Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pam's home tour!

 A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Pam's home for Apartment Therapy. I learned about Pam through the lovely Danielle of Fresh Quince, and I'm ever so grateful! Pam's home was absolutely fantastic, but I think meeting her family was even better. As a design junky I expect to love getting to see all the unique decor choices people make in their homes, but I'm always equally excited to meet the people who live in the homes. It's interesting being invited into a stranger's home and having them explain the reasons they've chosen to create their home a certain way--a wonderful little glimpse into the way people live. People I probably wouldn't have met otherwise, and even if I did, getting to talk about things that don't usually enter small talk/ first meeting conversations.

Pam's eldest son, Sawyer, was especially delightful. I don't think I've ever met a more creative little soul who was so unselfconscious or confident about his enthusiasm for art. His work was really awesome, and so unlike what you'd typically expect from a 9 year old. He was so interested in the process, and didn't seem the least bit concerned with the representational aspects. I suppose I expected him to say something like, "this is a picture of a dog" but instead he said things like, "I love to make mixed media work like this one made from coffee grounds which has a great texture"--whoa! So cool. He made one of his sculptures by collecting glass from a car crash and crafting it with glue into a beautiful luminescent form.

Pam has hung his art throughout her home, and it fits right in. Not in a cute or humorous way, but really fits in (like the ones below above his parents bed). I have a feeling Sawyer will be doing some pretty extraordinary things with his life.

I left the home wondering how to foster that kind of creativity in my own kids. Sometimes I get really carried away with having them make something (an actual identifiable form) that I don't think about letting them really learn to enjoy the process. 

Aside from the great family living in the home, the house tour was great from a design perspective too. They put a really awesome addition that houses one of the best little mudrooms. I l.o.v.e. mudrooms, and theirs was pretty perfect with its slip resistant, stain hiding, and very cool river rock floor.
 Check out the full tour on Apartment Therapy.  Special thanks and a big hug to Danielle for the introduction!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! This home is great.
    This year I started homeschooling my 5 yr old son. We spend time working on many creative projects and he picks up on them so quickly. We work on watercolors, collage, and even origami. He really gets it.


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