Vogue Interiors announced that Donna Overly, ASID, an award-winning designer specializing in renovation and aging in place design, has completed the design and execution of an updated interior for an approximately 1,995 square feet, two-bedroom, two-bath condominium at the north end of Gulfshore Drive just south of Wiggins Pass. The condominium is located in a building built in 1980. Overly’s intention was to give what had become a dark, drab residence a current look with an upscale aesthetic and to take advantage of the home’s stunning Gulf views. Overly was also tasked with entirely replacing a hodge-podge of outdated furnishings inherited by her client from the previous owner.
Overly’s transformational design for this condominium began with a fresh new color palette that suffuses the home with an elegant understated grace. She eliminated the existing gold and brown tones and introduced a sophisticated blend of light taupe backgrounds and white trim with delightful infusions of sea glass and teal as accents to reflect the beauty of the stunning Gulf views. The original deckle-edge travertine stone flooring, laid on the diagonal, presented a neutral and timeless foundation that blended easily with the new plans.
The lighting throughout the home was updated. All overhead and cove lighting was replaced with cooler, energy efficient LED lighting that also looks discreet and modern. Harmonious sconce lighting was introduced in specific areas to help illuminate darker paces and add visual interest.
The entire condominium was refurnished with case goods in light wood tones and soft furnishings upholstered in sophisticated linens. The kitchen was totally redesigned to eliminate dark cabinetry and dark granite. Several innovative carpentry concepts were introduced to enhance the overall aesthetic. These included custom “shadow boxes” to artfully accommodate the home’s three wall-mounted televisions while hiding the mounting brackets and cables. In each case, the boxes were finished to blend perfectly with the furniture underneath for a unified, pleasing profile.
Upon entry into the foyer with its see-through views to the magnificent Gulf, an elegant console on the left is finished in a light oatmeal color with four darker fog-chagrined doors and a brushed nickel base. Tall slender lamps illuminate a large square piece of art over the console that introduces the condominium’s sea glass accent tones. A hallway on the right leads to the guest bedroom which epitomizes restful elegance with its muted tones, pleasing artwork, and handsome area rug.
Moving into the heart of the home where the spacious kitchen, dining room, and living room flow comfortably together, Overly’s main seating arrangement includes a light-toned curved sectional sofa with a chaise lounge at one end. The fabric is a practical outdoor linen reminiscent of a relaxed beach cottage. Throw pillows in patterned creams, taupes, and teals coordinate perfectly with the large rectangular area rug displaying captivating organic swirls. A cocktail table ottoman upholstered in a creamy faux leather adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Across from the sectional, a four-door console in a light driftwood finish anchors the television with its custom-made shadow box wall mounting. Overly has placed a sofa table that functions as a slim line desk behind the sectional. A chair from the dining room can easily be pulled up to provide practical work space, ideal for a condominium that has no study. The desk’s slender bronze legs, light oatmeal finish, and fog-chagrined drawer fronts perfectly complement the foyer console.
Another custom design feature is evident around the wide living room sliders. In order to disguise the dark bronze slider frames and hurricane shutter apparatus, Overly designed artful lambrequins upholstered in a light textured fabric. These chic valance casings brighten the openings to the screened balcony without obstructing any of the beautiful Gulf views.
In the adjacent dining room, Overly’s beguiling design incorporates four floor-to-ceiling French doors, crafted by a master carpenter, along the entire side wall. Their multiple mirrored panes enhance the area with bright reflections of the natural light while the central handles provide the illusion of functioning doors that could open to another room. In fact, this is the shared common wall with the neighboring unit. The stylish glass-topped dining table features a chrome base with geometric struts. At either end, host and hostess chairs display silver leaf wooden legs with seats and backs upholstered in a herringbone linen fabric. A chrome handle on the back of these chairs helps to maneuver them with ease. The four side chairs display a retro-style wooden frame in silver leaf and a natural Jakarta fabric for the upholstery. A wall sconce has been added to the structural column between the dining and living rooms. On the back wall, a handsome buffet console in a Geneva gray finish with a dove colored fabric on the door fronts completes the tableau.
The kitchen features extensive perimeter cabinetry and a generous free-standing island where four bar stools with taupe frames and soft teal upholstered seats provide a casual gathering spot. Overhead, lovely hand blown pendant fixtures add elegant beauty. Fresh new cabinetry in a gentle glazed cream finish is complemented by countertops in a sea foam green granite that has the look of onyx. New upgraded stainless appliances include an induction cooktop with a magnetic heating system for increased efficiency and safety. Additional storage has been created by adding more pantry space as well as new cabinetry for the dry bar just off the kitchen. The dry bar also features a complementary granite counter top and a striking custom mirror with horizontal waves of clear and colored glass.
The master bedroom is accessed through double French doors from the great room. Overly has paneled these, too, with mirrors to add the benefits of reflected light and the semblance of additional space. Woven grass cloth in sea glass tones adds a layer of texture and color to the headboard wall. The magnificent bed, fully upholstered in linen, showcases a scalloped padded headboard and is flanked by graceful nightstands that display mirrored fronts with a circular wood detail. A beautiful area rug with a geometrical design in cream and teal anchors the room while, across from the bed, a dresser in a Cliffside gray finish features six concave drawers for added dimension. Sliders open the room to a master patio that is also accessible from the great room. This ideal relaxation area, perfect for morning coffee overlooking the Gulf, features two opposing wood framed easy chairs, painted in an antique white finish with sea foam colored cushions, and a cozy ottoman in between. On the back wall a console in a driftwood finish provides room for wine storage and accessories.
While no major renovations were completed in the master bathroom, Overly added a cream colored wall covering. This handmade paper fashioned by artisans gives life and texture to the walls. Incorporated in the wallpaper are two crushed crystal geckos that make a striking impression upon entering the room.
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.