Diary of a Show House Designer: Mission Accomplished?
Today the 2012 Junior League of Boston Show House officially opens. My work is done, at least for now. The mad scramble to finish the room; the racing around to get knick-knacks to fill voids; the last minute touches like plants and flowers are complete. Now I just maintain the space, attend Designer Days and wait and see.
It seemed for many weeks that either nothing or very little was happening at the house. But around four weeks before the Preview Party, which was this past Saturday, everything came alive. Contractors routinely moved in and out of the house like factory workers. Late night messaging to my contractor and electrician was frequent. And in the final week of preparations, seeing such a miraculous transformation of once boring and ordinary interiors made all the anxiety worth it.
I'm delighted with the way my room turned out. Of course, the more I look at the room, the more I find things that I would reconsider if I could. But I'm a perfectionist and my own worst enemy. On Press Days and at the Preview Party, it seemed that the highlights of my space were the built-ins and dropped ceiling. I'm proud of those features. They were costly, but added an architectural dimension beyond the purely decorative. Another remark I liked getting was how calming the room seemed. That, in spite of bold gestures I added in color and pattern. Mission accomplished? You be the judge.