Molly McGinness Interior Design has been Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016 for Customer Service!
Molly McGinness Interior Design has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The residential interior design firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015.
“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Molly McGinness Interior Design, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
And the book of the week is… (just because I needed to reference it for a project)Influential Interiors by Suzanne Trocme has been in my library a long time and I go back to it again and again. It is filled with a diverse group of select designers with a wide range of styles. There is something clever and amazing in each picture. I’m sure I picked it up just for the images, but I have read and re-read it in snippets. The information about the designers and their viewpoints is educational and I find it to be a completely inspirational book!
Molly McGinness Interior Design Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award in the Design Category.
The residential interior design firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.
“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Molly McGinness Interior Design among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
Clients often ask what my process is, and that all depends… sometimes I start with fabrics to create a color scenario. I spread them out like crazy and see how they relate to each other and how one grouping might flow to the next, as one room would be seen from another.
And then there is the editing. A room only needs a handful of fabrics, so a lot of options get tossed out. Even at this point the grouping is just an idea, once a palette is selected the major editing and search begins… for example, I might know I’d like a dark green velvet fabric to upholster a sofa, but now I need to find one that is available, within budget, the right fiber content, the right hue, and feels great to the client. Sometimes I end up with what I had in the beginning, but usually I end up with a tweaked version that is a perfect fit for the client.
My website remodeling is finally complete and I am so excited with the results! Change is always a little scary and a bit of a pain, but well worth the work. I wanted to change my website to a wordpress based situation in order to combine the blog and have more flexibility for future changes. And its done! I’d like to thank my web designer Deb Wagner with D Stripe for all her work and patience. I’d also like to thank Stephanie Rosseel for taking photographs of my most recent projects.
And, as spring is coming to an end, a few other remodeling projects are wrapping up! Below is a picture of a freshly installed blue kitchen that is part of a larger overall home remodel. I am excited for these clients to be able to move in soon and enjoy their home this summer.
This shot shows the newly refaced fireplace, gleaming in a beautiful quartz stone. The furniture is on its way!
The Phoenix Project by Yu Bing at MASS MoCA
is incredible to see. What’s crazier is that this is not its first stop, it was originally installed at the Today’s Art Museum in Beiing. The sculptures are two enormous birds created from construction debris harvested from Beijing’s construction sites.
They are suspended from the ceiling so we could walk under and around the birds and really study the different pieces of “garbage” that were used to build the birds. Even looking at the pictures I took now I realize I missed the obvious shovel heads that make up a scaly part of one of the animals.
They measure 100 feet long each and together weigh over 20 tons. While the junk would seem to be clunky and ugly, as a whole each phoenix was quite graceful. The talons and feathers flowed and curled, and had fanciful details made with such precision.
This was another installation that wowed my kids and made the trip to North Adams worth it. The overall pictures were taken by my youngest son and I like to think he was inspired to capture these images so he could take it all in for later viewing.
Chinese artist Xu Bing has a large exhibit at the MASS MoCA that is certainly worth the drive to North Adams, MA. Behind the larger portion of the exhibit (which I may blog about later) is his Tobacco Project with a piece called 1st Class. As you walk up the back stairwell to the lofty room where this piece is laid out the warm odor of unsmoked tobacco welcomes you and then, turning from the stairs the beautiful tiger skin rug stuns you. It is massive and lush, full of texture and detail.
Walking around it, you can see it has a “light side” and a “dark side”, as do quality hand knotted rugs. There is almost a slight sheen when the light hits certain parts of it. You have to approach the rug from both sides and walk all around it. And then you have to crouch down to examine and imagine how all those 500,000 cigarettes were painstakingly propped and positioned into place.
It is amazing and full of thought provoking symbols. The luxury of a skin rug and the wealth of the tobacco industry contrasted with a film documenting the poor working conditions used to build that industry. The exhibit was thought provoking and visually exquisite.
Early this past spring, while driving out of Boston, I became totally distracted by the most perfect advertising. This was dangerous because I admit I really can’t multitask while at the wheel, but I needed to get closer to this truck for a photograph. Island Creek Oysters
used their take on the iconic Endless Summer
movie poster to get people geared up for summer fun, and oysters.
Ever since my parents popped this movie into the VHS player one cold winter afternoon, I have loved the very idea of an endless summer. The colors and images used for the movie poster express so much in the simplest of ways. It still warms me up in the winter and we have made it a tradition with our kids to have this movie playing on New Year’s Eve, they think it’s so cool and witty.
Thank you Island Creek Oyster truck for your clever use of my favorite movie poster, please do it again next year!
Last week we took a small road trip to North Adams, MA to explore MASS MoCA
for the first time. It is a gem in the already beautiful Berkshires. The first exhibit we walked into was by Jason Middlebrook
. His My Landscape pieces are crazy awesome. The wood planks are really exciting with their bright color combinations and precise lines created over the natural rings of the tree. The dynamic pattern and angular lines were really set off by the background of the natural wood hues and curves that hinted at the life the tree once lived.
His color combinations and variations were exciting and mesmerizing, what a fantastic focal point these planks would make for any room. And of course, since I’m always thinking of the furnishings I am hunting down for various projects, I wish I could say “Yes, and can it be 17″ high? What an awesome coffee table that would make!”
I neglected to share my finds from the last Brimfield trip! It was great fun, lots of laughter and I was a bit more experienced with my bargaining skills. The day started off a little slow as shopping normally does, until I found something that totally excited me, it was this golden throne!
It was “I had to have it!” at first site. I let my excitement give me away when I saw the price tag was only $95! It was, is, in great condition! My friend suggested it could always be reupholstered… I thought, “No, it’s a golden throne!” It’s perfect. I sat in it and the proportions were just right for me, and it was actually comfortable! And then, they guy running the booth says “I’ll let you have it for $65.” !! I could hardly contain myself, and for a second I wondered if I should play the game, walk away and “think” about it. It was the last day of the market, how could it have lasted this long? “I’ll take it!” I was basically jumping up and down.
That got my day started and I was ready to hunt for more golden tickets. Here’s a few more items:
A perfect complete set, I really should have bought. The question of need held me back. I wish I had bought it.
Ooh, those lucite handles looked great! Again, probably should have bought it!
I just about love every little stool I see.
And here is my petite throne safe at home, I just have to find the perfect spot for it. And yes, I can always reupholster it once the golden shine has rubbed off.