A day in the life...
This past Wednesday, intern Allie and I headed to Birmingham for several meetings. The day started about 15 mins late and without Starbucks...generally a necessity for any type of road trip. Sweet Allie replied to emails for me the whole way there while I booked it to B'ham.
First meeting was at one of our favorite B'ham projects, pics below. The weekly construction meeting with Carey Hollingsworth
(awesome architect), BR BC
(builder) and precious clients to discuss cabinetry elevations, lighting, finish schedules, etc. went great. Everyone left the meeting and headed off to fun Fourth of July weekend plans. We, instead, headed off to lunch at Starbucks (finally got my caffeine) and then to Elegant Earth.
is one of our favorite vendors and lucky for us, they are just an hour and a half away in Birmingham. This great company produces some heavy products and shipping can be pretty pricy. Since I have a mini bus (suburban, and I do mean "bus" since I cart 2 babies around daily), I can generally fit our order in the back. If the timing is right and we happen to have a meeting in B'ham when our order is ready, we save a chunk on the shipping cost if I pick it up. So, second stop: Elegant Earth.
These pics below crack me up... So, what you see here is a vintage chandelier (from a client's house that I refused to let her toss) riding in the base of the infant carrier with the "potty duck" and client bin below. Next pic is the lovely potty duck (total necessity with a 2 year old...goes with us everywhere) riding on top of the nicely packed Elegant Earth order. No, that isn't trash in the back...Elegant Earth uses bags of hay as their packaging for their pieces. So we are riding along smelling like farm animals live in the back seat.
Next stop is a sweet client's newly purchased house on Shades Crest Road. Lots of changes happening here. We met the contractor from Twin Construction
and reviewed bathrooms and kitchen drawings and finish selections for the renovations. Pics below.
Last stop...the side of the interstate. We have a sweet client who has been patiently waiting for a pair of floor lamps for weeks. Well, the driver came to the studio before we opened Wednesday morning to deliver and we missed him. I called to see when he could come back by he said it would be days or weeks and that he was headed to Birmingham. Nice coincidence. So he met me on the side of the interstate to unload his truck into mine. Anything to make a client happy... Thank goodness for a big vehicle. This is our friendly toothless trucker and the view from inside the ole suburb. And, that might be infant formula shoved inside the client bin in the front seat. Sweet Allie may never ride with me again.
By the end of the day, we accomplished a good bit and had some pretty good laughs. For all of you who think interior design is glam...this was a quick look at an average day in the life. Totally fun and always something new and different for every day, but glam isn't exactly how I would describe it. This day we were stuck with dirty boxes and smelling like a farm with a few fun client meetings mixed in.
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