Deadlines Can Kill the Joy of Your Project


There are  three D’s in interior design: Deadlines are Deadly in Decorating?

I am so busy now that I wish I could make projects fit into all the deadlines that are swarming around me as we are quickly moving into summer. There are so many exciting things going on for people at this time of year. Current deadly deadline examples are weddings, reunions and vacationers. Here in the Black Hills of South Dakota, my clients get a lot of visits from relatives and friends that like to visit Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, the Badlands and even the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Clients feel the pressure to get their house remodel or update done because company is coming.

Here are a few “heads up” that can help manage your deadline expectations.

• Fabrics and textiles are often on backorder. This influences timing on your special order of sofa, chairs, and draperies.

• Imported glass tiles can take forever to get. I have had a lot of delays with this, but they are so beautiful on fireplaces. It’s worth the wait – if you let go of your deadline.

• There is generally a two-week wait for a custom glass shower door. To get a perfectly tight fit, especially for a steam shower, the measuring for the door can’t take place until all the tile is installed around the door jam, etc.

• Weather is a big delay reason for delays. Tornados, hurricanes and blizzards shut down manufacturing plants. Freight doesn’t move by air or road when bad weather hits (neither do people).

• Some manufacturing plants close down for a week around the 4th of July. All the employees get deserved time off at the same time. There is no production that week.

Having said all this, design projects work out amazingly well most of the time. I love seeing my clients tickled pink with their new spaces. It is so worth it to “hang in there” and get what you really want. You will come to hear me say many times, “Go slow and go well” in your design project. On the other hand, it’s going to be quit a ride building or remodeling, so fasten your seatbelt and make it happen!

One of my favorite quotes from Frank Lloyd Wright: “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” –


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