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The Curbed guide to Texas

A whirlwind tour of design and development in the Lone Star State

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The in-between towns of Texas

A drive through the Lost Pines

The ultimate Texas road trip

29 essential sites, from Houston to El Paso

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Neon city

Where weird Austin and techy Austin meet

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In Dallas, a developer creates an enclave of modern houses—and her dream home

A modern architecture lover taps Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to build her dream house in Dallas.

Density does Dallas

As seeds of progressive urbanism take root in the mammoth sprawl of the Metroplex, how will the city evolve?

Inside Texas’s largest furniture store

Everything here is almost entirely disposable—and that’s the point.

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‘I wanted something authentic’

A memory of a vintage Texas ranch house inspires a modern home.

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Marfa modern: Inside an adobe home turned monastic retreat

Architect Michael Morrow of Kinneymorrow Architecture redesigns a classic adobe house in Marfa, Texas.

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A home of her own

A Dallas woman creates a house that’s built to last—and just for her.

From diverse, booming cities to small towns with outsized personalities, from the neon signs of Austin to the Friday night lights of Allen, Texas has everything—including a wealth of design and development. We sent Curbed’s writers and photographers out to explore it all (that is, in addition to what we’re covering daily over on Curbed Austin).

The stories below are about how Texans are living right now: how they build, design, and furnish their homes, and how they are reshaping and preserving their cities to accommodate rising density and an influx of new businesses.

And if you’re new to Texas, we’ve got you covered, too, with a guide to the state’s best architecture and the perfect Texas starter roadtrip.


Writers: Jeff Andrews, Megan Barber, Allison Beonde, Mary Jo Bowling, Amy McCarthy,
Stephie Grob Plante, Patrick Sisson, Cindy Widner
Editors: Sara Polsky, Mariam Aldhahi, Mercedes Kraus, Asad Syrkett
Copy editor: Emma Alpern
Photo editor: Audrey Levine
Fact-checker: Dawn Mobley