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Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Bad Client

I have one client that I hate working with.  She is incapable of making a decision and sticking with it.  She is unable to define her own style or design preferences.  One day she's a modern gal and the next she's a little bohemian but all the while with a penchant for Louis XV.  She has champagne taste on a beer budget and she has even been known to wake me up in the middle of the night with a design related question.  In case you haven't yet deduced, the client is me.

When I work with "other" clients I am concise, organized and very efficient.  Not so much when I'm working for myself.  Case in point.  I am trying to redecorate our living room.  Nothing big. No structural work or large furniture purchases.  Just some simple fabric selections, a lick of paint and a few additional accessories.  So what's the problem?  Largely and primarily I can't decide on a colour scheme and stick with it.  Here are a few examples of palettes that have struck my fancy lately.












So while it's clear that I'm in a blue state of mind, it's the exact blue and the accent colour that changes hourly.

Today I came across this amazing wallpaper company and I fell instantly in love with this wallpaper.
and I thought about how great would look with this fabric.  I actually found this fabric today at our crumby Fabricland but I see that I can buy the pillows already made at a cute etsy shop

and this fantastic ikat pillow that I won last month from Lisa's blog.  You'll see all the goodies I won when my living room is finished.


Since our entire main floor has coved ceilings, it's not really possible to wallpaper walls and it's kind of a good thing since this wallpaper retails for over $100 per roll (again with the champagne taste!).  I was planning to use the wallpaper for creating a back to a currently backless display unit.  After reflecting on its loveliness I have decided that the effect of the paper would be completely lost with all the display items stacked in front of it and have decided instead on this.


So, guess where I am?  Right back at square one with my mad love for blue and nowhere else to go with it.

34 comments:

  1. Your first paragraph is hilarious!

    I do the same thing. I'm trying to learn to be more patient and wait for the "ah-ha" moments. It's hard to wait but easier to get things done with that moment hits!

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  2. I have had a few of those clients!! The best way I have found to deal with them is to let them know about my "Change Order" part of my contract. Once I do faux finish samples, any major color changes, etc. will cost them $75 and up. It usually convinces them to make a decision rather quickly and stick to it!

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  3. Too funny! I'm like that too, though. When I'm shopping with my BFF, I can quickly stop her with a "No, put that down," but I'm hemming and hawing over my own selections. Love the wallpaper you've chosen for the back of the bookcase. The first one was a beauty, but I agree, it'd be lost behind your stuff. I could see it looking fab framed up in panels, though. Can't wait to see what you end up going with.

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  4. At first I was thinking, what...then I caught on! Yes, I sometimes like too many directions...and have had a few of these clients myself! Janell

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  5. I feel your pain!! I'm the hardest to please, most fickle-minded client i have! With other clients I can take the emotion out of the equation, but with my own spaces, it's the emotion that rules, and that changes with the hour! Why don't you let your readers help you?

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  6. oh my the cushions are so gorgeous! I love the orange one with all the lines :)

    Come follow my blog :)

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  7. The cushions are so pretty and the orange one would definitely go well with the wall paper.

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  8. AMEN, AMEN....triple AMEN on the "beer budget" problem....I love the blue direction you are going...the second color combo is my fav..FYI, your KARATE chop on that Ikat pillow is perfect!!!

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  9. I wonder if anyone is NOT their own worst client? I've been wrestling with my living room for MONTHS and fear I will never crack the code. You are looking somewhat consistent at least, right?

    Does the blog give you incentive to figure it out? I find that the need for content gets me to finish things more quickly.

    Heather

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  10. I know! We are our worst enemy! Love all your fabric choices - that fabric is at Fabricland???What? They are so hit and miss. If you see fabric you love snap it up right away. I learned the hard way with my Lucy Eden fabric {I blogged about it yesterday} Does your landlord let you wallpaper? Mine doesn't - sniff. Looking forward to you working your magic. Also, I am feeling like a thrift store hunt urge coming on - interested?

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  11. Hi Carol, I was watching the Nate show yesterday and he put big pieces of wallpaper on the wall and then framed it with molding like it was art. Just a thought. Especially with the coved ceilings and the rental it might work to get a touch of your wall paper in the space.

    I also have issues. One day I'm cottage/beachy, the next I'm romatic french country. I'm really all over the map some days.

    Love your bright colour harmonies and the fabric is beautiful!

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  12. I'm still giggling about your bad client...so cute and funny...I'm pretty sure I am my worst design enemy as well! That second color palette reminds me of the scheme in my living room...I'm a blue kind of gal myself (if you couldn't tell from my *all* blue pillow collection) and I just always seem to gravitate to it! All I have to say is I'm glad you are the one making the decision and I just get to sit back and look at the lovely "after" pictures (c:

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  13. I here you Carol!! I think because you are exposed to so much being a designer it makes decisions very difficult. It happens to me all the time. I am a blue girl all the way and so I varied my scheme from blues with hits of yellow in my family room to blue with hits of orange in my living room/dining room. I am also redecorating my living room and it took forever to narrow down the accent colour and finally went with orange! Can't wait to see what you decided;)

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  14. A lawyer should never represent himself and a doctor should never treat herself. So why do we (and by 'we' I am very loosely including myself for lack of training/experience/confidence)design-interested people insist on designing for ourselves?

    But you are right to stick with your true love: Blue!

    I so hear you. Really I do!

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  15. Reading dozens of blogs every day probably doesn't help with your dilemma either, does it? I think everyone reading this has had those moments.

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  16. You could still do the orange pillow with that blue if you wanted!

    But like everyone else, I relate!! Sometimes I drive myself nuts with my place. Pretty much everything I have is up in the air right now. It's exhausting. I guess that's why its good to have design friends :)

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  17. THAT...was funny! I think we all have that problem.....I know I do :)

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  18. Oh that's so me too! You're funny :) And I totally saw that orange print at Fabricland the other day too... so shocking!

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  19. Hahaha. I KNOW this problem a little too personally. Sometimes I wish I could fire myself from decision-making duty, forever.

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  20. this post makes me chuckle. i especially like the "champagne taste on a beer budget". i can totally relate!

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  21. Carol, being in this business gives us too many options. You sound like the rest of us. We see all these beautiful things and the reality only a few will work in our own homes with our own budgets!!! Since so much thought is done on our own projects the results usually are long lasting if that is any consolation?!!! Good luck
    By the way thank you for leaving a comment over at Karens blog on my interview, it was a fun collaboration, Kathysue

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  22. LOVE your blog, glad i ran into it! xox

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  23. Loving the black and white pillow!! Very chic and modern! :)

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  24. I knew immediately that you were referring to yourself:-). Sounds alot like me. You'll figure it out though:-)

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  25. I hear ya...takes me a LONG time to make decisions (much to my hubby's chagrin). I totally thought you were bad mouthing a real client for a minute and I was like...what is going on here?? haha

    I adore that first wall paper...it's so cute, and I like the combo with the orange - as long as it's not too much of a rust/fall orange. That's my 2 cents. Maybe you can add in some orange accents in front of the new wall paper choice? that would tie in with the pillow as well.

    LOVE that black and white pillow you won (!!). Can't wait to see more decisions.

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  26. Oh girl, I feel this way every other day! I feel like I'm constantly asking myself what my style is... how I can make everything I love more cohesive... But I have to be honest- I love the blue! I'm sure if you start there, with what you love, you'll get it right : ) Gorgeous wall paper, by the way!

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  27. This is a dilema with so many because of all the beautiful styles, colors, decorative accents and furniture, it can get so confusing. I know I do all the time and I end up taking forever complete my space. I can't wait to see what you do with yours!

    Sherry

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  28. Beautiful wallpaper! That's an excellent inspiration point to start from. I'm constantly changing my style/look too, it's the worst when a room is near finished and you want nothing more than to start over!

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  29. I think we are so in tune with whats the latest and greatest that it's hard for us to focus. BUT, if you keep it all simple (and with your MAD skills at being able to change stuff) then i think its okay to do some blue for now and in 6 months change your mind to orange. take the leap my friend, take the leap!!! LOL

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  30. So funny, I think just go with your gut on that one. If you love blue then go with blue, with simply accent colors. In a years time, if you last that long, then just change it up!

    I love all your color choices..

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  31. I so sympathize! At least you only have to decide on the little things, as opposed to more expensive furniture purchases....that should make it easier in theory, right? :) Good luck!

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  32. I totally understand! It's so hard to decide sometimes! Some rooms come together faster than others. I really love the second color palette! It reminds me a lot of our house with a little more grey!

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  33. Carol,
    I feel the same way, I have no clue what type of design I love :(
    I am sure what ever you decide will be beautiful!
    Cheers!
    Shelly xo

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