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Monthly Archives: April 2015


Well, it’s Friday, and the end of another really busy week.  It’s been a great week, with 3 calls from past clients hiring me again for new projects in their homes.  Woohoo!  I consider that a wonderful compliment from a client.  All of these clients are near and dear to my heart, and I am super excited to be working with them again.  One project is a full bathroom renovation, one is a Living Room redecoration project, and the other is also a bathroom renovation, but with a few extra decorating elements in other parts of the house.

As fabulous as this week was, as in any career there are good weeks, there are bad weeks, there are unbelievably crapola weeks and then sometimes, when you least expect it, you get very lucky.  And sometimes you simply hit the jackpot.  That also happened this week, when I received a hand written note from my client, Mr. J.

It came in a simple white envelope and reads:

“Cori, I am speechless when it comes to describing the kitchen cabinets.  I don’t believe I have ever seen that quality of workmanship & finish – our new house will be a castle wherever we look.” – Mr. J

Yes, I hit the jackpot.  Frankly, I almost burst into tears….How many people actually take the time to thank someone like that anymore??  How lucky am I?  These are wonderful clients, who I am working with on my Beach Condo Project.  They had to move out of their condo for 4 months, and yet not a word of complaint.  They always have a pot of tea on and some cookies whenever we get together in their temporary digs to discuss their project.  A full on, ripped back to the studs, renovation and construction job, and they are still lovely and pleasant and hospitable.  I am truly blessed to have clients like Mr. & Mrs. J.

BEFORE photo of Beach Condo Project Kitchen

This is the “Before” kitchen photo of our Beach Condo project. Cannot wait to rip it all out!

Beach Condo Kitchen, ripped down to the studs

Our Beach Condo kitchen, ripped down to the bare concrete and studs.

Beach Condo Kitchen - cabinet/hardware detail

Kitchen cabinet detail and close up sneak peak…

Yes, the kitchen cabinets went in last week!  Yay!  Move in date for Mr. & Mrs. J is next week, so we are all very excited!  When I was speaking to them yesterday, I told them that I was just as excited as they were.  Mr. J said, “Oh Cori, I don’t think so….”  How great is that?

So the next time that I am having an off day, or one of those truly dreadful weeks, I will look at my letter from Mr. J that is now in my office, and I will smile.  And I will realize that nothing bad lasts forever.  I will reflect on all of the repeat business that I am currently working on, and see that I am truly fortunate to be working with a number of fabulous trades, colleagues, suppliers and clients alike.  Yes – sometimes you really do hit the jackpot.