The other day while going through design books, I came across Mary Englebreit’s Home Companion. As I was thumbing through the pages, I light-heartedly recalled Mary Engelbreit was my inspiration for the display in my old secretary. The secretary and I have been together since childhood. In its former life it had many layers of bad paint, which was about the only thing holding it together when my mom rescued it from an old ranch house. She had it refinished for my bedroom when I was about seven. It instantly became a very groovy Barbie condo and has had many reincarnations since.