Vogue Interiors announced that award-winning interior designer Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID has completed the remodeled interior of an approximately 3,000 square feet condominium situated on a bay with access to the waters of the Gulf off Vanderbilt Beach in North Naples. The spacious residence includes a great room and dining area, a family room with a fireplace, a study, a gourmet island kitchen, a spacious master suite that opens to the outdoor living area, two guest bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a large covered lanai with multiple conversation and dining areas. Tall windows throughout the entire home provide beautiful long-range views of the bay. Sliders in the living areas open the residence to the outdoors. Gebert’s design incorporates a variety of existing furnishings along with new furniture pieces, a light, neutral color palette, and attractive molding details and artwork to create a cleaner, brighter, and more practical living environment that will be enjoyed by the homeowners, their children, and grandchildren.
Gebert’s transformation begins in the long angled hallway that leads from the elevator lobby to the main living area. To brighten the formerly dark hallway, Gebert added stylish wall columns to frame a floor-to-ceiling mirror display further enhanced by elegant trim work at chair rail height which divides the mirrors into two long horizontal sections. The trim is painted fresh white to coordinate perfectly with the existing ivory marble flooring that runs throughout the residence and forms the foundation for the color palette. Applied trim detailing extends around the angled wall to encase fabulous artwork that incorporates Gebert’s shimmery metallic accent motif. Chic ceiling-mounted light fixtures bathe the hallway with dulcet reflective light.
The entry hallway opens to the gracious living and dining area where Gebert’s plan incorporates the homeowners’ dramatic dining room crystal chandelier as well as a beautiful Oriental living room rug with strong black, gold, and ivory patterning. The dining area is located in front of sliding glass doors that offer panoramic views of the Gulf. A 60-inch circular glass-top table with a gold metallic and mother of pearl base is paired with black-framed chairs upholstered in a gold metallic vinyl that is practical when wearing a bathing suit. Overhead, black vinyl shades with metallic interiors give the chandelier an updated presentation that perfectly coordinates with the accent tones. The walls on either side of the sliders display a sunflower mirror elegantly framed in black and gold sculpted petals and distinctive artwork with gold metallic leaves on an ivory background.
In the living area, set against the backdrop of light ivory walls and ivory marble flooring, the handsome Oriental rug provides a bold foundation for the seating group. A sofa adorned with dark accent cushions is upholstered in a creamy Sunbrella fabric that is not subject to sun fading from the large picture windows. Two club chairs upholstered in a soft velvet cheetah pattern of muted beiges and browns are positioned at right angles with the sofa. A round glass-topped cocktail table with a gold metallic frame and black accents, and two metallic end tables with exotic quartzite tops that display soft gold veining, enhance the arrangement. Tall ivory tailored draperies with contrasting black gussets neatly frame the window and sliders. Against separate walls, a transitional china cabinet in a warm medium toned wood and a small Oriental buffet with a distressed mirror front and gold metal sunburst hardware add interest and practical storage space.
The kitchen separates the formal living and dining area from the family room. Three swivel barstools with black bases and seats upholstered in a textured metallic bronze vinyl are located at a handsome bar counter on the living room side of the kitchen. The kitchen has been freshly painted to blend with the new ivory color palette. Gebert preserved the original glazed cream cabinetry and golden brown granite countertops.
In the family room, which previously held a heavy, dark sectional sofa, Gebert was asked to provide ample practical seating in a style where grandchildren would feel comfortable using the room. The homeowners also required comfortable chairs to enjoy both the morning sunrise and evening sunset, as well as relaxed television viewing. Gebert’s plan incorporates an oversized sofa in an ivory-taupe leather with black, gray, and silver accent pillows, and two swivel lounge chairs in the same leather. The swivel chairs are positioned on either side of a round table with a stone top that the homeowners have fondly used for many years. On the feature wall, a huge 80-inch television is wall-mounted over a sleek black media cabinet that includes a built-in fireplace for added character and practicality. A versatile black geometric cocktail table showcasing multiple tiered and angled layers for displaying books or bowls of popcorn is anchored by a fun shag rug in shades of taupe, ivory, and black. Sliding glass doors, framed with sheer ivory drapery panels edged in black, open this room up to a wide balcony space where several seating areas and ample al fresco dining space provide relaxed lounging overlooking the bay for a true taste of the Florida lifestyle.
Treasured memorabilia and collected items are displayed in the study. The homeowner elected not to change the original glazed Chinese red décor that includes a chair rail with handsome wainscoting below and a faux finish on the walls above. Gebert refreshed the space by adding new lighting and a bright white presentation to the coffered ceiling.
The master bedroom includes a graceful blend of old and new. From the owners’ previous home, Gebert has incorporated as a backdrop on the headboard wall an impressive decorative art screen in blacks and golds depicting a Venetian scene. The king size bed is flanked by glamorous nightstands displaying mirrored tops and drawer fronts. Velvet accent pillows with a gold leaf design and a faux fur throw rug add a layer of luxury to the simple gold quilted coverlet and euro shams. A tall gold-framed wall mirror and a small Louis XVI desk with artful gold ormolu detailing, both from a previous home, have also been smoothly integrated into the design. Stationary sheer panels subtly accented by embroidery and gold metallic thread frame the sliding glass doors that open to the lanai overlooking the bay.
Gebert has refreshed the master bathroom with a new wallpaper displaying a large medallion pattern against a soft ivory leather look that blends perfectly with the existing granite floors, tub deck, and vanity tops for a timeless look in tones of ivory and soft beige-gold.
“Without major rebuilding and stressful renovations, we were able to create an entirely new design that successfully incorporated the homeowners’ elegant and treasured items,” stated Gebert. “The essential elegance and ‘wow’ factor of the residence is still there, but with relaxed and casual overtones that are perfect for the way they live. They can enjoy their views, their boating, and all that the Florida lifestyle encompasses. And, most importantly, they can enjoy having family visit in a comfortable and practical environment.”
Founded in 1979, Vogue Interiors has earned numerous national, regional and local awards, including three consecutive Aurora Awards, the highest award presented by the 12-state Southeast Builders Conference. From corporate offices at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, Florida, Vogue Interiors provides design services and model merchandising to residential and commercial clients in the United States and abroad. Visit Vogue Interiors online at vogueinteriors.com.