You have no idea how wacky my world is. You see, I go inside people's homes and they show me their ugliest, worst things so I can transform them into the beautiful, perfect photos you see all over Instagram and Pinterest. You don't actually think they did that on their own, do you? Please don't misunderstand me. I am not being judgy. There are simply two different kinds of people in the world. Those who can function even in the direst of circumstances (like a living room with no natural light and a corner fireplace) and those who cannot even drag themselves up off the floor in the very same circumstances.
Isn't it wonderful that we are different? I mean, the world would have come to a screeching halt a long time ago if people like me were in charge of everything. For one thing, the industrial revolution would never have happened as all of that ugly soot and those hideous factories would not have been permitted. And please don't get me started on strip malls and fast food chains. Anyway, I am here to help you make your house beautiful and have some fun in the process! But I must warn you, I have been told that I don't have a filter. I say exactly what I am thinking. This sometimes gets me into trouble with people who don't understand me. But I know you will understand me because we are going to be best friends. I just know it!
I thought it would be fun to sort of bring you into my projects. Wouldn't you like to know exactly how things work? Mind you, I am not going to name names. Clients' identities will be carefully protected.
January is normally a fairly quiet time for me but not this year. It seems that all of the time spent at home over the holidays gave people a lot of time to really examine their rooms. And many did not like what they saw! My first project of 2018 is going to be a dining room makeover for a fun, young creative mom who has excellent taste (thank goodness!) After the initial phone call (where I try to weed out the time wasters and crazies) I popped over for a look-see.
Here is her room before:
Not bad, right? It is just very blah. And trust me, this client is anything but blah. She is artsy but classic at the same time. She also has a house full of men so I think she deserves a drop dead glam gorgeous dining room, don’t you?
Here is what I am thinking... Gold, blush, wallpaper, fab chandelier, luscious drapery panels and a fun bar cart. Keep the table, new chairs and a sisal rug to keep it from veering trop Marie Antoinette. Throw in some modern art for a little edge off the pretty.
At the very first meeting, we were practically completing each other’s sentences so the design scheme phase went very quickly. In fact, there were no changes so I quickly sourced everything. I will tell you where I found everything but don’t you dare copy this design! That is not something a friend would do to a designer! Click on the photos to see where I got everything along with the retail prices. (If you don't see a price, you must email me c/o Susan Albright to get it as it is too frighteningly pricey to just throw out there).
Gosh I hope Ruthie isn't too backed up already to whip up the drapes. She is a genius with silk. It is critical to work with an expert when it comes to these things. You have no idea how bad silk can look in the wrong hands! Lining is critical and not just one layer. But between you and me, everything must be in writing with Ruthie. And do not tell her anything important after 5pm. Well, you know, it just isn't a good idea...
Thankfully, she could do them and they turned out better than even I imagined! But please, for goodness sake, install the rods just under the crown molding. Nothing kills a room faster than rods installed too low. Here is the after-drum roll please... a dinner party worthy dining room:
Not every job comes off without a hitch like this one did. I am so thankful to start off the year with such a fun project for a really good client. Unfortunately, the next one didnt't go quite so smoothly. Stop by next week and I will tell you about it. Oh and I would love to hear from you. Tell me what you think of my design. Or if you have any questions about design or me. There is nothing worse than a one sided friendship, is there? Happy New Year!