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Our Design Process: Building a Relationship… Building a Design

When we create a design for our clients, we not only work to create a space they love–we end up building a relationship to understand their specific design needs and often develop a friendship. Our commitment to building a relationship makes the experience that much more enjoyable for you and saves you both time and money in the long run.

Part of what makes our projects so successful is our passion to dig a little deeper–learning our clients’ design goals, what styles they are looking to accomplish, etc. It’s here that we listen for those little hints–hobbies, likes and dislikes, color preferences, what matters most in design.

Creating a Layout

After collecting details, we create a design that is 100% specific to the client. This is where “listening” really comes into play. We need to understand how our client functions day-to-day to make sure we create a layout that works for their daily routine. The layout has to speak to them. And, this is where we get to show the client we are willing to go the extra mile–quite literally in some cases.

We’ll visit the space to get a true feel for it and a true feel for our client’s needs, we’ll meet with contractors, set up meetings, etc. We take all the work off our clients’ hands. We know that living through a renovation/redesign can be stressful..we get it. So, being able to do go the extra mile for our client is a way for us to eliminate stress for them.

Developing a Design

This also where we begin to put all the pieces together and create a presentation for the client, along with 3D renderings of what the space will look like. This plan includes it all–furniture selections, rugs, lighting, seating, color selections, you name it! It’s at this stage of the game where we really get to see the client’s expressions. It’s such a cool moment!

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At times, these presentations are almost surreal. We’re creating that “dream space” for the client and it’s nothing short of exhilarating! When you nail it, it’s magic!

Final Installation

design processAfter the layout and design are approved, physical construction for renovation happens or final installation begins–depending on the complexity of the project. This is when the Enjolé team gets to work our magic. Our team of interior designers and logistics team put the entire space together, down to the very last picture to be hung on the wall. We want everything to be flawless for the client. The reward of a completed project is when the client walks and their jaw drops, there are no words to be said and tears of joy fill their eyes. This is what makes it all worth it. This why we do what we do.

For a designer, the road takes us many different places, but it all leads back to someone’s home! What a pleasure it is to make a difference in people’s lives… in people’s homes.

Longboat Key: A Sunny Florida Condo Client Reveal

The reveal of this beautiful Longboat Key condo was an emotional one. To understand just how much time, creativity and planning went into the redesign and renovation of this vacation home, you must see some of the work along the way. We were thoughtful in every design and piece selected for this couple – from the custom-made game table to the venetian blue tiled Bourbon Bar to the warm wood tones throughout the space.

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Check out the first two blogs in this series: Going the Extra Mile for Design: Our Longboat Key Remodel and Designing A Dream: Our Longboat Key Remodel.

And one of the driving forces behind my design process and furniture selection after I spent time in the actual space, was the fact that they would be keeping the gorgeous solid mahogany interior doors that acted as the entrance into each room and double into the master suite… Can we say GORGEOUS!?  They were the start of what would be a feeling of ‘Big Sur Meets Florida’! Gorgeous wood tones mixed with a beautiful view of the intercoastal waterways… I knew there was no end to the creativity which would drive this design to the finish line!

After we made our furniture and decor selections, our owner Sharon Lemond, architect (and my husband!) Dave, our logistics team and I made the trip to Longboat Key with all of the furniture and decor to ensure the perfect installation working two straight days until it was complete. The end result… flawless.

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From the finalization to the actual design, to the demolition, to the construction of the project, to the installation, everything fell perfectly into place. The final reward of this completed project was seeing the client walk in.

As the couple walks in their condo for the first time after renovation, she drops her purse in awe and her husband stops to watch her reaction. There are no words, just tears of joy to see her dreams come true! The client’s expression says it all. Everything had come together exactly as planned. They gave credit to me and my team, but it really was their dream I helped to make a reality.

longboat key remodelWe decided to come back at night for a second reveal, igniting the fireplace, lighting the LED channel over the island and setting up the channeled light in the shelving – picturesque! What once was a dream, they can now call their own space.

My work as a designer is to get to know my clients in a way that I can capture the essence of who they are as people and make the picture in their head a reality, that’s my job. Enjolé has given me the freedom to be creative and the ability to work with an amazing group of people that keep me energized. They allow me to give my clients moments like these and spaces that serve as inspiration to their lives.

And as you can see, a designer’s road takes them many different places, but it all leads back to someone’s home!  What a pleasure it was and it is to make a difference in the way my clients enjoy their homes.

Designing A Dream: Our Longboat Key Remodel

Designing a Dream

Thanks to years of thought behind their “ideal” layout, we had a great foundation to work with. But, the ultimate question for me was: Am I willing to take on the challenge of the project with the distance from Evansville? To which I responded, “Absolutely!” I knew the distance wouldn’t be a problem with a great team behind me and a definitive plan.

The client had enjoyed their condo as it was for over 5 years, and now that the couple’s children are young adults and their work allows a certain amount of flexibility and travel – they were ready to take the next step and spend more time in Longboat Key. And, they wanted to fully love this space that they call their own.

I brought what I know about this couple from past projects to the mix. They love hosting family and friends So how can I help them to entertain in this space? They are dedicated to their careers – So how I can help them be productive in their work, while enjoying every bit of the view and the tropical vibe?

As I began to work creatively on the space, it all just came to me.

The color pallette… Rich navy blues, with a mix of lighter blues, neutrals and grays to bring strength to all of the other wood grains, painted cabinet features and tile selections.

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The seating… There must be ample seating for the family and all the friends they want to entertain a social environment. A sectional was the best choice in a light neutral to keep it fresh. We then brought in some texture with patterned pillows to pull the design together. We added in a chic taupe leather recliner, as well as a grouping of 4 swivel chairs for the gaming area. Last, I got to work with John Gaffe a designer of yacht furniture on the east coast who designed a compass rose and teakwood table to match the space.

designing dream seating

We knew the client loved to play games with their family, so when we couldn’t find the perfect game table that could also be adjusted to a cocktail table height, John created a custom table perfect for their family.

The kitchen… We talked with the clients a lot about the way they wanted to use this space, taking their specific requests for design elements cabinets to hide the refrigerator, a Trough sink, bamboo elements to bring warmth to the design, an intricate backsplash with multi-color glass tiles in neutrals, grays, and hints of blue, and a stunning quartz countertop to finish it all off.

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The Powder Bath… Here we kept it light and bright a white porcelain “Tuna Sink” with a bamboo cabinet and an LED-lit round mirror. The walls are covered in an  iridescent blue wallpaper to set off the design and a brown and white marble patterned tile give dimension to the floor and pull in warm wood tones.




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The Bourbon Bar… The most unique portion of the design. We chose a venetian blue tile, paired with a beautiful navy lacquered cabinet so chic! We added glass shelves to show off the amber bourbon glass bottles and antique collections of Waterford all hand selected by my clients from a recent trip to Ireland their vision come to life!






Another important component of this design was a beautifully crafted custom-designed fish by artisan Russ Gilbert. The clients decided on this beautiful bluefin glass sculpture to help complete the aesthetic of the space and serve as a perfect complement to the lighting. To hide all of the wiring, we created a unique coral design behind it. Altogether, the sculpture contains 7 hand-blown fish of blues and yellows and measures 74-76” wide and 42” high talk about a true piece of art!

designing dream fish sculpture

The view… We literally took out walls to ensure that a view of the inner coastal waterway was visible from the moment you walked through the door. Talk about an office view – whether at the bar, kitchen or sofa our client enjoys the serenity of a magnificent view of the water. And let me tell you  – this couple deserves it!


Going the Extra Mile for Design: Our Longboat Key Remodel

We often get a look of surprise when we share that we travel across the country for design projects–whether it’s a vacation home or just a client we’ve built a relationship with from afar. Well, of course we travel for you! And when our client has built trust and a relationship with us, they often don’t want anyone but our team on their project. When a client and a designer connect, distance is no barrier.

We all get inspiration from different places, and for me as a designer, inspiration often comes as I travel. So, when I get opportunities from my amazing clients to perform my craft on their vacation homes – it’s a dream.

I recently completed the design of a condo in Chicago, will soon be finishing an install on a home in Arizona, and I was lucky enough to spend time in Florida for a complete condo re-design and renovation. I jumped at the opportunity to help this long-standing client – a relationship 12 years strong with 3 prior design projects. Their need was quite clear… A full remodel of their condo in sunny Longboat Key, Florida.

Creating the Design for the Longboat Key Condo

We already knew how our client lives and what they like, which are incredibly important first steps in the client/designer relationship. But, this project was a little different. This was their vacation home…their retreat. We talked about their goals and the vibe they were going for – wow, they were dreaming big! We discussed budget, timing and logistics of how they would like the project to go. I wanted them to have as little stress and time invested as possible, while also getting them in their newly renovated and designed space as quickly as possible.

And so, we went to work on designing their perfect retreat.

In my travels to and from Florida, I set up necessary meetings with contractors, which helped to move the project along as planned. I began to build my design off the gorgeous, solid mahogany interior doors that served as an entrance to each room – wood tones mixed with a beautiful view of the intercoastal.

Together the client and I had big dreams. We just had to decide how we were going to make it all happen, including a decent amount of construction and renovation, which was when we decided to bring on my husband, Dave–a mechanical engineer specializing in architectural design. Once Dave, Sharon (our Enjolé’s President) and our amazing logistics team joined the project, we were able to really see the plan came to life.

Dave–after being hands on and getting specific measurements–was able to put the client’s actual floor plan to a set of drawings and create 3D renderings for them to get a better picture of what the space could be. This was really exciting and important to them, to make sure they were in love with the design before undergoing such a large project to their space.






To make sure we didn’t miss a beat, we traveled to Florida and stayed for several days to take in the “vibe” of the space. It was then that we decided – after careful thought and research – on a theme for our design: Sophisticated Beach. We nailed it, and it was magic – exhilarating!

While we can’t wait to share more exciting before & afters from this beautiful condo redesign – we leave you with this view. Our new design and Dave’s architectural plan allowed us to create a view that meant taking down walls to allow visibility of the inner coastal waterway from the moment you walk through the door.

From the living space to the powder room and kitchen – stay tuned for our next blog in this series!