As a frequent visitor to Barnes and Noble, I enjoy looking through the Interior Design section for new releases. One odd-sized book caught my eye. It was “Dressing The Home: The Private Spaces of Top Fashion Designers” by Marie Bariller. I flipped through the pages that had lots of great pictures, but it was the text that was the most interesting. The author had asked the designers thought-provoking questions and then had simply recorded their answers. It felt as though I were eavesdropping on stimulating and revealing conversations. Here are six of her questions along with my answers.
1. If you were a color, what would you be?
I would be the color green. Green is like gardens filled with plants that under the right conditions thrive and grow. I love to learn and grow.
2. If you were a piece of furniture, what would you be?
I would be a well-loved family chair with a white slip cover. I’m not an elegant or fancy chair. I’m straightforward, reliable, and comfortable. My quirkiness is the purple floral stencil on it.
3. If you were a house, what would you be?
I would be a 17th-century English cottage. One of my dearest friends told me I have an old soul. I think that’s true. I appreciate modern design and conveniences, but my heart loves the past.
4. If you were an era, which one would you be?
Now! I can’t imagine being in a different one.
5. If you were a painting, what would you be?
I would be a drawing of a mother with her child by painter Mary Cassatt. I feel there are many paintings that I could be, but this is who I am now. There has been no greater joy for me than to become a mother.
6. If you were fabric, what would you be?
I would be simple cotton.
Now it’s your turn. Let me know what you would be.