So people often wonder what the average time span of a design project is and of course it always varies depending on scope. Decorating projects, people think are super fast and easy but rarely are - especially the way suppliers work these days. No one stocks anything. If they tell you they do they are over exaggerating or telling half truths. It’s simply not done any more and the entire world is transforming to Made to Order. Heck even Amazon doesn’t always have stock. Sheesh! Imagine bespoke or customized pieces??? LAWD HAVE MERCY. So once you have that understood, relax and wait for it.
Our #Bessborough project took about a year from the time we said YES to the clients ( I had initially said no feeling that the budget/scope didn’t align with what I want to be able to achieve in a design project but our clients wanted to work with us and they were so darn nice and flexible that we soon found ourselves saying HELL YES!). We presented to them rather quickly and they said yes to everything - easiest presentation of last year. They increased their scope a bit by asking to redo the powder room which took almost as long as the custom rug I designed. Now the befores weren’t tragic - the house itself is a new build and our clients literally didn’t have much in the way of furniture.
This was the “Before, Before” it’s from the real estate listing. I think that the builders actually lived in the home so this was their design. It’s beautiful a little bland but our clients were open to our vision of colour and pattern and I wanted more seating in the living room.
While we are discussing the reality of projects - sofas GOOD ones start at about $7500 and go up from there. We lucked out in that the fabric on our amazing sofa was a graded in fabric and we jumped on that like white on rice.
I kinda blocked out that THESE chairs were actually what took the longest in the project. It is a sad tale of woe to be honest. We loved the fabric and the leather and they came from one division of a company and the chair frame a different one. Getting the right quantity of fabric - given that we wanted to do the interior in the woven and the outside of the chair in the leather took WAY more time than needed to figure it out. I mean I could have figured it out but furniture companies always want MORE fabric (in case they screw up). Then once we finally figured out the quantity - getting the fabric from one division to the next because an Odyssey. It went from a bad sequel to an epic trilogy over many months when the leather had an issue with it. Literally we had to hit reset and start all over again. Then when we thought that we were just going to have to give up and abandon our chair dreams, the rep from division A made a little quip about walking over to rep from Division B’s desk which was RIGHT FREAKING BESIDE HER!!!!!!!!! MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS OF BACK AND FORTHS VIA EMAIL BETWEEN THE TWO DIVISIONS TO TRY AND FIGURE THIS ALL OUT AND THEY SAT BESIDE EACH OTHER THE ENTIRE $*(%%(*E)$$*%&*&% TIME. I SHIT YOU NOT.
My staff and I continue to be in therapy over this. Fortunately, our actual Brand Rep for all the lines brings us donuts when she shows us new product and I feel that this atones for the HELL that we went through over this pair of chairs.
Always, always, always include in your budget the accessorizing component which includes artwork and books. You need way more money to accessorize than you expect.
Curves are the cure for people who think that “Clean, Straight Lines” is a design style thanks to all of those Faux Pro Design Shows on HGTV and morning talk shows. Also - a new addition to the Meredith Heron Collection of Rugs!!!! It’s wool and silk and is the perfect foil to the pattern on the sofa and the drapery!!
Toronto needs to kick it’s grey addiction.
Art doesn’t have to break the bank but your project isn’t done until it is hung on the walls. I’ve got lots more sneak peeks as we’ve uploaded this project to our portfolio. I’ll discuss the other areas in a different blog post. I like to think that we TOTALLY nailed this.