As a decorator who entered the field after a full career as a photographer, I never had the opportunity to intern or work with another designer. I often wondered how other designers conducted business. How did they structure their day? What was their contract like? What procedures and steps did they follow once a job was secured?
Over the past few years I have run my business the best way I knew how but in all honesty, I have been somewhat loosey goosey as far as procedure goes. Well that is a thing of the past because last week I flew to Atlanta to learn from the super successful, top designer Kimberley Seldon.
Kimberley has made it her mission to change the way the majority of designers conduct business (too many hours logged for not enough money earned). The core of her program is a 15 step client process to guarantee a project will be completed on budget and on time. Shocking right??
I highly recommend you check out her next class but in the mean time, you can pick up her new book which is the next best thing.
On a side note, travel is my biggest source of inspiration and I always look for colors, patterns, subjects or light that catches my eye. Unfortunately, all I saw of Atlanta was the airport and hotel but here are a few things that I thought were photo worthy.
Love this color palette and lighting I saw late afternoon at Atlanta airport.
Looking down from the 9th floor was this wonderful image of color and pattern.
Early morning when the sun came streaming through the window there was about 10 seconds when the elevator door opened and you could see all the way through. I thought it was cool but maybe it is just me.
On a design note, my favorite thing about the Embassy Suites (besides the free cocktail hour) was the black and white graphic wallpaper and these red leather slipper chairs. I don’t know how I feel about the carpet as it made me a little queasy (of course that was after cocktail hour) but I am sure it would hide just about any stain you could spill on it.
If you have a project you would like finished on time and on budget, give me a call…I have a great 15 step process!