As I heard news of Dixie Carter's passing on Saturday, I was struck with sadness. I did not know her or her family, yet I felt I had lost someone to which I had been close.
I realized that with Ms. Carter's death, I had lost someone very important in my decision to entire this crazy design world; Julia Sugarbaker. Julia was the lead designer on the crazy 80's sitcom, Designing Women. She was one of five characters that worked from her home design studio and madness and laughter always ensued. I loved watching how they interacted with each other.
It was during these years that I formed the dream of becoming an interior designer. While I knew Designing Women was a comedy, I got wrapped up in Julia's style, class, and Southern charm.
I do not work from my home, but I do work at a design studio where the combination of several creative personalities does often spark madness. We have a furniture rep who often tells us," Designing Women has nothing on you. This place is hysterical. They should make a show about you guys."
I send my heartfelt sympathy to Dixie Carter's family and I am ever thankful for her portrayal of Ms. Julia Sugarbaker. (Said in a true Southern drawl)
Society has lost a wonderful person, actor, and humanitarian.
The fictional design world has lost a legend.
image of Dixie Carter from Google Image