DINE UNDER THE OAK TREES AT MATTIE'S, THE NEW RESTAURANT AT GREEN PASTURES

We are so thrilled to be working on the landscape at the iconic Green Pastures in South Austin. Mattie's, the new restaurant, has officially opened and the gorgeous space is getting a lot of attention. 

 

Behold Green Pastures’ Exquisite New Restaurant Mattie’s

Photography by Robert J. Lerma via Austin Eater

Photography by Robert J. Lerma via Austin Eater

After a long hibernation and renovation, Green Pastures is finally reopening today with a few changes. Most notably, this includes the debut of a new restaurant, Mattie’s. The name stems from the nickname of one of the original owners of Green Pastures, Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk.
— Nadia Chaudhury for Austin Eater
 

First Look: Mattie's Grows New South Austin Roots

Photography by Nick Simonite for Zagat

Photography by Nick Simonite for Zagat

The spacious patio, which is lit by twinkling lights, offers plenty of outdoor seating and will soon feature live music on weekends. And, most importantly, the iconic Green Pastures peacocks still roam the oak-shaded property in all their jewel-tone glory.
— Veronica Meewes for Zagat

mark word design at sxsw 2017

We love to see people having fun at our projects. SXSW was a blast this year!

 

 

sxsw at hotel san jose

 

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See one of our projects in Wall Street Journal Magazine: Hotel San Cristóbal

Mark Word Design had the pleasure of working on the landscape of Hotel San Cristóbal, a beautiful new hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico.  Read more about it in Wall Street Journal Magazine (link below).

BEFORE SUNSET | A view from Bunkhouse Group’s new Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Mexico. Photo: Pia Riverola for WSJ. Magazine

BEFORE SUNSET | A view from Bunkhouse Group’s new Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Mexico. Photo: Pia Riverola for WSJ. Magazine

THE LIFE AQUATIC | The pool area of Hotel San Cristóbal, which overlooks Playa Punta Lobos. Photo: Pia Riverola for WSJ. Magazine

THE LIFE AQUATIC | The pool area of Hotel San Cristóbal, which overlooks Playa Punta Lobos. Photo: Pia Riverola for WSJ. Magazine

2016 AIA Austin // Homes Tour

 

We are thrilled that a couple of our projects in collaboration with Mell Lawrence Architects and Furman + Keil Architects will be featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour 2016!  This year's Homes Tour will be on October 15-16; tickets will go on sale September 15 on the AIA Austin's website (click link below).

M A S S I N G

The repetition of a singular plant creates a dramatic visual impact. 


The tough sward shape-leaves of the Agave palmeri is a powerful contrast to Nader Khalili's smooth superadobe house in Pescadero, Mexico.


A grid of Texas Sotol [Dasylirion texanum] creates a visually striking and memorable landscape at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.  


At Mark Word Design we use masses to highlight the structure of a particular plant, while simultaneously reducing the overall maintenance of the garden.


Pre-SXSW Designer Showcase

The East Side Collective is hosting a Pre-SXSW Designer Showcase on Wednesday, March 9.  Come out and enjoy free drinks, music, and good company.  

2015 // OUR YEAR IN REVIEW

As we ring in the New Year, we would like to document the work we completed over the past twelve months.  Please enjoy our photo essay of 2015.  

HOW TO MODIFY A CLASSIC MIDCENTURY MODERN HOME

The Austin American Statesman recently published an article about a 1950s remodel combining the original charms with sensible improvements .  We are proud to be part of the design team, along with Clayton & Little (Architecture), Mark Ashby Design (Interior Architecture), Burnish & Plumb (Project Management).  


Congratulations Alterstudio and Andersson-Wise //AIA Austin Awards, 2015

Congratulations to our friends and collaborators at Andersson-Wise Architects and Alterstudio for the deserved recognition that they received from AIA Austin.

Alterstudio Architecture received a Design Award for Lake View Residence and the 2015 Firm Achievement Award, the highest honor that AIA bestows upon a single outstanding firm each year.

Check out AIA's video of the project below. 

Andersson-Wise Architects received a Design Award for the Bunny Run Boat Dock, a project that integrates the personality of the owners, the thoughtful design of the Andersson-Wise team, and the craftsmanship of Enabler, LLC. Watch the AIA video below to find out more.

 

SPIDERWORT

Pink spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea) is in full effect in central Texas. If you live in Austin, it's probably already in your garden.

Often overlooked during wildflower season, it is glorious in mass plantings under trees or at the shady periphery of a meadow garden. New fuchsia blooms deepen to dark violet on tall stalks.

Bees love it. We do too.