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by Eloise Kubli, ASID

Ms. Kubli is a nationally recognized professional in the fields of interior design, furniture design and fabric design. For more about Eloise, please read her bio. Eloise is a noted interior designer whose work can be seen in the following publications on a regular basis: City & Shore, Palm Beach, On Design, Florida Design.

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What our clients say about us...

“Great job. Go to sleep with a smile and know that we are all so happy with the beautiful home you helped create!”
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“To Whom It May Concern:
It is with great pleasure that we write this letter of recommendation for Eloise Kubli of Collective Construction and Design. It is truly meaningful to express the satisfaction and gratitude... read more
Sincerely,” -

“It is with great pleasure that I write this reference letter for Eloise and Arthur Kubli of Collective Construction and Design.
   We have known the Kubli's and their company for thirty years. We have worked with them numerous times... read more
Sincerely,” -

“Art,
I received two very positive messages regarding your recently completed project in Columbus, GA. Thanks for doing such a good job. Tom used the term ‘excellent’ to describe the quality of the room renovation. He does not do that very much. Thanks for your efforts on this project. Regards,” -

“I love [the new draperies]!!! Just as I love everything in my house that you have had a hand in!! The hardware is fabulous and the fabric could not coordinate better... You are amazing!
Thanks to [Design Assistant] Linda too for her help selecting the tie back tassels -- they look great:) Have a nice weekend!” -

From a client who has been with us for 28 years, from the beginning. We have done four homes and several offices for the family during this time span, and they have become dear friends as well:
”You have always done an amazing job, and it keeps getting better. Thank you so much!“

"I can't thank you enough for all of your efforts to make this house feel like a home. It truly exceeds all of my dreams. I will never be able to express the gratitude for making our dream a reality. When I am there, I feel completely relaxed, like I don't have a care in the world." -

“Outrageous, Amazing, Spectacular!!!” -

"Fascinated with your efforts you made on our vacation home, had our doubts - so glad to make the final decision. Every corner, we really love it, love it all. You have so much taste, we have so much happiness. It’s an understatement to say 'Thank you'." -

"You’re so talented it’s almost scary. Each house is better than the next." -

Again, huge thanks to u for ur incredible talent!!! Not a day goes by in this house that we don’t have wonderful thoughts of you. U have made it a paradise for us and we are grateful every day!!” -

"You’re a gem! - People are lucky to work with you. I hate to leave our home." -

"We are delighted…. It took his breath away, beyond beautiful." -

"Excellent, you are a blessing." -

"It’s magnificent. It’s hard to make me happy, but you did." -

"Sorry, I’m now so spoiled, don’t even call to say how perfect it is, take it for granted how great it all looks." -

"Congratulations! I had no idea the family room would look so beautiful. Exceed our expectations. We’re really very pleased." -

"You’re perfect. The living room is perfect, looks perfect. It makes me feel great. Whatever it is you do, keep doing it." -

"We’re the happiest family in all of Florida… and so happy you’re our designer. My husband is “out of his mind” happy. It’s magic what you do." -


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Organize and Systemize

Professional Organizer Jennifer Alman has explored organizing methods for homes and offices. Her company has developed proven solutions that will work against clutter and chaos forever. Contact: (954) 328-8052


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My clients are always asking how to care for the fine finishes throughout their homes. These tips cover the most often asked questions and also suggest reliable contacts in the South Florida area. Professionals in furniture repair and restoration have helped me to compile the following hints and maintenance information.

Shedding

“Why is my wool rug shedding?”

Finish & Furniture Pros

Ron "Dr. Spot" from Fiberseal, is a professional whose specialty is sealing and maintaining fabrics, rugs and carpet. Ron can be reached at (561) 735-0718.

Acosta's Leather refinishes, repairs, cleans and protects your fine leather. Service area: Broward to Vero Beach. Contact them at (561) 969-3905.

Floor Amor, Inc. specializes in high quality floor & fiber care including carpet, wood, stone. tile & grout. Contact Jaime at (954) 347-8545


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High Gloss Wood Finish

Use a soft cloth or feather duster for regular dusting and cleaning. Polish once every three months using a white cream polish such as Guardsman or OZ. Apply the polish with a soft cotton cloth. Wait a few seconds and polish with another soft cotton cloth to a high gloss finish. NOTE: Do not use Pledge.

Fine Wood Finish

Use a soft cloth with Antiquax wax polish.

Wood Cracking

This problem only occurs with real wood and never particleboard or MDF.Apply Boiled Linseed Oil to the back or underside of the furniture where possible. Use a paint brush to apply a generous amount of Boiled Linseed Oil to the underside, bottom or back of the piece. The goal here is to get to the unfinished part of the wood. Don't try this on a finely finished piece of wood. If the wood is finished on all sides, forget about using the linseed oil. If the front is finished and the back is not, you may apply the boiled linseed oil to the unfinished areas. The linseed oil penetrates the wood and helps to keep it from drying out. There are two types of linseed oil; boiled and raw. Use the boiled variety because it dries quicker than the raw.

Butcher Block - Oak - Or Any Oiled Finish

Use a soft cloth or a feather duster for regular dusting and cleaning. Once a month use plain beeswax or lemon oil for light finishes and a dark scratch polish for dark finishes. Blot up spills with dry cloth or paper towel. For removing dirt, use a damp soft cloth. NOTE: Do not use Pledge.

High Gloss Polyester Lacquer

For dusting, use a soft cotton cloth or feather duster. To clean, use a soft cotton cloth with a small amount of mineral spirits. Once a month, polish with Guardsman or OZ. Once every three months, polish with a car wax such as Turtle Wax. Polish exactly as you would a car.For scratches, use a very fine rubbing compound like Dupont #7 (Purchase at any auto store). Apply sparingly then rub entire table in a circular motion. When dry (haze will appear) wipe off with a soft cloth and apply Guardsman or OZ to a high gloss finish. NOTE: Do not use Pledge.

Pine Wood

Clean with feather duster. Polish with lemon oil once a month to avoid cracking . NOTE: Do not use Pledge.

Leather

Use professional-grade leather cleaner. Using a soft cloth test the cleaner in an area that is not visible. Spray cleaner on cloth and then wipedown furniture. After cleaning use a professional-grade leather conditioner to condition the leather. You should clean the furniture monthly and condition it every three months. Cleaners we suggest: Tannery Brand or Armor All Cleaner & Protectant. Lighter colors need cleaning and conditioning more often than dark colors.

Vinyl

Use same procedures and products as leather. For leather and vinyl, blot up spills with a cloth or paper towel. Clean entire area, not just area where spill occurred. For example, if the spill occurred on a seat cushion, clean entire seat. If a spill occurs on an arm, clean the entire arm.

Marble

Clean with mineral spirits. To polish, use a good grade auto polish. Follow directions on product. Apply with soft clean cloth, wait for haze to appear and wipe off with another clean soft cloth. Polish to a high gloss with another white soft cloth. For best protection, marble should be resealed every 12 months. Marble Life is an excellent service. Call Bill at (954) 520-1093.

Marble/wood Floors

Standard issue nylon glides should be changed to felt glides to protect the finish of your floors. It also sounds so much nicer.

Mirrors And Glass

Use any glass cleaner without ammonia. Apply cleaner to cloth and then clean glass or mirror. Never spray directly on mirror or framed image.

Aluminum And Glass Windows & Doors

Please read these aluminum and glass cleaning tips from Palm Aluminum. Homeowners should perform these on a regular basis to keep windows and door looking and working like new.

Polished Brass Or Chrome

For dusting or general cleaning, use a soft cloth or feather duster. Do not use abrasive cleansers. On all polished brass pieces use a good grade of car wax and follow instructions on can. Apply with soft cloth, wait for a haze to appear and wipe off with another soft cloth. No special care is required for polished brass trim. Clean with the same product you use on the rest of the piece. NOTE: Do not use Pledge.

Faux Stone

For dusting or general cleaning, use soft cloth or feather duster. To remove stains or dirt, use mineral spirits on a soft cloth. Test the material for reactions first by applying the mineral spirits to a small part of the 'stone' that is out of sight.

Upholstered Furniture

When cleaning upholstered furniture that has had fabric protection applied, read the directions on the manufacturer's warranty. In most cases, use the fabric protectant on a white cloth to remove soil or stains. If you are cleaning upholstered furniture that has not had fabric protection, use VM&P Naptha on a soft white cloth. Wipe stain from center out. It may be necessary to clean entire piece. For example: If the stain is on a cushion, clean the entire cushion. If you don’t, you could leave a ring. To avoid this, clean the entire cushion — if there is a ring it will appear on the edge where it won’t be seen. Call Ron “Dr. Spot” from Fiberseal at (561) 735-0718 to handle the more difficult problems. Or better yet, call him to prtect your fine fabrics before a problem occurs.

Area Rugs

For pet stains, apply club soda on spot and blot dry. This method can also be used for coffee, tea or wine. Clean to center of stain. For food stains or dirt, use a combination of Woolite or any commercial cleaner. Follow instructions on container. As above, call Ron “Dr. Spot” from Fiberseal at (561) 735-0718 for tougher problems.

Cleaners And Polishes

Guardsman, OZ, Naptha, mineral spirits, lemon oil, scratch polish, Woolite, Old English Scratch Cover, counter top magic, non-ammonia glass cleaner and leather cleaner can be purchased at most grocery stores or home improvements stores. Expensive investment quality furniture should be looked at, and services performed by, a professional furniture repair person.

Our Environment

Please, remember to recycle and to think about your water usage. Did you know that plastic six-pack holders are nearly transparent underwater? They are invisible to marine wildlife; thousands of animals become tangled in them each year. Take a moment to snip the plastic loops with scissors. We can make difference every day!

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Eloise Kubli is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Established in 1983, Collective Construction & Design, Inc. is proud to be certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council as a Women's Business Enterprise.

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