I have known our carpenter, Scott Dilley, for 11 years. I met him through his wife, Melanie, when our sons Jake and Jack were born. We quickly became pals; she is British and would entertain me with tea and witty conversation. She could rightly be the subject of her own blog post with an amazing story but I will leave that for another time.
I am not sure what project I first worked with Scott or how he manages to accomplish our clients projects with rough sketches or concept drawing. It is one thing to conceptualize, it is quite another to actually make a beautiful piece of furniture. Perhaps it is because he attended the Art Institute of Chicago and studied sculpture, making him an artist first. Perhaps it is because he spent valuable time with his grandfather as a kid in California, building things. Perhaps it was out of necessity to keep his family nurtured. It is probably all these things and more.
My neighbors are British. I did not know that having British neighbors would open up doors to a new world! First of all, they are incredibly polite. Yes, I know what you’re thinking- that’s just the way they sound. But seriously, they are profoundly considerate- helping me take out the trash, blowing my leaves, bringing my children toys and candy from England and other kind gestures. More than being just good British neighbors, I needed to linger and chat over a cup of cappucino. So after Christmas, I did just that and walked next door to Saffron’s house. Turns out that she had some incredible stories to tell.
Saffron used to be the personal assistant to the co-founder of Jimmy Choo shoes in London. What? She worked with the designer, Martin Lawrence Bullard, to outfit her boss’s home. She coordinated everything from personal shopping of high fashion clothes to helicopter rides to dates with George Clooney for her lovely boss. This was gossip straight from how the other half lives and I was captivated!
I am also captivated by her. If I could marry her, I would. There-I said it. She is charming, fastidious, creative, healthy, artsy and did I mention that her house and yard are always in perfect order. This is something that if I did not like her so much, I would grudge her for making me look bad. Alas, I cannot be jealous (alright a little), but I can dream. Saffron also has a great sense of style. It’s simple yet quirky. Mid-century modern sofa, giant steamer trunks, union jack paraphanalia and vintage accessories. I appreciate her lack of clutter, yes, but more than that I appreciate how she considers every item, making sure that nothing is overcrowded and that everything speaks to her and her husband, Neil.
Written By Stephanie Andrews