(apologies to the unknown owner of this picture I downloaded for inspiration!)
Remember how you used to collect rag dolls, or miniature cars?
What did you do with those collections? What did you do with your dead relatives' collections? Did they go to charities, other relatives, the trash dump?
I had collected pictures from magazines. For years. One after another, pictures of rooms, gardens, furnishings. I tore up the magazines that had been discarded by the library at the end of a season, and slowly built my collections. I organized them in colored folders, with tabs, easily accessible should the occasion arise for inspiration.
Each time we moved, these folders were discarded.
Thrown out with other discards.
In each new place, a new collection began to evolve.
I found a collection of interiors this morning as I was looking for something else.
This picture popped out and I'm amazed at how close it resembles my sun room remodel finished just this summer. My new space has this size of table, a capacious one to feed ten or more! And the greenery and the light are similar as well.
I wonder how we build dreams, a picture here, a pillow there.