Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
In THIS post, I asked Grant Gibson what a designer does with the old stuff. He responded generously. Here's what he had to say:
"First, I have to say the best thing is when you are just going about your day and checking your favorite blogs and you come across something and it happens to be your own work. Or in this case, directed right to me.
I think that my apartment is really more of a long story and how it all started. When I found it it was a disaster. You can see the whole HERE.
This was an interesting time in my life. I was in my mid-twenties, just really starting off in the design industry and I didn't have a trust fund or stack of cash to decorate my own space.
Is a designer's home ever really done? I can honestly say that I think that it will really never be done.
Does my first apartment (when I was 18 years old) look anything like my place now? No. Then my tiny (an adjective that doesn't even capture how minuscule) studio when I lived in NY was a whole other look as well. As was my first apartment that I lived in when I moved to San Francisco. Now I am saving all of my pennies to hope to buy a small house of my own.
As I mentioned it was a chance and a place for me to really experiment and I did think of it as a laboratory in a way. I could buy something from the flea market and re-do it.
I think that I kind of got into this "neo-classical" look and put my own twist on it.
I look back at the photos of it when it was published and I can't believe just how much stuff I packed into it. It really IS a small apartment. I think that I might have been addicted to "STUFF". Maybe it is because I have seen it published that I shutter when I think of what it looked like.
There is a part of me that says, "I already did that. Now I want something new." I am a designer after all. I am always looking and finding new things. I am actually not a really sentimental person when it comes to furniture.
I feel like I have grown as a designer and my styles have evolved. I think that this actually might be an ongoing process.
My new direction will seem slightly more age appropriate to me. Mixing styles a bit more. Playing with modern - but keeping pieces that I still love.
Maybe I think of it as a laboratory of a space because I can take some changes and make mistakes. The truth is that if something doesn't work for me, I might end up with it in my garage and it might end up sitting in the space for a while. I try not to force or make suggestions of things that I have done that haven't worked for me to clients. That seems kind of desperate. But I have something that I think that would work, I might make the suggestion.
My two One King's Lane sales were like a garage sale on steroids! It gave me a place to really look at things around my own house and pick and choose the things that I wanted to move on from and what pieces were important to me.
Craigslist can work to sell things. I have sold things on it before for sure. When I had a large office space and then moved to a smaller space, I ended up selling lots of craigslist. It was a lot of work and people that wanted things basically wanted to pay nothing for things.
Ebay is a bit better. It takes a good amount of time. Esty is also a great source. I have seen a lot of great pieces of furniture listed. This all takes time.
People have this incorrect idea (in most cases) that in selling an item they can expect to receive at least what thy paid for it. If you buy a sofa for $5,000 and then sit on it for a year and then decide that you don't like it, you would have to be crazy to think that it would still be worth the same amount. It's like driving a car off the lot. The value depreciates instantly. Things are worth what people will pay. You might think that it is worth more, but if someone isn't willing to pay what you want, then you are going to be stuck with it.
I do have a general rule. Buy what you love. You might fall out of love with it over time. When you buy out of desperation and try to force purchases, you really can end up with some bad choices."
Labels: interior designers
Friday, August 12, 2011
What do chronic redecorators do with the old stuff?
Grant Gibson is in the process of changing it all up:
He wrote on his blog, "I am making some changes (and am excited to share them with you in the upcoming months). Something fresh, with some more modern touches and a little bit more color. A new version of me. I think of my own apartment as a laboratory for experiments (far better to make mistakes at home vs. more costly ones with my clients)."
What becomes of the old stuff? Sell off to clients? Craigslist? Move to the basement? Give away? Tell me everything.
Labels: interior designers
Monday, August 8, 2011
Ah, Portland! My hometown. I was only there for a night to see my beloved Edie. But I was still able to hit my favorite spots, and to get caught up on the latest in Portland, and remind myself of all the goodness I am missing by living in boring Seattle:
Why didn't I think of this?? There are so many strip clubs in Portland, surely it was time someone combined it with other amusements and services, like karaoke. Or childcare.
And I guess this is really happening. It's like sexy-gym-time for cougars. I imagine a class full of Terri Hatcher lookalikes, slithering up and down the poles.