Austin has an international reputation for its rich and vibrant culture. With hundreds of live music venues, thousands of restaurants, and endless adventure destinations in the outdoors, you will never have a day in Austin without excitement and activity!
Ranked as one of the fittest cities in the United States, and with 300+ days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees, being active in Austin comes naturally. Austin offers an abundance of outdoor activities from cycling, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, yoga, kayaking, rock climbing, and more!
Austin is known for its creativity and freedom of expression. Home some world-class museums like the Blanton, with the nation’s largest University-owned collection on exhibit, Austin attracts an international appetite for the arts. Austin is a place to explore the work of designers, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers and musicians, year round, in a variety of venues.
Modern design and decor are now a part of the aesthetic culture in Austin, and there are an array of cafes, restaurants, hotels, and bars so beautiful, that they are a place to see, and be seen. If you have an eye for unique architecture and interior design, you will enjoy these eclectically modern hotels!
There is something ethereal and elegant about surfaces bathed in white.
The pure and clean essence of white gently washes over us with grace and sophistication. We are reminded of far off islands like Santorini, Sardinia, or Mykonos, where one can walk on white pathways under bright white cupolas. One will feel as if they are spending their days in a spa, with a calming and serene sensations transmitted by the interior elements of their own home.
White allows your living space to be a blank canvas to feature accents of artwork, plant life, or colorful woven textiles. A room with a bright and neutral color palette can make a smaller space appear much larger and create a mood of openness. Windowless rooms can become seemingly airy instead of stifling. A palette of whites will make a space seem naturally cleaner and tidier, so even an unmade bed can appear intentional. With white, you can fluidly feature other patterns, textures, and colors without the risk of making the area appear cluttered.
Stroll through these lavish white interiors, and take a deep breath of the lively freshness that they invoke.
For thousands of years in folklore and traditional medicine, stones have been used for healing, protection, and stimulating or moving energies.
All crystals and gemstones are living organisms, and contain a life energy of their own. They are evolving entities, growing in clusters that can take thousands of years to fully mature. Each stone vibrates at its own individual frequency, and each unique vibration that they emit are said to affect us in a vast array of ways.
Many crystals and gemstones are as old as our planet itself, and some even originate from unknown sources in our cosmos, such as moldavite, which was found inside and partially formed within the crater of a meteor that struck in Southern Germany about 15 million years ago.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the use of stones provides the most profound and permanent effects to treat the most difficult of diseases. Ancient healers contend that the density and solidity of stones represents a stabilizing effect. Wearing specifically prescribed stones near your body over a length of time is said to promote the healing of a chronic health condition, or promote evolutionary changes and development. Stones can be used in combination for a synergistic effect, just as the process of combining herbs when formulating an an elixir or tonic. Preparing stones through cleansing, clearing, and recharging is imperative. One can purify stones and crystals by submersion in salt water, smudging with Palo Santo or Sage, and soaking beneath sunlight and moonlight.
Originally discovered in Ethiopia, obsidian is a dark volcanic glass formed by the rapid solidification of lava without crystallization. It has been used for thousands of years for ritual ceremonies, pottery, and weapons. Place Obsidian near your entryway in a planter or on a table or altar to ward off anything negative from entering your home. “Wash” yourself on every length of your limbs and up and down your energy centers while concentrating on affirmations to free yourself of emotional attachments that are no longer serving you. Hold the obsidian near your heart center during breathwork and meditation to create an energy of grounded stability and peace.
Manifesting Love + Compassion + Tranquility + Balance
Rose quartz is most commonly found in Brazil, India, South Africa, and Madagascar. It has a blush tint due to its contents of titanium, iron, manganese and an aluminum boro-silicate called dumortierite. Traditionally, it is said to dissolve emotional wounds, fears, and resentments, promoting loving energy to circulate throughout your body and essence. Rose quartz can induce receptivity to beauty of all kinds, attracting love and restoring trust and harmony in existing relationships. Place rose quartz in the Southwest corner of your bedroom to attract abundance of love and balance existing relationships. Wear a rose quartz pendant in level with your heart energy center to create a flow of peaceful, loving energy in your life.
Citrine is formed when amethyst undergoes extreme heat exposure. Rio Grande do Sol in Brazil is the world’s largest supplier of natural citrine, but other mines can be found in the USA, Russia, Madagascar, England, France, Scotland, Spain, Brazil, and South Africa. Citrine will aid in increasing confidence, therefore making it a fluid path to manifesting wealth and abundance of all things. Set an intention of that which you wish to manifest, and hold a citrine near your solar plexus energy center. Place a genuine citrine in the Southeast corner of your living room and office, preferably both on a wooden surface and near a water fixture like a fountain or water vessel.
Equal to the importance of a quality set of knives, a cutting board is key to preparing food with fluidity while protecting your counters.
jFrom mincing vegetables to carving a large cut of meat, you will need to be equipped with various sizes and shapes to meet your culinary needs.
While wood and bamboo are more aesthetically appealing, plastic can be cleaned in a dishwasher, making it easier to keep sanitary. Wood and bamboo can be washed in the sink, but another tip for cleaning is to bathe them in salt and oil, allowing them time to marinate to decontaminate.
Here are some of our top picks for cutting boards this year, you can click the link to shop below each photo!
Bamboo has a non-porous surface, so they won’t absorb any juices from your raw meat and poultry, and will resist staining from brightly colored vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, beets, and carrots. The surface is delicate and smooth, preventing knives from dulling too quickly.
A large majority of wood cutting boards are made from waste wood, such as leftovers from a mill that would have been otherwise thrown away. Strong and durable, and generally a renewable source, wood cutting boards are both beautiful and more eco-friendly than plastic. A heavy softwood board is much kinder to knives, and will keep them sharper longer.
Both exquisite and stylish, teak is an excellent pick for both exotic aesthetic, and functionality. The grooves around the edge of this board that will catch any juices from produce and meat make it an excellent choice for a clean prep space.
This Epicurean board is lightweight, easy to store, and dishwasher-safe. The composite board is made up of wood fibers and resins pressed together under extreme pressure. Its impermeable surface doesn’t absorb liquid, and it resists all colorful juice stains admirably. Additionally, it does not warp at all in the dishwasher, and barely scratches during use.
Soapstone, or steatite, is a metamorphic rock formed millions of years ago, forged from the subduction zones of the Earth where the tectonic plates converge in layers. Just like granite and and marble, soapstone is quarried from the ground in blocks. However, unlike the other two stones, soapstone is impermeable and non-porous, so it is in fact completely stain-resistant and immune to absorption of bacteria and other elements. Its inert material makes it impervious to chemicals, acids, and heat, thus making it an ideal matter to utilize for kitchen countertops or cutting boards, or scientific laboratories. Soapstone is also quite forgiving under stress in comparison to granite and marble, and will more likely dent rather than chipping or cracking. It’s ancient durability has proved to last even longer than steel, cast iron, or refractory bricks!
Take a look inside these modern homes, and how they utilize soapstone various surfaces and household items.
There is something intensely hypnotic about dramatic deep shades, an allure that reminds us of the veil of midnight, or the vastness of the cosmos.
With darkness comes stillness and quietude, and the deepest realms of serenity may capture us. The hues of night do not have to remind of of shadow, but instead of the comfort and wonder of the dream world.
Walk with us through the dreamy depths of dark pigments in these modern homes!
Ceramic tiles are one of the earliest forms of decorative art, and have long adorned the halls of homes and structures across the world.
Widespread and renowned for their durability and aesthetic richness, we see cultures in every continent covering their floors and walls with intricate ceramic designs and patterns. The earliest recorded history of ceramic tiles dates back to 13th century BC at the Elamite Temple at Chongha Zanbil in Iran. The ancient Egyptians used deep cobalt tiles to cover their homes, and in Mesopotamia the Ishtar door of Babylon is ornately illustrated with a mosaic of lions and dragons.
Tile floors are excellent for keeping a space clean and cool, as well as creating clear, resonant acoustics. From modern stone tiles to intricate artistic mosaics, covering floors and walls in tiles creates timeless charm in your home. Take a stroll across these beautiful surfaces with us!
With exotic and profoundly beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and a wild kingdom of flora and fauna, the mystique of Africa and its traditional decor have captured the eyes and hearts of millions across the world.
The saturated color palettes, earthy and hypnotic patters and textures, and infusion of natural elements is what gives African style interiors their allure.
Africa is the largest continent on Earth, with fifty-four countries, and the second largest continental population in the world. We are only beginning to scrape the surface of the vast array of traditional styles from each culture and tribe, but have a taste of these selections with origins primarily from Central and East African regions.
Breezy coastlines with ivory sands and endless cerulean horizons, the historic East End of Long Island has long been both a prominent seaside resort and summertime colony. Originally an area devoted to agriculture and fishing, the Hamptons have grown into an areas with residential real estate prices ranking amongst the highest in the nation.
In the Hamptons we see a widespread seaside style, with a predominantly luminous array of whites, and soft costal shades. The isle emphasizes minimalism with a sophisticated and airy essence, often with accents of linen, wicker and jute, timber floorboards, and a neutral color palette of home decor. We see a prominence of natural elements and textures,, inducing a warming and comfortable mood. Decorate your surfaces with driftwood and adorn your shelves in coral. The key is openness, lightness, and subtlety.
Sleek lines, understated elegance, and warm functionality are the key elements in Scandinavian design and architecture. Utilizing natural light and neutral color palettes gives a warming essence to illuminate interiors in even the coldest climates.
In a region where winters are long, and daylight can be scarce, we often see a luminous glow of bright whites in Scandinavian homes. It is common for it to be a bit darker and less spacious in Nordic countries, so their design and architecture have a tendency to create environments aiming to be airy, cozy, and maximize the number of windows and skylights in each space. Adding accents like house plants, furs, area rugs, and plentiful pillows and blankets gives modern Scandinavian homes a warmly inviting appeal.
We adore our selections from these elegant modern homes, notice the hints of color that bring out the bright whites and give such a sense of openness!