I recently completed the interior design of a home in a neighborhood called Traditions. It is a lovely neighborhood with its own YMCA, a little cafe and grocery. The owner like so many of us had many wonderful things they had collected and been handed down over the years but was at a loss of where to begin. I was able to help her sort out her style, pick a color palette, and move confidently in the direction of her design goals. She decided to do the foyer and dining area first. I labeled her style as vintage eclectic. She had a real love of red and aqua, time worn elements, pottery, great taste in art and all things Mississippi- whenever spelling the name of my state I still say in my head “M- I – crooked letter crooked letter- I- crooked letter crooked letter-I-humpback humpback- I” it’s a way you learn to spell it as a kid that I still enjoy to this day . Anywhoo, I was very pleased with how everything came together- the rooms went from empty with the exception a dining room table- to vintage eclectic loveliness if I do say so myself- and yeah I’m going to say so! Haha As a designer like any artist you pour your heart and soul into your creations and walk away only when you have nothing left to pour. I often feel sad when what may have been months of work comes to an end and I know I am walking out of the space to never return. It’s almost like a not too bad break up- you can’t be together but it’s not so bad you can’t love again- so you do what most people do and comfort yourself by finding another space to fall in love with weird analogy- probably so I’m known for some whack job analogies.
Let’s face it most artist worth their salt are whack jobs themselves- and I mean that in the nicest way possible because I am one. Many people just think of artists as people who draw or paint- oh contraire my dear… Hairdressers, nail techs, designers, florists, cake decorators, some brick masons and tile layers etc- all ARTISTS!!! Think about it how many hairdressers do you know with remotely normal hair- if I picked my hairdressers based on what their hair looked like it would be slim pickings- my last hair dresser was a master of color and she idolized Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and Lady Gaga and made them look tame-( It takes one to know one-(and that painting that hung in her salon with her in knee high converse naked with an octopus was a pretty good clue too) I wouldn’t have it any other way- you want a good color and cut you better have an artist doing your hair. And of course at the heart of your designer/event planner/furniture painter you must have an artist to truly make your space its own work of art.
Anywhoo, without further delay I present to you the foyer and dining room- I wish you could see the original rather than a print but typically bringing my blog followers and several hundred FB Fans to the actual home is frowned upon by the owners- the type -A non artsy types- whom artist love and appreciate because they make the money that feeds us .
Here’s the beforehand of the dining room…