The past 5 weeks have been a new and exciting experience for me and I've learned so much. Sometimes
it's easy to get into the groove of things in the day-to-day but designing a virtual space has truly chanlleged me in ways I didn't think was originally possible. When designing a physical space it is easy to walk into the room and look around to catch design mistakes. Maybe the balance is off and this piece needs to be moved across the room for a seamless layout, but virtual design is different. There's no moment of walking inside and seeing everything coming together!
If I were gearing up to install this family retreat for a client next week, we would have hopefully received all pieces from the vendors. Sometimes shipping constraints (especially during Covid-19) are 100% out of our control and things do not arrive on time as originally planned, but that's when you just have to roll with the punches. I have always been a firm believer in supporting Made-In-America companies but this is something over the past 8 months that I have leaned on even more. Being able to directly call the factory and check in on production timeline certainly has its advantages. I'd like to say it hasn't happened in the past, but sometimes the wrong style of furniture is shipped, or it arrives upholstered in the wrong fabric. I cannot stress how important it is to double check everything as it arrives.
Client installations are one of my favorite moments in the design process - it is where all the hard work and moving pieces seamlessly come together. There is nothing quite like having a client step foot in the space and see everything for the first time. Over the years I've learned that the single most important thing as a designer is listening to the clients needs. It sounds simple but it is easy to get "lost" in the design process and make selections that would make you happy. However, at the end of the day you're designing for a client and it has to make sense for their personal tastes and lifestyle. That moment when a client walks into their new home and is overwhelmed with joy in the design and even more importantly that I listened to their needs is rewarding.
I want to take a step back and talk about something fun that I've been able to incorporate into my business. For as long as I can remember, I've had a horse by my side and have enjoyed riding competitively. This is now something I share with my two girls and love when I'm able to tie my personal life back into my business. I have a custom paint collection with Benjamin Moore that was inspired by equestrian background. In the final reveal next week you'll see Jodphurs painted on the walls. Known as the part of the equestrian's apparel, Jodhpurs is the little brother to my other custom color, Chaps. This color is a lighter neutral and will look great in any setting!
It's been so much fun adding to the paint collection over the years! One of the benefits of working closing with vendors that allow customization is to make pieces uniquely your own and fit client's specific needs.
Covid-19 has truly changed the way that we're able to work and communicate with others virtually not only efficiently but safely. This process has been so much fun and I am excited to share with you guys that my services have expanded to offer consultations from near and far. Whether you are just down the road or across the nation, technology has allowed me to work with clients on a virtual bases to bring Lauren Nicole personalized services to you. If you're interested in learning more head to my consultation page to learn about One-Day Consultations, Color Consultations, and Design At A Distance.
Thank you for following along on this process with me! If you're new to the blog, here are links to Weeks 1-4 (Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4) and don't forget to check in on my Instagram Stories to catch behind-the-scenese details on the design process. Have you been following along with the other featured designers? Don't forget to check out their blogs and social channels to see how their rooms are coming along.
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