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The Quay Escape

This interior design project centers around the view of Sarasota Bay. The goal was to create a cohesive and visually appealing environment that was aesthetically different from the client’s traditional Midwest home in Chicago.

It is always challenging to step into a space that the firm didn't develop from the beginning. The design process typically begins with a consultation with the client to understand their vision, style preferences, and functional requirements for the space. The designer creates a design plan that includes a detailed layout, color palette, furniture and decor selections, and lighting and finishes. This project relied on furniture and fixtures to create a space that reflected the owner's personality.

The design team worked to provide a design style with muted tones, a few accent colors, and an immersion into different textiles, knowing the client wanted to depart from their usual traditional style. Without bright colors to detract from the panorama, the space is filled with clean lines and neutral colors, creating a calming and inviting atmosphere. Neutral tones add warmth and texture to the space. The Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the stunning views of the Bay and provide a visual anchor.

Started just before covid, the project faced challenges with lead times and items on hold. The design team managed client expectations through a high level of communication. The design team was brought in before construction began to pick finishes from what was available. By mixing the four or five options available to the owner, the team created something unique to their unit.

Overall, the design aims to escape from the client’s traditional decor used in their northern home by creating a serene and stylish space for their southern retreat.