Mary McDonald

Mary explains the process of an "add-on" job, the use of "Chien de Provence," and the idea of being too rich or too thin.

on Jun 21, 2011

My little office at Jill Roberts Freeman, owner of Seaton clothing and Freeman cosmetics, is basically just that, an "add on" job. We added a room to my previously designed work of the entire home. I swear, I don't even think I knew that room was there before. Jill is one of my most fun clients because since she is in fashion and is not scared of much. I could say let's paint the outside of your house red, and her first reaction would be to think about it without fear. She gets it. She is creative with a vision and is totally open to any new idea outside the box -- without the usual client fears. I was kind of shocked she did not have a positive first reaction to the floor, actually, and in my head was thinking "Wait, this is NOT good" while playing it cool.

You never want to panic with a client because they panic and all sorts of craziness ensues. You've got to get through it knowing the end result of the big picture will balance the microscopic issue of this one element. When all is said and done if a client REALLY doesn't like the outcome you're in TROUBLE, so I was kind of hoping this would go as planned. I know how looking at pieces of a whole can derail the average client, but Jill is not that gal so I was really kind of freaking a little. Thank goodness she got it after I said trust me 10 times. I would have had to start from scratch -- and believe me that's when it gets hairy. It all worked out and I am looking forward to doing her beach house. Maybe with more horizontal striped curtains by the way. I kind of love them don't you?

Ok I have to run and get back to all the work piled on my desk from being away.

Stay tuned for next weeks hi-jinx.