Terrific Trays… see behind the scenes of interior design


We have lots of gorgeous things in the mix currently and have some lovely installations scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.

Notice that I refrained from using the word holidays……. I know, I can hardly believe it myself, but we are officially in the countdown period and several vendors have already issued their shut off dates for orders.


Things are still moving along in terms of furniture and furnishings – they are simply taking longer. Less staff in warehouses and in workrooms (to allow for social distancing protocols) does mean stretched lead times, but I am finding that everyone has settled into their groove.

Kitchen appliances have taken the biggest hit during COVID, with several large US brands not available until early next year. There are always other options, and, in all cases, we are finding great alternatives, so don’t be deterred if you have your heart set on a new kitchen.

I am slowly getting used to having to schedule an appointment to go to my showrooms; gone are the days of simply wandering in and for them to always have an endless supply of snacks and beverages. Now we book, usually a few days in advance to get a 90 min slot. And there are no more snacks….. I miss the snacks – there was always good chocolate to prevent us getting hangrey!

This tray in the image is an approved design scheme in a client’s home. I love taking a picture of the key design elements in a home once all has been approved. It is a great visual for the project once all the sampling has been tidied away and decisions have been made, sometimes months in advance of installation happening.

At a quick glance, the tray allows us to see the room or the floor of the home and ensure if any additional elements are in alignment with the original selections. It also gives our clients a snapshot of all the design loveliness that is to follow the drywall dust!

We have recently added a permanent story to our Instagram feed of our favourite trays and we will add and update this frequently. New permanent stories are designed and will go live over the next couple of weeks, a change of season always signals a change of story.

When I begin the process of sourcing for a client project, things do get stacked in a tray. There’s normally multiple trays and then we edit and edit and present our final selections. They never all fit in one curated tray, they are spread all over our boardroom table and onto the surface behind, but at some point, we take our main selections and snap a shot!

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