The best part about the designers, decorators and homeowners who attend my workshops is they already know me before they get there. So it’s like I’m your friend, teaching your colour class.
Paula (below) and I have been emailing back and forth forever because she comments a lot on my posts. Comments are almost like money to bloggers. Every single blogger, doesn’t matter how big or small they are, read every single comment. That’s the only way to know how you’re blog is doing!
Paula & Maria
As a new decorator, when I was helping a client choose a sofa, I would show up with an entire book filled with different styles. Then I learned that if you arrive with more than 2 or 3 choices, your client will worry that you don’t know which sofa is the right one.
The hardest part about being a decorator/designer is finding the fine line between giving your client exactly what they want and guiding them to the look they want. You need to learn to be bossy but in a charming way.
Pamela Landry and Claire Jefford
When you call me to help you, you are looking for me to be honest when I assess your space because many times, something is bugging you and you’re not sure what it is.
You have an idea about the look you want, but to arrive there takes elimination. A conversation that goes something like this:
No that doesn’t work because. . .
That light is too modern for your bathroom. . .
That tile is too busy. . .
That beige is the wrong undertone. . .
The colour in your house doesn’t work because. . .
These styles don’t work together and this is why, etc, etc.
If your designer simply agrees with everything you say or asks you what you like, be very concerned!
When I meet with a professional, I expect that some of my ideas will be eliminated. That gives me confidence that I will get what I want.
The exact same thing happens during a colour consultation. Your client will say “That’s too dark, that’s too gray, that’s too. . . fill in the blank.” And you will learn how to guide your client so that they get the colour that works in their home, not just react to their reactions to colour that have no context without comparison.
I cropped this image before I realized my computer cropped the original, so here’s our group, with our feet cut off, sorry about that!!
Thanks everyone for a fabulous three days! I love my classes in Toronto and can’t wait to come back! I’ll set some new Toronto dates in a few days.
Have a great weekend everyone! xo Maria
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