Looking back to the end of June, a mere few months ago now I can honestly say that I went into a state of shock when we decided to purchase #mhdbrownstone. All of the coaching I have done over the last decade has really focused around my relationship with money - the good and the bad sides of it. It’s been so helpful and effective, I immediately recognize my issues in others both colleagues/friends and with clients. If you have seen or spoken to me about our new office, you’ll probably wonder why I don’t seem so excited and celebratory. It’s a double whammy - I’m still in shock that it happened and I am ridiculously superstitious. I don’t want to jinx things and maybe it’s a Canadian something in the drinking water but I like to take it in stride. Of course I am proud - this is a serious bucket list both personally and professionally. Dream Street. Dream Location. Dream Layout. Everything aligned. I like to tell the story of how it all came to be (it’s way better in person the story that is) because it helps me get past the shock of it all.
However I am starting to realize that I was so nonchalant about it because I was keeping a lid on the emotions of leaving our office for the last 8 years. I’ve moved a lot. Asa has moved a lot. One of the reasons why we are such a good fit for each other is that we both had crazy in our families and we moved a lot and our parents split up. I could go on but we have a ton in common in terms of how we were shaped and formed as people. Because of all the moving, I become detached from spaces usually about 6 months before I move. My moving has often been rather impulsive given that I didn’t really have any solid plans to move until it was upon me. I’m a Jump and the Net will Appear person. When I see an opportunity or things starting to align I get with it and fast. Intuition is my friend. Our third floor office on Davenport has been so very good to us. We loved being in Designers Walk, long before others saw its merits. Luke was 4 months old when we moved in to our first office on the 2nd floor (which never felt like it was home). A year later we moved up to the third floor and we laid down roots here. We redid the kitchen, the bathroom, the rooftop patio. I kicked off the Tanzania wallpaper craze in partnership with Thibaut - heck my office was knocked off by a blogger and got published as if she was some sort of design genius even… We’ve had countless shoots here. A fabric, rug, and wallpaper collection were all born here. My original baby MHD grew and flourished as did our other adorable cherub who’s first word was SHANDA-WEER and now uses words in passing like catastrophic or devastated (if we were to ever move our house - though he’s really excited about the new office space). We’ve had great team members come and go, others that we were definitely happy to see the back side of (I was recalling yesterday a few interns and co-op students that I was not sorry to say goodbye to). Some helped grow our business to where it is today in a profound way and others have played their part which I am all very grateful for.
Our current team is comprised of wonderful people - they feel like family as do many clients. I have been so busy that one though that I had fired her - to which I responded NEVER you are family! I feel that about so many. Ironically or maybe it was just intentional but we didn’t know it but Asa and I have overcome our own personal family deficiencies by creating family in other aspects of our life. It is all integrated. I was initially worried that the new space would alter our vibe as a group but whenever you are approaching a levelling up situation - I think that is normal. For clients who are going from a modest home to say a custom home - the jump can be daunting. Likewise, for those who are used to living in a larger home and are looking to downsize - the stress of changing how you live can be overwhelming. I’ve seen it happen time and again and I do my best to try and prepare our clients for the major life change or shift that they are going to be embarking on. I keep having to give myself pep talks and focus on the finish line. We have a hard finish date this week. Keys have to be given back and new routines created at 222 Bedford. Right now it looks like a drywall bomb went off and soon it will have all of our stuff in and sense will have to be made. I look forward to the day where all I have to do is plan the finishing touches in terms of light the candles, arrange the flowers and sit down and enjoy the biggest glass of champagne and savour that it is really and truly OURS. We did the work. We brought the fucking magic. We fought for this. We earned it. I don’t need to rush to replenish this box on the bucket list. I can just enjoy it as it is.
Look how far we’ve come baby…. we are so very proud.
Photos: Jessica Bosse & Chloe Magazine