Design Guru: Robin Callan
I launched Room Fu in 2005, after an epiphany. I decided to take my design degree and experience as a Creative Director in NYC and combine it with the hands-on home remodeling experience I gained after moving back to Texas. A couple of years later, Room Fu won back-to-back BEST OF AUSTIN awards from Austin Chronicle readers—moments that assured me that I’d found my calling.
There’s nothing I love better than brainstorming solutions to clients’ design dilemmas and helping restore calm to what can otherwise be a very overwhelming process. When I can help fix what’s broken, or transform a space, or bring a client’s personality out in their home, I feel like a million bucks. I know from first-hand experience how getting your home in sync has positive ripple effects throughout the rest of your life. When your house feels right? When it feels like you? Don’t you just feel amazing? Wouldn’t you exhale at that point? Most people need help getting there, and that’s where I come in.
I can help you pick out paint colors and things like backsplash tile and countertops or flooring that make a kitchen or bathroom remodel come together. Maybe you need suggestions on how to go the budget-friendly route that ends up looking like you went whole-hog? That just happens to be my forte. Or if you want someone to help you find the right furniture or accessories, you’ve come to the right place.
Look, I’ll be honest. I’m not a fancy-pants interior designer, and I’m proud of that. I routinely shop at discount stores like Target and Home Goods for the projects I work on. I am all about the high-end look on a low-end budget. I’m always looking for a way to simplify a space rather than over-decorating it. If you want a designer who will drive up in an expensive car and dictate what you should or shouldn’t do with your own home’s décor, you should hire another design firm. If you’d rather work with someone who doesn’t care that you have dishes in the sink or toys on the floor, please call me. It’s my mission to take the elite air out of interior design and make it accessible to people like me, who don’t have a million bucks but still want their home to look good.
In addition to my design practice, I’m a featured contributor to Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace and the New York Institute of Art & Design. I’ve also written for Austin Magazine’s blog, Austin Amplified. My work is featured on HGTV.com and my design blog has been lauded on Apartment Therapy. The ultimate feather in my cap? My design idol Jonathan Adler once said this:
Decorologist: Claire Patrick
Interior spaces have interested Claire Patrick since the ripe age of five, when she picked up her first copy of Architectural Digest – before she could even pronounce it. But she’s dabbled in all sorts of design-related fields—from designing store window displays, to studying architecture at Texas A&M, to six years of experience as a graphic designer. Once upon a time, she even won a meat pie for a watercolor she submitted to the East Texas State Fair—how’s that for talent?
After working for a children’s boutique interior design firm, Claire’s now an integral part of Room Fu’s design team. She specializes in paint selection, developing clever solutions to design dilemmas, and helping clients get more creative bang from their budgets.
Claire’s home is intricately and thoughtfully decorated, down to the last tchotchke– as the homes of people with a love for design and crippling OCD are wont to be. She also freely gives sage advice to naggy friends, who have found the adage “avoid using certain shades of brown paint in the bathroom” to be particularly helpful.