Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sneak Peak Into The Chocolate Shop Design Progress

There have been a few factors contributing to the delay of Fleurir's opening, but I'm grateful for a little extra time on the design end! It continues to be an awesome project, and I'm going to be so sad when it ends. Dabbling in retail design has been a fabulous creative compliment to the residential projects that I normally take on, and I couldn't ask for better people to work for. Ashley and Robert, Fleurir's awesome owners, are a total treat--super creative, a dream to work with and basically just fun. 

Yesterday I snapped a few pictures in hopes of sharing progress with you, but then proceeded to leave my camera case and connection chord in the shop, so I only have a couple of little phone shots to share today, but they should give you an idea of the whimsical natural vibe we're creating....

In real life, the shop is a lot lighter and airier and less gray than it appears in the photo, but you get the idea. 

So far, we've done all the work ourselves, which has been super rewarding at least for bossy me who has done a little more directing than refinishing/installing than either of them or their wonderful helpful friends. With design, it's awesome having a team to do all the work for you, but it's easy to feel a bit out of touch with the actual process, which is what I tend to really enjoy. I love working with hands, and experimenting a bit, so this has been the perfect excuse. And of course,  I'm still doling out a fair amount of bossy directions to a very capable team of workers--Team Fleurir aka Robert and Ashley--so it's been a happy balance :) 

The dangerous part is all the chocolate I've been privy to sampling lately...not such a safe idea for this 9 month pregnant lady who has already reached max capacity!

Ok friends, I'll share more when I get my camera chord back.  Happy Wednesday!


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