Mill Valley Magic – Behind the Scenes

While doing some research for Wednesday’s post, I came across some progress pictures that got me thinking. They are shared by Clayton Woodworks Carpentry of San Francisco and give us a glimpse into the great amount of work that goes into a project like this before we can admire the glossy shots published in our favorite magazines.

It’s easy to imagine that the business of interior design is a glamorous one, one that consists of endless shopping trips with clients, selecting colors and playing around with pretty fabrics. But the reality is very different. While it’s true that the design process itself is fun and exciting, it is also true that it only represents a small fraction of the job. The rest is a delicate balancing act between many different trades and vendors, project managing and coordinating craftsmen and artisans, dealing with unexpected setbacks and deadlines, constant trouble shooting. And then there’s that budget.

And while architects and designers can create beautiful drawings and mood boards and interior plans for their clients, it takes a lot of hard work and skill to implement those creative ideas. So this post is dedicated to all of those talented people behind the scenes, from vendors, contractors, paperhangers, seamstresses, and other artisans, and of course project managers, whose names often get forgotten (if ever mentioned) because they are the people that make any beautifully imagined home come to life!

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  1. January 11, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Hi Eva,
    So true what you said about being an interior designer. It is a great job, but boy it comes with a lot of tough tasks. I always explain my clients about ‘my job’ so they know there is more involved than just picking colours and materials. I also tell them ‘there will be setbacks and dissappointments’ along the way….be prepaired.
    And it is true….10% is the really fun part, the rest is management.
    Very seldom do designers speak out about how they experience their work or open up on their strategies on how to succeed in a project.
    I am glad you did and I totally agree.
    Great job done on the house in this post!
    Best Ron van Empel/ The Netherlands , a new subscriber to your blog.
    I used to be a full time interior designer, now part time. My passion for lighting is now my core business.

    • Eva Contreras
      January 12, 2018 / 10:53 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Ron! xo, Eva

  2. Mary
    January 13, 2018 / 6:14 am

    Thankyouthankyouthankyou! I loved seeing the details close up; the beautiful sofa fabric in the living room, the blue kitchen ceiling, the ticking stripe in the upstairs hallway and the lamp cords on the dining room table. She and Gil Schaefer are giving a talk at the antique show in Nashville in February and I’m seriously thinking about going!

    • Eva Contreras
      January 13, 2018 / 7:15 am

      Thank you, Mary!!! I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

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