Buy - Sell - design
Real Estate is not about houses, it's about people and and the things that are important to them. If you've found yourself here at my website, chances are that we have more than a few things in common. If you are like me you value good design, whether it's modern or mid century modern, or just a well updated bungalow. How can I help?
Buying a home
Buying a home is almost always a balance of what you want, and what you can afford. If you like the homes I post on my Austin Modern Homes blog chances are I already have a pretty good idea of what you like. Find out how I can help you get what you are looking for in a home.
Selling a home
No matter why you are selling your home there is almost alway one thing that is most important, getting the most for your house in the shortest amount of time. You may have noticed my website isn't like a typical realtors. Turns out the way I market homes is not your typical approach either.
And so much more
Truth be told I'm much more than just a realtor. I'm a writer, designer a maker and so much more. Need some some advice on your next project, or just a friendly chat about where to find the best tacos or barbecue in Austin? Yeah, you better believe I've got an opinion or two on that. Give me a shout, and let's connect.
Today is the official first day of summer, which means it’s only going to get hotter here in Austin. A lot of my clients that are moving to Austin from cooler states ask me how the summers are here, and I never sugar coat it. It’s hot. Very hot. You’re going to sweat a lot, and your’e going to need to cool down.
Luckily there are two very good solutions to both those problems. Swimming, and deliciously refreshing summer time drinks. Over the years I’ve shared a lot of my favorites on my newsletter so I’ve decided to do a big round up here of how to survive a summer in Austin.
Perhaps one of the most ironic parts about our house is that the focus from the very beginning has been the inner courtyard, and yet somehow it has been the last thing to be finished.
Because of budget reasons the pool and all our landscaping for the back yard didn’t get completed with the house. That doesn’t mean that we weren’t planning ahead though. Our guest house is at the exact level as the main house, which meant until now it has been sitting awkwardly above grade. The pool that we added a year ago was also at the same level, meaning it too stuck above grade making it look like an above ground pool. There were also stub outs for gas and electric to go to the back yard.
I have a confession to make, I’ve been holding out on you. It’s partly because I’m lazy, and partly because I’ve wanted to keep it all to myself. It’s time to come clean though and introduce you to House of St. Clair. I’m not a particularly fashionable guy, but I’ve always thought that menswear is feeling fairly stagnant these days. That’s exactly what got me so excited about HOSC. They take deep inspiration from the past (like their Detroit influenced fall winter collection) but execute everything with a contemporary twist.
I went to Mexico City for the first time this spring, and the whole trip the only thing I could think was "Why in the hell did it take me so long to come here?". It's an easy and inexpensive plane ride from Austin, and once you get there it's super affordable. If you've never been before, it's probably nothing like you would expect.
There are many architects names that are universally recognized, Frank Lloyd Wright for example. Then there are those names that are well known to local architecture fans like our own A. D Stenger. But for every well know architect there are countless others that go unnoticed, and not because they weren't talented or deserving of recognition. If you are a true architect nerd like me those names like Herbert Crume, John S Chase, Barton Riley, or Roland Roessner may ring a bell. Today I'd like to introduce you to another. O. Carl Happel.
If you get my newsletter you have probably heard me mention Esby a few times in the past. They are a local clothing brand founded in 2014 by Stephanie Beard. Stephanie comes from a background of designing menswear for major brands and started Esby to focus on quality clothing for men and women with a menswear mentality. What they mean by that is that the close are made to be comfortable, durable and worn often.
Let's just start this post off saying that I've wanted a pool since I was a little kid. My wife would probably argue that I am still a kid which is maybe why we have had a pool at every house we've lived while in Austin. You can see a few prime examples below. How much did they cost? Cheap. How long did they last? Not long enough. Did I love them? Abso-fucking-lutely.
Ever wish you could wander through some of the houses I post? First off, you can, just call me. It may cost you a beer if you are just a Looky Lou, but you know I'm down. Second, next weekend is your chance to get through the doors of a few I've featured. It's the 2018 Austin Modern Home Tour, and below are my top three favorites (in no particular order) that I think you need to see.
Last year I was fortunate enough to have some talented friends over to help document our house and capture a few of my thoughts about what makes a good space. If you haven't already seen the gorgeous photos taken by Andrea Calo stop what you are doing right now and check them out here.
Special thanks also goes out to Sisterwolf for getting me in front of a camera and picking my brain a bit about why I love architecture and the work I do.
Austin may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it has an equally robust art scene. If you've ever attended the East Austin Studio Tour you have an idea of just how immense the art community is here. You may also have noticed that it's hard to wade through the huge amount of art out there to find something that really speaks to you. For those looking to drill down to the good stuff I have two recommendations. First, Instagram is your friend. Some of my favorite artists in town I first discovered via Instagram. Second, keep an eye on well know galleries for rotating exhibitions.
Mid Century Modern furniture for sale
It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While there were many variations of the bent wood lounge chair made famous by Charles and Ray Eames this is perhaps my favorite. The Swivel Lounge Chair was designed by George Mulhauser and produced by Plycraft. This one features a rare yellow cloth.
Before Herman Miller was making Eames fiberglass shell chairs the original run was produced by Zenith. To give Eames shell chairs the radius edge that Charles and Ray designed, they inserted a rope along the shell’s edge on the first production examples. The ropes were round and molded in place on the edge, providing for a comfortable handgrip.
Architect George Nelson, who was Herman Miller’s design director from 1945 to 1972, once said, “Every truly original idea seems to find its most important expression in a chair.” And then he blew the doors off lighting design. While outfitting his office, Nelson discovered a silk-covered Swedish hanging lamp that he coveted but found too expensive. He then recalled seeing a photo in the paper of Liberty ships being mothballed “by having the decks covered with netting and then being sprayed with a self-webbing plastic,” which got him thinking. “And then, Whammo!” Inspiration struck, and by the next night, Nelson had designed his first Bubble Lamp® (1952) by spinning a skeleton of steel wires on a turntable and shooting it with translucent plastic until it was covered in a smooth, washable film. “When you put a light in it, it glowed.”
The epitome of midcentury sophistication, Charles Pollock’s Executive Chair (1963) is scaled for comfort, able to inspire big ideas in an intuitively ergonomic seat. Pollock, who worked in George Nelson’s office after graduating from the Pratt Institute, was recognized by Florence Knoll for his unique talent. His Executive Chair is considered one of Knoll’s most recognizable designs, distinguished by an aluminum rim that supports the seat and back both visually and structurally