When you think you’ve planned enough dinner parties, hosted many guests and your house is pretty well designed , you think it shouldn’t be too hard to pull it together again for another round of guests. Think again!. Well…I encourage you to think again.
I have gone through this so many times and still struggle with giving myself enough time to master the details and most importantly, enjoy the process. It’s typical for me to get bogged down in cleaning, buying food and other necessary details; then I feel really rushed, not well put together and frustrated with myself for not taking the time for the little things that make me happy.
In this case, Smid was asked by The Design Network (OMGEEEEEE!) to come and feature the house on a new series they are piloting, The Design Smackdown. We are really excited about this feature. And truth be told, when I first learned about it, I thought everything in the house was nearly feature ready and just needed a quick clean and a few toys put away. Then I caught myself as I did a walk through of the house with Chris, my design assistant. I was WAY too relaxed!! The walls were all filthy, the kids book cart all tousled, the shower head looked like it died 5 years ago and my closet….A MESS. No self respecting designer would leave their closet looking this way. My powder room had things I had been thinking about changing for well over a year, but just had not prioritized the redesign because I have been prioritizing clients. I had empty fruit bowls everywhere and the front door entry plants were half dead.
We had our work cut out for us and had to start right away.
Now I am not sharing all the changes we made because you’d be here all day reading through the list. I just thought it would be nice to share one of the rooms that we spruced up with very important details, the ones that make me happy. But, here is what was different this time, I styled it, ‘jushed’ it all the day before. And it was fun. Really fun! It’s the first time that I’ve been able to enjoy the process for my own home in a really long time. When your planning your next get together, dinner party, or whenever you want to put your house’s ‘best foot’ forward, I highly recommend starting earlier-start a lot earlier than you think you need.
*Photos by @superchris77