“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ― Allen Ginsberg
Like all stories of self expression, this one includes that lovely awkward phase from circa 6th grade to Sophomore year.
…Oh wait, your ‘blossoming’ phase didn’t last that long…?!
If Mom wasn’t the one holding the camera, I can guarantee you that she was on the other side of this room rolling her hands in hot pink paint and slapping ’em on the walls.
Lucky for me and my sister, this woman was just the right mix of insane enough and kind enough to let us have free reign of designing our own bedrooms over the years [and would even HELP us see these outrageous ideas through]. The patience she had to have when 8 months after rainbow splatter painting my bedroom I started proclaiming, “This has to change…this room just isn’t ME anymore, Mom.”
Looking back now, I realize that this specific form of freedom to express [the ability to create my own personalized space to exist in] was just one of the many seeds my Mom was planting. She was cultivating her children to realize that simply being ourselves is really what it’s all about [and it worked – nice job, Ma].
Having my own space that I designed and created made me feel accomplished, like my opinion mattered and, most importantly, like I had a safe place to retreat to and just enjoy being myself in. I carried that feeling with me as I eventually attended design school and then went on to work in both commercial and residential design for several years.
I’ve more recently branched out to run my own creative business called Eclectic Hearts, a subscription company that sends original art prints for home decor to subscribers. Little did I know, the purpose of this very business was developing all the way back in that bright pink and orange bedroom: the importance of decorating spaces in ways that are meaningful + inspirational to us as individuals.
“No matter what place you call home, the very word strikes a chord deep inside each of us. Home means sanctuary, the place we can rest, relax, enjoy time with friends, learn, grow … and just be. Our homes say a lot about who we are and what we think is important in life.” – Jill Angelo [The Importance of Home]
So of course we should desire to decorate and design our abodes in ways that are special, unique, and inspiring. Even more so, we should be allowing ourselves the flexibility to let these interior spaces evolve, change and adapt – as we do! Follow this blog if that topic interests you, as we’ll be sharing design tips, DIY projects and inspirational artistic stories.
Do you have a special bedroom design from your youth that you remember fondly? Share it in the comments below! Bonus points for awkward photo proof.
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