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L I FE’S A S P L AS H at Santa Rita Ranch
Santa Rita Ranch has move in ready homes for the summer. If you buy before August 31 you’ll be able to enjoy the Ranch House pool, two 2-story water slides, kids splash park and many more this summer. Stop by today to learn more.
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tavolo 54 Flavors of Summer
Tastes, color and textures of recipes perfect to fend off the Texas heat.
estilo 60 Outside with the Modern
Renovated to modern perfection, this outside space gets a jolt of modern flare and minimalist beauty.
86 Retro Fit
Time traveling to a haven of vintage charm.
96 Old Bones, New Soul
A run-down minimal traditional is brought to the 21st Century.
108 Lakefront Wonder
Say hello to a waterside gem that is distinctly crisp and unexpectedly modern.
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A Home of True Distinction Ready for Round Top? See You in Santa Fe
Freshness Beyond Austin! Dolce Notte!
Fun Along the Way
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Story Time Copper Tones To the Core White Out! Set the Table
Discover the Distillery
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In the Reef Truly Vanguard Waterfront Paradise Tied in Knots Geo Charm Worlds Collide
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and between your toes and the sound of water gently lapping at the dock may make you want to jump into the deep end and grab your own little piece of paradise. Feel free to go nautical when you purchase your dream or vacation home, as few things in life are more rewarding or relaxing than living lakeside, oceanfront or along the banks of a beautiful river. I come from an island that has some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world but sadly, this great city limits us as to who and where to get a taste of the water. It’s not a secret – as anyone with experience with property retail or property value would tell you – that bodies of water drastically increase the value of any property… and it’s widely regarded as a bucket list top choice. Whether it’s oceans, lakes or rivers, water brings up the aesthetic value, and dollar value of any area. Due to the natural beauty of things like waterfront sunsets, aquatic and avian life, and simply hearing the flow of water, property values on lakefronts are simply worth much, much more to people than inland property. I’m more of a town-sy girl, but try steering my ex-surfer husband away from a beach shack. (Although I’d be lying if I didn’t pick the beach as my ideal getaway… any day of the week!) Whether you’re in love with the fun of the lake, enamored with a white sandy beach or obsessed with the peaceful sounds of the river, it’s truly hard to beat the tranquility and sense of peace and self discovery that bodies of water can stir in a human being. Inspired by the calm blues and the inherent glam factor that the term ‘waterfront’ pops in into any residence, we have brought together our favorite nautical elements, motifs of aqua adventure and glamorous lakeside real estate, into this fun and airy issue of VETTA HOMES. Every location has its challenges. If it’s water that makes you feel alive, then grab an oar and go for it. Just be careful not to step on that duck on your way to the boathouse.
Photo by Tania Quintanilla.
Sanderson Antiques & Design (210) 829-5511 | 5405 Broadway, San Antonio TX 78209 WWW.SANDERSONANTIQUES.COM
A HOME OF TRUE DISTINCTION Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes has been chosen as the builder for the Austin area 2015 Home of Distinction. This extraordinary 8,500 square foot Austin showcase home, located in the renowned neighborhood of Seven Oaks in West Austin, is one of 11 Homes of Distinction across the United States, a production of TLConcepts. This fall, numerous special events and showcase home tours will take place, all benefiting the Center for Child Protection. A special Preview Party, hosted by Steve Zbranek and Tony Holt, will take place on Wednesday, September 9th. Attendees will enjoy tasty bites from Kurant Events, specialty cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka and entertainment by Jim Jordan Mortgage featuring Acousta Café with John Lockhart & Brian Lee. Public tours are scheduled for September 10-13 and September 17-20 and will allow guests to see the latest building products and design trends all while raising funds to end the cycle of child abuse in the Travis County area. (centerforchildprotection.org)
READY FOR ROUND TOP? In case you are one of the few in Texas unaware of what has been called the best antiques show in the nation, we’ll let you know that the Round Top Antiques Fair is celebrating its 48th year in Round Top, a history earned through our consistent reputation for unsurpassed quality and unusual, one-ofa-kind antiques. Their extended dates for the next edition are September 28th through October 3rd. Throughout the 30,000 square foot Big Red Barn and the nearby Big Red Barn Tent, you will find an irresistible array of beautifully displayed very early Americana, Texas primitive, and Continental furniture and accessories. The Continental Tent, debuted in the fall of 2008, offers high quality items from England, France, Italy, Spain, and other European countries - from country to formal, from small to large. (roundtoptexasantiques.com)
SEEYOU IN SANTA FE You are invited to the 31st annual Ethnographic Art Show at Whitehawk Antiques Show in Santa Fe. The opening night party will take place on Thursday, August 13th from 6pm-9pm and the impressive two-day show will go on August 14th and 15th from 10am – 5pm. Their gorgeous exhibition of textiles, sculptures, jewelry and unique collectibles and antiques are a must see, amidst the hustle and bustle of the very famous trade show. The Whitehawk Shows have been a Santa Fe tradition for 37 years. Each show boasts over 100 dealers and features merchandise not seen anywhere else. The energy is high and the pace leisurely, encouraging guests to browse and enjoy themselves, taking in the expertise and intricate collection of the show’s passionate dealers. This highly anticipated antiques show will be held at the new Santa Fe Community Convention Center and tickets for the preview opening are $75. (whitehawkshows.com)
appunti FRESHNESS BEYOND AUSTIN! FARM TO TABLE SPROUTS NEW SEEDS IN NORTH TEXAS VETTA Homes was peased to learn that Farm to Table, which has long distributed locally grown farm products to restaurants, schools and independent grocery stores in the Central Texas area, is growing, putting down roots in Dallas. Owned and operated by longtime proponent of local and sustainable farming practices John Lash, Farm to Table is expanding to the North Texas market because of a strong demand for fresh, local farmergrown produce, meats, eggs and dairy—all raised without the use of hormones or antibiotics—and current Farm to Table clients’ own growth, including beloved Tex-Mex eatery Tacodeli, in the Dallas metroplex.
DOLCE NOTTE! CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF LA DOLCE VITA What began as a small food and wine tasting on the grounds of Laguna Gloria has become one of Austin’s most anticipated fall events. La Dolce Vita showcases the culinary world of Central Texas, with all proceeds supporting The Contemporary Austin’s innovative education programs that serve thousands of children and adults each year. Tickets to La Dolce Vita include tastings from the most talked about chefs and restaurants in Central Texas, selections from both local and international wineries, and creations by acclaimed pastry chefs. Tipsy Texan David Alan returns for a second year to curate La Dolce Vita’s Cocktail Lounge. This lounge features specialty cocktails by top mixologists and offers an enticing resting spot between tastings. Guests will enjoy live art demonstrations by Art School faculty members and fresh beats all night long courtesy of DJ Hear No Evil. All proceeds benefit the education programs at The Contemporary Austin.
FUN ALONG THE WAY THE HILL COUNTRY IS TRANSFORMED WITH THE DISTINCT CHARM AND MODERN FAMILY LUXURIES OF SANTA RITA RANCH.
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ave fun along the way” was the word at Santa Rita Ranch, Austin’s newest master-planned community – Hill Country style. They have just wrapped up their Full Bloom Home Tour Grand Opening. For 7 weekends, the community hosted a Hill Country-style Grand Opening to showcase homebuyers their brand-new Ranch House Visitor Center and new model park. During their Full Bloom Home Tour, they offered their visitors the opportunity to tour their new Ranch House Visitor Center and model homes all while enjoying live music by Hill Country favorites and good eats by some of Austin’s most infamous food trucks. Their live music series included some of the most notable music acts in Austin: Clay McClinton, The Instigators, Jim Stringer and the AM Band, and Tje Austin. Santa Rita Ranch offered an impressive lineup of good eats and snacks. Visitors nibble on gourmet grilled cheeses by Burro Cheese Kitchen, some of Austin’s best BBQ by Micklethwait Craft Meats, and delicious sweet and savory popcorn from their popcorn bar. Great music, food, and fun all came together at the Full Bloom Home Tour. Yet, the party didn’t stop there. Visitors toured Santa Rita Ranch’s 9 fully furnished model homes from 7 of Texas’ best home builders and were given a glimpse of what their life could be like living on the ranch. These technology savvy, energy efficient, and kid friendly homes are on trend and inspirational to any homebuyer. Each model had hors d’oeuvres or a sweet treat available for their visitors to give them a welcome home feeling as they toured their model.
The combination of the luxury ranch life paired with true Texas charm makes this a community you truly have to see for yourself.
The tours continued at the Ranch House -- complete with a Junior Olympic leisure and lap pool, two 18-foot water slides, and an 8,000 square-foot deck that surrounds the area. A perfect outdoor setting to compliment the ultimate Texan lifestyle. Even the storms couldn’t hold this community back from having fun. Once the storms hit the Full Bloom Home Tour in May, Santa Rita Ranch showed off their adaptability by moving the live music and activities inside the Ranch House. The Grand Opening went on as planned, and the community showed that bringing people together is really at their forefront. To say the least, residents at Santa Rita Ranch can rest assured knowing they live in a community where the fun doesn’t’ stop – rain or shine! There are so many great reasons to live at Santa Rita Ranch, because it caters to such a broad range of families. Affordable, beautiful homes, fastest internet speeds in town, vicinity to 183 toll decreases commute, natural gas…the list goes 40 VETTAHOMES.COM
on. One of the best reasons to live there? Their low HOA fee. Santa Rita Ranch has one of the lowest HOA fees you will find in the Central Texas area– just $45 a month! That’s right, you get all of their great amenities, beautiful location, and so much more for just a low price of $45 each month. All of this and just a short drive away from the excitement of Georgetown and Austin. Santa Rita Ranch is offering a unique choice to living in the Texas Hill Country. The combination of the luxury ranch life paired with true Texas charm makes this a community you truly have to see for yourself. Powered by natural gas, technology savvy with download speeds reaching 300 mbps, and amenities like the Splash Park & pool, hiking trails, and future sports complex make Santa Rita Ranch stand apart from the rest. Come see what everyone is talking about with this new community this weekend. Visit santaritaranchaustin. com for more details. VH
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FINDING YOUR DREAM HOME SHOULDN’T BE HARD. GETTING INTO AN AUSTIN RESTAURANT ON SATURDAY NIGHT? NOW THAT’S A DIFFERENT STORY.
In this market, ﬁnding the perfect house may seem daunting. With a background as a seller, buyer and succesful ﬂipper, I’ll work tirelessly to ﬁnd “the one.” Contact me today to show you how. Michael Helferich REALTOR® mhelferich.com 512.423.2232 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Vintage Bottle Opener ($9; cb2.com)
Bodum Chambord French Press ($50; crateandbarrel.com)
Kat Picture Frame ($35; cb2.com)
Martini Side Table (westelm.com)
Moscow Mule Mug ($20; crateandbarrel.com)
Puckr Tall Copper Vase ($40; cb2.com)
COPPER TONES ADD ENERGY TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS.
Geo Metal Scented Candle ($19; westelm.com)
Pair of Weave Coffee Tables by Boca Do Lobo (luxdeco.com)
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Sky Somba Vase ($220; luxdeco.com)
TO THE CORE TRUE BEAUTY OFTEN LIES HIDDEN WITHIN.
Omari Sculpture by Arteriors (neimanmarcus.com)
Framed Agate Wall Decor ($245; neimanmarcus.com)
Agate Geode Stone Ornament by Aerin (aerin.com) Iridescence I Canvas Print by Darrell Gulin ($249; westelm.com)
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Classic Ceramic Quartz Watch by David Yurman davidyurman.com) Ova Stonewars Sky Large Bud Vase by Calvin Klein ($150; calvinklein.com)
White Ceramic Diamond Ring by Chanel ($2,995; demesy.com)
WHITE OUT! Menagerie Ibex by Jonathan Adler ($138; jonathanadler.com)
Ocean Bluff Lantern ($70; aerin.com)
Matrix White Rim Plates (jungleeny.com)
ELEGANT TEXTURE AND DETAILS ARE KEY FOR THESE STANDOUTS.
picks Opal Crackle & Golden Brushstroke Dinnerware by Kim Seybert (kimseybert.com)
Tabriz Dessert Plates ($275; l-objet.com)
SET THE TABLE Grande Zelda Charger Plates ($304; bbybrandie.com)
Gwyneth Horn Dinner Plate ($46; ralphlauren.com)
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Flake Gray Party Plate ($5; cb2.com)
Potterâ€™s Workshop Plate ($8; westelm.com) Lemonwood Melamine Plate ($12;
Hybrid Plate by Seletti (seletti.it)
Aegean Dinner Plate ($260; l-objet.com)
modern obsession for worldwide vintage treasures... The Distillery is a vintage, handmade, and specialty goods e-retailer based in Austin, TX. Owned and curated by brother and sister duo, Clif Claycomb and Catelyn Silapachai, the shop is full of treasures including men’s and women’s accessories (cool wallets, purses, hats and scarves), home décor items, bar accessories and books. The Distillery, opened for business in late 2013 and has since reached a national audience via their curated collections on national e-retailers Chairish and One Kings Lane. “In a world of mass-produced goods, we strive to provide an alternative through uniqueness and authenticity in what we offer. We are drawn to hand-crafted artisanal goods and unconventional vintage finds,” said Silapachai. “We’re always on the hunt; whether it be at a local estate sale in Texas, or visiting traditional villages in Thailand and Panama.” The Distillery finds their products and inspiration from all over the world. All products are handselected to meet the duo’s high standards for quality. (thedistillerymarket.com)
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900 East 6th Street Suite 100 Austin, Texas 78702
SUMMER STRAWBERRY FIELDS ICE BALL COCKTAIL 1 pint of fresh strawberries 6 kaffir leaves 1 cup toasted coriander simple syrup
TO MAKE SYRUP Combine 1/4c. sugar, 1/4c. water, 1T. coriander- toasted and 3 markut leaves.
TO MAKE THE BALL Puree ingredients until
smooth and freeze in your favorite mold. Top strawberry ice cubes with equal parts Reyka Vodka and Prosecco.
, in the heart of downtown Austin, has a great collection of fresh summer recipes. The stylish venue, on Congress Avenue, brings forth style and dimension from its historic interior to its menu. Now in its third year of service under the skillful hands of executive chef, Zack Northcutt; chef de cuisine Matthew Taylor and pastry chef, Callie Speer; Swift’s shareable small plates menu has been warmly embraced on local, regional and national levels. (swiftsattic.com)
GRILLED PEACHES DESSERT TO MAKE Split peaches in half, and remove the pit. Place on very hot, well-seasoned grill, 3-4 minutes each side, until caramelized. Remove from grill, and place in a bowl. Top with black salt, a drizzle of honey, creme fraiche, and fresh thyme leaves.
FARM TOMATO SALAD 1 cup Arugula ¼ cup shaved red onion ¼ cup croutons ½ cup diced Brun-uusto cheese ¼ cup pomegranate vinaigrette
TO MAKE Toss together, serves two. Yum!
BLACK FRET BELIEVES LOCAL, POPULAR MUSIC IS ART. AND THAT IT IS WORTHY OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT JUST AS THE OPERA, SYMPHONY, AND THEATRE HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. BLACK FRET MEMBERS ARE PATRONS OF LOCAL MUSIC. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC. JOIN US AT BLACKFRET.ORG.
Texas Book Festival
CHUCK PALAHNIUK ELIZABETH STROUT SLOANE CROSLEY SANDRA CISNEROS CHIP KIDD ADRIAN TOMINE WENDELL PIERCE AVI WITH BRIAN FLOCA RAUL COLON H.W. BRANDS MARGO JEFFERSON ALEJANDRO ZAMBRO ATTICA LOCKE SAEED JONES LINDA GRAY STEPHEN L. MOORE AARON FRANKLIN JASON REYNOLDS MARIE LU
In honor of 20 years, we’re sharing 20 authors who will be at the 2015 Texas Book Festival O C T OBE R 17—18 ‡ T E X A S STAT E C A PI T OL ‡ L AU R A BUSH , HONOR A RY C H A I R ‡ T E X A SBO OK F E ST I VA L .ORG B E N E F I T I N G T E X A S L I B R A R I E S A N D L I T E R A C Y ‡ T H E N A T U R A L I S T B Y FA T I M A R O N Q U I L L O , 2 014
DESIGN & HONOR AWARD by ingrid spencer photos courtesy of aia
n May 7, 2015, 300 AIA Austin (Austin Chapter of The American Institute of Architects) members, allied members, community leaders, and architecture enthusiasts gathered at the iconic KLRU Studio 6A (the original home of the Austin City Limits television show) to celebrate stellar design and those leading the charge to improve Austin’s built environment. Just two weeks prior, two esteemed jurorsWendell Burnette, FAIA, principal of Wendell Burnette Architects in Phoenix, and Patricia Oliver, FAIA, dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston-spent the weekend in Austin deliberating over the 95 submissions. With much thoughtful debate, the jurors narrowed the stack down to 12 award winners. The award-winning projects consisted of 58% commercial, 33% residential, and 8% architectural installation. Only one of the 12 awardwinning projects was located outside of Austin. “This year’s jurors were both broad-minded and rigorous,” said AIA Austin 2015 Board President Stuart Sampley, AIA. “They were intrigued by architecture that went beyond the norm-projects that adaptively reused older buildings, brought attention to underused public spaces, or challenged traditional building technology and materials usage. The resulting awards represent exceptional recent work by Austin architects and AIA Austin members.”
AWARDS barnes gromatzky kosarek architects
Austin CC Highland Campus tim cuppett architects
Back Alley House andersson*wise architects
Bunny Run Boat Dock baldridge architects
Casis Elem. Outdoor Learning Center Gardner Stubb’s Greenroom West Lynn Studio Tracing the Line miró rivera architects
Chinmaya Mission Austin alterstudio architecture, llp
Lake View Residence / plumb architects Modern Texas Prefab aamodt
University of Houston TDECU Stadium
OUTSIDE WITH THE MODERN FROM THE DESKS OF THE TALENTED TEAM AT CRAIG MCMAHON ARCHITECTS COMES A RENOVATION FULL OF MID CENTURY MODERN CHARM. photography by dror baldinger
This modern ranch redo in Alamo Heights, Texas respects and embraces the land and the beauty of its surroundings. The architects brought nature and light in thru well placed windows and the use of materials including beautifully grained wood floors, counters mimicking stone and wall treatments with a modern take on traditional Texas limestone. The 3600 s.f. 5 bedroom/4 bath home was designed for clients enamored with mid-century modern architecture. The original 2200 s.f. home included the typical cutup floor plan and low ceilings found in many Ranch style homes of the area. The new owners wanted a modern home-but one that engaged the spirit of the mid century California modern Ranch home sprit of Architects like Eichler and May. The existing brick home stretched from end to end of the large lot and offered room to expand in the backyard areas for the needed additional bedrooms.
Originally established in 1890, Alamo Heights founders George Washington Brackenridge and Charles Anderson were environmentalists before their time. In their attempt to escape the confines of “city life” the selected 280 acres with mature trees and beautiful vistas. The low profile of the ranch house was maintained by the architects as the home continues to quietly nestle in among the majestic oaks. The home includes a stackable 4 car garage-designed as a “pool cabana” that integrates into the landscape surrounded by a pool. Careful attention to scale was giving to the detached structures as to not overwhelm the main home and outside spaces. As the home included a variety of exterior materials -order was given to residence by utilizing stucco as a the primary base
material-covering the original red brick, painted hardieboard siding for building insets and then metal siding for addition and accentuated architectural features. The existing home was opened up by removing most of the interior walls to create a large inviting living room, dining and kitchen space with glass on both sides of the home. The home moves toward the east with the 1400 s.f. addition to that includes the bedroom and bathroom spaces, circling a family room-and all rooms engaging the restored screen porch facing the backyard. Our favorite elements include the integration of outdoor and outside elements, along with the clean lines throughout the interior and exterior of the property. Lounging is a must in this stylish residence and the summer is the perfect time for outdoor R&R. VH VETTAHOMES.COM 67
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Ocean Coral Candle by Michael Aram ($60; michaelaram.com)
Raja Necklace ($22,500; verdura.com)
Polished Coral Napkin Ring by Joseph Williams ($35; bhg.com)
Poseidon Coral Table Lamp ($175; neimanmarcus.com)
IN THE REEF THE BEAUTY OF CORAL EMERGES FROM THE SEA FOR ALL TO ENJOY.
Coral Branch Cabochon Earrings by Oscar de la Renta ($180; neimanmarcus.com)
Coral Ombre Embroidered Pillow Cover ($199; william-sonoma.com)
Coral Napkin Jewels ($130; l-objet.com) Coral Placemats, Set of 4 ($150; neimanmarcus.com)
Ocean Coral Candle by Michael Aram ($60; michaelaram.com)
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Raynaud Cristobal Dinnerware ($576; william-sonoma.com)
Coral Framed Print by Zlata Paneva ($199; potterybarn.com)
Ocean Coral Catch All Bowl by Michael Aram ($60; michaelaram.com)
VANGUARD CREATING A COMFORTABLE HOME FOR A YOUNG FAMILY, PASSIONATE ABOUT LIVING LIFE WAS THE TOP PRIORITY FOR THE ARCHITECTS OF VANGUARD STUDIO AND THE DESIGNERS OF LAURA BRITT DESIGN. photography by paul bardagjy
or an active family with two young boys, this custom, Hill Country home with a contemporary feel marries interior with exterior to create an ideal environment for family time, recreation and entertaining guests. A true collaboration between Austin based architecture firm, Vanguard Studio, and interior design firm, Laura Britt Design, this home delivers in both form and function. When it came to the exterior of the home, the clients loved the warmth of wood, stone, and iron work, as well as the old feel of a barrel tile roof. However, they also wanted the home to tie into the Texas farmhouse vernacular of the region, which led to the use of metal roofing on the project, in addition to incorporating native Texas limestone. Larger, more cleanly cut pieces of the stone were used to give the home a farmhouse feel, but also a certain elegance. Steel and glass doors and windows by Millenium were incorporated to add the contemporary, open feel of the entry and main living areas. The living room opens completely to an expansive outdoor living area, providing multiple lounge spaces, outdoor dining area, kitchen with bar seating, swimming pool and tennis court for the entire family and guests to enjoy.
An open plan ties together the living room, kitchen and breakfast room, facilitating family interaction. With a house full of food lovers, double islands in the kitchen, one in a beautiful Mother of Pearl quartzite and the other in a contrasting butcher block, provide ample space for preparation of gourmet meals. When it came to furnishings, the clients were very interested in incorporating several family heirlooms into the design, including their dining room table and chairs. â€œWe wanted to create a dining space that cohesively blended these special pieces with new, more contemporary components, such as the custom Tai Ping rug that draws inspiration from the floral needlepoint dining chair seats,â€? said designer Laura Britt.
Adventurous in their design aesthetic, the homeowners embraced a Transitional design for the interior which incorporated strong colors, lively patterns, rich textures and a growing art collection.
Modern pieces and family heirlooms are used throughout the home. Each piece reflects the family’s interests, nothing is just “for show”.
In the media room, a custom Kyle Bunting rug complements a roche bobois sectional accented with custom pillows and draperies in complementary Romo fabrics. Wood herringbone wallcovering makes a perfect backdrop for the client’s impressive record collection. “One of our primary goals when designing is to create spaces that are a reflection of our clients: their life experiences, what they value and how they live. Working with clients who live so passionately was one of the key ingredients in the success of the overall design,” said Britt. Hathaway echoed this sentiment. “The clients were intimately involved in helping us mold the design of the home to their vision, which I think we both accomplished together- as a team. It was a great collaboration with the clients, as well as their interior designer, Laura Britt Design. I’m very excited to be part of such a great team effort, where the whole far surpassed the sum of the parts.” VH
PARADISE YOU DONâ€™T NEED PRIME WATERFRONT PROPERTY TO BRING PARADISE TO YOUR BACKYARD. EVEN THE MOST URBAN SETTING CAN GET A JOLT OF FRESH TROPICAL MAGIC WITH THE RIGHT DOSE OF ACCESSORIES AND CAREFUL PLANNING.
INSPIRATION Sunshine, relaxation and crystal-clear waters have inspired us to create a style guide drenched in the essence of summer. We couldn’t help but get swept aways in the enchantment of Casa Las Tortugas, a bohemian chic boutique hotel on the unspoiled island of Isla Holbox off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Between swimming with whale sharks, kitesurfing lessons, smoothas-glass ocean waters and the chance to see flamingos, dolphins and other intriguing wildlife up close, Isla Holbox is an island full of bucket-list experiences and an under-the-radar alternative to increasingly overcrowded Tulum. Casa Las Tortugas features a relaxing rooftop bar overlooking the sunset, organic spa treatments, complimentary yoga classes, and a relaxed, but lively social scene at Mandarina Beach Club, the island’s only 100% organic restaurant.
GIVE IT SOME THOUGHT Exterior rooms deserve the same amount of attention as inside spaces. Plan the area around the most basic elements and then work your way out. How many people will use the space at a time? How much entertaining will you realistically do this summer? Is the placement of the furniture ideal for the sunset? Are the materials selected the best alternative for Texas weather? To create a well thought-out space is crucial to ensure your furniture and accessories donâ€™t become lonely outside sculpture. VH
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Medium Fish Bowl ($48;
Create a cheery ambiance and lighten up any outdoor space with the right accessories. From perky pillows to fancy serveware, treat the outdoor living space with the same planning and design sensibility as the inside. Who said luxurious leisure is a bad thing? Here are some of our favorite picks for this appealing beachy theme. No need to bring out the tiki torches and straw skirts, here are some chic alternatives.
Fray Pendant Light ($199; cb2.com)
Pier Scape Pillow ($39;
Medium Fish Bowl ($48;
Nest Rattan Coffee Table ($299; cb2.com)
Grace Side Table by Westminster (westminsterteak.com)
Perfect Day Pillow ($85; luxdeco.com) Propeller with Two Blades Made in 1930s ($860; 1stdibs.com) Venetian Chair by Westminster (westminsterteak.com)
estilo Rope Print Throw Pillow ($43; zazzle.com)
Rope Cocktail Napkin Holder by Michael Aram (michaelaram.com)
Chord Pendant Light ($80; cb2.com)
Roped Bell Garland ($26;
TIED IN KNOTS ROPE DESIGNS ADD EARTHY TEXTURE TO BOTH ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY OBJECTS.
Anchor Rope Bracelet by Miansai ($55; neimanmarcus.com) Emilio Wall Mirror ($199; crateandbarrel.com)
Riata Lamp Ensemble ($100; anthropologie.com)
Reality Knotted Rope Bowl ($145; areaware.com)
FIT UPDATING THIS ORIGINAL Oâ€™NEIL FORD ICONIC HOME WAS AN EXERCISE IN RESTRAINT.
photography by mark menjivar
1958 binuclear house designed by Texas master O’Neil Ford stood as a pristine object in an undeveloped garden of potential. The home’s public and private spaces are housed in two volumes connected by a glass core and remain virtually untouched, having changed hands only once fifty years after completion. In addition to redefining the front parking area to relieve a specimen live oak tree and building a new retaining wall on the west side of the property to stabilize the failing terrace, the project’s objectives were to extend the lines of the house to the grounds and stitch interior and exterior together by animating the various interstitial and peripheral spaces the footprint provides.
Using modern versions of finishes appropriate for the time period in which the home was built allowed all of the spaces to flow freely.
The new pool is in perfect scale with the home and the horizon beyond. A new central patio—“the runway terrace”—carries the eye out from the main entry through the glass core to a new pool that reaches for the horizon, accentuating the strong central axis. The design incorporates the sixty-foot cliff at the edge of the site into the daily experience of the house and makes a strong connective gesture to a major city street in the distance. Smaller courts that offer privacy and a more intimate scale between the carport and main house and on the north and south sides are outdoor rooms cooled by serene water features. The central courtyard, a study in containment with rings of materials originating from a central tree like expanding rings around falling water, is a counterpoint to the multi-layered infinite view of the west terrace.
In addition to carefully composed alignments, view corridors, spatial sequences, and conceptual experiences, the exterior architecture is connected to the house through its palette: Mexican Saltillo tile and brick, both original materials, and galvanized steel plate, which echoes the roofing material. River pebbles are a separating element between the original structure and new insertions as well as a connecting element that weaves through the garden. This thin moat, stepped over when transitioning from new to old and old to new, silently recalls time and reminds us of the importance of a rarely remembered conceptâ€Ś deference. This is a masterful study in formal restraint and exceptional spatial subtlety. The architect has created a richly layered living experience by organizing a set of courts and gardens around and between the historically significant existing house by Oâ€™Neill Ford. With a very simple palette of materials and a magical use of planes of water, the project achieves a rare level of poetic expression. VH
OLD BONES, NEW SOUL DESIGNED AND REMODELED BY GCDD GROUP, THE HOUSE WAS TRANSFORMED FROM A RUN-DOWN MINIMAL TRADITIONAL HOME INTO A FUNKY 21ST CENTURY, DESIGN-FORWARD CITY HOME.
The designers incorporated an eclectic concept, preserving original and vintage features existent in the house with contemporary and alternative finishes.
ehabs usually represent bigger challenges than new construction, and this project wasnâ€™t the exception. When first approaching this project, Andres Galindo and his team knew that they were dealing with an old and poorly built structure with almost no architectural value. For most professionals in the field this house would had been a no brainer teardown, but for this team it was a unique opportunity to challenge their capacity to incorporate high-end and sustainable standards into an unexplored context. The project consisted in retrofitting and upgrading this 1,250 square- foot
3-bedroom 2-bathroom house into one with a more modern and contemporary style. For this project the designers had the premise to savage as much as they could from the original structure. The goal was to extend the spatial limits of this small house, making it look much larger without adding a single square foot to the original structure. One of the most important elements was the original hard wood floor. The floors provided the appeal of an aged structure and the pass of time, and grain that is hard to find in newer materials. Along these lines, the designers reinforced the concept of a vintage look, incorporating wood features using reclaimed and second hand materials such as old cedar beams, which were salvaged from an old house in West Lake Hills. Several
doors, studs, and windows that belonged to the original structure were also salvaged, retrofitted, readapted or reused as to harmonize with the proposed design. Another unique element in this project is the proposed unorthodox layout. Aiming to improve the spatial efficiency of the house, the designers took the bold decision of flipping the layout of the house by moving the entrance to one of its sides, right by the carport pergola. The new layout not only reduced the amount of hallway inside the house, but also favored the creation of a new connection between the interior and the exterior of the house. Examples of these new connections created are the panoramic patio doors and windows in the living areas facing the backyard, the cozy covered front patio
with private access from the master suite, and the covered courtyard beside the carport, among others. As a result of this rearrangement, the designers were able to introduce an open concept to the kitchen area, which helps integrate the dining area with the gorgeous and shaded backyard occupied by mature pecan trees. The living area is now full of light with exposed rafters and small glass windows that let more light pierce through, and the bedrooms have high gabled ceilings. In every corner the house has an outstanding detail, something that is characteristic of this firm’s work. Consistent with GCDD Group’s design principles of sustainability and adaptability, this thoughtful renovation is no less than a manifesto of their creativity and talent. 100 VETTAHOMES.COM
THE STYLE In this project the designers incorporated an eclectic concept, preserving original and vintage features existent in the house with contemporary and alternative finishes. This house is a fusion of character and sophistication, a blend of history of a post-war structure and a new vernacular eclectic style that has all the updates and sophisticated features you can possibly get in a 21st century home. Color, light, and openness are some of the elements that flavor this little beauty. The elegance and simplicity of the exterior, with its pure white walls and bold cedar wood window trims is what first captures your attention and serves as the preface for what is happening inside. Everything in this house is designed to create an incredible atmosphere of joy. The kaleidoscope of colors
on the kitchen’s backsplash contrasts with the immaculate whiteness of the kitchen space, featuring glossy ultra-modern white cabinets and pristine white countertops. Everything in this house is loaded with history and style. The wood assembly that completes the rustic wood kitchen countertop, made with reclaimed wood, is simply stunning. It is in the interception of all these styles where the marvelous vision of these architects comes together to create an exceptional living space. “We’ve been here for a month now and we couldn’t be happier. GCDD Group, the firm that designed this house, clearly put a lot of thought into every detail of this house, and we feel incredibly lucky to be able to call this house our home. It’s perfect,” added the owners. VH
Footprint of the original structure, unchanged during the fresh renovation.
Geometric Tri LED Pendant ($2,395; dwr.com)
Fractal Passport Case ($38; jonathanadler.com)
Goldleaf Krystalles Wall Art ($1,995; jonathanadler.com)
Made You Look Rug by Flor ($838; flor.com)
GEO CHARM BOLD AND CRISP ANGLES ADD STYLE TO EVERYDAY ITEMS, ELEVATING THEM TO DESIGN STANDOUTS.
Goldie Patent Tote ($398; jonathanadler.com)
Mingled Pillow ($25; cb2.com)
Hejsan Pen Cups ($3; ikea.com) Vintage Modernist Abstract Geometric Sculpture ($2,500; 1stdibs.com)
Save the Date September 26th, 2015 at 6:30pm Austin Originals Benefit Concert & Live Taping at the Austin Music Hall Featuring a Tasting Grove & Live Auction www.austinchildguidance.org
WORLDS COLLIDE A STORY OF COMPROMISE AND STYLE by coral talavera
n 1983, Dallas commercial architects Foster+Meier built a custom home for the legendary Dallas Cowboys coach, Tom Landry, in the exclusive “The Hills” neighborhood in Lakeway, Texas. The home was situated on the 18th hole of The Hills Golf Course so that Landry could watch friends and colleagues finish their golf games.
In March 2013, new owners found mold had infiltrated the Master Suite and Bath through the flat rooftop patio above. Multiple contractors were ready to rebuild, except the homeowners had differing concepts of how to finish out the space. Time was ticking to keep a continuous workflow. Chris Browarski, CCB Designs’ principal designer, met with the homeowners in October 2013 and learned the mediation of this project would surpass previous challenges. Browarski notes, “When I first met the clients, I was intrigued that the husband was an
entrepreneur with a love of all things Texas and golf, and the wife was Italian, with sophisticated, modern flare. Their very different backgrounds brought different design influences – from more traditional to much more modern.” The design mediation process began with The Main Requests: The husband’s request was for peaceful, muscle-relaxing soaks after golf games. His preference was the Duravit Darling New Tub with LED lighting. The wife’s main request was aesthetic. She longed for sleek, cream-colored, tiled walls with high-contrasting accents of black that reminded her of modern design elements found in Italy. Her husband disagreed, making note that tiled walls would contrast with the rest of the house, which is more traditional. Browarski remembers, “The impasse was confirmed when the husband quietly offered me $1,000 to change his wife’s mind on the overall bathroom design.” VETTAHOMES.COM 105
The remodel of the couples’ home in the Provence of Luca, outside of Pisa, Italy, coincided with the Lakeway remodel. While making plumbing, lighting and cabinetry selections in Italy, they agreed to have similar fixtures stateside for all intents and purposes. Browarski encouraged the clients to review more examples of the large format tile, especially wall installations, while abroad. In Europe, large-format (20”x 40” and larger) tile has been readily available from design leaders Porcelanosa and Cerdomus for years. After visiting several showrooms in Luca, the clients agreed that with subtly elegant tiles and reusing the home’s traditional doors and Austrian crystal and brass door handles, both needs for modern and traditional would be met. The challenge was now finding similar products in the United States due to the expense of packaging and transporting large format tile. Stone Solutions in Austin, TX, had exclusive distribution for Cerdomus tile. It was here the homeowners agreed on the beautiful, lightly textured and slightly shimmering Cerdomus Avenue tile. The large 20” x 40” Ivory tiles were installed horizontally on walls with the same size Black tiles installed vertically for impact. The floor is the 5” x 40” Ivory tile, laid in a staggered pattern.
Managing two remodels at the same time would be a daunting challenge to any couple, but two remodels on two continents at the same time? The use of materials from the European market create a luxurious home in Westlake. Done and Done! The completed installation is sophisticated and sumptuous. Both clients revel in having kept a balance of the traditional essence of the home and introducing the elegance of Italian modern design. Browarski continues to offer a fresh perspective for homeowners designing new and remodeled spaces and bringing their concepts to an agreed-upon reality. VH
LAKEFRONT WONDER THE ONLY THING THAT CAN BEAT THE VIEWS IN THIS PROPERTY ARE ITS VERY INTERESTING INTERIORS: ECLECTIC, BOLD AND COMPLEX. LET US CELEBRATE LAKEFRONT DWELLING WITH AN AUSTIN STUNNER.
hile bright primaries adorn unexpected corners, concrete and sleek finishes cleanse the palate. Sometimes industrial, sometimes mid-century modern and sometimes transparent, the house exudes undeniable character. Itâ€™s wide one spaces are a reflection of the properties exuberance, while its mix of spaces reflects Austinâ€™s unique esthetic. The property is privately situated on over 13 acres on a deep water cove in Lake Travis. This truly unique home was designed by award winning architect Donlyn Lyndon and custom built by Renaissance Builders. The home takes advantage of sweeping lake views from almost every room. The floor plan includes spacious formal rooms that are great for entertaining, a Bulthaup designed kitchen, private master suite, media room, library, wet and dry saunas, elevator and extensive storage. Custom detailing can be found throughout the property from the end cut mahogany floors to the wood grain patterned concrete walls. In addition to four bedroom suites in the main house there is a two bedroom guest house. Completing the grounds is a heated lap pool and a two slip boat dock on deep water. 110 VETTAHOMES.COM
Curves and straight lines blend together for easy-to-live-with modern interior.
Basking in the light of the enormous windows, the industrial style tulip dining set in bright white is a crisp contrast to the end-cut mahogany floors.
Bold colors offset by white are used throughout the home and repeated inside and out for continuity.
Rough concrete walls and stained concrete floors are key elements of the Donlyn Lyndon industrial design of this home. The open staircase, artful placement of windows on the wall and exposed concrete support column draw you in and up to the next level. Currently for sale, living in this dream home is a rare opportunity for someone seeking amazing design, on 13 private acres on the deep water of Lake Travis. VH
ative plants and a pollinator garden go hand in hand. The native plants used in rain gardens provide the perfect habitat for birds, bees, and beneficial insects. As we’ve seen species of insects like honeybees and Monarch butterflies becoming endangered, more and more gardeners have been incorporating plants to support pollinating insects as well as for the birds. Gardeners today are planting milkweed, the sole food source for Monarch larvae, and incorporating natives to support pollinating insects. It’s a much more casual approach rather than hands-on, intensive gardening. “Roadside weed spraying, the indiscriminate use of (herbicides) and the development of what used to be meadow areas have wiped out many of the plants that pollinators need to survive,” says Susan Wilder, a member of the Penn-Cumberland Garden Club’s Conservation Committee. According to the expert, home gardeners are compensating by reducing spraying and adding butterfly- and bee-attracting choices to their yards. “I’ve also noticed many of us are less obsessive about our lawns, allowing clover and other ‘weeds’ to be part of a more healthy, less demanding turf,” Wilder adds.
Sidecar Walnut & Blue ($35; revolutiondesign house.com)
Potted Succulent with Copper Pot ($10; cb2.com)
M.F.E.O. Jungalow Hanging Planter ($75; westelm.com)
Riverstone Wall Planter ($58; anthropologie.com)
Sea Bubbles Hanging Planter (anthropologie.com)
SIMPLY SUCCULENT TEXAS-LOVING NATURAL ELEMENTS FOR SPACES LARGE AND SMALL Potted Succulent ($10; cb2.com)
Mixed Succulent Wreath ($110; williams-sonoma.com)
Hanging Wire Pot in Brass ($39; westelm.com)
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