Enlisted In Austin

So I arrived in Dallas, and now I depart once more (this time only for a weekend). I am happy to be back in the Lone Star state, not so happy to deal with the 100 degree temperatures. I am off to Austin to celebrate a good friend and all of my friends for a much needed girls weekend to conclude the summer. Reality will soon set in, but at the moment I am more interested in Realty!

I came across this home for sale in Austin that I would happily emulate if I were to locate to the funky, yet beautiful city.  This home has a tremendous amount of flair mixed in with traditional components, a collected aesthetic, and a southern California vibe. It is incredibly inviting, but does not look overly forced or calculated. That is the difference, in my opinion, between Austin and Dallas. Austin is the girl who wears makeup, but it looks natural. Dallas is the girl who wears makeup and sometimes needs to blot down the blush. This house is a perfect mix between the two, and who doesn’t want the best of both worlds.

Oh and in case you are wondering, Jeffrey Alan Marks designed this delightful casa. No wonder I love it so much! Architecture by Michael Landrum and Construction by Michael Deane Homes.

The home is listed by Laura Gottesman of Gottesman Residential Real Estate. To view more photos click here for the listing.

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Fantastic and naturally designed landscaping envelops the home. The plethora of windows really allows the outside in.

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I love the dark floors and the simple contrast of the white walls. It allows the art work to really shine.

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I love the exposed beams and the large wall of windows. It is a large room full of warmth.

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Such a different fireplace arrangement. I really like this idea for any oversized space, urns, sconces, and a mirror.

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A very cool and no frills kitchen. It has a bit of an edge which is exactly what Austin does best.

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A more neutral and refined palette than the other living room, but equally appealing.

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The light fixture is the real winner in this dining room. Also, I am obsessed with fireplaces in dining rooms.

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Master bedroom. An excellent rug covers the floor to give more texture and inject color.

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Another view of the rug.

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A crisp white bathroom with an injection of natural wood elements.

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A great closeted bar.

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A wine cellar with enough Hermes blankets to make any wine taste good. On second thought, that could be a very dangerous combination for a spillage.

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Those doors look like they came straight out of San Miguel. The orange and white stripes are a great punch of color.

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A beyond dreamy sitting area. Look, those blankets again….

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A wonderful way to beat the summer heat. Nothing like a Texas pool party.

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TPB Travels: San Miguel de Allende

I really can’t say enough about the enchanting San Miguel de Allende in the hills of Mexico. I know when many people hear Mexico, their minds go to Cabo or Cancun (or El Chappo). Many Texans flock to the mountains of Colorado to escape the heat, yet a large percentage also go to San Miguel. While I love a good Aspen trip, I think I fell hard for the rich cultural and visual paradise that is San Miguel. Walking through the cobblestone streets on an incline, there were vibrant hues of homes with perfectly bejeweled doors. Music often fills the streets with mariachi bands celebrating any festivity and banners swinging from rooftops across narrow caminos. The very present sounds of church bells make you feel as if you are roaming the streets of Italy without the long haul flight and time change.

The stay at The Rosewood was impeccable. Poolside in a cabana with friends, a pampering massage in the spa, and enjoying a fresh margarita on the rooftop every night were just a few of the highlights. The shopping in town was also excellente. Stores feel more like homes than a place of business, many with courtyards and impeccable design that just comes with the territory. The markets were full of handmade fabrics, pottery, and lanterns that create splashes of pattern. I really don’t have anything negative to say, except that I needed a couple more days to stay and play.

THE ROSEWOOD: SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

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Reception/Lobby.

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The bar…over 96 types of Tequilla!

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The central courtyard.

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The room.

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The main courtyard in the evening.

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The door to the spa. As you can see, many architectural details.

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The back of the hotel.

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The pool area after some rain. A rarity that cabanas are completely free. I will say that poolside service was painfully slow, and don’t ask for an ice coffee….

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The resort grows their own very fragrant lavender. The scent is present in spa services, as well as in the suites. Housekeeping would light fresh lavender by the tub every evening. A delightful touch.

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Very interesting landscape surrounds the hotel. Little arrangements of rocks and plants are scattered around perfectly cut grass.

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A wonderful play of pattern on the rooftop from light fixtures that are often seen on the streets for sale.

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The rooftop bar offers one of the best views in town.

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If only I were still lounging here now.

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The colorful Rosewood residences, including a balcony of potted boxwood.

Architecture And Culture

 

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The Jardin is a bustling part of town right near the main church.

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Speaking of the church, it was quite breathtaking.

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This door is just plain cool of color.

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I would love to one day replicate this tile I saw in a small linen shop on a side street.

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A very common courtyard entrance to a restaurant.

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Street fountain minus the water. Beautiful tile that surely has history.

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A private residence friends were staying in. I love the courtyard and intimate ambience.

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Stairs in the side courtyard. I love the architectural nooks and crannies.

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View from the steps.

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View from the rooftop looking into some beautiful homes. I adore the window boxes.

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Another lovely home visible from above. How clean and chic are the pots of white flowers, as well as the navy and white awnings.

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I spy blue and white…

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A lovely view from the top of the hill.

Shops

Mixta

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I am obsessed with everything about this store.

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The courtyard alone is magical.

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Spy the detail of the doors, as well as the pattern of the wallpaper. So many wonders inside.

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Recreo

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An exceptional store if you are looking for one of a kind tunics and ponchos. Expertly crafted and designed, just like the store itself.

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This was the highlight. Have you ever seen such a thing? Tiers and branches of boxwood.

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Some of the tunics.

Casa Katalina

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These candles. Seriously. I lugged these home in my carry on to ensure next year’s birthday cake will be colorful and festive.

Hilo Negro

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A Mexican take on blue and white. I also LOVE the red and cream.

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Markets

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If I could have fit this in my suitcase, it would have found a home with me. Worth over triple in the states.

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Lights abound. Plus look at the sweet Christmas decorations on the right. They could make quite the tabletop decoration. San Miguel de Allende The Potted Boxwood 6

Great for a luncheon or a child’s room.

Pretty Puertas

My fun summer of travel has come to a close, but I truly did save the best for last. San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico is the most charming town nestled in the hills. With temperatures cold enough for a fireplace on summer evenings and sunshine-filled afternoons for strolling along cobblestone streets, there is a European flair to this city infused with colonial Mexican culture. I will go into more depth of the town tomorrow, but for today I want to focus on the doors (puertas in Spanish).

The doors certainly deserve a post of their own. Behind a majority of these puertas lay courtyards with rooms surrounding and fountains trickling. I often found myself tempted to open and take a peak inside, thankfully my friends would snap me out of this delusion of real estate stalking (I guess that is what friends are for). Notice how most of these doors are framed in limestone against striking blended patina paint. I find it is often hard to successfully replicate this look in the states (think faux mediterranean McMansions-yikes). Definitely appreciate the woodwork of the doors, the detail in the carvings, the placement of landscape, and the frames that make every puerta picture perfect. I hope this will inspire you to dress your door with good craftsmanship and leave you with a marvelous case of the Mondays. Hasta Luego!

 

Photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

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The most interesting knocker. Notice the ring on the finger.

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Azul! A beautiful blended blue.

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Talk about symmetry

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I love the flags that fly across the streets. So festive!

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That lime green door will grab anyone’s attention.

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The knockers were incredible!

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Details are everything when it comes to the woodwork of the doors.

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Let the ivy grow!

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I love this door, but that is not why I love the picture. :)

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This paint color may not work for most in the states, but imagine this door in black against a white house…. breathtaking.

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This has no filter. The light was hitting the home at just the perfect time. Enchanting.

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Carolina Cabin

As I am in the air heading back for a quick stop in Dallas, I am reflective of the lovely weekend I had celebrating my grandmother’s 90th birthday in North Carolina. Sadly, it wasn’t a cool mountain break from the Florida heat, but instead the Sandhills of Carolina, where the humidity was ready and waiting. As any true “heat” escape artist knows, the higher the better in the summer. While I love the land of the pines, I do long for some mountain weather (is 70 degrees too much to ask for!).

Scrolling through Traditional Home, I noticed one of Charles Faudree’s final projects. A final project for a designer is quite significant. It means his or her signature mark will eventually fade, unless it is preserved (a rarity since no two tastes are alike). His dedicated French Country flair is not for everyone, but it is to be appreciated and admired. The home has a little bit of tradition, and an unexpected elegance for a mountain house. It is collected as well as edited, the perfect juxtaposition. I hope this post will let you mentally escape the heat, or at least bring you to a more tranquil state of mind for a Wednesday. Off to my next stop! Check instagram for fun details.

Photos by Jenifer Jordan for Traditional Home.

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