If I Were A Color…

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.

4 thoughts on “If I Were A Color…

  1. This requires a lot of thought!

    First of all, I would be my dark green leather wingback recliner – a traditional chair, one that’s well loved, comfortable, and one everyone wants to sit in.

    If I could be any fabric, I would be either a natural linen or a dupioni silk – I think both are beautiful because of their simplicity, yet they can be a little more “dressy” than a cotton.

    Hmm… I’ve never thought about what type of house I’d be! I think because I like so many different types of styles of architecture. Maybe a smallish Spanish revival from the 20’s – something that isn’t too grand or fancy, but still has an elegant feel about it.

    As for the era and the painting…. I have no clue! I would agree with you and say probably this era as it is what I know.

    I do know what color I’d be! A rich orange! It’s bright and happy, warm, has passion from the red, and can have a lot of depth and mystery to it as well!

  2. This was a brilliant post! I had fun thinking what I would be…. here goes…. I would be the color green like a new seedling or maidenhair fern (soothing to the core) , I would be a porch rocker because it is down-to-earth, comforting, and timeless (maybe painted a funky purple for fun), I would be a small Adirondack camp or cottage on a lake in upstate NY, and as far as a painting- it would be a toss up between Camille Pissaro’s “Landscape with Donkey” or any of the Russian icons. And lastly, as a fabric, I would love to be baby alpaca knitwear.

  3. I love this – going to try it this week! I thought I had you in my google reader and i didn’t – so I’m just backlogging thru all these fabulous posts!

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