A Good Day on the Job.
Recently I had a large window treatment job. It included Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades, custom board mounted valances, custom cornice boards, custom draperies, custom sheers, all sorts of drapery rods and plenty of hardware.If you know anything about window treatments you know there is a LOT of figuring and a lot of headaches involved in planning for them. Custom work adds to the headaches tenfold. We'll go into that another time. For this particular job, It took about 7 1/2 hours on the day of install for my installer to put everything up. I was there helping as much as I could. Unboxing and unwrapping alone takes a wicked amount of time and results in sore and sometimes sticky fingers. Much time is spent praying that all parts and pieces arrived as ordered and that some important bracket or screw doesn't get thrown out will all the wrappings.
On this day the job went well! It was an incredibly satisfying because almost everything went perfectly. I say "almost" because nothing in this business ever goes perfectly. Perfection is overrated. Really.
Now if I could just get clients to not expect perfection ...
But I digress; get to the point, Lorraine.
The point is that sometimes you get a little extra bonus smile for a day on the job. This particular day while talking with my client (who happens to be a delightful 93 years old) I happened to mention the name of the woman in my drapery workroom who fabricated all these custom window treatments for me. My client said that she thought someone of that same name had made her previous window treatments some 30 years ago. Yup, not only is my client 93 but she also has a flawless memory! Long story short... it turned out to be the SAME woman!! They knew each other way back then because my client had been friends with the workroom woman's parents. How cool is that! Both parties were ecstatic to know that things had come full circle without anyone planning it. I was thrilled to have orchestrated everything to bring them together again without even knowing it.
The window coverings for this job looked fabulous and functioned like they should The client was happy. My installer was happy. I was happy. We all were tired.
A very good day.