Everyday I am inspired by my surroundings…nature, architecture, things I read, see on the streets, etc…Pinterest is also a huge source of inspirtaion…everything, but when I really think about the one person who inspired my love of design, it’s Mrs. White. Mrs. White was the mother of my best friend in the second grade and she has no idea that she has inspired me. Susy, my sister and I were the best of friends from the time we moved to Denver until middle school when we grew apart. But Mrs. White’s style left an imprint on my own. She was from the south and was the most elegant woman I had ever met. She wore gloves to protect her perfectly manicured hands when she did the dishes, she wore impeccable clothes and drove a BMW when most moms drove station wagons. She had the most beautiful penmanship. This is what I remember about her house. It had dark hardwood floors at a time when wall to wall shag was the “in” thing. The dining room consisted of a light gray lacquered parsons table with beautiful Thonet bentwood chairs. I recall going along on a shopping trip to look for grosgrain ribbons to match the velvet jewel toned cushions. She had the brick on her fireplace painted white and the inside painted black. Something I continue to replicate as close as possible in all of our homes. She had a little arrangement of art cards neatly attached to assorted colors of wool felt and they were hung on small wall in the living room. She loved daisies and had an inspiration board long before anyone called it that. It was behind her yellow wrought iron bakers rack in her kitchen. She wrote notes and pinned them to the board along with photos and cards. She was a woman way ahead of her time. This was 1970. So thank you Mrs. White for inspiring me for all these years to love design and to pay attention to the little details…..because they add up. Who has inspired you?
Whenever I add something to my inspiration board, I think of Mrs. White, and for that, I am grateful.