decorating with purple
Until just a few years ago I could not stand the color purple. I know it sounds a bit crazy. The only reason I can come up with is that I grew up in the ‘80s and purple was everywhere, or at least it was in my 10-year-old brain. I went to James Madison University who’s colors are purple, and gold and my sorority’s colors were purple and white. I could not escape the color even if I tried. It actually upset me that I didn’t love the color purple.
After design school, I worked at a small interior design firm in Richmond, VA and one of their longtime clients loved the color purple. The clients purchased a fixer-upper located on the James River and naturally asked for help. I was terrified to work with this client because I genuinely did not like the color. I feel lucky that my bosses and the client took me under their wing and showed me how stunning the color could be.
Luckily time has passed, and I have grown to love the color. I wish I had some photographs of that project because the results were stunning. The entire home was decorated using varying shades of purple, blue, black, white, and cream. The homeowner loved these colors, but more importantly, the homeowner's husband was color blind. It was essential to her that her husband love their home as much as she did. Every time I see a purple room, a purple throw blanket, or a purple chandelier it reminds me of this fantastic client who became my friend and how she opened my eyes to how amazing decorating with the color purple can be.