Month: April 2013

Bonita Springs-based Vogue Interiors announced it has completed the interior design of Wyman Stokes Builder, LLC’s Hibiscus model residence at Verandah. The 2,270 square feet under air great room home includes three bedrooms, three baths, a large study that can serve as additional sleeping space, an island kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a nicely sized dining area. Twenty-four feet long pocketing sliders open the great room to a 470 square feet covered lanai and a large deck and pool beyond. The fully-furnished Hibiscus residence is priced at $545,000. The Hibiscus base floor plan is priced at $384,000.

“My design intention was to provide a country feeling that is consistent with Verandah’s overall ambiance while creating a clean, Transitional Shaker design style,” said Vogue’s Janice Maskell, a State of Florida Licensed Interior Designer. “To accomplish that, the design includes lots of linear lines and minimal accessories. The color pallet includes soft taupe with aqua and green accents and fabrics. The light taupe walls have a bit of a green undertone. We used porcelain tile flooring set in a staggered linear pattern. Wyman Stokes has been building homes in Lee County for 25 years, including 108 homes in Verandah alone. Because they are a smaller builder, they take a very ‘hands-on’ approach to construction. The Hibiscus’ architectural design offered the possibility of creating an interior that is casually elegant and that’s what we’ve done.”

Maskell’s casual elegance is established in the foyer where a curio cabinet with a distressed finish, glass door fronts with an applied molding detail, a darker toned bead board back and lighted glass shelves is used to display a variety of collected items. A two-piece entertainment center in the great room has the same distressed finish that is complimented by louvered doors. The piece has a decidedly Florida look with country influences. Above the entertainment center, a wall-mounted television is flanked by applied molding details that frame marine themed art pieces with aqua frames. A Sisal area rug in the great room establishes Maskell’s use of natural elements, including organic fabrics and textures, throughout the home. The room’s double coffered ceiling is trimmed with an elegant crown molding detail painted in a soft taupe with a gloss finish. A furniture grouping that includes an inviting sectional sofa, matching side chairs in a light green fabric with taupe trim and a wood accent chair with colonial legs provides an open arrangement. The adjacent study is an ideal setting for a sofa or Murphy bed and offers an alternative area for television viewing.

Maskell has created a wine corking and bar area between the great room and kitchen that serves as an inviting entertainment area with glass storage. Shaker style cabinetry with bead board fronts and a fruitwood finish is topped by a granite countertop and wave pattern glass tile backsplash. Tall upper cabinets have glass fronts and shelves and frame a pair of open shelves. In the kitchen, the clean lined traditional Shaker perimeter cabinetry has a soft white finish that plays against a stainless steel Frigidaire appliance package and granite countertops. A stainless steel farmer’s sink faces a raised bar with two barstools. The island features a fruitwood toned base and granite countertop. A dining area situated between the kitchen and the covered lanai includes a fruitwood finished dining table and x-back chairs with soft white frames and green and aqua cotton fabric with a fretwork pattern that conveys a cottage-like feeling. A china cabinet with mullioned glass door fronts and lighted glass shelves is finished in the same soft white tone.

The home’s pocketing sliders open the great room and dining area to a magnificent covered lanai with a gas fireplace that is centered in a beautifully executed fruitwood finished built-in that continues the wood tone of the wine corking station and bar inside. A television is mounted above the fireplace on a fruitwood stained bead board wall that is framed by linear split-stone marble pillars. The stone is repeated in the fireplace surround. The built-in’s Shaker style cabinets have bead board fronts that are in keeping with the home’s elegant country motif and are topped by granite countertops. The living room-like lanai includes dining and sitting areas that combine with the indoor great room to provide an open venue that is ideal for entertaining.

The light taupe master bedroom has another double coffered ceiling with crown molding. A four- poster king sized iron bed includes a bedding ensemble in soft green with strawberry accents that match the tone of a chaise lounge that is trimmed with taupe piping. Aged linen finished night stands have fruitwood stained tops that continue Maskell’s warm wood tones. The same fruitwood finish is also found on the master bath’s his and her vanity that includes a granite countertop. Porcelain tile flooring continues up shower walls that feature an eye height small stone listello.

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

Stock Development’s Quail West community has long been acknowledged for its elegant yet comfortable lifestyle. Breathtaking vistas, towering trees, emerald-green fairways and glistening lakes convey a sense of peace that belies the community’s proximity to Southwest Florida’s beaches, dining and shopping. The interior created by Vogue Interiors’ Debbie DeMaria, ASID, IDS and Leslie Gebert, ASID in Stock Homes’ Majorca Grande model is perfectly suited to Quail West’s retreat like ambiance. Their bright, clean-lined transitional design conveys an engaging, comfortable feeling that leaves visitors wanting to see more.

Situated in Quail West’s Newlands neighborhood that offers a collection of 3,000 to 5,000 square feet residences on estate-sized home sites priced from the high $600’s, the Majorca Grande is a 4,207 square feet four-bedroom plus study, four-and-a-half bath home that includes formal living and dining rooms, a wet bar, a gourmet island kitchen, a spacious breakfast area and family room, an outdoor living area with two covered lanais, an outdoor fireplace, a summer kitchen, pool and spa, and a three-car garage. The fully-furnished Majorca Grande is offered at $1,597,070 and base-priced at $894,990.

“Newlands is one of Quail West’s most prestigious neighborhoods and offers exceptional views,” said DeMaria. “Visitors entering the Majorca Grande are treated to unobstructed views of the pool, golf course and a lake. The view inspired us to create a soothing interior that will ensure the residents fully enjoy the beautiful setting. Our color palette includes corals, different shades of melons and apricots, and some gold as accents against bronzes and natural grasses. The primary background is ecru, a champagne-like color with beige and taupe influences. The palette has a comfortable feeling and plays well against the chiseled-edge marble flooring. We’ve created additional warmth with clean-lined furnishings that have rolled arms and curves rather than stark, straight line designs. The look invites people to enjoy a conversation in front of the living room fireplace while taking in the view.”

A metallic earthen stone inlay in the foyer’s marble floor sets the space off and offers a welcoming note. An arched niche wall with a large art piece and a coquina shell chandelier suspended from a coffered ceiling provide additional warmth. The foyer opens to a formal living room with a tall ceiling that includes a 3 x 3 coffer treatment with a golden-toned cork inlay. The same inlay is used in arched niches that frame a pre-cast fireplace. Vogue’s furniture mix includes a sofa with natural linen fabric accented by a shimmering pewter yarn and velvet-like side chairs with nail head accents. The patterns of a branch chandelier are reflected in the cocktail table’s antiqued mirror top. Pocketing sliders that showcase the home’s spectacular view are framed by salmon and gold drapery panels with beaded trim. Two arches separate the living room from a wet bar with a wine chiller, maple cabinetry with a walnut finish and a neutral granite countertop.

The dining room features a coffered ceiling with a natural cane grass inlay that is also found in a niche wall that showcases a circular pattern art mirror with distressed silver wood frames. The mirror is set above a console finished in crocodile-patterned deep-brown faux leather with pewter-toned pulls. Lamps with a circular pattern imitate the mirror’s design. A chandelier with mirror and tortoise inlays is suspended above a walnut veneer dining table surrounded by Greek-style cream-toned textured linen chairs with a fretwork detail.

A study off the living room features a coffered ceiling and medium-toned hardwood flooring. Vogue has included a floating partner’s desk with fluted legs and a marble top. A top in the same marble is set on espresso-toned cabinets that serve as a base for open glass shelving framed by espresso trim against a caramel-toned grass cloth background. A black, tan and grey skin rug and a pair of caramel-toned leather chairs with espresso frames complete the look.

The kitchen’s outer island is equipped with a stainless steel sink and a raised bar that hosts three cream-toned barstools. Maple cabinetry with a glazed walnut finish and granite countertops play against a pewter-colored metal tile backsplash that compliments GE Monogram series stainless steel appliances. A circular caramel-toned wood-topped table brings a comfortable feeling to the adjacent dinette and is surrounded by four chairs with natural linen upholstery and large nail head trim.

The Majorca Grande’s comfortable ambiance continues in the family room where Vogue has created a mix of teal blue, terracotta, orange, tangerine, cocoa and caramel tones. A niche wall with a terracotta finish hosts a basket weave media cabinet with a limed-wood finish and a stone top. The cabinet plays against a sofa with caramel herringbone fabric, a circular cocktail table with a stone top, and highly textured neutral arm chairs with studs that offer additional texture. The furnishings are grouped over a tangerine, cocoa and taupe spaghetti area rug.

Pocketing sliders open the family room to an outdoor living area with furnishings finished in bright blue and tangerine fabrics. A covered sitting area in front of a fireplace is adjacent to an outdoor kitchen equipped with a sink, grill, refrigerator, raised countertop bar and granite countertops. A dining area is included in a second covered space and faces a large deck, pool and spa that overlook golf course and water views.

Vogue has used one of the guest bedrooms as a lady’s den finished in pewter and yellow-gold evening dusk colors. Furnishings include a flip-top desk that can be used as a console or a writing desk and an étagère for displaying collected items. The room’s pewter-toned wallpaper is detailed with an off-white hourglass pattern and conveys a light, simple look. A bathroom also functions as the pool bath.

The master bedroom’s darker taupe, khaki, cream and bronze colors play against persimmon accents and espresso finished furniture pieces. Matching nightstands are detailed with mirrored drawer fronts with circular pulls. A faux reptile leather contemporary winged headboard and a chaise overlooking the outdoors continue Vogue’s use of curved lines. The master bath is finished with a pewter and caramel textured wallpaper that serves as a background for his and her espresso-toned vanities with an armoire cabinet, marble countertops and rectangular mirrors with glass tile surrounds. An oval tub has a marble deck that matches the floor covering. An arched entry leading to a double shower is mimicked by window treatments with arched corners.

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. Located at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, Vogue Interiors provides design services and model merchandising to residential and commercial clients in the United States and abroad. Visit Vogue Interiors online at

A Stock Development community, Quail West is located east of Interstate 75, one mile south of Bonita Beach Road. Take Exit 116 (Bonita Beach Road) east. Turn right on Bonita Grande Drive and proceed to the sales center. Call 239.592.1010. Visit Quail West online at

Executing captivating spaces for couples whose individual tastes are at opposite ends of the spectrum can present numerous challenges for even the most accomplished of interior designers. Whether a couple has been together for a relatively short period of time or has shared decades together, balancing his and her personal preferences can be akin to having a Yin-Yang conversation. The degree to which the designer is successful is a function of their ability to create an environment that fosters a positive, harmonious interaction between disparate elements.

Vogue Interiors’ design in a 3,800 square feet, three bedroom condominium at the Tavira high rise in Bonita Bay provides a strong example of how opposing individual tastes can be blended in a way that is both satisfying to the senses and extremely livable. Owned by Udo and Ingrid Petersen, a Canadian couple who have been together for 47 years, the residence offers Tavira’s signature views of Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The couple has traveled the world and shares a fascination with Africa. As Vogue quickly discovered, the shared taste ends there.

“Ingrid’s design tastes are decidedly traditional and she enjoys incorporating elements that have a bit of glitz,” said Vogue’s Janice Maskell, a State of Florida Licensed Interior Designer. “Udo’s tastes are very contemporary. The one common element was their love of African art and African themed collected items purchased during their travels. Their art collection also includes colorful, more contemporary works. I wanted to take their very special art pieces and incorporate them in a transitional design that is upbeat, clean-lined and warm while allowing the art to blend with their new furnishings. To allow both the traditional and the contemporary elements to work together, I chose to use a neutral color palette with taupes, a bit of black and splashes of red, citron and chartreuse. Much of the color in the home comes from the art pieces. The flooring is stone accented with washed-wood that has an organic feeling.”

Maskell establishes the wood flooring accent in the home’s elevator lobby where two original pieces of African art provide a prelude for the works presented inside the residence. The African theme is continued with two chairs finished with a zebra print. A distressed console with a medium brown mahogany finish is set against a rich pebble-textured wall treatment done in a metallic bronze. To bring that hint of glitz to the space, the coffered ceiling is finished in silver leaf with a gold glaze. A contemporary chandelier provides additional sparkle.

A double-door entry opens to a spacious foyer that offers Tavira’s hallmark “million dollar view.” Maskell presents additional African art pieces and reinforces the theme with an animal skin rug set over a washed-wood inlay. A traditional settee is positioned in a niche created specifically for the piece and plays against a console with a mirrored front. The foyer has a coffered ceiling with an espresso finish that matches custom designed pillars that announce the entry to the living room. Another sparkling contemporary chandelier completes the foyer’s engaging look.

The home’s original floor plan provided a large space typically used for a living room and dining area. Because the couple enjoys entertaining, Maskell chose to eliminate the dining area and make the entire space a venue for sunset gatherings and cocktail parties. Espresso finished applied molding wall details and crown molding match the tone of a uniquely angled fireplace mantle that includes a surround executed with a textured silver floor covering material.

“The entertainment area continues the mix of traditional and contemporary elements,” said Maskell. “Light taupe matching sofas have an organic texture accented by citron and chartreuse pillows. One of the sofas anchors a grouping with a contemporary oval-shaped espresso coffee table, a pair of side chairs with taupe finished frames and fabric with a metallic leather look, and more traditional scoop-seat benches that have an African feeling. A one-of-a-kind antiqued area rug has a faint pattern that picks up the citron color. The second sofa is in what was originally the dining area. It’s flanked by side chairs with a leopard print and faces a large wall-mounted television. An interesting cocktail table has a sliding tray with a mirrored top. The ends of the table are upholstered so the tray can be moved from side to side to reveal a foot rest.”

The home’s open kitchen is adjacent to the entertainment area. Nutmeg finished raised-panel cabinetry, black granite countertops, a large island set over a washed-wood floor inlay and a Wolfe appliance package combine to provide an inviting, highly functional space. Maskell brings a touch of glitter to the kitchen with a metallic bronze-toned glass tile backsplash. A peninsula countertop is equipped with a double stainless steel sink and three barstools.

Maskell has transformed what was intended to be a family room area into a dining room and sitting area overlooking a golf course. A circular all wood dining table hosts four upholstered chairs with a contemporary print featuring citron tones and a bit of silver sparkle. A free-standing velvet settee provides additional seating. The sitting area includes an espresso finished computer desk, espresso floating shelves and a pair of comfortable arm chairs done in a textured taupe fabric.

A vestibule with washed-wood flooring leads to the master suite’s double-door entry. The master bedroom incorporates a sitting area with a pair of light taupe, washable linen oversized chairs, a traditional espresso finished console with parchment linen doors and a large television. The bed’s soft green, silver sparkled upholstered headboard extends all the way to the ceiling to provide a “wow” factor. Glamorous linens are presented in a citron, chartreuse and taupe color scheme. Matching espresso chests with lighter toned burled wood door fronts and circular nickel pulls are used as nightstands. Large contemporary art pieces bring additional color to the space. In the master bath, the stone and washed-wood flooring and stone tub surround are accented by a grey and bronze chicklet inlay. Nutmeg finished vanities are topped by soft cream marble countertops. Contemporary sconces draped with silver beads provide a glitzy punctuation mark.

“The finished design maintains the character of the different furniture styles,” said Maskell. “One does not overwhelm the other. They blend together beautifully to create a setting where the vibrant colors of the art pieces fit very naturally and unify the finished look rather than dominating the space. The interaction of the various styles and colors creates a harmony that makes the home very engaging and comfortable.”

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