Thanks, Mom.

It’s been awhile since I posted on this blog. Life has pulled me away from work the past few years.  My mom had been spending months at a time at our house for years but had pretty much come to stay full time in 2011.  Together we created her own private space but she was very much a part of our home.  She’d suffered from lung disease for several years and though she kept on ticking she was declining, frequently very ill.  I’m so fortunate that I was able to pull back from work, just taking referrals that came my way, and be present for my mom and daughter.  I’m so glad she was part of our lives.  She passed away last July.  It was tough to lose her slowly these past years and only now, a year later, do I feel I’m beginning to get my bearings.  We miss her.

I’ve been trying to sit down and write a post for months but everything seemed so forced and false.  It dawned on me that all I needed to do was to tip my hat to Mom and then say, “I’m back, excited and ready to help you with your home!”  So here goes…

My mom, Frances Willa Thorson Davidson, was all around wonderful. She was a talented artist in many mediums, a fantastic seamstress, a can do painter, carpenter, gardener, cook and always spoke her mind.  Later in life she had her own antique shop.  Her eye for design was brilliant.  Growing up there was always a project happening, our house was filled with art and art books.  As a military family we moved often but we always had a garden and flowers, window treatments and paint.  Mom and I were great museum pals, she would often fly out from Washington state just to see an exhibit she’d read about in Smithsonian Magazine.  She loved her family and she loved people and had a great sense of humor.  My daughter is so much like her it’s scary, in a good way.  Her way of life was artful – her home, her dinner parties, her garden, her clothing and costume jewelry.  Because of her I’m a gardener, a seamstress, a student of art, an estate sale fiend and am able to make a living doing something I love – helping people create beautiful, comfortable homes.  Thanks, Mom.

I hope you’ll share my page with family and friends and get in touch about any design projects you have in the works.  I look forward to it.  Here’s a smattering of Mom’s work, enjoy!


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