Wednesday, December 3, 2008

after-hours design

My sister Denise arrived from Denver late Sunday night to spend the week helping with client Christmas set-ups. Each year we do approximately 20 such gigs for those fortunate enough to book early.

After a grueling airport experience, we started bright and early Monday morning at Lani's house(having had a refreshing 2 1/2 hours of sleep). We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant start to our week! We hadn't been working more than a couple of hours before Lani announced that it was lunchtime--and we're not talking Taco Bell. Our sweet hostess/client had a beautiful sit-down lunch catered for us! We ate in her elegantly set dining room, using Holiday Lenox china and sparkling lead crystal goblets. Talk about graciousness and style!

Lani's tree is a beautiful flocked one, done in shades of aqua and brown. We transformed the music room into a serene holiday retreat, as well as decked her banisters with garland, and gave her holiday mantle a new look using my new favorite holiday color scheme--sparkling graphite and persimmon.

The finished mantle is definitely a sophisticated touch to a lovely living room.

After wrapping up at Lani's, we went home for a two-hour power nap in preparation for the all-night set-up at the historic Yardley Inn. Armed with chenille wraps, the leftover lunch Lani sent home with us (including delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries--Denise wondered if all my clients are so generous and thoughtful), and a crew of six, we went to work decking the restaurant in its yearly holiday splendor.

The inside entry, downstairs and upstairs dining rooms, exterior--heck, even the restrooms--get a touch of holiday glam and sparkle.

We finished up around 4 a.m., just in time to sleep for a few hours before our next appointment, which I will have to share in another post, as it is already almost 1 a.m. and we've got another early day tomorrow--I mean today.


michelle said...

A refreshing 2 1/2 hours of sleep... I really don't know how you do it! But then, having Denise around makes anything more fun, even sleep deprivation, I suppose.

I love that your client served you a catered lunch! And sent you home with leftovers -- perhaps she knew you wouldn't take time to eat otherwise.

charlotte said... sounds like you both are flying through a sleep-deprived but Christmas-filled week! That's good that Mom could come out to help you, and ShamWow on the catered lunch. It's Thursday--hope you make it to the end of the week in one piece!

Jill said...

I love it that Denise gets to fly in and work with you like this, what a great way to spend time together while working!

I don't know how you function at all, it seems like you never get a full night's sleep. I'd be a grumpy, headache-filled wreck if I did that.