Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREEN WITH ENVY



If I had a dollar for every time a client cringed when I tossed out an idea I'd be a millionaire!  Hmm, now there's a tag line, huh?  While I probably won't be adding that to my business cards any time soon, convincing a client to relax and trust me is often one of my most challenging tasks.  However, I can honestly say in the twelve years I've worked as an Interior Designer I have never, ever had a complaint after the final picture was hung.  I recently popped in to visit with someone I worked with on a kitchen renovation five years ago and was happy to see they had not changed one thing, a true testament (I'm assuming) to the end result.  The homeowner, while lovely, gave me such a hard time during the process, I thought If I could bottle that stress and sell it as a diet plan, I'd be the richest man on the planet (I lost twenty pounds while working with her...now that I think of it, I should work with her again to get fit and trim for summer!).  In our initial meeting she wore a vibrantly-colored outfit and gave me a tour of her home, decorated in rich hues from her world travels.  When I asked her to describe the prefect kitchen, I was somewhat shocked by the reply; "nothing but white.  White walls, white cabinets, white countertops."  When I pitched soft green cabinets, darker floors, blue accents and creamy walls with white molding and a chandelier I thought she was going to call the authorities on me.  Then she surprised me when one day she just relaxed and let me do what I do...oh, did I mention the number one adjective? To make her cramped Manhattan kitchen feel like a country home.  I think I did that.  So, my friends, the take-away today is to stretch outside your comfort zone sometimes because you might just be pleasantly surprised by the finished product!
FORCING SPRING:
If you live in the northeast like we do, you know it's been one heckuvah winter and spring doesn't seem like it's in a hurry to get here.  So, I'm FORCING Spring, something I do every year.  Here's how I fill our house with color and fresh flowers without spending a dime: I head out to our yard (and sometimes our neighbors) and clip forsythia branches, magnolia and other limbs that haven't yet bloomed.  I place them in vases with water and wait for them to spring forward...I did this routine last week before heading to Michigan and returned to a happy home filled with bright, spring-like flowers....now if the outside would just catch up, we'd be in great shape!