Allie first emailed me to help with her apartment April last year, right in the middle of the Gracie craziness and our move, but I hadn’t talked about it on the blog yet, so I vaguely told her I was too busy and sorry. After I clued everyone in to the situation, she kept in touch, sending sweet encouraging notes throughout our tough time. She wrote again after commentgate and told me she still would love to hire me if I were ever available. So then in February I told her I might be interested in starting some decorating again, and she signed up to take a ride on my crazy train.
I tell you this because I want you all (and Allie) to know how much I appreciate her. Her kindness during our tough times made me feel safe with her, and I was really nervous to start work again, and don’t know that I would have felt comfortable enough to dust off the fan deck with anyone else.
I didn’t know how I would be able to do e-services, and without my to the trade accounts, I wasn’t sure what I would be able to put together. I also had just been through the emotional ringer and was unsure whether or not I was ready to be accountable to anyone else besides our bubby, and anyway, that was a lot of words, but I am forever grateful to Allie for giving me the chance to experiment my new business plan with her, her patience and encouragement, and then the awesomeness with which she brought my vision to life.
Because that is the thing about edecorating, I am not there in person to execute or guide you. Which can have mixed results. But I think in the best case scenario, as with Allie, the client can take your advice and REALLY make it their own. Which, to me, can be a whole lot cooler when done well. And Allie did it well.
She had purchased some Cole&Sons wallpaper for the wall behind the bed, and that was going to be the big splurge in the room, everything else had to stay on a pretty tight budget and work with the wallpaper. This is the design board I sent her.
I also sent her a bunch of inspiration pictures and said like “Do this to your doors” “this is what the curtains should be” “hang your guitar” ”Get some baskets for your sweater tower.” Really inspirational and encouraging pearls.
Now let’s zoom out on the situation.
That chandelier is awesome, and a total bargain.
Now THAT is a cozy biscuit. She already had the Euros, but we didn’t want it to get too matchy matchy, so we mixed it up with some monogram pillows, a comforter cover from John Robshaw, and a boudoir from Porthault. I love that it looks so cozy and pulled together, but not overly designed.
One of my favorite items in the room are the vintage owl lamps I found her.
Hey Mr. Wise Ol’ Owl! They sit atop bedside tables from Urban Outfitters that are also v. reasonable.
And if you are thinking to yourself, as I was, “My, these are some lovely photographs” you have the homeowners boyfriend, Raven Koehler to thank for that. Thank you, Raven! And if you are in the New York area and want to hire Raven his best contact is email@example.com
So thank you Allie, for giving me the kick in the pants I needed to start working again. And for doing such an amazing job, and being a pleasure to work with.
If anyone wants to hire me, I currently have a wait list, but email me PeppermintBliss@Gmail.Com to get yourself on it!