Look who we ran into at house #3 – Robin Callan, design guru at Room Fu Knockout Interiors!! I was super excited when I spotted her last year and glad we got to chat it up again on this tour. I’m a big fan of her work and her wit, I recommend checking out her website and blog.
I have anxiously awaited The Modern Home Tour each year for the past three years and each time I get more from it. The first year I was just beginning to train my eyes towards architecture and design so I didn’t really do much but decide on a very basic level what I liked and didn’t like. But now, I’m in it and on a mission. I critiqued each house, not as an authority (of which I certainly am not), but as a budding designer sculpting my own sensibilities about how we create the spaces we occupy.
My husband and I both have a specific idea of what it looks and feels like to being living “Austin-style” in Austin. Decidedly in our 9 months (me) and 4 months (him) of living here we still haven’t yet achieved that lifestyle goal. Before we moved here this tour has really made us feel like we’re in and a part of Austin. Making the trip down just for this was so much fun and I kind of miss that now that Austin is our home. Either way, touring people’s cribs is a unique way to experience the city and get a bit of that “how the other half lives”.
Speaking of “the other half” I must admit that co-existing with my excitement and love for these spaces, is a more disapproving set of thoughts and feelings. You see, on this tour I get to step into the residences of some lucky ass fucking people and after I’m done oohing and aahing it’s hard for me to have too much respect for all that luxury and privilege when I know so many people are suffering in the world. I tend to doubt most people (like the owners) are doing much about and I find myself looking at their nice things and thinking that such excess only exists because others have been deprived. I think they only have that killer pad basically because of the subjugation of people all over the world. I’m not setting out to show how this makes sense here, but I know that it’s the truth in so many ways. Now in fairness I also realize that depending on who’s making the comparison, I’m a lucky bastard too and that this feeling of mine is largely based upon where I place the threshold of judgement. My frame of reference for luxury is American but my frame of reference for suffering is global – pretty ‘tarded I know. Yet I find a lot of validity in how I’m viewing this, but again this isn’t the post to get into all that, I just wanted to put it out because it’s extremely relevant to the kind of architect/builder I am going to be.
My class is about to start so I have to make this quick. I’ll admit that I have not yet had time to read up on what the details of this are. However, I’ve been a supporter of Save the Internet since I heard of them because I know how fucked the powers that be are and it’s not difficult to see why the open internet is a threat to them. So, now that SOPA & PIPA are getting more attention for the threat that they are to free and open communication, I’m all about shutting them down. I’ll admit that I’m a pirate and while I’ll save that rant for another day, my desire in killing these bills is not so that I can steal shit. **Note: I do not view my actions as theft in the traditional sense, more of a “taking it back” sort of thing. So, here’s the website, let’s make this happen – STOP SOPA & PIPA!!! I do wish I knew of better options than just signing a petition and calling my representative, but do what you can.
So here it is, “THE” color of 2012… Tangerine Tango. Apparently they debut the next years color in December, but in recent years I start wondering right about now.
Is it what I was expecting? (I like to play a little guessing game with myself.) No. I’ve actually been resisting orange I’ve noticed and surprisingly been pulled like a moth to a flame to yellow hues, as you will eventually see in my home tour (and my background of course). I’ll have to ponder this electric coral color some more before I draw my final conclusions. I think a plum or indigo is what I was subconsciously imagining for this legendary year. However, I have been seeing some gorgeous things using just this version of orange and I can’t deny it’s allure.
Read about it here: Fashion + Home – Pantone Color of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango PANTONE 17-1463.
I found the following description of the meaning of the color orange here:
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.
Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and toys.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
This is the bomb-diggity. I like that Peter is drinking a beer and cussing more. I’m only half way through as it keeps stopping on my phone, but it’s really good. Peter’s response to Joe’s question about how this utopian world is supposed to happen when there are so many retarded-ass barbarians running amuck, and what TZM proposes to do about them, sparked a great conversation between me and the hubs that I will have to post about later.