Today we feature a guest post from our friend and customer, Amanda Karioth Thompson. We are humbled at her expression of thankfulness; we’re inspired by her benevolent spirit.
It all started in September of 2012 when Judy asked me what paint color might be best to update her dining room. As a friend with an artistic eye, she thought I might be able to offer advice. After 14 months of renovation, dozens of gallons of paint, hundreds of yards of fabric, countless light fixtures, furnishings, rugs, art, accessories and some major construction, we officially concluded the project that began, innocently enough, as a spiffing up of the dining room.
Home renovations, even minor ones, are like that. Once you get going, they tend to snowball. That was certainly not Judy’s initial intent (nor mine) but after five years immersed in grief over the death of her teenage son Christopher, Judy made up her mind to return to the land of the living. This wasn’t just a home renovation, it became design therapy. It was hard work emotionally, mentally and physically.
There wasn’t an inch of the nearly 3,000 square foot house that we didn’t address. It took many people to bring this project to fruition, and the team at Chrysalis was instrumental in the successful outcome. Almost all of the fabrics we used throughout the house came from Chrysalis and the entire staff was so supportive. They cheered us on, offered insight, gave us referrals and eagerly inquired about the progress. The fabrics from Chrysalis were used to reupholster furniture and create custom draperies, bedding and accent pillows.
In addition to the structural and cosmetic changes, there was a significant change in Judy. With each layer we peeled away, each photograph we framed, each family heirloom we highlighted, she began to slowly emerge from her grief.
Over time, Judy gave herself permission to feel good again and to enjoy her surroundings. She has come to believe that she has a right to joy and beauty. With support from friends and a lot of exhausting work, she clawed her way out of the deep crevasse of sadness. Judy has opened her eyes to a world where doing something good for herself doesn’t mean she has forgotten her son or that she misses him any less. In fact, his presence is palpable in the house and Judy is now surrounded by beauty, comfort, light and love.
Thank you Chrysalis for helping to make that possible!
Amanda Karioth Thompson