I have been working on a kitchen/family room/craft room/powder room/mudroom renovation for the past couple of months with a wonderful client. She has been patient throughout the dust, the upheaval and the constant stream of subcontractors in and out of her home.
Everyone who has worked on the job has remarked at how kind she has been by leaving them waters and treats–It has not only made the guys feel special but I guarantee that they put a little extra sweat into every nail they hammered. Kindness goes a long way with folks that have been told they can drink out of a garden hose on the side of the house. (Yes, that really happened).
The job is going great and we are soon to wrap up. The cleaners will mop and sweep and the furniture will be delivered.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with this client. Not only is she fun to be around but she has let me do my job as an interior designer. Granted, I love input and she gives me that (it helps that our tastes and ideas run on the same track), but she has given me the freedom to let my designer mind go to the places it needs to for the best result.
What does that mean? I have been able to really get creative–and think outside the box when it came to the details.
(This is a mock up of an architectural detail that I designed.)
Well yes, Amy isn’t that what you are paid to do? Of course. But surprisingly, designers can get hamstrung by clients who “over manage” every decision. The result can often be a safe decision–something based on what is tried and true instead of something that might be a little different and…”designed.”
You can see where freedom to create leads….This is the coffer that I designed. Not your average ceiling coffer! And the “X” is carried into a lot of other details.
I am excited at the possibility of the next phases of her project. And I truly value her trust in me. It doesn’t hurt that she has three sweetie daughters and an adorable puppy too.
Some pictures along the way….
My team of genius in my office – the guys who make my crazy ideas a reality.
The ceiling is coming along to my liking!
Cabinetry details…do you see my little pyramid that was mocked up in the picture above?
The pantry doors- “X” marks the spot.
I spy…X’es on the doors- the hood doesn’t have it’s appliqués on it yet.
Wolf cooktop and oven for my client who really does cook!
Naked kitchen-before the doors and hood
Peek a boo…covered and protected. How about that edge on the top?
Controlled chaos…we are really good at it.
Picking the hardware…and a nice note from my hardware supplier who is doing custom pieces for me.
Custom appliance handles
Door knobs for the pantry…
Look like this when they are installed
Butcher Block for one section of the island
The Powder Room backsplash is in and follows the counter detail- the doors aren’t in yet for this cabinet but I can tell you that the pyramids are making another appearance- in a bigger way
On a construction site, it can be hard to find a place to perch…I had to take advantage of the patio furniture that had been moved to the lawn for pressure washing. Aaaaahhh…sometimes it feels so good to sit down.
More to follow my friends~We will be revealing the rest soon!
I hope you have a wonderful week! I am taking a few days off to recharge with my sweet ones.
Thanks for reading,
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