The Rock Your Rental series has taken a slight left turn. While I was embarking on a brand new and totally move-able (read: suitable for a rental) solution to Mr. & Mrs. B’s
dastardly not-quite-right space, Mr. & Mrs. B, as you may recall, were heads-down, b*&#-to-the-wall busy building their flourishing entrepreneurial dream from the ground up.
To put it mildly, they’ve been rather, er, successful.
So much so, in fact, that Mr. & Mrs. B are no longer living in the space featured at the beginning of this series. So long, Rental Hell. Hello, about-to-be-gorgeous (purchased) digs.
So while my work with Mr. & Mrs. B began innocently enough (Yay! Contest winners!), we’ve since evolved the relationship to full-fledged designer/client status. Which also means that our time morphed from working on a permanent-feeling but totally-moveable rental design plan into a year-long home renovation plan focused on who they are and how they want to live.
For the next, oh, thirty years.
What of the Rock Your Rental series, then? Well dear readers, I did say I’d finish the plan and finish the plan I will. Thank you for your patience while my clients and I shifted gears faster than Schumacher at the Fairmont hairpin; while the contest has indeed taken a back seat to my clients’ current needs, rest assured I’ll serve up the plan as intended. At the very least, you’ll have a few ideas for how to transform a fugly, impractical rental into something that works. Sure, your lifestyle, needs, and preferences are undoubtedly different. But if I can offer you at least one idea you can use to translate into your digs, the process (and the wait) will certainly have been worth it.
In the meantime, I’ve been featured on Streetseed, Toronto’s innovative real estate search platform (helping homeowners, buyers, sellers, renters, real estate agents, landlords, and property managers find and share important information about homes for sale or rent). Streedseed’s blog offers valuable tools such as market trends, market overviews, and lots of other useful information you won’t find anywhere else. I created an entire ‘How to Work with a Designer’ series, and I think this might prove helpful for you if you’re wondering what in the hell it’s like to work with a pro.
I share information around first steps, understanding your budget, honesty, trusting the process, feedback and collaboration, and my personal favourite, celebrating your success. Have a peek at the first post, “Knowing Who You Are & How You Want to Feel“.
There’s no better place to start.