Friday Fun with Jim Williamson

Goodness from George Smith

 

It’s Friday! That means it’s time for the musings of our friend (and future husband), ID Collection’s Jim Williamson! Halloween is coming. It’s not my favorite holiday, but since it involves parties and some form of chocolate, I’m still all over it.

When it comes to costumes, well, I tend to leave that for the more creative types who enjoy dressing up. Some mornings, I find it challenging just to get dressed for work.  I have attempted a few last-minute costumes. One year I took a trash bag and cut a couple holes for my head and arms, applied a bunch of kudzu, and went as the Kudzu Monster. Yeah. No one else got it either. Another year, when I was fresh out of college and crashing at my sister’s place in Buckhead, we decided to go to a Halloween party as Cabbage Patch Kids from outer space. The costume consisted of Cabbage Patch Kid masks, hoodies, and toy laser guns. No one got that one either.  Side note: it’s probably best for adult siblings to not dress alike.

Something that shouldn’t be scary: working with a designer and the to-the-trade showrooms they use for all those beautiful gorgeous things you like. The other day, I had a designer call from out of town. “My clients [in the design trade, we refer to these folks as the end-users] are on their way. Please show them the chairs we discussed, and let them know that I’ll be there in 10 minutes,” she says. So I greeted the couple, and I could see the fear on their faces. (I don’t think I, personally, was the cause, but I have been known to induce fear on a bad hair day). As I introduced myself, they frantically instructed their son: “Don’t touch anything. Just go get your iPad.”

Even as I showed them chairs, they were hesitant. “Is it okay to sit in them?” they asked. I told them, “Please feel free to kick off your shoes, and sit  back. Pretend you are at home, watching the History Channel.” (I say History Channel, but I know that the DVR is 88 percent full of reality shows like Top Chef and those orange skinned housewives.)

My point is buying custom furniture shouldn’t be scary or intimidating. It’s very much like buying a well-made suit or a designer dress. It fits better, looks better, and the quality is way better. It will last practically forever, and you will feel like a million bucks when you put it on, or in this case, when you sit in it. So don’t be afraid of the furniture or the showroom. Neither will bite, hopefully. Trust your designer. They know what they are doing, and that is why you hired them. I don’t think they will bite either. They may bark from time to time, but only on your behalf if your order is late.

So relax, enjoy, and kick your feet up.  Your furniture won’t mind one bit and neither do we.

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