Month: April 2017

In the forests of Costa Rica, Parota trees grow for years and ultimately reach enormous sizes. Known to Americans as Elephant Ear trees, reading the rings exposed by cutting a cross section of a Parota is akin to reading a history book. Periods of drought, excessive rain, or relentless sunshine, as well as damage caused by natural fires or by man are revealed to those who understand the language of the rings. The colorful tones of the Parota wood have made it the preferred choice for homeowners intent on bringing elements of nature into their homes. Uniquely shaped slices taken from the tree trunk are used to create stunning “live edge” furniture pieces that are sanded and finished with a clear coat to preserve the wood’s exotic look. Care is taken to maintain the natural characteristics of the wood, even to the point of producing tables that have the same holes in them as found in the original tree slices. The furnishings produced are literally one of a kind.

“Parota trees are found throughout South America, but especially in Costa Rica,” said Vogue Interiors’ award-winning designer Sheila Corasaniti, IDS. “Some people try using other woods for live edge furnishings, but the Parota wood is the most exotic. I’ve found people want something in their home that offers a connection to nature. In Southwest Florida, that connection is often expressed with coral objects or seashells. Having a furniture piece that comes directly from something as magnificent as a Parota tree takes the connection with nature to a different level. The wood conveys a relaxed feeling, but is highly elegant. No two pieces are the same because they are taken directly from what a specific slice of the tree offers. People love having natural elements in their home, and the Parota live edge furnishings offer a wonderful element that we can incorporate into the design.”

The homeowners’ desire for natural wood elements has prompted the creation of live edge dining, cocktail, and sofa tables, as well desks used in elegantly appointed studies. In the bedroom, interesting headboards and benches placed at the foot of the bed often feature live edge designs. From a design perspective, live edge pieces provide tremendous flexibility.

“Live edge pieces can go with just about any décor,” said Sheila. “We’re primarily incorporating them in contemporary designs, but they work equally well in Asian and Polynesian styles. What’s interesting is the desire for wood elements has extended into accessory selections as well. Wall art made of natural wood, sculptures, wooden bowls and vases, and even pillows that have tassels with wooden beads have become popular. Just like the furniture pieces, the accessories are presented with a clear coat of urethane to preserve the natural look. The beauty of the Parota wood live edge furnishings has prompted a renaissance in the use of wood elements throughout our designs that are often integrated with glass or metal to create a fresh, natural look.”

Vogue Interiors announced that award-winning designers Leslie Gebert, Allied Member ASID and Sheila Corasaniti, IDS have completed the interior design and installation for Harbourside Custom Homes’ furnished Villa Adriana II model in the Cassina neighborhood at Miromar Lakes. The home’s 2,593 square feet under air open-concept floor plan includes a wide foyer and gallery entry hallway, a great room with beamed ceiling details, an island kitchen and spacious dining area, three bedrooms, three baths plus a pool bath, a study, and a two-car garage. Both the great room and dining area open to an outdoor living area with a fireplace, summer kitchen, and a pool and spa.

The Villa Adriana II is a sophisticated coastal home incorporating natural design elements of crisp white linens, butterscotch raffia, honey toned rattans, and accents of pale seafoam blue-green and creamy whites. Coastal inspired bright white tongue-in-groove ceiling details and wood-look light ecru porcelain tile echo the sophisticated beachy feel. With a calm color palette inspired by coastal breezes, sandy beaches, and tranquil cloud swept skies, the home is a true tropical retreat with an elegant ambiance.

In the long and dramatic entry, the floor features the same pale wood porcelain as the main areas and is punctuated with transition bands of inset 2-inch by 2-inch stone details to mark the foyer at each transom point in the long fourteen-foot high hall. Tall brushed chrome and driftwood wall sconces are mounted on either side of the pale grasscloth covered walls inside a rectangular wall detail of flat stock molding. Across from the entry to the study, a large vibrant original abstract painting in gold, buttercream and ivory tones is hung above a mirrored console.

The same pale porcelain flooring continues into the study where the walls are papered in a basket weave textured ivory grasscloth behind two open étagères filled with coastal-inspired eclectic accessories. A graceful one-drawer oval writing desk and an open weave cream leather desk chair float in front of the window and two small club chairs upholstered in a pale blue-green and cream fabric sit in the corners on top of a heavily textured natural sisal area rug in subtle variations of pale seafoam and sandy beige. Custom open-weave sheer panels in an unusual abstract camel and cream linen fabric frame the windows.

The great room includes a feature wall with a stunning statement console in a washed oak finish with brushed nickel hardware. Each of the four doors on the console have a huge vertical brushed nickel leaf shape which extends all the way down to become the console’s legs. A flat screen television is mounted above the console on a neutral grasscloth clad wall and is flanked by two columns mounted with large scaled driftwood wall sconces in a soft champagne color. Opposite the feature wall is a clean-lined camel suede fabric sofa with four decorative pillows, two in seafoam textured linen and ivory and two in a playful seafoam and buttercream print fabric. Two club chairs upholstered in the same pillow fabrics face the sofa. Completing the seating area, a light wood and natural rattan armchair has soft ivory textured cushions and sits on a herringbone flat weave wool and sisal area rug. The slider is detailed with a white linen cornice trimmed in natural jute cording.

Over the long rustic washed-oak dining table in the great room, three oversized glass pendants hang at different heights to provide dimension and drama to the space. The table includes custom panels that can be inserted for additional diners. Surrounding the table, custom upholstered dining chairs present front panels of pale seafoam fabric and back panels done in a textured warm butterscotch raffia fabric. Sheer crisp white linen draperies are mounted with jute cord inventively laced through brushed chrome grommets.

In the bright and open chef’s kitchen, the large counter-height island features base cabinetry finished in natural washed red oak and all countertops are finished in a striking cream granite with a dramatic icy blue and pale green vein pattern that continues up as the backsplash. All the perimeter cabinets are done in a dimensional creamy off-white finish with transitional brushed nickel hardware to match the three glass and nickel pendants hanging over the island. Four counter-height ivory wood barstools with low backs have seat cushions upholstered in the same seafoam and cream fabrics as the dining room chairs.

The serene master bedroom is a true private retreat realized in pure tones of rich heavy cream and frothy seafoam. The modified wingback king headboard is upholstered in a soft taupe felted fabric and the bed is dressed in variations of off-white, cream and muted seafoam fabrics in an array of textures. Fresh white tongue-in-groove details line the ceiling tray where a sparkling champagne chandelier provides a romantic glow. Two large nightstands done in a soft cream finish flank the bed across from a classic dresser in a sophisticated washed oak finish with transitional champagne metal hardware. Clean-lined armchair upholstered in a pale seafoam linen flank the dresser. Custom white linen draperies hang against the misty pale seafoam walls and dress the doors to the outdoor living area. A large soft cream area rug provides warmth to the wood-look porcelain floors.

Two generously sized walk-in closets flank the hallway to the master bath where the flooring transitions to an oversized neutral porcelain tile and crisp white tongue-in-groove ceiling panels create a coastal feel. Featuring a double vanity with creamy off-white cabinetry and an equally subdued cream granite countertop, the serene master bath walls have pale seafoam green grass cloth shot through with a subtle pattern of glittering silver threads. The pale neutral porcelain tile extends under the free-standing spa tub and into the large shower, then continue up the shower walls contrasted by an inset band of taupe glass tile.

The spacious outdoor living area features a fireplace wall of pale honey-colored porcelain tile designed to look like a dramatic sculptural stacked stone. A flat screen television is mounted above the horizontal ventless gas fireplace. The seating area faces the fireplace and includes a loveseat with a chaise done in a warm honey resin wicker with soft seafoam and light ivory upholstery and contrasting accent pillows. A swivel chair done in matching fabric and a metal and glass end table sits on a textured natural rattan area rug to anchor the space beneath a 60-inch ceiling fan. The adjacent rectangular dining table features slip-covered host and hostess chairs and four honey wicker dining chairs with cream and pale seafoam patterned fabric seat cushions. All the outdoor kitchen cabinets have shaker style doors finished in a muted camel color and all countertops and backsplash areas are done in a pale granite with lively honey and camel striations.