Custom is SO much more than fabric.
It’s the relationships we build.
It’s the smiles, the texts, the pictures, the calls… plain and simple- it’s the people.
And this story, set in Savannah, is no different.
Of course, it involves beautiful fabrics, creative solutions and some swoon-worthy monograms. But the star of this story is Jamison. She was just 4-years old at the time. And such a ray of sassy sunshine. Each and every moment spent with Jamison and her older sister, McCall, is just a true gift.
Savannah often feels like my home away from home. And I have several clients in Savannah. One of which is 4-year old Jamison. Yes- she IS my client. And she must be the most self-aware 4-year old EVER. She repeatedly shows me that you’re never too young to voice an opinion on (AND appreciate) great design.
Jamison and I had a conversation about her room- just as I would have any conversation with a client about wants and needs. We even had tea… well, we were both sitting on the floor surrounded by tea cups and baby dolls (my baby doll’s name was Nick.) Otherwise, the room was basically empty- a blank slate, perfect for brainstorming together.
The challenge: to turn this empty, seldom-used room into a place Jamison ADORES. Yet also make sure it will transition with her through the coming years. At the time, she preferred to sleep with her older sister; however, kindergarten was beginning soon, and she needed to be in her own room.
So, here’s how ‘tea time talk’ went:
Donna: When you walk into your room, what do you think?
Jamison: It doesn’t feel like my room, I just play baby dolls in here.
Donna: Think hard… what would make it feel like your room?
Jamison: DJ- Could you make me feel like a princess? But NO pink. And I don’t want it to LOOK princess-y. And NO animals. I don’t want to sleep with animals or pink.
Donna: What does feeling like a princess mean?
Jamison: Like my room is my own world. But NO pink. I don’t like pink.
Donna: Anything else? Besides no pink and no animals?
Jamison: Nope. I trust you, DJ.
And my heart melted even more.
Fast forward several months later… Jamison LOVED her room. And couldn’t wait to show it off!
The moment of truth arrived when Jamison’s friends came over after school a couple of hours following the reveal. Oh boy- I was really nervous. Surely, they would notice the difference. What would Jamison say to her friends? Would she even mention it?
I was NOT disappointed. Not for One. Single. Second.
Jamison asked them to close their eyes as they entered the house and then led each one into her room. And at the appropriate moment, said ‘TA-DA’. And their reactions did not disappoint Jamison either. It was a giggle-fest with ooohs and aaahs galore as she pointed out each and every feature around the room! I just kept thinking- could we pretty please do this every single day?
When asked later that night, after the house quietened down again, how her room made her feel… she had this to say:
DJ, I feel like a strong princess with a crown that I can feel but not see’.
And I’ll take that response any day!