My husband and I will be rolling out of here today on our way to Disney with an overly excited 6 year old granddaughter . We will also pick up Dakota , our 10 year old grandson as we ramble north in the Adventure wagon.
Lottie , the six year old can not wait to see Cinderella’s Castle , where she would like to live , dressed in a frilly pink ball gown. Dakota wants to side track the trip to Universal and fly around like Harry Potter. I just hope to survive to tell the tale.
As Interior Designers we are often asked to create fantasy rooms for our clients. Representations of favorite places visited , theme rooms , and dream rooms. I once had a client who was convinced he was the reincarnation of a Scottish lord. This realization came to him while he was visiting a castle in Scotland. Upon return to America he decided to live out his “memory” and for 3 years labored at replicating his vision , complete with secret passage ways , stone walls , and other authentic details. Mennonites for example worked in the basement to produce custom linen-fold paneling that was used on the walls. About a year after the project was completed his wife left him and filed for divorce. One thing she said was that she found the house too large and cold . She had grown tired of people slowing down to gawk at the spectacle that was supposed to be a home.
As both Designer and Client , no matter how carried away we get with the art and fun of decorating , we must always reflect on the fact that real humans will be living or working there on a daily basis. We may not really want to live in Cinderella’s castle after all. Although I may have a hard time convincing a six year old girl of that fact. Luckily this fantasy will only play out for a few days. Happy Friday!