Let's drift away to Corona del Mar on Newport Beach with one of our favorite designers, Rachel Horn. For her glorious Bahia Serena project, Rachel worked with award-winning architect, Brion S. Jeannette, on every detail of the interior, exterior and garden of this stunning 17,000 sq ft home on the coast of Southern California.     The Contemporary Mediterranean design is equally influenced by California Mission and Spanish Hacienda styles. Horn and her team participated in the design from inception and chose all of the hard finishes for the home. Rachel designed much of the furnishings and decor, most of which was custom...

Justin M. Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency in Portland, Seattle and Palm Springs, shares some simple home staging secrets homeowners can take a cue from. 1. Avoid buying colored furniture. Red, sofas go out of style faster than bell bottom jeans. The same goes for any other color of the rainbow. Whereas neutral sofas like gray or white can stay in style for years to come. If you must have red in your living room, buy red throw pillows and blankets instead. 2. Choose "warm white" light bulbs (2700-3000K). These more closely mimic incandescent lighting. “Daylight" which is 5000K mimics the...

One of Austin's hottest places to get a facelift is now getting its own dose of beautification, with the design of their newest location. Westlake Dermatology's location in Marble Falls was a ground-up design project strengthened by a collaborative process directly with the clients and the brilliant minds of Matt Fajkus Architecture. Situated along a major Texas highway to the east and overlooking gentle hills to the west, the new medical building is intentionally subtle, minimizing the visual presence of the new construction. The nuanced concrete and glass shell merges with the designed landscape architecture, enveloping the comfortable, bright, and open...

It's no secret that Barcelona is one of the hottest (and most fun) European destinations, which makes it so much harder to decide on the best accommodations. Out of the hundreds of choices in Barcelona hotels, we've handpicked three top-notch selections for your next trip. If I were you, between the amazing architecture, the luxurious accommodations, and the decadent food, I would make an effort to visit all three on your next adventure. MAKE SURE TO READ: Barcelona e Bona! 5 Reasons to Rank this European Gem High on Your Bucket List   w barcelona Designed by the highly recognized architect Ricardo Bofill, the W Barcelona is...

From your name to your content, to your values, your followers and the people in your circle who matter most are constantly evaluating your personal brand and your story. Make it count. Wow them. Even a professional with no intention of stepping into the limelight will find immense value in forging a great personal brand. This not only serves the purposes of pleasing the audience of an influencer with thousands of followers but can also greatly benefit any employee who is careful not to send the wrong message to employers, colleagues, clients or potential partners. Here's a handy checklist to help...

Sophistication is defined with decadent gold lame, playful sequins, breathtaking jewels and tantalizing negligée. Join us as we bring back old Hollywood glamour.   TALENTS Fashion Director / Photography: Tania Quintanilla Assistant: Rudy Arocha Stylist: Krista Ynostrosa Intern: Narissa Du Plessis Hair: Robert Lindsey Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Elizabeth Rachale from The Campbell Agency   Vest with Ostrich Feather Placket by Brunello Cucinelli ($5,840; Neiman Marcus). Leaf Earring with Pave by BE- JE ($120; Found). Blazer in Desert Rose by Versace ($975; Neiman Marcus). Origami Ivory Skirt by Mason by MM ($350; Found). Triangle Gold Earrings by Alexis Bittar ($275; Neiman Marcus). Gunmetal Spear Necklace by Alexis Bittar ($155; Neiman Marcus). Sequin Cold-Shoulder...

Growing up in a household with four other women taught me many lessons. One of the most fun: women's tastes don't always agree. Naturally, as we grew older, my mom, three sisters and I developed very different tastes in music, food, men and fashion. As we all grow stronger ties with all our friends and family, it's not uncommon to start naming articles we find at stores or traveling after our loved ones. Inspired by the (very different) personalities of some of the closest women in my life, here are some beautiful handbags in 6 different flavors, one for every style.   The Fashionista Bright, bold...

When I die, I hope the waiting room in heaven is furnished with an ornate tufted settee, a collage of vases with lush peonies and a chandelier with thousands of cascading translucent glass drops. It’s not uncommon to find me drooling over the pages of magazines, contemplating impossible-to-find artwork, intricate mirrors and heavily bejeweled pieces of furniture, all reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden days of glamour. Even if you’re not ready to admit it, at some point, we’ve all secretly obsessed over a lavish piece of tapestry, a succulent strand of pearls or a decadent Egyptian cotton duvet over a sea...

EV is proud to bring you the amazing work of renowned Austin-based interior designer Rachel Horn. She traveled to San Miguel de Allende to give us a glimpse of Mexico’s gorgeous culture and history through her work at La Casa Dragones.   At the epicenter of Mexico’s silver trade in the late 1700s, San Miguel was home to the Dragones, an elite cavalry led by General Ignacio Allende, responsible for one of the movements that eventually led to the Independence of Mexico. Today, La Casa Dragones still stands on a narrow cobbled street and serves as the spiritual house for the eponymous...

Have you ever wondered what’s the driving force behind the success of today’s biggest mega stars? What’s the root of their success? Is it their drive, talent, beauty, innovation or business know-how? Although these qualities attract media and create high visibility, all mega stars have one common thread that is fundamental to their careers: their Personal Brand. Are you meticulously building yours? Do you know what it takes to have an amazing personal brand? DESIGN: Have you ever thought of yourself as a project, as a company, or as a brand? If not, start immediately. Everyone is a brand, and you are your...

Pack your bags, eclectics. EV is taking you to the gorgeous City of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Colorful, lively and historic, Cartagena is a perfect destination for elite tourists looking for sunny weather, tropical lush greenery and some pretty exquisite venues. Cartagena is a gorgeous fishing village on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, with excellent beaches, a historic old town (that’s entirely walkable) and beautiful colonial architecture. It’s also one of the safest places in the country, so it’s no wonder it’s a popular port of call for cruise ships. Need a break from exploring the cobblestone streets? Stop at an outdoor...

The Tree House gets its name from the property’s primary live oak tree, which served as the focal point for this development. Each space has a special relationship to this central element, creating a unique connection between the indoor and outdoor realms. With finely detailed materials and finishes, this two- story modern architecture masterpiece by Matt Fajkus Architecture is the perfect balance of “sophistication and restraint.” Around the backside on the ground level, two single- story wings wrap around the main live oak. A tall, two- story “window wall” maximizes the use of inexpensive windows to frame various views of the...

Reminiscent of a 'Modern Day Babylon', vertical gardens will make any minimalist swoon. Refusing the traditional pots and soil, these green artscapes provide sleek simplicity and seem to defy gravity. The trend is a result of arduous research and thoughtful design, and the main focus is to maximize space and integrate nature into even the most unassuming spaces. MEET THE NEW URBAN GREEN As the trend has been slowly creeping into the US mainstream, you’ll find some pretty good local projects with upward greenery (such as that mossy wall at Whole Foods in Downtown Austin that I absolutely love). However, vertical gardens...

The fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces is quickly gaining ground in today’s architectural landscape and Dick Clark, one of our favorite architects in Austin, has incorporated the concept into several beautiful projects, as is the case with this property in Brownwood, TX. the project This 4,600 square-foot haven amidst natural Texan beauty is one of our featured works, completed a couple of years ago in a secluded site. The owners are an empty nester couple with two grown children and were seeking a new home to fit their specific personalities and lifestyle. They asked the firm for a very clean, modern...

Recently recognized as the Hispanic Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Iliana De La Vega and her husband have established a great eatery on Rainy Street and have the set the bar high for local chefs with their ever-evolving El Naranjo. Hometown: "Mexico City, the second largest city in the world, though I combined my childhood between DF and Oaxaca, where my family comes from." Favorite Trend: “I think that the future of food rests in its past. We are going back to the roots, food that is natural, creative, and nurtures your body. Other than...

Jet chartering from your smart phone is now easier with Jet Smarter, the app (for iOS or Android) that connects aircraft operators with fliers in real time. Founder Sergey Petrossov designed the app to give flyers access to the largest private jet marketplace in the world right from their mobile device. “Our application democratizes the private jet market by decreasing the entry price for consumers and helping air carriers gain more market exposure,” explains Petrossov. “Such transparency allows us to build a highly engaged audience of influential users who trust us to get the best deals when flying private.” FROM THE...

Imagine a luxury suite in the middle of the woods, where the air incessantly smells of lavender and dreams. Imagine sitting down at a fine restaurant floating on water, covered in lush greenery, where your cell phone won’t even get a signal. Imagine detaching from it all and getting lost in yourself and (if you’re in good company) someone whose visit invigorates and restores you. We found out that it’s quite simple to achieve all this: Stay at Lake Austin Spa Resort. Nestled along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers...

I was introduced to this sport by my friends at The Elephant Story, a wonderful and whimsical venue in Comfort, Texas dedicated to wildlife preservation and whose owners are deeply driven by their love of animals. They are so passionate, in fact, that the store is the only The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) was formed in 1982 at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, in the Chitwan National Park in southwest Nepal. The first games were played on a grass airfield in Meghauly, located on the edge of the National Park. The co-founders, James Manclark, a Scottish landowner and former Olympic toboggan...

Filmmaker, documentarian, editor and producer; it seems like Barbara Morgan just can’t resist a good story. Morgan co-founded Austin Film Festival 21 years ago and has served as the sole Executive Director since ‘99. Her work has been featured across screens of all sizes in and out of Austin and she’ll be hosting the Festival with her team from October 23rd to the 30th. Join the AFF for another fabulous edition. Hometown: "Philadelphia, PA" Favorite Trend: “When Austin Film Festival started, we decided to focus on the screenwriter’s contribution to the filmmaking process. In film, oddly enough, the director, not the writer, is...

In a city revered for its musical roots, one particular Austin composer, Nathan Felix, found himself in a bit of a challenge to both: teach himself how to compose for orchestra and somehow let the world know that classical music is not dead, but rather much alive. IN THE WORKS Felix has a documentary titled “The Curse & The Symphony,” which chronicles the process of recording his first symphony, “The Curse The Cross & The Lion.” The documentary was featured in festivals throughout the US, including the Catalina Film Festival in Avalon, CA, Docuwest International in Denver, CO and Chagrin Documentary Fest...

Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. After Cyclone Ita devastated this petite Great Barrier Reef Island in April 2014, it was hard to imagine the property reemerge as such a beautiful haven for relaxation. Almost 12 months down the track, and following a massive rebuild and remodeling effort, the isle and its resort are a natural, luxurious wonder. Lizard Island is set apart by its understated, barefoot luxury, with new resort additions including a standalone two-bedroom suite. The Villa comes with its own plunge pool, wraparound deck, and views of the Coral Sea. The Pavilion now features...

An advocate for simple, edited design, Michael Hsu is an accomplished architect, an amazing space designer and a true visionary. He is responsible for designing some of the most popular venues and eateries in Austin and is one of the most recognized names in local modern architecture. Hometown: “I was born in Taipei, Taiwan but grew up in Houston.” Favorite Trend: “That we’re learning how to be more urban and neighborhood-focused in Austin, with its ups and downs.” Biggest Inspiration: "My Grandfather, one of the first licensed architects in my home country and my Mother, who found time to paint and be creative in challenging...

Meet MM.LaFleur, a New York City-based fashion startup founded by Sarah LaFleur and Narie Foster, two former consultants who were tired of dressing in boring pantsuits, in collaboration with Miyako Nakamura, former head designer of Zac Posen. Started in 2013, the brand is tailored to make working women feel fabulous by bringing fashion into the office. MM.LaFleur’s model is making the banal practice of browsing, trying on and coming up empty- handed obsolete. The company streamlines the shopping process by sending a box of clothes (handpicked by a stylist, of course) directly to your door. The boxes are personalized based on...

The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa celebrates the next phase of its newly fashioned Palm Beach luxury philosophy by partnering with Jonathan Adler to redefine the guest experience with rooms full of elegant surprises, including his signature accents to add style, craft, and joy to the lives of resort guests. Offering a new style of effortless living on seven chic acres of oceanfront and lush tropical gardens, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers an experience that is at once exciting and sensual. The resort is refined and elegant and thoughtfully appointed for leisure guests, families and business travelers...

These top-notch travel spots in Northern Territory have managed to unite the luxuries that elite jet-setters expect from the world’s best leisure destinations, with the majestic natural wonders of the Australian outback. Here are top picks for luxury hotels in Northern Territory, Australia:     BANUBANU WILDERNESS RETREAT (BREMER ISLAND, NT) The perfect antidote for those looking to break out of the stress, crowds, and complexities of modern life, this exclusive resort on Bremer Island is the perfect escape. The facilities at Banubanu are described by the owners as ‘simple but comprehensive’, carefully designed to maintain a minimal ecological footprint in one of Australia’s...

EV sat down with music with SXSW Music Programmer Jes Elliot to better understand the event organizer's mindset and the goals for the world renowned festival. Each year, SXSW draws more people to Austin. To combat the mayhem of SXSW Music, arguably the most chaotic segment of the festival, only 114 special event permits were approved this year, versus the 170 that were approved last year. “It goes back to the ethos of less is more,” SXSW music programmer Jes Elliott explains. While scaling back the number of event permits may not have done much to discourage people from flocking...

You probably know him from the hit TV show and, if you're like most of my friends, you're counting the days to meet this real estate menace. One of the most fun stories of young success in the Big Apple, Luis Ortiz from Million Dollar Listing has not only made a huge name for himself in luxury real estate, but also proven to be unstoppable. For Luis, there’s no better way to wake up than inundated with light bursting through his floor-to-ceiling glass windows, taking in the impressive Manhattan cityscape. About his inspiring view of the Hudson River from his chic...

Tell an out-of-towner you’re from Texas. He or she will more than likely think up an image of a cowboy on a horse. In life, as in legend, the horse is central to what defines Texas as a state, and before it was a state, as it’s own Republic. However, since Austin scored one of the greatest coups in sports history with the completion of the Circuit of the Americas and the attendant United States Grad Prix, “horsepower” has taken on a whole new meaning. Now, every year, hundreds of thousands of race fans make the trip to Austin, and...