Design Rollercoaster and Some Random Pretty

Here is a summary of my last week interspersed with pretty photos to keep it from getting boring.

Middle of last week I was approached about doing a small commercial project.  Saturday, I met with the architect.  Monday met with the client and the architect.  Everything was rosy!

Tuesday found the PERFECT sofa for a client on Craigslist at 1/4 the normal price.  Accompanied her to look at it.  She paid a deposit and arranged to pick it up on Saturday because it is long and lovely and wouldn’t fit in my car or hers.

Wednesday, found out the commercial client had decided to not use the architect (money and logistics).  Bummed because the architect is awesome and would have been a great experience.  Spent the rest of the day negotiating my design fees for the project.

Thursday must have actually been uneventful, can’t seem to remember.

Friday morning spent designing a lovely bathroom – pictures soon.  While working on it got an email from my sofa client that the Craigslist seller had bailed and “decided not to sell” – craptastic!  Sent commercial client my contract. Got word from my upholsterer/miracle worker that he can build the custom table top I designed, great news!

Saturday, met with the upholsterer.  Took him one of my living room chairs to reupholster in a fabric I have had for nearly a year.  He literally did a double take when he saw the gorgeous Great Plains glazed linen that is going on my client’s chairs (same client that had the crappy craigslist experience – hopefully seeing these beauties later this week will make up for it).  Upholsterer gave me several job leads and recommended a barbecue place that my husband loved.  Also, my husband liked the upholsterer’s work so much we are going to have a sofa custom designed rather than trying to find something vintage.  Finally, received word that the commercial client isn’t going to use me either.  Kind of relieved as they were playing good cop/bad cop with me, asking me to work for a fraction of my usual fee and generally had unrealistic expectations.  Would have been a great opportunity, but I am sure there are other great things just down the road.  Seems I will have a bit more time to blog than I had planned.  Tonight I am watching The Kids Are Alright and Toy Story 3 in preparation for the Oscars tomorrow and painting some funky Eames knockoff chairs.

All in all, a pretty good week or maybe that is just the paint fumes talking.  I have to say that interior design is not anything like what I envisioned when I was 12 and did a report on it as a profession for my advanced english class.

See you guys next week!

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About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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One Response to Design Rollercoaster and Some Random Pretty

  1. Martha K says:

    Oh no, no, no!!!

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