Tour helps you envision doing more with less space
Some homeowners dream of having a larger home with more space to spread out. When that’s not realistic, how can you get what you want from a home that’s less than 2,500 square feet? On Saturday, homeowners can get inspiration from the Austin Smarter Spaces Tour.
The tour focuses on Central Austin homes and gives participants a chance to meet designers, architects and builders from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ticket holders will learn how smaller spaces in urban areas can have good design that’s also comfortable. One of the six featured homes includes a design from Barley & Pfeiffer Architects. The home combines two 1960s- era penthouse condos into a roomier space with a mezzanine level. The tour also features a home redesigned by the homeowners.
Advance online tickets are $25 and $30 the day of the event. Three of the homes have been designated will call locations including 408 E. 33rd St., 1704 Canterbury St. and 1804 W. Sixth St. All properties will have tickets for sale the day of the event. Children younger than 12 are free.
In addition to the tour, admission also includes entry to an after party and photo exhibit on architecture. After party guests will enjoy cocktails from 5-7:30 p.m. at J. Clark Gallery at 1500 W. Sixth St.. To find out more about the featured homes or to purchase tickets, visit smarterspacestour.com.
Handbag trunk show at Dillard’s
Renowned handbag designer Patricia Nash, whose designs are worn by celebrities like Miranda Lambert and Vanessa Hudgens, will present her fall and winter 2013 handbag collection at Dillard’s in Barton Creek Square Mall on Saturday.
It’s a chance to meet with the designer, get personal recommendations and get an insight into her design style, which tends to evoke a European vintage aesthetic and heirloom feel.
The event is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Dillard’s will give the first 20 customers to arrive a $25 gift certificate to use toward any regular-priced Patricia Nash purchase more than $100.
Get a classic view of Austin on notecards
For Austin lovers everywhere, local stationery store Silver Papery has launched a new line of illustrated note cards and desk accessories inspired by Austin landmarks. The illustrations capture familiar places and city scenes such as a riverboat with the bats in flight, the downtown skyline, the Pennebacker Bridge, the Capitol building and Sixth Street.
The Austin City Views line of products includes notepads, greeting cards, invitations, calendars, postcards and more. You also can have the illustrations printed on custom items such as cups and napkins. Each package retails for $14.50 and includes 10 note cards and envelopes.
Find Silver Papery on 3300 Bee Cave Road, Suite 240, or online at www.silverpapery.com.
A shoe designer that keeps comfort, use in mind
Women’s footwear designer Anyi Lu, who’s known for merging chic designs with the latest shoe technology, will make a personal appearance on Sept. 18 at Nordstrom in Barton Creek Square.
Lu’s new fall and winter 2013 collection includes luxurious but comfortable shoes from knee-high boots to flats and wedges. Lu’s experience as a chemical engineer at Chevron and DuPont gives the line a utilitarian chic look that the brand describes as “couture comfort.” Shoppers can meet Lu from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Party celebrates new online women’s fashions store
New Austin-based online retailer E. Blackhurst celebrates its launch with a party on Saturday The store specializes in women’s fashion and accessories and can be spotted at pop-up events around the city or at private events like sorority parties or fundraisers.
Shoppers can swing by the Westbank Flower Market at 3535 Bee Cave Road from 4-7 p.m. Light snacks, wine and home brewed beer will be served. Visit eblackhurst.com for more information.