Kathryn – We are back today with our final visit with Emily Phillips. I so appreciate all of your inspiring answers to my questions and wanted to ask a few more. Since I live in a “collected world”, I wondered if you are a collector?!
Emily – Oh yes Kathryn , I am definitely a collector of many things. My favorite “collected piece” would have to be a 6’ pre-wired feather tree. It is a very rare find with great provenance. I love collecting Christmas antiques.
Kathryn – I love collecting antique Christmas ornaments and am happy to have several boxes of my grandmother’s vintage mercury glass ornaments from the 40’s and 50’s. I am not at all familiar with this vintage piece, so tell me a little about these type of trees.
Emily – Victorian feather trees were the first artificial trees made to resemble the white pines in the German forestland. They have wide spacing between the branches for candle safety and the spacing is also great for showing off Christmas ornaments. Feather tress were first made in Germany in the 19th century from real goosefeathers that were dyed green.
Kathryn – What are some of the other things that you enjoy collecting Emily?
Emily – I love antique garden ornament and books on landscape design and gardening.
Kathryn – Share with us some of your favorite gardening books. I suppose that is why you were on the search for the Beverly Nichols gardening books when you first found The Collected Room.
Kathryn – Any new ideas on starting a new collection?
Emily – My collecting passions continue to grow. My latest interest is all white ironstone or creamware. I am finding that pieces of quality are few and far between, so I may have to reconsider that idea.
Kathryn – Oh no! The joy is in the hunt for reasonably priced, good quality pieces. I also love creamware, but have never started collecting it. One can only house so many collections! But there is so much lovely creamware on the antiques market. Perhaps these beautiful pieces will “whet your appetite”!
Kathryn – How would you describe your preferred design style Emily?
Emily – I suppose that would be traditional. I do like your design philosophy of “collected, not decorated”! We are thinking of downsizing a bit from a large house, that is just too much for two people. We are hoping to build a smaller house in the not too distant future.
Kathryn -You have been so gracious and open to share your cancer journey with us and it has been such a pleasure to have you as our first “INSPRING PERSON”. Before we leave you, would you share your advice on how we should savor and be grateful for each day of good health.
Emily – Our bodies are our greatest gift and we often may take this for granted. Keep your body strong and healthy , so if something comes up your body has the strength to overcome it. I highly recommend that you choose positive thinking doctors. You have to advocate for your beliefs and stand firm on what you want your outcomes to be. I am very grateful each day that is given to me and I celebrate each day by living in the moment. Things I used to worry about are no longer important to me. I savor each moment I have with all of my friends and family and try to let the small stuff roll off my back. My advice would be for each of you to….
What wonderful advise Emily has given us and today each of us should step out into our day and follow this lovely advice!
I hope you have enjoyed our first INSPIRING PERSON.