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Patti Watson  |  design inspiration

pride of place


One of my most favorite moments as a designer happened again this past week. It’s that instance near or at the end of a project when our clients realize that together, we’ve created pride of place.

In my mind, pride of place is a home that’s deeply personal to my clients. A home with custom-crafted elements by local artisans they’ve come to know. A home that inspires their children to dream large and pursue great things in the safety of its walls. A home with clever ideas that make my clients beam with pride when they share a design detail with family and friends. A home or even a retail building in a small village (as witnessed recently) restored and renovated “to last another 100 years”.

I’ve come to watch for these moments. And carefully provide my clients with a change in conversation or shift in focus in the event they are so overwhelmed, they need a minute to collect themselves. It happens.

Most often, these moments are revealed when a detail so personal to my clients emerges from concept to completion. The model sailboat he built in their first apartment together has a place of honor in the new beach house. The art that’s hung above the antique buffet restored and brought back to life by an artisan who’s become a friend in the process. The children so comfortable and secure they fall asleep at the now expanded kitchen with wrap around banquette in the bay window. The replication of the rosette that so carefully received their attention, now appearing as if it was always there.

You know who you are. Thanks for letting my team and me help create these moments and instill pride in your places.

the original front door saved by our clients and replicated mouldings honor the past while functioning for the future
the original front door saved by our clients and replicated mouldings honor the past while functioning for the future
our client's Mackenzie Childs china collection takes pride of place in the kitchen
our client’s Mackenzie Childs china collection takes pride of place in the kitchen
a classically inspired custom newel post and balusters provide a timeless element to this country home, all designed in collaboration with our client
a classically inspired custom newel post and balusters provide a timeless element to this country home, all designed in collaboration with our client
the addition of a bay window creates comfort and function in the family's kitchen
the addition of a bay window creates comfort and function in the family’s kitchen
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personally selected artwork creates a personal dining room

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