This past week I met with an older client of mine. She is downsizing. Really downsizing. Selling her family home of 36 years, her husband has passed away and her children now have their own homes and lives.
She took me on a tour of her family home. She wanted me to see what her life is all about. What moves her, what she loves so she can trust that I know how to help her transition to this next home in her life. Then we went to her new townhome. She was so excited! We found the landscaper in the driveway. "Can I have some WinterBerry?" She asked. " I just love it!"
We were discussing paint colors. "Montgomery White" she told me. " it's my favorite color, but it's really yellow. The paint shop told me they call it white because Yellow is not "in" and nobody wants it."
"But I like yellow, I like the feel of sunshine and happiness." She told me. "Is it okay if I still have yellow in my home?"
Last year when I updated my website and Phil, my web designer, helped me come up with a tag line, "Appreciate Every day through the Beauty of Your Home." He says I said that to him. I wasn't really sure I liked it ... or even understood it.
But now I do. While we are all looking to the trends, wanting to be current. Sometimes a soul just wants to be happy when they walk through the doors of "home" and whether the color is the Pantone color of the year ... Rose Quartz, Tangerine Tango, Emerald ... we just want yellow.
And that is perfectly okay. I have begun to be less judgmental when I walk into a prospective client's home. Perhaps they have had this decor since the 80's because they really LOVE it!!
Understanding more and more that my job is to help my clients find what makes THEM happy. And let them ... Appreciate every day through the beauty of their home ... the home they choose.
Making the World More Beautiful. One Room at a Time.