Want, need, seasonal availability and patience in design and decorating lined up over the weekend. It was hard to contain my excitement when Dave the Builder emailed me the picture below of this display live and in person from our local Lowe’s garden center.
One white pumpkin, one greenish blue pumpkin, one ornamental cabbage and one vintage dough bowl later… well this isn’t exactly the look I had in mind. The build up to perceived pumpkin perfection may have been better than the actual great white pumpkin purchase. As it sometimes goes in the world of design and decorating, what we initially envision doesn’t necessarily translate well to space, palette, placement or in this case, pumpkin.
If at first you don’t succeed, design and decorate again, and again, and again. I think it is safe to assume all great, beautiful and stylish design and decorating does not come straight out of the box that way. I’ve lost count of the projects I have started over at the beginning, in the middle of, and heavily tweaked at the end. If it doesn’t feel right how can it look right?
I know. The client knows. The client knows I know.
Adding to, taking away from, switching up or a simple re-positioning is often the missing piece of the puzzle that brings forth the “that’s it!” look you were going for in the first place.
Tenacity, coupled with patience in design and decorating, is the power tool of the trade.
You’ve got to roll with the punches when it comes to the creative process. It’s a work in progress- an exercise in patience and pumpkin.
What presently doesn’t work will eventually come together for the next phase of the extravaganza aka Thanksgiving decorating. I am gingerly practicing pumpkin caution with these fall decorating beauties of the moment. Here’s hoping they will at least look presentable for an upcoming Thanksgiving staging session. It’s not looking too good for the one in the above image, but hope is on the table. I always take out a decorating insurance policy in the form of classic core pieces, accents and accessories.
That’s what I love about working with a good foundation and why I preach classic pieces. Strong lines, good bones, great pieces and patience in design and decorating are the tried and true hallmarks of great and lasting design and decorating.