Thursday, February 28, 2008

Switching Gears: An Install

Another glamorous meal in the life of an interior designer.....

As Andrea wrote in her posted comment, we're in the process of value engineering (re-selecting things to fit within the client's budget) the project for which we started this dialogue, and our General Contractor had the flu, so things have been at a stand still.

How have we filled the time, you might ask? We've had a fantastic, almost year-long project come to its final few days - this is also known as "The Install". This is Andrea's favorite time in a project. You get to see yours and the client's vision come to fruition. This is finishing touches, delivering furniture that has been stored or been just finished, hanging drapery, displaying art, accessorizing. This is the big payoff. The client gets giddy; we get giddy; we all get a little bit weepy.

It can also be a mind-boggling challenge to coordinate (as the wonderful (and pregnant) Caro would tell you.) Yesterday we had most of the furniture delivered - Andrea was on her hands and knees dusting the floor, inspecting and adjusting the furniture over and over and over again - I think she may have even washed a window or two. I took a few photos today for you to see the last minute hoop-la that goes on before the client moves in!

Superheroes: Carpenters and Electricians!

Entertainment Room in Progress....

Friday, February 8, 2008

A day in the life of a project

Our clients are a young couple who live in Boulder, Colorado - they've hired us to assist them with all interior finishes, elevations (built-ins, kitchen design), and furniture - this is a remodel of an existing house. They brought us in before demolition or construction began and we've met with the architect several times and have already created a lighting plan and selected light fixtures (we had to do this first, and quickly, in order to get a building permit).

We love being brought in to a project this early (actually, even earlier would have been even better); and we're really excited about it. We've started this blog to document the design process from the start to the finish. We hope to illuminate the many facets of undertaking a project like this. The fun of finish/furniture selection, the problem solving/value engineering that usually goes on, the small triumphs, moments of zen, moments of angst, and moments of boredom that are almost inevitable with any project.

In the coming weeks we will post some photographs of the job site as it is now along with schematic drawings and inspiration images from the client.