The last few months have been kind of amazing. Secretly Fancy got a much-needed facelift and continues to be a work in progress. Luxe Magazine featured our little house in its national Summer 2015 issue and The Washington Post chose our home to grace the cover of the local living section. I was thrilled to bring people into my colorful home and show off my talented designer Erica Burns. Both articles were wonderful and amazingly captured the spirit of my home. As my playwrite neighbor put it, “It felt like a celebration of imagination.” Secretly Fancy also got some attention. Pinch me now! To say that I’m humbled is a huge understatement. I was lucky enough to work with the talented writers, Jennifer Sergent and Jura Konscius (Wash Post royalty in my book). I also got to see behind the lens of two esteemed photographers, Stacy Zarin-Goldberg and Bill O’leary, which was a real treat!
Now for the juicy part — I was pleasantly surprised to see my home inspire some colorful conversations following the Washington Post article. As it turned out, some readers had an extremely adverse reaction to my color coded books. The comments were less than complimentary. They not only provided some serious entertainment for my friends and me, but they also made me think. This is what I learned from the experience. People are always trying to put other people in a box. Maybe it makes them feel better about themselves – who knows? One can be Yin and Yang at the same time. We are all and should be multi-faceted. As it turns out, it is possible to be a deep thinker and an academic, while also having a sense of humor, a sense of whimsy and levity. My mother was a voracious reader, as am I, and my respect for literature is as good as gold. I also love color and vintage books. I’ve been a collector for years ever since I lived next to Second Story Books in DuPont Circle. (Which is an amazing resource btw). In short, I don’t take myself too seriously. My bookshelves even sparked a Washington Post instagram campaign aptly titled, #waposhelfie, encouraging people to share how they organize their books.
Next week I will share my 5 tips on infusing your home with personality as well as my current must haves for your place. As always, if you have any curiosities about my humble abode or anything at all, please message me!
*All photos taken by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg