Julie Soefer has been the photographer for so many years at Creative Touch that she’s starting to blend in with the furniture. (Ok, no more interior design jokes, I promise!) Every home that Julie shoots for us there are a plethora of unbelievable photos. And no one has a better eye than Julie for details.
When Julie’s shots arrive in the office we pour over them to study every detail – the shafts of light, the curve of a chair foot, the depth of patterned fabric. So often, though, we end up using the photos that capture the entirety of the room. What happens to all those detail photos? Well, it means we get to feature her here!
It is important to get to know your peers in any industry. What about other industries, though? The life of your career will end up touching people across every field. Making the most of those relationships can elevate your business to new heights through cross-promotion. Get creative and think about how you can team up with others to generate new business and clients by holding events together, sharing eblast lists, and offering discounts to each others client base.
One organization that I’ve become involved with in Houston is the River Oaks Women’s Breakfast Club. Each member represents one of the leading experts in her field and I feel incredibly privileged to be surrounded by such talented women! Our morning meetings provide the opportunity to promote business development, develop strategic contacts, and increase the visibility of professional women in the community. Each meeting includes amazing speakers, some from within our own community and others regional. Each woman has a streak of entrepreneurship, is successful and confident, supportive and dedicated. We also break up into smaller groups to share ideas about improving our business and discussing our shared interests. I love my group because it is a wonderful example of women supporting women.
I encourage every business person to reach out and do some networking this week! If you have a great example of how you network, please share it so that everyone can learn from your experience.
Architectural plans for a master bath shower called for an interior window which was a unique opportunity to create an aesthetic focal point for the room. The window needed to allow light through, but did not have to be transparent.
Upon meeting with the client to brainstorm, we decided as a team that our inspiration would derive from the decorative tile that was already being incorporated throughout the rest of the bathroom. The distinguished yet playful lines gave us a great starting point!
Our next step was to visit one of our favorite vendors, Dauphin, to research the latest styles of glass as well as etchings and finishes that can be applied to glass.
Narrowing our choices down wasn’t easy, but we found an inspiration picture and called a meeting with James, our glass designer.
I emailed him the scanned photo of our mosaic bathroom tile and our inspiration photo and he went to work. James’ initial sketch was beautiful, but the client had some recommendations to tweak it to their liking. The client wanted to emphasize the curvilinear lines over the geometric patterns, so James went back to the drawing board. He did such a fantastic job incorporating elements from both mosaics while making a completely unique creation. Stay tuned to the blog for the latest photos of our bathroom masterpiece!