Why do some people seem so surprised by change? Even changes in nature that happen year after year puzzle some. News flash: leaves change color in autumn, snow falls in winter, spring brings daffodils—well, you get the idea. It's not as if Mother Nature doesn't provide us with lots of clues, both subtle and dramatic.
Avoiding change results in a static existence. This relates to our homes as well, of course. A friend of ours used to joke about her family's vacation home that had not changed since the day they bought it—they called it "Marion's Museum" in honor of the owner. No one enjoys living in a museum, so why fight so hard to create one? Probably the most extreme case I ever witnessed was a room in which all the accessories were numbered so that they would never be out of place! Over time, these rooms look out of date and often boring.
To keep things interesting, be energized by change. It's a wonderful way to grow and gain a new perspective. Rooms take on a beautiful patina when they continue to evolve. In fact, nothing makes designers happier than to see owners add to the rooms they created.
And who said you are never too old to change? In this issue, we feature Mary Delany, whose magnificent art is on view at the Yale Center for British Art. At the ripe age of 72, she embarked on a new artistic endeavor—a series of 1,000 botanical collages. They are as stunning today as they were when she created them in the 1700s. What is even more remarkable is how she mixed natural science, art and design in a way that defined her world. No small feat in the class-conscious society she lived in.
Time, talent and, now, technology can all facilitate change. Let the change of seasons be the catalyst for you to try change—big or small. Enjoy the process and let it redefine your world. Just as Mother Nature does hers.
Editor in Chief
Listen to DJ on the radio!
A Fashionable Life WGCH 1490 AM