Home Sweet Home On The Range

The Tentsile Stingray Tree Tent

Outdoor Home Living 

I have to say our team at Home Style Austin HQ was pretty much blown away when we saw these amazing tents!

Conceived as a treehouse that you can take with you anywhere, the tree tent hammock combines the versatility of a hammock with the security of a tent. “Because the world is not flat,” the makers of the tent say.

In addition to taking your spirits to a new level, the folks at Tentsile plant 3 trees for every tent you or I buy which I think is an awesome gift back to Mother Nature. High fives! Let’s watch this video to see this creative form of home living in action:

Whether you’re in your primary home or traveling in your home on the go, enjoy the very best of the great life; “Home” truly can be found wherever we hang our hearts … even in our hanging tents!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

~ Joe Paul Reider

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

Selling Your Austin Home

Tips For Selling Your Austin HomeYour Home’s Value

Thinking about selling your Austin-area home? You’ll want to be well-informed so you can answer the question – “What’s my home worth?”

Because of the dynamic Austin real estate market, it’s helpful to get the insight and advice of a Realtor. A good Realtor will explain the process they undertake when making the critical decision for what to price your home and when best to place it on the market.

The Facts

Sellers and buyers are often at odds with one another; sellers naturally want top dollar for their home and buyers want the best deal that they can get. My job as a seller’s agent is to identify and secure the best price possible. And one of the tools I use to help set a listing price is by performing a customized analysis of your home’s current worth.

What’s a CMA?

A “CMA,” or comparative market analysis, occurs when I research and provide timely and factual market data that helps evaluate the right price for your home. I’ll look at how the Austin market is currently performing and the conditions in your area of the city and of course specific to your neighborhood. I’ll evaluate data for comparable homes (or “comps”), including:

  • Current inventory on the market and what has sold recently
  • The price per square foot
  • The number of days the homes have been for sale
  • Changes in the Austin real estate landscape

I’ll also evaluate your home’s unique features, it’s exact location, amenities (like a canyon view), its special amenities and its overall condition. To decide and set your best price we’ll take all this information into consideration while determining your personal goals.

Tips For Selling Your Austin-Area HomeWhen The Price Is Right

To receive the highest price possible you’ll want maximum exposure within the Austin marketplace. New listings receive the most attention but if they’re priced too high, they may be disregarded by buyers or their agents. So it’s very important to price the property right the first time!

Let’s Get Started

If you’d like to start discussions about your home’s worth, I offer my Austin-area clients a personalized home analysis at no cost. To begin, just complete the form below and I’ll get started on my research which I usually complete within a few days.

Please Note: All information is kept confidential here at Home Style Austin!

The most critical decisions you’ll make is when pricing your home and when to place it on the market.

I look forward to helping you sell your home and securing your next adventure!

~ Joe Paul Reider

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

If you’re leaving the Austin area, sad faces; we’re sorry to see you go and wish you the best!

If you’re moving within the Austin metroplex let me know how I can help you find and transition into your next home!

For folks moving to Austin, welcome! Make sure and explore my website and this very blog for some great tips for newcomers to the Austin area!

Crazy For Trader Joe’s Austin

Trader Joe's Austin, Texas (Rollingwood) On Grand Opening Day

A Hunting We Will Go

10 years after hearing about the great Trader Joe’s, “foodie fate” determined that I would finally visit Austin’s first Trader Joe’s. Thankfully my neighbors encouraged me to rideshare to visit Austin’s first Trader Joe’s on Grand Opening Day. Was I crazy enough to tackle the grand opening craze and the much welcomed – although super messy – rain all in one morning? You betcha!

What’s In Store

Rudbeckia Flowers At Trade Joe's Austin

We arrived shortly after 10AM. The band was packing up and there were a lot of people flocking about wearing Hawaiian shirts, leis and Texas-sized smiles. Reading the Trader Joe’s website later I learned these people were the Trader Joe’s Crew Members (employees) who were hustling about. We noticed there were no shopping carts remaining. When we walked inside, I literally felt like I was inside a busy beehive. There were people everywhere. I quickly noticed there was no pulling of hair … No roundhouse kicks. No lunging for this or that. It was clear to me that Trader Joe’s knew how to turn potential pandemonium into organized chaos. Shoppers formed lines and carefully moved throughout the store. There was lots of laughing and I could almost see the sigh of relief on people’s faces knowing that Austin was no longer without Trader Joe’s.

The store was smaller in size than any of the lore shared by the TJ following. But what it may lack in size it offers in spirit and assortment across produce, floral, fresh and frozen foods, bakery, cheese, beer/wine and more.

The Texas Themed Trader Joe's Reusable Grocery Bag

Why Trader Joe’s Earned My Love … And Will Earn Yours

  • The Floral Department. I was genuinely impressed by the quality, assortment and prices of TJ’s flowers. One of the best floral collections in Austin.
  • 99 Cent Greeting Cards. Tucked next to the floral section are the cheapest cards we’ve found outside of ones we make by hand. With other stores offering greeting cards commanding $6, $7 or $8, it’s nice to find options that are easy on the wallet.
  • Cheese To Please. Surprisingly affordable *and* tasty, we never leave without 2-3 chunks of gold. Gruyere, Italian Truffle, and Jalapeño Cheddar Pub Cheese are some of our favorites.Trader Joe's Italian Truffle Cheese
  • Olive Demi-Baguette. Any olive-lover will surely love a loaf or two of this bread which is perfect for oil dipping. Word has it when we race around the corner only to find the store loaf-less, our hearts drop.
  • Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning. This stuff is mind-blowing delicious! You can use it in dips like this TJ favorite… but my preferred way to enjoy the stuff is sprinkled on top of a toasted english muffin that’s been graced with a smear of whipped cream cheese. It’s a breakfast treat!
  • Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce. Just when I thought nothing could top my long-time favorite Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Mustard, in walks this stuff … a new house staple! Try some of this sauce on gently-microwaved spinach and presto – you have a super-tasty salad in mere seconds.
  • Cheddar & Horseradish Potato Chips. The slogan for this chip should be “Bet you can’t eat just one … BAG!”
  • Cookie Butter. This is a gingerbread spread that’s way more versatile than the hazelnut chocolate stuff. Good thing a spoon wasn’t within reach or I might have had some pre checkout.
  • Chocolate Croissants. Two words – try them. Don’t let the fact that you’ll find these in the frozen section deter you from enjoying their pure chocolatey greatness. Click the picture below for a close-up view of these coming out of the oven. Freshness!
  • Raisin Rosemary Crisps. Calling these “crackers” is an understatement. “Crispy sweet and savory bites of Heaven?” That’s more like it.
  • Bacon Cheese Bread. Enough said. Want the recipe? You can score it here.
  • The Trader Joe’s Reusable Grocery Bag. The Texas proud design on this shopping tote meant three found their way home with me. Make sure and look at the bottom of the tote for a special surprise. I’m sending a tote or two to my Texas-loving friends in Italy and at $.99/tote I seriously think this makes a more clever and cheaper gift wrap than any other wraps I can find.
  • No Weird Stuff. Contrary to the “Keep Austin Weird” T-shirts, when it comes to food ingredients, let’s leave out the weird. All of Trader Joe’s private label products contain no artificial flavors or preservatives, no msg, no synthetic colors, no genetically modified ingredients, no partially hydrogenated oils … you get the drift.
  • New Treats. With 10-15 new products coming to store each week I know we’ll always be able to find new treats to delight our tastebuds.


I Heart Trader Joe's

I left with many goodies to last me at least a week or so and I’m already planning my return trip back for another adventure. I was so excited to see, learn and experience first hand what others told me about I decided to gift magic via hand-selected Trader Joe’s gift basket to each client of mine who lists or finds their new home with me.

What – am I crazy? For Trader Joe’s? You betcha!  : )

~ Joe Paul Reider

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

PS ~ So where can you find all this goodness? 

Trader Joe’s Austin (Rollingwood)
2805 Bee Caves Road
Austin TX  78759
(512) 306-1032
Trading Hours: 8AM-9PM Daily

Two more Trader Joe’s stores are coming soon to Austin – The Arboretum and Downtown. Will I be there come opening day? You can expect it! Check Trader Joe’s website for store information and to sign-up to receive their newsletter.

Shopping Trader Joe's Flower Market In Austin

Click This Picture To See A Close-Up View Of Trader Joe's Chocolate Croissants Hot Out Of The Home Style Austin Oven. Shazam!

Click This Picture To See A Close-Up View Of Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants Hot Out Of The Home Style Austin Oven. Shazam!

DIY : Hill Country Headboard

How To Make Your Own Headboard
There’s nothing like the pride you feel when finishing up one of your own Do It Yourself projects! This Hill Country Headboard packs a lot of flash for the cash ~ the materials cost under $100 and it took me no more than 2-3 hours of labor, excluding dry-time. Here’s what you’ll need:

Picking up lumber from Lowes to make our hill country headboardMaterials: 

  • Lumber: Use enough for the width of your mattress – go wide if you choose. This is your own custom project so you can decide the width and the height based on personal preference. I used 1/2″ thick “white wood” pine that I obtained at my local Lowes Home Improvement store. We will be using support braces for reinforcement so remember to add them to your cart as you are gathering your materials.
  • Stain: You can pick multiple colors of your choosing or keep it simple and go one color all the way.
  • Wood Screws: Get enough to go through support braces and into the headboards, but not too long to “break” through the front of the headboard. I chose screws 1/4″ less than the total depth of my project.


  • Saw Horses, Tables or Large Flat Surface: From which to work.
  • A Drill: To secure the support braces to the headboard
  • A Pen or Pencil: To draw a cut line.
  • A Jigsaw or Circular Saw: To cut the wood.
  • A Friend: To help you out.


  • Staining boards is easy. Remember to wear latex gloves as sometimes stain likes to remain (if you know what I mean).
  • No Two The Same. I used boards of varying height and width – even those with knots and knot holes – to give a unique character to the headboard. “Keep Austin Weird,” right? If you have distressed wood laying around, even better.

What To Do: 

1. Stain the boards. If you’re using more than one color randomize the stain and boards to get that “varied” look. Remember to stain the sides of the boards in case there are any gaps. Staining the tops and backs of the boards is up to you (not required). Dry and seal according to the stain instructions (mine dried overnight).

2. To assemble the headboard, begin by laying the boards left-to-right on a flat surface (I used two folding tables). Arrange the boards as desired, alternating width and color as desired. Height we will address in step 4.

DIY Hill Country Headboard by Home Style Austin

3. To add 3 support braces to the back of the headboard, we’ll need to invert the headboard so you can work from behind the front-facing boards. To accomplish this face the headboard as it would stand top to bottom and left to right, lift the farthest left board and move it face down all the way on the right side of your headboard. This step works best with two people! Be careful not to slide/scratch the stained boards as you move them. Continue with the boards until complete. The headboard will now be facing down “reading” from right to left.

DIY Hill Country Headboard by Home Style Austin

4. Adjust The Headboards: If you want a headboard with varying height as shown now’s the time to adjust the boards to your preference.

5. Secure Three Support Beams to the back of the headboard using wood screws and your drill. After the first screw goes in make sure that it did not puncture through the front of the headboard (you’ll have to lift the board and its support to check). Continue until all boards are secured to the support beams.

6. Trim Bottom Of Boards: If you used the staggered height design (shown), draw a horizontal line on the back of the headboard at the bottom and cut off any “extra” lumber to result in a clean finish.

DIY Hill Country Headboard by Home Style Austin

7. Flip and Admire: With the help of a friend lift the headboard from the work surface, turn it facing you and admire! Move the headboard to its final “resting place” and secure it to your bedframe with 2-4 bolts and screws. Bravo, you’re done!

Have you made this project? Share pictures with us on our Facebook community or email them to us at HomeStyleAustin @ gmail.com!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.The Finished Piece : DIY Hill Country Headboard by Home Style Austin