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behind the design: install day

One of our favorite days are install days. In just hours, months of design decisions come together to transform a house into a home. These moments however are rarely documented (and our i-phone photos just can’t do them justice!). When our friend, the super talented photographer Lara Woolfson of Studio Nouveau, offered to photograph an install day we jumped at the chance. Thank you Lara for capturing the excitement, choreography and bustle of it all!

001a It starts with the arrival of the delivery van. We have all furnishings sent to a receiver. They inspect each piece when it arrives and then store it until the install day.

001b Watching pieces come out of the delivery van (especially custom pieces like this chair) never gets old. It is like Christmas morning!

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002b The delivery team, Joe and Dylan of Sico Delivery, carefully place each piece of furniture in our client’s home.

003aWhile Joe and Dylan place the larger items like chairs and tables, we tackle opening and assembling the smaller items like lamps.

004a Meanwhile our electrician, Ben, installs all the light fixtures (note: all rough electrical work is completed prior to install day).

004b Sometimes a light fixture will require assembly. Erin hung all 64 of those bone china plates. Big thanks to Erin for her patience – the end result was so worth it!

004cEach piece is placed according to the floor plan we create at the beginning of the project. (Note: the custom window treatments were installed the day before.)

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005b For this project we designed a custom dining banquette. The cabinetry was built on site and painted a few weeks prior. On install day we had the back and seat cushions installed. Seeing our drawings come to life is one of the best parts of our job.

006bOnce all the rugs are laid, furniture is placed, light fixtures are hung, beds are made and pillows are fluffed, we place the art. Moments after the last piece was hung our client arrived home. Seeing her reaction is why install days are our favorite.

Stay tuned for our next blog post with final photos of the space!