Go to YOUR room!
I have never really said these words in the way that our parents used to say it to us when we were young. For me, it was usually superseded by an incident in which I tried to glitter the entire driveway or build a piñata in the dining room and then attempted to break said piñata – while also breaking all of my Mother’s china-I called it collateral damage in the name of creativity – she called it poor planning. In hindsight I am going to have to agree with her. In my house go to your room means something fun is about to happen…so much so that my daughter now says ‘Mommy I close eyes for the surprise?’ I am usually self-deprecating but I have to say that response always reaffirms to me that I am, at least in some ways, being the mother that I want to be. I love the idea that a child’s room is a magical place that is their home within our home. Of course my home is a dictatorship so my reign still applies there, but I work hard to remember that that one room is her special place not mine which is why you will find chalk on the walls, an ungodly amount of pink, and an unfashionable amount of baby dolls but its her domain and if she wants to over accessorize so be it.
As a marker to the entrance of her tiny territory within our kingdom I wanted to put a sign on her door that clearly marked that from this door inward we were in her world…the land of Rome. Cut to my firm’s unbelievably talented graphic designer and illustrator Tracy Chow. Tracy is annoying. She is always dressed immaculately, does everything perfectly the first time, takes an idea in my head and then creates something way better than I could have imagined. Tracy applied to 15 business schools while finishing high school in Hong Kong and then on whim though she’d just toss in an application to Parsons…you don’t apply to Parsons on a whim. That’s like saying Harvard is your back up school. She, of course, got in. I am waiting for her to turn in just one piece of work that I can critique, but it hasn’t happened yet and the sign she made for Rome’s door is no exception. It is all hand drawn and the illustration of the Coliseum at the bottom is a nod to the city of Rome. It is a one of kind and it Rome will have it forever…
But I want someone else to get a one of a kind piece of art for his or her child to keep forever as well and so for our giveaway this week….
Tracy will create an original piece for another child with their name and an original illustration like mine…
Here’s what you have to do, tell us what you do to make your child’s room a magical place and the winner will receive a one of kind illustration with your child’s name and personalized art work and then one day you can tell them the story of how you started their art collection…with a one of kind just like them.