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CONTENTS august/september 2017


features 20 Partners by Design




54 Remodeling Done Right



fabulous finds 62 Going Glamping

32 Retro Redo

58 From Ordinary to Extraordinary


60 The New & Improved Patio

slaughter design studio 40 Home Away From Home design board 46 Dawn Hearn Interior Design outdoor 48 Rooftop Retreats commercial 50 Horsing Around

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Finding Inspiration


rchitects hear it all the time. How would you design your own home? We have featured many personal residences of architects over the years, and in this issue the talented duo of Fisher Heck Architects is front and center. They may have two distinct design styles, but share a philosophy that home and community are where the heart is. Their two homes are part of the AIA San Antonio Homes Tour in October, followed by more inspiring homes during Austin’s AIA Homes Tour at the end of that month. For Lewis Fisher of Fisher Heck Architects, it was more about being a part of San Antonio’s downtown community and surrounding himself with the vibrant history and culture that makes this area so unique. Architectural details reminiscent of old King William and mid-century styles, and local antiques and folk art scattered throughout blend with and balance his otherwise contemporary townhome. On the other hand, James Heck prefers to escape the congestion of the city. In a home that he originally designed for clients but came to purchase a few years later, he now enjoys the many architectural elements he put in place in this sprawling home with breathtaking views. When Kristin Hefty of Dado Group transformed a ranch-style home that had barely been touched since its 1963 construction, she played off the home’s already good proportions but opened up rooms to create more modern living spaces while still maintaining the original mid-century style. Architectural elements like creative ceiling treatments, steel details and spans of glass walls complement the original terrazzo floors and lighting. A historic home in Fredericksburg finally received the respect it deserves. Amy Slaughter and team painstakingly restored this 100+ year old home, practically board by board and stone by stone, which resulted in a bright and comfortable home with modern amenities that pays homage to true Hill Country style. With other articles highlighting ways to create or update your personal home, I hope you find many pages to add to your own design inspiration portfolio. Farewell to summer,

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On The Cover: Dramatic architectural details are at every turn in this grand home designed by James Heck of Fisher Heck Architects. Page 20 14 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |


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DESIGN By Julie Catalano

AIA architects Lewis Fisher and James Heck worked together at a San Antonio firm before striking out on their own in the early 80s. As partners at awardwinning Fisher Heck Architects, the pair are different in style yet share a similar philosophy — impeccable client service, respect for their surroundings and an abiding sense of community. Their homes are part of the AIA San Antonio Homes Tour on Saturday, October 14.





URBAN LIVING Photography courtesy of Fisher Heck Architects After Lewis Fisher, AIA, bought an oddly shaped vacant lot in downtown San Antonio in 2005, he started the process of turning it into a place that he hoped would attract young professionals or empty nesters to live in the heart of the city. “I figured that four unique townhouses would fit well on the site so I proceeded with the process of rezoning, replatting and putting in utilities.” The goal was for the dwellings to be “less maintenance than a suburban home, energy efficient and on a small lot.” Then the recession hit, leaving Fisher to ponder his options for almost a decade while never giving up on his downtown dream. By 2013 and with several revisions and reconfigurations of the plan, Fisher was ready to consider other options. When three fellow architects approached him about selling the lots, he agreed — except he kept one for himself. With a professional background in historic renovation and restoration, Fisher found himself in two new territories — 22 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |






being a land developer and building from the ground up. “I had to put on a new cap and not fall back on elements from historic projects, but try to push myself to do something that was contemporary and clean.” A success on both counts. The 2,400-square-foot home is a cool mix of old and new, paying tribute, he says, to “a King William house with a two-story porch, blended with a midcentury modern look with the roof and overhangs.” Fisher calls the wood frame construction simple and straightforward, with energy efficient components such as reflective exterior color, xeriscaping, dual pane low-E windows and more. Inside, clean lines continue, with pure white walls providing a crisp backdrop for artwork and spots of color, like the 24 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

living room chairs from West Elm in Cayenne and a collection of folk art throughout. The downstairs floors are stained and polished concrete (“always a scary procedure,” he adds). The living room sofa is from Crate and Barrel. The upstairs is warmed by white oak floors, including in the master bedroom with its sleigh bed and selected pieces of American Empire mahogany furniture. French doors open to a balcony with a view facing HemisFair Park’s Tower of the Americas. The modern white kitchen was designed with function in mind, allowing “enough room for friends to gather around and several people to cook at the same time,” says Fisher, who adds that he is not one of those people, but is thankful that


his partner Johnny Martinez enjoys that task. The subway tile backsplash and dark grey Silestone® countertops are attractive and practical accents, with a whimsical folk art snake of painted sycamore wood from Santa Fe appearing to make its way across the wall to the adjacent dining room. Dining chairs of black leather and white stitching from Copenhagen Imports surround a table that seats up to 12 and looks directly out onto the courtyard. The buffet is an American antique from the 1920s, stained and finished and topped with a statue of St. Joseph by Mexican folk artist Josefina Aguilar. A photograph of Mission San Jose hangs overhead, part of a popular series on San Antonio’s missions by the late Rick Hunter. Religious elements of the interior design, he says, are mainly about “the appreciation of San Antonio’s culture and its Catholic background. It’s everywhere, in its historic buildings, in folk art, and in its culinary culture. The expression of that faith is quite beautiful.” Between the living and dining rooms is a wooden staircase that, Fisher says, “was one of the design struggles I had with myself, to not design a historic looking handrail.” The solution was a handrail of steel uprights, glass panels and a cedar cap. At the top of the stairs is a striking digital photograph of the Guadalupe River bridge by San Antonio photographer Robert Strovers. Even with such contemporary touches, Fisher’s affinity for the past is never far away. “Many of the houses in old San Antonio had French doors, especially those from the mid-19th

century,” he says. At the entry is an eight-foot-tall double door made of solid Spanish cedar by woodworker John Hall, who also constructed additional exterior doors of Spanish cedar and glass panels with transoms above. More history, but this one is from Fisher’s own past: The collection of earthenware crocks atop the antique pine armoire in the living room sparks fond childhood memories for the native Texan. “I would go to my aunts’ and uncles’ farmhouses back in the 50s and they used crocks every day for all sorts of things,” says Fisher. “Some of those are from my grandmother.” A wooden hutch at the opposite end of the living room displays more pottery and stoneware. Fisher clearly embraces mixing modern and historic styles, inside and out, and encourages others to follow their heart. “I think you should buy what you like and what you think is beautiful to surround yourself with.” For Fisher, surrounding himself with a vibrant community was as essential to the project as the development and design itself. While acknowledging that downtown living is not for everyone, he says it has always been where he feels most at home, especially when shared with others who feel the same. “Living where you are part of the neighborhood is really wonderful. Strengthening community is about the most important thing we can do in America today, getting people to live together and feel comfortable with each other. That’s always been a part of what I wanted to do.”





SUBURBAN LIFE Interior photography by Dror Baldinger; exteriors by Chris Cooper When first-time visitors arrive at the stately home of James Heck, AIA, they haven’t a clue what lies beyond. With no indication that the impressive home is situated on a bluff, what greets them as they come through the front door is a wide expanse of windows at the other end of the open floor plan with a breathtaking panoramic view. The usual reaction never fails to delight Heck. “People walk in and just say ‘Wow.’” It’s exactly what Heck was going for in what he calls “the single most important aspect of the design. I wanted the element of surprise.” Heck himself experienced that element when six years ago he ended up living in the home he had originally designed for clients, never imagining that it would be his one day. At annual Christmas parties, Heck would give tours of the house at the insistence of the owner, and in turn Heck would joke, “If you 26 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

ever want to sell, let us know.” They eventually did, and to this day Heck is still amazed at how things turned out. “The clients had given me so much design freedom. They liked the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, that’s why there are deep overhangs and horizontal lines.” Heck combined that aesthetic to take full advantage of the incredible views on the west-facing house. “My wife Tricia has always loved views of the sunset, and I thought it would be nice to be able to sit out there in a hellacious rainstorm and not get wet.” The 12-footwide back porch and three to four feet of overhang were the result of Heck’s vision, long before the house became theirs. “I think that every architect, when you design something, there’s a piece of you that goes into it.” The 6,300-square-foot home is filled with dramatic architectural details at every turn — recessed ceilings with well-placed lighting, soaring windows, eight-inch-high baseboards that conceal power outlets, and gorgeous solid fiveinch-wide walnut flooring throughout. All of the doors in








the house, except the door to the garage, are eight-foot-tall custom walnut. Heck designed all of the custom casework, including those in the study that contain books and sound equipment. “This was the office for the original client,” says Heck. “Now it’s sort of an extra room that overlooks the pool area that we use when friends come over to watch TV.” The glass table is from Copenhagen Imports. A graceful spiral staircase was inspired by a photograph that the original clients showed to Heck, who added a simple white painted rail with curved wood cap. A five-foot curvy steel vase that Heck bought at the now-gone gift shop at the then-Southwest Craft Center sits next to the bottom of the walnut stairs (“it reminds me of something out of Dr. Seuss,” he says), while a stamped steel painted lizard from Phoenix crawls overhead. Nearby, a sculpture by neon artist Fritz Ozuna glows against a painted purple wall. The staircase leads to a pool table room upstairs, flanked by two guest bedrooms on either side, making the private space perfect for guest quarters, complete with a baby bed for grandchildren. The home’s main living area consists of sofas and chairs set on a custom area rug that Heck designed. “It’s actually commercial grade nylon carpet, curved AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2017




on both ends to mimic the curve of the back of the sofas.” Opposite is the dining area with a mesquite table designed by Heck and built by Bulverde woodworker Jim Butcher, surrounded by black and gold chairs from Copenhagen Imports. The gold accent wall echoes the chair color and serves as a brilliant backdrop for metal artwork of unknown origin left behind by the original owners. “It was too heavy and they didn’t want to move it,” says Heck. Neither did he, meticulously painting around it with a small foam brush. Around the corner, the breakfast area features a glass table 30 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

that was the former owner’s desk, with Matteo Grassi dining chairs that Heck had ordered directly from the manufacturer about 30 years ago. The armoire is one of two matching pieces from a previous home, and the framed artwork is by Taos artist Veloy Vigil. Heck purchased the model ship Vasa from a museum in Stockholm in 2005. “It was the pride of the Swedish navy, and sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 after sailing for about five minutes in Stockholm harbor,” says Heck. The 30-inch wood and fabric model is now the pride of the breakfast area. The downstairs master bedroom features a bed and storage bench made of plastic laminate and fiberboard designed by Heck. The brown leather sofa is vintage, and the cowhide area rug was purchased at the San Antonio rodeo. The small light next to the fireplace, says Heck, is “from my plexiglass phase right out of college. I’ve had that forever and found a place for it here.” The three niches over the bed hold small glass vases in the shape of prickly pear cactus leaves by San Antonio glass artist Gini Garcia. The transplanted New Yorker unabashedly loves life outside the city center. “I grew up in Queens and we would always vacation at Lake George in the Adirondacks. We spent two weeks there every year, and it was such a relief from the congestion of the city.” The location now, he says, is ideal. “We can step out into our backyard and it’s so private, yet we’re convenient to the airport and shopping. It’s the best of both worlds.” For more AIA San Antonio Homes Tour information, u FISHER HECK ARCHITECTS 210-299-1500 |




Retro Redo By Mauri Elbel Photography by Dror Baldinger

Light. Bright. Airy. Those are the words architect Kristin Hefty, partner at Dado Group, uses to describe the contemporary transformation that gave a 1960’s home that was stuck in the past, a brighter future for an urban family relocating from Austin to San Antonio’s Olmos Park. AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2017





arely touched since it was built in 1963, the home’s original architecture served as a time capsule of sorts, rife with 60’s-era remnants and representative of the architecture of the day with its closed-off spaces and dark interiors. But beneath the dated layers, the 2,800-square-foot mid-century modern ranch house possessed good structure, enabling Hefty and her team to breathe new life into an old home designed to suit its new owners ­— a couple with three children ­— now and in the future. “The good thing about many of these 60’s houses is that 34 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

Resurfaced with hand-troweled soft gray plaster, the fireplace anchors itself in the airy living space adorned with sculptural ceiling tiles.

they already have good bones and nice proportions, which gives you a lot to work with,” says Hefty, one of San Antonio’s 40 under 40 to watch, who is part of an innovative group of architects leading the city’s urban revitalization, transforming historical homes and warehouses into contemporary contemplative spaces. This recent remodel, a turn-key design and construction collaboration among the project architect and


High-gloss white cabinetry and a white quartz work island with waterfall edges make the kitchen a fresh interstitial space.

Dado’s Clay Hefty, Luis Vargas and Juan Martinez, drew praise during San Antonio’s AIA Homes Tour last year, and it’s easy to see why. The stunning home, once defined by dark and boxy interiors, is now open and lightfilled, boasting eye-catching features including sculptural 3D tile and cypress plywood ceilings, sleek modern finishes and boldly colored furniture. “We were trying to open it up, to bring in more natural light and brighten up the spaces ­— we wanted to make it more airy and to make it flow better,” says Hefty of the overarching goals that defined the project. “We wanted to modernize some of the materials, but in a way that wouldn’t take away from that mid-century look.” To do this, the team removed barrier walls and an entry hall closet, which opened up the living and kitchen areas, allowing them to flow together. To flood interior spaces with natural light, 4-foot by 8-foot windows were installed along the west wall of the living and dining areas. Anchored by a custom blackened steel, pivot entry door with an elongated circular steel pull, a unifying 14-foot ceiling of 2-inch by 2-inch custom cypress slats extends from the front porch into the entry, dining and kitchen to connect spaces and create volume. Recessed LED lighting interspersed between the slats in a random pattern adds visual interest to the design while illuminating the series of openconcept living spaces. “Throughout the house, different areas are delineated by the ceilings,” explains Hefty. “Part of what we were doing with the ceilings is defining the spaces in a way that made the home more open. The ceilings are really interesting and the spaces are so tall that we could do that ­— the ceilings add a little more texture.” The addition of a 20-foot by 24-foot glasssurrounded family room replaces what was once an enclosed, un-air-conditioned garage, now serving as one of the defining characteristics of the remodel and providing an extra light-filled, multipurpose gathering space for AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2017




A custom Baltic birch plywood floating desk with a high-gloss white top extends the entire width of the family room.

the family. Steel girders and custom steel framework with walls of glass encase this jewel-box family room that looks onto the exterior landscape and features a contemporary sectional, a custom Baltic birch plywood laminate floating desk that runs the entire length of the wall and a shiny grand piano. The kitchen pays homage to the 60’s with its bright colors and retro vibe, but the space is reimagined for modern style and functional living. Wood paneling was stripped away and replaced with high-gloss white cabinetry. A central white 36 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |


Steel girders and custom steel framework with expanses of glass encase the jewel-box family room, formerly the garage location.

quartz island features waterfall edges and a black steel plate along the back side which holds deep drawers for added storage. Black steel-framed windows and black appliances contrast with tangerine barstools and a lime green door. The original red brick living room fireplace surround was resurfaced with handtroweled soft gray plaster, which was repeated on the kitchen’s waterproofed backsplash. AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2017




Minimal and clean bedrooms allow natural light to flood into the retreats from clerestory windows installed to maximize natural light while ensuring privacy.

“I love the raw coated steel details that contrast with the bright white in this house and the gray-green plaster over the brick,” says Hefty. “It’s a fun play on the mid-century aesthetic with all of the bright colors.” Some of the home’s original features were kept in place, requiring only a minor makeover. Original terrazzo floors were resurfaced and polished, creating a gleaming look throughout the house. And a three-pendant light fixture, original to the home, now hangs from the vaulted sculptural ceiling. The bedrooms have been kept minimal and clean, creating whitewalled, light-filled retreats. “We reconfigured the bedrooms and bathrooms for the kids, and we tried to work with the original footprint as best we could to help with costs,” says Hefty. Frosted glass sliding doors front reconfigured closets; clerestory windows were installed to maximize natural lighting while insuring privacy; and floors are self-leveling concrete that have been dyed light gray and waxed for a subtle luster. Two of the bedrooms have sliding glass doors that open to a rear patio. In the master bath, a walk-in shower is plastered in the same hand-troweled surfacing used in the home’s public spaces, adding continuity to the repurposed home. Overall, the retro remodel represents a marriage between mid-century vibe and modern family living. “I love the materials in here ­— the white and the steel and the molded plaster and how it all complements the existing terrazzo floor,” says Hefty. “I like the brightness of it ­— it feels happy and cheery, and at the same time, still comfortable.” u DESIGN/BUILD Dado Group 210-828-4599 | 38 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |


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HOME AWAY FROM HOME By Julie Catalano Photography by Dror Baldinger

When the historic Rausch home in the heart of Fredericksburg ended up on the market yet again, it was perfect timing for an active young family who needed a place in town between journeys to their Hill Country ranch. 40 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |







hey wanted to use it as a true Sunday house,” says Amy Slaughter, owner and president of Slaughter Design Studio in Fredericksburg, referring to small second dwellings popular in the area during the late 19th century when remote farmers and ranchers would stay there over the weekend to conduct business or attend social events. One problem: Slaughter describes the place as “in shambles” and it had endured several renovations since stonemason and carpenter William Rausch built the limestone and board and batten structure in 1906, including one unfortunate 20th century life as makeshift apartments. The house received its historical marker from the Texas Historical Commission in 1985. Soon after gaining approval from the Gillespie County Historical Society and the city of Fredericksburg for the restoration of a historic structure, the work began. Slaughter, along with the client’s project manager W. Cass Phillips and builder Vernon Arlitt of AC Builders, “wanted to pay tribute to the timeless architectural qualities which are unique to Fredericksburg and the Hill Country.” 42 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |


The team salvaged everything that either was of value or original to the house, recalls Slaughter. “We matched the unique trim style. We saved original doors and had new doors built to match those. We replaced the front door with one that was true to the home’s era.” The original longleaf pine floors were refinished and reinstalled; for the second story, antique or reclaimed longleaf was acquired to match the original. The kitchen and baths were completely redone and expanded, says Slaughter, outfitted with modern amenities and the latest kitchen appliances by Wolf®. But the past pokes through

in unique ways. “The downstairs bath had a big window well in it because of the 12-inch-thick stone walls. So we utilized it and made it a medicine cabinet above the vanity.” In the kitchen, beaded board was used inside the cabinets to recreate the original. And still more: Any unstable stone walls were made structurally sound throughout, the roof was replaced along with rotted trim, the front porch was shored up and the columns were straightened. One challenge was the home’s original narrow stairwell,





which had to be restored as is. “If we changed it, we would have had to meet all the building codes and there was no room for that,” says Slaughter. “And if we replaced it, it wouldn’t be original and they would have pulled [the home] off the historic registry.” The cramped space also required creative moving techniques. “We had to use foam mattresses in the bedrooms so we could fold them, bundle them and hoist them up the stairs.” Slaughter was tasked with incorporating treasured family furnishings into the interior design, which worked well in this historic home and provided “an opportunity to use quality pieces of sentimental value.” A shopping trip to London, where the clients had a second home, gave valuable insight into their taste and aesthetic. In the dining room, chairs were reupholstered in Ralph Lauren® fabric with Fabricut

trim, surrounding a table by Englishman’s Fine Furniture and set over a vintage Karastan® rug. The room’s grasscloth wallpaper by Paloma Picasso® continues into the living area, where British blues and floral prints abound. The sofa and coffee table are by Lee Jofa®, the floral chair is by Lee Industries and upholstered in Stroheim fabric, and the chandelier is by Hinkley® Lighting. The homeowners’ quirky bent in art is reflected in the whimsical prints of Englishmen in top hats. “They like rare and unusual things,” says Slaughter. “They also had a collection of old movie posters that we used in the twin girls’ room upstairs.” The upstairs master bedroom is a study in the efficient use of space, thanks to an over-bed storage display designed by Slaughter and built by Woodwright’s Custom Woodwork in Fredericksburg — one of several pieces in the house custom designed and built by the pair. The cubbies contain old Italian trays belonging to the homeowner’s mother, blue and white plates, and Slaughter’s favorite find — stunning Chinese blue and white bedside lamps that she “happened upon” in Round Top. A classic farmhouse early American chandelier is by Visual Comfort & Co. Both the master bedroom and girls’ room are off the upstairs sitting room, with its plaster walls with integrated color, sloping original beadboard ceiling (“we removed, cleaned, restored, installed and painted it,” says Slaughter) and leather armchairs by Noir. Original longleaf pine beams were cleaned and resealed. The property included an old carriage house with barn wood siding and attached smokehouse that was renovated and doubles as guest quarters and the oldest son’s “room.” The living area consists of a sitting area with one by six painted siding, a wood burning stove, a small kitchenette with a refrigerator, sink and a microwave inside a longleaf pine armoire custom designed by Slaughter, and a cozy bedroom. “Pretty sweet digs for a teenage boy,” says Slaughter. A stately windmill rises from the property, giving it the look of a painting from generations past. “It is not the original windmill,” explains Slaughter. “That one was not salvageable. This is from the clients’ collection of one-of-a-kind windmills that they find from all over the country.” Still, a perfect representation of days gone by, forever standing guard over this masterfully resurrected and restored piece of Hill Country history. u SLAUGHTER DESIGN STUDIO 830-307-3397



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Summertime may be dwindling but here in Central Texas, mercury still threatens the tip of the thermometer. When you can’t beat the scorching heat, you might as well go up with it. These rooftop retreats offer the ultimate respite from the heat with plunge-worthy pools, posh designs, poolside bites and beverages, and sweeping views of the surrounding architecture. From Austin to San Antonio, step up your cooling off routine at these five diverse rooftop pools perfect for soaking in sunshine and skylines while enjoying a rejuvenating dip and refreshing sip. AZUL AT WESTIN AUSTIN DOWNTOWN Locals and guests alike can keep cool in one of the hottest spots in Austin — Azul, the city’s highest rooftop pool bar and lounge. Westin Austin Downtown’s recently revamped rooftop hangout, designed by HKS Architect and Simeone Deary Design Group, marries stunning skyline views, innovative poolside sips (think spicy blood orange ancho margaritas on draft, elevated cocktails and edible libations) and bites, bowls and bentos made for snacking beneath the sun. Transparent panels surround the sleek, modern pool deck, affording 180-degree views of downtown Austin while 10 chic cabanas provide shady spots to chill and nine fire pits keep things hot after the sun goes down. Guests and locals alike can cool off on steamy days and party poolside by night at this high-rise hotspot in the heart of Austin — the bar and pool are free and open to the public from 2 48 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

to 11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays.


THE ST. ANTHONY’S ROOFTOP POOL High above the bustle of San Antonio’s Riverbend area, just three blocks from the Alamo and River Walk, St. Anthony Hotel’s rooftop pool is a sun-seeker’s sanctuary. Overland Partners designed the modern rooftop pool surrounded by an Ipe deck and flanked by luxury cabanas, plush loungers and an expansive pool bar. Located on the sixth floor of the recently renovated luxury hotel, a designated national landmark, hotel guests can seek relief from late summer’s swelter in the zero-entry pool while taking in uninterrupted views of the city through transparent walls that wrap the deck, relaxing beneath the shade of a private cabana and refueling with a Tito’s-infused St. Anthony Breeze or chicken Caesar salad off the specialty poolside menu.

MOKARA When triple digits loom, retreat to the eighth floor of the Mokara Hotel and Spa where you’ll find a serene urban oasis in the heart of downtown San Antonio. The luxury boutique hotel’s rooftop pool is hemmed in by a masonry stone pool deck where you can plop down on a plush wicker chaise lounge and enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of San Antonio’s surrounding architecture. Guests keep cool in this rooftop watering hole while indulging in savory and sweet menu options from the Rooftop Café and unwinding with a refreshing summertime sip such as a cranberry mint margarita or sweet tea mojito. For next-level relaxation, book a post-pool treatment at the hotel’s 17,000-squarefoot Mokara Spa — San Antonio’s only Forbes Four-Star spa.


JW MARRIOTT AUSTIN Perched above some of downtown Austin’s most iconic landmarks spanning Congress Avenue, the State Capitol to the north and Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park to the south, the JW Marriott Austin’s rooftop pool and amenity deck offers a prime spot to chill out. The design inspiration for this aerial oasis, orchestrated by Simeone Deary Design Group which was responsible for the design of the entire hotel and adjoining Spa by JW, was to create an architectural extension to the existing pool deck. The 5,000-square-foot space boasts dramatic fire pits, serene water features, an organically patterned “green” wall, cozy lounge seating, posh poolside cabanas and a 15-foot bar comprised of a warm grey concrete base and hand-painted ceramic tile backsplash. You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy this poolside paradise — locals can get cool in the Texas-embossed pool by reserving a private cabana or booking a signature treatment at the Spa by JW just steps away. Or soak in the scene sans swim at Edge, the poolside restaurant and bar, which is open to the public from 5 to 10 p.m.

W AUSTIN’S WET DECK Summer’s undeniably hot in Austin — and it gets even steamier on W Austin’s WET Deck that towers above downtown’s stylish 2nd Street District. For a wet and wild time, visit during the rockn-roll hotel’s popular weekend pool parties, or come mid-week to enjoy a quieter dip and boozy sip at this infinity edge rooftop pool boasting full cocktail service, plenty of lounge areas and stunning skyline views of downtown to the east and west. Designed by Andersson-Wise Architects with interiors by Heather Vockins, W Austin’s rooftop deck features six intimate poolside cabanas, one large poolside cabana, six poolside kasbahs with private televisions, lush landscaping, Ipe walls, fireplaces and inviting lounge seating. No worries if you’re not staying at the hotel –– you can still enjoy a pool day Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. with a Wet Deck Day Pass ($15), come for happy hour and night swim weekdays after 5 p.m. (complimentary), or melt stress away at the connecting AWAY Spa and stick around post-treatment (Texas residents get 30 percent off spa treatments Monday-Thursday). u





Design | Commercial

HORSING AROUND By Claudia Alarcon Photography courtesy of The Reserve at Lake Travis


cCombs, winner of the Best Overall Community for a Developer by the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin in 2011 and 2015, has a history of positive actions toward preservation, from expanding the wetlands in Rockport to preserving and supporting the natural dunes and protected National Seashore in Port Aransas. At this enclave of urban-inspired contemporary farmhouses, the idea was to reuse all the elements from the original barn structure to create an updated yet rustic place where residents can enjoy family time in a climate-controlled area. Though The Barn still occupies the original location, the arena and pasture areas were transformed into farmhouse-style residences, just steps from The Barn and the two-acre water park recreation area.


When the developers at The Reserve at Lake Travis, a premier luxury community on the south shore of Lake Travis, decided to repurpose an existing equestrian center with a horse barn and acres of arenas and pastures, developer McCombs Properties reimagined The Barn as an entertainment-filled activity and event center to match their Farmhouse Collection homes and serve its residents.

“The barn wasn’t being utilized to its full potential,” says Mandy Van Streepen, Director of Marketing for McCombs Properties. “The developer wanted to ensure the community had a valuable resource for its residents. Rather than plan for shortterm utilization, they looked toward a long-term solution and decided the best option was to create a new community set of residences, The Farmhouse Collection, and an activity center exclusively for homeowners. The idea is that families and friends can gather in a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy pool, foosball, cornhole toss, shuffleboard, video games, or just watch a good game on the many TV screens. Our goal from the outset was to build a lifestyle community for our homeowners, and The Barn will be a key feature in that vision.” Massive video screens hang from dark wood planking reclaimed from the walls of the former horse stalls, and original metal from


the exterior and interior of the barn line the interior ceilings and windows that surround the cupula roof. The long expanse of clerestory windows fills the space with light and follows the orientation of the Olhausen® pool tables and Plank and Hide® shuffleboards. The entire interior space and outer veranda — enhanced with two fireplaces, comfortable sitting areas and an outdoor kitchen — have sweeping views of Lake Travis. “Repurposing a barn into a luxury activity center has a unique set of challenges,” says Mike Brooks, Development Manager for The Reserve at Lake Travis. “First, we decided to reduce our environmental impact by repurposing as many of the existing resources that were already in use in the barn. We also had to decide the best utilization of the space, from interior finishes to activities, while retaining the history of the building. Nothing was wasted.” Other pieces of the horse stalls have been used as decorative accents, such as horseshoes that are now used as door handles, making the old barn structure feel both old and new. “When we set-out to re-develop our equestrian center, we began with the goal of creating something that not only added sustainable value to the community, but also preserved the look, feel, emotion and historical qualities of the original center and grounds,” says Harry Adams, Executive Vice President of McCombs Properties. Some of the finishes that helped achieve this look and feel include

antique mirrors at bars, oldfashioned light fixtures and bulbs, chandeliers made from repurposed water wheels and beams for accent lighting, stained and scored concrete floors, and exposed ducts for AC vents to give the space an Old World look. In the bathrooms, faux wood tile continues the rustic theme, while handmade bathroom stalls mimic rustic horse stalls, and antique metal accents deck the bathroom foyers. Outside, galvanized metal roofing and native limestone facades and walkways extend the Central Texas ranch look to the grounds. The team connected the inside space to outdoor living rooms and dining areas with large, open walls, adding comfortable seating and ceiling fans, a grill area and an arbor. The grassy areas surrounding the structure add color and brightness, as well as providing space for recreation and outdoor games. Landscaping consists of native plants adapted to local conditions, providing interest throughout the year. In the end, The Barn is still the perfect place for horsing around. u THE RESERVE AT LAKE TRAVIS 800-214.3142 | MCCOMBS PROPERTIES







Setting Realistic Expectations in the HGTV/DIY Network and Labor Shortages Era Photography courtesy of Realty Restoration

After Starting as far back as 2003 when ABC first introduced Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with the loveable Ty Pennington, consumers have been drawn to the dramatic transformations portrayed on television with radical before and after images. From Drew and Scott of the Property Brothers, to Chip and Joanna of Fixer Upper, there’s no doubt America loves to see a beautiful home transformation unfold in a matter of days on an affordable budget. The problem is, when a client purchases what they imagine to be their dream home, they find the reality to be a process that takes much longer and costs more than what is portrayed on the so-called “reality” shows. There are so many factors that drive successful remodel and addition projects; few of which are conveyed to the public, unfortunately. Father/son design+build team David and Christopher Davison of Realty Restoration, LLC see it every day. “Our worst nightmare is the misled consumer driven to remodeling from their impressions of a TV program,” says Architect and President Elect of Austin NARI, Christopher Davison, AIA, who leads the design portion of the firm’s approach. “We are starting behind the eight ball because we have a client we will never be able to satisfy due to the unrealistic expectations set forth from these programs.” Realty Restoration partners with Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer Christy Bowen of Twelve Stones Designs on many of its projects, in what they have taglined the Trifecta of Design+Build. “The makeover shows don’t tell the whole story,” explains Bowen. “Not all the costs are included; design fees, donated products, owner’s purchases and labor costs are 54 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |


among a few of the items that are not included in the project costs revealed on the shows.” NARI Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler David Davison, who founded Realty Restoration, LLC in 2001 and rounds out the construction side of the trifecta, elaborates, “Timelines are either not revealed or are not accurate. The expedited timelines on these shows are typically portrayed in a way that makes the best dramatical sense for a 30 minute episode. In reality, the design, planning and material selection stages can take as long as the construction. Further, many of these shows will have several hired crews working over each other simultaneously to get the project finished. This results in poor quality and unsafe working conditions. You’d never see this in reality! It’s just too dangerous and the work is compromised.” The Trifecta of Design+Build that the Davisons and Bowen have formed prides itself on educating their clients from day one. “We explain the pitfalls of these TV programs and set realistic expectations and budgets from the initial meeting,” says Christopher. David emphasizes, “Frequent, open, honest communication is paramount. The relationship between us should be just as solid as the foundation we build their home on.”


If dealing with makeover shows wasn’t enough, the industry is experiencing a dramatic labor shortage that is leading to increased labor costs. “The labor shortage is pandemic. There is simply too much work and not enough forces. Specifically to the Austin/San Antonio markets, rapid growth has increased the need for skilled labor for residential remodels and additions, high rise projects and multifamily housing, transit projects and commercial projects,” explains Bowen. “Increases in labor costs are due to the cannibalism of labor forces and the fact that skilled craftsman can charge premiums for their trade. Qualified tradesman now have waiting lists of clients, so project timelines are being pushed farther and farther out,” David says. “And the retiring babyboomer forces are on the rise. Qualified tradesmen and skilled craftsman are becoming harder to find due to lack of apprenticeship programs.” “At some point, society made working with one’s hands tabu,” says Christopher. “Instead of only preparing kids for college, we need to teach the youth about the high-paying careers and job stability they can have as professional tradesman, and get them started right out of school.” Christopher recently shared a couple of articles on the company’s Facebook page about the city’s labor shortage and a new construc-

tion science program recently started in Waco that teaches the professional trades of plumbing, mechanical, electrical and construction. “I’d be very interested in getting a trade school like this in Austin ISD,” states Christopher. “It’s something our company will continue to advocate.” One way Realty Restoration sets itself apart from its competition and combats the rising costs from the labor shortage is in its reliance on skilled employees rather than subcontractors. The company completes about 70 percent of its work with its own forces by training and grooming aspiring talent in house. David, who is also a master electrician, says he has building in his blood, growing up under his grandfather’s feet who was a carpenter by trade. “He shaped the values that our business is built around. Besides learning invaluable skills from him, I learned the importance of integrity, customer service and the satisfaction that comes from delivering a quality product. It brings me such satisfaction to mentor these eager young men as well.” One of David’s favorite quotes is that he would not ask his guys to do something he wasn’t willing to pick up a tool and do himself. “Our team is one big family and we enjoy what we do every day,” David says. “We strive to create the kind of environment that rewards excellence and shares in that sense of pride in accomplishment of a job well done.” u REALTY RESTORATION 512-454-1661 | TWELVE STONES DESIGNS 512-705-2121 |








& AFTER Making the switch from wood to iron doors can open up a whole new world of security, energy efficiency and distinctive beauty.


For homeowners, the decision to replace existing wood doors with iron doors involves a variety of reasons — increased security, less upkeep, improved energy efficiency and a design upgrade. The results are often a pleasant surprise: the initial investment can be comparable over time to maintenance costs for a wood door, and who knew that one iron entry door could so dramatically change the entire look of a house? The perfect combination of brawn and beauty, San Marcos Iron Doors provide strong defense against break-ins while an elegant design statement definitely kicks up curb appeal. Energy efficiency is paramount, with each door insulated with injectable polyurethane — no hollow doors here — and double tempered and insulated glass. For the ultimate in home comfort, their newest option is the thermal break iron door tested against extreme weather conditions. Custom paint colors add the perfect finishing touch, including their new chrome paint for those who love the look of stainless steel on a budget.


Clients are guided through the design, production and installation process down to the last detail. A portfolio of completed projects shows before and after images — from wood doors to a round top iron double door with glass panels that open for easy cleaning; a round top iron single door featuring Flemish glass and the Texas Lone Star; a tall eyebrow-top iron single door with a full-length glass panel; and a home makeover complete with a front door, back door with accordion panels, balcony railings and interior glass stair railings creating a modern, clean design from what was originally traditional. To help clients visualize the change from wood to iron, it’s technology to the rescue! They can take a picture of your exterior with its existing wood door and Photoshop an exquisite new iron door in its place. And, as always at San Marcos Iron Doors, they can design and produce an original iron door from a simple client sketch. Happy homeowners are enthusiastic about the transformation, often citing that iron doors opened a whole new world

for them. One was particularly impressed with a complex installation: “Once complete, you would have thought it was the original door that came with the house.” Said another: “This was a great home improvement investment and far cheaper than buying a new house. We are raving fans!” u San Marcos Iron Doors is the premiere custom wrought iron door company in the market with 35 years’ experience in handcrafted doors, railings, staircases, furniture, sculptures and much more. They have four Texas locations with showrooms at 2525 IH35 South, San Marcos, 512-949-3667; 219 West Nakoma, San Antonio, 210-651-3201; and their newest location in San Antonio at 18730 Stone Oak Parkway, 210-446-4459. For more information, visit








TO EXTRAORDINARY By Julie Catalano Photography courtesy of Guido Windows and Doors

Window and door products have come a long way in the last 100 years, evolving from strictly functional, to a perfect blend of solid practicality and sleek sophistication. GUIDO WINDOWS & DOORS is a subsidiary of Guido Companies, a family owned and operated business in San Antonio since 1927. Today’s fourth generation continues the tradition of excellence, integrity and pride in workmanship. These are values shared by the window and door manufacturers Guido 58 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

represents — superior product lines sought after by custom home builders, architects and homeowners. Before Guido’s newest addition to their prestigious product line is MARVIN® WINDOWS AND DOORS. “We became a Marvin dealer a year ago and that is a very big deal,” says Christopher Guido, President. “Marvin had not opened a dealer in San Antonio in 35 years, and they selected us.” “Marvin is the market leader in energy efficient, wood clad windows,” explains Guido. “They have a well-deserved reputation of the highest quality, detail-oriented, best-made, wood clad windows in North America.” Marvin has more than 14,000 certified window and door products that meet or exceed industry standards for high performance. With their INTEGRITY LINE, Marvin is also the pioneer and market leader in fiberglass clad windows, which Guido believes will ultimately replace vinyl. “Fiberglass is a superior product: very strong, rigid, accepts color well with minimal fading, and maintains its integrity over time.” This same durable material which makes up Corvettes and speedboats is definitely a future trend for window products. “Fiberglass is where it’s going,” he adds.



LA CANTINA DOORS is another very popular line that specializes in large opening door systems, featuring custom folding, sliding and swinging doors with unlimited finish options Before that Guido describes as “functional art that you can touch and move.” Guido also carries the ultra-luxury line REHME STEEL WINDOWS AND DOORS handcrafted in Texas. Other exclusive featured lines include: RAM WINDOWS and their custom line of low maintenance thermally broken aluminum windows, and stylish energy efficient products from WESTERN WINDOW SYSTEMS, LINCOLN WINDOWS and MILGARD® WINDOWS AND DOORS. “With design trends shifting toward more natural light, low-E energy efficiency, and indoor/outdoor living, custom windows and doors have really come into their own,” says Guido, “especially in Texas where our temperate climate means people are spending more time outdoors in the fall, winter and spring months. Hill Country homes in particular benefit from large expanses of glass to take in spectacular views.” At GUIDO WINDOWS & DOORS, superior customer service involves finding out exactly what a homeowner wants and needs for their project and working within their budget. “We discuss the function of windows: Do they want them to open or not? Are

they trying to improve energy efficiency? Protect artwork or fabrics from fading?” The company uses its own factory-trained, detail-oriented installers and dedicated service technicians “who do nothing but check windows and resolve issues. We take care of our customers.” With 90 years of history behind them, GUIDO WINDOWS & DOORS is looking at their next chapter with big plans, including expanding into additional markets in Texas, and constructing a new 8,000 square feet of office and showroom scheduled to open in San Antonio in the spring of 2018. “Once our clients realize the endless possibilities Guido offers in window and door products, their excitement and enthusiasm is unmatched,” says Guido. “They envision their homes with walls that open up, where guests can move about easily, have cocktails by the pool or watch a spectacular sunset through oversized picture windows. They are living and moving through spaces where they can really enjoy their home to the fullest. Simply put — we are transforming the ordinary to extraordinary.” u GUIDO WINDOWS & DOORS 210-344-8321 |





Trends | Patio


Photography courtesy of Gloster Furniture

One of the most popular trends in outdoor living is creating seamless transitions from indoors to the back patio or front porch by decorating with furniture and accessories that would fit beautifully inside or out. Whether your patio space is large or small, here are just a few ideas, influenced by a casual, coastal lifestyle, to help create a stylish outdoor room for your family that will remain on trend through 2018. COLOR Color and pattern have as much impact outdoors as they do indoors. Cool, coastal blues coupled with natural browns and bright whites create the perfect color palette for soothing and cozy outdoor spaces. Add bright pops of color or floral accents in serene seaside colors like coral and sea green. Accessories can easily be replaced as seasons change and trends come and go. MATERIALS Retro-inspired wicker and rattan furniture, popular in the 70s, have made a comeback, but today’s version is made of synthetic materials with UV protection making it both durable and affordable. Complex open weave patterns with decorative trims are most popular in taupe and brown finishes and evoke a coastal or country feel, but in addition to natural earth tones, bold and non-traditional colors can be found in many wicker styles. Solid teak is here to stay as it weathers beautifully and requires very little maintenance. Combined, woven pieces pair well with wood for a creative approach to furniture selection. STYLE Even in wicker, the design of patio furniture has moved in a sleeker, contemporary direction with clean lines and modern shapes. Firm, deep cushions on inviting couches, full-size chaise lounges and sprawling sectionals offer comfortable seating for large parties or even the occasional napper. Ottomans double as additional seating or interesting table options. And mixing and matching standard sets is the perfect way to customize your own dining and conversation configurations. INNOVATION Outdoor technology makes patios and outdoor living spaces truly an extension of your home. From cleverly disguised surround sound speakers, weatherproof TVs and several levels of lighting combinations to remote activated Blu-ray players and integration with your indoor living room, being outside can be just as comfortable as inside. u 60 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |





Whether you’re buying a new home or thinking about updating your existing one, remodeling can provide appreciated value. Create your dream home by following three easy steps to ensure the project is done right. UNDERSTAND YOUR SPACE FIRST For new homeowners, diving into a remodeling project might seem like the first step, but be patient and wait awhile. Understand how the space works and how you want to modify it. Or if your current home needs a refresh, thinking about how you want to use the space is critical and will help make design decisions later.


Executive Director, Austin NARI

RESEARCH YOUR OPTIONS If real estate is all about location, location, location, a home remodeling project is about planning, planning, planning. Make a list to identify what must, should MARTHA BIZZELL, and would change as well as any items Executive Director, that won’t change. Understand the variNARI San Antonio ous types of finishes and how style and quality are available in different price options. As an example, there are thousands of tile options — from very basic, low cost to luxury marble and natural stone. Kitchen appliances come in a very broad range to suit all types of budgets. There’s something for every style and every budget. SELECTING A REMODELER Finding the right partner is important. Over 60 percent of homeowners find a remodeler by word of mouth or referral. It’s always a good idea to call references and see the results — if possible — so you understand the quality of work. There are different types of remodelers who can help. A General Contractor can manage and guide a remodeling project that doesn’t require design services and is a good choice if you already have plans. An architect might be required for a home addition or if extensive interior remodeling is needed. A certified licensed designer has experience in kitchens, bathrooms and other interior space planning. Lastly, the design/build contractor can create the design and build it, all housed in a single company. Remodeling done right can be a satisfying process and add more value to your home and enjoyment for your family. Take three steps and get the home of your dreams. u To find a professional remodeler in Austin or San Antonio, visit or

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Department | Fabulous Finds


GLAMPING By Julie Catalano

Want to sleep under the stars without roughing it? Luxuriate in these Central Texas spots


with just the right mix of glam and camp. CYPRESS VALLEY CANOPY TOURS, SPICEWOOD Opened in 2005 and touted as the first true canopy ziplining tour in the United States, the 88-acre spread about 90 miles north of San Antonio boasts three very sweet treehouses: the cozy single-room Juniper and Willow, and the larger Nest. For more privacy, the Lofthaven treehouse yurt has its own bathhouse and soaking pool. The aerial resort also aims to blend recreation and education in a two-hour guided eco-tour that includes five ziplines, two skybridges and a rappel to cap it off, plus a close up look at native flora and fauna. The lofty goal, say owners David and Amy Beilharz on their website, is to encourage people to “spend more time in nature. Our hope is to provide an enlivening adventure while instilling knowledge and a desire to protect our natural resources.” GERONIMO CREEK RETREAT, SEGUIN, With the outlet malls of San Marcos a mere 20-minute drive away, the retreat is perfect for getting away from it all with retail therapy nearby if needed — ideal for girls’ getaways and family reunions. Otherwise, enjoy hanging out in one of five picturesque Tipis surrounding a stock tank, each with its own picnic table and firepit for small talk and stargazing. Fully furnished with a kitchenette, private bath and queen size beds, each Tipi sleeps up to six. Guests can kayak, paddleboard and fish or swim off the large dock at Geronimo Creek that runs alongside the nearly four-acre property. The retreat’s newest additions are “fully furnished elevated glamping cabins, like a treehouse-Tipi combination,” says Patrick O’Toole, General Manager at parent company, with a kitchenette, DVD, Netflix and access to shared facilities with private baths to come.

GREEN ACRES ATX, ELGIN, Self-described “artists, dreamers, writers and entrepreneurs,” co-owners Brad and Noelle Otts and Aaron and Jamie Ivey describe their 25-acre, tree-filled complex 25 miles east of Austin as a “boutique glamping retreat for all.” Accommodations include Yurt 1 and Yurt 2 with a shared bathhouse, Spartan Mansion (aka tiny house), a restored 1964 Airstream Land Yacht and a spacious luxe Lodge. Organic bedding, eco-friendly toiletries, communal barn, shared outdoor kitchen and more keep guests relaxed — one goal when they opened near Elgin in March. “Our lives are so inundated by technology, people need to get outside the city,” says Brad Otts. With a burgeoning wedding business and plans for more lodging, a concert series and special events, Otts envisions a premier glamping and event destination for their “big vision of hosting people. We have a passion for true hospitality.” THE TEXAS BELL TENT, SPRING BRANCH It may be just one tent, but it’s a beaut. Measuring 20 feet in diameter and 12 feet high at the center, with a private bath nearby, the lovely Texas Bell — set on a custom-built deck of reclaimed wood — sleeps up to four with queen and twin beds. Open since April 2016, the tent is a year-round draw thanks to an ideal location halfway between New Braunfels and Boerne on Hwy 46. Owner Leslie, with husband Jess, is amazed by the response. Never having glamped, the couple has certainly mastered the vibe — one family has already visited 11 times. Everything from fresh flowers to spa services to dietary restrictions can be arranged in advance. “I want everyone who comes here to feel that they are special and cherished,” says Leslie. “Being pampered is what glamping is all about.” u TPWD




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2017 BMC Design Artist Invitational

Vibrant Smart Home Opens in Austin

Runs through the end of 2017 Austin’s BMC Design Center is proud to display amazing art by world-class artists. Imagine original paintings and sculpture mingled in with BMC’s high-performing WELLS MASON, NEUTRA(L) BENCH building products, including doors, windows, architectural moulding, cabinets and decorative hardware. It’s a happy marriage of high art and functional design. The artists selected this year are Todd Camplin (Jefferson), Monique Capanelli (Austin), Larry Graeber (San Antonio), Jim Huntington (Coupland), Wells Mason (Coupland), L. Renee Nunez (Austin), Lesley Powell (Raleigh) and Quincy Wakefield (Austin). By appointment only.

As an introductory offer, Vibrant Smart Home is offering Complimentary Smart Home Assessments and a Free LED bulb upgrade for one room*. Vibrant consultants will help you navigate the smart home products on the market while avoiding potentially frustrating and complicated smart programming and installation. Save money on your utility bills and make your home more efficient with smart thermostats and lighting, sprinkler automation, doorbell cameras, voice control and more.

Two Hills Studio Turns 30! Two Hills Studio, Inc. was founded in 1987 by architect/ owner Britt Medford to create decorative lighting for architects, interior designers, lighting designers, developers, business owners and homeowners. Handcrafted in their Austin, Texas studio by a team of talented craftspeople, their work blends metals such as copper, brass and steel with glass, acrylic and mica. While the light fixtures look great during the daytime, their trademark light and shadow patterns give a dramatic effect when illuminated.

Facets Opens First Austin-Area Kohler Signature Store Owned and operated by Hajoca, the store will be dedicated to servicing the needs of both trade professionals and consumers with inspirational design, quality products, relevant resources and exceptional service. The 2,750-squarefoot showroom will feature five full suites containing cabinets, lighting, mirrors, tubs, toilets, tile, sinks and showers and five smaller ensembles in various styles. The store will also feature an interactive media wall with product renderings and a performance shower area with interactive systems to sample. 64 HOME DESIGN & DECOR AUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO |

Mark Odom Studio, Inc. Receives Best Multifamily Development Award The 2017 San Antonio Business Journal Award was presented for the “most impactful multifamily development project, whether new or rehab.” The Aviator at Brooks City Base, which was once a military barracks, has been transformed into a modern 280unit apartment community with a pool, game room, BBQ/ picnic areas, a fitness center, bocce ball courts and other amenities. The clubhouse celebrates the property’s aviation history, with archival photos of the old base and a coffee table modeled after an airplane wing.

Craig McMahon Architects’ LightHaus Residence Wins Multiple Awards At the International Design Awards 2017, a ceremony to celebrate legendary design visionaries as well an emerging talents, McMahon’s LightHaus and Burning Creek Retreat both received Honorable Mentions. LightHaus also received an Award of Merit at the Golden Nugget Awards 2017 where individuals are recognized for improving communities through exceptional design and development, and again at the Aurora Awards 2017 with a Grand Aurora Award. His Augusta House also received a Silver Aurora Award.


arts and culture


Opera San Antonio 2017-2018 Season Brings Powerful Drama and Tender Romance

San Antonio’s Chef Cooperatives “Pop-Up” in Victoria, Texas

Macbeth, September 8 and 10 La Bohème, May 17 and 19, 2018 This September the company presents Giuseppe Verdi’s take on the dark and powerful Shakespearean drama, Macbeth. In May 2018, high-spirited hijinks, tender romance and heartbreaking loss is presented in Puccini’s beloved masterpiece, La Bohème. OPERA San Antonio performances will be in the Tobin Center’s H-E-B Performance Hall. The Tobin Center’s lineup for September and October features more than 30 additional productions.,

September 24, 1:00 to 4:00pm

Mexico Modern at The Harry Ransom Center, Austin September 11 through January 1


Chronicling two decades of cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States, the exhibition Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920– 1945 showcases examples of modern Mexican art and design. The exhibition demonstrates how, in the 1920s and 1930s, Mexican art that was initially received as avantgarde gained mainstream acceptance. Over 200 items in the exhibit include works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Miguel Covarrubias and more.

Harry Potter and the Scorcerer’s Stone™ In Concert at Bass Concert Hall, Austin September 23 and 24 Presented by Texas Performing Arts and Austin Symphony, for the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ while a live symphony orchestra performs John Williams’ unforgettable score.

The Chef Cooperatives is a nonprofit group comprised of some of San Antonio most seasoned chefs, and is instrumental in raising funds through their pop-up dinners to actively support the prosperity of South Central Texas farmers, ranchers and vintners. These periodic dinners take place at various locales, with the next in Victoria. Guests will enjoy a familystyle meal made with fresh, locally-sourced and chef-crafted dishes, beer from Alamo Beer and wine from Kuhlman Cellars and Lost Draw Cellars.

2017-2018 North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio Season at The Majestic Theatre The season opens in September with the market premiere of The Bodyguard, followed by one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works The King and I in October. December welcomes the must-see holiday classic Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Then it’s Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for a return engagement in January 2018. The Color Purple is scheduled in February, and On Your Feet! in March chronicles the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Back by popular demand, The Book of Mormon returns in May, and the season concludes in June with An American in Paris with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin. Special announcement: HAMILTON will be coming to The Majestic for the 2018-2019 Broadway season!

Mark Haworth - Hidden Corners of Texas: From the Hill Country to Big Bend at Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg Opens October 2, 2017 Featuring stunning views of the Texas Hill Country along with wide open western landscapes of Big Bend, Mark Haworth’s scenes are not often recognizable or popular places. They truly are in MARK HAWORTH hidden corners or down less beaten paths. Opening recep- “CONTRABANDO SPRING” 30 X 40 OIL tion with the artist on Friday, October 6 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.






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