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H&C a la Montreux

As mentioned in last week’s post, I have been in Switzerland installing a project. And as many of you know, I’ve been working a lot lately. So even though no one likes to spend their weekends at the office or pulling all-nighters, the magic of being an interior designer is that you get to enjoy the tangible results of all your hardship … THE APARTMENT IN MONTREUX IS STUNNING! Beyond the fact that I love every single thing we installed – the wallcoverings, the furniture, the lighting, the textiles, the accessories– the views and the town of Montreux itself are extraordinary. The work was dirty and exhausting, but with distractions like Lake Geneva out your window, who cares! The apartment - day one. Umm???LN_2010sep 395 LN_2010sep 377LN_2010sep 379 Yikes! Needless to say, this is not what we were expecting. So much for a move-in ready apartment. This not-so-insignificant mess is a big detail for management to omit from our conversations pre-departure. OK … take a deep breath and work the problem because there is a truck full of furniture outside and it needs to be installed – somehow. The silver lining?LN_2010sep 533 The view!!! So instead of installing right away … We run errands, meet with management and vendors, clean and walk the property.

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LN_2010sep 540 A trying and exhausting day, but it’s hard to complain in an environment like this. At day’s end, we all need a nice dinner and a good night’s sleep.377509_Riviera1900_montreuxpalacerestaurant 45 eve Huntley & Co. stayed at the Suisse Majestic, so four of us had dinner in the hotel’s restaurant – Restaurant 45 - and had a lovely time before crashing for the night. Moving onwards and upwards on day two with deliveries.LN_2010sep 452

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Furnishings are in and floors are clean (for now). Is there anything more satisfying than progress?! On days three and four, wallpaper goes up and we unpack all the accessories.

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It may be a mess, but it’s my favorite kind of mess … Christmas in September! We often ran errands during the day because there was always something else we or are installers needed. This day we stopped for lunch at the Hotel Eden du Lac.

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Yep, just another day in Montreux. After another couple of days of cleaning and styling, we have a finished apartment. Almost.

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There were a few things (besides the original mess) that didn’t go as planned. The artwork for the foyer was damaged in transit, one of the beds was missing from the delivery and the Swiss team hired by the property didn’t finish all of their work. One of the workers literally laughed in our faces when we told him to go buy the part he needed and to come back. So it looks like I’ll have to go back to Switzerland in October to wrap up the final details. Bummer ; )Tricia

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P.S. A huge thank you to our Swiss logistical team Kuehne + Nagel!