A client asked our design team recently, after reading our blog post, Place Dauphine: A before and after Renovation, “Wow, how do you get all these great gigs?” We’re the first to tell you that we pinch ourselves when these come through, because they are great gigs, and we love doing them. But how does it happen when we are an ocean away? And how can we pull off the final reveal in just a few days? And what makes a great gig anyway?
It takes lots of planning, a wonderful client who shares a million pictures along the way and has faith that it will all come together, some trusted vendors in the U.S. who help us navigate the perils of metric conversions, and an amiable hometown airline, who lets us carry on multiple bags of heavy home furnishings! Oh, and did we mention, a little vision and a lot of brawn? And, in the case of Place Dauphine, strong legs that got stronger with our Parisian workout, running up and down seven flights of stairs. (The beautiful elevator was installed, by the way, but not until AFTER we finished our job!)
So here is a glimpse of the process, from the early visits to the many emails back and forth with our client, to the final install (which included 41 pillows stuffed into multiple bags on Delta!).
After this, we started a long back and forth via email, sending inspirational images, and loads and loads of pictures of furniture selection.
Fast forward two more weeks, and we returned to Paris, armed with 41 pillows, a suitcase filled with decorative objects, books and anything else we could fit in at the last minute. When we arrived, our client had done the bulk of the work, and it looked great. With a few more adjustments, some furniture rearranging and the placement of accessories, it went from great to fabulous, within three days.
Great gigs or great digs?
We do get great gigs, and we are grateful for these extraordinary opportunities. But the truth is, whether it’s Paris, London, San Francisco, New York or Decatur, Georgia, what we really love is to see how the confluence and editing of art and design can make such an impact on any interior — and how that impacts the homeowner. We are passionate about what we do because we love to see how beautiful digs can make our clients happy. Our latest project is a small apartment for an Emory medical student, which we find just as exciting and sexy as what we’ve done in Paris. So although we love to travel and love great gigs, it really all comes down to the fun of working with appreciative clients who love great digs!
PS: Our AHA moment this past week was when Molly, Meg’s lovely college age daughter, introduced us to a new podcast: Girlboss radio! So fun (and inspiring). Listen to it and share your girl boss moment with us!