It’s been a while since we completed this project for Sardone Construction, but I wanted to share with you a fun project Michelle Lynne Interiors Group worked on in the Dallas L-Streets neighborhood last year. So if you think interior design is glamorous, then don’t read on, because this was a hot, sweaty, get-er-done-project, with only a couple of days lead time and a lot of dust.
The story started with a call from Hamilton of HAS Events, wondering if we would be interested in participating in a Dallas design showhome that was going to be featured in a variety of local publications, including Candy’s Dirt (you can read that post HERE). Of course, we said yes – we ARE publicity hounds. He then proceeded to tell us that we had about 5 days to get it done, and the clock was ticking…. Oh, and by the way the house isn’t “quite” finished – but we could come by immediately to check it out. So we did. And this is what we walked into:
RUH-RHO. We are going to install WHEN? 5 days? YIKES!
So we eyeballed the space, took a couple of measurements wherever we could navigate in between construction materials, and then we held our breath. Somehow Sardone’s crew managed to get the entire house
almost kind of close to done by the time we arrived a few days later. They seriously must have not slept since our visit only a few days prior. Or they took cat naps in the bathtub. This was literally the scene the day of installation:
That is the leg of a barstool (upside down), covered in plastic that you see in the bottom, right corner of the photo above. It was literally the DAY OF our delivery & installation. Normally, we’d just turn around and head home until the space was finished and cleaned, but that evening was the big Reveal Party. So we were literally three designers running between rooms, pushing & pulling furniture to the spaces we had envisioned, hanging art, arranging accessories, and trying to avoid any wet paint. Meanwhile, the construction AND cleaning crew maneuvered around us to complete their roles in time for guests to arrive.
Thankfully, Sardone & his entire crew were extremely proficient and professional, Hamilton was cool as a cucumber, and there was even some laughter in between the beads of sweat. It was 90+ humid degrees outside and the air conditioning units were still being installed so the house was HOT. By the late afternoon, I think we were all a little more than motivated by the Lakewood Brewing truck parked outside the house and setting up a trough of ice and beer in the backyard for the party. Yes, please, I’ll have the Lakewood Lager. Or two.
So while myself and my fellow Design Junkies were not so HGTV camera worthy, the house turned out to be pretty smoking hot.
Below is the “after” of the living & dining room and click HERE to check out the entire project’s “after” photos.
Please feel free to leave a comment below letting me know what you think about the whole experience – before – during – after. And whether you’re surprised at the lack of glamour involved in the actual job of an interior designer….
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