sothebysrealty.com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209

Robert Dullnig Kuper Sotheby's International Realty DullnigRanches@gmail. com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209

Matthew Resnick Keller Williams Realty Luxury MR@TexasHomesSA.com 10 Dominion Dr San Antonio, TX 78257

Robin Saunders Keller Williams Realty Luxury robinsaunders@kw.com 10 Dominion Dr San Antonio, TX 78257

Melissa Muse Wiggans Real Estate Muses Melissa@realestatemuses. com 5150 Broadway #511 San Antonio, TX 78209

Rochelle Nash Keller Williams Realty Luxury rochellenash@kw.com 10 Dominion Dr San Antonio, TX 78257

Melissa Stagers Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors missy@missystagers.com 7523 N Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78249

Ruben and Mary Solis Keller Williams Heritage ruben.solis@kw.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248

Molly Wahrheit RE/MAX Realty Advantage rmmolly@aol.com 17319 U S. 281 North Ste 206 San Antonio, TX 78232 Neal Zingelmann Z Texas Real Estate LLC Neal@ZTexasRealEstate. com PO Box San Antonio, TX 78023

Sandra Rangel RE/MAX North - San Antonio andraRangel@remax.net 8131 W Hausman S San Antonio, TX 78249 Sandy Hancock J B Goodwin, Realtors sandyhancock@ jbgoodwin.com 18305 Sigma Rd, Ste #100 San Antonio, TX 78258

Steve Cruz Keller Williams Legacy steve.c.cruz@lamreo.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258 Tara Allman Keller Williams Heritage 2338 N Loop taraallman@kw.com 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248 Tom White Keller Williams Legacy tom@tomwhitegroup.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258

Finalists Aja Edwards Patino ERA D. Lee Edwards Realty, Inc. AjaSellsNB@gmail.com 1111 N. Walnut Ave New Braunfels, TX 78130 Alexis Weigand Keller Williams Realty Luxury AlexisW@kw.com 10 Dominion Dr San Antonio, TX 78257

Barbara Lane Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors blane@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258 Bob Borders Keller Williams City View Bob@BordersRealEstate.com 10999 W IH 10 Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230 Brayson Verzella Keller Williams Heritage 2338 N Loop BraysonV@kw.com 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248 Brian Shantz Keller Williams City View shantzy10@kw.com 10999 W IH 10 Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230 Brigitte Perkins JBGoodwin Realtors bperkins@jbgoodwin.com 18503 Sigma Road, Ste 100 San Antonio, TX 78258 Carlene Carrigan Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors ccarrigan@cbharper.com 1112 S. Main St Boerne, TX 78006 Cathy Bell Kuper Sotheby's International Realty cathybell0213@gmail.com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209 Cathy Goodwin Keller Williams Heritage cathygoodwin@kw.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248 Cathy Schuebel-Sides Phyllis Browning Company cathy@seeSAhomes.com 14855 Blanco Rd, Ste 403 San Antonio, TX 78216

Amy Carter Keller Williams Heritage carterfinehomes@gmail.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248

Charles Nall RE/MAX Preferred Realtors ChuckNall@remax.net 1846 N Loop 1604 W #205 San Antonio, TX 78248

Andy Lundgren Keller Williams Alamo Heights AndyL@KW.com 1812 Nacogdoches Rd San Antonio, TX 78209 Anna Kay Lockridge RE/MAX Associates aklockridge@gmail.com 300 E Sonterra, Bldg 1, Ste 1180 San Antonio, TX 78258 Annette Slater Prudential PenFed Realty annette.slater@penfedrealty.com 14603 Huebner Rd San Antonio, TX 78230

Charo King RE/MAX North - San Antonio charo@callcharo.com 8131 W Hausman San Antonio, TX 78249 Cheryl Julian RE/MAX Preferred Realtors cjulian@remax.net 1846 N Loop 1604 W #205 San Antonio, TX 78248

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Finalists

Diana Scott Keller Williams City View ddscott@kw.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

Janis Morgan Keller Williams Legacy janis@realtyagent.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258

Karl Meyers Simmonds Real Estate Inc MeyersRealEstate@gmail.com 17331 IH 35N San Antonio, TX 78154

Diane Craig RE/MAX Associates dianecraig@remax.net 300 E Sonterra, Bldg 1, Ste 1180 San Antonio, TX 78258

Jason Campbell Option One Real Estate jason@SAHomeExpert.com 7802 Kingsbury Wood San Antonio, TX 78240

Kathy Miner Kuper Sotheby's International Realty kminer@gvtc.com 1201 S Main #101 Boerne, TX 78006

Doc & Ellen Stephens Keller Williams City View docs@kw.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

Jason Patrick Keller Williams City View jspatrick1@yahoo.com 341 Junction Hwy Kerrville, TX 78028

Kathy Morse RE/MAX Associates Boerne kmorse@remax.net 309 Water St Boerne, TX 78006

Donna Clement Home Team of America dclement@gvtc.com 16719 Huebner #4 | San Antonio, TX 78248

Jene' Rand Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors jrand@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258

Kathy Ripps Kuper Sotheby's International Realty kathyripps@gmail.com 4 Dominion Drive, Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78257

Jennifer Nack Kuper Sotheby's International Realty Jennifer@jennifernack.com 434 N. Loop 1604 W., Ste. 3103 San Antonio, TX 78232

Katie Griffin-Ross RE/MAX Associates katie@poweroffamily.com 300 E Sonterra, Bldg 1, Ste 1180 San Antonio, TX 78258

Jeremy Shaw RE/MAX Preferred Realtors WeSellSAhomes@gmail.com 1846 N Loop 1604 W #205 San Antonio, TX 78248

Kevin Best Phyllis Browning Company kbest@phyllisbrowning.com 14855 Blanco Rd, Ste 403 San Antonio, TX 78216

Erin Caraway Keller Williams Heritage erin@erincaraway.com 453 W San Antonio St New Braunfels, TX 78130

Jim Concannon ERA Troy REALTORS jconcannon@sbcglobal.net 105 Galleria Fair | San Antonio, TX 78232

Kevin Cooper Keller Williams City View Kevin@KRCooperEstates.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

Frances Ross Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors fross@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258

Joan Gaytan Realty Executives of San Antonio joangaytan@realtyexecutives.com 13333 Blanco Rd., Ste 104 San Antonio, TX 78216

Glenn Clarke Glenn Clarke Realty glenn@glennclarkerealty.com P.O. Box 592866 | San Antonio, TX 78259

John Thurman Heart of Texas Realty John@heartoftexasrealty.com 1810 Bluff Lane | San Antonio, TX 78216

Craig Browning Phyllis Browning Company cbrowning@phyllisbrowning.com 14855 Blanco Rd, Ste 403 San Antonio, TX 78216

Haley Catlett Keller Williams City View haleycatlett@kw.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

Justin Crisp Keller Williams Legacy justin@crispteam.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258

Craig Conlee Keller Williams Realty MC 91 conleerealestate@yahoo.com 1303 E. Main St, Ste B Fredericksburg, TX 78624

James Miller Keller Williams Heritage jimvmiller@kw.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248

Karen Nolan Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors knolan@cbharper.com 7523 N. Loop 1604 West San Antonio, TX 78249

D. Lee Edwards ERA D. Lee Edwards Realty, Inc leeedwards1109@msn.com 1111 N. Walnut Ave. New Braunfels, TX 78130

Janeene Edwards Keller Williams Legacy JaneeneEdwards@yahoo.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258

Kari Whitaker Keller Williams Heritage Kari@KariWhitaker.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248

Danny Charbel Keller Williams City View dcharbel@kw.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

Janet Key Keller Williams Realty Luxury janetkeyrealtor@gmail.com 10 Dominion Dr San Antonio, TX 78257

Karin Tebrugge RE/MAX Associates karin@stic.net 300 E Sonterra, Bldg 1, Ste 1180 San Antonio, TX 78258

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Christina Labatt Kuper Sotheby's International Realty chrissy.labatt@sothebysrealty.com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209 Christina Truax Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors ctruax@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258 Clark Tilley BH&G RE- Bradfield Properties clarktilley@bradfieldproperties.com 500 N Loop 1604 E. Ste.100 San Antonio, TX 78232 Claudia Nolen Phyllis Browning Company cnolen@phyllisbrowning.com 6101 Broadway | San Antonio, TX 78209 Clint Neal Keller Williams City View clint@nealteam.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230 Connie Dukes Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors cdukes@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258 Connie Ramirez BH&G RE- Bradfield Properties connie@connieramirez.com 500 N Loop 1604 E. Ste.100 San Antonio, TX 78232 Craig Blakeley Keller Williams City View craigblakeley@kw.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

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Eileen Willis Keller Williams Legacy eileenwillis@sbcglobal.net 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258 Erika Chapa Keller Williams Heritage erika.chapa@att.net 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248

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Kristen Alexander Keller Williams Legacy kristenalexander@kw.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258 Leslie Brown Phyllis Browning Company lbrown@phyllisbrowning.com 24200 IH 10 West, Ste. 101 San Antonio, TX 78257 Leticia Sanders Keller Williams Alamo Heights Leticia@LeticiaSanders.com 1812 Nacogdoches Rd San Antonio, TX 78209 Libby Ross Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors Libby@GetRossNow.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258 Linda Vasquez Keller Williams Legacy lindavasquez2@earthlink.net 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258


Linsay Greenaway ERA Troy REALTORS linsayg@flash.net 105 Galleria Fair San Antonio, TX 78232

Patricia Broyles Realty Executives-Select Properties patriciabroyles@realtyexecutives.com 13438 Bandera Rd, Ste 105 A Helotes, TX 78023

Ruth Cole BH&G RE- Bradfield Properties mruthcole@aol.com 500 N Loop 1604 E. Ste.100 San Antonio, TX 78232

Tiffany Stevens Phyllis Browning Company tstevens@phyllisbrowning.com 14855 Blanco Rd, Ste 403 San Antonio, TX 78216

Lisa Grove Phyllis Browning Company lgrove@phyllisbrowning.com 6101 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209

Patrick and Cindy Wilks Keller Williams City View info@soldbywilks.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

Sally Cresswell Keller Williams Realty sallycresswell@yahoo.com 110 River Crossing Blvd Spring Branch, TX 78070

Tony Mangus Keller Williams Realty tmangus2002@yahoo.com 1595 S. Main #101 Boerne, TX 78006

Lorena Pena RE/MAX Preferred Realtors lorena@stic.net 1846 N Loop 1604 W #205 San Antonio, TX 78248

Pattie Walker Kuper Sotheby's International Realty pattie.walker@sothebysrealty.com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209

Sandi Peerman J B Goodwin, Realtors speerman@jbgoodwin.com 18305 Sigma Rd, Ste # 100 San Antonio, TX 78258

Toya Ohlrich Prudential Don Johnson Co., REALTORS toya@nbtx.com 1551 N Walnut Ave, Ste 1 San Antonio, TX 78130

Lynn Knapik Lynn Knapik Real Estate LLC lynn@lynnknapik.com 312 Pearl Pkwy #2401 San Antonio, TX 78215

Randall Odom Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors rodom@cbharper.com 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258

Stephanie Kelley Keller Williams Legacy swkrealtor@aol.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258

Tracey Lammert Phyllis Browning Company tlammert@phyllisbrowning.com 14855 Blanco Rd, Ste 403 San Antonio, TX 78216

Mario Hesles Keller Williams Heritage mariohesles@kw.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248

Randy Cadwallader Kuper Sotheby's International Realty Randy.Cadwallader@SothebysRealty. com 6606 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78209

Steve Collins Keller Williams Heritage cgadmin1@gmail.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248

Trent Boarnet Keller Williams Alamo Heights trentboarnet@gmail.com 1812 Nacogdoches San Antonio, TX 78209

Susan Dikin Keller Williams Realty Luxury susan@susandikin.com 10 Dominion Drive San Antonio, TX 78257

Trey Flournoy Phyllis Browning Company trey@phyllisbrowning.com 14855 Blanco Rd, Ste 403 San Antonio, TX 78216

Susan Jones J B Goodwin, Realtors sjones@jbgoodwin.com 18305 Sigma Rd, Ste # 100 San Antonio, TX 78258

Tyler Willmann Keller Williams City View tylerwwillmann@kw.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230

Susan Paulette Rodriguez Keller Williams Legacy susanprodriguez@kw.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258

Vicki Morgan Keller Williams Boerne Vicki@ClassicTexan.com 1595 S. Main St Boerne, TX 78006

Tammie Bennett Kuper Sotheby's International Realty sold@tammiebennettt.com PO Box 335 Marble Falls, TX 78654

William Shumpes Keller Williams Realty Luxury w.k.shumpes@gmail.com 312 River Rd Boerne, TX 78006

Terri Saari Kimberly Howell Properties terrisellssa@gmail.com 21252 Gathering Oak #100 San Antonio, TX 78260

Wilson Cantwell Keller Williams Realty hcantwell@HLMrealty.com 1739 Babcock Rd San Antonio, TX 78229

Mary Ann Rhodes Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors maryrhodes@cbharper.com 532 S. Seguin Ave San Antonio, TX 78130 Mary Hall Keller Williams Legacy thehallteam@kw.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258 Miguel Herrera Keller Williams Heritage miguelherrera@kw.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248 Misty Wood Keller Williams City View mistywood1@yahoo.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230 Pat Acquisto Keller Williams Legacy pacquisto@kw.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258 Pat King Keller Williams Heritage pat@owengrouphomes.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248 Pat Sankey Keller Williams Legacy pat@patsankey.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258

Randy Rice Keller Williams Legacy randyrlst8@aol.com 1102 E. Sonterra Blvd #106 San Antonio, TX 78258 Rick Acosta RE/MAX Associates Boerne Acosta@sell-satx.com 309 Water St Boerne, TX 78006 Rick Wallis Keller Williams City View rickwallis@kw.com 10999 W IH 10, Ste 175 San Antonio, TX 78230 RJ & Shanna Reyes Keller Williams Heritage RJandShannaReyes@hotmail.com 2338 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248 Ron & Liza Reyes Keller Williams Heritage  2338 N Loop lizareyestx@gmail.com 1604 W, Ste 120 San Antonio, TX 78248 Rosa Galdos Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors rgaldos@cbharper.com 902 Coronado Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78148 Rudy Andabaker Global Realty Group LLC. rudy@grgsa.com 1420 Schertz Pkwy, Ste 200 Schertz, TX 78154

The Hayes Group Keller Williams Realty Luxury cgonzaba@yahoo.com 10 Dominion Dr San Antonio, TX 78257 The Leonard - Paez Team Keller Williams Realty Luxury leonard.heidi@gmail.com 10 Dominion Dr San Antonio, TX 78257

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// great escapes //

In Texas, you can enjoy everything from coastal splendor and Hill Country grandeur to Photo by Pearl South Padre

metropolitan delight.

Something for Everyone

Looking for a little springtime luxury? This spring, treat yourself to a visit to one of the many great getaways the great state of Texas has to offer. // by: Page Koerner

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Though we may have had a mild winter thus far, everyone looks forward to Texas in the spring. Springtime in Texas delivers delicious breezes, cerulean skies and endless places to explore. Our state has something for everyone, whether you want coastal splendor, Hill Country grandeur or metropolitan delight. The only dilemma is: where to go? If your heart is set on sunny beaches with a side of extravagance, may we suggest the Pearl Hotel in South Padre? The Pearl is the foremost beachfront resort and spa on South Padre Island. There is a wide variety of bountiful bundles for families and couples. If you are traveling with youngsters, the Pearl offers a kids’ camp with activities to keep young minds engaged and bodies in motion. For the romantics, there is the full-service Sapphire Spa with all the amenities. 


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erhaps the Texas Hill Country is more your thing. Located on the waterfront of Lake LBJ is the Horseshoe Bay Resort. Horseshoe Bay is the only AAA 4-Diamond resort on Lake LBJ, and it has more than earned its rating. This remarkable lakefront getaway boasts a surfeit of activities, including water sports, tennis, horseback riding, golfing and freshwater fishing. There is also a spa and a massage center, as well as wineries for a more laidback, yet pampered experience. In the heart of Kerrville is the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center. This gem of a place offers packages that appeal to romantics, newlyweds and families, as well as hunters. Guests are a stride away from the lovely Guadalupe River, and only five minutes away from historic Downtown Kerrville. Also a mere 25 minutes away is Fredericksburg. If Fredericksburg is to your liking, there are lovely establish-

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ments like the Pioneer Haus and the Full Moon Inn. Both are delightful places to relax, enjoy a massage and take in the majesty of Texas views after a day of shopping. In addition, there is the outstanding resort at Tapatio Springs. Located five minutes from Boerne, Tapatio Springs is an excellent golfing getaway, as well as retreat for businesses, couples and families. This resort boasts a much-admired 18-hole championship golf course. Also, nearby attractions and activities include casting your line at local ponds, lakes and rivers. If it is warm enough, there is tubing along the Guadalupe River. Furthermore, just a stone’s throw away is a variety of celebrated parks and sites in Boerne, San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Luckenbach. For those who love the grape, Texas has vineyards and wineries in abundance, as well as fantastic antiquing and exceptional fine dining. Of course, we cannot forget our capitol, Austin, which has a surplus of stunning resorts and spas to enjoy. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, the Lakeway Resort and Spa, Travaasa and the Lake Austin Spa Resort are just sprinklings of places to visit this spring. Texas has no shortage of luxurious getaway locations to enjoy come this spring. â–


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Pearl South Padre is the premier oceanfront resort located on the island’s southern tip. Surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Texas coastline with tropical breezes, lots of sunshine, swimming pool with swim-up bar, complimentary daily summer activities and of course plenty of Texas hospitality. After a full day of outdoor excursions, savor the flavor of fresh seafood at our Beachside Bar & Grill, then prepare yourself for a treat as you relax to the gentle sounds of the shore just outside your guest room window.

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// arts & culture //

Artists, performers and curators across San Antonio gear up to celebrate

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very March, during Contemporary Art Month (CAM), San Antonio artists, performers and curators present the best our community has to offer at galleries, museums, performing arts spaces, schools, restaurants and stores. CAM seeks to promote and raise the national profile of San Antonio contemporary art and artists by organizing and facilitating a monthlong celebration of contemporary art, providing marketing support and organizing and facilitating public education programs. Since it was conceived in 1986, Contemporary Art Month, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports and promotes these events, has been supported by a loose, yet dedicated coalition of institutions, artists, private art supporters and commercial entities. In March 2013, San Antonio holds its 28th annual CAM. Started in 1986 by the director of Southwest School of Art & Craft in what is now the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Contemporary Art Month became an independent project in 2003. The organization’s primary purpose is to organize, by means of a calendar, contemporary art events taking place in San Antonio during the month, as well as to sponsor a number of educational events in celebration of contemporary art.  In 2010, CAM officially moved from July to


Special Event Dates for CAM 2013

www.southflores.com • The Lullwood Group curated exhibition, TBA

• Feb. 28, 2013: CAM Kick-off Party at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center • Feb. 28, 2013: Crowning of the new Miss CAM Antonio at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center • March 15, 2013: CAM Perennial at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center • March 16, 2013: CAMx Houston at Unit B (Gallery) • March 24, 2013: CAM Open Studio Tours • March 29, 2013: CAM Closing Party at Chris Park

Selected Venue Spotlights for CAM 2013

March. This year will see the Perennial Exhibition curated by Bill Arning, executive director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the introduction of the CAM Exchange (CAMx), an exhibition exchange between artists from San Antonio and artists from other cities. Contemporary Art Month is pleased to announce Arning as curator of the 2013 CAM Perennial. Renowned for his discerning eye and edgy curatorial style, Arning, formerly the director of White Columns (New York City, N.Y.) and curator at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, Mass.), is currently the executive director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The CAM Perennial will take place at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and Contemporary Art Month will spearhead educational events throughout the run of the exhibition. The organization is also pleased to announce the creation of CAMx. This new event is an exhibition exchange between artists in San Antonio and artists from another partnering city. CAM 2013 will host artists from Houston at Unit B (Gallery), with artists from San Antonio exhibiting at Redbud Gallery at a later date. We are excited to create a partnership with the Houston art community, with hopes to create even more exchange partnerships between San Antonio and other cities, national and international. ■

Note: Content for this article was provided by the Contemporary Art Month website, Nina Hassle, executive director of Contemporary Art Month, and Gabriel Delgado of J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art.

Bihl Haus Arts 2803 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas 78201 210-383-9723 www.bihlhausarts.org • Feb. 16 and 17, 2013: On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour (Artists who live and work in the Monticello Park, Jefferson, Woodlawn Lake, Los Angeles Heights, Keystone, Beacon Hill and Alta Vista neighborhoods will be on hand.) • Music Ensemble, dates TBA • Poetry Readings, dates TBA

AnArte Gallery 7959 Broadway St., No. 404, San Antonio, Texas 78209 210-826-5674 www.anartegallery09.com • Steven DaLuz and Russell Stephenson exhibition of new drawings

Centro Cultural Aztlan 1800 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas 78201 210-432-1896 www.centroculturalaztlan.50megs. com • Art Exhibition, TBA • Participant in On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour

Blue Star Contemporary Art Center 116 Blue Star, San Antonio, Texas 78204 210-227-6960 www.bluestarart.org • Feb. 28, 2013 - CAM Kick-off Party • Feb. 28, 2013 - Crowning of the new Miss CAM Antonio • Gary Sweeney in the Main & Middle Gallery, Lloyd Walsh in the Project Space and Scott Martin in Gallery 4

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art 8302 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209 210-828-8214 www.jrmooneygalleries.com • Spotlight of contemporary artworks by J. Gabriel, Clifton, Montiel, Ahn and Jeff Dixon, in addition to current selections of Impressionist paintings, jewelry and fine art

Comminos Studio and Gallery 111 Lone Star Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78204 773-315-8956 www.comminosstudio.com • San Antonio sculpture exhibition including Rachael Lynn Acosta and Alex Comminos, among others

R Gallery 110 E. La Chapelle, San Antonio, Texas 78204 210-793-8899 www.rgallerytx.net • Ana Laura de la Garza, Second Saturday, March 9 to 30, 2013. Opening 7 to 10 p.m.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center 1300 Guadalupe St., San Antonio, Texas 78207 210-271-3151 www.guadalupeculturalarts.org • CAM Perennial Art Exhibition

Unit B (Gallery) 500 Stieren Street at Cedar, San Antonio, Texas 78210 312-375-1871 www.unitbgallery.com • March 16, 2013: Opening – CAMx Houston Artist (Houston-San Antonio Artist Exchange exhibition, curated by Gus Kapriva of Redbud Gallery-Houston)

Fl!ght Gallery 1906 S. Flores St., San Antonio, Texas 78204 www.turnitoff.tv • Jung Hee Mun exhibition in Main Gallery • Gallery Gala, TBA Lonestar Studios 107 Lonestar St., San Antonio, Texas 78204 210-663-5355

Silkworm Projects 1906 S. Flores St., San Antonio, Texas 78204 • San Antonio abstract painter James Saldivar

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Bringing Baroque Back

The contemporary art industry takes a few cues from the much-revered Renaissance and Baroque aesthetics. // by: Gabriel Diego Delgado

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s with any monumental and cultural emphasis, an overly distinguishing characteristic of a time, an era or a generation, its core principles make a cycle allotment – in other words, “what comes around goes around.” Concluding a reintroduction of the signatory look and feel to a newer generation with radical epoch, fads and trends are inevitable. Every 10 to 20 years, art, fashion and music dip back into the proverbial historical archives to rejuvenate something distinguished from the past. Today, the Renaissance and Baroque aesthetics are influencing many in the art industry, from framing and fashion to art itself. The décor of heavily accentuated framing acts as eye candy and jeweled sculpture for the overemphasized art it is framing. Chiaroscuro, gilded molding accents, 24-karat-gold frames, traditional still-life paintings, Catholic iconology and the like are re-emerging as a current trend in all aspects of the art industry. One such international artist who has tirelessly continued, mastered and seemingly progressed with the traditional still-life chiaroscuro effect is Hungarian painter Ferenc Tulok. A fine art craftsman, Tulok has achieved vivid color combinations, over-accentuated light and dark contrasts and radiant glows by perfecting his own discovery of painting on copper plating. “I was always thinking that people need beauty, and I can give some with my paintings,” he says. “Fashion is changing, but there will always be a

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need for the beauty.” Tulok is quick to explain why he paints in such a signatory and dated style in the 21st century. Conscious of the elevated forefathers of classical painting (their reputations, high-society norms and aristocratic followings), Tulok knows his identity is in sync with such lineage. “I always wanted to paint everything realistic,” he says. “The roots of the realistic painting are in the Renaissance and Baroque. The masters of this technique were artisans. They worked for order – on a reasonable price. This way, a lot of people could buy paintings to decorate their home. I follow the same way. I always wanted to emphasize the shadows in my painting. I love the vivid colors jumping out from the dark background. That is the reason why I paint so much contrast.” As an internationally collected fine art artist, Tulok makes a point to remark on today’s society and the need for instant satisfaction, the shortened attention spans and the now dubbed “hurry up – I need it now” mentality when discussing the trend in a return to the classical Renaissance or the elegance of Baroque in the current art market. “Nowadays people have no time to be thinking about a painting,” Tulok says. “They can’t see what is really behind a painting [criticizing contemporary art]. But a nicely painted flower, fruit or anything can make some happiness, even for a few minutes.” Similarly, San Antonio-based and internationally recognized painter Steven DaLuz – whose work often relies

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on the use of oil on copper leaf, composition gold leaf, chemically induced patinas and other mixed media on panel – has enjoyed phenominal success in the past two years with a recent sold-out exhibition at AnArte Gallery on Broadway. DaLuz connects his artistic achievements in the current art market to a need for positivity, beauty and a call for for personal connection. “I think we live in a time where people are bombarded daily with bad news – wars in the Middle East, global unrest, election battles, economic woes. It’s a steady diet of ‘doom and gloom,’” he says. “We are riddled with an overload of instant information through the Internet, our mobile phones and a plethora of digital devices.” DaLuz’s audience, collectors and appreciators seem to gravitate to his many bodies of work. “I strive to create work that I am personally passionate about – work that I hope will make the viewer pause for a moment and just feel something,” DaLuz says. “I hope to connect with a person by focusing on my own expression of aesthetic ‘beauty.’ It often reflects upon primal questions about origins, the expressive beauty of the human figure and the sublime. If there is something in the work that connects with a viewer and stirs their spirit in some way, then I have done my job.” With the sublime Renaissance and Baroque qualities trending in the market, “I enjoy a bit of Romanticism in my work,” DaLuz says. Coining his work “Neo-Luminism,” he draws from the Renaissance experience with the laborious draftsmanship and technical expertise of Flemish and Romantic techniques. His paintings are “made to be viewed in the light to exploit the reflective properties of the metal,” he says. “The gold and copper function alternatively as both solid physical form and light. As light passes through the veils of oil, it bounces off the underlying reflective surface and bounces back with a glow that seems to come from inside the painting.” This quality of ornate visual epiphanies is a wonderful crowd-pleaser in an over-abundant contemporary art society. Not only is the visual art realm feeling the reassurance of the Baroque ornate and the classical Renaissance, but other aspects of the fine art industry have seen an overwhelming trend, too. LarsonJuhl, a company that specializes in custom framing and custom frame moulding, says two of their biggest sellers nationwide are the more ornate and gilded lines of framing. They have remarked that “framing is the eye jewelry for the art … or the art for the art, so the more impact it has with the art, the better, and the more it draws your attention into the frame to the art, the more staying power and presence [the art] has.” As several personalities in the San Antonio art community have said, many believe that with the continuing presence of a long-lived and strong contemporary art market, there is a monumental backlash from conceptual, kitsch and nonacademic work, resulting in a push for a new understanding, re-evaluation and redefined NeoRenaissance and Neo-Baroque genre – one that pushes and evolves the classical understanding of the much-revered movements. ■

Ferenc Tulok’s artwork can be seen at J.R. Mooney Galleries at 8302 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209. For more information, call 210-828-8214. Steven DaLuz’s artwork can be seen at AnArte Gallery, located at 7959 Broadway St., No. 404, San Antonio, Texas 78200. To learn more, call 210-826-5674.

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What’s Old is New Again Interior Trade Cartel brings new life to some of history’s finest designs. // special to nhome

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The English Chesterfield Sofa was named after the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, and it was often found in the stately homes of the wealthy aristocracy during the 18th century. Taylor King’s updated version of this iconic piece is the Trevelyan Sofa, featuring angled arms, jewel-toned leathers and richly patterned pillows. And So To Bed … whether you prefer the grand scaling of the Dickens, the elegance of the Sage, the refined minimalism of the Austen or the classic Victorian design of the Hardy, each bed is a masterpiece that will improve with age. These beds are truly tomorrow’s antiques.

Dress your home in Novel Fabrics. Drawing on inspiration from around the world, Novel Fabrics’ newest collection of supple velvets, bold geometrics and dazzling sheers in mandarin, fuchsia, turquoise and chartreuse will add dramatic style to your life this year. Be bold – live life in color.

The Munich Chair from City Collection Furniture would be as comfortable on the set of “Mad Men” as it would in a chic, renovated loft on the Riverwalk. Look for exciting renditions of mid-century modern designs, coming to ITC in early 2013.

The Rondo occasional tables by Artitalia’s Fly Collection have Napoleonic and Directoire influences, but are more relevant today than ever. Designers appreciate Fly’s gorgeous offerings of stains and painted finishes such as Ombra Oro and Perla.

Bolier & Co. utilizes top designers to create their timeless collections. John Black’s Cabinet in Black Lacquer with Santos Rosewood Doors and Gold Trim has an Asian influence, making it a perfect piece to pair with antiques or to shine in a contemporary décor. This cabinet works for virtually any part of the home.

Burton James’ Sierra Chair combines the historical influence of a button-tufted leather chair from the 18th century with the straight lines and modern wings of a piece from the mid-20th century. Look to Burton James for the absolute, up-tothe-minute lines, colors and textures. Designers love this very customizable line of American-made upholstery.

One can imagine Jean Harlow or Gwen Stefani draped across the elegant Egoist Sofa by Nathan Anthony Furniture. Its Art Deco appeal is evident, but the chrome foot is unexpected. Nathan Anthony offers Hollywood boudoir glamour with family room comfort. Opulent velvets, metallic finishes and Swarovski crystal buttons are some of what makes them a favorite of the design trade.

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A native of Virginia, Nichelle Hosley relocated to San Antonio with her husband and four children in 2004. With more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry and as an entrepreneur, her professional background now includes interior design. Hosley holds a certificate in residential interior design from St. Mary’s University, and is currently working on her certificate in commercial design. Hosley has worked under J Angelo Design Build and K Rue Designs in staging a tripleaward-winning wine cave in Castle Hills. Hosley brings her unique skills and focus on

Trish Najim

Trish Najim Designs Trish Najim Designs began as a dream in the mid 1990s while Trish Najim designed spaces for the love of design. This love and passion soon became a successful full-service business, taking great pride in the quality and service provided to clients and builders alike. Special attention and interest are given to pulling together the perfect flooring, fixtures, fabrics, furnishings, colors and styles to reflect clients’ personalities and lifestyles. Trish Najim Designs specializes in new construction, remodels, custom furnishings, accessories and window coverings.

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design to her current position at Interior Trade Cartel, a design showroom to the trade.


Adrian Galvan

DESIGNOLOGY: The Lifestyle Design Company Adrian Galvan, Allied ASID, is one of San Antonio’s newest independent interior designers. He is an advocate of the design industry and of the importance of interior design professionals. He created DESIGNOLOGY: The Lifestyle Design Company as an outlet to practice his passion for design. Apart from creating beautiful and functional spaces, Galvan believes that your surroundings affect your lifestyle, and thus by creating your surroundings, you can design the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.  Galvan is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Kitchen & Bath Association. He participates in several networking organizations such as

Business Networking International, and is a co-founder of My Princess and Me, a charity event benefiting St. PJ’s. With his previous degree in communications from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Galvan proves he is personable, creative and passionate about what he does.

Yadira Acevedo Yadesign Interiors

Yadira Acevedo established Yadesign Interiors in 2011 when she relocated to San Antonio. She completed her education and began her design career in Chicago. She is versatile in all areas of design. Acevedo is best known for bringing her Chicago style to Texas for contemporary and transitional projects, but she has also developed a strong suit with Hill Country, Tuscan and Mediterranean styles.

Lynley Serratt Palmer Todd, Inc.

Lynley Serratt, CKD, CBD, is the director of sales and marketing for Palmer Todd, Inc. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in interior design in 1999. Since that time, she has used her strong communication and visionary skills to distinguish herself in a variety of high-profile senior management positions. Serratt brings more than 13 years of professional experience in design, project management, sales and marketing to her current position at Palmer Todd. Her extensive list of qualifications and experience includes: • Certified kitchen designer and certified bath designer • Kitchen and bath designer at The Kitchen Source

(Dallas, Texas) • Senior designer at Rynone Kitchen & Bath (West Palm Beach, Fla.) • Senior designer at Cabinetry Designs (San Antonio, Texas) The saying, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person,” must have some merit because Serratt serves on the board of directors for the local chapters of both the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She is also involved in local career development peer organizations. Personally, she is a devoted mother of two kids, and she feels that is her greatest accomplishment.

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// industry insights //

voices professionals of the

The experts weigh in on what’s

new and improved

in the real estate market in 2013.

Reagan Greer Daniel and Jill Siegel California Closets

Upcoming trends we see in custom storage spaces are color splashes, textured materials and asymmetrical designs. Our talented creative team is proud to lead the way with exclusive finishes, gorgeous accent colors and a wide variety of sophisticated materials that we use to create the most thoughtful use of space.

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JB Goodwin Luxury Properties

As the San Antonio area real estate market continues to prosper, NHOME magazine remains a resource for new ideas, beautiful homes and unique perspectives. We live in a diverse community with much to offer today’s discriminating buyers. NHOME is a go-to source for uncovering the existing options.


Craig Owen Keller Williams Realty

This is one of the best times in history to purchase a home. All indications point to a stable market for San Antonio in 2013. Despite the “fiscal cliff,” higher taxes and the possibility of higher mortgage rates, our projected local job growth due to the Eagle Ford Shale project should continue to increase housing demand in the Alamo City this year.

Oscar E. Flores

Oscar Flores Design Studio In 2012, there was an increase in modern design styles with very clean lines. I believe this trend will carry through 2013. There will be an increase in simple designs that make more intelligent use of spaces and materials. As a designer, you have to take care of the client’s investment while still fulfilling their needs. A client is always looking for “timeless” architecture. Regardless, there will always be a market for classical and Spanish architectural design, which has always been a popular style.

Jens Hansen Copenhagen Imports

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Lighting the Way How one local startup seeks to educate, motivate and illuminate businesses to save big on their bottom lines // by: roxanna salas // photography: sarah brooke lyons

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It’s an innocent, yet costly action. We do it every day, many times a day. You walk into a dark room, feel blindly across the wall and flip the switch. We don’t always think about the cost of that flip – at least not until the electric bill rolls in. For business owners, however, it’s a thought that can no longer afford to be left in the dark. “Lighting expenses account for at least 43 percent of a company’s energy expenses,” explains Dr. Edward Sakiewicz, president and managing partner at Triton Energy Solutions, a local startup that specializes in commercial energy management services. “Our job is to educate these companies about the government incentives that are available to them to help reduce their energy consumption, motivate them to get the project done now while incentives and rebates are still available and illuminate their bottom line.” With the Department of Energy’s Better Building Initiative aiming to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade, the Triton Energy Solutions philosophy and mission are very much in line with that. “There is a major need for the government to reduce the demand on the grid,” COO Jennyfer Sakiewicz says. “We haven’t even scratched the surface yet.”


While many companies are beginning to see the light toward greener initiatives, Triton Energy Solutions believes they’re strategically poised to help companies maximize their bottom-line savings. “We have a team of experts that are constantly testing and researching all the newest technologies,” Jennyfer Sakiewicz explains. Add to that their collective experience in organization and management, interior design, accounting and customer service, and their expertise is hard to argue with. What began in March 2012 between three partners has quickly evolved into a team of energy conservation specialists, all with a passion for helping companies save big through environmentally sound solutions. Shining a light on how businesses can save on energy costs and increase their return on investment, Triton Energy Solutions hopes to become the industry leader

in innovative cost-cutting commercial lighting solutions. When asked how they plan to do it, CEO Gerard Kolodejcak Jr. explains, “We aim to be part of a company’s strategic planning process.” While other companies in their industry offer calculators on their websites to assess energy consumption and potential savings, the Triton Energy Solutions approach is more customer-centric. “We’re all about rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty,” Dr. Sakiewicz says. By eliminating the calculator and instead going to the facility to do the research, Triton Energy Solutions is able to provide customers with a much more detailed proposal that more accurately shows their current energy usage and how they can save. Taking their services even further, Triton Energy Solutions also advises on the best lighting solutions to suit their customers’ needs, orders and installs the bulbs and continues to follow-up to ensure full satisfaction. “For us, it’s about building longterm business relationships to become an extension of our clients’ financial decisions,” Kolodejcak adds. “We have a vision of helping companies sustain themselves.” The future certainly seems bright for this team, with industry revenues expected to increase by more than 250 percent in the coming years, from $5.6 billion in 2009 to nearly $19.9 billion in 2020, according to a new report by Pike Research. As the pressure mounts for businesses to adopt more energy-efficient methods, Triton Energy Solutions predicts new standards will continue to be raised and rebate incentives may decrease. “We’re committed to keeping abreast of those standards so that we can lead the marketplace with the best products, systems and services available,” Jennyfer Sakiewicz says. With plans to eventually add solar and wind solutions to their portfolio, Triton Energy Solutions aims to become the fastestgrowing energy services company in the world and the global leader in commercial lighting and energy conservation programs. When asked about some of the challenges faced to date throughout their venture with Triton Energy Solutions, Dr. Sakiewicz admits, “The startup phase is the biggest challenge for any entrepreneur no matter what the industry. Being blessed with many successes and failures

in launching other companies in varying industries, I learned how to be financially innovative.” Calling on his entrepreneurial background, as well as his Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University, has certainly boded well for their team. “We are a company that is [not even one year] old, and we are debt-free and profitable.” Other challenges for this startup have included convincing businesses of the amount of money that can be saved through their investment in energy-efficient solutions. Educating businesses on the government incentives available to them, as well as demonstrating the results of retrofitting, is part of their strategy to overcome this. “We’re excited to be on the forefront of taking a systems-and-solutions approach to helping companies improve their bottom lines through smart and prudent energy conservation,” Dr. Sakiewicz says. With a strong team dynamic easily apparent, Triton Energy Solutions seems ready for anything. Adding her experience as an LEED AP with a degree in interior environment design, Jennyfer Sakiewicz claims it’s more than just her background that has made working with her husband on a daily basis so effortless. “We feed off each other’s strengths and make a great team. We know what the other is going to do and follow in step at just the right time.” Rounding out the trio with his background in customer service, accounting and lighting retrofits, Kolodejcak brings another dimension to the team, adding to the synergy. “Gerard knew stage lighting and was versed in the new technologies,” Jennyfer Sakiewicz says. “We all work in perfect harmony together.” Cohesive in both their business strategy and their goals for the future, this trio of leaders is lighting the way for higher standards in the energy conservation industry. As businesses continue looking for ways to save, flipping that switch may soon become less of a dim afterthought and more of a blinding jolt to action. ■

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ousing starts are up, the unemployment rate is dropping, consumer sentiment is on the rise, interest rates remain low and it’s all of these attributes that are contributing to a hot real estate market in Texas. After the year 2012, which saw our local economy on the mend, a rising stock market, a presidential election, a robust holiday sales season, the Gangnam Style dance, Honey Boo Boo and the latest political catchphrase known as the “fiscal cliff,” the year 2013 has a lot to live up to. The good news, though, is that we have entered 2013 with some economic momentum. Texas has officially changed from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market. Statistical data (per the Texas Association of Realtors) show that Texas in general

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has increased its average home sales price to more than $208,000. This is almost a 6 percent jump in home price compared to this time last year. The inventory of homes, which is measured in months, has decreased by more than 17 percent, indicating that homes are selling more quickly now than compared to a year ago. Rates are still at historical lows. Average 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates in December 2011 were around 3.95 percent, and in December 2012, they were at 3.30 percent. The 15-year fixed mortgage interest rate for December 2012 was around 2.7 percent. My predictions for real estate and mortgage rates for 2013: Median home prices in Texas will increase by 4 percent from December 2012 to December 2013. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage will not decrease much more during the year than its December 2012 levels; however, it should remain below 4 percent throughout the year since the Federal Reserve Board is continuing its Quantitative Easing program. The possibility of private money entering the market and allowing for alternative loan programs also may very well come into play again during 2013. After the Dodd-Frank bill takes full implementation and all of the details get ironed out regarding qualified residential mortgages, I believe it would only be a matter of months before we may see 20 percent down loans (and no less) for self-employed borrowers wishing to exclude their income and/or available assets to qualify for a mortgage loan. â–

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A Wealth of Inspiration Having recently debuted in downtown San Antonio, “Old Places New Spaces” features historic residences with preserved exteriors and updated interiors, a major housing trend. // Special to NHOME

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he historic Esquire Bar & Tavern on the Riverwalk was the setting for the Nov. 11 debut of “Old Places New Spaces,” an event sponsored by The Twig Book Shop to benefit Artpace. “Our book features 26 historically significant San Antonio homes. They include single-residence houses and creatively repurposed commercial buildings,” says co-author David Strahan, an architect and San Antonio native involved in numerous city restoration and preservation efforts. “Many of the houses are by legendary San Antonio architects. All retain original period façades, but what makes them most interesting are interiors that have been redesigned for today’s lifestyles by leading area architects. “The late 19th-century Nix House, restored by architect Roy Pachecano, is San Antonio’s, and perhaps the nation’s, first LEEDS/ Platinum (a green building award) historic preservation home.”

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“The 545 images present a broad sampling of residences that embody a living, evolving history of the Alamo City,” says co-author Dr. Katharine McMillan, a research psychologist and author of 10 books involving human factors relating to interior design and architecture. “Readers will find a wealth of inspiration in ‘Old Places New Spaces’ for redoing old houses to suit their tastes,” says interior designer Patricia Hart McMillan, author of 15 books on design. ■

You can order “Old Places New Spaces” from The Twig Book Shop by calling 210-826-6411 or visiting the shop at 200 E. Grayson, Ste. 124, San Antonio, Texas 78215.


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David Strahan, AIA, is a practicing architect and interior designer in Texas. A fourth-generation Texan and lifelong San Antonio resident, he has a Master of Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University. With more than 25 years as a San Antonio-based architect, he has completed over 200 projects, including a $40 million downtown streetscape that included Alamo Plaza, an awardwinning golf club, the historic preservation of several Texas courthouses and a park in downtown San Antonio. As an O’Neil Ford architect, Strahan completed one of the firm’s last projects: Castle Pines Golf Club. His clients have included corporate hotels, restaurants, school districts and private individuals.

Katharine Kaye McMillan, Ph.D., (or Mrs. David Strahan) is a research psychologist who has presented papers at scientific gatherings worldwide. Interested in human factors relating to design and decoration, she notes physiological reaction to color, line, texture and spatial volume. With her mother, Patricia Hart McMillan, she has co-authored 10 books on interior design, decoration and architecture, including “Home Decorating for Dummies” (Wiley Publishing), a design classic.

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A Year of Blessings NHOME Texas magazine celebrates a year full of success at its first anniversary event.

// photography: jason roberts NHOME Texas magazine has been blessed with such a successful year. On Oct. 18, 2012, we celebrated this joyous event at Parrish at Cardell on Main with a great turnout. A number of clients, friends, family and friends of NHOME joined in the celebration, and the evening had great food provided by our friends at Capparelli’s Restaurant. The success of the magazine in just one year was the talk of the night. Whole Foods came out to join us and set up a fantastic cooking demonstration with amazing samples. The crowd enjoyed entertainment by a cast from Woodlawn Theatre. It was a great joy to celebrate this wonderful evening with so many of our supporters. Our one-year anniversary made us feel very appreciated. We look forward to having many more fantastic celebrations for years to come! Thank you, San Antonio, for bringing NHOME into your home.

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Celebrating Success

Platinum Top 50 Realtors of San Antonio hosts its annual awards ceremony honoring the best in the real estate industry.

Platinum Top 50 Realtors of San Antonio hosted its annual awards ceremony on Dec. 7 before a crowd of more than 400 elite real estate professionals. At our event, the hard work and dedication to the real estate profession was definitely seen throughout the building. It was great to see what 2013 will bring for the real estate industry. We anticipate having our numbers increase next year, and are eager to see more agents participating. Thank you to all who joined us in celebrating a successful year!

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Upcoming San Antonio Events Your source for upcoming exhibitions, industry events and celebrations of the arts in early 2013

March 24, 2012 – March 15, 2013

Art in the Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden hosts Art in the Garden. For information about the artists and exhibits, please visit www.sabot.org.

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International Roofing Expo The International Roofing Expo at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is not just an event. It also demonstrates various projects

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San Antonio Builder PAC Pre-Rodeo Chili Cook-off

The San Antonio Builder PAC (SABPAC) will host their 2013 chili cook-off on Feb. 1, 2013, at the Kendall County Fairgrounds. Limited booth space is available. For the first time, we will have a washer tournament during the day for cooking teams, partners and interested players. Pre-sale tickets are $35 and must be paid with personal funds. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Call GSABA at 210-696-3800 for more information.

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and techniques in the conference session. This exposition will provide full-fledged information related to all aspects of the roofing industry, including building inspectors, contractors, engineers, property managers, roofing consultants and specifiers. Visitors will get modernized techniques regarding green roofing and more of the latest innovations. It will be a good opportunity for people to get familiar with industry trends and policies. People who are directly or indirectly connected to this field will get something innovative and vital out of the International Roofing Expo.

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Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Christian McBride & Insight Straight will be at the Jo Long Theatre. Tickets are $31, and the show begins at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www. ticketmaster.com.


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During the month of March, San Antonio artists, performers and curators will celebrate Contemporary Art Month (CAM) in an effort to raise the national profile of San Antonio art and artists. From the CAM kick-off party and crowning of Miss CAM at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center on Feb. 28 to the CAM closing party at Chris Park on March 29 and every event and exhibition in between, CAM 2013 will have something for all contemporary art lovers to enjoy. March 22

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San Antonio Looking Glass China & Pottery Show & Sale

The San Antonio Looking Glass China & Pottery Show & Sale at the Live Oak Civic Center features professional stand-fitting with decorating products, as well as all glass products and arts, augmented by superior

lighting, luxurious carpeting and an ambiance of exclusivity that complements the range of glass art and antiques.

Terri Hendrix will be at the Little Carver Center in March. Tickets are $21, and the show begins at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the Carver box office by calling 210-207-2234, or via Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www. ticketmaster.com.

Feb. 15 – 24

“A Raisin in the Sun”

See “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Jo Long Theatre! Tickets are $31, and the show begins at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Feb. 16 and 17

On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour

Artists who live and work in the Monticello Park, Jefferson, Woodlawn Lake, Los Angeles Heights, Keystone, Beacon Hill and Alta Vista neighborhoods will be on hand for the On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour at Bihl Haus Arts. There will also be a music ensemble and poetry readings, with dates to be announced. For more information, call Bihl Haus Arts at 210-383-9723 or visit them online at www.bihlhausarts.org. Feb. 22 – 24

San Antonio Home & Garden Show

Don’t miss your opportunity to turn your home and garden dreams into reality! For one weekend only, the entire Alamodome will be completely transformed into a home and garden extravaganza. From the front door to the backyard, you’ll find it all at the annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show. The show runs on Friday, Feb. 22, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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