It was really nice to read Jonathan's blog last week about how difficult and unrealistic it is for designers to plan and execute everything so quickly. Even as a seasoned and successful professional, he admits that he takes time to "think, screw up, analyze and recover!" So true. I tell every one of my clients that design is an evolution and they have to be patient in order to let the best design develop.
This challenge was hard enough considering that none of the designers have any real experience or training in Eco-Friendly design, but then when the producers asked me about their idea of the old "switch-a-roo" - good god, I just put my head down in shame. How unrealistic can we get? However, the ironic thing is that I recently took on a client who was midway down the road with another designer when they realized it was not the right fit. I inherited $200,000 worth of the other designer's furniture choices and was left with only half of their original $400,000 budget. Big bummer. So I reupholstered, reworked, sold, traded - I did whatever I had to do so that the money that was already spent wasn't wasted - and it's coming along beautifully!