Well, SMID launched and not necessarily like a rocket, as my son has asked me. The party was a huge hit. I had a great turn out. Beautiful talented people joined me to celebrate.
The Vetted Table & MIHO Gastro Truck catered the event. Their food was amazing…so I heard. I was too busy talking with all of my guests. Every time the tray went by, I sacrificed a yummy treat. It’s actually not like me at all. I love to eat and consider myself a foodie. I just didn’t think it would be good to have food in my mouth while I was talking about my designs. The MIHO team designed a cocktail for me based on my favorite drink (a french 75) and served it in the most beautiful vintage glassware from Hostess Haven.
I think I had one drink the entire night. Well…I think I was served three or four but every time I put my drink down, it was picked up. Darn! That was part of the plan. They just did their job too well. I met with the lead coordinator, Samantha,ahead of the event. I stressed, at that time, that this would be an interior design studio launch and therefore, all furniture and space in the house were on display. I wanted drinks and plates to be picked up quickly so that the visual was not broken for any of my guests.
It’s Funny! I felt like a bride on her wedding day. I had a ton of attention. I was talking all night and thanking people for coming. I didn’t drink or eat anything during the event. I was exhausted afterwards but, there was no honeymoon.
When the night ended, a few close friends stayed behind to celebrate more intimately. They slowly dropped off one by one. My adrenaline kept me going until 3:30am. I was alone, with my thoughts….NOT always a good thing.
My creativity sometimes comes to me right as I am about to fall asleep. It’s a blessing and a curse. Having the launch party that night, experiencing the build-up to the party, receiving the positive feedback and having key people attend that I will potentially work with in the future somehow, in some way was overwhelming and wonderful at the same time. My mind was like a caged animal trying to free itself or like a hamster on a wheel, going round and round. No sleep at all for me that night.
I am overwhelmed by this experience. I am grateful to have the opportunity to take this chance. I am excited to share my ideas. I am fervent to design for people who want to take a chance, explore themselves and have more fun than the “usual Joe” in their homes. I am scared for the possible wrong turns I may take in building my business and for the amount of work I have ahead of me.
I knew the launch of SMID was not a launch into my new career and then business becomes usual. I know the launch party was only my first tiny step to getting my portfolio out there. It was a way to let all the amazing people I have worked with over the years while designing my home, know that I am taking this step. One very small step for my company. One giant step for me!
Here are some pictures from the launch party by my amazingly talented, stupidly beautiful, and generous friend, Renata Stone. I will post more pictures of my work later this week. Stay tuned!