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One of our projects at Orleans Chateau & Villas was recently profiled in a story in Miami Home & Decor magazine, so we thought we take the opportunity to tell you more about the design. Take a peek inside this 1,600-square-foot, mid-century condo renovation that we completed for our clients from Canada. Just as the couple desired, the home’s monochromatic scheme is tempered with subtle splashes of color. Since the clients spend so much time in the kitchen, this room became one of the main focal points of the home. Notice the simple and clean lines. We like the Arteriors clear-glass and chrome light pendants from Planet Lighting. And the Jalan Jalan barstools give the room more of a rustic and weathered feel. orleans-chateau-2 Notice the white Italkraft cabinetry with its wood-grain finish and wave-engraved square chrome hardware. The countertops and island are Opustone’s leather-veined, frappuccino-colored quartzite. And we used Soho marble flooring to bring the design in the kitchen together. orleans-chateau-4 In the dining area, a capiz shells chandelier shaped like a cone exudes a soft glow that radiates throughout the space. Also from Jalan Jalan, the organic dining table has a tree trunk base, which builds on the beachy chic vibe. orleans-chateau-3  
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Raymond Jimenez and Shannon Scott launched their firm, RS3 Designs with the ethos “think different, design different.” And fittingly, RS3 stands for the partnership between the principals and their clients (hence the number 3). It’s no surprise then that the team has established themselves an an award-winning leader in the design category with commissions everywhere from South Florida to Chicago and up the eastern seaboard. The full-service firm has a diverse portfolio that includes retail, commercial, hospitality and residential projects in luxury condominiums, such as Trump IIMuranoAsiaArtech,GrovenorCarbonellEpicHampton and Orleans Chateau. Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Scott’s passion for the arts led her to study architecture at Auburn University. It was there that she became inspired by interior design. She then moved to Miami and finished her interior design degree at Miami International University of Art & Design. There she met another talented young designer from South Florida, Raymond Jimenez. Scott and Jimenez went to college together and afterwards worked at the same design firm, before deciding to open their own business in the Miami Design District. Not only do they have complementary personalities and talents, they share a passion for developing versatile, client-centric design themes. Rather than imposing their own signature style on clients, the duo specializes in building their themes around a client’s artwork and specific wishes. They also draw inspiration from their travels and experiences. They don’t just repeat design elements from job to job, Scott and Jimenez focus on creating a fresh palette with exotic touches in each and every project.about-us What others are saying: “When you bring two bright designers, Raymond Jimenez and Shannon Scott, and one sophisticated world traveler together to renovate a 20-year-old, 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in South Beach’s exclusive Murano Portofino condominium, the result is an eclectic mix.” – Marina Brown, Florida Design’s Miami Home & Decor “Jimenez and Scott took a Fort Lauderdale condo that was stuck in the ’70s and turned it into a dynamic steampunk scene pulled from a 19th century sci-fi novel.” – Kara Franker, Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida With a background in architecture and a passion for customizing domestic spaces, designer Shannon Scott aims to personalize all of South Florida.” – Hunter Braithwaite, Ocean Drive “When their Murano Portofino client brought a magnificent traditional crystal chandelier back from Italy, Scott and Jimenez installed it in the dining room, where it blended artfully with the furniture they had already selected. Clearly this residence is a perfect marriage of minds…and taste.” – Marlene Sholod, South Florida Opulence  Read More
If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that we’re continuing our before and after series showcasing an interior design project we completed in Fort Lauderdale for a client who desired to bring a piece of his hometown in Chicago to the white sandy beaches of Florida. To get the job done, we stripped the entire residence down to the concrete. And we only had 90 days to get the entire project done. A story published in Modern Luxury’s Interiors South Florida magazine describes the steampunk style we implemented and illustrates how we incorporated distinctive surfaces and materials to convey that 19th century industrial design look. Click here to read the story. Here are before and after photos of the foyer and powder room. Check it out:

FOYER

We incorporated unique surfaces throughout the condo — think distressed wood, imperfect lines, iron mixed with brass detailing and reinforced metals. The entryway sets the tone for the entire rest of the residence, so we installed Andrew Martin wallpaper to make it look like the interior of an antique bank with the repeated images of dark, security deposit boxes lining the walls.

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POWDER ROOM

In the guest bathroom, we wrapped pewter bronze subway tile up three walls and onto the ceiling, and installed classic silver travertine tile on the back wall. The wall mirrors by Jalan Jalan are actually restored portal holes from an old yacht. The tiles and plumbing fixtures from Waterworks have an industrial and mechanical type of feel.

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chicago-meets-fort-lauderdale-bathroom   Check out Part 1 and Part 2, in case you missed it. And check the blog next week to see before and after photos of our next project. Until then, follow us on Instagram to see what we’re up to now.   Read More
We’re continuing our before and after series showcasing an interior design project we completed in Fort Lauderdale. To get the job done, we flew to Chicago for inspiration and immersed ourselves in the day-to-day life of  our client, a theater director and professor. His goal was to bring a piece of Chicago (his home) to South Florida. We stripped the entire Fort Lauderdale condo down to the concrete. And we only had 90 days to get the entire project done. A story published in Modern Luxury’s Interiors South Florida magazine describes the steampunk style we implemented and illustrates how we incorporated distinctive surfaces and materials to convey that 19th century industrial design look. Click here to read the story. Here are before and after photos of the kitchen and dining room. Check it out:

KITCHEN

As you can see, the kitchen was in desperate need of a complete renovation. Look at those ceilings! And the appliances hadn’t been replaced in decades. We completely gutted the space and added black, distressed shaker cabinets from Smartrooms and Opustone frappucino-colored quartzite countertops with a leather finish. We had to hone down the countertops, to give them a matte, smooth finish like a table, so when you touch it, it doesn’t feel like marble. It feels more like leather.

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DINING ROOM

Everything in this room had to go — including the de facto storage area for the patio furniture (which also had to go). We incorporated rustic and worn surfaces throughout the space, keeping with that aesthetic mashup of neo-Victorian, futurism and 19th century industrial design.

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For a recent interior design project, we flew to Chicago for inspiration and immersed ourselves in the day-to-day life of  our client, a theater director and professor. His goal was to bring a piece of Chicago (his home) to South Florida. We stripped the entire Fort Lauderdale condo down to the concrete. And we only had 90 days to get the entire project done. A story published in Modern Luxury’s Interiors South Florida magazine describes the steampunk style we implemented and illustrates how we incorporated distinctive surfaces and materials to convey that 19th century industrial design look. Click here to read the story. The before and after photos are quite striking. Check it out:

BEDROOM

What started out as a bedroom stuck in the 70’s, morphed into a retreat fit for a gentleman — complete with Andrew Martin pinstripe wallpaper and a thick, shag rug on the floor from Design Within Reach. Notice how the the distressed and rustic surfaces slightly contradict the lightness of the ocean views.

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MASTER BATHROOM

We started out with kitschy blue sinks and ended with clean lines and subway tile. Not to mention a massive, 7-foot-by-foot door made out of reclaimed barn wood (from Rustica Hardware) that sits on a heavy, metal iron track and slides from one side to the other. To strike a contrast against the white surface, we used dark brown grout between the subway tiles.

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  Check the blog next week to see before and after photos of the kitchen and dining room. Until then, follow us on Instagram to see what we’re up to now.  
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Mar 29, 2014
Inspiration

A vague yet wonderous word that drives each and every one of us towards a goal. Whatever goal that may be, there’s some sort of inspiration behind it. Best part about it is, the actual form in which this inspiration comes in is endless. Yes it may be an image, a thought, a goal within a goal, but there’s always something that pushes us. I write this not only to drive a substantial following for my Miami based Interior Design firm because its what pushes me, but also to find out what pushes you.

What’s your goal, what makes you tick, what is it that drives you…

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What’s your I N S P I R A T I O N ?

– Ray Jimenez

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