March 21, 2014:
We have been working on a nursery for a baby girl for our #Nobscot project. Now please keep in mind, we've done the entire house. We had a pretty easy time with almost every room in this 7000 sq ft house - I mean sure we debated sofa fabrics FOR. LIKE. EVER. and a few lights really had us debating a whole new world order but for the most part, we blinked and it was all selected.
The nursery not so much.
Sometimes when you do a house this big, it's hard to fall in love with every fabric for every piece in every room. Some rooms have to settle for a serious like others, it just has to work. I often tell clients that we can't be wild and in love with everything. Somethings have to be a solid relationship builder or foundation piece on which we will layer LOVES. If you plan on living with these pieces for a decade, you shouldn't be too hot and heavy or else you'll burn out. A solid plan means being able to go the distance. I do believe your sofa should be much like your spouse. Sturdy, Reliable and a safe haven after a long shitty day. You can quote me on that.
So we found a million wallpapers we liked but we were not feeling many of the fabrics. Well Celia and I were loving a few - some her more than me. The client, loved the wallpapers but not the fabrics. Then she broke the news to us, she hates horses. I should add that she respects the beasts themselves but too many years spent mucking out stalls, she doesn't want them adorning her baby's nursery. I can't really fight her on this.
As far as process goes, I like to start with the fabric and I actually like to throw them all over the table, the floor, drape them over chairs hell I'll pin them up if we need to figure out how they will hang even. It's a visceral way to design and more organic. I can't believe people put things on boards in this day and age. So stiff, so NOT how to feel the vibe being created. If clients can touch and feel vs just see, they believe. They will buy. My beautifully styled office - well looks like a fabric and wallpaper bomb went off.
I freaking love it.
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