A Gala and a Getaway

My husband recently had work accepted for judging by the AAF-San Antonio. The awards gala was held the day after Valentine’s Day at the McNay Museum. The timing and location couldn’t have been more fitting for us since we held our wedding reception there.

The museum holds a special place in my heart and is one of my favorite places in San Antonio. When my three oldest sons were much younger and I was a single mother, we often came to the museum to enjoy the grounds. They loved the sprawling green hills and giant rocks just big enough for little boys to climb on, the koi fish and fountain, the courtyard and life-size sculptures.

The museum has also fueled and supported my creative side. I’ve sold jewelry through the museum’s gift shop, and I’ve often come to sit outside, work on drawings and have my Snow White moments with the squirrels and birds.

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And then I met my husband and we all came here together.

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armed with drawing pads, 2007

What I love most about coming to the museum is seeing the works of art displayed in a gorgeous, historic home. It’s an adventure exploring the home while enjoying the art, and the colorful Mexican tiles get me every time.

When we came the night of the gala, it felt good to be in the room where we had held our wedding reception, now almost seven years later, with the sweet man I married at my side. It brought back fond memories and it was nice to be on the receiving end of all of the planning that went into the evening.

iPhone pictures of the gala night:

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My husband was awarded a gold. Way to go, baby!

McNay Museum

Our date nights are few and far between, so I wanted to extend our evening into the next day if possible. My parents were kind enough to come to town and stay with the boys. After the gala we headed to Austin.

We found a Living Social deal for Lone Star Court, a new hotel in Austin. The place is a hip, retro, and rustic approach to hotel design and decorating. It was pretty awesome and many photos were snapped with my phone.

Checking in at night:

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I love that the design invites you to hang out outdoors.

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They had me with the blue door and orange rocking chair color combo.

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And look how well they made yellow work with it.

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This is where they serve breakfast and offer live music until 1 am on the weekends. It’s a hip barn.

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You can’t call yourself Lone Star Court without cactus somewhere.

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Could it be any more fitting that two people are in cowboy hats?

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I loved the light shining through the glass and reflecting off the metal.

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The tiles…swoon.

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From across the room, the tufted leather sofa appeared to have real wood all the way around the outside.

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Again, they had me with the blue door. Here’s our room:

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It doesn’t get any better than having a Smeg refrigerator in your room.

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Checking out:

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It only got better because as it turned out, the hotel was located across the street from two amazing furniture stores (one being an independent Austin store), in addition to the store that makes me swoon–Anthropologie. It’s a sweet Valentine memory loaded with inspiration.


2 thoughts on “A Gala and a Getaway

  1. Thanks so much for posting all the photos. We had searched everywhere for a photo of our cement tile. It is the tile on the face of what looks like a refreshment or breakfast bar. Glad ti makes you swoon :o) They ordered a stock tile called Peacock.
    And also happy that you had such a great Valentines Day.
    Lundy at Villa Lagoon Tile


    • Hi Lundy!

      Thanks for letting me know! I am happy to hear you found a photo of what you were looking for here. And I love knowing the source and name of the tile. Thanks for taking the time to let me know!


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