Month: April 2014

Barefoot Beach has long been acknowledged not only as one of Southwest Florida’s most preferred beachfront communities, but also as one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. For those who crave the azure waters of the Gulf, sub-tropical breezes with a hint of salt, and picture postcard sunsets, there are few places in the world better than this exquisite stretch of sugar white sand on Little Hickory Island in the northernmost vestiges of Collier County.

The magnetic appeal of the Barefoot Beach lifestyle was irresistible for a couple from Pittsburg who eschewed the fairway views of their Southwest Florida golf community and purchased a 23-year old penthouse condominium on the beach. The 3,500 square feet, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath residence was built in 1991. The owners’ first order of business was to completely update the residence and transform it into a grand penthouse overlooking their beloved Gulf. To design and execute the transformation, the couple retained Vogue Interiors’ Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID.

“As is often the case with older beachfront residences, this was a very challenging remodeling project,” said Gebert. “While the existing architectural style certainly reflected the state-of-the art designs from over 20 years ago, it did not provide the flowing, open ambiance that today’s homebuyers prefer. Our challenge was to open the space up without making structural changes or raising the ceiling height, to make the home wheelchair accessible, and to make it lighter and brighter. By working with Kathy Guyitt of Golden Remodeling, Inc., we were able to remove the non-structural columns that defined the entry to a screened lanai, enclose the lanai space, and incorporate it into the home’s living area. Having that additional space allowed us to expand the useable square footage of the interior and to repurpose other areas of the original floor plan.”

The impact of Gebert’s fresh, transitional design is apparent immediately upon entry to the home’s foyer that features a stunning coffered ceiling detail finished in a combination of pearlized soft cream, brown, and bronze tones. From the foyer, the eye is drawn across an elegantly furnished great room to a wall of floor to ceiling windows that provide a spectacular Gulf view. An engaging color palette includes neutral tones mixed with brown, gold and espresso tones mixed with pops of mirrored and metallic finishes. The original porcelain tile flooring has been replaced by a medium warm brown bamboo set on the diagonal to expand the space. That look conveys a casual elegance with numerous reflective surfaces that are in keeping with current design styles.

In keeping with the owners’ penchant for entertaining, Gebert completely renovated the home’s kitchen and island bar. Working around the building’s structural columns, she redesigned the island and perimeter work areas to incorporate light caramel toned cabinetry with chocolate glazing, Persa Gold granite countertops, and a cooktop with a glass surface, a microwave drawer, double oven, and side-by-side refrigerator-freezer. A farmer’s sink centered on the expansive island offers a captivating view of the Gulf. Four barstools line the island and encourage guests to share lighthearted interactions with the home’s host and hostess. Vertical structural beams on either end of the island have been encased to provide an elegant framed view of the kitchen. To satisfy the owners’ penchant for outdoor cooking, Gebert has included a Jenn-Air counter-mounted grill. The beautifully finished kitchen space includes a coffered ceiling detail with crown molding.

A long buffet framed by custom designed bookcases provides a transitional element between the kitchen and a reading area that previously functioned as a dining space. The new reading area includes an oversized chair and ottoman in a soft cream and golden taupe nubby woven fabric.

Gebert totally transformed the home’s great room by introducing new furnishings, a contemporary biofuel fireplace, a dry bar with a wine chiller and overhead wine racks, and an entertainment wall with a mica wall covering. The completely open space now has a panoramic water view and features a sofa in a soft, creamy herringbone pattern with metallic calf-skin decorative pillows. A reflective sofa table provides an appealing accent. Metallic leather recliners face an entertainment wall that includes a recessed area that hosts a large television, the fireplace, and the mica wall treatment. A large dark espresso cocktail table centers the space. The table includes spaces for storing bolsters that provide additional seating, as well as shelves for reading materials. The dry bar is finished with espresso-toned cabinetry that includes seeded glass fronts with an x-mullion detail. The great room’s area rug includes a high/low leaf pattern and the brown and taupe tones that served as the inspiration for the overall interior design.

Gebert and Golden Remodeling, Inc. undertook three engineering studies to gain the necessary approvals to remove the non-structural columns that defined the home’s original lanai and to incorporate the former lanai space in the new interior. Gebert used the additional air conditioned square footage to create an area with side by side chaises in front of a tall slider overlooking the Gulf and a formal dining area that offers a spectacular western view. The dining area includes a long table with espresso, saddle stitched, u-shaped pedestals and espresso framed chairs with a light cream metallic vinyl fabric. The vinyl fabric is especially useful when the owners are entertaining their young grandchildren. The dining table has been designed with hinges that allow the table space to be expanded or contracted as needed.

An elegant double French door opens to a master suite and study that offer a spectacular Gulf view. The study continues the bamboo flooring found in the living areas and includes a decorative desk with iron edge details. A commercial credenza, a chair from the home’s original interior design, and a leather recliner that offers a comfortable place for reading or taking in the view contribute to the study’s engaging ambiance.

The master bedroom has a more formal feeling and includes a palette that breaks away from the neutrals found elsewhere in the home and incorporates the blue tones of the Gulf, soft golds, espresso finishes, and silk plaid fabrics with gold accents. A custom designed soft beige velvet headboard plays against night stands with espresso frames and antiqued mirror fronts. A custom media cabinet houses components that serve both the great room and the master bedroom and features a mix of espresso and fruitwood finishes.

The new master bath reflects what is arguably the most dramatic transformation effected by Gebert’s new design. The relatively small space now includes light caramel toned cabinetry with chocolate glazing, glass and stone tile framed mirrors, his and her sinks, a fully enclosed steam shower, and an enlarged water closet with wheelchair access. The room’s Travertine flooring includes glass and stone tile accents that are carried into a Listello in the roll-in shower. The shower includes a glass enclosure and a Colonial Gold granite bench seat.

Gebert has also brought her unique sense of style into the home’s powder room. A bronze glass vessel sink, bronze plumbing fixtures, a decorative glass vanity cabinet with a granite top, and a diminutive storage chest with a decorative metallic front combine to create a look that offers astonishing visual appeal in a relatively small space.

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

Vogue Interiors announced it has been selected to design and execute the interior of Stock Signature Homes’ 4,155 square feet, three or four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath Windsor model residence at Treviso Bay. The Windsor’s flowing great room floor plan includes a formal dining room, study, a large gourmet island kitchen, an exercise room, an outdoor living area with a summer kitchen, fireplace, pool, and spa, a spacious master suite, and two two-car garages. Vogue’s Sheila Herrera, I.D.S. will be bringing a clean-lined look to the home with Asian influences. Because she has chosen to transform a bedroom off the outdoor kitchen into a club room, the model will live as a three-bedroom residence.

“The inspiration for this design came from oriental fabric selections available in Vogue’s Design Center,” said Herrera. “The color palette will include pale taupe backgrounds with plum, chartreuse, silver metallic, and aged mirror accents that will play against rich cappuccino and espresso wood tones. The flooring in the living areas will be light taupe porcelain tile with a modeled look. We’ll be using wood flooring in the study.”

Herrera is incorporating numerous ceiling details in her design, including a hexagonal coffer with an X detail and a metallic faux finish in the great room. Furnishings in the great room will include a very light, creamy taupe sofa, two side chairs with solid taupe fabric, a pair of benches with plum fabric that has a key design and frames with a silver metallic finish, a low, a straight-lined cocktail table with an antiqued mirror finish, clean-lined end tables, and an oriental sofa table with a dark finish. A sculpted area rug will have plum tones and include silk elements. Herrera has created a dark-toned built-in for the great room’s entertainment wall that will include flanking columns with sconces, glass shelving for displaying collectibles and blown-glass accessories, and a center console that will be set beneath the wall-mounted television. Lower cabinetry in each section of the wall unit will provide space for equipment storage. The back wall of the entertainment center will be finished with a metallic taupe and silver grass cloth that reflects the ceiling’s faux finished coffers.

Herrera will mix the cabinetry finishes in the Windsor’s kitchen with a counter height dark chocolate island base to compliment the great room’s entertainment center and a taupe tone on the perimeter. A 6” x 6” metallic pewter backsplash will line the entire perimeter and play against the room’s light granite countertops. The adjacent dinette will feature a cornice board that will wrap around a curved window and join a circular glass-topped table overlooking the outdoor living area.

The formal dining room will feature a large mirrored circular table with a silver metallic base. Six chairs with dark wood legs and a light, off-white oatmeal two-toned fabric with silver accent threads will contrast nicely with a dark toned built-in. The furniture pieces and built-in will play against sparkling faux finished walls. Another eye-catching ceiling detail will reflect the look established in the great room and include a scalloped effect at the corners.

A taupe Lambrequin cornice board at the window in the study will bring an Asian influence to the space. Dark taupe wood flooring will play against a lighter taupe, custom designed built-in. The room’s desk will have a medium toned wooden top and metal accents on the legs. A contemporized wing chair will serve as the desk chair. The study’s furnishings will also include an accent chair with a chocolate and taupe zebra pattern.

The Windsor’s fully-equipped exercise room will include an elliptical machine, recumbent bike, free weights, a yoga mat, jump rope, and a stability ball. The space will include a low pile carpet and open to the outdoor living area where the residents can enjoy a swim after their workout.

French doors will open to a comfortable club room situated off the outdoor kitchen. The space will include a floating dry bar as well as a wet bar with cabinetry and glass and beverage storage. Herrera will compliment the room’s coffered ceiling with a high molding detail and a band of plum-toned leather wallpaper with an embossed animal print that contrasts the lighter taupe walls. Furnishings will include a poker table with four caster chairs, two occasional chairs, and a television mounted above the bar.

In keeping with Naples’ hallmark outdoor lifestyle, Herrera has created an appealing outdoor living area that includes a marble deck, a summer kitchen, a fireplace, a cozy sitting area, and a pool and spa with iridescent waterline tiles. The kitchen will feature a beautiful wraparound counter height bar with a granite countertop and espresso-toned cabinetry.

The Windsor’s master suite will provide a spacious, comfortable retreat. A double door entry will open to a vestibule with an arched niche wall and a hallway leading to a bedroom with double French doors opening to the outdoor living area. A large sitting area will offer a view to the rear of the home. The bed’s headboard will be contoured to a mirror with a frame matching the headboard’s light taupe velvet upholstery. This unique look will be contrasted by an espresso finished dresser and mirrored nightstands with a silver finish. The frames of two contemporized wing chairs will also have an espresso finish. Herrera will complete the look with a large silver framed oriental mirror that will stand on the floor.

Rich, dark-toned his and her vanities will be featured in the master bath and play against creamy granite countertops with plum speckles. Silver lighting fixtures will compliment the bath’s silver metallic wallpaper and light neutral porcelain tile flooring. Highly reflective plum toned glass tiles with silver specs will provide an accent at the tub deck and on the shower walls.

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

Vogue Interiors announced it has completed the design and execution of the interior of Stock Signature Homes’ 3,525 square feet under air Ponte Vedra Grande model residence in TwinEagles. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath floor plan includes formal living and dining rooms, a study, a large family room and gourmet kitchen, an outdoor living area that includes three covered lanai spaces, an optional summer kitchen and a pool and spa, and a three-car garage. Vogue Interiors’ Sheila Herrera, I.D.S. has transformed one of the model’s three guest bedrooms into a unique craft room that is ideally suited to projects undertaken by all members of the family.

“TwinEagles is known for its natural beauty and its classic country club lifestyle,” said Herrera. “The Ponte Vedra Grande is perfectly suited to that lifestyle. The interior of the model is light and airy with classic overtones and straight clean lines. I used light, creamy wood tones with splashes of gold and silver metallics and various white on white on white presentations with subtle colors and a lot of texture. The color palette is very soft and includes light taupe, vanilla and cream mixed with pale blush, aqua and blue tones. Neutral toned porcelain tile with an elegant light marble look is used in the living areas and we used a light taupe tile with a wood look in the study. The overall impression conveys a classic casual elegance that has broad appeal and conveys a fresh Florida feeling. The fabric selections are durable, functional and comfortable.”

Herrera establishes her classic overtones in the foyer where visitors are greeted by a beautiful mirror with an antique silver leaf frame, a whimsical console table and a silver chandelier. The foyer opens to the formal living room where pocketing sliders provide a view of the pool and outdoor living area. A silver and crystal chandelier suspended from the living room’s architectural coffered ceiling conveys another note of classic elegance. Furnishings include a sofa in a soft, light neutral pearlized linen fabric with nail head accents, left and right single-arm chairs with button tufted rhinestones and a pair of lighted gold metallic curio cabinets that will house decorative accessories. The seating is grouped around a multi-colored long shag area rug presented in various shades of taupe and cream.

A combination of gold and silver tones is found in the formal dining room where a light, cream vanilla dining table with soft, elegant lines and graceful legs is surrounded by tone-on-tone side chairs with a geometric pattern and solid host and hostess chairs with a soft, rosy taupe velvet fabric. A cream-toned sideboard is finished with gold pulls. Glass bead wall covering is used to finish the recessed areas of a quad-coffer ceiling.

The quad-coffer ceiling treatment is repeated in the study where the light-toned, wood-like floors play against a vanilla-toned built-in and a desk with gold legs and hardware. The legs of the vanilla finished desk are executed in a large circular pattern that Herrera repeats elsewhere in the home. A desk chair is presented in a light neutral fabric that is contrasted by draperies in a smoky taupe tone with a bit of aqua. The flooring, furnishings and draperies all play against the room’s soft aqua walls.

In keeping with Herrera’s clean lined, classic look, a light cream granite with delicate flecks and river-like movement is used on the kitchen’s island and perimeter counters and as a backsplash. The counter height island base is light taupe and the perimeter cabinetry is ivory with a taupe glaze. Pendant lighting fixtures are set over the island’s counter height bar area. An adjacent breakfast area overlooks the outdoor living area from a butt-glass window finished with a raw linen cornice accented with metallic thread and a rhinestone scroll pattern. A circular glass-topped dining table has a base that repeats Herrera’s circular theme and chairs with a wave type fabric in aqua, taupe and a bit of blush as well as silver nail heads.

Ninety-degree pocketing sliders open the Ponte Vedra Grande’s large family room to the outdoors. Herrera has positioned a vanilla-toned credenza with silver hardware in a niche wall that also hosts a television. Seating is provided by an exquisitely soft, casual velvet sofa and a pair of side chairs in a cream and aqua fabric with a metallic blush colored leather ottoman. The cocktail table and end table have a cream finish with a gold accent and a sofa table has an animal embossed top and once again recalls the large circular theme. A hemp area rug is done in darker taupe and aqua tones that compliment the room’s aqua grey walls and tray ceiling.

Herrera furnished the sitting area in Stock Signature Homes’ hallmark outdoor living area with a sofa, matching chairs, a console table and two swivel chairs that allow a view of the pool and spa that are finished with an earthy-toned glass waterline tile to compliment the neutral taupe deck tone. The fabrics on the furnishings are done in creams, silver greys and taupes to reflect the color palette inside the home. The summer kitchen area includes counter height bar stools and a clean-lined circular metal and wicker table with four chairs. A third covered space off the master bedroom is festooned with inviting palm trees and greenery.

The master suite reflects Herrera’s use of soft colors and elegant finishes. An upholstered tufted bed features a headboard with an antique mirror border presented in a series of half-circles in alternating directions. The border reaches a point at the top where it is crowned with a shell motif. The bed is covered with blush pink and taupe fabric with an oversized print. The walls are also blush pink and provide a background for a vanilla toned dresser and nightstands, all of which have gold hardware and accents. The room is completed with a sunburst gold mirror over the dresser and a kidney shaped metallic silver and gold desk with a fluted design.

The master bath is graced with neutral tile flooring that has a marble look and silver and gold wallpaper with a serpentine pattern. A long tub is centered between his and her vanities with cream-toned cabinetry and light granite countertops. The back wall of the tub is finished with decorative glass and stone tile that is carried into the double entry walk-in shower and mixed with porcelain that matches the floor covering.

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