The Mind-blowing Multicolored Elaborately Patterned Profusion of the Santillo Serape
A flamboyant Saltillo serape at the David Cook Galleries stand of New York’s Metro Show would have been the height of male fashion in Northern Mexico in the late 19th century, when this stunning and mysterious textile was woven. It bears a rare and inventive riff on the central diamond motif typical of such weavings, whose origin is unknown.
Hand punched tin door screen
Hand punched shades, part II
House painting and details
Details from Alys Beach
Fresh spinach from the raised bed
Hand punched shades, part 1
We recently built a raised bed at Nina’s house from tin siding from an old barn and scrap lumber. It’s now housing the vegetable seedlings that we started—the cucumber and squash are already in bloom. In the front yard, we removed enough dirt to fill the raised bed and then some. The lower elevation of the yard is separated by stacked limestone blocks, shown here dry-stacked in their eventual resting places. We are planning to remove the existing concrete path sometime in the future. The lower front area, meant to prevent runoff, will be all native cacti (generously provided by our neighbors, who were trimming their cactus back) and wildflowers that we also started from seed.
In this post, Lake|Flato’s Phil Zimmerman explores two examples of contemporary architecture in San Antonio’s Lavaca District — a residential restoration by Poteet Architects, and new twin homes by Operative Ventures. These works both reflect and expand upon the building typologies in the historic neighborhood.
Open Envelope Studio
The first group of plants for landscape at Nina’s house.
Native Texas wildflower seeds, native western rangeland grass mix for the backyard, native buffalo grass for the front yard, wildflowers, vegetables and herbs grown from seed, and cactus from the neighbors next door.