One of my earliest memories as a child is waking up one morning at 4 years old and wanting to redecorate my bedroom. Of course, the ideas in my mind at the time were probably primitive and related to making sure my toys were prominently displayed or perhaps my stuffed rabbit named Timmy needed a new home, but the need to change things up was there just as well. This continued throughout my childhood. I was constantly redoing my bedroom, rearranging posters, moving furniture, creating new spaces for reading or studying or crafting. Whatever was the interest du jour became the most important element in my room design and decor.
My parents were quite okay with this as they let me move things around all the time and seemed not to care. As I got older things became even crazier in my bedroom. In 9th grade, I remember taking all the covers off of my eldest brother’s Rolling Stone magazines and literally wallpapering the whole room with them and creating a corner reading nook with pillows all over the floor donned with a 1960s Chrome standing lamp with three adjustable arms each tipped with a chrome light sphere which made studying and listening to The Smiths a most enjoyable experience.
Later in life at my first studio apartment in college, my mother gave me about 200$ to decorate the whole place. A trip to goodwill for a sofa, a coffee table and a low lying stereo/tv table was all I needed to make my empty living area a home. I purchased a 3×3 coffee table that had a glass top missing. I painted the table black and ordered a mirror to insert as its new top. Using a staple gun and some newly purchased Espirit sheets I reupholstered the sofa. I used keith haring stencils and painted the tv stand. The studio was transformed into a loft like situation with the typical asian sphere paper lamps hanging in different locations creating air space and dramatic ceiling height to the eye. Needless to say, it rapidly became the place to hold parties such as the “We’re going to War” party, the “Cocktail Lounge of the Century,” as well as a full on “Hippie Playhouse” during the three days that the Grateful Dead played at the Greensboro Coliseum in 1991. Attendees included many traveling deadheads that were brought back from each show with dear friends from High School and College. All were welcome without fear or concern.
As time progressed, I moved many times during college and then afterwards I moved to NYC where I first lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and later between Gramercy and Stuyvesant Town on 19th between 1st and 2nd. After a time in NYC, I moved to Houston, TX and then Austin, winding up in Skopje, Macedonia followed by Budapest, Hungary and Prague, Czech Republic. I spent over 16 years in Europe and was re-patriated to the USA by way of a job offer for a Real Estate Developer in Asheville, NC and later to follow my Husband to Rhode Island. Each space became a new blank canvas for creative expression. Clients along the way became friends and friends like family.
Decorating has always been a passion of mine. I’ve been “blessed” with the opportunity to decorate and design spaces all over the world, some personal and many for clients. The thing with creativity is that when you have the gene it is always urging you to do more creating and as Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing.”