EP 209 | Momentum with Annie Elliott

February 16, 2021

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These are, indeed, extraordinary times. Gaining momentum and traction on projects is a bit tricky these days, but DC Designer, Annie Elliott shares her strategies for getting the job done well and quickly.

In this episode we learn:

  • we all need to be flexible right now, and keep everything in perspective
  • to effectively juggle projects, separate the need to finish from the want to finish
  • manage timeline expectations at the beginning
  • delaying the start of the project is far better than a delay in the middle
  • give clients the bad news about long timelines at the beginning
  • explain to clients that the money requirements will come in cycles, not only at the beginning
  • review with clients when the heaviest billing can be expected


Design Intervention

Go into a design presentation with ONE vision. One vision, one of every item, and then your bag of tricks can hold some backups, which hopefully you won’t need. There’s always more than one right answer to a design problem. But you need to choose what you feel is the best AT THAT TIME, present it with confidence, and explain your reasoning. And then stop talking!

About Annie Elliott

Annie is a recovering art historian who developed her eye and aesthetic sensibilities studying 20th-century art and working in some of the nation’s top museums.

In 2004, armed with a master’s degree in art history, interior design coursework at the Corcoran College of Art + Design (now part of GW University), and incredible naiveté, Annie opened “bossy color.” Today, the homes created by Annie Elliott Design feature a distinctive, exuberant mix of antiques, art, and modern furnishings.

Annie is an Associate Member of ASID, and her design work and insights have appeared in HGTV Magazine, This Old House, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.


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