This modern ranch redo in Alamo Heights, Texas respects and embraces the land and the beauty of its surroundings. Architect Craig McMahon brought nature and light in thru well-placed windows and the use of materials including beautifully grained wood floors, counters mimicking stone and wall treatments with a modern take on traditional Texas limestone. The 3600sf, 5 bedroom/4 bath home was designed for clients enamored with mid-century modern architecture. The original 2,200sf home included the typical cut-up floor plan and low ceilings found in many Ranch style homes of the area. The new owners wanted a modern home, but one...

It's not uncommon to find ourselves scouring our addictive social feeds for inspiration on color and other stimulating content, and more often than not, glimpses of amazingly-styled food seep through. From color to texture, to stories, there are true food artists out there creating fantastic visual artworks that even evoke tastes and smells through the screen. We've compiled a list of hot, lesser-known feeds that need lots of recognition, selected by their deep culinary inspiration and incredible aesthetics. Here are the next 9 #Foodie Instagram feeds you'll love to follow: 1. @emikodavies An artful combination of organic beauty and unsophisticated food styling. Emiko Davies is a...

Time is finite. No reason to get sad, morose, or uneasy about it. In fact, you probably responded the way most do upon reading – “Well, of course, everyone knows that.” If that were true, it would seem carpe diem would be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Flash forward. When you do finally seize the day, will you be living the version you want to seize, or will have you opted for postponement? It’s no fun living one version of your life now and waiting for the other version to begin...

Ever wonder what you and your partner could do to break through your own financial ceiling? Ever since I was little I was fascinated by the way people spoke (and didn’t speak) about money. Why was the subject taboo? Wasn’t money something that everybody wanted? Didn’t having more money allow people to have more fun, take better care of themselves and the people they loved, as well as create opportunities to do more good in the world? Why all the hush-hush? Let’s talk! MONEY MINDSET We all have a money story. The stories we tell ourselves about money not only run deep...

Do you ever experience a moment of synchronicity or happenstance that has an instant way of getting your attention? It doesn’t have to be connected to a momentous event; rather it could be quite simple. For instance, on a whim, you call last minute for a Saturday night dinner reservation at the new restaurant everyone is talking about and are pleasantly surprised to hear the opposite of what you were expecting. “Normally you would have had to call last week, but this must be your lucky night. We just had a cancellation seconds ago and I want you to have...

Everybody loves a good story. We are story machines, constantly making up meaning about ourselves, about others, and the world around us. Take a moment to consider the following: So many of the stories you have listened to, created, and constantly retell are diverting the path to true happiness. If you want different results, change the story and understand how the old ones were created in the first place. The first step is to understand your needs. You probably can remember the pyramid schematic from your high school Psychology 101 class detailing Abraham Maslow’s theory. Our basic needs as humans...

There is one great truth about life, which could not be truer for homes in America: what goes around comes back around. Building homes are big undertakings for families, and their designs are undeniably being revisited. For two decades now, we’ve seen both the ‘supersizing’ and the ‘homogenization’ of the American home. A house doesn’t have to be a 5500 square-foot shopping mall, and while steeply pitched roofs and puny overhangs might make sense in snowbird country, they don’t do much good against the Texas sun. Victims to misconstrued notions of design, in my 35 years here, I’ve yet to...

Oftentimes the simplest advice is the best. For example, it’s a good idea to not talk religion or politics in social situations. While there are some instigators out there who may enjoy stirring the pot, this simple rule of thumb is one that many people follow and benefit from. Financial planning is an area that is rife with rules of thumb, and they sometimes serve as helpful guidelines. However, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone has a unique financial situation and financial rules of thumb may not capture all the relevant details. Moreover, if a rule of thumb...

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...

We all want to be somewhere else. We have phantom pangs of missing out on something wonderful. It must be better over there, because look, I can see it on my Facebook feed. Then the cryptic, pinging tweets begin; something about a margarita sunset that will last deep into the night. Soon, there are incessant minute-to-minute Instagram posts clanging for your attention. You scan the photos. It seems like everyone is there, except you. Suddenly, your whole body surrenders to a social media coup d’état. Lamenting, you hear yourself thinking, “Why am I here when I could be there?” NOT TO...

As children, many of us were witness to both the inception and the demise of the quintessential fairytale wedding. Girl meets prince. Prince marries girl. Girl becomes princess. There are warehouses full of coffee table books and gossip magazines devoted to the saga of Princess Dianna. But, as we all know, even that iconic love story ended in heartbreak and tragedy. But did it stop us from believing in true love or even marriage? No, because – for better or worse – we’re all subscribers to that rampant phenomenon called hope. Still, marriage isn’t quite what it used to be....

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...

If you - like - us - are obsessed with alternative homes and unique design, you’ve probably considered joining the shipping container home revolution. Although the trend has had its share of opposition from select builders, it’s proven to be a cool and cost-effective shelter solution across the globe. The fact is that, with the correct lot and most importantly, a highly skilled architect, the speed and price accessibility are unmatched in the residential construction market. Other than residential projects, we’ve seen the trend applied to various uses and to further different causes around the world. In Zambia, a local NGO...

She’s an Olympic gold-medalist and accomplished athlete, a successful entrepreneur, reality television star, philanthropist and superstar wife; you’d never fathom that she’s just getting started. This powerhouse track star has incessantly ventured into new and exciting projects for the past seven years and she let us know that there are much more on the way. EV had the great pleasure of sharing up close and personal with Sanya Richards-Ross and these are just some of the great things on this beauty’s plate. BACK ON THE TRACK Sanya is excited and back in full training mode, preparing arduously for her next major athletic...