It has been so long since I have written, but hi there! Things have been so busy in this industry that most of us are barely keeping our heads above water! I just wanted to say a quick “hello” and tell you about our new location. We are now on Main Street in downtown Franklin, right across from Starbucks. If you’re familiar with the clothing store Finnleys, we are right next to them. We are available by appointment these days, because we are often out on jobsites. The new place is looking great and the move was a fun time to update kitchen samples to reflect what we’re up to at the moment. I’ll have pictures soon, as well as pictures of the many projects we’ve been working on. I have a hard time keeping up on getting photos of everything, but soon this website will have a new look and there will be lots of new pictures here.
Things are always evolving for us and being updated (kind of like our house, which sees more than its fair share of designing and redesigning…it’s kind of my design lab). Plus, we’re working on custom builds from start to finish (from architecture to table settings!), plus several kitchens and baths, and a few whole-house remodel projects. We’re taking on a lot more long-term projects now and are having to say no to smaller projects just to keep our sanity. After all, there are only so many hours in the day, and they seem to go by a lot faster since I turned 40 last year (in my mind I’m 28 so it’s hard to believe). I think that’s because each hour is a smaller fraction of your life once you get older. For my youngest, who is 10, one year is a much bigger chunk of his life than it is of mine. I think that must be it.
Dave has been so busy as well, and is also not taking on smaller projects these days. He works as a contractor half the time (for my design jobs) and the rest of the time he is my design assistant, helping me get done whatever I need to get done (anyone want to answer tons of phone calls and texts? Yeah, me neither). We also have our design assistant, Amanda, who is now handling the smaller jobs like a pro rather than doing errands for me, which is so helpful. We are so thankful to have the extra hands and she’s doing a terrific job. If you’re doing an interior design job that isn’t an entire house but still want to work with us, we may be able to fit you in with Amanda (still supervised by us). Otherwise, we’re trying to prioritize clients who are doing large projects and specifically want to work with us. I try to tell people who come in that if there is someone else they are checking out, they should go with them instead so we can keep what’s on our plate manageable and support others.
Hope everyone is doing well! Can you believe it’s one year into this pandemic? So much has changed. For us, the appointment-only thing, started by the pandemic, helps a lot because it allows me to be a lot more involved in the design process. There are so many things to be decided on-site, and it’s helpful to not be stuck staffing so I can make on-the-job decisions. Hope there are some positive things for you from this pandemic as well!
Our new office is taking shape and we’ll be out of the old place on 2nd Avenue by the end of April. There will be a church there instead, and I’m hoping they’ll let us keep a “we moved” sign up for a bit so if anyone forgets we moved, they’ll know where to go. I was too busy working and moving to remember to publicize this much, but since we’re appointment only now, hopefully anyone coming will be told over the phone or email. As always, contact us if you have any questions or want to discuss a project! Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form.