As an interior designer I have had the joy of going on a lot of house calls. I prefer residential design to commercial design (someday that subject will be a blog). I love my home and I love working with people who love their homes and want them to be the best they can be. A few years ago I had a consultation appointment with a very lovely woman. Her husband had recently passed away and she had to move out of her long time home. She had some furniture that she wanted to keep and yet she needed a fresh start and new colors. We spent a couple of hours going from room to room with me giving her ideas about color, patterns, furniture arrangement and I kept getting the feeling that she had something else on her mind. When we were all done I grabbed my briefcase and was about to say goodby on the front porch. Then she said, ” Could I ask you something?” I said sure of course you can. She said, “I have breast cancer and it’s my second time around with it. Do you think it’s ridicules for me to fix up my home knowing that I have this battle in front of me?’ I opened the door, put my briefcase down and said. I can’t think of a better place to heal than a home you love and feel comforted in. We talked for quite a while about healing and feeling secure and cozy. It is in moments like this that I realize just how wonderful our homes are. What a great comfort to be in familiar surroundings with our favorite things. This woman showed me her gorgeous photographs of flowers that she had taken and we framed them for her kitchen. What a sunny and beautiful reminder that there is something greater than us out there. It is in the simple things that we can see the wonder and joy of life. I have a good friend with cancer and I can’t think of a better place for her to be than surrounded with her own colors, furniture, meaningful art and a cozy kitchen flooded with sunlight. Good interior design isn’t always about the perfect color. It is about the joy of feeling comforted and being able to express yourself. It’s about the spirit of home!