Design Series Finale – ACTION!

So you’ve been following the series, dreaming of your highest and best design, getting a clear picture of the style that suits you best, and gathering up your inspirational images. Now it’s time for action!

Get out and get your hands on the finest Austin has to offer…

Visit Natural Gardener for pots, plants, water features and rain barrels and composters.

Head to the Great Outdoors, for inspiration, plant materials and for yummy coffee to sip while you are purusing your selections. Great resource for succulents too.

Barton Springs Nursery has flats of wonderful annuals and perennials, great selection of pots and are so helpful with their information-rich labelling of plants throughout their nursery!

For furniture, I like peeking around at Austin Furniture Depot for off-the-wall finds on a budget

I love stopping in at uncommon Objects on South Congress for vintage and mid-century modern lovelies (don’t forget to look up while you’re shopping!)…

and to Threshold for complete fabulousness!

Spring is upon us any day now, no matter what the calendar says. If you want to share a wonderful Austin resource I’ve neglected here, please comment below! And as always, we here at Spark are always ready to help you translate your interior and exterior dreams into reality… how do you want to live?

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living

It is absolutely frigid today in Austin! Yes, I hear you, New York, Boston and Chicago… what does Austin know about frigid, right? Well, um, okay, there isn’t any snow on the ground and spring is a lot closer for us than it is for you. The thing we have in common is this: while [...]

Chip in!

Chip in!

So Christmas is over for 2010 and New Year’s Eve is beckoning. Before all the parties kick in, make a resolution to chip in. If you had a fresh tree this year, please consider recycling your Christmas tree and turning it into a resource. Bonus! Trees collected in many cities are recycled into mulch, which [...]

Seen Around Town…

Seen Around Town…

Just picked up one of these wonderful GurglePots™ from Collectic Home on Bee Caves Rd. The $40 pitchers come in all sorts of luscious colors and the shape caught my eye immediatelly. They are created by Matt Ellison based on a pitcher he fell in love with when visiting France for his brother’s wedding.  Here’s [...]

At Home in Chile

At Home in Chile

Karen Barbé has stolen my heart.  My eyes.  My down comforters!! The ethereal duvet cover you see here is made up of her light grey & wasabi tiles screen-printed on white organic cotton sateen. Karen is an oh-so-talented textile designer based in Santiago, Chile.  I hope I get to meet her one day.  Until then, I’ll have [...]

Hot Potato

Hot Potato

One of my favorite shops online is Three Potato Four. Not only does it have amazing vintage finds and original art & home accessories, but the folks who run it are every bit as interesting and original as the items they sell. Stu and Janet travel and search the world over for their finds.  You [...]

A Little Art Collection

A Little Art Collection

Just adore these original little oil paintings by artist, Tarra Lyons. Her mini artworks are just perfect for adding a twinkle to a bare wall. I would love to see a teeny grouping on a huge expanse of wall for big contrast or one or two hidden inside a guest-room cabinet or even the back [...]

The House That Grey Built

The House That Grey Built

Later that same blog,  the color grey is still my current crush. For the final post in this series, take a look at this lovely home. Featured in Canadian House & Home magazine, “Emily Walker, a designer in House & Home’s merchandise department, and her partner, Mark Holden, turned the interior of their rundown, 900-square-foot [...]