Month: November 2015

Debbie Demaria, president of Vogue Interiors featured in Naples Illustrated.

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For me, there is one truth about interior design: A person’s home
is their own. Their home’s colors, textures, furnishings, features,
and finishes reflect who they are and define a style that is uniquely theirs. Achieving the homeowner’s personal vision of the spaces in which they live is the truest measure of success for a designer. At Vogue Interiors, every step of the design process is focused on understanding and executing each client’s unique vision.

In my experience, many designers love introducing new trends, and some of those trends can ultimately define a particular style. However, trends are fleeting and typically shift within a matter of months. So, while Vogue Interiors’ designers are intimately knowledgeable about the latest trends in every facet of interior design, our intention is not to create designs that are trendy.
Instead, we work with our clients to create designs that are all about them.

I have been involved with interior design for more than three decades. My single greatest source of inspiration has always been my clients. Knowing they have put their trust in me to create the spaces where they live their lives is an honor, a privilege, and a huge responsibility. Whether a client is building a new home or remodeling, fulfilling their trust and appreciating what is
important to them is what drives me every day.

Vogue Interiors announced that company Principal Debbie DeMaria, ASID, IDS and Interior Designer Salvatore Giso, IDS will create the interior design for a single-family villa residence built by Gulfshore Homes in the Westlake neighborhood of the West Bay Club community in Estero. DeMaria and Giso will combine organic and textural elements to bring a carefree yet sophisticated and softly elegant feeling to the 3,137 square feet under air residence. The floor plan includes a massive living space that combines a great room, dining area, and a spacious island kitchen, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a library/study, and a beautiful outdoor living area with a year-round kitchen, fireplace, pool and spa.

Inspired by the beauty of natural elements, DeMaria and Giso will create an ambience that suggests easy elegance and free-flowing organic comfort. The color palette will be founded on natural woods with taupes, beiges, and browns accented with fresh white that will be featured as the predominant background color. Flooring throughout the living areas will be executed in medium-toned raked oak which transitions to a white wide plank hardwood in the master bedroom and tile in the master bathroom.

The grand foyer will present a sense of arrival into a home that combines both elegance and casual charm. In the center of the wood floor, four large 24 x 24-inch marble-look tiles with mosaic inlay will create a note of welcome. The foyer will lead into a gallery hallway with a niche on each side. On the left, a dry bar will feature a four-inch profile to the edge of the creamy white porcelain stone counter. This material will continue up the wall as a backsplash and offset dark espresso cabinetry. On the right, an architectural furniture piece will create a statement. The espresso-toned wooden base will be topped with a black granite top with a three dimensional free-form chrome structure in the center for the look of sculptural metal art.

The powder bath will feature stacked tile shells in a mother of pearl with a chic linear presentation. A hammered platinum sink will sit atop a custom scalloped demilune furniture piece in a silver scraped linen wood tone that will blend perfectly with the shelving.

The gallery will open to the heart of the home with its spacious great room, dining room, and kitchen. A framed entertainment wall will feature a floating shelf in scraped wood with ottomans underneath for additional seating. An 80-inch television will be set above the shelf along with two floating shelves that showcase sculptural pieces against a backdrop of chocolate brown mica wallpaper. To the left of the television area, a custom console will accommodate the electronic control components for the home. The seating group will radiate comfort with inviting textured neutral materials. An off-white sofa in a cream basket weave fabric will be paired with two swivel chairs in soft metallic leather. DeMaria and Giso have designed a cocktail table that includes a 30-inch goat skin table on casters that can roll along the length of a 64-inch ottoman for added comfort and versatility. Five equally spaced beams, stained in a color slightly darker than the flooring, will adorn the length of the ceiling. Sliding glass doors will open the living and dining rooms to the outdoor lanai.

The dining room will showcase a remarkable table that provided the inspiration for the interior design concept. The table will present the appearance of a section sliced directly from a venerable tree. Its uniquely organic form will be enhanced by large natural cracks punctuated by wooden butterfly insets. The table will be finished in a dark tone and is 102-inches long, perfect for an informal arrangement of four chairs on each side. The chairs, upholstered in a pearlized white leather, will create a lively contrast with the deep wood tones. Functioning as a buffet within a long wall niche, a console in an espresso finish with concave mirrored detailing will complement the scene. Above it, an oversized free form mirror will add drama and dimension.

The kitchen will feature a spacious island where dark cabinetry will be topped with weathered Taj Mahal granite. The bar stools will be presented in a lighter wood tone used throughout the home. The perimeter cabinetry will replicate the lighter wood tone to create contrast with the island. The perimeter cabinetry will extend to the ceiling with the highest level designed as lighted display alcoves, each housing lovely sculptures. Along a side wall, a custom built-in that matches the perimeter cabinetry will provide additional storage for small appliances as well as counter space in the Taj Mahal granite.

To the left of the foyer, a hallway will lead to the study where the medium-toned oak wood flooring will continue. The wall treatment will be presented in a blend of bamboo and grass cloth while dark espresso cork will be displayed in the ceiling coffer from which a striking chandelier will be suspended. Two-toned cabinetry will be featured on two walls. A sleek open desk will extend along the entire length of the wall with floating cabinets above. The other side will accommodate the television and ample cabinetry for equipment storage. The built-ins will be complemented by a stylish chair, accent table and beautiful area rug.

The lanai will offer enticing lake and golf course views. An outdoor kitchen will feature eye-catching cabinetry in a sandblasted two-toned silver metal with a rain textured inlay. On either side of the grill, leather granite countertops with black and brown striations will extend for 20-feet. An informal gathering table and chairs will contribute to the enjoyment of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. A sectional sofa and chairs in a deep seat wicker with textural tweed tone upholstery will be gathered around a linear fireplace encased in textural stone in variegated creams and browns. On either side of the fireplace, French doors will lead into the master bedroom.
The master bedroom’s white wood floor will be adorned with a laser cut cowhide rug. The bed will be fully-upholstered in linen and flanked by nightstands in a taupy silver finish. Mirrors over the nightstands will reflect the light from the French doors. Elegant white linen draperies with silver star metal studs of varying sizes will add breezy charm. Across from the bed, a custom built-in dresser will blend the room’s soft tones of natural wood and shimmery metallics and accommodate a 65-inch television and storage drawers.

A hallway from the bedroom will display a tile runner within the wood. Upon entering the master bathroom, the flooring will transition to the 24 x 24-inch marble-look tile in taupe tones with a matte finish that will continue into the shower. His and her vanities will feature rectangular marble vessel sinks complemented by light cabinetry and brown quartz counters. Tiered cabinets on either side will provide additional storage. A free-standing tulip tub with flared edges will be angled elegantly in one corner. A wall treatment in shades of hammered metal will complete the tableau.

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.

While downsizing typically provides an opportunity for new beginnings, determining exactly what should be given to the children, delivered to a consignment shop, donated to charity, or simply thrown away can often be emotionally draining. Once those decisions are made, however, the resulting sense of freedom can be invigorating. Vogue Interiors Donna Overly, ASID specializes in working with clients to navigate the downsizing process and to create new living spaces that are ideally suited to their shifting lifestyle. Designing the new spaces often involves mixing cherished pieces of furniture and collected items with newer, more contemporary elements that better reflect current styles.

“I worked with a client who was moving from a 6,000 square feet home to a 20 year old 3,200 square feet resale condominium at Cap Ferrat in Pelican Bay,” said Overly. “There were furniture pieces, artwork, family photographs, and other items they were very firm about wanting to keep. Our challenge was to wipe away the detritus that naturally accumulates over 20 years and create a fresh, welcoming environment that incorporated everything they wanted to keep along with new furnishings and finishes. Maintaining a balance in this type of re-design and renovate project can be tricky. It can also be very rewarding to sense the client’s joy and satisfaction when they realize those things that are nearest and dearest can work beautifully when juxtaposed with newer, more up-to-date design elements. Our two biggest tasks were completely changing the color palette and selecting new furniture that would complement the pieces they chose to keep.”

To create a fresh light ambience, Overly began by introducing off-white neutral background tones throughout the home. The existing creamy stone tile flooring in the living areas was refreshed, given updated grout, and resealed to produce a brand new look. For maintenance-free practicality as well as aesthetic beauty, tired lighting fixtures and fans were replaced with efficient new technology, including noiseless fans, bendable track lighting and LED bulbs wherever possible. The result was a brighter, cheerier foundation for her elegant design to unfold. She began layering texture and color tones in light easy neutrals, pretty seaglass and vivacious royal navy, incorporating rich wood tones and blending classic styles with clean lines for timeless elegance. For window treatments, Overly introduced a mini cornice design to showcase functioning draperies where appropriate or side panels. Still allowing optimal exposure to the dramatic views, this added a decorative element to the windows throughout, infusing color and finesse while softening the architecture. After eliminating the out of date faux finish on the walls in the elevator lobby, living room, and dining room, she introduced grass cloth wall coverings with metallic backgrounds to all of the ceiling details to add subtle reflective dimension.

Upon entering the condo’s foyer, a low console with a eucalyptus veneer top and a front overlay in white and cream bone makes an immediate statement. Its 100-inch length is ideal to display the family’s collectibles and photographs.

The foyer opens to the living room where a large off-white velour sectional sofa and comfortable contemporary swivel chairs in an off-white woven fabric are arranged upon a stunning wool rug in light blue and off-white. One side of the rug is entirely blue while the other incorporates delightful swirls of seaglass and off-white. In the center, a custom-designed cocktail table incorporates four chrome cubes at the base and a 60-inch square custom-cut glass top allowing the beauty of the rug to radiate. Behind the sectional is a handsome contemporary four door media console in an ebony finish with a golf leaf base and square handles. A side table aptly named “catch a glimpse” thanks to a low shelf that reflects the painting on the underside of the table top adds interest. While happily incorporating the owner’s beloved artwork throughout the home, Overly supplied one dramatic art piece for the living room in the vibrant sea glass and blue tones of her design theme. Wide wall-to-wall sliders open on two sides of the living room to provide an extraordinary connection to the outdoors and Cap Ferrat’s spectacular views.

Centered between the living room and the family room, the dining room features a sophisticated buffet in a medium tone with a step-back design highlighted by hand painted gold swirl accents. Three doors open to reveal six adjustable shelves and four full-extension felt lined silver drawers. At the base, six metal block feet are finished in a brushed rose gold finish. A beautiful square wooden dining table with decorative striations and a cube-shaped base is paired with eight striking chairs upholstered in a faux reptilian woven fabric and decorative nail head trim.

While the owners were not inclined to major structural renovations, they were delighted with the addition of a generous island that provides a new gathering space in the gourmet kitchen. As opposed to the customary breakfast table and chairs, the island affords a spacious area for food preparation as well as casual seating with five counter height barstools displaying round upholstered seats in a creamy woven fabric with nail head trim. To contrast with the existing lighter toned perimeter cabinetry and countertops in swirling earth tones, the island cabinetry is executed in a darker wood and topped with a light monochromatic Cambria quartz. Five frosted pendant lights are suspended from a monorail track overhead to establish a lively new look.

On the other side of the dining room, the welcoming family room also benefits from sliding glass doors that open onto a wide terrace offering yet another vantage point to attractive views. A taupe-toned leather sofa that includes two motorized recliners invites deep relaxation and comfort. Serving as a cocktail table while providing much coveted storage, a large top-opening ottoman in a teal alligator embossed leather adds style and practicality. Complementing the sofa, a handsome occasional chair is finished in a light neutral herring bone tweed accented with a pillow in the seaglass tones. A large area rug unites the furnishings, showcasing a fluid pattern in the room’s teal blue and taupe tones for harmonious appeal. Overly was able to incorporate an existing wall unit that, while more traditional in style, has a classic design and compatible color tones for a seamless blend of the old and the new.

A private hallway to the master suite leads past his and her closets that were made spacious and more functional with a creative closet design to an enormous octagonal bedroom. The eye is drawn to the custom king-size bed whose tall flared headboard, footboard and side rails are upholstered in an off-white chenille that sets the tone for this tranquil space. On either side, beautiful round cabinet night stands with scalloped trim add distinction. The dresser is multi-functional and incorporates three chests, two cabinet pairs, a bridge and a space for a television. New carpeting in the master bedroom as well as the guest suites provides fresh and luxurious comfort.

The master bathroom was given updated lighting and fans. By incorporating two different types of wallpaper, Overly introduced some fresh background texture and pattern to this charming 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 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