By now you know that my proposal was chosen for the sunroom in the designer showhouse. Woohoo! The project that came out of nowhere, at just the right time, is coming to fruition!
I attended several designer meetings with the talented group of folks who are transforming the rooms of this beautiful estate into refreshed works of art. I asked questions and gained some insight through others who have participated in showhouses in the past.
There were some things that I assumed, and other things I learned. One of the biggest realizations was that anything I needed for my space would either have to be donated, loaned, or paid for out of my pocket. Hmmm... I guess I'll have to figure that out.
Since I'm a small business, I would like to give other local "little guys" some PR and hopefully some business will come to them, too. I visited local shops, searching for items that may work well with my design. I had some great conversations with shop owners and managers, ended up making some great connections (and purchases), and walked away with some wonderful opportunities.
Ron at Integrity Flooring and Interiors in Kingston, NH offered to donate his time and materials to replace the dirty and outdated carpet in the space. Carolyn Leiter from Revived in Derry, NH has offered to loan some items and make centerpieces to fit my French Country theme. Diane from "Finer Things" With You In Mind, a seamstress in Auburn, NH, sewed new seat cushion covers for a loveseat I found. Nora Fiore is using her crafting talents to create a special wreath to warm up the room. And I will have Jen at Jen Webber Photography out of New Boston, NH take some shots for marketing purposes when the room is set up.
Worried that I wouldn't be able to borrow the "right" pieces for the look I wanted, I began purchasing and refinishing items to use in the space. I'm a planner. I wanted to be sure that I had a cohesive room where all items work together to be the comfortable, welcoming, and relaxing French Country cottage look I envisioned. Here is my room layout and rendering...
At this point, new carpet has been laid, my family room looks like a showroom itself with all of my purchases, and I'm just waiting to deliver and set up. It's very exciting!
If you're interested in taking the tour this August, you can purchase tickets here. Early bird tickets are available now. The price increases by $10 after August 1st.