Today, we visit one of my husband's favorite authors as a child, L. Frank Baum. Most people have read or watched the movie, "The Wizard of Oz." What most people don't realize is that Baum wrote an entire series about Oz, which I personally didn't know until I married my hubby. Baum wrote many other titles and was involved in various other creative pursuits (a few in the theater) but never achieved the commercial success like he obtained with the Oz series, which is why he continually returned to them. I wonder if his success was also his curse, and one has to ponder if he would have written any more of them if his other ventures had been monetarily fruitful. That is the case with creatives, though, especially in my own life. The work you most enjoy producing doesn't always turn out to be the most successfully commercial. Creative people are constantly trying to walk the line between pursuing what truly inspires them and what puts food on the table - the two don't always line up.
L. Frank Baum lived at the end of the 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century. His life was caught in the middle of the industrial revolution, and I believe his writing was influenced by the rapid rate of innovation during that time. The Oz series was full of fantasy and whimsy and I think his interiors would reflect that, as well. Baum's home would have had American Gothic style elements such as spindles and sharp triangular corners, velvet textiles, a green and gold color palette, and accessories that would hint at elements from his literature (flying monkey bookends, anyone?). I enjoyed curating Baum's home since his literature influenced my husband so deeply as a child. I like to imagine my hubby as a little boy reading the Oz books by flashlight under his covers at night. That is what is really cool about classic children's literature - they become like friends from our childhood that grow up with us and whisper to our conscious even when we're grown. I'm glad that L. Frank Baum continued writing the Oz series, and I'm glad that his writing not only speaks to my husband's childhood, but to my own children's conscious, as well.
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