|Mary Ann is a woman who knows what she likes. Personally, I think she's pretty easy to like, herself!|
Knowing who you are and what you like makes decision-making easy. Just ask Mary Ann. She knew she wanted a faux finish, and when she mentioned to friends at dinner one night that she was looking for an artist to do it, they knew who to call. Kinda helps that she and her husband, Jim, were having dinner with my carpenter and his wife. TC not only does the carpentry on my jobs that need small bits of woodworking, but he and Carol live in a very elegant, fully restored, early 1900's four-square style house, and have had me in to do a lot of the paint work for that.
Within a day of that dinner, Mary Ann and I were on the phone, scheduling a consultation, and about two minutes into that meeting, she saw a sample in my portfolio that was exactly what she wanted. No, she did not want to see the rest of the portfolio. No, she did not need to see this technique in different colorways. That marble, that color, and how soon could I start?
I could get spoiled by clients so easy to please. Not that she isn't particular. In fact, it's because Mary Ann was so particular that she was easy to please. I didn't have to do a design consultation to figure out her style and color preferences, because she clearly knows what she likes. This is a condo they have downsized to for easier retirement living, and they carefully selected only their very favorite things to furnish it. Since Mary Ann has been collecting Victorian era antiques for years, no need for me to figure out a thing.
I simply had to paint. And help arrange some furniture. And some of the artwork. And then paint the rest of the rooms. And sit down and eat lunch. And take home a fresh loaf of bread she picked up for me, from the bakery next door. And go boating with them. And... yeah, I could get spoiled by clients like these. As it is, I've been adopted. Lucky, lucky me to have made the list of things Mary Ann likes!
You can view my online portfolio at theartofthehome.com. All the info on how to hire me is there too. Adoption is entirely optional! Here's another option: if you like what I write here, you might like my other blog, Creative Soul, at dawn-mariedelara.blogspot.com.