We're always trying to find a good way to share our process. How our projects transform from beginning to end and all the nitty gritty that goes on behind the scenes. Often we take a million pictures that never make it onto social media or our website; because honestly they're just plain uninspiring and we like to show off the sparkly stuff, the new stuff, the final product. But just like anything else, the lead up is the most important part and what takes the most thought. So here are some of our favorite before and afters, which will hopefully give you the motivation to take on that next project with courage and inspiration!
Seems like forever and a day since we shut the marvelous gold door to tayla Mac Boutique at the end of it's renovation last winter. A project we hold near and dear to our hearts, mainly because owner Mikayla Parsons has been our biggest cheerleader and allowed us to get all crazy-creative time and again.
This space was so fun because of it's location in our sweet neighborhood of Wallingford Square, Kittery. An area with dynamic history and eye catching architecture, now stands as home to delicious restaurants and unique retail shops.
We knew after the first site visit there must be some real charm waiting to be uncovered and restored. And low and behold, it did not disappoint! Original tin ceilings with decorative egg and dart crown molding was found above the existing dropped ceiling.
We had high hopes for the wood floors, since the back office had the original narrow planks. But after peeling back multiple layers of subfloor we found that new floors would need to be laid. White oak was chosen for it's aesthetic and durability in a commercial setting, with a gray stain from Minwax.
The shop would be a mecca for American made goodies, so fixtures and displays were custom designed with curating in mind! Fine linen dresses from the coast of Maine, ceramics in punchy colors, hand-sewn totes, candles and soaps in moody packaging, unique jewels and witty greeting cards would be gracing the shelves of this sweet boutique.
Owning a small business should come with a handbook...and cliff notes (for those of us who would never actually read the handbook).
Chapter 1: Expanding a Day Beyond 24 Hours.
Chapter 2: How to Keep Your Tires Pumped Up While on Social Media.
Future publishing ideas aside, it seems we have completely neglected our potential blog audience over the past three years.
One of the sentences we hear most often regarding owning an interior design business is, "that must be so much fun - I'd love to do that." Now please don't misinterpret us here, there is SO much to love about our firm and the clients we work with. That being said, we are not doing cartwheels and throwing cash in the air, marveling at all things pretty. We hope to use our blog to take you on a magic carpet ride with us, showing you behind the scenes of this funny little business we've created. Forgive grammatical mistakes (when they aren't offensive), and know that we are always doing our best.
As the great Tina Fey said, "You have to let people see what you wrote. It will never be perfect, but perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring."