Archive for October, 2011

Historic & Haunted? Austin’s Driskill Hotel.

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Happy Halloween, people of Austin!  In celebration of this spooky occasion, we at Colby Design would like to call your attention to an Austin landmark – The Driskill Hotel.  The hotel opened on December 20, 1886, and was built by cattle baron Col. Jesse L. Driskill.  It is still considered one of the premier hotels in central Texas, with lavish amenities.

One year after opening, though, the daughter of a Texas senator took a fatal tumble down the grand staircase while chasing a bouncing ball, and legend has it that she can be heard bouncing that ball in the lobby and along the mezzanine.  Another haunted tale of the Driskill centers around room 525, where two young brides, 20 years apart, took their own lives in the same bathroom at the hotel…

Whether you are looking for a spooky place to venture out, or just a great historic architectural spot, check out the Driskill, and have a happy Halloween!

Luxurious & Glamorous.

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Now here is a master bath that is simply luxurious. This design combines the old with the new. The classic marble selection is Emperador, joined with the sleekness of mirrors, floor to ceiling glass, and a cantilievered  vanity, keep this bathroom modern, but classic, too.  It’s clean lines are softened by the sheer drapes and the gorgeous view, and its warm neutral palette gives this master bath an understated elegance.

The New Traditionalist…

Monday, October 17th, 2011

We have just discovered  a New York based showroom called The New Traditionalists, and we love their line!  They use classic pieces and make them current with textiles and finishes that are fresh and “now.”  Check out some of our finds from their collection.  We love their use of linen with hide, as well as interesting color options for tables and case goods.  For more, visit them on the web: .

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Fun with Ikat…

Monday, October 10th, 2011

“Ikat is the extraordinary silk fabric woven throughout Central Asia.  Each strand is individually dyed, then woven into stunning, vibrant patterns which are recognized from village to village. “

-Central Asia Institute

While Ikat is a traditional method of weaving fabrics that has been around for centuries, it is being given new life continuously through fabric designers worldwide.  It can be a great way to throw in a bold dose of color or fun to any space.  Check out some of our Ikat finds below.

Ikat Rug

The Romance of Fall Colors…

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Fall is here.  It may not feel like it at times with the Texas heat, but the season of change is upon us.  The light, the smells,  and the overall sensory changes that occur this time of year leave a feeling of warmth, even though we are getting a break from the heat.  The colors.  Fall colors are beautiful and exciting, bringing on the feeling of nostalgia, reminding us of things to come.