Embrace the sweet memories and smile
“I believe that the objects that bring us pleasure and comfort, that make us feel everything’s all right in the world, have their origins in the styles and sensibilities we were exposed to growing up.” — Nate Berkus
This notion is something I’ve been thinking about; how our childhood memories influence our style preferences as adults.
Clients will mention during color consultations how they don’t want a particular color because they grew up with that color and dislike it. They may not know exactly what they want, but they most certainly know what they don’t want.
My favorite color is turquoise. I am drawn to this color in decorative accessories, jewelry, Fiesta ware, patio furniture and cars. I have a turquoise Ford Thunderbird. My signature color pops up in homes that I stage, in my eyeglasses and handbags. You may catch me walking around on a full-blown turquoise day of bag, phone, glasses, scarf and jewelry.
BC (before children), I would frequent auctions and antique shops regularly. While shopping with my brother, William, in an antique store I came across a turquoise pottery vase. From there I started collecting Roseville, Hull and McCoy pottery. The turquoise pieces always caught my eye although I have other colors in my collection. I do believe that pretty vase I bought with my brother started the turquoise color spark.
One day it dawned on me where the color obsession originated. Growing up in the Bronx, my brother and I spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ house. My family actually lived on the top floor of the house when I was really young.
Saturday morning cartoons were watched in my grandparents’ living room that was painted turquoise. I was very close to my grandmother and have very fond memories of my time with her both in the house and in the garden.
Could that be it? It started with the pottery, then my fiesta plates. The passion exploded when I first laid eyes on the Thunderbird. I had to have it! This was love!
Turquoise is that fun pop of color that feels good to me. Can you guess what color my front door is?
Both my grandmother and brother have passed. Does the color turquoise sublimely keep me connected to my loved ones? It could very well be.
Think about how your memories may inspire you in the present. What makes you feel good? Surround yourself with colors and things that you love. Our own personal environment is the only thing we can control. If it brings you joy, keep it. If it doesn’t, get rid of it. Whether it is something you wear, something you hold and is functional, or something to view and admire, make it special and feel good about it. Embrace the sweet memory and smile.