The logo for Orlando-based interior design firm All In One Decorating Solutions says it all: right above the name is the universal symbol for Om, a sacred syllable uttered in many mantras of the Hindu religion. Although neither Francia Fusik nor the business’s cofounder is Hindu, when they launched All In One in 2006, they wanted their business to focus on unity and symmetry—ideals they feel Om reflects. With the firm now gearing up to celebrate eight years in business despite the recession, it’s clear the founders’ approach is working.
“To us, Om is a symbol suggesting everything from beginning to end; it suggests balance,” Fusik says. “We use one piece of inspiration for each of our designs and [work to] attain a balance and harmony from room to room.”
The founders agreed at the beginning that their business model should also reflect their own spiritual and philosophical ideals that improvement is not isolated but ongoing, and to that end they’re continually working to expand their portfolio. All In One currently manages between 20 and 30 projects each year, and Fusik says the tough economy has failed to impact the vitality of her business. “We don’t turn away jobs just because they’re small,” she says. “We will do anything the client needs, from landscaping to pools to kitchen remodels. We’ll go with the client’s style; that’s our biggest inspiration.”
“We use one piece of inspiration for each of our designs and [work to] attain a balance and harmony from room to room.”
francia fusik, CoFounder
Fusik possessed her sense of balance and reserve at an early age. As a 10-year-old, she had her first interior decorating job when she led her bedroom redesign with the help of a hired construction team. Instead of decorating with adventuresome, bright colors like lime green or sherbet orange, she stayed with neutral, soft, natural colors. “At that time, I was actually using the colors that I still use now,” she says.
As an adult, Fusik first worked with home design as a house flipper in the Orlando area; this gave her a hands-on education in real estate and construction. From there, she eventually gained enough confidence and experience to return to school to formalize her interior décor education. “I grew up in a beautiful home, and because I was naïve, I thought everyone had a house like mine,” Fusik says. “It wasn’t until later that I realized it wasn’t like this, and that’s why I got into interior design.”
Her even-handed style—inspired by Vera Wang, Candice Olson, and European sensibilities—is notable for its juxtaposition of antique pieces with clean, modern living spaces. This idea is reflected in Fusik’s most recent projects, including a $3 million, 6,500-square-foot private residence near Orlando, Florida, in which All in One Decorating Solutions implemented a comprehensive design plan me complements the client’s professional lifestyle.
An aquamarine theme runs throughout the residence, with custom-made water-droplet chandeliers—designed by All in One and made by Elegant—hanging in the dining and living rooms. “The color is taken from the inspiration my clients gave me,” Fusik says. “We also introduced different shades of taupe and beige, with silver accents and glass tile, to create flow from the inside to the outside grill and pool area.”
Area rugs from the Candice Olson collection at Surya, made from 100 percent New Zealand wool, adorn the living room, the dining room, and the office, introducing subtle color elements to each space and establishing a sense of continuity. The chairs in the dining room, situated around a Lexington-brand Monroe dining table, were designed by All in One, with fabric made to correspond to the rug and wallpaper prints.
Distinct from other rooms in the home, the office has a modern, industrial aesthetic, with a matching riveted steel desk and chair set from the Carnegie collection by Spitfire. “We had been looking for office furniture for my client, but we wanted to do something nontraditional,” Fusik says. “It’s very unique and cutting-edge.” The custom wood floors make the office both officious and inviting, and on the walls are three diminutive sculptures of human figures seemingly suspended in the air, respectively titled Looking Up, Looking Where I’ve Been, and Looking At You.
As All In One continues to grow, Fusik anticipates its portfolio will grow as well, with more projects like the Orlando home. This also means expanding the business, and Fusik looks forward to the opportunity. She would eventually like to cull a team of 20 designers, and though All in One currently occupies a studio space, Fusik hopes to put together a showroom soon for on-the-spot consultations—because improvement is always ongoing. ABQ