Austin Modern Home Tour

Photo courtesy of Modern Architecture + Design Society

Produced by James Leasure and Ken Shallcross of the Modern Architecture + Design Society, the annual Austin Modern Home Tour gives local architects, designers, home builders, and developers the unique opportunity to showcase their skill and talent to the community in which they work. In turn, the self-guided tour gives the community a rare chance to explore some of Austin’s amazing modern homes inside and out, while asking questions and engaging the minds behind the designs.

This year’s annual event has been split into two days: the Austin Modern Home Tour on February 25, and the Hill Country Modern Tour on February 26, with the latter taking tourgoers outside of Austin to explore some of the Hill Country’s coolest modern homes.

Participating homes will open their doors for viewing from 10 am-6 pm on Saturday, February 25. Participating homes on the Hill Country Modern Tour will open their doors for viewing from 10 am-4 pm on Sunday, February 26.

The homes are located all over Austin; go to the tour website for a full listing of homes and neighborhoods.

Photo by Amity Worrell

Tribeza Interiors Tour

Tribeza's 8th Annual Interiors Tour is a self-guided, self-paced tour that showcases gorgeous homes across the city from some of Austin’s most talented interior designers.

Guests of the tour can start at any of the following locations (the event does not take place at the Tribeza offices):

  • Britt Design Group l 4705 Island Cove
  • HouseMill Design l 3002 Bridle Path
  • Glynis Wood Interiors l 1714 Cromwell Hill
  • CG&S Design-Build l 406 Riley Road
  • Amity Worrel & Co. l 4601 Richmond Avenue
  • Kopfer Taylor Interiors l 1717 Norris Road
  • Avery Cox Design l 1313 West 12th Street

Austin Home + Garden Show returns with HGTV sisters and local botanical garden

Show What You Grow

Forget this week’s Target run — the Austin Home + Garden Show has everything an Austinite needs, wants, and didn’t know they crave in tools and knickknacks around the house. The Austin Convention Center will fill up with tools, fashion, organization, and appliances this January 6-8.

Like any expo, this offers demo and browsing opportunities, plus service and product specials that can save attendees hundreds of dollars. In addition to the shopping, some speakers will get onstage to share inspiration with DIY-ers. New this year, attendees can learn from a well-known pair of designers and flea market-loving sisters dubbed the Junk Gypsies and Austin’s own Zilker Botanical Garden.

Amie and Jolie Sikes run Junk Gypsy out in Round Top, a feminine, bohemian, and decidedly country retail store that initially sold the duo’s market finds, and served as a launchpad for the HGTV series that solidified their nickname. The rogue designers take the aesthetic of the junktiques-obsessed city and turn trash into many Austin women’s treasures, while making custom pieces for celebrities with rockabilly aesthetics: Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Billie Joe Armstrong, and more. They’ll hit the stage on January 7 at 2 pm, for an unspecified chat between seminars about garden planning and creating a more energy-efficient home.

Zilker Botanical Garden, a partner of the Home + Garden show, is signing on for its first activation and keeping things straightforward: garden design and maintenance. The all-levels talk promises useful tips that anyone can try, a demonstration on growing broccoli microgreens in one week, plus a Q&A portion for more specifics on different types of plants, which need different care. Texas Bamboo Society and Austin Herb Society will join to display and sell goods. The Botanical Garden offers frequent workshops at its home location, but this event appears to be broader than its usual programming.

The show also welcomes social media influencer Rhonda Kaiser, Dennis Celsor of Built Green Custom Homes, and Jewell Parker of ShelfGenie as speakers. In addition to the convenience of all shopping in one place, the show provides a free shuttle to the Barton Creek Mall, enabling free parking.

The Austin Home + Garden Show invites visitors January 6 from 12-8 pm; January 7 from 10 am to 8 pm; and January 8 from 11 am to 6 pm. Tickets ($10 adults, free for children) are available austinhomeandgardenshow.com at a reduced rate ($8) until opening day on January 6. The Zilker Botanical Garden (2220 Barton Springs Road) offers visitors free tickets to the show.

Photo by Eddy Lee on Unsplash

Zillow's experts predict the top 5 home trends for 2023 in Austin and beyond

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Zillow analyzed its listings data to determine the top five home trends to watch in the New Year, and while it may be 2023, not 2020, many pandemic-era home fads are still hanging on.

Do not disturb
Take, for example, segmented layouts. The past three decades have seen contractors taking down walls to create open-concept spaces, but more than a quarter of all Zillow listings mention "privacy" or "private spaces," up 7 percent over last year.

"The pandemic exposed the fatal flaw of the open floorplan once everyone was living, working, and schooling at home: the lack of privacy. A soundless space for video calls or a quiet sitting room for reading became more desirable than ever," says the study.

Homeowners who have open floorplans will look to compartmentalize their space through furniture layout and design to create private nooks and corners, Zillow predicts.

Room to roam
Backyards are also still a luxury, and are highlighted in one out of every five Zillow listing descriptions. Mentions of patios and pools also surged, up by more than 13 percent and 11 percent, respectively, in 2022.

"The rising popularity of outdoor features suggests the pandemic has changed the way we want to live for good, priming the backyard for a 2023 evolution," says Amanda Pendleton, Zillow's home trends expert. "When the pandemic forced all entertaining outdoors, homeowners reclaimed their backyards from the kids or the dogs. Now they're rethinking how that space could serve as an extension of their home in new, creative ways."

In 2023, Zillow says to look for outdoor home gyms, natural pools alive with plants, edible gardens, and outdoor rooms for dining, lounging, and quiet reflection.

Gather 'round
Speaking of entertaining — and just general everyday living — kitchen islands are increasing in functionality and desirability.

Zillow listings mentioning a kitchen island saw an uptick of 19 percent in 2022, as people move further away from formal dining rooms and embrace the casual comfort of gathering in the kitchen.

Expect to see these islands stand out with contrasting paint colors or wood stains and different countertop materials, Zillow predicts. The trend of repurposing unique furniture pieces or vintage tables as islands will also grow in 2023, the company says.

Upgrade and upkeep
Lots of other home improvements are on the horizon, especially for younger homeowners.

A new Zillow survey finds 48 percent of homeowners younger than 40 have tapped the equity in their home in the past two years, most commonly to pay for home improvement projects.

However, 90 percent of those homeowners under 40 who took out a home equity line of credit or second mortgage, or opted for a cash-out refinance, have yet to spend all the money they borrowed, suggesting 2023 may be the year they complete all the renovation projects on their to-do list.

What's on the docket? Improvements that make homes more sustainable, low-maintenance, and high-tech. Investing in drought-resistant landscaping and smart-home systems are energy-efficient projects that can help save money and the environment, and boost a home's value when it's time to sell.

Mirror, mirror
One trend you might not have seen coming is the return of mirrored walls and ceilings, which are now appearing 12 percent more often in listing descriptions on Zillow.

We're not talking 1970s panels, per se, but rather antiqued mirrored surfaces applied in a grid for a tres chic Parisian feel.

Don't want this shiny upgrade to feel overwhelming? Embrace the closed layout and go bold in one room only.

Photo courtesy of Home and Garden Show

Austin Fall Home & Garden Show

Austin Fall Home & Garden Show

Presented by Marketplace Events, The Austin Home & Garden Show is a dynamic showcase of the nation’s best home and garden products and services. With the housing market booming and flipping homes a popular past time in Central Texas, guests will be able to experience impressive displays to help inspire home projects, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and national home and garden professionals.

Photo courtesy of Leonid Furmansky

Preservation Austin presents Out of the House Spring Tour

Preservation Austin presents Out of the House Spring Tour

Preservation Austin’s marquee educational and outreach event, the annual Homes Tour, is back with a twist: the “Out of the House” Spring Tour will take guests into a specially curated selection of iconic historic spaces that speak to the city’s expansive history. Guests will receive exclusive access to quintessentially Austin sites that are not to be missed, from the lush interiors of the newly-restored 1930s Travis County Probate Courthouse, to the rehabilitated Baker School, now home to the headquarters of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.

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Texas rises through the ranks of most innovative states, says new report


The Lone Star State has again taken a step up on an annual report that ranks the most and least innovative states in the country — this time cracking the top 15.

Texas ranked No. 15 in personal finance site WalletHub's 2023’s Most and Least Innovative States ranking. It's a steady improvement for the state, which ranked No. 16 in 2022 and No. 17 in 2021.

The report analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia and how each performed across 22 key metrics, including population of STEM professionals, venture capital investment activity, number of technology companies, patents per capita, and more. The data was pulled from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Science Foundation, National Center for Education Statistics, United States Patent and Trademark Office, and other records.

Here's how Texas performed at a glance:

  • No. 18 – for share of STEM professionals
  • No. 16 – for projected STEM job demand by 2030
  • No. 25 – for eighth grade math and science performance
  • No. 21 – for share of science and engineering graduates aged 25 or older
  • No. 13 – for share of technology companies
  • No. 31 – for R&D spending per capita
  • No. 18 – venture capital funding per capita

For the 11th year, Texas won Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup, the governor's office announced earlier this year. The award, which Texas has won 19 times since its inception in 1978, recognizes the nation’s top-performing state for job-creating business relocations and expansions.

"Texas truly is America’s economic engine, and we stand apart as a model for the nation. When choosing where to relocate or expand their businesses, more and more innovative industry leaders find themselves at home in our state," Governor Greg Abbott says in a news release about the award.

"I congratulate the exceptional economic development teams at the local, regional, and state level who have worked so diligently to attract and retain these growing businesses and the jobs they create in diverse communities across this great state," he continues.

The most innovative states included the District of Columbia, which ranked at No. 1, followed by Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland, and California, respectively. The least innovative state was identified as Mississippi, followed by Louisiana, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Arkansas, respectively.

Source: WalletHub

Access to quality education is a significant contributor to each state's innovation economy, the experts say in the report.

"Investing in education, particularly K-12 but also at the University level, it is no accident that innovative ecosystems develop in states with strong education systems and research universities," says David L. Deeds, professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. "These institutions build strong capable modern workforces that attract capital, and jobs and create innovations. The benefits do not happen overnight, in fact, they take years if not decades, but consider what The UC’s or the University of Texas at Austin have meant for the development of premier innovative ecosystems."

Austin's meat palace Fogo de Chao expands its menu with new plant-based options

Vegan News

Well, here's a twist: Fogo de Chão, the churrascuria-style restaurant concept from Brazil known for its dedication to meat, is expanding its menu in an unprecedented new direction: They're adding tofu.

Effective immediately, the restaurant will offer new plant-based and nutrient-dense dishes, alongside an enhanced Bar Fogo beverage list that has new non-alcoholic craft cocktails made with low-proof spirits (less than 0.5 percent alcohol).

Fogo CEO Barry McGowan says in a release that they're responding to demand from their younger, more health-conscious customers.

"Our young and dynamic guests consider themselves food explorers who seek new culinary discoveries with each visit,” McGowan says. “For nearly 45 years we’ve had nutrient-dense and plant-forward dining options for every occasion and dietary tribe throughour Market Table. With the rollout of our new dining choices and clean cocktails, we continue to offer our guests the variety and discoveries they crave while doing it in a wholesome and flavorful way.”

The Market Table is their famed salad bar, which has sated many a vegetarian diner or else those just not up for the whole skewered meat thing that is a trademark of Fogo and other churrascuria-style places.

Two new plant-based innovations will join Fogo's existing Vegetarian and Pescatarian dishes such as the Cauliflower Steak, and will be available on the main dining menu available for lunch, brunch, and dinner as an alternative to the Full Churrasco Experience, as follows:

  • Seared Tofu with Miso Black Bean Pasta - Chimichurri-marinated tofu served atop black bean pasta sautéed with green onion, Napa cabbage, pickled onions and carrot ginger-miso dressing. Vegan and gluten-free.
  • Roasted Power Vegetable Bowl - Roasted eggplant, marinated mushrooms, roasted zucchini, asparagus, and baby peppers served with chimichurri spinach rice. Vegan and gluten-free.

togo power bowlRoasted Power Vegetable Bowl at Fogo de Chao.Photo courtesy of Fogo de Chao

They're also rolling out new dishes on the Market Table which for the past 45 years has showcased nutrient-dense and flavorful choices including seasonal salads, micro greens, natural and plant-based proteins, imported charcuterie, and more.

New items on the Market Table are as follows:

  • Spring Hummus - Fresh hummus blended with herbs, roasted garlic and citrus, topped with radish, fresh mint, edamame, and olive oil.
  • Baby Kale & Mango Salad - Fresh baby kale, Napa cabbage, red radish and mango, tossed in a lime honey dressing.
  • Miso Black Bean Pasta - Gluten-free black bean pasta tossed with green onion, Napa cabbage, pickled onions and carrot ginger-miso dressing.
  • Apple Manchego Salad - Granny Smith apples and Manchego cheese tossed with honey, cracked pepper and black mission figs.
  • Power Greens - A seasonal mix of vitamin-rich greens, fresh herbs and micro-shoots

The Bar
The Bar Fogo menu now features five new cocktails, including three made with Clean Co’s non-alcoholic spirits with less than 0.5% alcohol, as follows:

  • Yellowbird - Desolas Mezcal, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Cointreau, La Marca Prosecco
  • Espresso Martini - Diplomatico Reserva Rum, Caffe Borghetti and Licor 43
  • Clean Cosmo - CleanCo V (Vodka) Apple, Cranberry, Fresh Lemon
  • CleanR Sour - CleanCo R (Rum), Passionfruit, Pineapple, Aquafaba, Bitters
  • Clean Cucumber Martini - CleanCo V (Vodka) Apple, Cucumber, Basil, Lemon Twist

Founded in southern Brazil in 1979, Fogo has seven other locations across Texas: Addison, Uptown Dallas, Plano, Friendswood, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands.

City of Austin spikes weekend parking rates at Zilker Park

pay to play

Starting May 1, one of Austin's most popular parks will be increasing parking prices and start charging for parking in lots that were previously free.

At Zilker Park, the parking lots that currently charge $5 for parking will be increased to $7 from May 1 through Labor Day.

The parking lot off of Stratford Road, just north of the Zilker Botanical Garden, and the South Barton Springs Pool parking lot, near Azie Morton Road, will start charging $7 on the weekends and holidays.

Both of these parking lots were havens for visitors and residents alike, as they were free to park. Park visitors like P.K. Luangsingotha liked that parking was free at the lot off Stratford. Luangsingotha said he is not happy that he will have to start paying to park.

"I believe people should be out enjoying the parks, the sunlight, et. cetera, and not have to [pay]. I mean, the City is already making so much money as it [is]. Now trying to tax people more on parking — I think it’s kind of unfair. Just my opinion," Luangsingotha said.

Hailey Adams, an Austin resident, also enjoys coming to Zilker and the free parking near Stratford with her dog. Come May, Adams may adjust the activities she participates in at Zilker due to the cost of parking.

“I definitely want more of a [full-day] activity, versus sometimes [coming] for 30 minutes," Adams said.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department said it hopes charging at the parking lots will help with traffic issues.


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