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  • The homes featured in this issue were not without their own sets of challenges. But each is uniquely different while all accomplishing the same goal: to be open, efficient and suitable for each familys needs. Another common feature resulting from these open floor plans and just given the way families live is its obvious that everything radiates from the kitchen.

    At 2,800 square feet and spanning three levels, this compact, contemporary home

    designed by architect Nick Mehl feels expansive with a central orientation and free-flowing living spaces. Dealing with a small lot meant the only place to go was up and down for the basement guests room. Museum white walls to display musical instruments and the homeowners selection of finishes throughout make for a modern and livable family home.

    Kristin Hefty of San Antonios Dado Group was challenged with meeting her clients goals for separate living areas, bedrooms and guests quarters, but rather than designing a huge structure to occupy the equally huge lot, she created three distinct structures combined by glass-enclosed entries. The configuration allows for courtyard space where a two-sided garage doubles as a covered outdoor living area. And the home respects the architecture of neighboring houses.

    Adam Wilson knew when he set out to design a home to be featured on San Antonios Parade of Homes in The Dominion that it had to be over-the-top and unique. The result is both but with a livable quality that feels modern, extravagant and family-friendly all at the same time. Each room fits a specific need perfectly, and the overall openness of the floor plan makes for fabulous entertaining.

    Around town and around the state, arts show season is beginning with several choices to choose from depending on where your itch to travel takes you. And check out the trend of pop-up dinners. True foodies have known about these for some time. Theyre everywhere and provide opportunities for chefs to explore other cuisines and menus not available at their restaurants.

    Until next time, lets ride out winter and ring in spring.

    Trisha Doucette

    On The Cover:

    With a small lot and grand goals, architect Nick Mehl designed a creative and efficient three-level home with multiple entertainment and living areas, and beautiful finishes selected by the homeowners dedicated research. Page 20


    1. GAUCHO GOURMETSourcing fine foods from Europe and South America,

    this is a go-to for cheeses, sausages, teas and olive oils. Their take-out menu features sandwiches, pasta salads and trays, and every Saturday they host a seasonal market showcasing their specialty items and those of guest vendors like Groomer Seafood, Bakery Lorraine and wineries. A wine and cheese caf is also in the works for later this year by the Pearl. Gauchogourmet.com

    2. TUK TUK TAPROOMThe menu of Asian street food is absolutely fabulous. I

    cant rave enough about the Thai Shrimp Omelet or Fried Chicken. Its meant for sharing but really hard to part with. Theres also over 60 craft beers, plus bottles, wines, and teas to pair or simply savor. But dont leave without ending your meal with their Vietnamese coffee. Served hot or cold, its a real treat. Tuktuktaproom.com

    3. WALTONS FANCY AND STAPLEThis shop is a true gem. What began as a florist in the

    60s has evolved into a little bit of everything. The floral department is still tops bridal parties and events are their specialty but theres also a state-of-the-art bakery and deli for take-out lunches or to satisfy your sweet tooth or to cater your event. The century old building amplifies the charm as you browse the selections of coffees, candles, dog treats and other goodies. Waltonsfancyandstaple.com

    4. GUTEN COOver in Fredericksburg, Sarah Sauer and Molly

    Rodgers decided to buy a Chandler and Price platen press made in 1914 to print their custom stationary, note cards and other paper goods. The result is brilliant. Their designs are beautiful and creative, and it doesnt stop with paper. Almost everything on their website is handmade by those two, including woven pillows and wall hangings. Gutenco.com

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  • 2015 | VOL. 10 | NO. 1

    PublisherLouis Doucette

    EditorTrisha Doucette

    Contributing EditorsBarb Cooper ABOR

    Catrina Kendrick Catrinas Ranch Interiors

    Contributing WritersClaudia Alarcon, Jackie Benton, Julie Catalano,

    Mauri Elbel, Dana W. Todd

    PhotographyTre Dunham, Casey Dunn,

    Mark Menjivar, Siggi Ragnar

    Strategic Media PlacementDiane Purcell

    Advertising SalesSandy Weatherford,

    Gerry Lair, Janis Maxymof

    Business ManagerVicki Schroder

    Design and ProductionTim Shaw The Shaw Creative

    Printing and Direct MailSmithPrint

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    cover20 Urban Heights Photography by Tre Dunham

    featured homes28 Building Blocks Photography by Mark Menjivar36 A Modern French Chateau Photography by Siggi Ragnar

    highlights44 Kitchen And Bathroom Renovation


    Why This Space Works 46 Designer Spotlight: Casey Roy of Casey Roy Interior Design

    Commercial Design50 The Preserve Kitchen + Bar at Travaasa Austin

    New Masters54 God, Texas, Family: Richard Schmidt Jewelry Design

    Food Design58 Culinary Pop-Ups

    Fabulous Finds60 Spring Into Art

    New Products64 Kitchen Gadgets

    Contributing Editors52 Catrina Kendrick, Catrinas Ranch Interiors56 Barb Cooper, ABOR

    66 Advertiser Index

    February / March 2015





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  • a day of hitting the market, they were uncertain of their next step.

    We couldnt find a house on the market that met our needs and contemplated major renovation projects before landing on the idea of building, but we lucked into the lot and location, says Cindy Anderson of their centrally-located property just blocks from downtown.

    While they were unsure of where or what their next house would be, what they envisioned was crystal clear. After sharing less than 1500 square feet of space with their two teenage children for years, the

    ith a small downtown lot and the citys restrictive zoning ordinances, Element 5 Architecture principal Nick Mehl knew he faced a

    challenge when designing this modern three-level home tucked in Austins eclectic Travis Heights neighborhood.

    We knew it would be difficult to get everything our clients wanted in this home, says Mehl of the 2,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom house complete with a basement guest space and roof deck. But somehow we did.

    When the Anderson family sold their 1930s craftsman-style Hyde Park home within

    URBAN HEIGHTSThis modern, three-level Travis Heights home rises above expectations with a central-orientation that is both compact and comfortable.



    Photography by TRE DUNHAM

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