Tribeza’s February Issue Invites Readers into Austin’s Best Interiors
We recognize the designers, architects and builders responsible for remarkable destinations across town
By Carrie Crowe
Cover photo by Chase Daniel
Has anyone ever asked if you’ve been living under a rock or in a cave? Well, if you had a secluded, private Hill Country man-made wine cave, on the side of a hill on a 3,000-acre ranch spanning across the Blanco River, you’d probably say, “YES.” Architect Brian Korte tells us it’s like creating a ship inside a bottle.
The cave houses 4,000 bottles of wine, a wooden bar and a comfortable lounge that’s only a five-minute walk from the main house. The space is modern, inviting and literally underground — blending perfectly into the landscape.
“It’s kind of romantic, in a way, to store your wine underground, kind of like a hobbit,” Korte says.
In addition to Clayton Korte, this month’s February issue features interiors from several Austin architectural firms such as 9 Square Studio, Moontower Design Build, Studio Steinbomer and Winn Wittman. We also spotlight projects from interior designers including Heather Scott Home, Kelle Contine, Breathe Design Studio and Martha O’Hara Interiors.
One project, in particular, is guaranteed to grab your attention. Atomic Ranch is a mid-century modern home with an aesthetic that’s both whimsical and dramatic. The floor to ceiling windows gently guide your eye from the outside to the inside, where you’ll admire design elements that showcase elegant curves, clean angles and stunning geometry.
“On a certain level, this house is something you walk through and experience, and that’s also what you do at an art museum,” says Christine Turknett.
We visit with local feng shui expert, Susan Domelsmith Cabral, who describes her practice as the “acupuncture of your home.” She explains how water, wood, fire, earth and metal form the basis of everything that exists, and she guides us through the steps to keep the chi flowing through our home.
This issue also highlights ornamental fixtures from LWSN, including crystal antlers — made by squeezing, pulling, tugging and cutting a solid blob of 2,000-degree molten glass. You could say that their creations are the “cherry on top.”