Saturday Sunshine: My Designer Friends Inspire Me at High Point Furniture Market, Fall 2012

Saturday Sunshine: My Designer Friends Inspire at High Point Furniture Market, Fall 2012

Yup – Market. 10 Miles a Day Walking, No sleep & enough visual stimulation to last a lifetime.

And ahhh…that commercial flo light. Gag.

Love it. Hate it. Love it. Need it. Truth?….LOVE IT.

Here’s what makes it work.

Collaboration even in the lighthearted “Style Spotter” Competition

The Design Community is COLLABORATIVE.

Here are the Fall 2012 Spotters. This pic was copied from The Editor At Large, one of the Design Community’s GO TO Resources. Link here. Hummm…another one of those “Collaborative Types” eh?!

Really.

As a friend of mine said: “It’s not my Land”

Stacy Naquin’s Blog

She, Stacy Naquin, that is.

What CONTEXT would someone possibly utter the words: “It’s not my Land”

Set Scene:  Airport. Heart to heart discussion after a Master Mind Collaboration.

This Lovely Lady Tobi Fairley has developed a Master Mind Program for Designers which is collaborative and impressive. I would not be where I am without her.

Discussion Item: Competing with other Designers for Clients, Commissions, Jobs…Raw bones of it?…MONEY…

And Stacy said…it’s ok…because “If it’s not ‘my Land’…it’s not ‘my Land'”

She nailed it.

Aha Moment: The right Clients, Commissions, Jobs come at the right time to the Designers they are supposed to come to. It’s this weird process. A mixture of business (of course) but…it’s more than that…provenance?…not quite…destiny?…sometimes….

In my heart I had known it all along. There have been many times I have CALLED other Designers to “pass along” a Client who would not be a fit for us at Couture Chateau. I have also been on the receiving end of those calls when a Friend – a Collaborator in this Business called Design – said “please…this is NOT a fit for me…”

Design work is like a marriage – or a “significant other” type thing. Clients & Designers: We are in each others spaces – in each others “stuff”…

And is HAS to be right. At least if you want the best. For yourself AND for your Clients.

We look at the same fabric and “SEE” different product – different rooms – different things.

We see OUR custom.

If you don’t believe…just look at Pinterest. We take pictures of the same pieces – but capture different nuances…

Here are Traci Zeller & Stacy Naquin at last Market. I count both as collaborative friends.

Hang out with us over the next few days. See what’s new. Follow our Pinterest Board for Market where we will collaboratively collect, re-pin, share & delight in design.

See what’s back IN that was OUT that is still IN our homes because we never changed it when it went OUT…(!)…ahem…BRASS…and laugh at the thought that all those (us) CREATIVES are linked together in one place…changing the world one “Devil Wears Prada Cerulean Blue Belt at a Time”…

Cerulean (also caerulean) = a color. How could I ever forget the scene that stole my heart…

Live a custom life. There is only one you.™

xo Ann

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