Month: November 2013

Vogue Interiors announced it has been awarded the design and execution of the interior of Harbourside Custom Homes’ Villa d’Este fully-furnished model residence in the Fairgrove neighborhood at Talis Park in North Naples. Vogue’s Debbie DeMaria, ASID, IDS and Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID were named recipients of BIA’s Pinnacle Merit Award in the Best Interior Design – Single Family Home $1,500,000 – $1,999,999 category for their design of Harbourside’s first Villa d’Este model residence at Talis Park. The first model sold the day it opened for viewing. The interior of the new Villa d’Este will be designed by Gebert and Sheila Herrera, IDS Associate.

Gebert and Herrera will bring a light, airy, sophisticated look to the Villa d’Este’s 3,175 square feet great room floorplan. The plan includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a study, a formal dining room, a kitchen with a long, wrap-around island with a raised bar and a massive outdoor living area with a covered lanai, multiple seating areas, an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace, a pool and a spa. The design will mix light, clean-lined woods with a neutral palette of taupe, charcoal and medium gold wall tones accented by soft to vibrant metallic golds, taupes and creams. Sateen and taupe accent pillows in the great room will feature a contemporized embroidered flame stitch reminiscent of a 1950’s and ’60’s Hollywood look. Flooring throughout the living areas will be 12″ x 24″ rectangular porcelain tile with shades of taupe while the study will feature wood flooring.

“The slightly different elevation of the new Villa d’Este features a lighter color with darker roofing and fascia than the original model,” said Herrera. “The floorplan allows easy movement throughout the home. It flows beautifully and has a very spacious feeling. From the moment one steps into the foyer, the eye is drawn through the great room’s pocketing sliders to the glittering waters of the pool and to Fairgrove’s signature golf course, water and preserve views. The outdoor living area is an extension of the great room and the two spaces will blend together easily and comfortably. We’ll be establishing the design’s light, elegant look with a double-box vibrant metallic gold and warm silver chandelier in the foyer complimented by a mirrored console furniture piece with gold accents.”

The great room will feature a taupe-finished entertainment center with a television area flanked by a wet bar and shelving for displaying collected items. The flanking sections include granite countertops and antique mirrored backsplashes. Furnishings in the great room will include two accent chairs with soft gold chenille fabric and gold nail head trim, a third accent chair in a more vibrant gold, a two-tiered cocktail table with a cream finished wood top and metal legs, an accent table with a stone top and an open taupe finished base, a rectangular end table in a darker taupe finish, an accent drum table with gold metal legs and a sofa with linen fabric and nail head trim, all of which will be grouped around an 8′ x 10′ area rug with swirled browns, golds and greys.

Gebert and Herrera will continue their look in the formal dining room with a cream-finished dining table that includes decorative inserts across the top. The host and hostess chairs will feature a bright gold velvet fabric with gold nail heads while the side chairs will have square backs with a metallic taupe fabric pad in the middle that will be fashioned in a circle. The room’s statement piece will be a cream credenza set in a niche that will have capiz shell insets on the doors. The niche will be finished with taupe-colored cork wallpaper with a metallic gold background. A gold, multi-arm chandelier with drum-shaped shades and candelabra bulbs will complete the look.

The kitchen’s long raised bar will offer a gathering place ideal for entertaining. An inner island will feature a warm medium-grey base to provide contrast against cream-toned perimeter cabinetry that will include a warm grey glaze. Granite countertops with a very light cream background and swirling taupe and grey accents that provide movement will be used throughout the kitchen. The breakfast nook’s 60-inch circular table will seat four and overlook the Villa d’Este’s spacious outdoor living area. The table has a drum base with a gold metallic finish that will play against chairs with taupe, chagrin-type fabric.

A double-door entry will open to a study with wood flooring and a deep, dark taupe built-in with gold background walls. The built-in will offer attractive shelf spaces and storage cabinets as well as a computer desk. A floating desk in front of the built-in will feature the same dark taupe finish and a top with gold details framed in a tone that matches the piece’s legs and front. A cream-toned chair will be presented in a revised wing chair look. The room’s two-toned walls will include charcoal banding under beautiful crown molding with an accent molding to separate the band from the primary humble gold wall color. A grey linen fabric accent chair and a window treatment with cream side panels and repeating flame-stitched stripes in charcoal, grey and gold will bring additional elegance to the space.

The master bedroom’s bed will exude the elegance Gebert and Herrera are bringing to the Villa d’Este. The bed will be fully upholstered with tufted charcoal velvet that will play against bright metallic gold pillows with metallic cream dots. Shams with wide, bold stripes will be set against a neutral bed covering. The dramatic bold stripes on the shams will be repeated on the drapes. The room’s tray ceiling will be finished with a metallic silver wall covering that will compliment grey-toned night stands with mirrored fronts and a chair with a gold fabric that features silver threads and nail head trim.

A tub centered in the room will reinforce the master bath’s linear architectural design and provide a focal point. The bath will feature a double walk-in shower, his and her vanities with a cream finish and granite countertops, and vivid metallic gold accent tiles on the floor, shower and tub deck.

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. The firm’s 30-year tradition of award-winning design excellence continued in October, 2013 with the receipt of four Collier Building Industry Association Sand Dollar Awards and seven awards presented by the Lee Building Industry Association. 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

While purchasing a resale home offers buyers price certainty, immediate availability and the security of knowing they will be living in the neighborhood they prefer, the interior design tastes of the previous owner or outdated features and finishes may not be exactly what the buyer has in mind. Those gifted with a sense of vision and a modicum of creativity are usually able to look past a resale home’s cosmetic deficiencies and realize that simply refreshing the space can make all the difference.

Refreshing does not entail stripping a home to the studs and starting over with a total remodeling project. It can be as basic as changing a color palette, introducing new furnishings and artwork, filling niches with custom built-ins, adding area rugs, or simply changing the pulls on the kitchen cabinets. The trick to feeling at home by refreshing rather than remodeling is to ensure the redesigned elements blend seamlessly with whatever existing features and finishes are deemed acceptable for the new look.

“Buyers of a resale home are buying an existing home, but it’s a brand new home to them,” said Vogue Interiors’ Sherri Bradford, ASID Allied Member. “They want the home to reflect their tastes while ensuring the things about the space that attracted them to begin with are preserved. They may envision rooms within the home being redesigned to suit their specific needs. They may want elements in the living areas updated to reflect a more clean-lined, current look that reflects their personal style. The bathrooms may need a look that better reflects up-to-date finishes. All of this can be accomplished by refreshing the home rather than undertaking a total remodeling. My advice is to find that resale home that has great ‘bones,’ the types of spaces that work with your lifestyle, and the location you want and then work with a designer who understands what it will take for you to feel at home in your new older residence.”

Bradford recently completed a refreshing project for a couple who purchased a home in Shadow Wood at the Brooks. The residence is their second home and serves as a retreat in which they can enjoy Southwest Florida while continuing their professional endeavors. The home is a 2,500 square feet great room floorplan with a formal dining room, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a study and an extensive outdoor living area – all of which suits the couple’s needs. What did not work for them was the home’s existing design style that reflected a more traditional look. They wanted something more clean-lined that conveyed the casual elegance associated with the more current “Florida Transitional” design style.

“The new owner wanted something with clean lines and pops of color that conveyed a sense of fun,” said Bradford. “The new color palette is very neutral. We introduced color with the artwork, the accent pillows and the draperies and mixed dark woods against the existing flooring and neutral backgrounds. We also selected new furnishings. The finished look is very comfortable and exudes classiness at the same time.”

For the home’s foyer, Bradford selected a three-piece, medium-toned transitional chest with vertical stripe inlays. The chest plays against an area rug that introduces color. In the great room, Bradford brought a sense of elegance to the feature wall that includes three arched niches by redesigning an existing built-in. Door fronts were added to the unit’s lower shelves and all of the sound system’s speakers and wiring were hidden. Artwork was added above the television in the center niche. Bradford also introduced a custom bar cabinet to the great room. The piece is dark toned tiger wood with wood inlays on the diagonal. The cabinet includes a pullout serving tray, stacked wine racks, a liquor drawer and upper glass shelving for glassware. The dark tones of the cabinet play against the great room’s caramel leather sofas, honey-colored side chairs, and a decorative rug that features bright terra cotta, red, blue and gold tones.

In the formal dining room, the space for the dining table and chairs is defined by a dark, checker board inlay set in the room’s honey-colored hardwood floor. The glass-topped rectangular dining table seats six in clean lined chairs that are wide and comfortable. Rusty-red draperies with a gold floral pattern add a pop of color. A ceiling detail that includes nine coffers with crown molding the same dark tone as the floor inlay contributes to the elegant look of the space and works well with a dark toned credenza that functions as a server and features gold-burnished silver leaf panel insets on the doors and gold tassels on the door handles.

Bradford simply rebuilt sections of the kitchen’s existing golden maple cabinetry to provide additional storage space. The existing island that features an Uba Tuba granite countertop, and the perimeter’s Giallo Light granite countertop and stone backsplash, provide an attractive workspace. A breakfast area with a circular glass-topped table and four rattan chairs with tweed seats overlooks the outdoor living area where Bradford redid the backsplash and countertop at the outdoor kitchen, added wiring for a television and updated the sink fixtures.

At the beginning of the project, the home’s study was empty. To provide a functional workspace for a salesman who travels extensively and for the lady of the house who has her own endeavors to manage, Bradford designed a cherry-finished built-in L-shaped desk with upper cabinetry and a second built-in desk and cabinetry that extends the entire length of one of the room’s walls. Corkboard covered with textured fabric on the walls above each desk provides space for hanging printed pieces of business related information. The wall-length desk includes file-ready storage drawers, a pull-out keyboard shelf, cabinet space and a storage unit at one end. The his and her workspaces now offer an ideal working environment.

In the master bedroom, Bradford heeded the owners’ love of their dog by fashioning the furnishings in a way that would create a ramp to the bed for the couples’ cherished pet. The bed has a tufted leather upholstered headboard flanked by rectangular nightstands with glass inset tops, an upper shelf, a drawer and a lower shelf. A bench at the foot of the bed provides the ramp and is finished with stripes in greens, terra cottas and tans. Matching clean lined side chairs provide comfortable seating for television viewing. A dark 12-drawer chest with silver tinted gold handles completes the look.

Founded in 1979, Vogue Interiors has earned numerous national, regional and local awards, including three consecutive Aurora Awards. The firm’s 30-year tradition of award-winning design excellence continued in October, 2013 with the receipt of four Collier Building Industry Association Sand Dollar Awards and seven awards presented by the Lee Building Industry Association. 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