Our terrazzo blends are not just an assortment of colors; they reflect our deep-rooted connection to Texas. Each blend is thoughtfully named after individuals, locations, or objects that encapsulate the essence of our community. These names are not arbitrary; they are a tribute to the heritage and significance that underlie the unique spectrum of hues in our collection. By exploring the stories behind our terrazzo blends, you'll uncover a rich tapestry of inspirations, history, and a profound sense of place that resonates within our designs. We invite you to embark on a journey that delves into the very heart and soul of our colors and discover how they carry the spirit of our hometown in every stunning pattern and texture.
Agave plants have a unique appearance, resembling a blend of cactus and squid. They grow slowly and can be found naturally in the dry regions of the Southwest, but they are also popular for decorative landscaping all over Texas. When fully grown, agave plants can reach a width of up to 16 feet and send flower stalks 10 feet or more into the sky. One of the most popular varieties of agave used for making mezcal and tequila is Agave americana.
Barton Springs Pool is one of the most popular attractions in Austin, located within the 358-acre Zilker Park. The pool spans over three acres and is fed by underground springs with a temperature range of 68-70 degrees, making it perfect for swimming all year long. The pool has been a favorite destination for people from all walks of life since its establishment, from politicians to free-spirited sunbathers. Even Robert Redford learned how to swim in the Barton Springs Pool when he was just five years old while visiting his family in Austin. The pool continues to attract a diverse crowd, with a record-setting number of visitors of nearly 800,000 in recent years.
Bluebonnets, a purple or blue-flowered species of the genus Lupinus, are the state flower of Texas and are predominantly found in the southwestern United States. The shape of the petals on the flower resembles the bonnets worn by pioneer women to shield them from the sun. Every spring, fields of bluebonnets pop up along Texas roadways, and people take their annual photos with them as a tradition.
Limestone is a crucial component of life in Austin, from the historic Spanish missions of San Antonio to the modern condos on South Lamar and the scenic hills of Westlake. Quarried locally in Central Texas, limestone is a versatile and widely-used building material, and a popular choice in contemporary urban landscape design. The limestone found in our area, including the rocks in the Bull Creek Nature Preserve, was formed over millions of years during the Cretaceous Period when shallow seas covered and retreated from the region.
The colors used in this design are reminiscent of the Funfetti colors, which is why we've decided to name it Fiesta. As Texans, we are always in the mood for entertainment. Whether it's attending live music events like ACL or South by Southwest, or participating in festivals such as the State Fair in Dallas or Fiesta San Antonio, we Texans never miss an opportunity to enjoy ourselves.
Hill Country Harvest
Every year, we commemorate the Messina Hof Hill Country's Annual Harvest Festival. This festival is a local favorite and a great way to connect with friends, family, and fellow wine enthusiasts from Texas. The Hill Country Harvest Festival is an event that the whole family can enjoy, as it celebrates the age-old tradition of picking and stomping grapes that are used to produce Messina Hof Hill Country's exclusive Private Reserve Papa Paulo Port.
Lady Bird Johnson graduated with honors from the University of Texas in Austin in 1933. After marrying Lyndon, they maintained a residence in Austin. During her time as the First Lady, Lady Bird focused her efforts on passing the Highway Beautification Act. She planted trees and daffodils around Washington D.C. during her husband's presidency. The yellow terrazzo blend we use today reminds us of the beautiful daffodils Lady Bird loved so much.
The UT Longhorns are known for their burnt orange color, but do you know how it became their official color? It all started in 1885 when Gussie Brown, a student from Orange, Texas, and some of her friends went to the Longhorns' first baseball game. They decided to buy some hair ribbons from a store, and they ended up choosing orange ones. From then on, orange and white became a common sight at games until 1899 when the Board of Regents officially voted on the colors. The orange color started off bright but became darker over time as the university grew older. In 1925, the university decided to officially change the color to burnt orange.
The Moontowers located in Austin, Texas, are the only surviving structures of their kind in the world. Standing tall at 165 feet, with a foundation of 15 feet, each tower illuminates a 1,500-foot-radius circle with the help of six carbon arc lamps. The light emitted from these towers is bright enough to read a watch. In 1970, the towers were recognized as Texas State Landmarks, and later, on July 12, 1976, all 15 remaining towers were listed in the National Register of Historic Places. However, only 6 of them remain in their original locations, as established by the Board of Public Works and City Council in 1895.
The Servant Girl Annihilator, also known as the Austin Axe Murderer, was one of the earliest known serial killers in the United States. While some falsely believe that this killer fled to London and became Jack the Ripper, local mythology in Austin often associates the Moontowers with the Servant Girl Annihilator story. In fact, some even credit the erection of these 165-foot-high beacons for scaring him off.
If you have ever lived in Texas, you know that it can get quite hot there. This blend is reminiscent of a warm Texas evening, spent admiring the blazing sunset on the lawn. Imagine yourself with a cozy blanket, listening to live music and sipping on a refreshing local craft beer.