Constructed in less than two years from scratch, the House On The Corner displays LaRue Architects’ ability to quickly create large yet non-overpowering modern homes on challenging inclines. Built on a slopey leftover lot located in a 1980’s subdivision, the goal of this project was to develop a clean-cut house with a really nice outdoor space for a family. The end result is modern, sophisticated and fun. For this project, the client, “wanted mostly one story and an open plan for a family home,” said LaRue. The focus was on constructing the house inwards to the pool and the outside areas...

When it comes to elegance, style and glamour, the French sure know a thing or two about très chic living. It’s no coincidence that Paris is one of the foremost fashion capitals of the world, served as a playground for the iconic Coco Chanel and was the birthplace for the decadently luscious crème brulée. The flamboyant ways of the French led to the worldwide popularization of style trends in décor and architecture pertaining to Baroque and Rococo (which I happen to think is a great baby’s name). With a long history enriched by their infatuation and passion for design, it...

In the hierarchy of designing or decorating a home; accessories usually come last. Of course, it doesn’t mean they are less important. The finishing touches can truly make or break a space. As the great Dorothy Draper (the fairy Godmother of decorating & the equivalent of Coco Chanel in fashion) once said: “It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sports shoes with an evening dress.” So, what can one do in order to not let this faux pas of choosing the wrong accessories happen? Here are a couple of...

If you are one of the few parents- to-be who elects to save the surprise of baby’s sex for delivery day, you can still prepare an adorable, fitting room in advance for your sweet pea. Create a modern nursery using neutral colors. Designed by SISSY+MARLEY, we found Finn’s room to be a perfect example of a simple, elegant room perfect for a boy or girl. Finn’s nursery is a gender-neutral nursery inspired by animal prints from The Animal Print Shop. We really enjoyed the modern aesthetics and sleek style SISSY+MARLEY brought to the space. Celebrated for their modern and clean, whimsical...

Sustainability is essential (now more so than ever), and it's now one of my personal missions to give my family and help others to learn how to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle. That's why I'm very excited to see this mindset extending to our outdoors personal spaces across America and abroad. For example, techniques like xeriscaping and growing edible gardens are gracing front lawns of houses everywhere. These trends have taken off in progressive cities throughout the US and Europe, thanks to great local climate and their residents’ newfound obsession with healthy eating (yay!) You too can take part in this...

One of our favorite Austin architects, Stuart Sampley has taken a big part of the evolution of Zilker, one of Austin's most beloved neighborhoods. The community's transformation has been defined by the emergence of stunning modern architecture in recent years, a phenomenon Sampley has taken part of, with projects such as this beautiful dwelling on Barton Boulevard. Employing a mid-century modernist ethos and receiving a 5-star rating is the Barton Blvd. Residence. In true Stuart Sampley spirit, the house takes its cues from the neighborhood with an updated spin. A restrained palette of stone, steel, and walnut grace the simple volumes...

Native plants and a pollinator garden go hand in hand. The native plants used in rain gardens provide the perfect habitat for birds, bees, and beneficial insects. As we’ve seen species of insects like honey bees and Monarch butterflies becoming endangered, more and more gardeners have been incorporating plants to support pollinating insects as well as for the birds. Gardeners today are planting milkweed, the sole food source for Monarch larvae, and incorporating natives to support pollinating insects. FROM THE BLOG: Smarter Green: Respecting Nature for a Sustainable Lifestyle   It’s a much more casual approach rather than hands-on, intensive gardening. “Roadside weed spraying,...

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...

  Architect Stuart Sampley is proud to be an integral part of the evolution of Zilker, one of Austin's most beloved neighborhoods, transformed in recent years by stunning modern architecture. His clients are aware of his knowledge and understanding of the changing climate in the community and appreciate his respect for the aesthetics of all its stylish neighbors. “I grew up in a modern house, and I like the culture and the people who live in Zilker. Stuart understood that,” says Joi Jones of why she moved to the neighborhood with her family and chose Stuart Sampley to design her 3,200-square-foot...

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...

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...

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...

Modern Forms, by award-winning photographer Nicolas Grospierre, is a new publication edited by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone, celebrating the 200-photograph archive that chronicles the photographer’s substantial visual collection of modernist architecture around the globe.   Grospierre, who is now based in Warsaw, interestingly, doesn’t have art, architecture or photography training. He started his career studying political science at the LSE, where he became strongly influenced by the ‘generous ambition’ and the ‘engineering grandeur’ of modernist buildings. This led him to embark on a journey aimed at photographing and documenting modernist works across different continents. The artist believes that architecture is the perfect vessel to express the modernist movement’s core ideology. These buildings act as an...

Challenging the confines of traditional design, Toronto designer Lori Morris has been offering clients an exceptionally luxurious experience in the world of interiors since 1987. This firm employs over 25 workers, specializing in high-end residential and commercial properties. Although Lori Morris lives in Toronto, she has practiced her unparalleled art both nationally and internationally in Ontario, California, New York, Florida, Colorado, Jerusalem, India, Italy and France. We recently touched base with the talented designer to discuss her history, interior design style and process. Here's what she shared with EV: Q: WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? DOES YOUR CURRENT HOUSE LOOK ANYTHING LIKE THE ONE YOU GREW...

After 15 years writing about other people’s house projects, I finally got the opportunity to experience my own, in Zilker. In 2012 my husband Todd and I decided it was time to take our little 1,100-square- foot house (with 300-square-foot converted garage) to the next level. We chose Burton Baldridge Architects for the job. I had known and admired Burton’s work from back in my New York days at Architectural Record magazine, and we had become friends since my move to Austin, but I never dreamed he would take on a renovation project as small as my little house. He...

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...

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...

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...

Tucked away on the street level of Post South Lamar’s apartment complex in Austin is a quaint, authentic tapas eatery called Barlata. If you have never been to Barcelona or tasted traditional Spanish dishes before such as patatas bravas or paella, you are in luck. Designed by architect Michael Hsu as a playful, family-friendly Spanish restaurant Barlata is the perfect spot to grab a copa, taste multiple small dishes or enjoy and share larger plates reminiscent of Spain. The design was the work of local architecture superstar, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The décor is mostly bright red with modern accents and...

Gossett Jones Homes, one of Austin’s top custom homebuilders is proud to announce their new project in South Austin, Bluebonnet Lane Cityhomes. This hip urban development is rising just on the outskirts of Downtown, located on Bluebonnet Lane (a block off of South Lamar Blvd). Leslie Gossett, local luxury real estate specialist, is thrilled to act as their exclusive listing agent, as she has already started feeling the hype around the stylish units. “I’m very excited to enter a project of this scale with GJH, especially after the huge success we experienced with their South River Cityhomes project.” Located at the...

Coming to Austin from New York City in 2004, I was already used to the idea that a neighborhood could be a little planet unto itself, and appreciated the idea that even a four-block area can have a distinct personality. I was happy to find that Austin identifies in a similar way, and its eclectic residential architecture plays a large part of that defining character. Clarksville, Bouldin, Travis Heights, French Place, West Lake Hills, Tarrytown, Rosedale—they all have architectural personalities. If you know Austin you can hear ‘Hyde Park’ and picture craftsman houses on tree-lined streets, or conjure stone-clad mid-century...

My knowledge about Austin’s neighborhoods started with personal exploration in the midst of Zilker, but in 2008 my education became more in depth. I’d been writing about architecture for years when Krisstina Wise, entrepreneur, and owner of the GoodLife Team realty firm, came to me to talk about starting a modern house tour. She didn’t want it to be a realty tour, but a way to show architecturally significant Austin houses to inspire and inform people across the city. “I was seeing a bunch of great modern houses in various parts of the city, but I was also noticing a lot...