Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You May Call It Magnolia, I Call It Slipper Satin

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You May Call It Magnolia, I Call It Slipper Satin

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MONDAY My week starts with a real challenge in the form of Mr Smith. He has been looking for a property with us for a long time and wants to view even more today. He has seen more than 20 already this month but has to move in less than a month. I need to really maximise all my persuasive powers to help him make a decision before he misses out on the best deals. In this market nothing good is sticking around.

TUESDAY After a morning team meeting I whizz up to Holland Park to meet an investment landlord who has been recommended to me through our commercial team.

My client is completely refurbishing his apartment and keenly shows me his interior decorator's plans. But the alarm bells immediately start ringing when I spot the bright and vivid designs he wants to use as part of the facelift.

I politely suggest that although his "modern" look is certainly unique, a more neutral colour palette might be more appealing to a broader-base market.

An hour later I receive a call from a somewhat irate interior decorator to advise she has been told that she is surplus to requirements and the whole apartment is now going to be painted magnolia. I assure her that I definitely would not have suggested magnolia (how very Eighties) but instead had recommended a Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin as a better alternative for a modern, contemporary feel.

I cannot be sure of the exact obscenities that next reverberate through my receiver -- I have to hold it well away from my ear to avoid the deafening yells.

WEDNESDAY After a successful sales meeting I take Mr Smith to properties in Palace Gate and Queen's Gate. True to his usual style, he says he will let me know his decision in 24 hours.

In the afternoon I pop over to view a delightful, newly refurbished mews house off Holland Road with the sales team. The team needs a price for their vendor and any potential buy-to -let investment landlords. …

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