I was having a casual conversation with my new friend’s wife at an event one day. She was telling me they are nearing the completion of a kitchen renovation. As I began asking her specific questions about it, she quickly realized my passion and said, “I didn’t know you’re a designer! I need your help! The painters are coming next week and I haven’t picked out a paint color yet!”
A few days later, I was standing in her kitchen with my large, hand painted sample boards, choosing colors that will work for her entire first floor. She also wanted ideas for arranging the furniture in their open concept family room.
Before I left their house that day, she had direction on what color scheme to go with. Three weeks later I returned with a custom portfolio showing her inspirational images of how their family room could look along with recommended items to purchase, and conceptual drawings of their room with three different arrangements to consider.
This client already knew what colors she liked but wanted the assurance from a professional. Going through a consultation with me showing her my samples and explaining the correct undertones for her home helped her choose the right colors. She used some of my recommendations but not all. The custom portfolio I created for them is a tool they will use for years to come. As their schedule and budget allows, they can refer to the portfolio when making new purchases.
What I love most about my work is that it is a partnership. I’m there to listen, to guide my clients in choosing what they truly want, to educate them about why or why not their ideas will work, and to provide alternative solutions in expressing themselves in their home. They choose when they want to make the changes, if they want to hire a contractor or do it themselves, and where they want to shop. All of these decisions are building from the design plan I created specifically for them.