The Passing SceneThis past week marked the end of an era. The children of Elmore Leonard held an estate sale to dispose of the furniture, lamps, accessories, etc. of their father's home. I had the personal pleasure of helping his ex-wife, Christine, put their home together during the early, happy days of their marriage. It was a bit sad to see the house being broken up and carried away. As I walked around the house I recalled all the fun we had creating a warm and comfortable environment that supported Elmore working at home. Warmth and comfort were as important as style.
I like to remember Elmore's gentle and friendly manner. He definitely enjoyed his success but he was completely devoid of pretense. More times than not, when I would call the house, he would answer the phone. When I came to the house for an appointment he often answered the door. I especially remember the extra care we took in creating his working environment. He took over the back half of the living room where things were shaded and quiet and had a view of the sweeping back yard.
Architecturally, the house had the look of "Hollywood Regency" which is experiencing a resurgence of popularity with west coast designers. We respected the architecture of the house in both scale and style. Colors were warm but subdued. The furniture was selected with comfort in mind, inviting the user to sit back, relax and spend time in soft conversation, reading or contemplation. He always displayed an active interest in current affairs and was curious as to others' viewpoints.
I feel very fortunate to have met and known this great guy. He was generous with his time and attention. I carry with my wonderful memories of our brief times together. Thanks, Elmore!