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In AIA Austin tour, couple returns to reimagined condo after 25 years

In AIA Austin tour, couple returns to reimagined condo after 25 years

The first time Anne and Jackson Giles lived on Elm Court, it was in the early 1980s. They had developed the first four of an eight-unit condominium project in West Austin and moved into one of the units as a young couple with a baby. The next four units were developed by another party, but they retained architectural control to make sure that the units all fit together. In this heart of the city so...
Project returns Elisabet Ney Museum grounds to what artist experienced

Project returns Elisabet Ney Museum grounds to what artist experienced

Visitors to the Elisabet Ney Museum in Central Austin get to see some of the renowned sculptures of the German-born artist who lived and worked at her studio there from 1892 to 1907. However, some who tour the museum in the Hyde Park neighborhood might be curious, as well, to see the grasses, wildflowers and more on the roughly 2 1/2-acre grounds. About six years ago, the landscape underwent a &ldquo...
JEWELRY: Amanda Deer Jewelry opens first store

JEWELRY: Amanda Deer Jewelry opens first store

Amanda Eddy is opening up her first store for her jewelry brand Amanda Deer Jewelry. The grand opening is 2 p.m. Sunday at the store, 501 N. Interstate 35, No. 115. Inside you can find her bar necklaces, stud earrings and necklaces you can layer. Most of her items are made in Austin and priced at less than $100. Find more at amandadeer.com.
SHOPPING: Austin handmade online store Thirds going into two stores

SHOPPING: Austin handmade online store Thirds going into two stores

Thirds, Amy Young’s an online marketplace of handmade items for the home, is celebrating its first year with a double dose of pop-up shops. Starting in November, stores Las Cruxes, 1900 E. 12th St., and Esperos Soho, 209 W. Second St., will carry a small collection of Thirds’ finds. In honor of the pop-ups, Las Cruxes is hosting a party at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and Esperos Soho is hosting a...
HOME: Alexander Marchant hosts tub sale

HOME: Alexander Marchant hosts tub sale

Alexander Marchant showroom is hosting a floor sample sale on its bath tubs. Right now you can find tubs from Waterworks, Wetstyle and more brands that are 40 percent off the list price. That means tubs that were $17,000 are now $10,000 and tubs that were almost $7,000 are now $4,000. Find Alexander Marchant at 1114 W. Fifth St. Building A. alexandermarchant.com
Get kids gardening early at home, at school

Get kids gardening early at home, at school

Gardens are a great educational tool at home and school. The tactile and experiential learning experience children get from a garden wonderfully complements the classroom. The opportunity to get dirty, smell fresh herbs and compost, and taste new flavors teaches students to be active and inquisitive participants of the world in which they live. At schools and teaching centers, blending garden-based...
Grow. Share. Prepare.: Get kids gardening at home, at school

Grow. Share. Prepare.: Get kids gardening at home, at school

Gardens are a great educational tool at home and school. The tactile and experiential learning experience children get from a garden wonderfully complements the classroom. The opportunity to get dirty, smell fresh herbs and compost, and taste new flavors teaches students to be active and inquisitive participants of the world in which they live. At schools and teaching centers, blending garden-based...
SHOPPING: Ten Thousand Villages hosts fair trade fundraiser

SHOPPING: Ten Thousand Villages hosts fair trade fundraiser

Ten Thousand Villages, which stocks goods made by artisans from around the world, is hosting a fare trade fundraiser to support its endeavors. The fundraiser will feature food, Cuban salsa music, live and silent auctions with trips to meet the artisans, and goods for sale as well as swag bags. “This fundraiser is our most critical event to keep Austin’s only 100% fair trade store open...
SPA: Hiatus Spa + Retreat donates to cancer treatment

SPA: Hiatus Spa + Retreat donates to cancer treatment

Hiatus Spa + Retreat is offering a 20 percent discount to clients booking an essential service as a Spa for a Cause service. Then 20 percent of the purchase price of that Spa for a Cause service will go to the Peabody Fund: Cancer Vaccine Project. The Peabody fund is for Hiatus founder Kristin Peabody. She and nine other cancer patients are participating in a trial for a cancer vaccine at the University...
Accessories: Austin woman develops seat belt for your purse

Accessories: Austin woman develops seat belt for your purse

Kristine Palmer solved a problem. You’re in rush-hour traffic. You hit your brakes, and your purse, which was sitting on the seat beside you, goes flying through the air, spilling its content all over your car. She developed MyBagBelt, which buckles your purse into the seat. You also can use it to secure laptops, groceries, diaper bags, anything that you don’t want moving around the car...
HOME: Cariloha store opens at the Domain Northside

HOME: Cariloha store opens at the Domain Northside

Cariloha brings sustainable goods made from bamboo such as sheets and towels to Austin with its new store at the Domain Northside. The store also features mattresses, pillows, shirts, socks, undergarments and fitness wear. Austin store owners Charles and Rebecca Burke first discovered Cariloha in Cozumel on vacation. “Bamboo regenerates naturally and is one of the most eco-friendly resources...
Universal Standard opens Austin pop-up shop for women up to size 28

Universal Standard opens Austin pop-up shop for women up to size 28

Universal Standard is coming to Austin. The online clothing line for women sizes 10 to 28 will be hosting a pop-up shop in Austin Wednesday and Thursday as part of a 12-city tour. There you can try and feel Universal Standard’s different looks as well as some looks that are not available online yet. You also can be photographed for the brand’s model search. The brand is looking for a &ldquo...
Do your part reducing global warming in the garden

Do your part reducing global warming in the garden

Like every important issue, climate change is both a global and local issue, and gardeners have more perspective and knowledge of the problem than many people. Gardeners are outdoors observing and working with nature. They are pulling weeds, watching some plants die and others flourish, dealing with unexpected downpours and scalding droughts. Because gardeners have a better understanding of how nature...
GARDENING: Do your part reducing global warming in the garden

GARDENING: Do your part reducing global warming in the garden

Like every important issue, climate change is both a global and local issue, and gardeners have more perspective and knowledge of the problem than many people. Gardeners are outdoors observing and working with nature. They are pulling weeds, watching some plants die and others flourish, dealing with unexpected downpours and scalding droughts. Because gardeners have a better understanding of how nature...
Improve your lawn right now by boosting the soil

Improve your lawn right now by boosting the soil

Austin area soils are famous for their poor quality. Ask any avid local gardener and they will give you a list of their soil woes. Ultimately what it comes down to is we have very little soil, the soil we do have is rocky, and it’s full of clay. This poor soil is hard on lawns. There is a huge list of things lawns need to be happy, but several of the big items are sunlight, air, water, and nutrients...
JEWELRY: Shop Kendra Scott in October and help breast cancer research

JEWELRY: Shop Kendra Scott in October and help breast cancer research

This month, Kendra Scott is launching a new line of jewelry and nail lacquer called the giveback suite. Throughout October, 20 percent of purchase price from the giveback suite will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, up to $50,000. For every piece purchased, you’ll also get a piece of jewelry in rose quartz, which is known as the stone of healing, as well as a note of encouragement...
Outside in Style wins association award

Outside in Style wins association award

Outdoor furniture store Outside in Style won the Apollo ward from the International Casual Furnishings Association last month. It was selected from 10 finalists. The award recognizes excellence in sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings. You can find Outside in Style in Austin at 9900 N FM 620 and at 12501 W. Texas 71. outsideinstyle.com
Learn to use technology in fashion at Austin Fashion Initiative event

Learn to use technology in fashion at Austin Fashion Initiative event

How do fashion and technology work together? Find out at an Austin Fashion Initiative free event 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Jennifer E.S. Millspaugh, managing director of JESMillspaugh Studio, and Marcus Piña, senior creative director of Under Armour Connected Fitness, will talk about how they blend fashion and technology. Plus there will be time for networking. General Assembly Austin, WeWork Congress...
Shop and sip for breast cancer resources at Hill Country Galleria

Shop and sip for breast cancer resources at Hill Country Galleria

Love to shop? Do it for a good cause while trying different sips of wine during Hill Country Galleria’s Pink Wine Walk. The event from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 12 benefits Susan G. Komen Austin. Pick up a guide to the walk at the Twin Liquors, then head out along the galleria sidewalks to find complimentary swag bags, wine samples, bites to eat as well as enter a drawing for take-home items for galleria...
How Michelle Breyer helped guide ‘The Curl Revolution’ in hair care

How Michelle Breyer helped guide ‘The Curl Revolution’ in hair care

Michelle Breyer talks hair — curly hair. Its texture, its porosity, its thickness. She can look at your hair and give you a number and a letter combination that signifies the type of hair on your head. She can talk products and haircuts. She talks in curly-hair lingo like “the big chop” — that moment when you cut your chemically straightened hair off to go natural — or...
Need tools for a project? Check out Keep Austin Beautiful’s tool shed

Need tools for a project? Check out Keep Austin Beautiful’s tool shed

A community-led project might start off with a lot of enthusiasm, big plans and plenty of volunteers signed up. Perhaps there just aren’t enough shovels and wheelbarrows for all the eager helpers. That’s where the Keep Austin Beautiful tool lending library can come in handy. Called the Tool Shack, the program was started in 2005 and offers free use of an array of tools “for the purpose...
SHOPPING: Get insider tips on going to Round Top

SHOPPING: Get insider tips on going to Round Top

Want to know more about Round Top Antique Week? Loot Rentals is teaming up with Allison Jaffe Interior Design and Jordan Breal of Texas Monthly to present what strategies they use. A Roundtable on Round Top Antique Week is being moderated by Michelle Pimm and Kimya Kavehkar of the podcast “I Was Just Saying That.” It’s all happening noon Sunday at Loot Rental, 3312 Duke Road. lootrentals...
Need a free wedding? Enter to win one in LifeAustin’s new chapel

Need a free wedding? Enter to win one in LifeAustin’s new chapel

LifeAustin church is offering free weddings Nov. 17-18 to celebrate the opening of its new chapel. The LifeAustin Ketterman Family Chapel has the feel of an Old World church even though it’s new. Enter to win the wedding beginning Oct. 1 at freeweddingweekend.com. Many vendors are donating their services for that weekend including florists Bella by Sara, Austin’s Bridal Elegance, Bouquets...
JEWELRY: The Distillery launches newest collection in October

JEWELRY: The Distillery launches newest collection in October

Catelyn Silapachai’s newest collection at the Distillery is based on the novel “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner. Each piece of jewelry reflects a quote from the book. Many of the pieces are Art Nouveau-style with nature because the book reflects a love of nature, specifically morning. Pieces include a St. Francis medallion necklace for $65, a floral pendant necklace $158,...
PHILANTHROPY: Show love of Texas with Gel Pro mat for hurricane relief

PHILANTHROPY: Show love of Texas with Gel Pro mat for hurricane relief

Love Texas? Austin-based GelPro offers the Texas flag in one of its comfy kitchen mats. Buy one this month and 100 percent of proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Rustic Texas Flag design comes in $49.95 or $124.95 at gelpro.com. The design has raised $8,000 to go toward the efforts so far.
Family built niche remodeling Austin as CG&S Design-Build

Family built niche remodeling Austin as CG&S Design-Build

“It’s a love story,” Dolores Davis says about the company her parents built. She’s speaking in a documentary CG&S Design-Build made to celebrate 60 years of the home design and remodeling company It’s the story of when two kids from Austin, Clarence and Stella Guerrero, met at a dance at St. Edward’s University. “He came and asked my friend to dance, but somebody...
HOME: Lamps Plus opening Austin store

HOME: Lamps Plus opening Austin store

Lamps Plus, which has 39 stores around the country, including two others in Texas, will open an Austin store next week. The new store is in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., and will be the first Lamps Plus to focus on LED technology. The store will celebrate the opening at 10 a.m. Sept. 29 with free totes and tape measures as well as giveaways. lampsplus.com
STYLE: BooHoo pop-up shop coming to downtown in time for ACL Fest

STYLE: BooHoo pop-up shop coming to downtown in time for ACL Fest

Clothing store BooHoo is getting ready for Austin City Limits Music Festival by opening up a pop-up shop Sept. 29-Oct. 15. Find the store open daily Noon to 8 p.m. at 2120 Guadalupe St. BooHoo comes straight to Austin from Manchester, England, and offers affordable new styles every week in its stores. boohoo.com
Create a Texas-style cottage garden with these tips

Create a Texas-style cottage garden with these tips

Just because English cottage gardens don’t blanket the landscape of Central Texas doesn’t mean you can’t create one in your own garden. If you’ve yearned for the delicate blend of creative color and flowing forms, it is possible to craft a quaint cottage garden here, using the right native and adapted plants. You just need to pick plants that can take our drought and heat....
Gardening: Create a Texas-style cottage garden with these tips

Gardening: Create a Texas-style cottage garden with these tips

Just because English cottage gardens don’t blanket the landscape of Central Texas doesn’t mean you can’t create one in your own garden. If you’ve yearned for the delicate blend of creative color and flowing forms, it is possible to craft a quaint cottage garden here, using the right native and adapted plants. You just need to pick plants that can take our drought and heat....
ACCESSORIES: Kelly Wynne celebrates first anniversary

ACCESSORIES: Kelly Wynne celebrates first anniversary

Austin handbag creator Kelly Wynne is celebrating the first anniversary of her store at the Domain Northside. She’ll celebrate with live music, discounts, swag bags and more. The event, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5, will benefit Helping Hand Home, with 10 percent of sales going to that organization, which helps kids in the foster care system. Find Kelly Wynn at 3211 Palm Way, Suite W2.132. kellywynne.com
BEAUTY: Celebrate 10 years of Birds Barbershop on Burnet

BEAUTY: Celebrate 10 years of Birds Barbershop on Burnet

The Burnet Road location of Birds Barbershop is celebrating its 10th anniversary 6-9 p.m. Sept. 28 with 1990s-themed hair, makeup and outfit styling as well as a Glamour Shots photo booth. Hear classic 1990s music. The first 50 guests get a free fanny pack and other prizes. Birds Barbershop on Burnet, 6800 Burnet Road, 512-454-1200. RSVP on Birds on Burnet’s Facebook page.
BEAUTY: New store Sentrel, beauty line from two local stylists

BEAUTY: New store Sentrel, beauty line from two local stylists

Austinites James Bryant and Sarah Bensley have created a new beauty product store that sells only nontoxic products. Their interest came after he was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma and she had irregularities in the lymphatic system. “We began to take a hard look at what was in the products we were using,” said Bryant in a press release. “As a stylist, we come into contact with...
BEAUTY: Try the Palo Santo scent from Austin-based Newton + Co.

BEAUTY: Try the Palo Santo scent from Austin-based Newton + Co.

Austin grooming product company Newton + Co. is offering more items using Palo Santo fragrance. Palo Santo, which is Spanish for “holy wood,” is said to reduce stress and fight off bacteria; it’s also all natural. You can find it Newton + Co.’s hand salve, $9, which uses hemp seed oil, and helps to keep hands moisturized and heal cracking. You can also find Palo Santo in matte...
5 things to know about mold in your home after a flood

5 things to know about mold in your home after a flood

Mold is more than just an irritating airborne allergen for Central Texas — it’s a lurking danger for residents all over the state who are recovering from Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters. Here are five things to know about mold, courtesy of the Texas Department of State Health Services: 1. Mold is awful: Spores can not only cause allergy symptoms, but also headaches, bronchitis...
Learn how to grow bamboo at Texas Bamboo Festival

Learn how to grow bamboo at Texas Bamboo Festival

Bamboo isn’t just for the pandas. Plenty of folks, such as Austin resident Carole Meckes, enjoy these distinctive plants, for landscaping, creating crafts or other purposes. Meckes, president of the Texas Bamboo Society, which meets in Austin, first became enamored with bamboo when she bought her home in the University Hills neighborhood in 1991. The yard had a lot of bamboo growing, and &ldquo...
Shopping: Check out the deals Thursday during 2nd Street Social

Shopping: Check out the deals Thursday during 2nd Street Social

The Second Street shopping district is once gain holding its social with deals. Shop the district 6-8 p.m. Thursday and find these deals: Con’ Olio will offer in-store tastings and 15 percent off. Hacienda Austin will offer wine pours and 20 percent off. Jo’s Coffee Downtown will offer $5 Frosé. League of Rebels will offer...
FASHION: Warby Parker introduces new looks for fall

FASHION: Warby Parker introduces new looks for fall

Warby Parker now has new glasses and sunglasses online and in its stores. Prices start at $95 a pair. Look for the Cora design with a cat-eye frame, and the Becker, a rectangular frame. There’s also the Mona, a feminine look, and the Logan with round lenses. Find them online at warbyparker.com and in stores 1317 S. Congress Ave. and 11700 Domain Blvd.
Gardening: Learn how to grow bamboo at Texas Bamboo Festival

Gardening: Learn how to grow bamboo at Texas Bamboo Festival

Bamboo isn’t just for the pandas. Plenty of folks, such as Austin resident Carole Meckes, enjoy these distinctive plants, for landscaping, creating crafts or other purposes. Meckes, president of the Texas Bamboo Society, which meets in Austin, first became enamored with bamboo when she bought her home in the University Hills neighborhood in 1991. The yard had a lot of bamboo growing, and &ldquo...
HOME: A new look, new name, more offerings for Loot Rentals

HOME: A new look, new name, more offerings for Loot Rentals

Loot Vintage Rentals, which rents decor for things like weddings and home staging, is changing its name to Loot Rentals to better reflect the design aspects of the company. It also is launching Loot Finer Goods. The home goods collection with items priced from $60-$1,800 features items such as original 1970s Arne Norell leather Kontiki sofas, handmade wall hangings from Genuine & Ginger, vintage African...
PALS program brings veterinary care to seniors’ pets

PALS program brings veterinary care to seniors’ pets

Dorothy Brown’s papillons Mojo and Pocket are happy to greet any visitors to their home. Their tails wag with their whole rear ends following them. They dance on their back legs. They look up with big smiles, tongues unrolling from their mouths. They can’t wait to jump in their dog stroller or get their leashes on to go for a stroll. Brown used to take care of people as a home health attendant...
Pick your squash blossoms for versatile dishes

Pick your squash blossoms for versatile dishes

In Central Texas, our late summer months are often the time of year when gardeners put their beds to sleep by planting a cover crop. However, if you continued to grow through August, one of the heat-loving plants you might still be cultivating is squash. To enjoy your squash plants to the fullest before you start your fall garden in late September or October, we recommend not only eating the fruit...
Hurricane Harvey: Stag Provisions’ Flea Market to benefit relief fund

Hurricane Harvey: Stag Provisions’ Flea Market to benefit relief fund

Menswear store Stag Provisions is holding its seventh annual Flea Market 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 1423 S. Congress Ave. Stag promises to donate 10 percent of sales to Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Some of the vendors also have agreed to donate additional items, 100 percent of the sales of those will go to the fund. Vendors include Catalpa, Mercury...
HOME: Preservation Austin announces its Merit Awards

HOME: Preservation Austin announces its Merit Awards

Preservation Austin will be celebrating the preservation of Austin’s architectural, cultural and environmental heritage by honoring these projects for a Preservation Austin 2017 Merit Award: 1941 Darnell House in Pemberton Heights, Tadd and Holly Lanham and Atlantis Architects 1895 Green Pastures restaurant in Bouldin Creek, Greg Porter and Clayton & Little Architects ...
SHOPPING: Pick up Latino arts at Artisan Mercado on Austin Museum Day

SHOPPING: Pick up Latino arts at Artisan Mercado on Austin Museum Day

Artisan Mercado will be back 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17, which is also Austin Museum Day. Look for Honduran and Tejano paintings, illustrated poetry, Mexican and Colombian jewelry, Mexican clothing, masks, ceramics and crafts and organic soap. Families can enjoy the Children’s Huichol Indian Craft Workshop noon to 3 p.m. and a silent auction 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will benefit Hurricane Harvey relief...
BUILD architects live and learn

BUILD architects live and learn

SEATTLE — When you build a Case Study home, you pretty much are obligated to study it. (Otherwise, you know, you’d just call it “a home.”) You’re not obligated to live there, of course, but the architectural partners of BUILD LLC have discovered that design is best studied from the inside. Kevin Eckert and his family lived in BUILD’s 2014 Case Study House, a light...
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