Last week, we installed one of our biggest projects ever, shot it for the book, and revealed it to our clients with Michael Franck and the team at Franck & Lohsen (some of the nicest, most talented architects ever!) and Mike Carr of CarrMichael Construction.  Our clients have been waiting for so long to get to this point, and to see their faces as they walked through the house was amazing.  It’s got to be my favorite part of this job.  When you work on a project from the ground up for this long (almost a year and a half) you sort of eat, sleep, and breathe it (Seriously, I dream about it) so to get to this point was a huge milestone.  There’s a second phase in the works, so there’s still a lot to be done, but to get to finally see the implemented vision that so many people have poured so much into for so long is extremely satisfying.  My clients are now working on moving in and getting settled as the dust literally settles.


{“Before” on Install Day 1 Morning}

This house and my clients’ style is completely different from anything we’ve ever done before and it’s been SO MUCH FUN.    The color palette is insane in a beautiful way – blues, greens, chartreuse, amber, silver, turquoise and red- and I’ve been dreaming of it all weekend long.  Working in all different types of styles stretches me so much creatively and keeps things exciting for me.   This house would have come out 100 different ways for 100 different people and it’s the client’s style that most drives any design.

{Layered rugs in the living room}


It was also our FINAL shoot for the book (wohoo!!!) and that is surreal.   Photo shoots have been our lives for the past few months and to be “done” just doesn’t seem possible.  Am going to miss seeing Helen Norman (Our crazy talented photographer and friend) but not the running around.   I’m now looking at the first pass layout of the book!!  (I didn’t know what this was originally so for anyone who doesn’t, it’s your book, printed out in the actual size on paper – not bound- for review and editing.)  I’ve been working on it all weekend.  I cannot sing the praises of my book designer, Sarah Gifford, highly enough.  She has put together such a visually stunning book and I’m kind of flipping out.  I’m now working on adding in the photos from our final two shoots, finalizing captions, and editing.  We still haven’t settled on a cover but I’ll keep you posted.  Dying for that piece to fall into place!! 🙂

I’m due to have the baby in a month (April 30th) and I can’t believe how quickly the time’s flown.  On one hand I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever but on the other hand it feels like it’s been so quick.  I am SO excited to take time off to be with the new baby.  I cannot WAIT to meet this little thing!!!  I have no idea if I’ll have the baby a couple weeks early (like I did with #1) or a couple weeks late (like I did with #3) … so  I feel like my due date is a month long!!

{FYI- A fairly good angle to take a pregnancy pic from because I’m MUCH more massive in person}

I’m hoping he/she hangs in there long enough to get the book off to print and so I can be around for our last few design presentations at work.  We also have some really cool projects coming up that I can’t wait to share with you!!  Speaking of cool projects, this year’s DC Design House is opening to the public on April 12th in McLean, so if you’re local, stop by & check it out- it looks like a gorgeous home with lots of talented local designers!!


{the 2015 DC Design House}

I’m off to finish up my edits, but hope you’re having a good Monday!!  (is that possible?? 😉