Frugal Friday: Decorating Principle # 6 & # 7
Couture Chateau Decorating Principle # 6: You must choose something inexpensive but well designed and display it
This is a fun one – and I share it on Frugal Friday because more often than not, I will set a price limit that is WAY below the Client’s comfort zone
The purpose? 3 Fold:
1. To DEVELOP a Client’s eye
2. To teach a Client “no apologizing” for the price of ANY item
(if it’s right, it’s right, no matter the price)
3. To have some FUN
Client Q has exquisite taste
Endows. Founds. Donates. Leads.
Is Gracious. Quiet. Unassuming.
Is not wasteful in the least
Client Q does not venture into the ‘Everyday Marketplace’ to purchase decorative items for their home
Why on earth would I ask this of them?
See # 1 through # 3 above
As a Decorator, I want my Client to:
a) really SEE something as well designed not just as designer approved
b) render something appropriate for their home decor
c) look for value in the everyday marketplace
d) be confident enough to buy it themselves
e) be confident enough to display it properly themselves
We don’t live with Clients after the project is completed
Items will be added over time, moved, get broken, need to be replaced…
Which leads me to Couture Chateau Design Principle # 7: A Great Decorator equips
See a) through e) above
Best way I can describe this:
Have you ever read a quote, examined antiques, seen a movie – anything and thought “oh, I get it”
Then something happens
You suddenly realize you JUST really “got it”
That you thought you knew before, but you hadn’t
Head Knowledge versus Heart Knowledge
Now you understand it in your Heart
The concept or knowledge has been revealed to you, uncovered to you in a new and lasting way.
You really DO “get it” now
THAT is precisely what we are after with these 2 Principles
Because with Head + Heart knowledge, revealed truths, even if they revolve around a $100 or $1,000 decorative item, a Client is equipped
And it is so much fun
What do I love most?
When Clients call 6 months after project completion to share their purchase for Guest Room # 4!
“Ann, you would be so proud of me! I bought a lovely, appropriate, well designed vase for my guests’ fresh bedside flowers that was under $1,000…”
It’s all relative 😉
I smile. Am grateful for the process.
It blesses me.
“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™
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