maison21 had an absolute blast hanging out with the family over xmas- especially the "kids" - some of whom are no longer kids at all, but young adults making their way in life. my sister's kids range from 13 to 19, and my middle niece was just accepted into two colleges! yay! as the old cliche states: they grow up so fast! my brother's delightful kids really are adults, as my brother was in college when moi-self was just a baby...
late on xmas day, my sister and i were discussing my blog (i was delighted to find that she actually reads it), and she showed my blog to my 13 year old niece, who on viewing the below photo of pauline de rothschild peeking through a jib door into her fabulous bedroom, declared admiringly "that harry potter room is sick!". my sister and i cracked up, because we realized that pauline peeking through the door does look a little bit like severus snape sneaking around hogwarts! just goes to how design sensibility and personal taste really are filtered through one's own experience! maison21 views that photo and can't get over the incredible chinoiserie wallpaper, but to a 13 year old, it's a "sick harry potter room". love it! btw, for us old folks- "sick" is good.
my 19 year nephew spent xmas day rocking a faux louis vuitton print velour hoodie- he is heavily into hip-hop and likes to work a gangster rap meets so-cal skater look, but just a short while ago he was in a heavy-metal screamo band. aaah, youth... maison21 loved that his nephew cares enough to have a style that makes a statement, and it led m21 and his sister to reminisce about m21's own crazy fashion faux pas days. my niece asked me if i was a goth and wore eyeliner- i replied that i indeed wore eyeliner everyday in high school, but there was no such thing as a goth yet- just one lonely punk rock boy (and a couple of his new wave girlfriends) in a sea of preppy surfers at m21's beach-adjacent san diego alma-mater. it's amazing, though, how 25 years later, the fads of maison21's youth are now time-tested classic looks of alienation for today's kids. maison21 proceeded to explain to his nieces and nephew (with tongue firmly in cheek) how as a youth, m21 invented not only the goths, but punk rock, gangsta rap and the internets! maison21 was a very busy teen!
so to prove to my nieces and nephews that their bearded, stocky (but hopefully not stuffy), favorite decorator uncle was indeed once a cool kid, i'm posting a photo of myself as a teen. can you tell i was heavily into the cure and siouxsie? see kids, i really did invent goth! now do you believe me that i invented punk rock, gangsta rap and the internets as well?
the below photo is also in honor of my fellow blogger, the absolutely hi-larious decorno, who recently challenged her audience to post photos of their past decorating mistakes (12/22/07). i'm still looking for a photo of my ghastly, too-colorful, zsa-zsa gabor meets barnum and bailey bedroom, that i thought was too cool for about a minute in my 20's. so until i find one, decorno, you'll have to settle for a photo confession of my past sartorial missteps instead. actually, since i now make make a living by peddling my good taste in decor, i will probably never find a photo of said room, but i'm perfectly willing to embarrass myself fashion-wise to make up for it! any of my fellow bloggers care to rise to the challenge and post a photo of your own youthful indiscretions? m21 DARES YOU! (please? m21 doesn't want to feel like a misfit teen all over again- someone else out there must have been a fool for fashion in their deep dark pasts...)
portrait of the decorator as a young (new romanitc) goth: