How was your weekend? Did you stay cool and take on a box or two from your stash of stuff?
I had a friend visit from Steamboat Springs, CO. We tried taking a selfie (I wanted to share) but could NOT get a good one--hee,hee it was fun trying, though! So, I will just report that we laughed a lot, ate salad and french fries and salad and chocolate (two separate meals), shopped and went for a long hike. Super Fun!
Today I’m thrilled to share a work in progress from a session that Kelly and I had with a new client a few weeks ago. After one session, we already have amazing “Before” and “After” pics to show you!
So, ‘Ms. Nameless’ called me for design. She really wanted to freshen up her living room and dining room, and someday wanted to tackle remodeling the kitchen. She showed me her condo--a really cute place with tons of potential--but never showed me THE BASEMENT!
The next call from her was “a confession”... She said something like this, “I had dinner with my family, they know about your work, and they were surprised that we were starting with design because...to tell you the truth, I have a BASEMENT SITUATION that needs help before I do anything else. I moved into this place 11 years ago, retired 5 years ago and there are boxes down there that are still taped up from the move.”
I was soooooo excited for her! We discussed the benefits of taking on the clutter first and made an appointment to get started. Because, really folks, if you start designing or decorating with no plans for beauty from the inside out, you will only be getting partial benefits AND results. As Bob Hoffman once said, “If you have a pile of crap and put whipped cream on it, you still have a pile of crap!” So, let’s get to work!
Ms. Nameless warned us of a “creepy corner (or two)” in the basement, but we were not dissuaded from venturing down--nice try! In fact, we couldn’t wait to get started so she could feel better as soon as possible.
Long story short (Or as my husband says, “short story long”) in only ONE afternoon we have this to show for our team effort:
Kelly is scheduled to return in a few weeks to continue going through the boxes on the shelves clearing the tool/hardware/paint section and the holiday section. We are hoping Ms. Nameless’ daughter <ahem, you know who you are!> will also join us that day to take care of her belongings now neatly stacked on one side of the basement :)
Here’s what we took out of the basement that afternoon:
1 car full of shredding
4 car fulls of donation items
1 car full of garbage/recycling
AHHHHH! Now she can breathe again, find her stuff for the pool and start to wiggle free of the nagging “basement” monster!
Ms. Nameless says she was so inspired that she took another load to the donation center the day after--can’t wait to see the final shots of this great big success story!
Lots of Love,
PS: If you’re free Wednesday night and are interested in some “Closet Magic”, join me at the Velvet Button Boutique, 1925 Monroe St. for a Free Event with refreshments and door prizes! All you have to do is email: the firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know you are coming! Excited to see you there!