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While everyone takes seriously the task of remodeling their homes, architects take the process to an entirely new level. The combination of professional knowledge, personal preference, budget and family opinions can make for complicated calculus, but San Antonio-based architect Craig McMahon’s former residence is a testament to the magic that can happen with patience, talent and a skilled relative or two.
Clean and contemporary on the outside and sleek and spacious on the inside, the modern transformation of a modest mid-century home sitting on an oak-peppered lot in Austin’s Rollingwood neighborhood was born out of a big vision and a little bit of faith.
Imagine walking downstairs in a swim suit, stepping your bare feet into a pool of water and swimming beneath the wall of glass separating the indoors from the outdoors. It's an architectural reality for a professional couple living in a spectacular modern oasis in the middle of bustling Central Austin.
Part glam. Part French Forties. That’s how Julie Evans of JEI Design describes the sumptuous master suite she curated for clients remodeling their West Austin home sitting on two manicured acres tucked back from one of the prettiest streets in the city.
What is it about lavender? Some say it’s the captivating fragrance. Others go crazy for the color it adds to homegrown gardens. Many find relief in its legendary healing properties, others keep it as a kitchen staple. Spectacularly versatile and almost universally loved, lavender takes center stage in two annual Texas festivals. In short: Lavender rules.
Chocolate, one of the world’s most beloved foodstuffs, is also one of the most intriguing. From its unique botanical characteristics to its complex history and symbolic nature, cacao holds a special place in the world’s gastronomy. After all, it wasn’t an accident that Carl Linnaeus named the cacao tree Theobroma, meaning “food of the gods.” It is important to note that the term cacao refers to the plant or its fruit and beans before processing, while chocolate refers to products made from the beans.
With what seems like a million choices in countertop materials, it’s not only confusing to know what the best option is for your kitchen and bath, but also overwhelming to stay on top of what’s new. We’d like to help you navigate the countertop wars and choose the best fit for your family.
Moving from a Tribeca apartment to the wide open spaces of Texas with only a side table and a few pieces of art, this young family from New York City had a very important requirement for their new life — the space had to have a cool city vibe that would look right at home in the West Lake Hills area of Austin.
“This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. Every spring we enter a new cycle and new shoots come from the ground. It is something life affirming to look forward to,” says Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.