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The Luxury Living Issue


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    Designs | Lifestyles | Investments | Improvements

    Luxury Living

  • Its December already? This year has certainly flown by! We have been privileged to share with you some truly exceptional Central Texas homes and introduce you to the talented architects, builders and designers who built these special places.In this issue, we focus on luxury and look at a several homes, each with its own distinctive perspective. Our cover features an extraordinary

    Palladian Italian-style estate overlooking Lake Travis, followed by a Spanish-inspired home on the edge of the Hill Country, designed around treasures from the homeowners extensive travels. Art and architecture combine to create a beautiful home in San Antonio which incorporates the homeowners original paintings into the design, while a property in Boerne, reminiscent of a European villa, is filled with Old World charm and exquisite finishes. Finally, outdoor entertaining at its best is illustrated in a home constructed of materials native to Central and South Texas, and used specifically to withstand our areas climate.Looking for something special for your holiday entertaining? Amuse Bouche: A Tiny Bite of Greatness provides recipes for tasty and

    trendy dishes to impress all of your holiday dinner guests, while Transforming Tablescapes is sure to inspire creative and festive alternatives to your holiday table decor. Our list of off-the-beaten-path spas can ensure much-needed relief before, during and after the seasons celebrations. While we are so very grateful for all of the wonderful people we have met and the homes we have been invited into this year, we remember

    that 2011 was a very unfortunate year for many in Central Texas. Know that our hearts go out to those in our community who suffered tragic losses in the wild fires that destroyed so much of our beautiful area. Everyone at Urban Home Magazine wishes each of you a joyous and peaceful holiday season, and a blessed and prosperous 2012!

    Trisha Doucette & Leslie Woods, editors

    P.S. Find us on Facebook at Urban Home Magazine: Austin San Antonio.If you have wonderful finds that our readers would enjoy, please share with us on Facebook.

    On The Cover:

    Beyond this grand entry lies a home rich in opulent textures and sculptural form, all complementing the homes classical Italian elegance while providing the perfect balance for everyday living and entertaining. Designed by John Hathaway of Vanguard Studio, Inc., built by Cosmo Palmieri of Sendero Homes and decorated by Ron Malott Interior Design. Page 16.

    Scan to view more features of this home.

    From the editors

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  • 2011 | VOL. 6 | NO. 6Publisher

    Louis Doucette

    EditorsLeslie Woods and Trisha Doucette

    Contributing EditorsJudith Bundschuh ABOrKyle Jones nArI Austin

    Keith Moehle San Antonio nArIKaren Matuszewski By Design, real Estate Services &

    Custom Home Consulting

    Contributing WritersClaudia Alarcon, Sharla Bell, Jackie Benton, Julie Catalano, Mauri Elbel, Laura Jackson, Sue-Ella Mueller, Dana W. Todd

    Advertising SalesSandy Weatherford

    Gerry Lair

    PhotographyPaul BardagjyBibb Gault

    Coles HairstonS. Craig McCasland

    Al rendonJason robertsVernon Wentz

    Design and ProductionTim Shaw The Shaw Creative

    Printing and Direct MailSmithPrint

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    Business Office4714 Cambridge / Sugar Land, Texas 77479

    Sales Office10036 Saxet Drive / Boerne, Texas 78006


    Website www.urbanhomemagazine.com

    Urban Home Magazine Austin-San Antonio is published by Big City Magazines of Austin, LLC. Advertising rates available upon request. All rights reserved by copyright. no part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent from publisher. Every effort is made to assure accuracy of the information contained herein. However, the publisher cannot guarantee such accuracy. Advertising is subject to errors, omissions and or other changes without notice. Mention of any product or service does not constitute endorsement from Urban Home Magazine. The information contained in this publication is deemed reliable from third party sources, but not guaranteed. Urban Home Magazine does not act as an agent for any of the advertisers in this publication. It is recommended that you choose a qualified remodeling, home furnishings or home improvement firm based on your own selection criteria. Urban Home Magazine, does not act as an agent for any of the realtors or builders in this publication. It is recommended that you choose a qualified realtor to assist you in your new home purchase.

    Urban Home Magazine will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that is a violation of the Fair Housing Act. All real estate advertising in Urban Home Magazine, is subject to the Fair Housing Act that states We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. Copyright 2011 by Urban Home Magazine. All Rights Reserved.

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    Stephanie J. Villavicencio, ASIDTexas Registered Interior Designer

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    cover16 Authentic Reflections Photography by Coles Hairston

    featured homes28 The Power Of Dreaming Big Photography by Paul Bardagjy and Al Rendon38 Bringing Art And Design Home Photography by Bibb Gault52 A Hill Country Fairy Tale Photography by S. Craig McCasland

    trends58 Outdoor Designing For Today and Tomorrow62 Design The Oriental Mystique66 Decorating Transforming Tablescapes74 Entertaining Amuse Bouche: One Tiny Bite Of Greatness

    highlights50 Community Service: Urban Home Dream Home


    fabulous finds78 Central Texas Spas

    essentials64 New Products: Holiday Gifts contributing editors36 Kyle Jones, NARI Austin & Keith Moehle, San Antonio NARI48 Karen Matuszewski , By Design - Custom Home Consulting81 Judith Bundschuh, ABOR

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    December 2011/January 2012





  • By Laura Jackson Photography by coLes Hairston

    Authentic Reflections

    The art of planning a masterpiece

  • A TrAnsfOrMATiOn Of syMMeTry And BAlAnCeJohn Hathaway, Vanguard Studio, Inc., Principal Architect512.918.8312 vanguardstudio.com

    The combined goals of the homeowners, as well as the architectural firm and designer, were to create a clean and timeless, yet elegant and striking architectural style. This became a fitting reflection of the homeowners desire for symmetry and balance in the project. A Palladian Italian style thus evolved providing a classic and enduring character for the home.

    s you enter the home, you are immediately

    greeted with not just a sense of jaw-dropping

    grandeur, but also with a feeling of intimacy and

    connection to a most special place. The light and open

    atmosphere throughout the home triggers an enormous

    exhale as you take in spectacular views of Lake Travis

    from almost every angle.

    Even a brief glance at the breathtaking photos

    gives you a pretty good indication that this is not

    your typical lakeside estate. It is something so much

    more created by a team of experts in their respective

    fields. And theyre not just the top professionals, but

    individuals who pour the best of their hearts and

    minds into their work. The result was a masterpiece to

    be treasured for generations.


    The homes inspiring location was also one of its biggest challenges. Although the terrain was steep and rocky, under the leadership of John Hathaway and his skilled team, Vanguard Studio was able to perfectly integrate all of the landscapes features into the site. By developing several terraces, they were able to make it appear as if it came right out of a charming Italian hillside.In the center of the home there is an amazing 50-foot rotunda,

    complete with an oculus in the center, much like those seen in early Italian architecture. This is the center element upon which the entire

    house revolves. It is capped on the exterior with beautiful copper shingles, and has a top with a gorgeous patina that is a brushed bronze color. Inside and outside the home, you can find customized limestone columns giving it all an authentic classical feel.To create just the look his clients desire, Hathaways firm

    understands the value of listening to his clients. He explains, Our experience has taught us the right questions to ask and the challenges to anticipate. Its our ability to interpret their needs and desires, and capture the essence of the design that sets us apart.

    This is the center element upon which the entire house revolves.

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  • A MirrOr Of spiriTRon Malott, Ron Malott Interior Design 512.243.7367 ronmalott.com

    True art i


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