Thursday, September 14, 2006

Interior Design

It's so great meeting with Robin, she had everything all laid out for each room ready for me to look at right when I got there. Paint swatches, tiles, laminate chips, carpet, everything. I don't know about you, but I could spend a year wandering through a design showroom picking up samples of stuff I like and never actually getting anywhere. The problem isn't that I'm picky, it's exactly the opposite: I like everything. With the exception of hot pink and chartruese, there aren't really any colors that I could just cross off my list of paint possiblilities. I like tiles, I like stone, I like carpet, I like wood. There are a tiny number of things I just don't like, but that's maybe - MAYBE - 15% of the total available possibilities in the showroom. There's way more stuff that I can't afford than stuff I don't like.

And then there's putting stuff together so it looks like it was meant to go together. It's always been a mystery to me - if I like - really really like - all these things separately, why do they look so horrible when they're all in the same room? I can dress myself without making people laugh, but that's about as far as it goes.

So, anyhow, Robin not only lays out stuff that looks nice together, but she also checks everything first to make sure I can afford it. It's such a relief knowing I can pick from the options before me without having to constantly check the price tags.

So what did I pick? Well, it's pretty hard to describe colors in words. (Just ask my poor co-workers, I've been trying all day.) So instead of trying to tell you I'll get the actual color names or codes or whatever from Robin and post actual swatches here on the site in the next day or so. It's better for everyone that way, trust me.



Maryam in Marrakesh said...

That sounds like way, way too much fun!!! I have been trying to talk my husband into a designer to help us with decorating the place we are building in Marrakesh but he just thinks it is a waste of money. I, too, am paralyzed by the choices. AAAAAck!

addie said...

I would never have thought I would have/need a designer. But Robin and Mark actually include 30 hours of design assistance at no additional charge in all their construction bids. When we first hired them, I even thought "well, we won't need that, but it's free so who cares?"

Lets just say I've been converted. Design assistance RULES.