Mother Earth Living


Welcome to Casa Neverlandia

Whimsical and wonderful, this Austin eco-remodel is a playful expression of two highly creative minds.



A downtown Austin, Texas, eco-remodel brings storybook delight and charm into real-life scale.
Photos by Paul Bardagjy
James Talbot and Kay Pils brought their playful spirits into the home they renovated.
Architect-designer and homeowner James Talbot builds children’s playscapes and creates beautiful beaded artwork in his studio.
A downtown Austin, Texas, eco-remodel brings storybook delight and charm into real-life scale.
Talbot created the earth altar in the home’s entryway using some of his late father’s ashes mixed into the brick mortar.
In the second-floor Bali room, standard reed fencing and bamboo covers the pitched walls all the way to the roof peak.
In the “Elvis in Las Vegas” room, the floors are covered with white tiger-skin patterned carpet, and the dreamy purple walls are offset with bright-red round columns and beams. Overhead, billowing sheer white curtains hang below tiny blue starlike lights and a skylight to let in moonlight.
The fire altar is one of four in the house ­representing the cardinal elements: air, earth, fire, and water. Lights from the glowing flame dance on the ceiling, a mosaic of broken glass that Kay designed.
A downtown Austin, Texas, eco-remodel brings storybook delight and charm into real-life scale.
A downtown Austin, Texas, eco-remodel brings storybook delight and charm into real-life scale.
The built-in sofas provide a comfortable place for Talbot, Kay, and pets to relax within well-insulated walls. Talbot did the plaster work in this room, keeping the couple’s expenses as low as possible.
In the front upstairs balcony, a garage-sale chair with a small side table completes a private outside reading nook, shaded in the summer but viable through many of Austin’s relatively temperate winter months.
A downtown Austin, Texas, eco-remodel brings storybook delight and charm into real-life scale.
A downtown Austin, Texas, eco-remodel brings storybook delight and charm into real-life scale.











Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.