Hello readers, it’s been a while! Now that my children are back in school, I have a few minutes to write :) My little guy started kindergarten (awwe) and he’s off to a great start (though I miss him). This gives me more work time which seems to be crucial. Lots of things happening. I wanted to share a hodgepodge of business news with you.
Summer has been extremely busy with a wide variety of projects. Many exteriors, a commercial flip, a possible restaurant, a few large homes- design from the ground up, tile selection galore (spent 1/3rd of summer in tile shops), finish selection, and of course COLOR consults. My projects have grown in scale with small jobs mixed in. I love the variety. And now I’m getting a taste of commercial which is very exciting!
2017 in business has been WILD. All over the board. A few wolves in sheep’s clothing emerged and I had to firm up boundaries and contracts. I’m learning new things at a rapid pace. Getting to know people in the industry better and forming pseudo teams as we work on extensive projects together.
In the last month, TV production companies have reached out with design show talk. I’ve been almost embarrassed to mention, as if to sound like at 40ish I’m having a midlife crisis and think I’m going big…lol I had a moment with HGTV interviews years ago but the scenario and timing wasn’t right. I’m in a different place today. If the chance in h presents itself, I’m IN! This business has pushed me so far out of a shell, it tests me and leaves me feeling such deep gratitude. You can really do anything.
Circling back to the design scene, here are a few trends I’m noticing in the field. Color is at a crossroads! Warm and colorful is on the horizon. I’m waiting to attend Sherwin’s Colormix presentation to get the full scoop (will report back). Clients want light & bright. Pastel and light neutral paint colors with really dark, dramatic powder baths or dining rooms mixed in. We continue to paint miles of wood white, sometimes just baseboards and crown, to uplift. Furnishings are leaning modern and minimal even if you’re a traditionalist. We’re trying to find our place in the world after the all-gray revolution. Bursting out with new color combinations and gold, gold, gold, accents.
And personally, after almost a decade, triumphs and challenges, I still live for this work. I value every client and the chance you give me to push the envelope. Thank you all. Let me know if you have a project that needs some love.
(personal image via NEOCON chicago 2017- unbelievable commercial design show)