My mom kept it. I don’t know why it survived and other work did not. It is a 6th grade essay titled
“What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up? ”
My kids discovered it and said “Go for it Mom”. Little did they realize I had been going for it for years!
Later in high school my dream was
Looking back, I have done and still am doing all of that and more!
As a wife and mom of a military family and later working in East Asia, I designed all of our many homes! I wrote long informative letters home. The discovery of blogging was yet another creative outlet for writing!
Life in Germany, Hong Kong and 6 states was fun as we learned new cultures and for me, new creative inspirations. A major move to China with travel to 7 countries.
That hotel room we stayed in while visiting Paris stays with me for the old French world charm and elegance. The lovely traditional Bavarian hotel was more than charming; it was enchanting. The small villages we lived in exuded old world charm.
China’s rich materials and colors in the architecture were a feast for the senses. Ceramics for beauty. Rustic country cabinets and benches. Thailand elegance and serenity breathed in the wooden pillars and furniture. The colors set in deserts and lush greenery would at times be too much to behold.
Yet, my heart has been rooted in traditional American influenced decor. American farms and porches in the south where I grew up, loving early American history drew me to Williamsburg elegance and farmhouse solidness of my extended family.
My style is tempered with the absolute of function and comfort for living.
I learned that from Mom and Dad. I doubt if they ever heard William Morris’s famous quote to have only beautiful and functional but it was most certainly lived out in our home.
Jim and I added the element of
Welcome , welcome to our home.
One of the sweetest compliments I ever got was from a single woman who worked on a dreary university campus in China. She said coming to our home was like coming to a bed and breakfast for a treat. A little pampering, beautiful, plenty of good coffee and good food. Our large table was often full of interesting people from across the globe and plenty of food.
Yes, my style has changed and evolved over the years with subtractions and additions.
How has your style evolved or evolving? What were your main influences?
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