My best friend and I met online. I shiz you not. In of ALL places, design forum. We were immediately attracted to each other's keen wit, intelligence and that certain je ne sais quoi... I made and continue to make the funniest of facial expressions and odd finger gestures as I type to her. My husband threatens to video me doing this all the time because I look like a total nerd. He relishes this I think.
Anyway, my bestie has VERY definite opinions about decor, specifically her own, that I continually have to work to overcome.
She lives in a 70's style abode.
She's very determined to pay homage to this period of architecture though I've slowly infiltrated the house with my own aesthetic and spin on the 70's. For the most part, I will say she listens to me. But I've also gotten VERY good and making specific and deliberate choices that I know she will love and obsess over. It's a bit daunting though when she gives me free reign. I seriously do not want to fark it up.
So now she's decided it has come to the time to change her dining room light fixture. The dining room suite was a bit of battle between Bestie & Her Hubs. I only won in so far as, the dark brown leather parson chairs were nixed. I would have done something more glamorous and sexy myself but I think we hadn't even met in person yet and there was this whole "taking advice from a stranger on the internet" business. I mean it's commonplace now but then.... whooooa nelly.
So here's what we are working with:
First off - I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who shared yesterday's blog post. The response was overwhelming and I'm so glad we could get a dialogue started vs being relegated to whispering around a watercooler as someone suggested to me. I think that in this day and age when more and more people are calling for transparency, it's important that it goes both ways. If designers are expected to be transparent about billings & so forth, it's only fair that they be transparent about what hinders communication or the speedbumps we encounter running a business. Because it is a business and we are paid for it. Let's keep the dialogue going though - it's how real change and progress is made!
I often find that there is this inexplicable ebb and flow to our Design Business. Rarely are we engaged in both residential and commercial projects at the same time. Without any actual explanation, if we are working on a major residential project odds are we aren't working on a major commercial project at the same time. I leave it up to the Design Gods to sort out but appreciate their working on my behalf to allow me to multi-task to the best of my ability.
Case in point. We've just finished up a very substantial residential project. Well it's 94% done. A few more things here and there and then it will be done. We've already had it scouted by one DIVINE magazine. Fingers crossed. (No need to beat around the bush, I'm a full on #GetPublished Trollope). As that was finishing up, we began our #SnugBistro project in earnest. Snug is set to launch in the next 3-4 weeks.
We're currently working on a few small kitchen projects one is residential the other is part of a larger office project that we are doing. We have some living rooms #BrowningAve & #Kingswood2.0 that are about to be installed and are in talks with several other commercial projects. Now the other day, I threw out to the Gods that I would love to design a Women's Boutique and I'm pleased to say that I did get a lil nibble on this. I would also like to throw out there that I'd LOVE to do a summer home/farmhouse restoration or mountain home in the next little bit.... you never know? I'm seriously dying to do a rustic modern farmhouse/family home. It's all done in my head I just need somewhere to install it all.
Redhead may be traveling though... we've got some amazing discussions and opportunities coming forward - Can we say #RedheadRoadtrip??
Bakeries, Hair Salons also on the agenda. Can not wait to knock your socks off with what we are plotting!
Ask and ye shall receive I have long since believed - that or threaten to go all Tonya Harding and voila Zac Posen happens!!
So there you have it.
To that end - here's my weekly snapshot of what is passing through my brain at the moment.