Diary of a Show House Designer: The End
The 2012 Junior League of Boston Show House officially ended on Sunday, November 18th, 2012. On that last Sunday, when the last of the visitors had left, the Junior League organizers held a final toast with the Show House designers. I was on my way to the airport for an extended Thanksgiving holiday and regrettably missed this toast. What a great way for my fellow designers and organizers to celebrate the Show House's success.
Yesterday I returned to the house to pack up. I put it off as long as I could. It's so sad to see the house, once so regally decorated and brimming with visitors and volunteers, stripped bare and hollow. All the work, all the excitement, and then only the walls to evidence what was there. It's always hard for good things to end.
I packed up all of the contents of my room that I could fit in my car. I'll have to make one more trip to move the remaining furniture. And then I walked around the house. The late afternoon sun, streaming through the house's several stained glass windows, created painterly highlights on the walls.
But for the most part, my tour was bittersweet. Spazio Rosso's Bathing Room, a tribute to art and glamour, decked floor to ceiling in silver-threaded drapes, lay bare, it's pivotal drum shade chandelier wrapped and fallow on the floor.
When good things come to an end, we still have the memories and the lessons we learned from the experience. For me, nothing beats the satisfaction of seeing a project successfully through to completion. Down to the last knick-knack and picture on the wall. And sharing that experience with other talented and similarly driven professionals. Show House does that for me. It makes all the anxiety worth it. But remind me of what I just said when I commit to the next one, whenever that may be.