Month: February 2017

Vogue Interiors announced the interior of Stock Signature Homes’ furnished Madison model created by award-winning designer Sheila Corasaniti, IDS will be showcased during the Collier Building Industry Association’s 2017 Single Site Parade of Homes that will be held at Naples Reserve February 17th through 19th and February 24th through 26th. The Madison model is situated in Naples Reserve’s Parrot Cay neighborhood. The 2,947 square feet under air Madison floor plan includes a great room and dining room that open to an outdoor living area and pool deck covered with marble pavers, four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a study, an island kitchen, and a three-car garage. Corasaniti has created a coastal transitional interior that places a premium on comfort and relaxation. Her design includes numerous natural elements inspired by a coastal fabric. The color palette mixes celery green backgrounds with black, off-white, grey, and silver accents. The flooring in the living areas is 12 x 24-inch porcelain tile with a matte finish that conveys the look of Carrara marble.

Once through the double-door front entry, the Madison’s welcoming foyer boasts a show-stopping multi-tiered chandelier festooned with blown glass streaming from a chrome disk. A transitional two-toned charcoal and weathered wood console sits beneath a large framed mirror anchoring the foyer wall. In the gallery hallway leading to the great room, the design details of two long rectangular ceiling coffers are reflected in a custom half-inch by one and a half-inch marble mosaic tile pattern set into the Carrara-look porcelain tile flooring. A transitional rectangular pendant light with a linen shade is suspended in each of the coffers.

Double doors provide an entry to an intimate study where the textured driftwood-toned porcelain tile flows in from the entry foyer. Two matching bookcases with a charcoal finish flank a large glass-topped trestle style desk with legs in a charcoal metal finish. A clean-lined wing chair upholstered in a cool flax linen color is paired with a small accent table with a pewter finish. Grounding the room with a highly textural element, a natural jute area rug mixes charcoal and light brown tones in a woven pattern.

On the feature wall of the generous great room, painted columns frame a dark charcoal and weathered wood console with a television mounted above on a wall covered in a dramatic leather-look wallpaper. On either side of the columns, dramatic artwork in metallic finishes are stacked three-high. A contemporary chrome wall sconce with a linen shade is mounted on each column. Facing the feature wall, a large and comfortable sofa is upholstered in a light taupe fabric with a hint of a metallic shimmer. Two cozy loveseats, fully upholstered in a mossy green velvet, sport gleaming pewter nail accents, dark charcoal finished legs, and creamy white velvet pillows. A pair of cocktail tables present mirrored tops and dark weathered bases. One of the two end tables is round with a glass top while the other is square with multilevel shelves. A two-tiered polished chrome chandelier is suspended from the center of the crisscrossed ceiling beams where the large center tray is painted in a light neutral taupe.

In the expansive open kitchen, both the island and the perimeter cabinetry are finished in a soft light taupe tone to contrast the bright white quartz countertops that feature a subtle shimmer. A backsplash of multi-toned marble mosaic tile is laid in a staggered brick pattern beneath the upper perimeter cabinetry. Three dramatic mercury glass pendants over the island provide a visual division between the great room and kitchen. Chrome metal barstools with pewter chenille fabric cushions pull up to the island bar and face the kitchen.

The dining room opens to the outdoor living area with 90-degree pocketing sliding glass doors. An elegant rectangular dining table features a chrome base with a weathered driftwood live-edge top. The host and hostess chairs are upholstered in the same coastal print fabric that provided the designer’s inspiration for the home. The fabric showcases the home’s signature color palette of celery green, soft grey, black, and white in a large sea shell pattern that repeats the look of the sofa pillows in the great room. Light off-white side chairs feature a woven crisscross pattern on the back. A large round contemporary mirror is installed on the back wall of the dining room above a storage console.

The home’s signature colors come together in the luxurious master suite where the chrome-framed bed is fully upholstered in a stunning charcoal linen fabric. The bed is dramatically dressed in patterns of the signature palette’s rich charcoals, crisp celery greens, creamy whites and inky blacks. Directly above the bed, a gorgeous round chandelier features multiple sparkling crystal bubbles. Nightstands with dark wood frames and mercury mirrored fronts flank the bed. A clean-lined dresser is finished in a soft off-white to provide a serene contrast. Next to the double door to the lanai, a charcoal linen contemporary wing chair is accented with a black and grey pillow and sits next to a small table with an off-white marble top.

In the spa-like master bath, the flooring is Carrara-look, 12 x 24-inch porcelain tile. To allow the tile to make a textural design statement, the walls are painted in a light neutral, the cabinetry is finished in a light taupe, and the countertops are a sparkling white quartz. There is a free standing spa tub and the entire shower is clad in richly detailed porcelain.

On the covered lanai, an entertainment seating area includes a dark espresso sofa upholstered in off-white facing a console with a charcoal metal finish set beneath a wall-mounted television. A matching off-white loveseat faces the pool. Two ottomans from the same collection present a dark espresso finish accented by metal details. In the outdoor space just off the master suite, two club chairs flank a small wicker table. The expansive outdoor dining area features a large rectangular dining table, two off-white slip-covered chairs and four side chairs with a neutral light taupe upholstery. Espresso finished chaise lounges by the pool have dramatic black cushions. The outdoor kitchen features driftwood finished cabinets and Colonial white granite countertops with hints of gray, black and cream. The granite extends up as the backsplash for easy outdoor maintenance. The pool deck and the covered patio are fashioned from 16 x 16-inch square marble pavers and the pool waterline tile is an unusual and striking pearlescent grey and celery green metallic tile.

In the recent past, Naples was known for its Tuscan architectural styles and heavily ornamented interior designs. The extensive use of dark faux finishes, arched openings, curved lines, and heavy furnishings was the norm as architects, builders, and designers created their versions of an Italian villa. Over time, however, homebuyers have eschewed the palatial Tuscan style in favor of brighter, lighter, more livable spaces that convey a relaxed, casually elegant feeling.

“The shift away from the Tuscan style evolved between 2007 and 2010 when the economic crash brought new construction to a standstill,” said Vogue Interiors’ award-winning interior designer Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID. “When builders resumed building in 2011, it was if the slate had been wiped clean. Buyers wanted something simpler. It was a fresh outlook on the way we could build here and the way people preferred to live. It became more casual and lighter, more in tune with Naples’ always-on-vacation vibe, more functional, but it was done with sophistication and taste. Whites came back into fashion. We saw a shift to simpler, straighter lines, and less cluttered, airier spaces. People began to take the heavier moldings off, and if they did do a crown molding, it was a simple cove molding with very little detail. The look became angular rather than curved. Elegance and beauty are found in the simplicity of today’s homes rather than in ornamentation.”

As evidenced by the light-filled, open concept floor plans that today’s homebuyers prefer, the movement away from the Tuscan style is on-going, both in new construction and in transformative remodeling projects. Great rooms that flow into large island kitchens and dining areas have in many cases supplanted the formal living and dining rooms of the past. Informal studies, bonus rooms, and upstairs loft areas offer additional places for unfettered relaxation. The color palettes, finishes, and furnishings in today’s interior designs present a new approach to creating visual interest.

“We create visual interest by contrasting dark and light,” said Gebert. “Reflective wall coverings, metallics, and pops of color found in accessories, accent pillows, and artwork play against white, beige, and soft grey backgrounds. Wood-look rectangular porcelain tile or wood flooring and textures found in area rugs, wood details, and fabrics add warmth and a relaxed feeling. Simple, flat, white kitchen cabinetry doors with angular hardware can be contrasted by darker-toned island base cabinets and the variety of solid colors available in the quartz countertops that have often replaced the Tuscan gold and brown-toned granite. The same is true in the bathrooms. Straight-lined contemporary lighting fixtures, rectangular porcelain and glass tile backsplashes and shower finishes provide an elongated look. On the outdoor living areas, streamlined ventless fireplaces often set in niches with horizontal wall details have replaced the heavy pre-cast concrete fireplaces of the past. Squared-off furniture pieces continue the casual look. That is what the new aesthetic is all about – casual, elegant comfort, simple straight lines, visually interesting contrasts, and an overriding sense of relaxed livability.”