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Oct 25

How “Art in the Heart” Marked the Beginning of the Buda Art Movement

Posted to Adventure Friday by Gabriela Moore

Three graffiti artists at Tavern on Main

Now, the title may say “beginning,” but the real truth behind that statement is that art was always here, just hiding in the rich history of Buda’s culture—a story that economic changes influence in the creative world. If you talk to anyone who grew up in Buda in the 80’s, Downtown Buda was a haven for anyone with a creative bone and was once lined with art studios and craft makers alike.

Steve Harris, a second generation artist to call Buda home,  was born in the 70’s to a professional potter who owned a studio along-side the many artists in downtown at that time. He thinks back on life in the “good old days” as a child running around downtown, generally creating mischief, but always admiring the people behind the art.

“I remember the unique sense of unity between the artists and craftsmen,” Steve says. “Every time one would take a break from their work they would walk down Main Street and stop in to visit the neighboring studios to share ideas, discuss upcoming art shows and swap bad jokes.”

It’s this exact history that the #budaartmovement we saw at Art in the Heart tips its hat to. The explosion in population across the Austin area in the 90’s brought in more shops and dining into downtown spurring an inevitable rise in property taxes and slowly pushing the artist to seek lower rent. But with the Buda Main Street Program starting the initiative to create an arts district in downtown, and the city-wide support of the Inspired Minds Art Center opening in downtown, we are seeing a resurgence of this history come to life.

“Buda is once again becoming a prosperous location for both the established and emerging artist. This is showcased by the local businesses offering there space to display artwork, companies such as Two Wheel Brewing sponsoring art events and the highly reputable Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery calling Downtown Buda home,” Steve said. “The efforts put forth by Sinead and Susan of Inspired Minds Art Center has created an opportunity for local artists to network and support each other much like the early days that I remember.”

Today we look to a future that not only showcases the arts, but gives it a place to grow and call home. With its resurgence, arts and culture has become its own economic influence that brings tourism and invites visitors to not only explore but also contribute to our community. And I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty thrilled to know that no matter what changes a community faces—arts and culture have the power to push through and bring people together as it has for millennia.

As Marcela Kourkova from Fine Art Buda says, “[Art] connects community and teaches us to imagine and dream.” The #budaartmovement may be just beginning in 2019, but it has a strong history and a lot of soul deep in its bones. Take a look. 

Feb 05

Essentials for Your Bedroom with Particular Home + Design by Adrienne Duncan

Posted to Buda Lifestyle by Gabriela Moore

Bedroom designed by Particular Home Design

1. Your Bedroom is Your Sanctuary

The bedroom is usually the most personal space a person occupies in their home. I like to think of the sheer excitement of vacationing in a fabulous hotel only to want that same ambiance within your own home. While bedrooms are so personal, I love executing what inspires my clients and provides a space for them to relax, refresh and become energized. You can either invest in a weekend getaway or fully embrace your home in the most personal way. Hues, lighting and comfort are generally areas I like to fully embrace in a bedroom. It’s the one place that’s all about you, so why not find your place of peace and refreshing in a beautifully decorated bedroom.

2. Window Treatments
Window treatments are one of my most favorite custom designs to create. Window treatments are a place to add your favorite colors and patterns to your space, with a touch of bespoke to tailor make your space. There are nearly unlimited options from fabric shades, draperies or blinds, or even layered for multiple purposes. Window treatments don’t have to be the boring temporary solution. This is where luxury at its finest is enjoyed to its fullness with color, style and a touch of class to the room so deserved.

3. Realistic Function of the Space
Realistically, some bedrooms are designed for multi-functioning tasks, and this is something to consider prior to purchasing furnishings. In addition to sleeping, you may read, watch television, maybe an escape from the kids or office out of your bedroom. Whether you live alone or with a large family, to understand the function of your bedroom in addition to sleeping will help you determine the direction of this design. Many Texas bedrooms come with a Texas-sized master suite that if done well, can act as a retreat or extension within your own space. 

4. Bedding and the Feels
Again this is the space that should bring satisfaction. Soft bedding to only enhance your experience is the icing on the cake to the best bedrooms. Cozy rugs at your feet as you step out of your bed or pillows that you don’t want to let go of. No matter what it may be, it’s all about what centers you within your space. Chandeliers over a bed or installing wall sconces in replacement of bedside lamps are just some of the ideas that elevate an ambience and provides such ocular satisfaction.

Adrienne Duncan is the owner and creative mastermind behind Particular Home Design in Buda, Texas. For nearly two decades, Adrienne Duncan continues to deliver intelligent and quality design at a concierge level. Adrienne is a trusted and seasoned designer who has travelled and distributed her expertise across the nation, making herself known in the design industry. Her design sensibilities and professionalism has gained the attention of leaders in the industry where she has worked hand in hand with some of the nation’s best and played an integral role in building one of the top internet-based interior design specialty companies out of New York. 

"I am inspired the most when I drive through a neighborhood and imagine what each house looks like on the inside. Every home is different and no two homes are designed and decorated alike. This is an amazing thought to me because it causes me to focus on the individuals in the home, and the need to create the space according to their family make-up, lifestyle, spatial preferences and most importantly how they see beauty. As a creator and designer, I like to think my imagination is endless and consequently I’m always thinking outside the box. My motivation is to create environments and design homes for the investor, in hopes that they are able to embrace the fullness of their space while fully enjoying it and its design."

Read this story and many others in the first ever edition of the Buda Travel Lifestyle Magazine! Click below to read the digital copy or request a copy of your own by emailing us at Print copies will be available in early February and are available while supplies lasts!
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May 16

BBQ Mash Ups: Food Truck Edition

Posted to Happy Trails by Gabriela Moore

If there is something that food trucks do well, it’s the modern spin on classic cuisine. Enter: barbeque mash ups--taking two of your favorite things and putting them together for something undeniably delicious.  This National BBQ Day, come with us as we spot the food trucks around town that prove bbq doesn’t have to stand alone.

Brisket Baked Potato from Louie's

1. We all love a baked potato, but mash it with brisket from Louie’s Craft BBQ in Downtown Buda and you have yourself a Loaded Brisket Baked Potato that comfort food in Texas is made of. This buttery, cheesy, burnt-endy chunk of pure comfort is our go to meal when we just want all the things that make us feel at home. Pair it with the spicy green salsa, wash it down with a Big Red and you’ll never look back. 

BBQ Wings from Bat Wings

2. Move over brisket, cauliflower has something to say and you need to hear it. Say hello to this bite-sized delight that is the Big Daddy Cauliflower Wings with their signature spicy barbeque sauce from Bat Wings Co. in Jordan and Cambria’s Rail Switch. Delicious to even meat eaters, this vegetarian take on chicken wings is perfectly crisp and full of flavor. Add a dunk of their homemade sweet and spicy barbeque sauce for that mash up of wings meets barbeque we are living for. 

Brisket Queso from Shugabees 3. Top three foods in Texas: and go! If you just enthusiastically yelled at your screen chili peppers, queso and brisket then we are on the same page. I’d like to introduce you to an off menu concoction from Shugabees Texas BBQ that includes all three. Start by ordering their hatch green chili queso and scoop in some of their chopped brisket for a *chefs kiss of an experience. The slight spice from the chilis mixed with the sweet bbq sauce from the chopped brisket will find you at the end of the queso bowl asking for more.  

Whichever mash up you choose to enjoy this National BBQ Day, we promise you this: you will not be disappointed. No one is judging you if you try all three. Besides, every day is National BBQ Day with Visit Buda, Tx. Share your experience on social using the tag #budafuleats.