Hi! I’m Deb. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago where I decorate, paint, photograph and write about design from around the world. Many DIYs that I post here have a global spin.
I wonder what I was thinking about there! I don’t look happy? I was very happy to be in Marrakech!
Before this blog was called the Nomadic Decorator, it was called “India pied-à-terre*” for four years. This blog was originally about the construction and decorating of our “second home” apartment in Chennai, India. I changed the blog name to better fit being interested in cultures and design from around the world.
My dreams are always about travel and design, so I mix both here at Nomadic Decorator – design ideas and many DIYs that I share here are inspired by design around the world.
That gold skeleton key there is the actual key to the India pied-à-terre* – how cool a key is that?!
I do have to admit, I’ve struggled with this big interest I have in design. Why? My profession is public health and preventing injury to people, a field I committed to when I worked in a trauma burn center and saw the aftermath of car crashes, fires, falls, etc. I saw what happens to people. So it’s not just a job, it’s a mission to prevent this from happening to people. I’ve been doing that work for 25 years, and it can get to be heavy stuff at times. Sometimes I wonder if design is frivolous in the face of things that may be more important.
Here’s what I would say … we all need an outlet. Whether it’s cooking, gardening, motorcycling (please ride safely and wear a helmet!), painting, reading, writing, rescuing animals, renovating houses … whatever it is, we all need to express ourselves. If this helps us let off steam and keep doing the hard stuff, like the steam release of a pressure cooker, it’s all good!
* What is a pied-à-terre?