Anyone who knows me well knows I have a low threshold for certain normal things. I can handle a jet or a DC-3 losing an engine, but household things confound me. What to wear is a huge decision. I’m not good at it. I am easily overwhelmed by choices and decisions that a normal person might easily make, or even enjoy making. I enjoyed these decisions when we built our last home, but we’ve moved to Macon and life has changed. I know my limits.
It was a leak in the kitchen faucets and mold that sent me over the edge. I was calm at first, as we cleaned everything out of the cabinet. I thought this was a repeat of our last leak, which was covered by our insurance, so I called that contractor. The guy came out, removed the kick plate under the cabinet, and our sink fell down. The contractor immediately denied responsibility and said this was a different leak. I didn’t feel like fighting but when the sink crashed down, I lost it.
My husband is the kindest, most patient person in the world. He took charge. When we got to Lowe’s to find a replacement sink and faucet, there were too many choices. My eyes glazed over and Bob sensed a meltdown in my future. “You know, we should just call Bonnie. She’ll know what to do.” I married better than I deserve.
Bonnie Dowling is my friend. We met at church and I trust her. She has transformed our home and has saved us money. She’s saved me time and my sanity. She is a stunning individual, beautiful inside and out. She’s smart and she’s talented, and she is always color coordinated. I wish I had that talent. I trust her.
I believe in interior design. I’ve tried doing things on my own, but Bob repainted the master bath three times in three years. That’s pushing the limits of a very good and patient husband. Bonnie helped me narrow down the color choices from the 4 million paint colors out there (and the crazy names!) to three. I didn’t want to live in a box of crayons, though I love color. Bob was happy to paint once more, but he drew the line at repainting every year.
Bonnie took charge and I could relax.
It hasn’t been easy. Who knew there were so many different kinds of sinks? One bowl, two bowls, lower center division so you can wash large pans? Then you get into how many holes do you want for faucets and dispensers. One? Two? Three? And what do you want the holes for? Soap? Hot water? Two controls for water, or one? Do you want a sprayer? If you want a sprayer, do you want it separate or part of the faucet? Bonnie is a superhero. Who knew there were all of these options and decisions?
Our home was built in 1996 and our sink is larger than normal, and we couldn’t have gotten one from Lowe’s anyway. No one sells a sink that fits the hole in the countertop. A new sink with countertop modifications would have set off my husband’s defibrillator. The best option was to use the old sink with its three holes and replace the faucet and sprayer.
Bonnie’s strategy was brilliant. She sent me no more than five choices for anything. This was more manageable than the 10,478 on build.com. I chose one and then we had to figure out what to do with the rest of the holes in the sink. That was relatively easy. A hot water dispenser and a soap dispenser will fill in these other holes. A piece of cake.
Compared to the sink, the cabinets were easy even though the cabinets themselves had been discontinued. Bonnie had a super cabinet maker who was able to replicate everything. No problem. He could also remove our trash compactor and give us additional cabinet space.
We received Bonnie’s bill for January today, and it took her only 5.5 hours to do what it would have taken me weeks to do. She’s a pro. She’s allowed me to focus on what I do best, growing my business and loving my family. It has been stress-free.
I believe in design. This isn’t a paid announcement or commercial of any kind, but just an affirmation following a bad experience fixed by a good designer. It is an affirmation of friendship and respect for someone who knows what she is doing. It is a statement of respect for a profession whose members provide a great benefit to their customers. As I have told my children many times, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. A good designer can save time and money.