On rainy days during the mid 1970’s my little sister would lure me into playing Barbie’s with her. She knew how to dangle the hope of creation in front of me, but only on the condition that I would play dolls with her afterward. My mind would instantly fill with the endless possibilities of furnishing a new space and how I would use that fantastic sequin fabric and the remnant of faux fur as window treatments and an area rug in Barbie’s NYC skyscraper apartment. I would contemplate just long enough for her to beg me sufficiently, fulfilling my duty as the oldest sister, until I would slowly nod in agreement and pull out “The Box”.
“The Box” was a slated wood crate festooned with a faded label of oranges slapped along its sides. Its proportion large enough to store my ever growing collection of design resources while still fitting underneath my twin bed. I collected odds and ends that rotated depending upon which treasures caught my eye. I employed its contents to fashion mini havens for my sister’s dolls while quenching my need to get lost in creation. Each item in the box served various roles depending upon my vision. There were items which I designed and built myself, as well as those which were bits and pieces found. Of course, by the time my mini-masterpieces were complete there was no need to play with the dolls. Without being remotely interested in getting involved with the drama of the characters, much to my sister’s chagrin, I became the life style architect, producing a series of living spaces that spanned the entire floor of my sister’s bedroom.
So now I craft living spaces for people who are much more involved then Ken or Barbie ever were, but the process and goals are the similar: assess the structure, improve, edit and ultimately create living spaces that reflect the life style of the occupants. Instead of just my imagination and an ancient orange crate from which my inspirations come, I have the internet, magazines, travel and life experiences that provide the spark of inspiration which transforms my vision into functional living spaces.
As I write this blog I will include people, experiences, resources, ideas and images which I find inspiring. Feel free to let me know what inspires you too. What’s in your box?