How will Kelly Wearstler design the coming-soon Austin Proper hotel and residences? That and more in this month's home and real estate news….
Den Property Group Creates a Gallery for Local & International Artists
The worlds of art and real estate collided when Bryan Cady, cofounder of Den Property Group, envisioned a new direction for his downtown office. Collaborating with curatorial director Taylor Livingston, Den has carved out an artist-driven gallery in the space—an opportunity for the Austin real estate firm “to engage with our clients beyond the transaction,” Cady says. The gallery has featured a mix of local and international artists; now it begins its second year with “Diez: Photographs by Hunter Barnes,” a photography series, a decade in the making, that documents frequently neglected American communities. Livingston calls it “a retrospective, but also just a rad photography show.” September 15–December 1, 317 W. Third St., 512-222-3364
Monograms Are Having a Moment
It seems everyone has a brand these days, and what a brand needs most is a well-designed logo. Perhaps that’s why the monogram seems to be having its moment. Texas lifestyle expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s latest book, Monograms: For The Home, explores the history of the trend and the countless ways it can be incorporated around the house—in the entryway, bedroom, bath, kitchen, bar, nursery, and living room, as well as playful touches during the holidays. “The fun part,” she says, “is finding one that suits your personal taste.” $40, BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-472-5050
Kelly Wearstler Designs the Austin Proper Hotel and Residences
Internationally coveted designer Kelly Wearstler is bringing her fiercely glamorous touch to Austin. The queen of interiors has been tapped by The Kor Group to design the 32-story Austin Proper hotel and residences, scheduled to open its doors in the Second Street District in 2017. The project, which began taking reservations for interested buyers in August, will have a limited collection of 100 residences and penthouses featuring foor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of Lady Bird Lake and the Texas Hill Country. “Austin has such a distinctive spirit and sense of soul,” Wearstler says, noting that the design will capture Austin’s unique vibe “with a cool rhapsody of colors and textures.” 512-384-1387