I had big plans on doing a thought provoking New Year's post, but got too busy doing actual work today! And, I am very, very grateful for that! As I posted earlier this week, am working on several projects that all ganged up on me right at the end of the year and I am feeling hopeful that a busy end of year means a busy new year!
So far this week I've worked up these plans for a family room:
These plans for the Bachelor Pad in Cambridge:
And we're getting ready to do the final install for a little girl's fantasy bedroom that includes this bed:
Busy, busy. And, after the last 2-3 years we've had, I am incredibly grateful! Grateful to have several great projects with wonderful clients who respect my word and vision, but are also very clear about what they want. I love working in true collaboration with clients and have come to realize that I could never be the designer who creates and plan and presents it to the client as complete. I want to let my designs develop organically and leave the clients feeling that they own the designs as much as I do.
Speaking of grateful - I wanted to send a shoutout to my compatriots at The Skirted Roundtable - Joni and Megan without whom I'd be a sad voice in the wilderness. They are the best partners for this adventure and I am so proud to have started something that is still going on after nearly two years (note to self: change the blog banner - it will be two years in April!). Stay tuned for our first interview coming in the new year: Suzanne Rheinstein! I am so grateful to all our listeners and commenters for sticking with us. We're not professional reporters and I know we sometimes ramble - so we appreciate you.
I'd also like to thank all those who regularly read ::Surroundings:: - my posting has been spotty this year due to external commitments and the need to, you know, make money. And I know I've been sadly a bad blog world citizen when it comes to posting comments on other blogs. I read the posts, I can assure you. But I promise to be better! So, I appreciate all the kind words and encouragement. It means more than I can say.
Paris: The Luminous Years documentary on PBS last evening and highly recommend it! A little academic, but still, it has beautiful images, music and, of course, Paris! A great way to usher in the new year!
Wishing you all the best and a Happy New Year! I am off to spend the evening on Cape Cod with a friend eating stuffed lobster, drinking champagne and enjoying a Craig Ferguson movie marathon. A friend, knowing of my undying love for that smart and sexy Scotsman of late night tv, gave me the complete collection of Craig's movies for Christmas. Yum! And tomorrow, I start the dreaded diet. Like millions of others. But the need is great and I'm hoping my will power will be as well!
Happy New Year friends!
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