“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”
This month, I thought I’d take you behind the scenes. To share a little more about where I get inspiration and ideas from and who the people and places are that help me make those visions a reality for clients.
From magazines and design blogs to contractors and artists, these sources are some of the most important tools a designer has. Having the right team was something I learned early in design school. Because without a contractor, furniture companies, window and flooring vendors and so many others, I only have my design ability.
So here’s a little more about who and what helps make B. Chic the full-service firm it is. They are all vetted and vouched for and truly are my “team.”
By the way, you might notice a (mostly*) local trend. That’s extremely important to me, not just for logistics, but because this is personal. The relationships I’ve formed over the years with vendors, artists and representatives in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area are as important to me as the relationships I form with my clients. We learn from each other and I know I’m a better designer for it. And that all gets passed on to the client. Because when you’re invested in the people, you’re invested in the end product.
*I’m a little less attached to some furniture companies, when you find a great piece, you find a great piece, national chain or not!
Classic, king of all design magazines. Nuff said.
The perfect “every man” source for ideas.
Chesapeake Home + Living
Recognize those homes?
Clarksville Construction – Clarksville, MD
The list is short because after nearly 10 years, they are my go-to source for all things contractor, and they’ve been with me since day one.
Tables, Chairs & Sofa’s Oh My!
Schofer’s Furniture – Baltimore, MD
I’m still working with the rep I was first introduced to by my mentor. That says something.
Lang Wethington – Columbia, MD
Full disclosure, this is my brother-in-law, but he’s also an amazing artist that works on commissioned pieces to suit any home.
SOGH – Baltimore, MD
Unique art from a unique man
Merritt Gallery & Renaissance Art Gallery – Pikesville, MD
My rep will not only work with you to find out your tastes and budget, but will bring pieces into your home to see what really will work. That’s rare (and so important)!
Website selling a variety of affordable prints. This is my choice when picking out art for clients. And it features one of my favorites, former Baltimore artist Eli Halpin.
A Little Bit of Everything
Vertical Connection Carpet One – Columbia, MD
It’s not just about blinds anymore. The team at Vertical Connection (you know you remember the commercials) now offers flooring, custom rugs, kitchen and bath products and custom closets.
One thing missing from this list is a professional organizer. Because trust me when I say that can be a big part of making over your home. De-cluttering and rearranging is an art and a skill, but just not mine – but don’t worry, I’ve got a couple in mind.
Now that you know a little bit more about who we are and where we’re based, are you ready to get started? Let me know and we can take it from there! I know they all look forward to meeting you…