Mom by Design
Mom by Design
As you know, yesterday was Mother's Day, and I am filled with gratitude for the children who call me Mom and for my own mother, who taught me how to make a house a home. She filled our home with beauty, stories, laughter and love—a legacy I proudly live out in my own home today.
My mom was the ultimate and incorrigible "fixer upper." We didn't have the means to hire others to paint or hang wallpaper for us, and so my mom did all the decorating herself. She was always dreaming of her next design scheme; and it was not uncommon that while we were sound asleep, my mom would rearrange entire rooms in the middle of the night, complete with hanging pictures and styling shelves. She always found herself at the forefront of any design trend, simply based upon what felt fresh and new to her at the time. Whether it was a style or a color on the leading edge, my mom had already intuited it, incorporating it into our home in some way. By some alchemy, that influence stayed with me, despite the fact I have no memory of being remotely interested in any of her décor ideas.
I began to appreciate how well put-together my childhood homes were as a newlywed decorating my own first home—a New York City apartment at 23rd and Park. It was the size of a postage stamp, but it had tall ceilings, huge windows, and a sleeping loft with a riser. Our first night there, I awoke startled by all the sirens below and slammed my head on the ceiling of the loft. I learned my first lesson of design that night: function over form! We lasted two nights before buying a lovely mauve sofa-sleeper for downstairs, which we slept on for the entirety of our stay in that apartment. I have many fond memories decorating our little home. I tried, failing miserably, to reproduce a bleached pine kitchen table I saw in my favorite antique shop, upon which I served roasted chicken and gravy to our friends on plastic plates from the Five and Dime. Sadly, our wedding china was irretrievably lost in the mail; and as it turns out, plastic plates crack beneath the heat of gravy. I'm certain you can imagine the sight of it all!
Some years later, after decorating my own homes, friends began asking me to help them with their design projects. I was happily paid with a glass of champagne until one insistent friend hired me to design her dining room and, a few months later, her entire home. As things often do, one project rolled into another, which brings me from my home—to yours.
I was recently asked if I inherited the same design intuition my mother possessed, and I believe so. So then, what design elements are forthcoming? Stronger, richer, bolder colors are making an appearance in accents, and we'll see full on saturation of these. You'll find the reemergence of Oriental rugs in traditional tones are showing up more now, as well. While we've all pared our interiors a bit in favor of a clean aesthetic, I believe the design pendulum will move toward more layers. For my own aesthetic and design practice, I will be using some elements of this new trend but sparingly, so as to stay true to what speaks to the hearts of my clients. Should your home need a bit of freshening up in design or for bold color inspiration, I hope you'll stop by my shop, Curated by Kristin Mullen, to chat about design, moms and mauve sofas!