More than two decades ago we were searching for an office space to purchase for our interior design business. We had begun in Old Town Alexandria and later moved to Vienna. We had been renting in Vienna and now had the opportunity to buy. After looking at a dozen spaces in nearby Northern Virginia, we chose the condo in Fairfax Commons on Old Lee Highway, just a block or so off Main Street in Fairfax. Recently I was reminded why we had made that wise decision.
As I drove into the heart of Fairfax on my approach to our design studio on a Monday morning, the parking lots and the Kitty Pozer Garden were fenced off for construction. The “fencing”, created with a series of panels, tells the story of the preservation and restoration project as well as the upcoming events in the City. By December we will be “Walking through Time” in the new and improved Old Town Square. And, yes, there will still be parking.
The City is now, and was then, a destination – not a drive through. It has history and yet is part of today’s world. It welcomes singles, families (young and not so young), businesses and culture. Several wonderful restaurants are within walking distance of our office. Community events are frequent and well hosted. It is a beautiful and pleasant place to work, live and have a good time.
We made the right choice.
PS I am going to try to make it to the next Rock the Block. I love music!
“Isn’t it Ironic?” to quote Alanis Morissette – or at least a coincidence – that clients from the past, who moved to Florida eleven years ago, called our studio in Northern Virginia with a question just two weeks before Kayla and I were heading to Florida on another client project? We were able to answer the question by phone and email, but that did not stop us from scheduling a dinner together during our trip.
We met at a wonderful restaurant in the beautiful city of St. Augustine about half way between their location and ours. Even more delightful was the time spent together. Conversation and laughter began the minute they entered the room and continued for over two hours. It was an evening with best friends, even for Kayla who has been with our firm for four years and had never met them before. She had heard some of the stories since they are still on our recently revised website but those stories sounded even better coming from the two of them. Kindness, appreciation and humor are gifts for all.
It was a joy to hear about the favorite “Paris” Chair from William Switzer Ltd. (I can appreciate that. Our living room features a pair of them!) And we were asked to say hello to Wayne and Alex at Soulie’s Interiors, the superb, to the trade workroom, that has fabricated and installed window treatments and bed linens for so many of our clients.
We strive, always, to do what is the ideal for each client. How great to have clients who tell us we did it.