Every beautiful finished project begins with a design process. The design process, depending on the project, can take from a short few weeks to months or years. Each firm has their own process that they follow. Our design process takes a few weeks to complete and then one to two months for all of the product to arrive and be installed or delivered. It is very tailored to each project and each client. We work very closely with the client’s needs and must-haves, along with their budget and timeline. Our process goes something like this: initial client meeting, house call, putting together a presentation with lots of options, a work session where we meet with the client again to go over the options we prepared and change anything, creating a proposal based on the decisions made in the work session and finally placing the orders for the products in the final proposal. After the orders are placed, we make sure everything is on schedule to arrive. There is a lot that goes into our process to make sure that the client receives exactly what they want. I want to talk a little bit about our process that went into one of our latest deliveries.
A long-awaited delivery took place recently in the Longwood community of Alaqua Lakes. Our client waited three months for everything to be ready for this delivery. The main areas we designed were the dining room, family room and guest room. We also did some work in the fitness room and living room. We began with the family room as it is the hub of the home. We always begin our ideas in the conceptual phase. We use the room’s measurements and create a space plan for the room using our software. Once we have the layout we move forward and start selecting options for furnishings. The furniture that the client had in this room before was very heavy and traditional. To bring in a more transitional feel we went with a monochromatic color scheme that would simplify the room and make it more calming. For the family room, a custom sofa from Lexington Home Brands was selected. This sofa took 3 months to produce because we had to wait for the amazing fabric for the body of the sofa to come back in stock, but it was worth it! End tables selected from Bernhardt and Arteriors Home. The very soft, 100% viscose area rug was selected from Surya. The custom leather ottoman and over-sized leather recliner from Bradington Young. Large custom chair-and-a-half swivel chairs were selected from Panama Pete out of Ocala, FL. For the ceiling fan, a new introduction from Monte Carlo Fans was selected. We replaced the existing drapes with new ones produced by Carole Fabrics. New paint went up in all areas of the home as well.
The next space we worked on was the dining room. Our client wanted to keep her gorgeous furniture in that room, but still update the room with new window treatments, lighting and a rug. We got to work selecting a fabric for the new drapery. Custom drapery and window treatments usually take the longest time to produce out of all the products, so we wanted to get the selection taken care of right away. We chose a beautiful gold patterned fabric from Carole Fabrics and had them produce the drapery. We added tiebacks from Stout to add a grand statement. The amazing brass sconces were chosen from Arteriors Home because of the way the shape played along with the shaping of the drapes. The iron chandelier was selected from Currey & Co. so that it would compliment the other colors in the room. Our client decided to reupholster her dining chairs in a grey fabric from Kasmir Fabrics to go with the new colors in the room. The viscose area rug was selected from Loloi Rugs. We had to deliver it after the larger delivery because it was out of stock. It took 6 months to arrive! It was the perfect finishing touch for this room.
For the guest room all new furniture was selected. The headboard, dresser and nightstand are from Lexington Home Brands. The adorable plug-in sconce is from Global Views. Drapery was once again selected from Carole Fabrics. New window treatment hardware was added to this room from Paris Texas Hardware. The new, more neutral paint color really tied it all together.
The fitness room didn’t need any furniture, but it did need some window treatments. We did stationary panels on each window. The fabric was selected from Maxwell Fabrics and we had our workroom here in Lake Mary produce the drapes. Mercury glass hardware was selected from Paris Texas Hardware. Truly unique elements in this room are the custom faux iron inserts that we put in the transom windows. It is a resin/MDF material that is carved to look like iron.
We gave the living room a face lift by adding a few new items. Our client wanted to keep her existing furniture and her gorgeous grand piano. We selected a new wool area rug from Jaipur Rugs that coordinated with her artwork. We added a large faux bamboo tree from Lux Art Silks out of Sarasota, FL in the corner of the room. A new tufted ottoman from Bradington Young was selected to replace the too-big coffee table that was in the room before.
As you can see, a lot goes into every project. Whether it be just window treatments, or an entire home, the design process is the same from concept to installation or delivery. We work very hard in the selection phase to make sure the design reflects the client’s style and tastes. After the final selections are made and ordered, we make sure that everything is going smoothly and according to schedule. Our design process truly makes renovating and updating your home easy and worry-free. If you have a project that you are ready to begin, but you don’t know where to start, contact us at FLQ and our professionals can help you through the entire process from beginning to end.