I'm a redhead and it goes without saying that I often go rogue - hell I go rogue on myself all the time. However, as a designer who is hired and paid very good money to design for others, I have to say that I hate when someone goes rogue on me. Now it's not because I am a control freak - I am but that's irrelevent in this instance - it's that projects are often carefully constructed and changing one decision means it impacts many others. Change one and the rest could be in peril.
I find that clients often go rogue when they themselves feel like they are lacking control or are feeling the strain of having to make many decisions or are experiencing cheque writing fatigue. CWF - it's a thing. As such, clients don't often go rogue until the middle or the end of a project. It's like operating heavy machinery without the proper safety devices I kid you not. You jeopardize an entire project and the timelines for said project by stepping out on the designer. Sure it may seem like just a light fixture or a mirror to you but how they relate to the vanity or each other can richochet into other issues. What happens if the finishes don't work with the other finishes in the room. Or the mirror now doesn't work with the faucet which sits too high on the vanity top and can't be returned? Or the fabrics don't really work colourwise together? I could go on.
I dread getting that email - "WE WENT SHOPPING!!!!"
"WE FOUND THE PERFFECT STONE!!!" "WE GOT THE MOST AMAZING DEAL ON THIS SECTIONAL!!!"
Um What sectional your room is 6x9? It's 42" deep but your doorways are extra small? Or you live on the fifth floor of a walk up?
Now sometimes there are opportunities to behold. Currently, in our #LongBranch project we are discussing if it is worth it to have both a breakfast room in the kitchen with a dining room either right beside the kitchen (I vote no for the dining room there) or in the former living room at the front of the house with the living room separating the areas OR we ditch the breakfast room and make it a laundry/pantry area instead and just stick to the dining and living room as one big great room. All the walls are out, and we're in the process of putting Humpty Back together again so now is the perfect time to really think through how they want to live in the space and what makes sense for them. Sure we have a plan in place but we still have time to change that. It will still affect other decisions but we're not too far in to change course. Time is of course slipping away even as I type this. These design opportunities I relish because sometimes the pressure to firm up makes you think of other ideas you never considered back when it was more abstract thinking.
I had a client not so long ago send me an email telling me that they had found the perfect chair - we had been searching for the perfect family room chairs. I was excited and then I opened the attachment and it was the ugliest chair I had ever seen. I was instantly devastated. My perfectly planned and designed room was about to be ruined by their choice. As I held back tears I saw another email come into my inbox.
They were messing with me. They knew I would be horrified and thought it would be fun to torment me.
I'm still plotting my revenge.