Vogue Interiors’ Leslie Gebert, ASID and Licensed Interior Designer Christie Heeb have completed the remodeling of the outdated interior of a 15-year old, 3,755 square foot residence in the award-winning Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club community. Their design concept was focused on transforming the home’s heavy Tuscan look into fresh, unified, on-trend spaces that convey a clean, uncluttered, and engaging feeling. At the same time, the designers established an undeniable connection between the interior and the residence’s spectacular revamped outdoor living area by utilizing a color palette in the primary living areas that includes soft aqua blues with off-white and coral accents. Their new color palette, combined with the introduction of up-to-date finishes and, in some cases, new, meticulously vetted furniture pieces and lighting fixtures, have created a relaxed, inviting ambiance that more accurately reflects today’s Southwest Florida luxury lifestyle.
The designers’ new look is immediately evident in the foyer where soft white backgrounds and trim are complemented by an entry rug fashioned in soft taupes and creams, a faux finished ceiling with a new ceiling fan, and niches papered with metallic grass cloth, all of which blends nicely with the home’s neutral, marbleized square porcelain tile flooring. Immediately adjacent to the foyer, an intimate living room features a built-in shelving unit that has been refinished with a lighter tone and a metallic grass cloth background to suit the new look. Four chairs done in a neutral cream tone with ivory, aqua, and coral accent pillows were added and surround a new glass cocktail table. A new thickly textured area rug anchors the grouping. The designers also included a new ceiling fan.
In a new remodeled home with an abundance of design highlights, the new look in the huge dining room is perhaps the biggest highlight of all. The room’s original look included heavy, rust-toned Tuscan furnishings, including a long rectangular stone table with a travertine top and stone bases, upholstered Tuscan chairs, and a tall, dark, Tuscan-style buffet. The designers kept the soft beige travertine-topped table that seats eight and provided new, more contemporary dining chairs with a metallic textured faux leather on the front and inside and a teal fabric on the backs. A memory point of the new design is a highly unique hammered metal LED lighting fixture with an illuminated circular element suspended within an independent rectangular frame that is on the same plane as the dining table. Intended to serve as a wow factor that is evident immediately upon entry to the home, the circular element draws the eye outdoors to a view of the lanai, a lake, and a sculptural circular piece that is the focal point of the outdoor living area and pool. A new unique cabinet to the right of the dining table is presented in a taupe distressed wood finish. The cabinet features a carved dimensional cherry tree branch that flows across three sets of vertical doors. An old cabinet on the dining room’s short wall was removed and replaced by a tall free-standing metal sculpture. The nearby study is devoted to the lady of the house’s love of horses. The room features wood paneling with wainscoting below and a long wall graced by a built-in with shelving. The designers added a beautiful grass cloth finish above the chair rail, a soft easy chair, an intriguing chest, and a custom area rug to bring a fresh new ambiance to the space.
The designers remodeled the kitchen to make it more conducive to casual dining and entertaining. The existing bar-height counter was replaced by a counter-height surface with exotic Taj Mahal quartz that is complemented by comfortable swivel barstools finished in a “crocodile” taupe embossed leather. The island base cabinet was re-done in a medium brown finish to match the existing perimeter cabinetry that plays against a new rectangular glass tile backsplash that runs all the way up to the ceiling. In the adjacent breakfast nook, the designers introduced a glass-topped table with chairs in a neutral fabric accented with small squares on the back in a soft aqua teal. A lighting fixture above the table mimics the unique fixture in the dining room and features a flat dimensional circle with LED lighting. The kitchen and breakfast nook flow into a spacious family room that includes the original sectional sofa that is finished in a taupe-toned leather. The designers added new pillows to the sectional that are presented in off-whites, teals, and coral to complement a new custom area rug. A square cocktail table with a faux travertine top, a side table, and linen draperies with teal and ivory embroideries were also added to create the designers’ new look.
The master bedroom was repainted to bring a considerably lighter look to the space. A new custom bed upholstered in soft velvet is topped by soft taupe and aqua bedding. Art pieces in champagne, taupe, teal, and ivory tones with hints of metallics have been placed on either side of the nightstands that are finished in a soft metallic tone. Opposite the bed, a wall-mounted television is positioned above a long dresser. A small exercise area is graced by a decorative bench with pillows that match the bedding. The designers hung a vertical mirror outside the walk-in closet in the hallway that leads to the master bathroom that now features new, soft-toned wallpaper, new, soft aqua marine granite countertops, a small vanity chair, new lighting, and new plumbing.
The designers worked directly with the landscaper/outdoor living designer to create a spectacular outdoor space that is in keeping with the interiors new, more engaging and entertainment friendly ambiance. The new re-engineered pool cage offers an unobstructed view of the lake that is reminiscent of views found at a waterfront resort hotel. An off-white and soft taupe shell stone deck sets the stage for a remarkable circular pool that has been designed with a series of curves with an 11-foot tall circular sculptural metal ring in the center that not only recalls the lighting fixtures inside the home, but also acts as a shower as people walk through it. A cascading waterfall flows down a glass wall from the black-finished pool to a sun shelf. A bridge over a Koi pond leads to a spa with water line tile presented in a rectangular light teal glass tile. The entire pool and spa presentation is complemented by lush landscaping and a pergola that provide both shade and rich green tones immediately adjacent to the lake. A sectional sofa with two reclining sections and an additional reclining chair are set in the shaded space. The designers revamped the outdoor kitchen area with a large island, muted taupe granite island and grill wall countertops, and bar stools. The covered lanai’s dining area features a taupe-toned woven table and chairs with aqua-toned upholstery. Shear outdoor draperies against the lanai’s circular pillars bring a beautiful note of elegance to the outdoor grilling and fire pit areas. Six swivel chairs have been placed around the long, narrow firepit that features a top finished with muted taupe granite.
Founded in 1979, Vogue Interiors has earned numerous national, regional and local awards. From corporate offices at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, Florida, Vogue Interiors provides design services to residential and commercial clients in the United States and abroad. Visit Vogue Interiors online at vogueinteriors.com.