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Wednesday
Feb052014

Studio Tour

Has it really been almost 4 months since my last post?  Crazy how time flies.  Thank you for the countless emails and texts wondering where I've been.  As I mentioned in my last post, I have moved my studio out of my home to an amazing new location.  I am so grateful to have 1,000 square feet of studio space in one of the best parts of town.  While I loved working from home, I had a really hard time keeping a work/life balance.  I often found myself working late into the evenings and not being able to shut things off.  I guess when you love what you do, it doesn't seem like work, but I knew I needed to make some changes.  So, today I'm giving you a tour of my new design studio!  Sorry in advance that all of these photos are taken with my iphone.  The photo quality isn't that great, but you get the idea.

This 18th century convent table and mirror, both from France, grace the entry.  Two of my favorite pieces here!

 My desk area.  A tad messy, but you get the idea.

 

A larger overview of the main space.  My team sits along the wall and we have a nice big conference table to spread out projects and meet with clients and vendors.

 Another view of the conference table.  We have a large bulletin board to pin projects up, which I love. 

 A separate room for my fabric library.  What a dream!

Outside the fabric library, I have an antique English dumbwaiter that holds design books.

 So, there you have it.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Wednesday
Oct162013

Cultivate

There have been a lot of exciting changes here at Marianne Simon Design and I honestly couldn't be happier!  I'm very excited to announce that we have moved into a new studio!  We are now located in an area of Bellevue called Old Main.  It has been a dream of mine to have a studio on this street.  The street is lined with the most amazing shops and restaurants and could not ask to be in a better location.  It's such a treat to walk out our door and be part of this community. If you follow me on instagram @msimondesign you will have already seen a few sneak peeks of the new space.  I am so grateful to have 1,000 square feet of studio space which also includes a separate room for our fabric library. Truly a dream come true!  I will try to get some images up of the new studio soon and give you a tour, but right now we're still waiting on some backordered furniture to arrive.  Story of my life!

In the meantime, I was so honored when Cultivate, part of Williams-Sonoma, contacted me to feature my kitchen on their website! They interviewed me for the article which you can read in it's entirety here.  As a designer, it's always nice to have your work recognized!  Thank you, Cultivate!

 

Thursday
Jul182013

Taking A Break

Blogging has taken a backseat around here and at this point I don't see that changing anytime in the near future.  Taking time to enjoy life is so much more important right now, especially when I have very little free time to spare. I am so grateful for all of the amazing clients I am currently working with and as you know, they are my priority.  Truly humbled by the success of my design firm and my remarkable team who make it all possible. So, while I step away from the blog world for an unknown amount of time, I leave you with a few images of my life lately.  As I've mentioned before, I do post on instagram @msimondesign daily, so feel free to follow me there if you'd like.  You can also find me on Facebook at Marianne Simon Design.  Thank you all for your loyalty and support along the way, it truly means the world to me!  xo

 

Thursday
Jun272013

Design Details

Design is truly about the fine details.  I love looking for interesting pieces that make any project come to life, giving it a unique and one-of-a-kind style.  I recently spent some time at a custom architectural millwork company and it was like being a 'kid in a candy store' for me!  While this may be overwhelming for most, I was able to select exactly what I needed in about 20 minutes.  This is a very small glimpse of what I had to choose from.  Pure heaven!

 

{All images by Marianne Simon Design}

Sunday
Jun162013

My Team

I'd like to introduce you to my amazing team here at MSD.  I am overdue in writing this post and these girls deserve all of the recognition that comes their way.  Let me start out by saying I can get a little teary-eyed when talking about them.  I cannot fully explain how much each of them means to me and everything they do on a daily basis.  From keeping client paperwork organized, going the extra mile when we have big deadlines to playing the best music on the ipod dock, these girls keep me in line.  I truly could not operate my firm without them and would not be able to take on as many large scale projects as we have.  Blessed.  I am without words.  

Whitney

Whitney is the newest member to my team and is already inside my head.  Love that!  She spent the last 9 years in Boston where she graduated from Boston Architectural College and worked for Charles Spada Interiors the last 2.5 years.  When she attended the University of Virginia, she spent a semester at sea in Asia.  How cool is that?!  She handles all of the drawings needed for projects and anything else I throw her way.  I'm telling you, she is on it!  I am so happy she moved back to Seattle and joined my team!  Not exactly sure how I ever functioned without her. 

Shani

Shani is my summer intern.  She is an architectural studies student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.  Her interests range from architectural design, to interiors and urban landscapes.  She says that working here has fueled her passion for design even more and you know how much that makes my heart sing! She just returned from a semester in Italy, so I will be getting lots of tips from her on where to go and of course, where to eat for my trip there next year!  She has just applied for another semester there and I may just have to have her show me around.  Since joining my team, my fabric library has never been more organized and takes more thorough notes at client meetings than I do.  Please come back next summer, Shani.  No pressure.  Do you like my subtlety?

Barbara

Many of you may know Barbara from the blog, Haus Design.  We have know each other since she moved here over a year ago and became fast and dear friends.  She is taking the summer off to spend time with her darling children and do some traveling, but plans to be back in the fall.  Oh, just found out she studied a semester in London when she was in college as well.  I guess studying abroard will now have to be a pre-requisite to work here!