Well someone has been remiss in her blogging. My goodness it's been a busy year. First and foremost, I designed some chic spaces (if I do say so) with wonderful clients and the help of a great assistant. On a personal note, we have raised a puppy into a sweet young dog, purchased a house, and have a baby due truly any minute. Needless to say, writing has been on the back burner.
One thing I often encounter with new clients is catching them at a notable pause in their lives. It typically goes like this: we've bought a house, moved in within the last two years with furniture we had, and haven't touched a thing since. Maybe a new baby has created a need for spatial reorganization, or they simply got to the point where the house just wasn't reflecting them quite like they wanted or optimally functioning. These breaks are important to listen to and respond productively and intelligently. People thrive on a sense of forward motion and evolution, and sometimes that comes my way, in the form of a home redesign. I love being part of that moment with clients, and helping them realize the physical change that they know they need but haven't yet fully visualized. It's a big part of why I love my job, along with- of course- curating beautiful moments.
For me, and I would guess with most people, I can kind of file my adult life into chapters: my early and somewhat lost fashion years in NYC; a clarifying break in Portland, OR; the beginning of my interior design career and the guidance of the brilliant and incredibly kind designer Jenny Vorhoff; branching out on my own during some scary but highly formative years in New York; transitioning to life in Atlanta (fully formed and mostly mature, confident designer.) I feel like I'm on borrowed time right now just waiting for this little peanut to come, enjoying my own pause. With the new home mostly settled, work pretty wrapped up for the time being, and me absolutely huge, I wait with anticipation and notice this quiet moment for what it is- rare, welcome, and something to which I should listen and enjoy. These punctuations are moments of clarity set to welcome the next chapter of life. I take it quite seriously when a potential client reaches out to me to help them realize their own moment of transition, and understand the importance of the sea change. I'm always flattered to be part of this personal moment.
And now I wait, albeit impatiently, through this quiet break for the ultimate life change.