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If you are just joining us start here to read from the beginning of this project.

Finally, we were able to bring in our crew. The “Gowan Iron Made” bed canopy was gorgeous but a real jig-saw puzzle to install.

The bed dressings are so much prettier/softer if you sew the rings on rather than use pleat pins.

HOWEVER, that means that you have to hang the panels on the rod before the rod is installed.

Tricky. And heavy.

Peep eye.

This is where my prayer life got a lot of exercise.

I don’t know that I have ever been as nervous OK, SCARED, on a job as I was with this.

The ceilings in the foyer are 30′ tall. There is a lot of glass and the sun turns that part of the house into a literal sauna every afternoon.

The floors were faded and warped and had to be replaced.

I was my job to “get rid of the sun and heat”.

The only real option was to drape the entire wall ceiling to floor and use a remote controlled electronic rod.

Gorgeous effect… dramatic beyond words… but the installation process changed my hair color significantly.

That poor guy,  had never done this before. He was on a 30′ extension ladder with a 15′ rod and motor trying to keep it balanced.

I will spare you the nail biting details but we finally got to the point where we-he- could hang the first panel.

Remember, no one can go up that ladder with him so he ended up with the full weight of 30+ feet of lined linen on his shoulder while he climbed that blasted ladder and tried to man-handle the pins onto the hooks.

We were so relieved when he accomplished it… until we realized he had to come down and start all over again to get the second panel.

At this point I excused myself and went outside to rip apart a chair?

 Seriously? No, I was praying my head off that he wouldn’t fall to the marble floor.

We insisted that they take a break. None of us had eaten all day which leads to some serious “shakes” when you get this tired.

It’s just not even fair when you test the remote and it doesn’t work after all that work.

Fortunately, it was an easy fix and we were back in business.

After both sides are up you STILL have to trudge back up those who-knows-how-many steps to carry the cornice that attaches to the front.

This should have been the easy part. However, the spring activated locks would not pop.

I started pacing in the back room again.

“Father, just give him two “pops”. That’s all he needs. Please make those dad gum things do what they are supposed to do so that nice,exhausted man can go home!”

POP!    POP!

Hallelujah Thine the Glory.

This process began at 1:30 that afternoon.

At 9:40 that night the four of us collapsed outside on the steps too tired to go any further.

Thank you     for your tireless work. It truly does look stunning.

The beauty of the concierge move-in service is that the client does not have to experience any of this stress.

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Believe it or not, it all started here with this simple little picture.

I thought that I would share with you the process that lead us to the design decisions that we made for this lovely home in Florida.

I flew to Jacksonville for the first time to see the house armed with my ipad loaded with pictures of things that were somehow, some way speaking to me.

Most of  you will go…ah, yea… crazy woman but some of you artsy types will completely get it.

Fortunately for me, these most wonderful clients in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD understand the way my mind works and they love to roll with me.

So, without further adieu and very little commentary I will leave you to examine the images and see if you can figure out what it all means.

All images are from Pinterest. Thank you Dear Pinterest!

I am smiling.

Have fun.

This was actually found after we completed the design but you will be surprised how similar it is.

We should have had a contest to see which one of you could come closest to figuring out the direction.

We will have to do that one day.

Next time… it all begins to take shape.

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