Concept to Completion IV: Finishing Touches
By: Brooke Brimacombe
What sets Collins & DuPont apart from all other design firms is our attention to detail. Throughout the design process, we make sure that a design concept is taken from the beginning phases of construction all the way to completion. We are not only responsible for your design development, but also permanent installations such as tile specifications and details, exterior detailing, and cabinetry drawings – our architectural detailing is absolutely stunning and stands out among the rest.
To bring a project to completion, we make sure the finishing touches do the architectural detailing justice. Once the interior shell is ready for installation, the area rugs and furnishings are placed. This is the point in the project when the designer sees their vision coming to life. The space is not quite a home yet. It takes those final finishing touches to make the house feel like your home. Custom draperies and bedding are a great way to soften a space and emphasize the concept and design style. We take the time to get to know our clients and they enjoy being a part of the design development, and we love their input.
A project we have in Grand Cayman is a great example of how important the finishing touches are to a project. For example, this client had two clothes hampers custom designed for their Master Bath and Powder Bathroom. One hamper is meant to be a showcase piece much like a jewelry box, upholstered out of a gold metallic fabric with detailing in gold and crystal nail heads in a harlequin shape to resemble the wall covering in the space. These same clients had intricate trimming details on their bedding and draperies to personalize every last inch of their home. Custom tapes and trims set their furniture, bedding and draperies apart from the rest. We even designed custom lamp shades in the Library Retreat so that the Lily Pullitzer fabrics could contrast the stained wood of the custom built credenza.
To give a space warmth and personalization, we fill tables and shelves with lamps and accessories, which make all the difference in the world. We were presented the opportunity in Grand Cayman with custom built-in bookcases all across the library retreat and up and down three flights of stairs. The client was amazed at the detail work involved to make these shelves look lived in while still maintaining a balanced composition.
Collins & DuPont offers a turn-key service – upon request, our clients can come down for season with their home completely stocked. We can have sheets cleaned and pressed, beds made, silverware in drawers, appliances under cabinets, tables set, and even champagne chilled for the client’s homecoming. We take detailing to the next level to ensure the client will be happy with their design for years to come. What makes this process so rewarding for Collins & DuPont designers is to receive a phone call from a client raving about a new detail that they just unveiled months or even years after a project’s completion. To Collins & DuPont, it is “all in the details.”