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I’m not sure how many of you are like me, but I like to be prepared.  I like to have a plan and I like to stick with it.  I’m sure it has something to do with that first born thing, but it’s just the way I am.  I’ve never been a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl and I probably never will be.  But, I have to say, this personality trait serves me well most of the time.  Friday’s presentation was a great example of this and I wanted to share it with you.  Remember my office update?  You can read about it here.

Office design plan

I’ll be honest, I loved this plan.  The beautiful grassy green and graphic black and white Schumacher fabrics pop and create a gorgeous focal point for the space.  This was the first thing I presented to my client on Friday.  She did like it, but I could tell she didn’t love it like I did, so what did I do?  I pulled out plan B, which is also gorgeous and will be an amazing addition to this office space.


plan b

You can see that the rug and paint color remain the same.  We’re still using Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis, but now in citrine with pillows and roman blinds in Camberwell Vase, also by Schumacher.  I love the softness of it.  Add in the textured vases and this is still a stand out plan.

Okay, so I know you’re saying to yourself, that’s great Lori, glad it worked out for you, but what does this mean to me?  Well, I think the rule of plan B applies to all of us, whether you’re decorating for someone else or for your own home.  It’s about flexibility.  When you create a design plan for your home, keep your options open.  This will not only give you more choices, but can also help with your budget and who doesn’t want that?

For example, perhaps you find the perfect piece of artwork for your master bedroom and you’re convinced that only shades of plum will work with it.  Prepare a plan B by also pulling out the shades of green in the artwork that will also work in the room.  Once your out shopping and putting the room together you may find that there are more options in green than plum.  Since you had a plan b in place, you’re prepared to go forward with another option.  You might also find that there are items at better price points in shades of green, so plan B would be more budget friendly as well.

Of course, this is not the only way to design your room, but in my experience, having a plan B can really be a lifesaver in the end.  It’s something I would never be without.

Have a great day and I see you back here on Wednesday!



8 Responses

  1. I completely agree Lori! Both designs are gorgeous. I would’ve snatched the first one in a heartbeat, but that’s because I adore fresh greens. The second plan has more subdued colors, yet you didn’t have to deviate too much to provide a look she loves.

    Great job on both plans!

  2. aww bummer she didnt care for the green. I know its sometimes hard to get clients to do something a little “out of the box” but I still LOVE the Citrine as well! So either way I know its going to be gorgeous!

  3. Excellent advice, Lori and thank you. The plan B variation works beautifully as well. I have to think that if I ever have clients someday that I would also do the same – hopefully have a back-up plan (plan B) prepared in the event the client doesn’t love the initial plan. Now to play devil’s advocate, what would you do if they didn’t like plan B either? Do you have plan C lined up as well? I really like using this lesson for my own home, because I know there have been times I’m only looking for a certain color scheme, but if I open it up some to various options I could have an easier time finding the perfect items.

  4. Creative and a smart business woman! What a great example, Lori, thanks for the suggestion to use it at home, as well! I love your Plan B, too!

  5. Completely agree! Hmmm… maybe this plan b approach can work with this fabric I have my mind set on! If I find one with colors that are just as fabulous as the chaing mai, I can use the extra money for other purchases. You got me thinking girl!