Fabulously Southern – My Cotton Story
A big part of what I do with my clients is help them find the “stories” in their home. Along with helping them find fabulous fabrics for the perfect window treatments – I am extremely passionate about the design of their home embracing their history, their heritage in creative ways that allows them to share their stories in the midst of entertaining – or just having family talks with their kids!
I have a few stories of my own that I have incorporated into the design of my home. This is one of my favorites…
In fact, I have tried very hard to fill my own home with meaningful art and accessories. I always thought I was right masterful about it. On a recent trip back to my husband’s hometown, Clover, SC, my youngest child said that his favorite part of the trip was getting out of the car and standing in the cotton fields and touching the cotton. He even picked a little as a souvenir. During that time, his father explained to him that he had grown up on a cotton farm and so on and so forth. When he came home, I said, “honey do you know about that cotton that we have up on our mantle?”
“Oh, no”, he exclaimed. So I proceeded to tell him that there were two vases on the mantle…one was in honor of his daddy to represent that he had grown up on a cotton farm and one vase was for me as I was the South Carolina Queen of Cotton (about 200 years ago!). He looked at me wide eyed and replied, “well that is great, let’s get some more meaningful stuff to put around our house like that!!!!!!”
So, while the intention of the cotton on our mantle was initially sentimental (and it still is!) my son has now added his own personal touch of innocence and humor that has made our story all that more meaningful!
How are you telling your story with the design of your home? I would love to know!