I grew up in Berkeley but my grandparents lived in Los Angeles. We visited often. Traveling to L.A. to see them was always a real treat. The house they lived in until I was about four or five, I have only a vague memory of. I believe it was a mid-century style home, all on one level surrounding a pool. One thing that stands out in my memory though, is a botanical/jungalicious wallpaper motif that was echoed throughout the home. My grandparents also have really great taste, and everything in the house was just so.
I think that my memories of this home might very well have been the catalyst for my obsession with Jungalow prints and patterns as well as mid-century lines and maybe even L.A. in general. And you know how in the late 70’s and early 80’s a lot of homes went totally overboard with pattern? That’s kinda how I remember my grandparents’ house being, but like, in an amazing way.
Yesterday I designed this print inspired by the Agave (and other plant life) at the Huntington Gardens. Something about it reminds me of my grandparents’ botanical motif. So I rendered a little room after it. I took the pattern and pushed it to its maximal limits–by imagining it on the floor, on the walls, as window treatments and pillows, true to 70’s style. Now all that’s missing is me, lying on the couch, in a dress with the same pattern on it, and preferably, I’m wearing my hair just like this lady is wearing hers. So what can I say? I think pattern overload is back. What do you think? Can you get on board with pattern overload? Are you ready to cover everything in the same pattern like I am??