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by, France Lavin and Kelly Flynn
This client wanted an elegant, inviting & contemporary space to entertain guests in for cocktails and appetizers. This Living Room is full of artistic elements and conversational pieces. Take a look at the “Before” picture of this room which we have in the Before & After section. We took a relatively small space, which can now seat 4-7 or more comfortably by bringing in comfy dining chairs from the adjacent Dining Room.
The dark wood piece of furniture located under the over-sized acrylic-on-canvas art opens up to become a full service dry bar. The top of the bar is protected from water and spills. After all installations are complete, we recommended having the furniture, area rugs and window treatments professionally treated to protect against wear, stains and UV rays.
Don’t be afraid to use that beautifully created space . . . it’s pretty to look at, and it’s pretty functional too!
By, Kelly Flynn
If an interior design professional or contractor suggests that a full bathroom remodel will take 7-10 days, prepare yourself to be disappointed, befuddled and upset! If it sounds too good to be true, then ask the hard questions and be sure to get more than one estimate.
If you are working with a Professional Interior Designer, you will have a well streamlined project. Making selections that work together within your budget and give the results you are looking for can take an expert! Your designer or design team can often supervise the timeline of your contractor. A good contractor should break the project down something like this:
7 weeks from when the materials arrive till finish: *
Week 1: Demo, framing new walls, remove debris
(Including time for permit inspections)
Week 4: Insulation & drywall installation
Week 5: Tile, Install Vanity, toilet & other plumbing fixtures
Week 6: Final carpentry & architectural detailing
Week 6: Texture, Painting or wallcovering application
Week 7: Lighting, Hardware, Accessory, Mirror & Glass installation
* Projects vary by square footage and scope.
There should be a breakdown for price on each of these items including allowances for Tile, Vanity, Sinks, Hardware etc… This gives you a guideline on how much you can spend in each area when specifying these items. If you choose to go over budget on a selection, it is well known upfront and can perhaps balance with an under budget selection.
Most importantly… don’t schedule a party or attempt to start this type of project exactly 7 weeks from the start date! There can be unforeseen set backs that can hold a project up When delays happen, no one likes it and it can make the process frustrating! So, go in with patience and the expectation that you will have a dusty hallway perhaps longer than you want to.
Your contractor or designer should inform you of delays right away. Also, any additional costs that arise that may not be predicted during the estimate stage should also be disclosed to you immediately. Be sure to leave some room in the budget for the unknown- and please invite us to your party! We will bring wine!
by, France Lavin
These before and after photos of an attic bedroom we recently designed, shows that not only was a simple de-clutter in order, but that this room needed a better purpose.Not only did we get the dirty clothes off of the floor… we updated this guest bedroom with furnishings and fabrics of a soft and warm feel using tone-on-tone textures and colors. The result was turning the guest bedroom from a “place to put everything you don’t know what to do with room” into an inviting and warm guest sanctuary.
by, Kelly Flynn and France Lavin
Often we are presented with obstacles during the pre-planning stages of design projects. Some are impossible to predict and ultimately require creative solutions. Finding the perfect furniture at the perfect price was something we couldn’t easily accomplish while shopping for this room. The need to find alternative options can be due to size requirements, prohibitive cost, functionality flaws or undesired finish & color. Often times the perfect solution just doesn’t exist. This circumstance is exactly what we ran into recently . . . our solution was to design and create custom pieces.
This bed was inspired by a vision, while fabric of mohair was on their wish list too. We designed the dimensions around mechanical mattress system they purchased. Finding a divine chocolate mohair fabric significantly reduced in cost (due to liquidating a first run) made it possible to grant a wish-list item for our client. France was inspired by the client’s love of acrylic so we added the custom acrylic obelisks to the posts to enhance the bed’s height, creating an elegant and grande feel. After many calls to acrylic companies that make furniture and such, we struggled to find a company who could make them in a reasonable price range. I finally found a trophy company to make them- was a fun project for them as well!
Additionally, we designed a coordinating dresser and hutch both for room composition and functionality of storage.
They rely on our renderings and engineers’ advise to fully understand the expectations of the final product. Review, recalculate and measure again, just one more time… to avoid costly mistakes.
The France Lavin Design team has worked with craftsmen who have been able to realize the vision we create for our furniture.
Keeping the work local keeps the carbon footprint to a minimum as well. We know that creating custom furniture requires creative and experienced professionals. In the end our clients can say they have a one-of-a-kind!