What are your three favorite colors?
Green (learned to like this because so many of my aunts like it, and I make things for them).
Fourth would be purple.
What kind of architecture do you like?
I like a lot of things. The English half-timbered look with leaded glass panes is a favorite, as is the English cottage. I like the Spanish villa style and love the look of the French Quarter and the Garden District in New Orleans (pre-Katrina).
I do not like the rows of terraced Victorian houses, nor do I particularly like modern unless it’s done very, very well. I don’t care much for Greek or symmetry in my buildings. What I do like is warm, inviting, welcoming, cozy (of residential). I like a lot of light. I like natural materials rather than synthetic.
What are the three words that describe your personality?
What is your favorite animal?
What do you collect?
It used to be books. Sometimes I would buy a book just because I liked the cover. I also buy blank books and never write in them. Also I love to get small unique serving pieces to use for company–or just myself! Another thing I have always liked are vintage labels. It’s really only recently I’ve given this any thought–I don’t think I’ve ever given myself permission to collect anything before (and am not sure I have yet).
What is your favorite season?
I like them all. Each has different things to recommend it. Spring is lovely because it transforms the landscape, summer is nice because it’s so relaxed, fall is great (probably my favorite, I guess) because the coolness is such a welcome relief after the heat of the five-month-long summer here in Central Texas, and the winter is fun because I like snuggling up with throw blankets and hot water bottles (remember, Central Texas, this is a novelty and doesn’t last long).
Name your favorite icons.
Not even sure what is meant here. I’ll substitute “images” for “icons” and answer it that way. Strong, confident women–goddess, archetype images. Images with that secret air of knowing about a mystery that no one else does. The Serena image that Stampsmith sells–something about the look on her face. I like water images–Japanese waves, still oceans, waterfalls, all of it.