My lovely blog friend Claudia with Stonehouse Love, together with designer Beth Dotolo of Hello Splendor, recently announced their charity campaign, Blog for Digs, to help support Dwell With Dignity, a wonderful non-profit organization with a mission to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design – one household at a time. Claudia engaged the blog community and, over a few weeks, more than 55 bloggers will help her spread the word about the organization by writing about their childhood bedrooms.
Yes, that is me! (In the happy 60’s!). Growing up I always had my own bedroom. My brother is nine years older than me and he was all boy. My room was more on the girly side without being over-the-top.
1. I remember picking out these colors myself. Mellow blue wallpaper and a dark pink wall-to-wall carpet! Yep, indeed. (I lived with those colors until I left home).
2. My dear Mom is a strong believer in QUALITY. (I don’t know how many times I have heard her say in my lifetime, “It has to be quality!”). When I was 11 my Mom got a white glass cabinet with book shelves and built-in lighting for my bedroom! (When I look back that was clearly a piece of furniture more suited to the living room, but that is what I had growing up. And it was QUALIIITY!).
3. At an early age I started to collect mini glass animals. I passed the collection to my girls (and we are continuing to add more pieces). I still get very excited every time we buy one.
4. I have always loved animals. I grew up with a siemese cat called “Pelle”. We had him for 19 years and I used to dress him up in my doll clothes. He always slept in my bed. Today we have 2 spoiled cats as part of our household.
5. I did not have any plastic toys except two barbies. I have not saved many toys from my childhood except a couple of beautiful dolls from Austria (where my Mom is from), a couple of “Steiff” animals, my mini glass animals and a large Babooshka my Dad once gave me. (My girls are now playing with it. The smallest doll is the size of a rice grain).
I grew up in an upper middle class family in a house situated in a nice part of Stockholm. My parents were not super rich, by any means, but I feel I had a priviliged childhood. I went to great schools and got to travel on vacations. We always had good food on the table and I had my very own room.
It feels good to give back and it is an absolute honor for me to take some of the profits from my newly started business (here) and donate to Dwell With Dignity. I hope that my little contribution can bring some joy to a person trying to start a new life away from hopelessness and misery. Everybody deserves to live with dignity.
Claudia, I salute your campaign effort to raise the awareness.
If you are also interested in offering some support — please visit Dwell With Dignity.
Hop over to Doryn’s Dish tomorrow to read about Doryns’ childhood room.
3 more things:
1) I would also like to thank Claudia for her write-up on my new store. What a nice and unexpected treat. Thank you! You are a gem! Claudia is an interior designer and I have loved her eye for design from the very second I found her blog. I plan to follow her blog for many years!
2) Another gem in blog land is Kelly with Style Attic. This witty, smart, generous, and friendly blogger always takes time for others. Thank you Kelly for your store support. You are a dear and will always have my 110% loyal support!
3) Finally, the winner of my giveaway (also contacted by e-mail) was no. 23, Marianne with Style For Living. CONGRATULATIONS! Send me your address, so that I can have the book + CD shipped to you right away. (A big thank you to all of my readers for your wonderful support).
The next post will be my last one in 2010. In just a matter of days we have entered a new year! How did it happen so fast!!!!
Happy new week to you!