At 26 weeks the nesting has hit hard. Really hard. No closet or drawer is safe when it comes to organization and purging. The donation pile is big, and there is a room full of decor and furniture waiting to be sold more on that later. Going through old things is so hard to start, but once you begin it’s easy to get wrapped up in the process and difficult to stop. After combing through the kids’ rooms I’ve moved on to the storage space in the basement the place things go to die. Furniture, snowboarding gear, holiday decor, and boxes upon boxes of everything from my younger years are down there.
When we moved into this house my parents delighted at the idea of sending me home with a box or two of my “childhood memories” every time I came over. “You have as much storage as we do now!” Can you see my eyes rolling? As I started going through the decor, I came across 11-year-old Gwen’s prize possession: Felicity Merriman. American Girl dolls were the ultimate gift during my late elementary years, and I spent months before every Christmas and birthday circling and starring the outfits and colonial furniture pieces I just had to have.
One look at the four poster bed and Milly was requesting to see more. Instead of spending that afternoon deciding what lamps and mirrors to keep, we spent it opening up little boxes with bright red cloaks, pretty white petticoats, and delicately embroidered muffs.
I mean, I took this stuff seriously.
I knew my love of traditionalism ran deep, but it’s amazing how much our childhood affects the things we are drawn to as adults. From the windsor chair to the little, marbled notebook, it’s easy to understand why I like what I like. Now, let’s just pray Milly doesn’t destroy those things which planted my design desires…
What from your childhood may have shaped your design desires?