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Feb 05

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

Posted on February 5, 2021 at 3:02 PM 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 tourism@ci.buda.tx.us Print copies will be available in early February and are available while supplies lasts!
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Feb 04

Cari's Top 5 Proposal Ideas - By Cari Wible

Posted on February 4, 2021 at 2:54 PM by Gabriela Moore

inscription Marry Me inside of a heart projected on the brick outside of the Carrington wedding venue at

First off, congratulations on finding the love of your life and surviving 2020. Your love has literally survived a pandemic and the longest year of anyone’s life. Now the real question, how to ask THE question. Well in all honesty, it is about you, your partner and who you are. Whether y’all are over the top or sentimental, be YOU!! But that’s not the fun answer, so here are my recommendations for five different styles of proposing and how you can pull each off. 

1. The Grand Gesture: There may not be very many blimp rentals or proposals on the jumbo screen at the football game right now but there still are a few ways to pull off some pretty massive displays of your undying love. Have you ever heard of a Gobo? Our friends at Intelligent  Lighting Design created this custom design for us (pictured above). It is  relatively affordable compared to a blimp and easy to set up. Plus, with the necessary dark lighting for it to show up, it’d be easy to hide friends and family in some near by bushes or cars.
2. The Photoshoot Fake Out: For the record, I highly recommend hiring a photographer to capture these moments. This is 1000% the safest option for that fiancé-to-be that loves to have photos of EVERYTHING and would want to look perfect. There are many super talented photographers right here in Buda that would love to help you scheme a reason for the shoot and make it all happen.  

3. Romance: Well, all of these should be romantic in their own way, but this one is a little more on the nose. Create a beautful picnic at a mutual favorite park or intimate dinner at the fanciest restaurant in town. The thoughtfulness behind planning it all will not go unnoticed.  

4. Take a Trip: This one requires a bit more planning and a lot more “where did I put the ring”, but is any easy way to make a pretty incredible memory and get a fully attentive fiancé for a day or two.  Be it Disney, a weekend getaway spot in Buda or Paris, this will create an amazing place to be “your spot” and a good excuse to travel often.  

5. The Quiet Moment: A personal fav and not just because it equals more Summermoon, like pictured above. Find a seemingly casual and every day task you do together and make it special. Plus, nothing like a few extra espresso shots to get a super excited YES!!  

Now that you are ready to propose, call me after...I know a good venue! ;)

Cari Wible is the owner and operator of The Carrington wedding venue and Pink Parasol Designs and Coordinating. Located right in the heart of Downtown Buda, she's ready to help with all your wedding needs!

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 tourism@ci.buda.tx.us Print copies will be available in early February and are available while supplies lasts!
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Jan 22

Q & A with Inspired Minds Art Center

Posted on January 22, 2021 at 4:09 PM by Gabriela Moore

Susan Guerra and Sinead Whiteside, founders of Inspired Minds, sitting on couch inside the center
Inspired Minds Art Center
 was founded by Sinéad Whiteside (right) and Susan Guerra (left) in 2019. Located inside the old city hall, the center serves as the art hub for the City of Buda by offering art classes in all mediums, an art gallery, and community theater. 

Q: How did you get into art?

Sinead: I’ve always loved art; always been that kid doodling in class. In high school I was the art kid who lived in the art room. I would find ways to get out of calculus so that I could go work on something in the art room and somehow they always let me. I would show up 30 minutes late to class and I’d say, “oh I was working on a sculpture” and they’d be fine with it. 
Susan: Um. Didn’t? I don’t have a background in art, but I’ve always enjoyed things in fiber arts like knitting and crocheting. I lean towards things that are pretty but useful. Sinead would say I am an old lady trapped in a young lady’s body.  

Q: When did the idea for Inspired Minds Art Center begin?

Susan: Sinead and I met at The YMCA’s  homeschool PE class in 2013. It’s hard to get extracurriculars in the homeschooling community  like art and music; they are expensive and you have to really track them down. We put out a survey to the homeschool community asking what extracurricular subjects they would be interested in and the number one response by 90% was art. Everybody wanted art instruction.

Q: Once you had this grand idea of an art space, when did you decide to make it become a reality?

Sinead: Down the street from me is a friend of mine who is a fantastic artist. She had a day job but all she wanted to do was make and sell art full-time but she just couldn’t make a living doing that. A few doors down from her is a guy who was building sculptures in his garage. He had a day job but this was his way of relieving stress. We got to talking and he was saying how he really just wanted a community of artists. I said you know, a few doors down from you is an amazing painter. They lived next to each other for 15 years and never met! I couldn’t stop thinking that something has to happen because how many more artists live here and don’t even know each other but are really looking for that kind of community. So the idea was that artists could make a living by teaching classes and showing their work in a gallery and the community would benefit from it because they have these amazing art classes, a gallery of local art work, and cultural things in the community. I finally called Susan and told her, “I’m going to do this, will you please partner with me?’’ She said, “I don’t know anything about art”, but I told her “I don’t need anybody who knows about art, I need someone who knows about business.” She called me back a few days later and was like, “alright, I’m in!”

Q: So, how is IMAC uniquely Buda?
Sinead: I’ve heard so many stories of how Buda was an artsy hippie town back in the 70s, so there is already an art current here and it’s so ripe for a regeneration as a cultural hub. Buda still has a small town feel that really focuses on local, and so do we. I see Buda in every aspect of this place.
Susan: Yeah, even down to the glazing on the doors that still say
City of Buda — that’s on purpose. We like that this building has history, plus it’s symbolic to us for the support the City of Buda has for this project. When we did the proposal [for the use of the old city hall building], Sinead did a search-and-find in the City of Buda’s master plan documents for the word “art” and it was all throughout it. It’s like it was written for what we were wanting to create. 

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 tourism@ci.buda.tx.us Print copies will be available in early February and are available while supplies lasts!

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