Here’s a sneak preview, because I can hardly contain myself with how beautiful my Home Office space is turning out. It takes a lot of people to make a project successful and this week has been about results. My trusted trades never let me down, these guys showed up and made things happen. Builder Dan, Upholsterer Dale and Workroom Jan all hustled to help move this project along. They too are feeling the excitement and are proud to share in my vision and see the room come together.
Builder Dan spent half a day helping me install rods and drapery, secure my magnetic inspiration design board (a 4’ x 8’ piece of sheet metal), hang the vintage chandelier in the corner and switch out the beige outlets for gray ones. We both marveled at how the drapery dampened the sound in the room and how magnificent the “re-wired” chandelier cast a beautiful glow on the walls.
It was productive to meet with Upholsterer Dale in his cutting room. In awe, we unrolled the velvety fabric revealing the gorgeous botanical images. He skillfully measured, as we walked through the best layout for covering the seat, the backrest and back of chair fabric for placement. With a straight edge a marker and sharp scissors, he fearlessly cut out each section. Seeing the fabric on the chair brought the flowers to life.
I consult Workroom Jan, working with her to create custom bedding, pillows and drapery. Jan is the one who originally made these custom drapes 10 years ago for my downtown office. I selected the fabric because of the pattern; it reminded me of a Greek Key. Although the sound dampening treatment, sewn between the fabric and the lining, was applied to muffle the street noise it’s remarkably relevant in today’s home office setting, buffering the outside noises during virtual client meetings. These drapes have gone from my downtown office, to my home bedroom, to the backdrop of different themes for my Homeshow booths, stored in my closet and now modified by Jan, to fit floor to ceiling in my Home Office.
Putting all the pieces together requires many hands and honestly that’s the best part of being a designer. I look forward to next week when I can reveal the full room.
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