Name: Pearl (6)
Location: Pacific Palisades, California
Shortly after moving in to our house, Katherine Brophy, the Feng Shui Detective, came for a home visit. Following much measurement and calculation, she wrote up our personal charts and gave us a detailed report on which elements were needed around the house to benefit each member of our family. Turns out Pearl needs wood element in her room- represented by blue and green. And so the road to Oz began.
The DwellStudio bedspread came first. And I thought, OK, maybe the theme here is “modern farmhouse.” I painted the Dwell trees on the walls and started to gather farmhouse items from flea markets.
But then I introduced Pearl to The Wizard of Oz.
I read her versions of the book first, but broke her into the film slowly. I showed her clips of the Wicked Witch of the West on YouTube, closely observing her face for signs of fear. It was important to me that she not be afraid of this film considering it’s one of my all time favorite stories and the search for home a constant theme in my life and work. I talked about the stage door and other Hollywood camera tricks. And that the actress’s real name was Margaret Hamiliton. And oh honey, that’s just green makeup. And listen, even mommy can make that scary voice… and so can you! “These things must be done deh-licately.”
I figured at some point over the years, she’d start lobbying for shades of pink. Nope. Her favorite color is still green.
Paint: Benjamin Moore Pale Vista and Stem Green
Bed: Manhattan Litto (found on Craigslist)
Chairs: Yard sales
Mid-Century dresser: Rose Bowl Flea Market
Electric guitar DIY kit: Rockler
Flokati: My parents' place
Thanks, Michelle! Readers, say hello to Michelle at Home Made Mimi.