Magazine article Success

The Art of the Redesign

Magazine article Success

The Art of the Redesign

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CEOs and business owners often come to me for advice on doing a business make-over--or, as it's called in the business world, a turnaround. One of the first things I do is show them the work of my wife.

Georgia is a very talented interior designer. When the economy got tough and folks weren't spending as freely for the finer things in life, she reinvented her business by specializing in "redesign," doing complete home makeovers using the client's existing furnishings.

I show the CEOs before-and-after pictures of the rooms. They are amazed by the stunning transformations. Then I explain that it's all the same stuff, just utilized differently. I like to share Georgia's process, as it provides several makeover lessons applicable to your business or life.


When endeavoring to do a makeover, it's tempting to look for what's wrong--what elements need to be changed, removed or even added to fix the problem. But that can complicate matters further. By contrast, Georgia starts by completely removing everything, stripping the room bare. Then with a fresh beginning--a clean slate--she adds pieces, one by one, purposefully choosing and placing each item.

What always astonishes me is that items that once looked like junk can become magnificent showpieces when grouped with color, shape, texture and the overall balance of the room in mind. Of course, not everything makes it back into the room. And Georgia often finds items hidden elsewhere in the house, in closets or even the garage. When placed appropriately, items once disregarded can become the perfect elements needed to create harmony and magic in the space. …

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