Nothing is ever all black or all white and 2017 was just that, a mix of good and not so good. My lasting impression of the 2017 is somewhat morose. On the business side, we saw concerning changes occurring in the market. There was a decline in multi-family new construction projects compared to prior years, RFPs did not pop up in the same numbers and bids were fought fiercely. Many of our clients were under tremendous pressure from their investors and the marketplace, which in turn challenged us to continue delivering stunning designs while contending with lower budgets and more restrictions. On a personal level, there were too many sicknesses, hospitalizations and losses. In many ways it was a hard, heartbreaking year.
On the other hand, we do have a lot to be thankful for, and I am grateful for all the good that happened in 2017. The SR/A team had two wonderful weddings and two of our staff earned their NCIDQ certifications. I started painting which has been a long-time dream. We renovated half of our house, found new friends, reconnected with old friends. In the gallery, we met new artists, new clients, started the consignment program and the gallery took a fun direction towards local artists. I’m excited to share that La Collection is on path to be showing 100% original art in 2018. We now have a strong presence on social media via LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram and saw an increase in sales on our Etsy and Chairish stores. There has been a lot of forward movement this year and that is wonderful.
I am hopeful for 2018. If we do not go to war with North Korea, if the Stock Market does not crash and if the Middle East does not explode, it looks like it can be a good year. The gallery will continue to grow and show local artists as well as new concepts. The ID firm will look to expand its reach into new areas of design, such as hospitality and senior living, and new regional markets, along with our traditional DC-area multi-family new constructions and renovations. We will keep on giving back through our pro bono work and addressing the affordable housing crisis. So yes, in many ways I am glad to see 2017 behind us, but I am also excited and positive to move forward into 2018 and all the possibilities it brings.
Wishing all a cozy and happy holidays and a…
Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Sabine Roy is the President and CEO of SR/A Interior Architecture and Design. Sabine and her husband, Sean Saidi, Principal at SR/A, reside in Maryland with their reclusive cat Phisy and their gregarious dog Margot.