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{Review Pt.1} Our 3rd Year at The Austin Modern Home Tour!

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.

So, let’s move on shall we… and begin with my short list of Home Tour Tips:

  1. Don’t expect to see all the houses. The tour is 11am – 6pm and there are 16 homes. We have made it to exactly half of the homes each year, which is fine because we find we only have an interest in seeing about that many.
  2. Expect to remove your shoes before entering many homes, or be prepared to scoot around in the oh so fashionable medical-blue shoe booties that look like shower caps. And of course wear comfy shoes you can walk in for hours!
  3. Prepare foods in advance. Either plan ahead where you may want to grab eats, or do like we do and bring your own nosh and chow in the car so you don’t waste as much time.
  4. Take notes along the way. Capturing pics and thoughts as you go is the best method if you don’t want to forget something you saw. I also suggest bringing a folder of some kind to capture all the cards you may be picking up from each home.

If you’re interested in other Austin area home tours check out (although I haven’t been to any of these.):

And now for an exterior sneak peek pic coming soon in {Review Pt. 2} …


{What the…!} Genius Ad for Concealer via H SQUARED

Wow. Yes. and Wow, again.

Once more my ever evolving facial recognition skills kicked in and within seconds I knew who I was looking at, despite not being very familiar with him. His name is Rick Genest, and I’ve casually admired him (for reasons you will soon discover) since first catching glimpse of his captivating self maybe three ago. Recently I’ve seen him in a music video (with a pop star if I remember correctly – he was the only interesting thing about it), and some really hot ads. Then there’s this incredible video below. I’m glad to see someone such as he (I’m doing good at keeping the secret right!) getting jobs like these. I like to think he’s as good of a guy as he is good-looking’ and I hope good things continue to come his way.

Oh and I might mention, I use the product in the video and it’s the best!

via H SQUARED: Under Cover.

Here’s a good interview about Rick: http://www.bizarremag.com/weird-news/tattoos-body-art/7173/zombie_boy.html

Ricks sweet-ass website: http://rickgenest.com/


{Hooray for Color!} Pantone Color of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango

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.

"Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward."

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.

Out with the old. 2011’s Color of the Year.

Source: vi.sualize.us via DesignBunny on Pinterest

{Sweet Salvage} Architects Protect and Conserve via Dwell

Driven by “an evangelical zeal to save things,” Adam Hills and Maria Speake artfully repurpose landfill-bound materials at their London architectural salvage and design business, Retrouvius.

Read more: Protect and Conserve – People – Dwell.

This is really great. I dream of having my own sweet salvage shop where, in superhero style, I save the precious lives of useful discarded goods. It’s all about finding those diamonds in the rough and giving them that chance they were so inconsiderately denied. I have lots of love for people who interrupt that trip to the landfill and make gorgeous things happen.

Let us remember though that pulling it from the rubble pile and hoarding it to forever live in the “but it could be…” stack is no better. (Both situations literally cause an ache to appear in my belly.) **Crap, I just drifted off thinking about all the incredible stuff people throw away – wait, my hubby put a nice looking toaster in the trash the other day after trying for weeks to fix it. I am going to kick my ass hard if it’s not still there for me to retrieve in a minute. Why didn’t I stop that madness when I saw it!?? Oh yeah, because I’m still a lazy, privileged, indoctrinated American and sometimes I make dumb mistakes – which I shall go to correct right now.**

Update: Alas our folly was too great. The toaster is gone. I called the hubby and we acknowledged our mistake. This is a VERY rare occurrence and now that we talked about it it should not be happening again. I can only hope that someone will swoop in and rescue it before our appliance is carelessly buried for eons. We are sorry and we will do better next time.

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