“Give me a fireplace that looks entirely authentic and timeless. I also want a tv…BUT I don’t want to see it when it’s not in use!”
I can’t tell you how often we get this request. On first thought it may seem like a simple thing to do. I’ve heard: “you ARE a designer, so really, it should be easy for you”.
True, I am a designer. Have been for over a quarter century, and have designed 100’s (possibly 1000’s, but I haven’t counted) different fireplaces.
So I reach into the deep dark corner of my broom closet and pull out my magic wand, and with a couple swirls and …POUFF! - the perfect design appears on paper with all technical challenges resolved!!
PSA: Contrary to popular belief, designers DO NOT have a magic wand!
No matter how much experience we have, every space, every client, and every municipality has unique restraints, visions, and requirements we must take into consideration when conceiving and then testing the viability of the perfect plan.
Sometimes we go through 5 or 6 or 10 different iterations before we can be satisfied with the concept we present to our clients. That’s a lot of brain-churning thought process, combining the creative side of the brain with the technical side - making sure the idea is truly buildable (because we really hate when the contractor looks at it and says “this is impossible to build!”). Then, once we have a viable design that knocks your socks off visually, most often we need to figure out how it will fit a specific budget. I will say here, there are projects when budget is not as important as the result - but the reality is most everyone has an idea of what they are comfortable spending - and that may change before, during, and after the design process.
Sure, we make it LOOK easy.
That’s because this is our area of expertise. We SHOULD make it look easy. Because it’s what we do every day, and have done so for many many years. We are not accountants or lawyers or hair stylists - we wouldn’t be your go to for a stylish cut and color.
But if we can give you a magazine-cover worthy space that met your asks and blows away both you and your friends and family, well then maybe we do use a little fairy dust ✨💫✨ ...