It is with great sadness that my friend, Candy, passed away last week from a long battle with cancer. We had worked together for 30 years. It was a very sad week for all of the Romancing the Home girls.
Candy and I collaborated on many visual projects over the past years. We started working together at Marshall Field's in 1987 and together renovated the Hawthorn and Lake Forest stores. Later, Candy joined me at Romancing the Home. Numerous charity home tours and customers home's were touched by Candy's hands. She had an incredible talent to quickly access a room and come up with a plan to make it look incredible. I gave her many challenges in the store with my tendency to "overbuy", but she ultimately made the store look great. Her greatest talent was her ability to layer accessories without feeling cluttered. She was a gifted, talented artist and we will miss her everyday. I spent the morning looking through pictures from the past 15 years and I want to share some of my favorites of Candy's work.
Tablescapes were our favorite things to create together-
Candy masterfully used a worn piece of muslin to create the perfect cloth for this sea inspired setting.
She created this tussie mussie on top of the boxed lunch using wired twine and fresh flowers.
Leopard cowhide rug used as the tablecloth.
She never missed a surface. She climbed up a ladder and tied all the glittery elements on the chandelier. It was such an impact in the sunlight filled conservatory.
Christmas was a busy time for Candy. She personally decorated many homes for Romancing the Home clients. She started before Thanksgiving and didn't finish until the week of Christmas.
She took pride in every one of them.
The store interior was made exciting for customers by Candy's displays.
We worked on numerous home tours. This was one of my favorite projects- turning the attic of an old Lake Forest mansion into an artist retreat.
Another home tour- Candy created a masterful display of food and flowers on the kitchen island.
Dinner party at my house with all the RTH girls and close friends - happy times.
Mariterese, Penny, Christy, Marlene, Jill, Katha, Julie, Candy, Linda, Amy, Lynda, Laurell
(left to right)
So to my dear Candy- when we look up to the heavens and see a beautiful formation of
fluffy white clouds-in a perfect arrangement- we will know you have been busy creating your magic!
Love you and miss you forever------