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Today’s luxury home architectural designs typically include immense covered and uncovered outdoor spaces dedicated to creating a seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle that can be enjoyed throughout the day. No longer relegated to simply providing a place for a grill station or for taking a dip in the pool, outdoor living areas have been transformed into secondary living rooms that reflect the same attention to detail and level of finish found inside the home. Comfortable conversation areas with elegant ceiling details, fireplaces, and luxurious furnishings with up-to-date outdoor fabrics, kitchens with stainless steel grills, granite or quartz countertops, and generous cabinetry, and dining areas that can accommodate gatherings with guests are all part of today’s outdoor living experience. Pools now showcase large decks, water and fire features, and separate areas with fire pits and cozy seating. These trends in how outdoor living areas are regarded and utilized have presented new challenges and opportunities for interior designers.

“Outdoor living areas have become an integral part of how a home lives and are regarded more as an extension of the air-conditioned interior living spaces than as something that is separate from the rest of the residence,” said Vogue Interiors’ Debbie DeMaria, ASID. “The function, look, and style of the outdoor spaces have become just as important as what we’re doing inside. Designers have an opportunity to create an outdoor experience that blurs the line between indoors and outdoors. New outdoor furniture and fabric choices, new fireplace designs, and new outdoor cabinetry and counter surfaces allow us to create outdoor areas that reflect the overall elegance and comfort of the home. We’re incorporating beautiful ceiling details and new LED lighting designs in our outdoor living areas, both of which help us create an appealing ambiance. Large pool decks offer an opportunity to incorporate water and fire features that elevate the outdoor experience even further. Separate deck areas with fire pits and seating are on the must-have list for luxury homebuyers.”

As outdoor living spaces have assumed a new level of prominence, new materials have been developed to enhance the outdoor experience. Designers now have access to luxurious UV protected and mold resistant area rugs that can be incorporated in conversation area designs. Textured 24 x 24-inch stone that combines shells and concrete is changing the look and feel of decking materials. Dimmable LED lighting fixtures and huge, dramatic ceiling fans contribute to the comfortable ambiance of the outdoor spaces.

“Outdoor living area designs have evolved tremendously over the past several years and they will keep on evolving,” said Debbie. “People purchase homes in Southwest Florida so they can enjoy our wonderful climate. Why wouldn’t they want to be just as comfortable outdoors as they are inside their homes? We’re extremely excited by opportunities to make the outdoor experience the best that it can be by using the newest materials, furnishings, and fabrics available.”

Vogue Interiors invites you to discover the art of interior design and Express Yourself! Visit Vogue Interiors at our Design Center and Showroom at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs or call 239-498-7500.

Throughout its award-winning history, Vogue Interiors in Bonita Springs has established a track record for staying abreast of interior design trends and for adapting prevailing sentiments within the design industry to meet its clients’ uniquely personal visions of how they want their homes to live. Trends showcased by the media, shelter magazines, the fashion industry, smart technology purveyors, and sustainability proponents influence both new construction and renovation design concepts. Incorporating trending design tendencies for renovation projects involves a unique set of considerations.

“One area that plays an important role in renovation projects is the trend toward adaptability,” said Vogue Interiors’ Donna Overly, ASID, CAPS. “In Southwest Florida, this influence is primarily driven by our population of retired and semi-retired homeowners, but they are not alone. Adaptability, or Universal Design, when applied to renovation, serves more than our senior demographics. Adaptability allows people of all ages and abilities to live a more
comfortable lifestyle with ease of use. This benefits those with limited capabilities, people with disabling injuries, as well as the normal effects of aging. In bathrooms, we remove the barriers of shower curbs, use shower heads on glide bars for ease and comfort, as well as grab bars that not only provide safety, but can also be aesthetically pleasing. ‘Comfort height’ toilets reduce the strain on knees and back.”

The notion of adaptability extends throughout Overly’s renovation designs. In kitchens, adaptability takes shape in the use of hands free faucetry, drawers that improve accessibility by replacing hidden shelves, and LED lighting that uses less electricity and is a better light source for the aging eye. Accessible doorways and hallways provide appropriate space for any occasion when a wheelchair or walker may be necessary. Door knobs are replaced with levers that can be activated with the side of a hand or elbow. These features improve function while adding to the aesthetic value of the home or condo that benefits the homeowner while enhancing the resale value of the residence.

“The stigma that has assigned Universal Design to handicap environments has given way to the flexibility and convenience of these adaptability features,” said Overly. “This trend ties into the movement toward healthier living, sustainable and recyclable materials, and smart design. It’s making what we do every day more enjoyable for us. Adaptability, home entertaining, convenience and innovation contribute to what is simply ‘smart design’. We are no longer afraid to break with convention so that baby boomers and millennials alike can live a more easy-going, stress-free lifestyle. This trend is becoming a primary focus with all age groups. Entertaining at home is not just a trend, but has become the norm. Renovation plans frequently include an open plan with the kitchen providing the hub for entertaining. Formal dining areas are all but disappearing, allowing a more beneficial use of space that speaks to our casual lifestyle. Convenience is the key.”

Vogue Interiors invites you to discover the art of interior design and Express Yourself! Visit Vogue Interiors at our Design Center and Showroom at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs or call 239-498-7500.

Vogue Interiors’ Interior Designer Salvatore Giso, IDS has been selected to create the interior design for the Dominica single-family villa model being built by Gulfshore Homes in the Westlake neighborhood of the West Bay Club community in Estero. The home includes 3,057 square feet under air with three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a study, a flowing great room, island kitchen, and dining area, an outdoor living area with a fireplace, summer kitchen, pool and spa, and a three-car garage. Giso will mix woods and white tones to present an ambiance that is both earthy and refined. Dull white walls and bright white trim will be accented by chocolate browns. The flooring in the living areas will be 24 x 24-inch off-white porcelain tile.

Giso’s color palette and earthy, refined style will be established in the foyer where the white walls and trim will be contrasted by a rich chocolate brown cork wall covering in niches on both sides of the space. Transparent white dimensional art pieces will be set against the cork background. To convey the feeling of walking in a forest, a one-inch mother-of-pearl ceramic and abalone porcelain chicklet tile detail will be set into the main porcelain flooring at six-inch intervals to suggest twigs laying on the ground. A chandelier with circular elements that will be progressively smaller as they tier from top to bottom will be suspended from a gabled tongue-in-groove ceiling and allude to water flowing across a surface. The combination of elements will evoke a sense of walking outdoors.

The integration of elements that offer a connection to nature is continued in the study where the medium-toned wood floor will be graced by a large rug that will be detailed with gradients of overlapping cream and brown tones in a serpentine pattern. White window treatments will include similar hints of browns and creams in bleeding stripes. A contemporary brown chagrin floating desk will feature slim-lined gold legs and contrast a white leather desk chair and a pair of white and gold swivel barrel chairs. A console piece will also feature slim-lined gold brass legs and wood and chagrin trim. As a unique feature, the study also includes a walk-in closet and a full bath that will be accessed via a white sliding barn door.

The great room’s pocketing sliders will provide a connection to the outdoors. Floor-to-ceiling columns will define the room’s feature wall that will include a center section approximately nine-feet wide. Giso has selected a brown mica wall covering for the center section. The textural, earthy material will sparkle. A television will be mounted on the wall above a long brown-toned credenza with white cork door panels and a large medallion handle in the middle. The walls flanking the center section will be covered in white painted cork with linear stripes of mica dust. Sconces with half-moon lampshades and gold spokes with cross-cut rock agates of varying lengths will be presented on the flanking wall sections as well as recycled custom white leather mushroom-shaped ottomans. Furnishings in the great room will include a brown tweed sectional sofa that spans 14-feet and will feature hand painted pillows with pearl trim and an infusion of a variety of brown tones that meet in the center over a white background, a pair of brown and gold side chairs with a reflective look and white fur pillows, diminutive marble side tables with a streamlined steel base three-pronged claw feet, and a square concrete cocktail table in a greyish white tone. The seating area will be anchored by a custom white dimensional area rug. A gabled ceiling will be finished with grey-weathered chocolate brown beams that will extend into the kitchen.

The base of the island in the kitchen will be finished to match the ceiling beams and will be topped by a white quartz countertop that will waterfall to the floor. Square low-back barstools will be set at the island. The white perimeter cabinetry will be finished with plain front panels and a grey-toned solid surface countertop. A unique multi-dimensional backsplash will include painted brown, grey, and white tones over a mirrored background, a look that captures the tones found throughout the home.

The dining room will include a wet bar finished in white to match the kitchen cabinetry that will be flanked by SubZero wine chillers. A 72-inch glass-topped dining table will feature a gold interlocked link base and be surrounded by chairs with chocolate brown sculpted hourglass wood trim and white fabric. Mitered corner sliders will open the dining room to the lanai. A large drum chandelier in a style similar to that of the sconces in the great room will also include cross-cut rock agates of varying lengths hanging from the center.

Giso will continue the living area color palette in the master bedroom. Gold/brown nightstands will feature a gold grate overlay on the doors. A long console table will serve as a dresser. A low-back chaise lounge in a white fabric and a gold and while chenille bolster pillow and a Lucite table will provide a place to relax and enjoy views of the pool. Double-doors will provide access to the lanai.

The home’s 24 x 24-inch off-white porcelain tile flooring will continue in a master bath with a sand gold champagne wall covering that features a textural vertical wave effect. Mushroom-toned vanities with a lacquered finish will play against a chicklet flooring detail in the shower that presents a series of squares that get progressively smaller.

The lanai’s linear ventless fireplace will be finished with white Carrara marble that will extend to the ceiling and have a wavy, rippled look. A furniture group in front of the fireplace will include a massive white sectional sofa and a 44 x 44-inch cocktail table with a live-edge wood top and metallic boulders at each corner. The outdoor kitchen’s countertop will be done in Taj Mahal leather with a Carrara marble look and set atop dark charcoal weathered cabinetry. The dining table’s metallic rock base and live edge wood top will mimic the cocktail table. The barreled-back dining chairs will be presented in the same tone as the tabletop.

Vogue Interiors announced award-winning designer Sheila Corasaniti, IDS completed the interior of Stock Signature Homes’ recently sold furnished model in Pine Ridge Estates in North Naples. Stock Signature Homes is the luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development. The home’s elegant and spacious floor plan offers 4,369 square feet under air plus an additional 1,084 square feet of covered lanai space. The great room plan features a formal dining room, a gourmet island kitchen and breakfast nook, study, exercise room, three bedrooms, a bonus room or fourth bedroom, three-and-a-half baths plus a pool bath, and two two-car garages. The model includes a fireplace and outdoor kitchen on the lanai as well as a pool and spa.

Corasaniti envisioned the residence as a serene coastal retreat finished in relaxed and soothing colors. She took her inspiration for the home from a chinoiserie printed fabric that depicts the colors and tones represented throughout the home in a color palette of soft sandy taupes with accents of powdery sky blues and tonal creams. Weathered Oak wood flooring runs throughout the home, including the main living areas, and the master bedroom.

A welcoming foyer presents an opening to the dining room on the left. On the right side of the foyer, an upholstered wall treatment and bench provide a note of welcome. The wall is fitted with upholstered panels in a subtly shimmering textured leather-like fabric and features a hand-applied bordered pattern of silver nail head trim. Sparkling silver metal sconces are mounted on the paneled wall to create a dramatic first impression.

A custom beamed ceiling detail is a design highlight in the spacious dining room that opens to both the foyer and to the great room. The dining room is painted a soft taupe background color that reappears throughout the living areas. One wall of the dining room features a deep custom built-in credenza with tall glass doors and applied molding from the chair rail to the floor. This statement piece is finished in a soft pale taupe. Pale cream opaque fabric panels with a touch of sparkle dress the windows and add a sense of intimacy to the room.

In the wood floored study, a custom built-in desk fills the wall on the left side. It is accented with floating shelves to showcase books and collected items. The window facing the front of the home is fitted with a metallic roman shade. A textured cream and taupe area rug anchors two contemporized wing chairs in a soft blue fabric with a cocktail table. The ceiling is accented with a taupe grass cloth.

An expansive feature wall in the great room is divided into three sections and accented with metallic blue grass cloth. The center section houses a console that is used for media component storage. Above the wall mounted television, applied molding is accented with a dimensional piece of art mounted in the center. Flanking this center unit are three-foot-wide by five-foot-tall mirrors which also feature applied molding details. A dramatic beamed ceiling detail echoes the ceiling treatment in the dining room. Pocketing sliders in the great room open to the lanai and the outdoor living space.

Both the island and the perimeter cabinetry in the large open kitchen are finished in a pale taupe color. The countertops are a dramatic porcelain product with a patterned surface featuring a soft cream background and abstract brushstrokes of gray. A subtle off-white glass subway tile is applied to the backsplash along the perimeter.

Adjacent to the great room and the outdoor space, the optional bonus room serves as a guest suite. A custom wall to wall built-in accommodates a bench that is illuminated by lighting to create a cozy area for reading that includes a refrigerator. The walls are painted a pale light taupe. The room features a queen wood paneled bed with metallic night stands accented with bedding and pillows in a palate of soft blues and taupe’s. French doors lead to the outdoor kitchen and dining area.

The entire outdoor living space is painted a soft off-white to complement an outdoor fireplace fashioned from light taupe chiseled stone. In addition to the beautifully appointed fireplace, a conversation area is situated just off the great room and the master bedroom sitting area. At the opposite end of the lanai, an outdoor kitchen features shaker style cabinetry, granite countertops, a gas grill, and a dining area.

A fully outfitted exercise room is located between the great room and the master suite and features double doors opening to the lanai. Professional grade exercise equipment has been installed on one wall where mirrored panels are trimmed out with wood framing. A taupe low pile carpet provides both comfort and quiet.

In the master suite, the wood flooring continues throughout the hall, his and her closets, and the bedroom. The room features a king size tufted upholstered bed accented by serpentine shaped night stands in an off-white finish with a matching dresser. The bed is dressed in a soothing color palette of creams, sky blue and taupe’s. The sitting area features two wing upholstered chairs in a soft blue fabric. Each chair is adorned with off-white fur accent pillows. An off-white accent table with a stainless-steel inlay and a large upholstered ottoman are positioned between the chairs. Anchoring the furnishings are off-white shag rugs. The ceiling features drywall painted beams to provide contrast and visual appeal. A private sitting area opens to the conversation area of the lanai.

The spa-like master bath showcases a high-gloss off-white floor with 24 by 24-inch porcelain tile and a sculptural free-standing tub. The vanity cabinetry is finished in a soft off-white and the countertops are cream marble with brushstrokes of pale blue, smoky grey and soft taupe. Subtle metallic accents appear in the wallcovering and in the shower tile and fixtures.

Vogue Interiors announced that award-winning designers Sheila Corasaniti, IDS and Salvatore Giso, IDS have been selected to design the interior of Stock Signature Homes’ Merano model residence at Lakewood Ranch. Along with 3,600 square feet under air, the Merano also features 868 square feet of covered lanai space. The spacious, highly livable floor plan includes three bedrooms plus a bonus room that can serve as a fourth bedroom, three baths plus a pool bath that also functions as a powder room, a study, a large great room, island kitchen, and dining area, and a three-car garage. The great room opens to a lanai with a year-round kitchen, fireplace, spa, and a pool with a sun shelf. The bonus room is being configured as a second master suite in the model.

Corasaniti and Giso have infused their design concept with natural elements such as live edge furniture pieces and a white birch tree that makes a striking statement in the great room. Their organic off-white and chocolate brown color scheme will be simple in color yet striking to the eye. The contrasting colors will be juxtaposed throughout the home. Off-white walls and high-gloss off-white porcelain tile flooring will provide a foundation for the juxtaposition with accessories and furnishings that reinforce the organic feeling.

The Merano’s double-door entry will open to a foyer with a niche wall featuring a substantial console table with an iron base that resembles tree branches holding up a slab of wood. The console will establish the natural feeling of the design. An attractive art piece will be set above the console. Another reference to nature will be made with a contrasting tile inset in the floor that will be set in a herringbone pattern intended to conjure the look and feeling of waves of water running in a stream.

Columns flanking the end of the foyer will announce the entry into the great room that will feature striking beamed ceiling details bedecked with a chocolate brown wall covering material that has a wood-like texture. A built-in on the feature wall will include brown cabinetry topped by a marble counter with down-lighting and media component storage underneath. The center section of wall above the marble counter will be framed out with chocolate brown boxes, a large box to accommodate the television, and three smaller boxes above the television for accessories. Off-white columns will define the television space. Soft off-white storage benches tucked under the counter that will extend to either side of the television wall treatment and white accessories will combine with the columns and off-white wall tones to provide a dramatic note of contrast to the television space’s deep chocolate brown tone. A larger floor-to-ceiling niche to the right of the television wall and built-in cabinetry will host the white birch tree and a third off-white column to the far right side.

The furnishings in the great room will be anchored by a chocolate toned shag rug that will contrast the off-white flooring. The majority of the furnishings are accented with chocolate brown against a soft velveteen, chenille style fabric, including an off-white chenille sofa and a pair of off-white side chairs. A single chair wood frame chair with a slatted back is finished with chocolate brown fabric. A highly unique 51 x 51-inch glass-topped cocktail table has a base fashioned with hundreds of individual vertical sticks of wood that have been joined together to form a solid base. Drum-like see through end tables with smoked-glass tops will have a dark finish. A sofa table will emulate the console piece found in the foyer.

The look in the dining area will continue the contrasting light and dark tones. The dark dining table will include a beveled edge with a painted platinum finish. The table will play against chairs with a similar platinum finish and clean white linen fabric. A light, airy blown glass and dark metal lighting fixture with the look of green bottle glass coins will be suspended over the table. Elegant off-white draperies will match the draperies flanking the sliders in the great room that open to the outdoor living area. An art piece or oversized mirror will grace the accent wall.

The kitchen’s island base and perimeter cabinetry will be presented with a light taupe finish topped by off-white granite countertops with wisps of dark brown, black and charcoal accent veining. The pendant lighting over the island will mimic the lighting fixture in the dining area. A backsplash on the perimeter will be finished with off-white marble subway tile.

Corasaniti and Giso will introduce equestrian references in the study, including a hair on hide rug in cream and brown tones and an oversized photograph of a rider on horseback. An elaborate ceiling detail features two suspended squares and beams that run front to back across the ceiling and then continue down the wall where they become part of the room’s shelving system. The beams contrast a cream-toned chagrin desk and the same off-white that are used throughout the home to soften each space while adding a subtle hint of texture.

The elegant master bedroom’s sitting area will include a pair of linen slipcovered chairs and open to the lanai’s conversation area and fireplace. While continuing the home’s chocolate brown and off-white color scheme, the bedroom will showcase a stunning headboard treatment applied to the wall and divided into four large rectangles upholstered in an off-white fabric. Beautifully executed custom bedding with a suede-like horn and buckle feeling will match the zig-zag pattern found on the pillows and also feature a border that matches the shams. Transitional clean-lined night stands with a bow front and a dresser with a bow front in the center section will be presented with an espresso finish, an intentionally simplified look that will not distract the eye from the stunning patterns featured in the bedding.

The large format off-white porcelain tile flooring will continue in the master bath where the vanity cabinetry will be presented in a light taupe tone with dark brown quartz countertops. The off-white tile continues into the shower that will include a wide vertical dark brown glass tile accent border. Off-white wallpaper will feature a linear, wavy texture.

A fireplace on the lanai will be finished with smooth stucco and river pattern 24 x 24-inch tile in a straight horizontal stack. A recessed area above the fireplace will accommodate a television that will float between stucco columns with smooth banding. The combination of the textures and the smoothness of the stucco will convey a contemporary feeling. An intimate sitting area at the fireplace and just outside the master bedroom will include a loveseat, two chairs, and a cocktail ottoman anchored by an area rug. A pair of sofas will provide a second sitting area just outside the great room. The summer kitchen’s cabinetry will be finished in a grey driftwood tone and will be topped by a granite counter. The dining table will seat six. A separate area on the pool deck will feature a fire pit and seating for four.

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.

Interior designers and their clients spend countless hours considering and finalizing their choices for a home’s color palette, flooring material, ceiling details, cabinetry, finishes, and furnishings. Obviously, each of these elements is essential to the interior design puzzle. As accomplished designers know, however, there is another element that ultimately unifies the entire look and feeling of a home: accessories. For designers, the term “accessories” can mean many things – paintings or photographs, sculptural art pieces, vases, accent pillows, area rugs, colorful throws, books, collected items, or treasured keepsakes. Think of the items placed throughout your home. Now imagine how your living spaces would look without them. Accessories speak to what is important to you. They can personalize a design and enliven or bring a soothing note to a room with splashes of color. In doing so, accessories complete the look of a home.

“Accessories are the finishing touches of an interior design,” said Vogue Interiors President Debbie De Maria, ASID, IDS. “It’s like putting on a dress and then adding the earrings, the necklace, the shoes, and the purse to finish off the whole look. Accessorization brings life to the different areas of a home. It brings everything together and provides a sense of feeling, a sense of serenity, or a sense of excitement. Just having furniture alone doesn’t really do anything.”

The effective use of accessories requires a balanced approach. For example, art selections can include a mix of paintings, sculpted pieces, and colorful pieces of blown glass. Coffee table books can serve as conversation starters. Bookcases can serve as perfect places for displaying collected items. Another key is to not overdo the approach. Using too many accessories can diminish the importance of the elements that truly contribute to personalizing and completing the design.

“I’ve found it’s better to use less so things that are important stand out,” said Debbie. “We ask our clients to give us the treasures they want displayed. Then we place them in ways that are meaningful. Family photos can be scattered throughout the home. Bookcases are perfect places for other family related items. It’s important they’re placed at eye height so they can be seen and appreciated. Displaying books can be important because they say a lot about who a person is and their interests.”

Many of today’s interior designs feature neutral-toned background colors. The colors found in a home’s accessories are often left to define the serenity or vibrancy of the overall look.

“Instead of colorizing a home in the furniture, it’s usually better to do it with accessories,” said Debbie. “That way the look is not overwhelmed with color. The right piece of art placed against a neutral background can bring in a splash of color, vibrancy, or calmness. Area rugs can add a sense of depth and color that can be complemented by other accessory items and accent pillows. Again, the key to achieving the perfect look is to be balanced in the approach.”

Vogue Interiors announced award-winning designer Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID has completed the remodeling of a 4,148 square feet beachfront residence at Miromar Lakes. Gebert transformed the ornate, outdated Tuscan interior of the four bedroom plus study, four bath home designed by Weber Design Group into an oasis with a fresh, contemporary feeling. The floor plan of the spacious residence also includes a formal dining room, an immense great room, and a huge island kitchen and breakfast nook that seamlessly flow together to offer an outstanding living area. The great room, breakfast nook, master bedroom, and one of the guest bedrooms all open to an expansive outdoor living area with multiple covered spaces, a fireplace, an outdoor kitchen and bar, and a pool and spa surrounded by a spacious deck. The outdoor areas take full advantage of the home’s beach, boat dock, and lake views.

Even a home built only twelve years ago can seem hopelessly dated if it still embodies the ornate and formal hallmarks of once-trendy Tuscan design. The new owners of this Miromar home were familiar with the property and knew it was the perfect location for their active family. With the large open areas, the pool, a boat dock, and the beach beyond, a renovation plan was imperative. First came determining the scope of the renovation. A soon as they decided to keep the existing flooring, it became a design challenge to update the home with a fresh, bright and comfortably stylish new look.

In the iconic film “The Wizard of Oz”, there is a moment when the film changes from black and white to glorious color. That is the incredible effect Gebert has realized in this ultimate Tuscan-to-today home makeover. The breathtaking transformation begins where the original ornate iron door once welcomed visitors. Now a streamlined mahogany and glass entry door allows light to cascade into the foyer where a contemporary chrome light fixture serves as a prelude to the stunning views straight through the large great room to the owners’ pool, the wide inviting beach, and the shimmering lake beyond.

The dining room has been transformed from a dark, formal space to a comfortable, contemporary entertainment oasis. The heavy furnishings have been replaced with a pale gray wood dining table and clean-lined upholstered dining chairs with a quilted beige linen fabric on the back and a textured saffron tweed fabric on the front. Above the table, a daring chrome and glass LED chandelier adds a sculptural touch. On one side of the room, a custom console has glass door panels backed with a textured raffia fabric and is done in a taupy grey wood finish with chrome hardware. Above the console hangs a 92-inch wide abstract painting with a creamy white background and splashes of rich chocolate brown and vibrant orange. Simple sheer linen panels frame the windows.

Exemplifying the design challenges imposed by remodeling around the original flooring, the butler’s pantry was completely and successfully transformed. The original porcelain tile footprint remains, but all the cabinetry has been replaced with custom cabinets in a soft dusty gray finish and an exotic black and dark taupe granite with white veining covers all the countertops and backsplashes and then runs 7 feet up the arched wall cabinet adjoining the kitchen. A wine rack and glass front cabinets in the arch are all LED illuminated. A contemporary bar sink and sculptural faucet face sleek new barstools upholstered in white crocodile embossed leather.

Entering the great room, where heavy ornate draperies and formal furniture once held court, the feature wall now boasts a pair of 36-inch wide illuminated glass shelves holding colorful family collectibles. The glass shelves flank a contemporary dove gray finished media console fitted with large round pewter hardware. The wall mounted television sits above the console on a mica wallpapered panel which reflects and catches the light. Opposite the feature wall, an off-white leather winged sofa is accented with pillows done in a mix of metallic and leather and a contemporary cream and salmon stripe. A round chiseled stone cocktail table with an ivory stone top sits in front of the sofa. Two pale salmon upholstered recliners sit beside snakeskin leather nesting tables atop the cream and taupe fluffy wool area rug. Sheer drapery panels have replaced the original chenille window treatments.

The original medium wood finished kitchen cabinets work well with the redesign scheme and are now paired nicely with new light taupe Taj Mahal granite used on the perimeter countertops and replacing the dated brown glass tile backsplashes. The countertops rise to a bar height to host six backless barstools where the family enjoys casual dining and entertaining. Four dramatic chrome and LED pendants form a striking sleek curve above the bar.

The once-dark breakfast nook now features a rectangular Italian glass extendable table with a chrome base and updated simple armless woven chairs with bright orange tweed upholstered. On one wall in the nook, a large original contemporary painting provides vivid splashes of citrus tones.

The color scheme in the romantic master suite is now a soft and dreamy combination of ivory and mocha taupe with subtle accents of metallic terracotta. Its original design was overwhelmed with heavy gold chenille bedding, ornate brocade window treatments with swag cornices and braid trim, and heavily carved dark mahogany furniture. The breezy new custom draperies are done in a horizontal stripe of ivory and taupe sateen and mounted with modern brushed chrome grommets and the contemporary custom king bed is upholstered in textured natural taupe linen.
The bed is dressed with a coverlet of hand-knotted pale sateen, simple boxed Euro pillows and a long horizontal bolster. The seating area has double doors to the outdoor living space. The existing loveseat has been recovered in a soft salmon linen and accented with shimmering metallic pillows and faces a contemporary chrome and glass cocktail table.

In the spacious master bath, the original neutral-toned porcelain tile has been incorporated into the fresh new design to transform the bath. The dark brown vanity cabinetry has been refinished in a sharp high-gloss white and fitted with transitional clean-lined brushed chrome hardware. The original heavy faux finish on the walls has been replaced with a simple modern wall finish in cream with subtle silver metallic vertical strokes. The dated original shower fixtures have been replaced with a rain-head shower fixture mounted considerably higher to accommodate the tall new owners. The existing terracotta-colored marble countertops were refinished and polished to a high gloss to compliment the new design.

All that remains of the original faux-brick painted outdoor kitchen is the footprint. Refreshed paint colors and natural cream and gray granite countertops and backsplashes have brought the area up to the current style. The outdoor living area now has a breezy tongue-in- groove cypress ceiling tray and a contemporary ceiling fan and the original high and boxy fireplace has been replaced with a dramatic long and low fire box that now allows a view toward the lake. Matching fire boxes set in chiseled stone also flank the outdoor spa.

The success of an interior design can be measured by the degree to which it reflects the personal tastes, styles, and interests of the homeowner. While the finishes and color choices are important to note, a home’s furnishings speak volumes about the owner’s personal preferences. Satisfying those preferences is often a difficult task when relying on standard selections from furniture manufacturers. In many cases, the designer must create customized pieces that more accurately reflect the owner’s personality and tastes. While the art of creating customized furnishings can be challenging, it is an aspect of interior design that accomplished designers relish.

“I’m interested in my clients’ personal likes and dislikes and in how they’ll be living within their home,” said Vogue Interiors’ Interior Designer Salvatore Giso, IDS. “Are they a family who will be gathering to play games on the floor, people who want to put their feet up, or do they want furnishings that are like pieces of art? Knowing that allows me to create custom pieces with the functionality and style that will work.”

Salvatore has found that standard furniture selections are often not suited to today’s architectural styles. The trend to open-concept floor plans has introduced expansive living areas with great rooms, kitchens, and dining areas that share the same footprint. These larger spaces demand appropriately scaled furnishings.

“Today’s homebuyers don’t want formal spaces that don’t get used very often,” said Salvatore. “Architects and builders have responded with big great room floor plans that need to be furnished differently. These are not standard furniture pieces a designer can go to a resource and purchase. It involves creating a custom piece aligned with the client’s personal interests, the functionality required, and that is sized appropriately.”

For Salvatore, gauging the client’s personal interests is an exciting aspect of the custom design process. For one couple, both of whom are pilots, he designed a coffee table using a jet engine as the base and a circular glass top. He also designed a dining table with an aerodynamic looking 120-inch wooden plank top and an iron metal base. Another client did not want to have a huge dining table, but still wanted to be able to entertain. Salvatore created a 64-inch table with hidden hinged leaves that come out of the base to form an 84-inch round table. In the great room, he created a 70-inch square entertainment table that serves as a cocktail table and a game table. A client who is a sports fan wanted an ottoman to serve as a table while watching games. Salvatore created a piece with a flat surface in the middle surrounded by leather padding for those who want to put their feet up and relax.

“Creating custom furniture is exciting,” said Salvatore. “Recognizing a client’s personal tastes, understanding the functionality and what they find visually appealing is one thing. Creating a piece that reflects those aspects and scaled to the space is the challenging part that I enjoy most.”