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HOMEAUSTIN-SAN ANTONIO URBAN
CELEBRATING INSPIRATIONAL DESIGN AND PERSONAL STYLE
InspIrIng DesIgn For every roomWho Is Clara DrIsColl?
The variety of design styles in this issue may not seem to have a common thread. They are described in many ways, from elegant vintage to contemporary to European country, but their commonality lies in the methods in which they were created. Each project included teams who fulfilled the desires and tastes of their clients and respected the existing property with which they had to work.
Our cover home is a case in point. This beautiful, restful retreat near Wimberley is the culmination of talented professionals and a homeowner who knew exactly what she wanted. Far from standard in Hill Country homes are fanciful, floral window treatments, however, they are perfect in this casually elegant country getaway designed by architect
Rick Burleson and built by Schmidt Custom Homes. Another extraordinarily talented team who love what they do is Katie and Jeff Bullard of Avenue B Development. The Bullards, who have
over recent years garnered much praise for their historic restorations, are able to see beyond the ruin of a once loved but now forgotten home to create stunning transformations. The latest renovation of a Texas Queen Anne Victorian in the Robertson Hill neighborhood of Austin is the perfect combination of original character and modern day livability.
In San Antonios Olmos Park, architect Lyndsay Thorn of Thorn Graves and designer Mary McNelis transformed a 1932 home by reconfiguring rooms and adding beautiful finishes inspired by the colors of European country estates but with clean and classic lines. The result is a more efficient home for a family of five.
In Wimberley, a state-of-the-art recording studio is disguised as a beautiful Hill Country estate and provides an inspirational setting for recording artists and the public during monthly concerts. Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio is the result of combined talents. Architect Lou Kimball, builder Grady Burnette, and owners Billy and Dodee Crockett, whose lifelong experiences in the music industry and love of this particular magical piece of land, have created a musical haven for all to experience.
At El Monumento in Georgetown, you might forget you arent in a quaint, colonial Mexican town enjoying simple dishes made from the freshest ingredients, and thats the point. The architecture, landscaping and menu were all inspired by the remote ranches and haciendas of South Texas and Mexico, and follow the locally sourced principles as the restaurateurs other establishments, Monument Caf and Monument Market.
Two turn-of-the-century women of the same name made lasting impressions one in Texas history and the other in the exquisite artistry of Tiffany lamps. Both Clara Driscolls were ahead of their time and marched bravely into areas that, at the time, were defined as a mans territory.
Another pair of pioneers, this time in the food industry, are Central Texas chefs David Garrido of Garridos Restaurant and Bar in Austin and Jesse T. Perez of Arcade Midtown Kitchen in San Antonio. Both, having attained great success in well-known, high-end establishments, chose to venture out on their own and create their own signature restaurants.
Texas has a long history of tall tales and many of them include a dearly departed who refuses to depart. There are numerous opportunities statewide to investigate the paranormal or to just enjoy a really good history lesson.
We hope you find design inspiration, room by room.
Trisha Doucette & Leslie Woods, editors
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On The Cover:
An otherwise masculine house, with local stone, rough sawn beams and reclaimed pieces of wood, is balanced with the homeowners selection of vintage fabrics and collectibles, and a love of romantic, English cottage-style dcor. Page 22
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From the editors
8 URBAN HOME AUSTIN SAN ANTONIO urbanhomemagazine.com
2013 | VOL. 8 | NO. 5
EditorsTrisha Doucette and Leslie Woods
Contributing EditorsCathy Coneway ABOR
Catrina Kendrick Catrinas Ranch InteriorsJohn Martin Austin NARI
Justin Bravo NARI San Antonio
Contributing WritersClaudia Alarcon, Jackie Benton, Michelle Burgess, Julie Catalano,
Mauri Elbel, Ashley Festa, Ellen Millard, Dana W. Todd
Strategic Media PlacementDiane Purcell
Advertising SalesSandy Weatherford
PhotographyLindsay Cavanaugh, Leigh Christian, Christopher Davison,
Tre Dunham, Ryann Ford, Casey Fry, Sunni Hammer, Thomas McConnell, Tristan Rhodes,
Trish McCabe Rawls, Billy Spencer
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cover22 Romantic Country Dream Photography by Casey Fry
featured homes30 Special Addition Photography by Casey Fry36 Rearranging Spaces Photography by Trish McCabe Rawls
highlights46 Feathering That First Nest48 The Timeless Shutter50 The New Market72 25 Designer Tips
Design Trends42 Room for Music
Commercial Design52 Escape to El Monumento
Great Design56 The Two Claras
Elements60 Fortuny Fabric
Why This Space Works 68 Designer Spotlight: Robin Colton
Food Design74 Well Seasoned, On Their Own
78 Haunted Tours of Texas
Essentials62 New Products: Fabrics66 New Products: Black & White
Contributing Editors63 Cathy Coneway, ABOR64 John Martin, Austin NARI & Justin Bravo, NARI San Antonio
82 Advertiser Index
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