This past November I decided to mastermind a surprise birthday party for my husband. I patted myself on the back. I was one upped BIG TIME. One of my closest friend's husband decided to surprise his wife by fully furnishing their new home without her knowledge, and he hired me to implement this crazy plan!!! Whaa.....????? Yup. Totally true.
This couple just had a newborn baby and this client knew that furnishing and making a new home in another state would be just a touch too much to handle for his lovely but sleep deprived wife. So he hired me to surprise the heck out of her by presenting her with a move-in-ready home right before the holidays. And before you say it, I know, decorating 101, you should live in a space and slowly furnish things over time. But you know what? Sometimes life doesn't work that way. Sometimes life moves quickly, you have a new job, you have to furnish a new home, AND you have a new born. I was happy to take on this project to help ease any stresses due to all these wonderful life changes.
To accommodate some career changes, this couple would now be splitting their time between their home in Southern California and Las Vegas. As they were going to maintain their California home, they would not be moving a single stick of furniture into this gigantic Las Vegas home. Not only that, they needed everything, from trashcans, cookware, Tupperware, pantry items, etc. You get the point, I can only imagine how I looked filling over four carts at Target. Have you ever tried buying bathroom accessories for 4 bathrooms at one time?!
He asked me if I thought I could accomplish it, and I said, sure no problem. The challenges? To name a few: a house in another state; a 4,000 square foot house; a 2 month deadline; unpacking and organizing all of their things so it would be move in ready; starting from scratch as they were not bringing any furniture with them; reading the mind of the actual client, his wife, in terms of style and interior design. It was a daunting task. Truly. When I went for a site visit after I was hired, I realized how big the challenge was. Living in the Bay Area for so long, even large homes in SF paled in comparison to this newly constructed 4,000 square foot home. It was huge, and I knew I needed large scale furniture to furnish this home.
I actually pulled it off! I needed a week to recover but I'm so excited to share this project, it's absolutely amazing. Due to the number of rooms that I furnished, I'll share the living room, dining room, entryway and office for now. On to the fun stuff.