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Designs | Lifestyles | Investments | Improvements

Mid-Century Modern: Playful and Practical Design Outdoor Entertaining

Renovation Perspectives:


Contemporary, Traditional, Reclaimed

From the Editors

Webster defines renovation as: to restore to life, vigor or activity. Homes, materials and furnishings from the past hold a special appeal, not only for their sustainable qualities but for our emotional attachment to them. Whether you choose to modernize your existing home by incorporating current, environmentally-sound features, utilize reclaimed materials for their unique patina and individuality or highlight a particular collection of pieces that are as functional and alluring today as when they were created, the beauty and sense of history that these pieces bring to our homes is undeniable Our cover story showcases the work of architect David Webber who transformed an aging cottage in South Austin into an expanded home with a five star Green Building certification. The home boasts a contemporary appeal without losing its original charm. By including a second story addition which is wrapped in metal on the exterior west wall, while covering the existing structure with warm wood siding, the newly updated home maintains its quaint characteristics and sits perfectly in its neighborhood. While not a renovation but an entirely new structure, the new ‘old’ farmhouse in San Antonio’s historic King William District perfectly matches the 150-year-old homes throughout the area. Architect Mickey Conrad built a home which incorporates environmental green standards with low energy consumption, garnering a LEED Gold Certification. However, through the use of carefully selected recycled and reclaimed building materials, Conrad managed to create the warmth and character of an old farmhouse of yesteryear. Our homes hold so many memories. When San Antonio homeowners were desirous of an updated home, but reluctant to leave the home where they had raised their family, they turned to architect Roy Braswell for advice and Debbie Baxter for inspiration. Braswell started a renovation that took on a life of its own as homeowners found more and more areas to transform. The result is a beautifully updated home that maintains its original Georgian architecture. The same concepts hold true when looking at furnishings. If you have treasured family pieces or enjoy collecting antiques, and have given thought on how to update them for your home, we talk with local refurbishers who are known for making the most out of old pieces. The next phase of the Urban Home Dream Home is in place. This home in Rough Hollow Lakeway is being built to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Austin. Architect James LaRue and builder Scott Branc have shared with us the rendering and floor plans for the property, and designer Laura Burton gives a glimpse of her vision for this very special home. Autumn is just around the corner, bringing with it much anticipated lower temperatures. If your outdoor entertaining wish list includes a full-fledged kitchen, we provide everything you need to consider before beginning construction. Autumn also welcomes a new season of college football, and what’s a football game without food? Local chefs Shawn Cirkiel and Jason Dady share a few sure fire hits for your next tailgate. We hope that you have had a restful and relaxing summer despite the extraordinary heat we have experienced this year. Trisha Doucette & Leslie Woods, editors

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On The Cover: David Webber of Webber + Studio, Architects transforms a South Austin cottage into a sustainable, charming and contemporary home with a design that he refers to as “simple modern modesty.” Page 16. Scan to view more features of this home.


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Contents cover 16 Modern Modesty Photography by Thomas McConnell

featured homes 24 Everything Old Is New Again Photography by Mark Menjivar 32 Modernizing A Traditional Home – Georgian Architecture With A Twist Photography by Vernon Wentz



46 Decorating 5 1/2 Yard Transformation 50 Culture Mid-Century Modern – Playful And Practical Post-War Design 54 Design Modern Mid-Century 64 Outdoor From Weber To Wow 74 Entertaining Take Me Out To The Tailgate!




38 Remodeling: Realty Restoration – Three Generations Of Excellence 44 Community Service: Urban Home Dream Home 58 Austin NARI Tour of Homes 62 San Antonio NARI Tour Of Homes 81 AIA San Antonio 2011 Homes Tour

departments fabulous finds 78 Brenham, Texas



essentials 53 New Products: Mid-Century Inspired 76 New Products: Tailgating contributing editors 30 Kyle Jones, NARI Austin & Keith Moehle, San Antonio NARI 40 Candice Olson, Candice Tells All 42 Karen Matuszewski , By Design Custom Home Consulting 80 Judith Bundschuh, ABOR



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modern modesty By Sharla Bell Photography by Thomas McConnell

When David Webber of Webber + Studio, Architects began the design process for a cottage in South Austin, he understood the potential for the project. Located conveniently close to the downtown area, and in a neighborhood on the cusp of urban renewal, Webber saw an opportunity to build sustainably while maintaining the quaint look and feel of the neighborhood. The homeowners also wanted to explore contemporary design, and the resulting home is all of this — green, charming and modern — and completely unique.



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As one walks from the front door, one moves from the cool, dark counterpoint of the living area to the light-filled, glassy kitchen.”


David Webber, Webber + Studio, Architects

he original structure was 864 square feet, with two bedrooms, one bath, a living room, and a kitchen/dining room. While in good condition relative to its age, the homeowners hoped to repair and update the existing space as well as enlarging the living room, adding a larger kitchen, a laundry/utility space, and a master bedroom suite with a small nursery attached for future family growth. All told, approximately 1,000 square feet were added to the home, maintaining a small footprint so as to preserve the cottage appeal of the original house. With his expertise in green building, David Wilkes of David Wilkes Builders came on board during the design phase of the project, helping to streamline the scope of the project as well as aiding in the difficult task of meshing a budget with desires. Webber explains, “Budget objectives are difficult on every project, but this client, like many, ultimately made what we think were highly valueladen choices.” Wilkes agrees, “Fitting all of the sustainable designs into a budget may be difficult, but ultimately are well worth the expense, not just because of practical factors such as the added energy efficiency, but also the intrinsic value of living responsibly.” To fully appreciate the thought and detail that went into the green design of this remodel, one must first understand the change that was wrought in this house. The wall that originally separated the living room and kitchen was removed, allowing for a larger family living area. New pecan flooring and no VOC paint were added to freshen the space, creating a calm, inviting entry into the home. The original bedrooms and bathroom were refinished, salvaging the original wood floors in these spaces. One of Webber’s favorite aspects of the house is that “as one walks from the front door, one moves from the cool, dark counterpoint of the living area to the light-filled, glassy kitchen” added on to the rear of the home. The


kitchen is glazed with windows surrounding the space, allowing the homeowners to connect visually with the environment beyond. The utility space is off the kitchen and next to a stairwell leading up to the master suite, which alights atop the bright kitchen below. It is, however, from the outside looking in that this home’s transformation is most clearly seen. The front of the home was refinished in a rich, warm wood siding, giving it a modern cottage charm. From the back, the house is all contemporary appeal and modern design. Metal Wrap extends down from the roof to the west wall of the second floor and hugs the floor of the second story all the way around the balcony off the master suite. With the airy porch and crystalline kitchen below, the master suite seems almost suspended in air. The white siding and metal railings that encircle the balcony add to the geometry of the elevation, making for clean, distinct lines.

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The kitchen, which is the favorite space of both Wilkes and Webber, is a study in smart design. Forgoing the usual upper cabinets, the homeowners now enjoy an unimpeded view across their kitchen, adding to the open feel of the room. Webber worked


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with a kitchen consultant to design drawers in four carefully calculated dimensions to maximize storage in the bottom cabinets. Stainless steel appliances and white finishes add to the serene, fresh ambiance of the space.


The unconventional design of the addition made qualifying for the Green Building Program a challenge. Webber explains, “To even qualify for the Green Building Program, you must be able to cool a minimum number of square feet for every ton of airconditioning. So, even though the rest of the design may have a long roster of green aspects, none of this matters if you don’t even qualify with the minimum airconditioning requirement.” And the house does, in fact, have a long list of green features. “From highly energy efficient plumbing and appliances to steel framing to the decision to make the kitchen’s ceilings lower in order to maximize AC efficiency, environmentally sound building principles can be found throughout the home,” says Wilkes. Still, with all of the sustainable choices being made, the air-conditioning was still a hurdle in the quest to become Green Building certified. All of the glass surrounding the kitchen, letting in the beautiful light of the sun, also lets in the Texas heat. An unorthodox solution was found: bamboo was planted on the west side of the house. Webber adds, “The vegetation outside the west-facing glass wall in the kitchen was an integral part of the design, shading those west windows, therefore reducing our ultimate heating load, and allowing the project to qualify for the Green Building Program in which it ultimately garnered the highest level: five stars.” www.urbanhomemagazine.com

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“Fitting all of the sustainable designs into a budget may be difficult, but ultimately are well worth the expense, not just because of practical factors such as the added energy efficiency, but also the intrinsic value of living responsibly.”

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And sometimes being green can be simple. To maximize the energy efficiency of an air conditioning unit, a well-insulated roof and walls are essential. Webber says that “something as easy as putting the insulation above the AC equipment, inside the cool envelope of the house, can make a huge impact on the overall efficiency of that equipment.” Wilkes adds that a house must be “tight”—no leaking of air at doors and windows—to ensure that energy isn’t wasted. While a touchstone for green building practices, Webber believes this house seems to have a broader influence as well. “Even though we always loved the simple modern modesty of this design, I have been pleasantly surprised that this house has appealed to so many different people for so many different reasons. v Resources Webber + Studio, Architects 512.236.1032 www.webberstudio.com David Wilkes Builders 512.328.9888 www.davidwilkesbuilders.com 22

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Everything Old is New Again

“We built a house that is fitting of the neighborhood. We coined the term ‘Urban Farmhouse’ to describe it.”

Mickey Conrad, OCO Architects

By Jackie Benton Photography by Mark Menjivar


hen passing by Mickey and Cyndee Conrad’s house in San Antonio’s King William National

Historic District, it seems to be a fascinating glimpse into the past: the quaint home’s

styling is representative of the district’s German roots: practical, simple and beautiful.

Exquisitely situated in the district’s 25-block area near San Antonio’s downtown on the south bank of the San Antonio River, the little home gives the air of having been an original King William home. Surprisingly, it is the “new kid on the block” literally, having only just celebrated its first year anniversary as the Conrad’s newly constructed home.


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Mickey Conrad’s skills as an award-winning AIA architect with more than 30 years of experience were put to great use as the decision was made to create a home that would hearken back to the old-fashioned, hand-wrought styling of an era gone by. Fortunately for Conrad, his work with his award-winning firm, OCO Architects, had developed an incredible reputation as a company that supports designing and creating structures that offer innovative designs, sensitive to the environment in which they are constructed. www.urbanhomemagazine.com

“This is a district with 150-year-old houses. The original three adjacent houses that were here burned 25 years ago, and over time two of the property owners rebuilt their homes while our particular lot changed ownership several times without any new construction,” explains Conrad. “My wife and I had been looking for a home in the King William or Lavaca districts, but then we thought, let’s purchase this lot and build a house that is fitting of the neighborhood. We coined the term ‘Urban Farmhouse’ to describe it.” Urban Home Austin – San Antonio


“We moved in last summer and I love it,” says Conrad enthusiastically. “We’re only six blocks from my office, so I can ride my bike to work, or we can hop on the River Walk to visit downtown San Antonio. It’s fantastic.” The result was a home that not only perfectly matched the historic qualities of the King William District, but maintained modern, environmental green standards with low energy consumption options and sustainable choices: the Conrads’ home is LEED Gold Certified and has made good use of recycled and reclaimed building materials. Some of the reuse and recycle elements can be found in the home’s structure itself. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. “I didn’t start out with the intention of the home becoming a LEED certified home, but as we got into it with the builder, it was pointed out to me that this house is a shoo-in to get


the LEED certification if we were diligent about following through and making right decisions. I was already familiar with the whole process, LEED certification is not something that is new to me, and we intuitively design sustainable buildings, with our firm having an attitude toward sustainable building before LEED was popular, so it really was a kind of natural progression for our firm,” says Conrad. “The source of the exposed wood was salvaged from an old mill building in Alabama – basically, you specify what sizes and quantities you need and they re-saw it from the lumber they reclaimed,” Conrad says of his home’s interior wood flooring, beams and columns as well as exterior beams and columns made of reclaimed long-leaf pine planks.

“My family is from Castroville, an Alsatian community, where you find simple forms, stucco and natural wood. My mother’s brothers and her father were all carpenters, and they grew up during the Depression. I was always amazed at the things they did: taking parts and pieces of things and repurposing them. It was just amazing the ingenuity they had. They could take an old can and make it something else for another use, they were good at bending tin and carpentry and making things that were great conversation pieces.”

Mickey Conrad, OCO Architects

“If you look closely, you can see bolt holes that had been drilled for wiring and conduits in the original structure. I think it adds a lot of character – it’s obvious it is recycled material – even the flooring has holes in it that had to be plugged. And the flooring planks are actually one - by - eight plank boards which is not very common and has a nice feeling to it. With the wood walls you actually see new lumber, which is a clear pine with a whitewash on it to see the wood’s grain.” Conrad says that other materials make use of the recycle and repurpose philosophy: the granular fill materials used under the home’s foundation is made entirely of recycled concrete, while all of the home’s concealed framing lumber is engineered wood made of scrap lumber. A 28

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cistern located in the home’s backyard is used to store rainwater collected from the roofs of the main house and the separate garage and its apartment, and is used to water plants and grass in the backyard. “We had to build up the structural pad under the house and used recycled concrete, where contractors grind demolished concrete and compact it so that it is hard as a rock,” Conrad explains. “The wood walls of this home were all pre-framed, and come from a company in Buda that uses engineered lumber – they take scrap lumber, remill it and put it together with glue and finger joints so that it is very strong. In this way, we’re not using any new virgin lumber. All the walls were panelized, and those walls showed up on the truck at our small work site and were erected on the same day.” Conrad believes a reuse and recycle attitude can be celebrated by showing a home’s inner workings and craftsmanship rather than hiding it all behind walls of sheetrock – drawing the eye to the simplistic beauty of how a home is framed with its exposed beams can make an elegant statement. “I have this attitude of celebrating and using old common things from the past, not as decoration or art, but for their original purpose. There is an inherent aesthetic value in items made by people, not by machines. You can see a handcrafted quality about the lumber,” Conrad explains. “There are always opportunities to expose the common and make it uncommon, so when exposing beams or using those common chairs and tables built last century, there is an inherent warmth and craft that I appreciate, and you just cannot buy that today.” v Resources Contects LEED Consultants & Architects 210.824.8758 www.contects.com O’Neill Conrad Oppelt Architects, Inc 210.829.1737 www.ocoarchitects.com Stephen Jackson Construction 210.325.3284 Texas Architectural Timbers 210.385.3052 www.txarchtimbers,com


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What you need to know

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n April 22, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP), which requires remodelers working in homes built before 1978 to follow work practices designed to minimize the exposure of residents to lead hazards. If your home was built before 1978, there are steps you can take to protect your family from the dangers of lead poisoning. The following is a checklist for Kyle Jones, homeowners living in pre-1978 President, Austin NARI homes: • Verify that your contractor’s firm is registered with the EPA. • Verify at least one person is a Certified Renovator and has trained the work crew, and is supervising the work being completed in the home. • Firms must post signs before renovation begins, clearly defining the work area and warning Keith Moehle, occupants and other persons not President, NARI San Antonio involved in renovation activities to remain outside of the work area. • Make sure you understand and sign the EPA’s “Renovate Right” brochure. • Remove all belongings from the immediate area of the renovation. • Notice if your contractor is using plastic sheeting that is taped 6 feet beyond the perimeter of surfaces undergoing renovation; reusable cloth coverings are not acceptable. • Renovators should be cleaning up and mopping daily to minimize dust contamination. Be cautious of anyone who is disregarding the Rule by using un-safe lead work practices. For those choosing to do the work on their own, please visit http://www.epa.gov/lead/ for more information about lead-safe work practices that will minimize lead exposure. We invite you to visit our websites at www.AustinNARI. org for Austin and www.RemodelSanAntonio.org for San Antonio, or call our offices at 512.708.0637 or 210.348.6274, respectively. v

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Georgian Architecture With A Twist

chain reaction of events inspired a local empty-nester couple to re-imagine their home. A place where they raised a family over the last 20+ years, their 4,600-square-foot Georgian style home was one of the original homes built in an upscale gated master planned community in San Antonio which is home to families and celebrities alike. Although designed in the most sought after aesthetic of the mid-1980s, the home had become dated over the years. The homeowners did not originally plan to overhaul the entire home. Then the chain reaction began. “The homeowners have been clients of mine for several years,” says architect Roy Braswell, AIA, of Braswell Architecture, Inc. in San Antonio, who worked on the project along with project producer Gabriel Guzman. “They contacted me again recently to update their adjoining kitchen and family rooms. I brought along 32

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kitchen designer Christi Palmer of Palmer Todd to the initial meeting, and she made a passing comment about re-doing the master bedroom and bathroom. I think she planted the seed for a whole house renovation,” he continues. The Family Room and Kitchen The design and construction team, which included Mauze’ Construction Corp., began the first phase of the project by gutting the kitchen and family rooms down to the studs. An exterior wall in the family room was moved slightly to add more space, and the kitchen was refreshed with new appliances, chandelier and undercabinet lighting, granite countertops, cabinets, and flooring. “The space is not grand, but we accomplished a lot within the square footage of the kitchen,” says interior designer Debbie Baxter of Baxter Design Group in San Antonio. For the time, By first Sharla Bell Photography by RYANN FORD


“Our challenge was to stay true to the original Georgian structure but modernize it for today’s aesthetic and lifestyle.”

Roy Braswell, Braswell Architecture, Inc.

the homeowners can enjoy a kitchen island with bar stools, a handy feature when you have many grandchildren living in the neighborhood constantly coming over for visits. Painted beamed ceilings in both the kitchen and family room help the spaces flow together seamlessly. A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows transforms the family room into a light-filled retreat overlooking a new lanai, or covered pavilion, outdoor kitchen and fireplace steps from the pool and surrounding landscaped gardens and lawn area. “The homeowners wanted to keep an interior red brick wall in the family room which challenged us on color selection,” says Baxter. “But I found a beautiful rug with prominent teal and blue colors with just a hint of brick red in it. That rug set the tone for the entire room.” Baxter’s associate, Susan Jung, coordinated paisley linen draperies to finish the look. www.urbanhomemagazine.com

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Moving on to the Master Suite As the main family area rooms were being finished, the homeowners decided to update the rest of the house – a phase two initiative. The domino effect that began in two main living areas continued to include construction of the new lanai, an upstairs media room with attached balcony, a master suite addition, a much larger laundry and hobby room, a library, upstairs repainting and redecorating, and backyard re-landscaping. The additions expanded the house by another 2,300 square feet. “The plan evolved after construction began,” says Braswell. “Our challenge was to stay true to the original Georgian structure but modernize it for today’s aesthetic and lifestyle,” he adds. “The project increased in scope because we wanted to do things right,” says the homeowner. “We found a few things not designed to today’s building codes, and we fixed them. We decided if we were going to do extensive work, then we wanted to make sure nothing was substandard.” 34

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Perhaps the most stunning part of the renovation is the new master wing. A custom designed gallery entranceway to the suite includes a herringbone wooden floor with an inlaid marble laser cut border. In the ceiling is a custom designed leaded glass skylight. Doors lead to a vestibule area and on into the master suite. “We drew inspiration for the flooring from a design in one of the paintings on the gallery’s wall,” says Baxter. The homeowners chose a gold and white color scheme in the attached master bathroom. “The master bathroom is stunning,” Baxter says. “A beautiful coffered ceiling, a series of chandeliers, onyx countertops, and inlaid onyx and honed marble floor create a soft, warm hue in the room. The space makes you feel good,” she says. “The master wing was the most interesting part of the project,” says Braswell. “Bathrooms and closets are bigger now than when the home was constructed in the 1980s. We were able to modernize it to compete with the newer homes being built in the neighborhood.” The former master suite became a study. “The study had to be appropriate for business meetings, and I did not want visitors entering the study through private rooms. With the odd hours I sometimes work, I also didn’t want to be forced to go outside to enter my study,” says one of the homeowners. The newly freed spaces answer the need perfectly. www.urbanhomemagazine.com

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Bonus Spaces “We nicknamed the new space over the garage the ‘Sunset Room’ because of its southwestern orientation,” say the homeowners. “We originally planned the room as storage space which then turned into an air-conditioned space, which gave way to a stairway addition and windows. Next we ran plumbing ‘just in case’ for the future. Finally we decided to design a full-fledged media room with an adjoining bathroom and a beautiful balcony designed by Roy Braswell to take advantage of sunset views,” they add. The domino effect strikes again. There are other new, unplanned spaces that turned into happy surprises for the family. A new rose garden and low stone wall helps complete the outdoor entertaining area surrounding the backyard pool. The covered lanai adds outdoor entertainment space that was formerly non-existent. And inside, extra floor space was added onto the small laundry room to create a much more expansive combination laundry and hobby/craft room. “Between all the grandchildren’s birthdays and Christmas time, we use the room a lot as a gift wrapping room,” say the homeowners. “We are really happy. We like to travel, but we love coming home now. It’s our favorite place to be,” they say. v 36

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Realty Restoration: Three Generations of Excellence


rom its modest beginnings in 2001, Realty Restoration has sustained an aggressive rate of expansion that has developed a reputation for quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. Celebrating their 10th year in business, success is a matter of pride for founder, David Davison. “Most people want to perform; they want to do a good job; they want to be proud of the end result,” Davison says. “We strive to create the kind of environment that rewards excellence and shares in that sense of accomplishment.” Davison has building in his blood. He was immersed in wood working and construction from a very young age. His grandfather was a carpenter by trade, building and renovating homes. “I grew up under his feet and he shaped the values that our business is built around,” Davison continues. “Besides learning invaluable skills from him, I learned the importance of integrity, customer service, and the satisfaction that comes from delivering a quality product.” In January 2009, Realty Restoration took the family business to the next generation. Davison’s son, Christopher, a registered architect, joined the firm. “As our company has morphed into a leading Design-Build firm, we have expanded into whole house renovations with an eye toward cost-effectiveness from day one of the design development phase,” says David Davison. Realty Restoration can show clients their project in 3-D, due to Christopher Davison’s extensive experience with the BIM program, Autodesk® Revit®, keeping the company at the forefront of cutting edge technology. Coupled with Christopher’s creative eye for design and David’s pride in craftsmanship, Realty Restoration’s clients’ dreams are realized. The measurement of a successful project is centered on management of expectations. “When Christopher and I sit down with clients, we try to make sure they understand exactly what to expect,” he says. “Frequent, open, honest communication is 38

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before paramount. The relationship between us should be just as solid as the foundation we build their home on.” That emphasis on customer service and satisfaction has served Realty Restoration well, earning the company a wide array of Contractor of the Year awards by NARI, including “Best in Tour” and “Entire House $250,000 - $500,000” in 2007, “Best in Tour” and “Residential Exterior Specialty” in 2009, “Residential Exterior Specialty” in 2010 and “Residential Exterior Specialty” Contractor of the Year Regional Winner in 2011. v David Davison is a National Association of The Remodeling Industry (NARI) Certified Remodeler, as well as a Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler and Master Electrician currently serving on the NARI Central Texas Chapter as President-Elect. Christopher Davison, A.I.A., holds a Masters in Architecture from Texas Tech University and is a member of the Austin Chapter of A.I.A. and the Texas Society of Architects. For more information and photos of their current remodeling projects, visit the company’s website at www.realtyrestoration.com, or give them a call at 512.454.1661.

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Contemporary cultural design Good design isn’t just about selecting the best elements for a space — it’s also about reflecting the tastes and values of those who inhabit it. This really rang true for me during a project with my clients Kavita, Amrita and Bhavani -- three South Asian women with a family room inspired by a 60-yearold man’s passion for golf. The family room was the real Candice Olson hub of the home, but its drab decor didn’t match its occupants. The Berber carpet, red brick fireplace and golf-motif wallpaper border reflected the masculine preferences of the home’s previous owner. The women wanted a warm, cozy hangout that referenced their heritage. So, using the principle of contemporary cultural design, I set out to give them a modern space with a spicy Masala flavor. For inspiration, I visited an Indian fabric shop where I marveled at lovely saris in red, maroon and gold. Traditional Indian design features rich colors, in addition to detailed embroidery, metalwork and dark wood. I wanted to integrate all of these conventions in the space, but do so in a super-fresh way. The secret to contemporary cultural design is knowing when to pull back on the reins, and that kind of self-control isn’t easy. You may as well put a plate of brownies in front of me and tell me to eat only one! Instead of trying to replicate a style in every aspect, you must focus on a few key elements that represent the style. By using small spoonfuls of relevant patterns, colors and textures, you create a culturally inspired space that doesn’t scream “cliche.” First things first. I did a happy dance as I tore down the golfinspired wallpaper and put up clean grasscloth with a foil shine. I also installed new laminate flooring in a rustic oak finish. I then divided the room into two areas: a fireplace/TV lounge and a working/eating space. A fireplace should be a focal point in a space, but the existing one was just an eyesore. I put in a new gas unit and covered up the old brick wall with carved walnut tiles. I then clad the hearth in polished marble 40

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tile and flanked it all with scrumptious dark wood cabinetry into which I worked a flat-screen TV. I really wanted a large, non-standard-size couch for the wall facing the fireplace, but custom couches usually equal big bucks. For a fraction of the price, I created my own custom configuration with existing showroom pieces. I purchased two one-armed loveseats and pushed them together. I complemented the new extra-long couch with a cognac-colored armchair and a brass-andmirror coffee table. To complete the lounge, I went searching for a traditional carpet with a neutral tone and found a gorgeous muted Persian that looks like it has a lot of history. Near the window, I created a working/ eating area with a round wood table, chairs and an antique hutch. On the window (and patio doors), I chose stunning paisley drapes in brandy, orange and white -- a juicy twist on a conventional fave. For ambience, I installed a stunning brass pendant over the table. I also chose to install a mirror above the sofa and flanked it with sconces in a stained silver-leaf finish. I then added a host of accessories, including sumptuous pillows, woven baskets and other delectable artifacts. Using traditional elements like carved wood and metalwork in a modern way, I created a culturally inspired hangout for Kavita, Amrita and Bhavani that thankfully has absolutely nothing to do with golf. v Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTV’s “Candice Tells All.” For more ideas, information and show times, visit www.HGTV.com or www.divinedesign.tv. Or visit scrippsnews.com.


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Lot “Cost” and Lot “Price” can be two VERY different numbers! By Karen Matuszewski, By Design – Custom Home Consulting


fter a lengthy search you finally found the perfect lot for your new custom home. The neighborhood is perfect, the view is spectacular and the price fits your budget . . . or does it? There are many more things to consider when evaluating a lot than merely the asking price for the property. While price and location are always prime and obvious considerations, many factors will impact the final “cost” of that seemingly perfect home site that must be considered before purchasing. Here are a few of the things that custom home buyers tend to overlook: 1. Are there deed or building restrictions that govern home construction? Subdivisions often have stipulations requiring specific building materials (i.e. tile roof or wood windows). Either item could add $30,000 or more to the price of your home. 2. Are there impact or tap fees? For example, in subdivisions with community propane systems, the developer assesses a cost recovery fee to every lot in order to recoup the cost of the improvement. All lots are assessed the fee even if homeowners don’t intend to use propane. 3. The perfect tree-lined lot can incur fees to thin out the existing foliage or even remove trees from the potential building site. If your lot lacks trees, bringing in mature vegetation can be very expensive. 4. Sewer or septic? Lots with sewer may, in addition to a tap fee, also require the addition of a grinder pump. Lots utilizing septic systems will require system engineering to the specification of the governing authority. 5. Topography or grade of the lot can substantially impact building costs. A lot with a significant slope either front to back or side to side can mean a portion of your house might be very high off the ground, resulting in added cost for the slab or added cost to cut the lot to level the building site. Cutting a lot will also require the additional expense of a retaining wall. Lots that drop off from front to back can result in a back patio that could be 15 feet or more higher than your backyard. If your dream was to sit in your living room and look out at your pool, that will not happen unless you raise your pool 15 feet above the ground which is extremely expensive. These are just a few of the many considerations that need to be taken into account BEFORE purchasing a lot for the home of your dreams. Working with a professional who knows the questions to ask and can research issues that arise can prevent costly mistakes and prevent your dream home project from starting with a nightmare! v Have a specific question you would like me to address? Send your questions to me at Karen_Matuszewski@yahoo.com.

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“Our primary goal is to build a home that is scalable and flexible no matter the size or lifestyle of the family who moves into it.”


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Meet the Dream Team Karen Matuszewski – Project Coordinator As a custom home consultant, Matuszewski put together the team that will design, build and sell the house. She is a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) certified green professional and certified new home sales professional, and co-chairs both the HBA Benefit Home project and the 2012 HBA Tour of Homes. www.karensellsaustin.com


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Scott Branc – Home Builder Branc is the founder of New Urban Home Builders, a company focused on building small to mid-sized highly detailed homes loaded with innovative products and constructed to meet or exceed Green Built and Energy Star standards. He is a NAHB certified graduate builder, certified green professional, master certified green professional, and co-chairs the HBA 2012 Tour of Homes. www.newurbanhomebuilders.net

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become an exercise room or another bedroom if needed. A large he first ever Urban Home Dream Home plan is on the unfinished space upstairs can be divided into two bedrooms if drafting table in the earliest phases of the design process. the family has many kids who need their own spaces. Architect James LaRue is working with a visionary team Scalability is part of the Living In Place™ program. The of professionals to design the home in the Canyonside enclave program is a new certification process that ensures homes are of Rough Hollow. See our article in the June/July 2011 issue for designed to be flexible for growing and aging families. Many of an introduction of the neighborhood and the team of design and the certification features ensure older adults or anyone with either building professionals. a permanent or temporary disability can live in and maintain the “The most important part of the process is the design phase where we focus on things that cannot be changed,” says Dream home easily. For example, replaceable items like air conditioning Home Project Coordinator Karen Matuszewski. “Our primary filters and light bulbs are designed in such a way as to be easily goal is to build a home that is scalable and accessible. A special design limits the run from the garage to the kitchen, particularly helpful flexible no matter the size or lifestyle of the if someone breaks a leg and is temporarily family who moves into it.” on crutches or wheelchair bound. Anti-scald “The home is about 3,400 square feet, but valves on water faucets are helpful at any age, reworking the flexible spaces can increase its and pathway lighting improves safety for those footprint up to 4,000 square feet of livable who move around at night. “There are many space,” says LaRue. The home is designed to other features and energy efficiencies designed scale to fit a large family all the way down to an into a Living In Place certified home,” says empty-nester couple. LaRue and the team are Living In Place CEO Lynne Wilkinson. “The designing the house as a four bedroom, four certification was founded to help homeowners bathroom home; however, by repurposing and builders address the rapidly changing “bonus” rooms, an additional bedroom or two needs of the residential construction industry can be added. For example, the downstairs and the future needs of a demographically guest bedroom can morph into a mother-inchanging America. We are excited the Urban law suite, a craft room, a home office, or a Photo by Tre Dunham Home Dream Home is the first house in the space for live-in help depending on the needs nation to be certified to this new standard.” of the owners. A downstairs game room can Laura Burton Interiors 44

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The Dream Home will blend a contemporary interior décor with a more traditional Craftsman bungalow style exterior design. It features stunning canyon views of the surrounding countryside. LaRue says he is designing the home so there are views from all the core family rooms and the master bedroom. “The interior of the Dream Home will have warm textures and materials but with clean, modern lines. The feeling will be casual and comfortable, with interest generated by a rich blend of materials and unique interior architecture,” says interior designer Laura Burton of Laura Burton Interiors in Austin. v Are you interested in the Dream Home for your family? A buyer in the earliest stages of design can put a custom imprint on the house by choosing amenities. Contact Karen Matuszewski at 512.917.2653 for information.

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James LaRue – Project Architect LaRue founded James D. LaRue Architects in Austin, an awardwinning residential architecture firm with a design-intensive environment. The firm’s most recent awards include selection on the 2010 Austin AIA Homes Tour and 2009 Home Builders Association best one-of-a-kind design. www.larue-architects.com Rough Hollow Lakeway – Development Rough Hollow Lakeway is an evolving waterfront community with limestone cliffs and spectacular Lake Travis views. The options are endless with the ability to purchase custom home sites, Yacht Club Villas, custom homes and semi-custom homes. With the marina, the yacht club, air park, restaurants, the waterthemed Highland Village and Country Club amenities, Rough Hollow offers a lifestyle and a place you will never want to leave. www.roughhollowlakeway.com BBVA Compass Bank – Project Funding BBVA Compass Bank ranks among the top 20 largest U.S. commercial banks and has operations throughout the Sunbelt region. Mortgage Banking Officer Cindy Tuttle specializes in new home construction lending. www.bbvacompass.com/mortgages/ctuttle Austin - San Antonio Urban Home Magazine – Project Media Partner

Urban Home magazine is a bi-monthly, upscale home lifestyle publication that has been published in the Austin market for over 5 years. Its content focuses on local architects and builders, home related products and services, and is presented to readers in a very engaging editorial format. www.urbanhomemagazine.com v Urban Home Austin – San Antonio



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ou may find yourself in a similar place one day: saddled with an old piece of furniture that you didn’t ask for. Or, you may be on the prowl for the perfect sofa, headboard or kitchen table. Whatever the case, one of the best current trends involves updating pieces from the past to brighten your space, and all it takes is a few yards of fabric or a well-delivered coat of paint to transform a stodgy old piece to something brilliant. It’s really no more of a process than ordering from a catalog. Here’s how: 1 Find the right piece It’s an obvious first step, but finding the right piece very well might be the most time-consuming part of the process. It may be a piece you already own, or you may hit the flea markets or eBay in search of something specific. You can also look for a piece that has already been refurbished at stores like Spruce or Red, or use an online resource like Etsy. Luciana Cazares, of San Antonio-based Gypsy in Stilettos, says to begin with an open mind. “Anything can be refurbished and even repurposed. I have made awesome tables from old doors, and benches from old bed headboards. I look beyond the obvious. I look for a good bone structure and stylish lines, this makes it easier to modernize the item.” At Red in Fredericksburg, a favorite piece was an amazing old Victorian sofa. “It was 10 feet long and [we] knew the bones were there... it just needed a little help. Painting the outer wood trim on the sofa a rich black and then upholstering the piece with Sara linen - a beautiful fabric with a silver-metallic damask print overlay completely transformed this piece. It was in the front window display for only a short time before someone snatched it up. The layering of vintage lines with a modern design sense was just so compelling.” The message is that with the right combination of color, fabric and craftsmanship, a piece can be transformed into something current, memorable and completely unique. Amanda Brown, who owns Austin-based Spruce, recommends looking for durability and structural integrity, and asks her clients to think about the space. “Older pieces are better because they generally have the structural integrity that can handle a reupholstering job. Many new pieces are made of cardboard, Styrofoam and cheap wood that don’t last as long. When considering a piece for upholstery, ask: is it made of solid wood? Many times you can tell by the weight of the piece, and the heavier the better. Are the joints tight and sturdy? In the end, it really comes down to how much the client likes the piece: Is it exactly the right size for the client? Is it the right style for his or her space? Is it really comfortable? Is it a unique piece, or does it have sentimental value?” Nikki Moore, of Red, adds, “Buy for the bones and build your way up.”

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2 Find the right refurbisher For some, the process might seem time-consuming or intimidating, but the reward is a completely unique piece of furniture with a bit of history…and the refurbishers who specialize in this craft can make the process easy. “It may be easier to purchase a ready-made sofa from a big box store, but it’s far easier to get exactly what you want if you go custom. Choices can be intimidating to customers, but it’s those choices that make the www.urbanhomemagazine.com


customer happier longer. At Spruce, we guide the client through all steps,” says Amanda. “Refurbishing is terrifically easy if you just find the right people to help,” says Nikki. “This can be a handyman you know or a local store carrying refurbished pieces with an aesthetic that aligns with your own. We’ve found that in the long run, pieces with time and history in them will stand up against the whims of fad and fashion and the ‘ease’ comes from knowing you won’t have to run around looking for the right piece again in 2-3 years when styles change.” 3 Work with your budget There is a notion that custom pieces are “spendier” than catalog furniture. Not necessarily so. New furniture has a wide range of pricing, says Amanda. “One can purchase a sofa from Ikea for less than $1,000 — or they can spend $10,000 from a designer company. Custom upholstery is more expensive than some cheaper furniture options but is comparable to quality, mid-range furniture — but a quality vintage or antique frame can be purchased for next to nothing. Combine that with quality fabric and a good upholstery job, and you have a piece that will last decades and can be redone in the future as the client’s taste changes.” She notes that fabric costs greatly contribute to the overall expense of a piece, so research a variety of fabrics with comparable quality to get the most bang for your buck. Luciana adds, “You can establish a budget and also have the satisfaction Urban Home Austin – San Antonio


of participating in the re-design process. The price for a custom re-designed piece is subjective to the materials and elements used to create the final product. The truth is that you can expect to pay the same or less for a custom piece made by me than through a large retail store. My pieces are 100% sustainable design because every element I use to make a piece is recycled, handcrafted or organic. By owning a re-designed item, you are becoming part of a movement with a greater purpose...to reuse what already exists.” In my case, the “stodgy” old piece was a parlor chair that brings back recollections of a sweet old great-aunt. With 5 ½ yards of fabric, a trusted refurbisher, and a couple of hundred bucks, my young son’s bedroom will be finished, with a funky, one of a kind reading space that is current, sentimental, and cannot be duplicated. TIPS FOR TRANSFORMING OLD TREASURES 1) Look for sturdiness. Old pieces are usually constructed of solid wood…newer pieces are usually flimsier. 2) Find a resource whose work you admire. You’ll feel more comfortable working with someone who can translate your ideas to fabric recommendations, etc. 3) Be an active participant. An experienced refurbisher will walk you through the process, but it never hurts to pull magazine pictures and have some measurements ready before springing on a piece. v Resources Gypsy in Stilettos 210.322.8584 www.gypsyinstilettos.com


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Marshmallow Sofa, 1956


Modern Playful and Practical Post-War Design

Austin and San Antonio museums highlight mid-century masters with two separate exhibits running through September 11th. The McNay Art Museum and the Austin Museum of Art have both secured exhibits that bring the Mad Men era to life, featuring mid-century modern design. 50

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By Angela Rabke Photography courtesy of Vitra Design Museum/ McNay Art Museum

id-century modern generally describes the type of architectural, interior and product design that became popular between 1933 and 1965, when newly optimistic Americans were inspired to look to the future after World War II. The term, already employed as a style descriptor during the mid-1950’s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950’s (Random House), celebrating the style which is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement. Enabled by new developments in structural technology, mid-century designers like George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames picked up where the Bauhaus School left off, creating modern designs with a modular approach, and with elements that could be mass manufactured and applied to different pieces. (These manufacturing abilities were a result of war technology.) Defined by simplicity, clean lines and organic shapes, Mid-Century Modern (or Organic Modernism), differentiated itself from the modern furniture of the 20’s with its playful and democratic quality. People were drawn to the accessibility and brightness of designs that stood in contrast to the industrial-feeling designs of the past. Mid-century modern effectively translated the ideology of Modernism into a sleek, cool, yet accessible lifestyle. These designs are permanently imprinted in our culture, and seem to always include the designer’s name as part of their www.urbanhomemagazine.com

Chiego, reflecting on the scope of Nelson’s influence. Chiego serves as the Executive Director of San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum, where an exhibition on George Nelson from the Vitra Design Museum in Germany is currently on display. This much-anticipated exhibit, sponsored by Herman Miller, is the first architecture and design exhibit for the museum since opening the Stieren Center for Exhibitions. (Designed by renowned French Architect Jean-Paul Vignier, the center itself is worth the visit.) The exhibit is loaded with over 120 physical examples of mid-century design work spanning Nelson’s career, including office and residential furniture, a wall of Nelson clocks, and original advertising and printed works. “This exhibit is a unique opportunity to understand how design affects every element of our life, and see original works that are still totally relevant to the way we live now,” Chiego says. While the use of mid-century modern design is increasing on a residential level, it was primarily appreciated in office settings during the 1960’s. Chiego points out, “Seeing the offices portrayed in Mad Men, you notice that they are perfect examples of George Nelson, ca. 1965 mid-century design. But when you see the character’s homes-they are still very traditional. Residences did not catch descriptions. (Eames Rocker, Platner Armchair, etc.) More up to the movement until later.” than any other era, the designers of this period are as much of The Austin Museum of Art also highlights mid-century a name-brand as their products. Many of the most memorable modern design with “Good Design: stories from Herman designers were recruited by George Nelson to work at Herman Miller.” The biggest designers to come out of Herman Miller are Miller, the first American furniture company to mass-produce highlighted in detail: George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, modern pieces, at some point in their career. and Alexander Girard’s work and process are on display, and the Nelson was tapped to lead the design team at Herman Miller exhibit covers in great depth the history of the company and its after Life Magazine ran his “storage wall” on the cover in 1945. influence in areas spanning from office furniture to textile design. He joined the firm as director of design, and over the next four “George Nelson pushed design so much, and brought decades he was to have an enormous influence upon Herman them into the Herman Miller Company. He did not design Miller, not only for his personal design contributions, but also a huge number of buildings, for the talented designers he but the influence of those recruited to its ranks, including: that he did design is huge. He Isamu Noguchi, Charles and completely influenced the way Ray Eames, Robert Propst, we operate, especially in office and textile designer Alexander environments, then and now,” Girard. The period under says Chiego. v Nelson’s guidance saw Herman Miller produce some of the George Nelson, world’s most iconic pieces of Architect | Writer | modern furniture, including Designer | Teacher the Noguchi Table, Eames McNay Art Museum Lounge Chair, Marshmallow June 8-September 11 Sofa, and Nelson’s own Ball www.mcnayart.org Clock, Hang-It-All, and Sling Sofa. “In 1945 he published Good Design: a book on what the post-war stories from house should look like. It Herman Miller really brought to life the idea Austin Museum of Art of an open plan home, and he June 4-September 11 introduced the storage wall. www.amoa.org The fact that it was on the cover of Life Magazine is amazing today. You would never see Storage Wall, that now,” says Dr. William J. published in Life Magazine, 1945 www.urbanhomemagazine.com

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George Nelson/ Herman Miller 1. Nelson Bubble Lamps, ca. 1952 2. Nelson Swag Leg Group: Swag Leg Chair, 1954 and Swag Leg Desk, 1958


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4. Nelson Ball Clock, 1948 5. Nelson Sideboard, 1946 6. Nelson Daybed, 1950 7. Florence, plastic dinnerware made out of Melamine for Prophylactic Brush Company, 1952 8. Nelson Comprehensive Storage System, 1959 9. Nelson Zoo Clocks, 1965


10. Nelson Pretzel Armchair, 1958 11. Nelson Action Office 1, 1964


12. Vintage Herman Miller Picnic Posters designed by Steve Frykholm, 1970-1889, Photo courtesy of Austin Museum of Art 13. Nelson Rosewood Miniature Cases, 1952

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4 1. Like candy for your walls, George Nelson™’s iconic clocks are still ticking away at the height of style. Red. 830.990.0700, www.redinfred.com. 2. A mid-century modern classic, the Isamu Cocktail Table reflects the 1950’s design by Isamu Noguchi. It features a soft-cornered triangular glass top and simple, interlocking curved black wood legs. MOTIF Modern Living®. Austin: 512.262.2211, San Antonio: 210.483.8811, www.motiffurniture.com. 3. Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp® Collection is a tried-and-true standard of the modern vocabulary. George Nelson designed the first lamps in 1947. The George Nelson Bubble Lamp® collection is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Modernica is the official site for the George Nelson Bubble Lamp® Collection. Modernica. 323-933-0383, www.modernica.net. 4. “Mirage” hair on hide rug designed by Jiun Ho for Kyle Bunting in Maple, Taupe and Barley. Available in custom sizes and colors. Kyle Bunting. 512.264.1148, www.kylebunting.com. Urban Home Austin – San Antonio


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Modern Mid-Century

“Our goal was to create a clean space which when fully furnished would become a special place for our collection.”

Wes Wigginton, Foursquare Builders - 2011 Custom Builder of the Year

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ustin builder Wes Wigginton knows how to build beautiful homes, and he knows how to work with mid-century treasures within those homes. His residence, which won the 2009 Greater Austin Home Builder MAX Award, embraces one of George Nelson’s favorite ideas: create designs that can use the same pieces as other useful designs. In this case, Wigginton, in conjunction with Webber + Studio, Architects, worked with a pre-engineered steel framing system—the same variety that is often used to construct large industrial structures, and finished it out with thoughtful detail to create a 6-bedroom family home that showcases an incredible collection of vintage mid-century pieces, and blends the spirit and aesthetic of mid-century masters with current architecture and construction. “Creating clean lines and details is really the best way to highlight the furniture...our furnishings are all modern, and our house matches them, but the pieces are versatile and can be blended with success,” he says. 54

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Within his own home, a traditional Persian rug offers a warm counterbalance to the Bauhaus sofa and a steel and glass coffee table. Original pieces abound in the home, punctuating the clean lines with pops of color, and complimenting steel finishes with curves and warmth. His collection has built over the years; some pieces from traditional retailers, and others “rescued” along the way. “Our goal was to create a clean space which when fully furnished would become a special place for our collection.” The thrill of locating special pieces is part of the fun, and Wigginton swears he always finds his pieces on sale. “I have found great pieces at vintage shops, and subscribe to Design Within Reach’s email list. There are also some really good annual warehouse sales. “The shopping environment at some of the larger floor sample sales can be very competitive, but it’s a great source.” The integration of objects and furnishings into the architecture of the home is seamless. Most mid-century modernists put www.urbanhomemagazine.com

great thought into their designs’ practicality and sought to combine usefulness with artfulness. The Wigginton home is no exception—a living space adjoins the garage, and where most would automatically place a painting, a family bicycle hangs, somehow looking very cool while serving as a dual testament to his large, active family and to practical design sensibilities. Some might worry about the effects of a large family on the vintage pieces, but Wigginton doesn’t stress about it. “I have a family of six. I really don’t fret about the furniture. We have had some accidents along the way, but the kids learn from it, and they’ve grown to appreciate the furniture and good design from living with it.” When working with clients, the builder advises them not to compromise on quality, and when it comes to this type of furnishing, his advice is the same: “If you are going to invest in


mid-century modern pieces, take your time and don’t buy knockoffs—buy the real pieces. You’ll never get anything back from an imitation, but the real pieces never lose their value.” Within the builder’s portfolio is a good range of architectural styles, and he has seen clients incorporate mid-century ideas into an equally diverse range of interior decorating styles. “Mid-century modern is really timeless, and because of that it does integrate well with many styles. It’s modern-but it’s also vintage.” v Resources Foursquare Builders 512.944.4520 www.foursquarebuilders.com Webber + Studio, Architects 512.236.1032 www.webberstudio.com

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“We like taking the older ideas, updating them and pushing the envelope just a little with color.”


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storage spaces include European cabinetry as well as bamboo cabinets from Bamboo Crew, and a storage wall where there was simply a wall before. Decorative elements include functional pieces like a Nelson clock and a vibrant orange kitchen island. The choice to decorate with mid-century style came easy to Terrazas-Graham. “It was as simple as reaching back to the comfort of my childhood,” she says. “My father owns a furniture store that opened in the 1950’s. The furniture and design must have bombarded my senses …we played at his store, and at home my mom had the luxury of picking the best and most popular pieces of the day.” Simple furnishings compliment the scale of the home and allow the focus to remain on the kitchen, which is the centerpiece of the home. “Pick one piece or one item that you’re willing to splurge on and go from there,” mentions Terrazas-Graham. “For us, it was two-fold. We both wanted the element of European cabinetry with a high-gloss finish and we wanted a kitchen island that would act as the centerpiece both in function and design in the great room.” She and her husband were not strict in the application of a single design style, and especially enjoyed playing with color. “We like taking the older ideas, updating them and pushing the

uring the 1940’s and 50’s, mid-century modernists challenged traditional home architecture and design, introducing the concept of an open floor plan and inviting us to rethink how we use space. Decades have passed, and the popularity of homes built during that era has fluctuated, but the principles established during that timeframe are timeless and are being embraced by couples like the Terrazas-Grahams who lovingly renovated an Austin ranchstyle home by opening up the space, adding smart storage and incorporating light and color. “When we were looking for a home just two years ago, we were repeatedly drawn to the box-like structure of ranch-style homes, the old-fashioned carports and the “non-fussy” landscaping of our neighborhood as a whole,” says owner Teri Terrazas-Graham. While the family loved the ranch-style exterior and the design elements that defined it, they encountered challenges with a lack of storage space, and with the help of Hill Country Ecobuilders, they were able to redesign the space to fit their needs…after they streamlined their possessions. “You can’t very well incorporate the clean, simple aesthetic if you have more items than you do storage or have a penchant for displaying various collections. We really had to streamline our belongings and be selective as to what we wanted to display,” she says. Families from the Mad Men era faced the same challenges, which was why mid-century designers introduced storage walls and focused on well-designed functional items. The family’s new 56

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envelope just a little with color. We love the modern efficiency of European modern but it can be rather cold, monochromatic, and glossy. When you incorporate organic elements of American midcentury design like dark woods, textured upholstery, and terrazzo tile with stainless steel, glass and MDF cabinets, you get a beautiful and warm blend more suitable to a Texas family. I also think that the clean design of the furniture makes a fabulous backdrop for brightly colored art and glass pieces, or other fun accessories.” v Resources Hill Country Ecobuilders 512.970.1401 www.hcecobuilders.com Bamboo Crew 512.536.0048 www.bamboocrew.com Urban Home Austin – San Antonio


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AUSTIN NARI, your central Texas chapter of the


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Fast forward 30+ years, and the backyard grill has turned into a full-fledged outdoor kitchen. Outdoor appliances are part of a multi-billion dollar industry that includes everything from institutional grade, stainless steel grills to outdoor dishwashers and refrigerators. You no longer have to schlep dirty dishes and mustard bottles back to the inside kitchen. There’s a place for that outside. Just as the internet changed the way we listen to music and watch television inside our homes, the new frontier is the outdoor kitchen/living room. Outdoor entertaining and gourmet cooking have become the fashion, especially here in the South where outside entertaining and cooking can be done all year. In Central Texas, outdoor 64

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kitchens have enlarged the footprint of the home, merging inside and outside spaces for increased opportunity to entertain friends and spend time with family members. Location. Location. Location. Aside from calling in the professionals – landscape architect, landscape designer, and interior designer – the first consideration is to determine the location of your outdoor kitchen. Should it be a “perimeter” space close to the existing home or a “destination” space, which resides away from your main home? Will the space be enclosed? Are there electrical lines, gas lines, water and drain lines nearby? Stephen Holt of Crystal Sunrooms emphasizes the importance of location to his clients. “Whether you choose a perimeter space www.urbanhomemagazine.com

or a destination space, your outdoor kitchen should be designed to be a complete entertainment area,” says Holt. Think through how you want the space to function. Do you want a big screen TV or a wet bar? All of these require planning for additional infrastructure such as electrical, cable and plumbing. Perimeter outdoor kitchens, usually walkout spaces attached via glass doors to the inside kitchen, dining area, or living room, are visibly connected to the main interior rooms and seamlessly connect the two spaces. “It is important to have a direct path from the indoor kitchen to the outdoor kitchen for ease of transporting food to the grill,” says Stephanie Villavicencio of Bella Villa Design. There are different schools of thought on how best to integrate indoor-outdoor components. You must choose what works best with your lifestyle. Bob Carroll of Barbeque Outfitters uses the “Prep - Cook - Serve” concept to drive the layout www.urbanhomemagazine.com

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design plan and not as an afterthought. Brette Parrish of Parrish Companies notes, “In addition to the costs incurred to locate water, gas and electrical supply lines, you also have to account for a new foundation on which your outdoor kitchen can be constructed, such as a concrete slab or flagstone patio.” Davison cautions, “Often the cost of materials for outdoor flooring and paving leads to material selections that are not conducive to the application or environment. Carefully consider flooring texture to prevent ‘slick when wet’ conditions, along with the thermal dynamics of full sun applications. The most beautiful material in the world is worthless if you can’t stroll across the walkway on a Texas afternoon sans shoes.” Photo courtesy of NatureKast Consider natural stones such as travertine and slate, and using smaller patterns. “By adding more grout of the kitchens he designs. David Davison of Realty Restoralines, you will effectively eliminate or dramatically reduce the tion focuses on how his clients entertain. “I strive to locate inherent nature of these stones’ ‘slick when wet’ natural characcooking stations within close proximity of the inside gathering teristics,” says Davison. Other great choices include flagstone, space. This orientation encourages guests to participate and/or pavers and concrete overlays with texture. observe during meal preparation and expands the hosts’ enterNo matter if the space is near the house or integrated into taining options both inside and out,” says Davison. a recreation area, careful considerations should be given to Another bonus with close proximity is the inherent multiprotecting the space from the elements like sun, wind and tasking functionality. “In the hot Texas summers, our customrain. And in Central Texas, bugs can quickly put a damper ers often like to have the option to cook outside while keeping on even the most well-planned outdoor gathering. Villavina watchful eye on their grill from the comfort of the air-condicencio recommends solar screens designed to drop down and tioned living room. Large glass windows or doors opening to create a large screened-in porch. Lindsay Weibrand of Texas the outdoor cooking area allow for the best of both worlds,” Sun and Shade says, “Bug spray no more! Enjoy the fresh air says Kelly Parrish Walker of Parrish Companies. “Generally, and outdoor entertaining without the annoyance of insects. the party is centered on the meal being cooked so everyone Retractable insect screens can protect your home and family likes to be involved with the chef,” she continues. “Having the from the nuisance of pests at the touch of a button. These outdoor kitchen coincide with the entertainment areas allows convenient systems allow you to enclose your outdoor living for all to enjoy conversation and participate together.” areas easily when you choose and retract out of sight when A destination kitchen, on the other hand, requires utilities not in use.” to be installed near the space and should be planned as a new construction project. “When the project’s parameters do not alTo See or Not to See low for close proximity to the inside space, the outdoor kitchen A critical consideration is adequate lighting to illuminate requires the full gamut of amenities to make it function as a prep and entertainment areas at different times of day. Setting stand-alone space,” says Davison. “By starting with a comprethe right mood is important, but so is having adequate lighting hensive schematic design, homeowners ensure all required utilfor food preparation. “In many instances, recessed can lights ity upgrades and extensions are included. Sometimes appliances’ are a good choice when installed with a dimmer control switch. natural gas/propane and electrical requirements exceed the curA dimmer control allows for a change in lighting levels accordrent capacity of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, thus requiring upgrades. No client wants unexpected costs in the post-budget phase or when construction is underway,” he continues. Construction Considerations As with any design project, the best outcome happens when the project is well thought out and planned with material selections made as part of the initial 66

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ing to the mood or activity, especially at night when using a fire pit or fireplace,” Holt says. “In order to properly prepare food it is necessary to see what you are doing,” adds Parrish. Innovative grills incorporate LED lights near the controls and over the food prep area so you can see your steak or chicken is being cooked to perfection. Storage and Cabinetry Advances in cabinetry facilitate the evolutionary role of the outdoor kitchen. Although stainless steel cabinetry has been available for some time, the options continue to increase with heavier gauge steel and wood, weather-tight features, and adjustable legs on base cabinets to compensate for uneven ground. Unique additions such as narrow drawers, glide out cabinet bottoms and angled cabinets ensure storage facilities are customizable to fit each homeowner’s particular needs. “The days of just a few metal access doors are long gone with today’s options of multiple-sized drawer banks, paper towel holders and dedicated trash can pull-outs,” says Parrish. “The selection of durable and easyto-maintain surfaces Photo courtesy of and cabinets is key in Viking/American Brickstone


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creating a lasting outdoor kitchen,” says Villavicencio. Teak, cypress, polymer, masonry and stainless steel with painted wood grain or outdoor-rated powder coatings are realistic and sustainable in an outdoor climate. Davison emphasizes when selecting wood, attention to detail and application of the best finishes available for each type of wood is important. Whether you utilize a “breathable” oil finish or a sealant, the extra effort will create a lasting effect and enhance the project. Countertops and Tile There are many options to customize your outdoor kitchen with durable and stylish countertops and tile accents. Be mindful, however, that what works inside might not work outside. “Granite and quartz slabs are perfect for outdoor countertops,” said Villavicencio, “but avoid more porous stone such as travertine and marble, which stain easily.” Bob Carroll of BBQ Outfitters agrees that natural stones like granite and slate are great choices for countertops in outdoor kitchens but recommends sealing these surfaces regularly. Another countertop choice is tile; however, Carroll strongly suggests grout joints be dark, relatively small and well sealed. Appliances, Special Features & Accessories The newest appliances and accessories on the market erase the image of the outdoor kitchen as an adjunct and establish its role as a fully functioning kitchen that just happens to be located outdoors. “Appliances and accessories complete the www.urbanhomemagazine.com

Realty Restoration’s Recommendations for Cabinet Materials kitchen and range from cutting Material Pros Cons boards, ice machines, cocktail stations, dishwashers, blenders, beer • limited range of color options • easy to clean - can be hosed down taps and woks. Every amenity can • doesn’t have same rich look • no corrosion concerns provided be added to an outdoor kitchen, like wood attaching hardware is corrosion sometimes surpassing the functionPolymer • not very eco-friendly since it’s resistant ality of the indoor one. In fact, we made from petrochemicals • impervious to water/moisture have many more customers incor• has a uniform appearance with • stain resistant porating built-in refreshment cenlittle visual detail ters, including wine refrigerators • hard to keep clean from • offers the look of metal cabinets and dishwashers to complete the fingerprints, oils or bird but in a non-corrosive material outdoor experience,” says David droppings if not coated with a Stainless Steel • matches many stainless steel Hooge of Morrison Supply Comprotective finish outdoor appliances and gas grills pany in Austin. • can get hot when exposed to for a uniform look A broad array of cooking devices direct sunlight can be integrated into outdoor • can fade depending on the type of living spaces. “Today’s grills can wood and finish treatment • has a warm look similar to be upgraded with accessories that • wood ultimately can break down indoor cabinets range from a wok to fish grills with over time but this time span is Wood • wood grain provides visual detail features including LED lights, side not found in polymer and steel governed by the type of wood, burners, warming drawers, smokcabinets surface treatments and how well er boxes, rotisseries, canopy grill it’s cared for ventilation systems and slow cook • not as easily installed as other warming drawers that keep food at cabinet types selected temperatures. Grills by rec• exterior materials/veneers must ognized kitchen appliance names be purchased in addition to the such as KitchenAid®, Viking® and • resistant to weather effects and ‘skeleton’ structure of the Wolf® give the same cooking exthe elements Masonry cabinets and cabinet components perience as their top-of-the-line • provides a substantial (doors, drawers, etc.) indoor counterparts by incorporat“built-in” look • less ‘ready-made’ than other types ing infrared sear burners and grease of outdoor kitchen cabinets - may management systems, among other require more labor and cost for features,” Hooge adds. assembly and installation “Including a Big Green Egg along with your gas grill is a growing trend that gives you the ability to not only slow smoke but prepare foods such as pizzas, as RESOURCES the Egg is also a great oven,” says Carroll. Another popuBBQ Outfitters lar trend reported by Barbeque Outfitters is built-in power 512.347.1988 www.bbqoutfitters.com burners for crawfish boils or for deep-fried turkeys. Some of the newest trends seen by Realty Restoration include wood Bella Villa Design Studio fired pizza ovens, Churrasqueiras (Brazilian BBQs), and high512.443.3200 www.bellavillads.com volume ventilation systems. And while grill hoods mimic an indoor aesthetic and become Crystal Sunrooms & Remodeling a functional accessory for outdoor kitchens under cover of a 512.832.4786 www.crystalsunrooms.com roof, special attention must be paid to local building codes. Combustible materials like a wooden pergola or roof may Morrison Supply Company require ventilation of smoke and flames. Holt highly recom512.928.1110 www.morsco.com mends a hood vent over a grill or smoker to prevent the collection of smoke and grease on the ceiling of the outdoor kitchen. Parrish Companies Finally, try to buy from a local resource that will have Austin: 512.835.0937, San Antonio: 830.980.9595 replacement parts. “There are dozens of choices in built-in www.parrishandcompany.com grills, doors, drawers, refrigeration, ice bins, etc. Choose name brand products that have stood the test of time and Realty Restoration have proven local service. An outdoor kitchen is a long-term 512.454.1661 www.realtyrestoration.com investment that should last for many years. American-made products are the best in outdoor kitchen applications,” Texas Sun & Shade says Carroll. v 512.402.0990 www.txsunandshade.com 70

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Recipe Corner Just in case you were thinking it,

Grilled Baby Lamb Chops with Balsamic-Honey Glaze and Mint Pesto

let me tell you that lamb with mint is not overdone—at least in this case. It’s a classic pairing for a reason. Mint’s bright, herbaceous taste is the perfect foil for intensely flavored lamb. But this mint pesto couldn’t be any farther from the insipid mint jelly you might be thinking of. It’s fresh and savory, pungent with garlic, and rich with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. This delicious pesto is just the right condiment for the simple, tangy-sweet balsamic-honey glazed lamb. Serves 4 ½ cup aged balsamic vinegar ¼ cup honey Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 12 (3-ounce) baby lamb chops, frenched 2 tablespoons olive oil Mint Pesto (recipe follows) 1. Heat your grill to high. 2. Whisk together the vinegar and honey in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour half of the mixture into a separate bowl and set aside for serving. 3. Brush the chops on both sides with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the chops on the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly charred. Turn over, brush with some of the balsamic-honey glaze, and continue grilling for 2 minutes longer for medium-rare. 4. Remove from the grill, brush with the reserved glaze, tent with foil, and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve 3 chops per person and top each with a few teaspoons of the mint pesto. Mint Pesto Makes approximately ¾ cup 1½ cups tightly packed freshly flat-leaf parsley leaves 1 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons pine nuts ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Combine the parsley, mint, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. With the motor running, slowly add the oil and process until smooth. Add the cheese, season with salt and pepper, and process for a few seconds to combine. Scrape the pesto into a bowl. The pesto can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving. Reprinted from the book Bobby Flay’s Grill It! by Bobby Flay. Copyright © 2008 by Bobby Flay. Photographs copyright © 2008 by Ben Fink. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.

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For the perfect tailgating menu, Dady says it’s all about finding balance between casual and upscale food. In the past he has made large servings of paella or jambalaya as well as cherry-glazed baby back ribs.

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othing says football season like a good ole tailgate. This side of the Mason-Dixon line, there’s no shortage of elaborate tailgating celebrations. From Bevo Boulevard lining a closed street near the University of Texas football field showcasing street vendors and live music virtually all day to the southern sensibility and charm of an Ole Miss Rebel revelry at the famed “Grove,” there’s no doubt we know how to celebrate our team spirit, even if we don’t catch all of the actual game. “There’s nothing better than tailgating in the Grove at Ole Miss,” says Ole Miss grad Jamie Amerman from Boerne whose husband, Jarrett is a fellow Rebel grad and claims the popular school wisdom that “Ole Miss might not win every game, but they have never lost a tailgate.” For those who haven’t witnessed an Ole Miss tailgate, the Grove is a legendary tailgating area at the center of the University of Mississippi where anyone and everyone rooting for the Rebels gathers for a Southern showdown. The quad is lined with tents for family and friends to mingle, the trees are 74

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adorned with chandeliers and lights, and everyone is dressed to the nines waiting to cheer on their team. “I always looked forward to spinach dip, homemade fried chicken, and the blonde brownies,” says Amerman. “Getting to tailgate in the Grove is a spectacular experience; something everyone should put on their bucket list.” You may not pull out all the stops for a Grove-style tailgate party, but why wing it on the standard yellow-package hot dogs, potato chips and beer to get your motors revved up for kick off? We suggest stepping things up just a little bit and making a tailgate fiesta to remember. Take some tips from a couple of local chefs. Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurants is no stranger to tailgating. Having grown up in Dallas, his loyalty to the Dallas Cowboys has his blood running silver and blue. Though he’s based in San Antonio these days, he has a ritual of going up to Dallas for a few games a year, corralling friends to commandeer adjoining parking spaces and throwing what he calls an “epic tailgating party” with about 40 of his closest friends. He does the cooking; his friends chip in for the food. www.urbanhomemagazine.com

Cirkiel believes that even though it’s fun to step things up with a little gourmet flare, it’s important to be able to enjoy the time. After all, it’s about rallying spirit for the old home team.

“To me, it is about the tailgating and the game is the afterthought,” says Dady. “Last year, we had a huge tailgating party for the Super Bowl. We didn’t even go to the game; we just had the party and watched the game on these large screens we brought with us.” For the perfect tailgating menu, Dady believes it’s all about finding balance between casual and upscale food. In the past he has made large servings of paella or jambalaya as well as cherry-glazed baby back ribs (a mainstay dish at his Two Bros. BBQ Market in San Antonio). “I would say I don’t overly ‘chef it up.’ I am not as concerned about plating or presentation as I am about serving good food,” says Dady. “One year we grilled hollowed-out lemons stuffed with mozzarella cheese. We took the grilled lemons and squeezed the melted cheese onto fresh baguettes to make a cheese sandwich. It was a major showstopper and it was really simple.” Dady also suggests serving some sort of stuffed jalapeño. This is Texas, after all. As for drinks? You can always offer the obligatory cooler of ice-cold beer, but Dady changes things up with large water coolers filled with something refreshing such as Firefly iced-tea vodka with muddled mint. For Shawn Cirkiel of Austin’s popular Parkside and Backspace restaurants, tailgating isn’t a common affair. “I don’t tailgate a lot because I’m always at the restaurants.” But when he does get a chance to support his beloved Texas Longhorns, the keys to tailgating success are in pre-preparation and keeping things simple. The first items Cirkiel nails down are the drinks. “I like to make sure I have a good white wine, ice cold beer (something local like Fireman’s #4 or an Austin amber), good champagne and a few pitchers of a specialty drink.” When it’s hot out, it’s usually margaritas or a fresco type drink with fresh pureed watermelon, mint, simple syrup, lime juice and vodka. When it’s cooler, he goes with the flavor of the season using bourbon, apple cider and spices. His key is to have a few old milk jugs on hand to transport the cocktails with ease. For food, Cirkiel always has a few standbys in mind. “I always do guacamole and chips, and sausage because I’m from Texas. We make our own sausage in house at the restaurant, but I’m not opposed to just picking some up at Central Market or something. Jalapeño cheddar sausage is always good. You can grill it up, slice it and www.urbanhomemagazine.com

serve it with toothpicks,” says Cirkiel. “From there I make it a little more complex with homemade pickles, specialty sliders with beef, lamb with chorizo and feta, or chicken accented with ginger, lemon grass and soy.” Cirkiel suggests having these pre-made on an aluminum sheet tray that you can flip onto the grill and throw out once you’re finished with service. “I like to use trays and plates that I can throw away when I’m finished,” says Cirkiel. “It makes clean up a whole lot easier after you’ve had a few beers and cocktails. If I can, I try to only leave with a pair of tongs I’ve used to grill. That’s it.” For sides, Cirkiel likes to do grilled corn that he blanches ahead of time so that it cooks faster. He spears the ears and rubs them with mayonnaise, Parmesan and lime zest before setting them on the grill. For dessert, he lets his wife take the reins. “She makes these killer oatmeal cream pies as well as homemade whoopee pies and Twinkies,” says Cirkiel. The Twinkies are just yellow cupcakes from a store bought box with an injection of this great butter cream filling. Her oatmeal cream pies are my favorite. She always makes them for me for my birthday, too.” Even though it’s fun to step things up with a little gourmet flare, it’s important to be able to enjoy the time. After all, it’s about rallying spirit for the old home team. “The most important thing is to have fun,” says Cirkiel, who admits that even though the restaurant commands most of his time, he traditionally sneaks away for at least one Texas home game with his dad every year. “I am a firm believer that when you are away from your own kitchen you have to make it fun. You can do that if you have things done ahead of time and make your work time as easy as possible for the party.” v Resources Shawn Cirkiel Parkside: 512.474.9898 Backspace: 512.474.9899

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Cherry-Glazed Baby Back Ribs Courtesy of Jason Dady Serves 8

4 lb Baby Back Ribs 2 oz paprika 1 oz smoked paprika 1 oz ground cumin 1 oz ground fennel seed 2 oz brown sugar 1 oz ground coriander 1 oz cayenne pepper 1 oz kosher salt 8 oz cherry syrup (Italian soda style) Start a fire in your fire pit. You will smoke the ribs for 4 hours at 225 degrees, or until tender enough to pull apart. For the ribs, peel the back membrane off and discard. Trim any excess fat. For the rub, mix all the dry ingredients together. Season the ribs liberally with the dry rub and smoke the ribs for three hours. After three hours, start glazing the ribs with the cherry syrup. You should end up with a shiny, slightly sticky glaze. Glaze the ribs one last time prior to service.

Oatmeal Cream Pies Courtesy of Shawn Cirkiel (makes about 2 dozen)

Cookies 1 stick butter ½ stick butter flavored Crisco® ¾ cup dark brown sugar ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon molasses 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 1½ cups flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1½ cups quick oats In a large bowl cream butter, sugars, molasses, vanilla and eggs. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to creamed mixture. Mix in oats. Place rounded tablespoons of dough on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are just starting to brown. They will still look moist. Don’t overcook. Cream Filling 2 teaspoons hot water ¼ teaspoon salt 1 jar marshmallow cream (7 ounce jar) ½ cup shortening 1/3 cup powdered sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla While cookies bake, prepare filling. In a small bowl dissolve salt in hot water. Allow this to cool. Combine marshmallow cream, shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla in medium bowl. Mix on high until fluffy. Add the cooled salt water and mix well. Spread filling on flat side of one cookie and press second cookie on top. 76

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hink Brenham, Texas, and the next thought will undoubtedly be...Blue Bell®. As in the famed creamery churning out heavenly ice cream that most of the rest of the country can only dream about. But there’s so much more to this little town that sits about halfway between Austin and Houston on Highway 290 that you have to see it to believe it. For starters, it’s the county seat of Washington County, home of the birthplace of Texas and one of the most significant sites in the state’s history. Next, the legendary Round Top Antiques Fair (the autumn show is September 28-October 1) are the big daddies of the antique world, bringing dealers and shoppers from all over. Finally, the town itself is like a treasure box of unexpected finds, brimming with specialty shops, restaurants and cafes, gardens, galleries, theatre, a historic downtown square, wine and bluebonnet trails, and storybook bed and breakfasts. Take a weekend to start with our fab five picks but don’t stop there. The folks are friendly, the shopping is fine, and you’ll come home filled with divine inspiration.

Ant Street Inn

www.antstreetinn.com Houstonians Pam and Tommy Traylor were married only two years when they decided to take a run-down building in 1995 and transform it into a stunning B&B in the heart of downtown Brenham, working harder than they ever had in their lives. The result was worth it. The Ant Street Inn is every bit as charming as its name, with fifteen luxury guest rooms named after southern cities and decked out in American Victorian antiques and luxe amenities – including some very 21st century perks like free wi-fi, cable, and a full breakfast at the adjoining Brenham Grill. The oh-soelegant establishment with its stained glass and polished wood floors is anything but stuffy, however, as Pam Traylor works hard to make it all look easy. “We’re always doing small things, like painting and changing out furniture” to keep it fresh, she says, along 78

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with redecorating, writing articles for Facebook and the website, or planning special events like weddings and parties at the inn’s 4,000-square foot ballroom. For their considerable repeat business, Ant Street has become almost a home away from home, like the couple who celebrates their anniversary there without fail. “One day while cleaning, I found a small piece of paper sticking out of the wall where they had written the date of each year they visited.” She did what any good hostess would do. “I stuck it back in the wall.”

The Antique Rose Emporium

www.antiqueroseemporium.com Once upon a time, a horticulturist with a master’s degree vowed that he would never grow roses. “Too hard to care for. You have to spray them and coddle them,” recalls Mike Shoup. The thought of fussing over prima donna-type roses left him cold. “I had to find a niche.” Did he ever. After becoming a “rose rustler” – rescuing 100-year-old hardy native roses from cemeteries, roadsides and chain link fences – Shoup and wife Jean have been growing and displaying antique roses since 1985. The Antique Rose Emporium is a spectacular, storybook eight-acre spread in Brenham open yearround that also boasts an herb garden, gazebo, gift shop, a nearby church, and a house and kitchen dating from the 1800s (there’s also a location in San Antonio on Evans Road). Beautiful roses drip from railings and climb up trellises. Shoup’s mission is to “change the way people think about roses as difficult to grow and unapproachable.” Not these, he says, calling them “the ultimate garden plant.” Their nursery and mail order business features more than 300 varieties designed to bring their “romantic and dramatic” heritage to the forefront. It’s apparently working, as the Emporium received the 2011 prestigious GROW (Great Rosarians of the World) award for its contributions to rose education. www.urbanhomemagazine.com

Beadboard Upcountry

www.beadboardupcountry.com Sumptuous, luxurious, artful — just a few of the many superlatives used to describe the world-class offerings at Beadboard UpCountry, particularly their exclusive Arte Pura linens and bedding from Italy that owner Maryanne Flaherty is practically bursting over. “Nobody in the country sells it,” she enthuses. “Thirtytwo colors of linens, all washable, and designers have gone crazy over it. We’ve shipped it as far as Canada.” Exclusive items are nothing new for Flaherty, a former flight attendant who, with former oil and gas accounting executive husband Peter McDowell, has fashioned a jewel of a shop, housed in the restored historic Farmer’s Bank, that carries things, says Flaherty, “that you can’t get anywhere else.” Californians with Texas roots, the couple took a chance setting up a Euro-country boutique in a small Texas town. “It was the space that did it for us,” says Flaherty. “Where else can you find a place like this, with beautiful tall windows that we can open.” Bright, warm and inviting – much like Flaherty herself – the space is the perfect setting for the fabulosity within. Pillows, placemats, pajamas, candles, crystal, silver, furniture and more treasures are nestled in every corner. Celebrating the shop’s fifth anniversary in October, Flaherty adds, “We’re really lucky we’re still here. There were people who said we would never make it.”

Funky Art Cafe

www.funkyartcafe.com Connie Wilder never intended to be a restaurateur and yet here she is – self described “chief cook, bottle washer, CEO, referree, purchaser, babysitter...” Her voice trails off as she stands, surrounded by the signature purple walls of the Funky Art Cafe, a delightful mix of lunchtime eatery, caterer, coffee bar, gallery and gift shop. The colorful surroundings show off about two dozen paintings by local and regional artists, including recent addition Jamie Hayes from New Orleans. “His look is very much our look.” Housed in an historic blacksmith building belonging to her family, Wilder hopes to add artist “meet and greets” and other public special events to her roster, which is already crowded with custom catering for parties, receptions and other gatherings (her back room seats 42 comfortably for dinner). The lunchtime menu – which changes every four months – is also fun and funky, inspired by Wilder’s own recipes and her collection of more than 2,000 cookbooks. When www.urbanhomemagazine.com

catering, Wilder aims to please, dishing up a monthly gluten-free lunch required by a local office staff, accommodating one bride’s request for breakfast foods at her nighttime wedding while providing another with South American fare for her special day. With no set catering menu, “we’ve done everything from caviar and sushi down to pancakes,” says Wilder. “I’ve found much to my amazement that food is kind of my art form. I get a real kick out of it.”

Leftovers Antiques


Manager Sandi Severance is minding the store while owners and antique hunters extraordinaire Ed Fulkerson and Michael Breddin are out. And what a store it is. Leftovers Antiques is a giant, sprawling, eye-popping barn of a place, filled with treasures, trinkets and some truly impressive pieces, some of which Fulkerson and Breddin have found on their twice yearly European buying trips. Always on the lookout for what customers want, the duo travels extensively to keep their unique stock replenished. “We have 10,000 square feet here,” says Severance, “and things are constantly moving out.” Some of their most in-demand pieces are oversized furniture – armoires, cupboards and huge farm-style tables, to name a few, to fill Texas-sized homes and ranches. The store is divided into areas showcasing different themes like bedding and gifts, although the displays are always rotating to keep things interesting. Whimsical touches abound, like a kayak from the 1800s and an antique bathtub suspended from the ceiling. Located about five miles outside of Brenham on Highway 290, Severance adds that “being right on the highway means we get a lot of traffic, especially during Round Top’s Antiques Week.” The store usually tries to tie in events like book signings at that time (one year Shabby Chic queen Rachel Ashwell made an appearance). There’s another popular tradition, and one they’re already getting calls for – holiday merchandise. “Christmas is big here,” she says. “Really big.” v Urban Home Austin – San Antonio



The condo

difference By Judith Bundschuh, Chairman, Austin Board of REALTORS®


ith their amazing views, convenient locations, striking designs and array of amenities, condos have become a popular choice among savvy Austinites. While many of the typical rules of buying and selling a home apply to condos, there are some aspects that make them distinctly different from their single-family counterparts. Single-family homeowners own their house and the land it sits on, while condo owners only have ownership of everything inside the unit’s walls. Accordingly, the space outside those walls is considered common property shared by all residents. As a result, condo residents are governed by a set of rules that dictate owner’s rights. These rules vary by development and can impose restrictions on pet ownership, noise levels, remodeling projects and more. Before buying, be sure to read these rules thoroughly to ensure a comfortable and pleasant living experience. Additionally, while residents may not be personally responsible for yard work or pool cleaning, they are expected to pay for it. Most condos include monthly fees to cover the costs of building maintenance, staff salaries and luxurious amenities, such as a pool or gym. Therefore, when comparing different developments, it’s important to ask the right questions about fees and the amenities they cover. It should be no surprise then that condos also differ when it comes to selling. Unlike single-family homes that are known for having distinguishing features, condos are commonly viewed by buyers as offering identical features. Due to this ease of comparison, it is essential for condo owners to find their unit’s unique feature, such as updated appliances or lakeside view, and really emphasize it. In addition, condo sellers face competition from two sides: new developments entering the market and other units in the same building. With this dual competition, understanding the market and competitive pricing are the keys to successfully selling a condo. Regardless of whether you are seeking sky-high living or looking to put your feet back on the ground, doing your homework will ensure you make the right choice for your next home or entice your next buyer. v 80

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