When I was growing up in Alabama, I spent many nights in grand homes in the city of Mobile, in Gulf Shores, or on Mobile Bay that were thoughtfully decorated. There is something about the culture of the south that focuses on beautifying. Southerners make sure their clothes, homes, faces, and feet are pretty at all times. My mother spent hours of her time browsing antique stores and purchasing oriental rugs to fill our living room floor and artwork to adorn the walls of our den. Most women also did not leave home without their makeup and hair done. This is the environment I was raised in.
So, when I started thinking about going "home" for spring break I began thinking about all of the manicured homes that I would be visiting and envisioning my paper cuts adorning their walls, bookshelves, and mantels. I lugged a carry on full of only my artwork and frames and began by asking one of my college friends if I could place my art in her home. Lucky me, her living room could be on the pages of Pottery Barn it is so perfectly put together (and she has three sons, ages 4-8!). Another one of my best friends just cleaned her home to put it on the market so it was also staged and ready for a raid of Beth Bundy Designs!
I will be continuing to visit homes in Birmingham, New Orleans, Mobile, Tallahassee, Panama City Beach and Georgia over the next couple of weeks, which gives me quite an array of locations to infest. It is a good thing that I grew up in the south where people know how to take such good care of themselves and their homes! My artwork approves.