We've been back home for about a week now and sadly it's taken me this long to get back to the blog. I would say that this is the price you pay for a month in the jungle, but this time around life was just as busy while we were on "vacation." Unlike normal busy, this is a good kind of busy because what's taking up my time are three incredible projects (and two awesome kiddos) that have been eating up every moment of my day. When I launched my business a few years ago I could only dream of having ONE project of the scale I'm working with, and right now I am lucky enough to have three! I keep reminding myself of this each time I start to feel overwhelmed (which happens) and I just keep focusing on how great the end result of each is going to be.
Because I'm being pulled in a few different directions, I just haven't been able to think of any great topics to post about here on the blog. I typically find inspiration for my fodder in my downtime, and since that's been at a minimum I've found myself searching for topics this past week and couldn't come up with anything worth posting about. I was again at a loss for what to post today and I figured that since quite a few of you read solely because of my work, why not give you all a little peek into what I've actually been working on!
As you will see, each of these projects are at very different stages and writing this has been a good reminder to myself that there are lots of phases that a home overhaul goes through. From build / renovation to final styling / shooting, it's a process, and sometimes it's a long one. The home that has the farthest to go is mine, but seeing all these other wonderful projects come together is giving me hope that mine will eventually hit the finish line, and when it does I can only hope that we will be as happy in our new home as my clients are in theirs.
Project #1: My BFF's Cape House
I can't believe it, but this weekend I am actually shooting my best friend's Cape house. For over a year my best friend and I have been working together on a total renovation of her cape house and it's come together so perfectly, I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. This was a big house (5 bedrooms) and a big project, and it's one that my bestie and I did totally and completely together. My BFF was the project manager on this one and I was the designer, and this weekend we get to celebrate all that we accomplished while we shoot with the incredible Sabrina Cole Quinn . Besides the beautiful photographs that I know are going to come from this weekend, I really just can't wait to spend a few days with my best friend in the home that we created together. Last week we went down and styled the entire house and now all that's missing are the flowers. This project was an absolute joy from start to finish, and its one that really allowed me to grow as a designer given the scope and scale. Stay tuned for much more of this home to come this year.
Project #2: My Weston Project
The next project that I'm working on is a renovation of a home in a nearby suburb, Weston. It's for a former client (remember her South End house) who is trading in city life for a dream suburban home. The house they purchased is immaculate but it's also a few decades outdated. Right now it's undergoing a mini-renovation, that is moving at lighting speed, before the family moves in over the summer. Given that the family is upsizing, they needed a number of new furniture pieces and I've spent the last month sourcing furniture and coming up with the concept for all the rooms. This project has been a lot of work but it's also one that has been super fun and challenging. My client loves blue just about as much as I do, so this project is one that I've really been able to insert my personal taste in. I don't see us getting to the styling / shooting phase on this one until late fall, but I can see where this home is heading and I'm thrilled with how it's all coming together.
Project #3: Our Costa House
Finally, there is my house. I'd like to say that I saved the best for last but considering mine is still a pile of dirt, that's not entirely true. I will say that from my end this is the most beautiful pile of dirt I've ever seen... and you will notice that it's level! Yes, that means the house construction started when we broke ground about three weeks ago. So far things seem to be moving along quickly. and before I left I was able to see the house staked out and sign off on a few things. I'm super confident in our builder and really just can't wait to get back this summer to see all the progress!
... and that's what I've been up to on the work (werk) front. As I mentioned, these projects are keeping me busy but once I get through this upcoming shoot and some tight deadlines on my Weston project, things should settle down. I'm hoping to not take any more week long hiatuses from the blog because I know that can be frustrating as a reader. If any of you have any suggestions for posts or things you would like to see here, feel free to share in the comments. I'll be back on Thursday with my Spring reading list! Xx