A Good Morning to you—
A friend and loyal TOP reader also recently bought himself a house. It's an architectural creation so famous it has its own website—called "Boxhead," it was designed and built by Jim Burton of Carter + Burton Architecture and Interior Design.
The house is a lovely creation. Dramatic and beautiful. For me it brings up the question of how to live inside a work of art—a very interesting topic.
I’m actually feeling kind of glad that the kitchen and bathrooms in my new house were remodeled in 2004 without much thought to 1950s style—I think otherwise I might be tempted to begin curating the house as a Midcentury Modern museum, which as you can imagine could go through several iterations, from more approximate to more rigorously true to the period. I think I have the capacity, buried deep within me, to get pretty fanatical about something like that. I mean, you start off thinking that a faux-'50s style couch might look nice, and before you know it you’re researching specific colors of paint and getting rid of a bottle opener because the design didn’t exist until 1983.
(Model railroaders can be like that. One of them once told me about walking mile after mile of track in Kansas or Nebraska or some such until he found the overgrown foundation of an old station that he had modeled in his basement…and he was able to measure the exact angle the original had been relative to the track. Came home and changed the orientation of his model on his layout. He described being completely exultant about acquiring this prized bit of information. Come to think of it, I think that was Tony Koester, who's well known in model railroading circles and was a guy I liked a lot when I knew him.)
Boxhead's website still features Jim Burton's art collection—my friend plans to re-do the photos when he gets his own art on the walls. That goes under the heading of something else I have to look forward to.
Meanwhile, we're heading over to the new house this morning with Linda the organizer, tape measures in hand, to figure out what's going to fit where.
Hope you have a fine day, wherever in the world you're spending your Monday.
"Morning Coffee" is auto-published weekdays at 3:30 a.m. Central Time today to be in time for morning coffee breaks in the UK and Europe. For those who rise later, it will be there. The feature is a month-long experiment to give people something to check in with while I'm busy moving. This is not permanent.
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