Archive for February, 2011

If We Have to be Cold…

Friday, February 4th, 2011


I was just thinking…if we have to be cold with wind and snow, why be in Austin, Texas…wouldn’t be nice to be in the Swiss Alps?  I started looking for interior spaces where I would love  to be curled up by a fire, and I came across these amazing buildings in the Alps.  Apparently, the mountains of Switzerland are a hot spot for architectural experiments, some by design students, others by commercial investors.  Check out some of our cool finds below:


mt rose architecture

The Power of Courtyard Entryways…

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011


We love entryway courtyards here in Austin.  They are inviting and really allow for a sense of entry.  Not only that, they create a first impression of things to come once inside a home.  Another great thing about courtyards is that they can go with any style and really add ambiance.

New Take on Tuscan…

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011


American interpretations on Tuscan architecture have been around for a long time, but Austin home builders are starting to “clean things up” while staying true to Tuscan inspiration.  Instead of using carved stone mouldings everywhere, they are keeping things simple and elegant, allowing for an overall cleaner look.  Also consider interior design.  Using transitional style furnishings is more unexpected for such a traditional space, helping to create a softer look.