Your Austin Holiday Gift Guide

With mere days before the big day we’ve amassed a shopper’s shortlist of our favorite local goodies to put more fa-la-la-la-la in your holaday gift giving. ❄️ ❄️❄️  These gift ideas are sure to delight the senses!
Hill Country Water Garden Owl
Owl bet you have someone on your list who would love one of these granite owls. Perfect for the garden! Available at Hill Country Water Gardens – our go-to place for inspiration for special things inside and especially outside the home!

Hemlock and Heather Texas Art

Show them the love for your favorite state! These one-of-a-kind works of art are made from recycled wood. Gift cards, T-shirts and more available at Hemlock & Heather online.

Just For Fun Watercraft Rental

Don’t just give them a present – give them an *experience* to remember! Boating Lake Travis is one of my family’s favorite things ever. Gift cards are available beginning at $60 at QuickGifts. Surf’s up!Lizard Lips SPF 22 Lip Balm

Kiss goodbye to dry lips and give a hello kiss to a great smile, compliments of Austin-based Lizard Lips! This stuff heals, moisturizes, and protects for life’s greatest adventures (like when you’re enjoying the lake). Available online or at our favorite home away from home… Buc-ee’s! 
Music Of The Spheres Wind Chimes

“Create world peace one backyard at at time!” Wind chimes from Music of the Spheres are tough as Texas nails but create etheral sounds that delight. You can purchase these online or swing by the East Cesar Chavez showroom to get yours. *And theirs!*

Round Rock Bourbon Barrel Honey

It may be local honey but you’ll send their taste buds into outer orbit with Round Rock Bourbon Barrel Honey. This stuff is the bomb diggity that’s fresh. Raw. And local. Score it online! Plus try our honey-roasted cashew recipe that was inspired by this tasty liquid gold.

Flat Creek Super Texan Wine

What do super Texans drink? Super Texan wine, of course! This wine hails from Flat Creek Estate and it’s won several awards including “most romantic wine,” from the Home Style Austin Team. Available at select HEBs, online… or via short drive to the wine estate. From Cedar Park head west on 1431 for about 30 scenic minutes.

Soul Popped Popcorn Austin Texas

Gift them comfort food for the soul! Soul Popped is a small biz on the rise with Texas-sized flavors like Chicken ‘n Waffles, Banana Pudding, and Heavenly Macaroni & Cheese. Dash to Barton Creek Square or the Soul Popped website to get your groove on.
Home Sweet Home 1803 Candle

Dorothy won’t be the only one claiming “there’s no place like home” when your lucky gift recipient lights one of these “Home Sweet Home” soy candles! Vanilla bean, spice, juicy raisins, and oats will ignite the heart and home. We score ours regularly at Honey & Hay in Cedar Park.

Neighborhoods Of Austin

They’ll always be able to find their way home with this Austin’s Neighborhood poster. Maybe it’s the Realtor in me but what a fun way to celebrate the neighborhoods that make Austin so great. Available on Etsy.

All the best for the happiest of holidays from us to you!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaulReider.KW.com

Open House in Cedar Park Town Center

1807 Lost Maples Loop Cedar Park TX 786131807 Lost Maples Loop, Cedar Park, TX 78613
4 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, 1,880 square feet
Offered at: $259,900

We’re hosting an Open House Saturday, February 23rd from 1-4 PM in Cedar Park. Here are some of this home’s features:

1807 Lost Maples Loop Cedar Park TX 78613

I’m happy to give you a personal tour of this beautiful home – or join me at my Open House on Saturday, February 23rd from 1-4 PM! Please call or email me with any questions!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaulReider.KW.com

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DIY : Succulent Planter

How To Make A Succulent Planter by Home Style Austin
One Excellent Succulent

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to make a lasting impression, make and gift one of these unique succulent plants.

Once you have the supplies, these “succulent hangers” are surprisingly simple to create. The end result is a one-of-a-kind handmade plant that will surely delight both you and the lucky recipient.

Tips:

  • The material quantities below are approximations; what you use will vary based on the size of your plants and the number of succulent planters you’re making. PS ~ While you’re making one you might as well make more!
  • You may find 4 hands are better than 2! Our friend Eileen lent us her 2 hands which were especially useful during the forming and wrapping stages shown below.
  • Most of the supplies are easy to find; we found plants, soil, sphagnum moss and the garden wire at Lowes, green moss and the rainbow-inspired decorative twine came from Michael’s. The clay soil was the hardest for us to locate but we scored a 40 pound bag of it for about $5 at Hill Country Water Gardens (it’s one of our favorite nurseries). PS ~ 40 pounds of clay soil is deceivingly small. 

Materials: 

1 – 2 Cups  |  Potting Soil
1 – 2 Cups  |  Clay Soil
About 1/4 cup (To Form)  |  Water
1 (or more)  |  Succulent Plants
Two Handfuls  |  Sphagnum Moss, Moistened
Two Handfuls  |  Green Moss, Unmoistened
10 – 15 Feet  |  Decorative Twine
To Hang  |  A Piece Of Driftwood Or A Found Stick (about 6 inches long)
To Hang  |  Some Green Garden Wire (available at most craft stores)

What To Do:

1. Make Dirt.
In a medium-sized bowl mix together equal parts of the potting and clay soil. Add water and combine until the mixture resembles a pliable dough. Set aside.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin
2. Form Planter.

Remove your succulent plant from its container and wrap it with enough sphagnum moss to entirely encase the roots. Then wrap the moss-covered succulent with the prepared, wet, soil from Step 1 above, forming a ball. Wrap green moss around the succulent and trim any excess that rises above the edge of the succulent.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin
3. Wrap Planter

Using your decorative twine, wrap the planter several times to secure the soil and moss to the plant. A few times I carefully wrapped the twine on top – and between – the succulent branches to help form a well-wrapped “ball.” Along the way test your wrap to ensure the plant hangs level. As we formed the wrapped planter we created 4 extra-long suspensions at each “corner” of the succulent planter and then wrapped the hanging stick (below) to help keep the plant stable in the breezy winds of Central Texas. Make sure and leave enough excess twine at the top of the plant for hanging.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin
4. Prepare To Hang

Wrap the excess twine around your hanging stick (from Step 3) to your desired length and tie them off at the top of the stick or tie and tuck the twine along the bottom of your succulent planter. To suspend from a nail or hanger wrap the stick a few times with the garden wire and secure.

5. To Care & Feed
Hang your succulent in a semi-sunny place, indoors or out. Make sure to keep the plant happy and keep it moist by misting daily or by watering liberally or letting rest in a shallow bowl of water. Succulents don’t need to be over-watered but they do need a little love.

Enjoy and please email me with any questions about this project!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider





~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin

Austin’s Dog Friendly Hangouts

A Lab Sitting In Bluebonnets, Brushy Creek Regional Trail (Austin)You + Them = Best. Time. Ever!

As an avid dog lover, I’m often searching for places where I can hangout with my four-legged friends. I decided to put together this list of homegrown places where we’ve had a tail-waggin’ good time.

I’ll keep this list updated, so you might want to bookmark this page for future fun times!

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ABGB) – One of our most favorite beer gardens. A great place to chill, have some brew and listen to some tunes. Here’s my blog post. And here’s even more info.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden – You know a place freely welcomes dogs when you find events for the 4-legged … plus “people and pooches” search functionality on their site. Sausage, beer, “manmosas,” a Michelada Bar and more. The car is already loaded and in reverse! Visit Banger’s online.

Dog Friendly Blue Corn Harvest Grill In Cedar Park

Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill – Located on FM 1431 is this tree-covered patio where you can enjoy Southwestern cuisine under the Texas sky. Visit them online.

Dog Friendly Botticellis In AustinBotticelli’s – This popular South Congress Italian restaurant offers live music and tasty Italian food. You’ll enter the dog-friendly beer garden from the rear of the restaurant (shwon above). More info.

Dog Friendly Brick House Tavern & TapBrick House Tavern + Tap – Tucked along Research Boulevard, Brick House has a fully-covered patio which means when it’s raining cats and dogs, you and your doggie dear will be high and dry. More info.

Brushy Creek Regional TrailBrushy Creek Regional TrailOne of Austin’s hidden gems is this 7-mile long stretch of paved and gravel trails. Waterfalls, historical markers, dinosaurs and more. You can read more about BCRT at my article here on the Home Style Austin Blog.

Dog Friendly Don Mario In LakewayDon Mario
 – Don’t miss our favorite dog-friendly patio on your way to Lakeway. Their carnitas taco plate and five salsas were a pack pleaser. PS ~ Don’t miss the balloon lady – she’s a true artist! Don Mario online.

Dog Friendly Flat Creek EstateFlat Creek Wine Estate (Marble Falls) – The closest winery to Avery Ranch … and my favorite! Enjoy a half-hour scenic drive into the Hill Country and when you get there, dogs are welcome on the outside patio. Drink in the wine and the great view! More info.

Hill Country Water Gardens (Cedar Park) – Voted best nursery by water dogs! A large nursery and water garden with great inspiration. More info.

Lowes (Citywide) – Whenever I shop here the employees love on my dog. Harley even scored a dog treat here so he’s always ready to lend a paw with home improvement projects. Lowes knows pets. More info.

Dog Friendly Lupe Tortilla In Cedar ParkLupe Tortilla (Abor Walk and Cedar Park) – Happy Hour specials, giant tortillas and great margaritas. If you’ve never been here before make sure and ask for the free fajita sampler. A new location is opening up at 183 and FM1431 and they will be dog friendly as well. Sniff here for more info.

Dog Friendly Morelia Mexican Grill In Avery RanchMorelia Mexican Grill (Avery Ranch) – Voted best dog-friendly patio in Avery Ranch. Two outdoor televisions will keep you occupied while your pup is at your side. Super-easy entrance from the front parking lot. More Morelia.

Dog Friendly P. Terry's Burger StandP. Terry’s Burger Stand (32nd and N. Lamar) – Their french fries, veggie burger and root beer shake really hit the spot! “Rut Roh” – not every location offers patio dining. More P. Terry’s.

Pet Supplies Plus In Austin, TexasPet Supplies Plus (183) – Shop ’till they drop at PSP. Great hours and a free Preferred Pet Club you’ll both want to join. We smell savings! More info.

Red Bud Isle Park In AustinRed Bud Isle Park – This park should be renamed Happy Dog Island. Perhaps Austin’s best off leash dog park that’s an island flanked by the Colorado River. You can read more about Red Bud here at my blog post.

Round Rock Garden Center – A native plant and organic gardening center since 2002. Also a great place to snap a pumpkin patch pic with your four-legged friend. Located in Old Town Round Rock. More info.

Have a favorite dog place of your own? Drop us an email and let us know – we’ll likely add it to our list!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.