Wednesday is a travel day for me. I’m taking #IDMC2014 on the road and heading out to Vancouver - for the first time in 12 years. I turned 30 in Vancouver and celebrated with Pink who was opening for Lenny Kravitz. I mean I actually had dinner beside her and her big burly female bodyguards in a restaurant. She was lovely. Still is from the two concerts I’ve seen her perform in in the past year.
It’s a whirlwind trip - I tried to tack more days on and have the boy child and husband join me but the Aeroplan gods did not align and I have to be back on Saturday as we’re taking my mom to a Gordon Lightfoot concert. That reminds me, I need a sitter for Saturday night. The day before I leave is always packed - too packed for my own liking and I tend to get that nervous “OH MY GOD HOW WILL I GET IT ALL DONE..” feeling building up in my throat - which feels like it is closing itself off come to think of it. Come to think of it, I should be finishing up those things instead of writing this.
Editor’s Note: I did stop, finished what needed finishing and then headed home, picking up Luke on the way. Then I had to save Ryan on the Voice and catch up on Revenge which is quite good this season. In the middle of that there was client emailing - and worrying about what I am going to pack/wear for Vancouver.
We presented to our #Ridgewood clients Tuesday. The art above is by Belynda Henry Art and as it turns out, it’s rather indicative of the house palette. We’re in the process of budget building and we chose to present our ideas for creative first so that we are better able to nail down the budget before we get too into the process. It’s going to be spectacular. Think Pattern, Colour, Drama, Glamour and LUXURY. So many hidden surprises planned for this project that will just unfold and reveal themselves to you like when you peel back an onion. I know I just compared a home to an onion but hell it works!
The papers were our short list for the boys’ bathroom.
As you can see, they were only one component of the entire house we pulled together. Boy oh boy have we got our eye on some exceptional choices.
High Gloss cabinetry for the kitchen. YES. We’re going with black/white/blue for the palette in there. The picture above on the right is from my friend Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo.
Our Foyer Plan is rather spectacular non??? The Murano chandelier - we have TWO. One for the foyer, one for over the kitchen island. LOVE that we are able to do something unexpected and because we are getting them from our client’s mother, it keeps our budget open for other fabulosity.
Opening Photo: Eugene Fang
Excited is an understatement. Our #Unionville project went live yesterday and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This project is more than just a labour of love it’s really been an evolution. Our client, our longest client to date gave us - ME - a shot many, many years ago and her trust and faith in me and my team as it’s grown, changed etc is a gift. I have grown so much as a designer and a business woman and to have someone put that sort of trust and faith in you over time is something you never stop being grateful for. This project is the culmination of so many things and is truly a tribute to the clients. They each pour so much of themselves into each decision and when they are unsure they dive in to understand why I suggest one thing over another.
Every knob, finish, light bulb was carefully considered. In some cases, we reconsidered a few times but it’s always with such pleasure. They have become family to us and it shows. This is the kind of project that you can’t fake it. No smoke, no mirrors. It’s a credit to all involved. We are likewise THRILLED to have had House and Home believe in it and to shoot it for their site. Please visit this link HERE.
I think I managed to recharge slightly this weekend after quite a hectic week last week. This week I’m headed to Vancouver but first I have two meetings that I need to prep for. Well one, is more of a social call/visit to a client whom we’ve worked with in the past and the other is kind of a big presentation kind. After spending Thursday with the lovely Gen Gen, I realized I don’t really get bent out of shape prior to a presentation or a shoot. I just go with it. I was the same when I did TV. Getting bent out of shape only creates problems where there weren’t any. Borrowing trouble. Allowing stress to rent space in your head and such. I know that we’ll happen upon brilliance in our meeting - we’re working with the right people (clients) so we just let that prevail.
I wish I could say the same of course about my own house. But I have happened upon a few things. I’m marinating on what I want the overall look and feel to be instead of doing what I hate clients doing - sweating on the details without a plan. Inspiration wise - well I think I’ve nailed it with this series of photos. The palette inspiration is from Design Seeds… the rest I’ve collected here and there and am not too sure where they originate from seeing as I get stuck in Tumblr hell when I try and reverse look up them.
I need the dress Reese is wearing. Her legs too please. This is the palette for my living room. DONE. SOLD. The stair shot - who can resist? The gold on the marble - settles it I’m changing out my kitchen hardware to brass, faucet and maybe even the appliances…. 2015 let’s DO THIS.
I’m sitting at my desk writing this blog post because the whirlwind of the last few days has just sacked me no walloped me in one fell swoop. If you were at the Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday, you will know that a whole can of AWESOME was unleashed at Interior Design Master Class. A wonderful conversation was continued at this event that began with the first class offered back in April. We’re taking the show on the road next week to Vancouver where it may reach fever pitch! Fortunately, 2015 dates will be revealed in January because there is seriously SO MUCH AWESOME it needs to be shared. Thank you so very much to Wendy of Juice Marketing who is the brainchild behind the concept, to DXV who sponsored my keynote, to JF Fabrics, Switch Studio, Gresham House, Q Design, Weavers Art & My Back Shed who helped make the entire event possible.
I always get energized talking about this business and sharing my personal insights into what makes a design biz tick and of course the copious amounts of soul searching that is required of an entrepreneur. In preparing my talk, I kid you not, I had several epiphanies about how far I’ve come, previous road blocks I’d erected on my path that fortunately have now been taken down. I’m grateful for the opportunity to reflect, share and inspire others to NEVER EVER EVER make my mistakes. My way isn’t going to be for everyone, but it may kick off an idea or kick start someone into action that they were unable to make previously. I shared what is now being referred to as my 21 step process to design - I hadn’t really thought of it that way but I did break it down so that other creatives could relate better to my creative madness/genius and use it to reflect on their own. People were surprised that I shared this - I kinda think that it’s like a recipe really. I know that as often as I have tried to make Martha Stewart’s shortbread cookies, somewhere along the way I screw it the hell up so there’s something to be said for timing, finesse and a certain je ne sais quoi but I’m happy to share because on the whole, it strengthens the industry when we all walk a similar path, use a similar lexicon and follow a similar set of professional practices. Strength in numbers. A transparency to clients and the occasional come to Jesus moment when it comes to budgets and fees.
And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, we followed up this amazing day of sharing and learning with a shoot with House and Home of our #Unionville project. Dear sweet, talented Genevieve Ghaleb who has her own design firm in Montreal was so gracious enough to tag along with me and help out - SO LUCKY to have had her!!! Flowers zhushed, hair primped and we knocked this video out of the park before lunch. We got the best news as we wrapped, the shoot goes live on MONDAY. THIS MONDAY. So so excited to finally share this kitchen in all it’s splendid glory along with the rest of the house which is truly beautiful and the culmination of so much love, thoughtful attention and consideration that has been poured into it from both MHD and the clients. SUCH a team effort.
Our Elwood Rug makes it’s Debut!!!!!!!!!
Opening Photo: Ulrich Knoblauch