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Vogue Interiors’ licensed interior designer Christie Heeb has completed the extensive remodeling of the outdated interior of a 16-year-old, 5,076 square-foot under air residence in Shadow Wood at The Brooks. After working with the client on two prior projects, Christie was familiar with the clients’ lifestyle preferences and design desires. The objective for this project was to transform the home’s dated, dark, and heavy spaces into a lighter, cleaner, coastal transitional style that is more appropriate for the enjoyment of their growing family. The home’s large upstairs space was transformed into a space especially perfect for their grandchildren.

To begin the process of instilling a lighter look, Christie replaced the dark floors in the common areas, powder bath, den, and guest bath with large format alabaster honed marble. The new flooring served as the inspiration and backdrop for a color palette that includes light heron plume wall tones as well as indigo blue and coral accents that are especially evident in the home’s new furnishings and accessories. Outdated lighting fixtures and coral stone capitals and trim were eliminated for a cleaner, updated look throughout the home. Soaring, glass and wooden entry doors open to a foyer with a 20-foot indigo blue coffered ceiling. The ceiling and a dramatic ebony and gold open lantern chandelier are balanced by the foyer’s twin chests that feature blue agate and gold accented hardware. Artwork in bright abstract blues and corals completes the inviting entry.

The home’s cozy conversation area is now grounded by a three-tiered undulating open chandelier. Four swivel chairs upholstered in an indigo and alabaster ombre are grouped around a circular coral colored upholstered cocktail ottoman. The space is further enhanced by a large wool and recycled denim alabaster and indigo area rug. An existing floor to ceiling coral stone fireplace was refreshed and painted a lighter heron plume. The original sconces on the fireplace wall were replaced with an updated, clean line design to compliment the chandeliers in the entry and living room. Alabaster toned drapery panels with a wide tape finished with an indigo and coral geometric design on the leading edge flank a large stationary glass window with an open view to the outdoor living area. On an inset wall, overkill sconces were removed entirely. A clean lined metal and stone parson style console table features a pair of tall gold and alabaster toned stone lamps as well as artwork stacked on the inset wall. Upholstered zig-zag style ottomans with casters are finished in an indigo and alabaster fretwork fabric with brushed brass nail head trim and nestled beneath the console table to provide additional pull-up seating in the conversation area. In the living room hallway, an outdated overly embellished mirror on an inset wall was replaced with a clean lined mirror encompassing the entire area above a new upholstered bench seat and pillows in alabaster with indigo and coral accents.

The home originally included two largescale dining areas separated by a wall. Based on the owners’ lifestyle and needs, one of the dining areas was transformed into a billiards room that is more conducive to the family’s penchant for having fun. Three large outdoor shuttered doorways were repainted in the heron plume tone. A custom billiard table with indigo blue felt and a double pedestal walnut base provides a striking contrast to the alabaster marble flooring. Whimsical artwork and an open iron elongated light fixture above the billiard table completes the look.

One of Christie’s major spatial re-directives was the decision to remove a long wall between the kitchen and the new billiards room. The open space allows more light to flow into an entirely new kitchen and allows engagement between the kitchen and new billiards room. A new pub table for two floats in the spacious area between the billiard room and kitchen. A butler’s pantry was completely redone with new lighting and clean lined cabinetry. The entire kitchen was redesigned to provide enhanced functionality and updated finishes. The existing ornate cabinetry and island, as well as a bulky hutch, were removed. A bar-height counter surface was lowered to counter height to offer a more open view of the adjoining great room. The perimeter now features clean lined cabinetry in a light alabaster finish, neutral quartz countertops, and a diagonal glossy alabaster backsplash. Square cabinets with glass fronts and lighting line the top of the perimeter cabinets and provide a perfect place to display collected items. The contrasting island base cabinet is a rich dark walnut against a quartz counter surface with a bit more color and movement than the calmer perimeter countertops. An orangey-knotty pine tray ceiling over the redesigned island was also redone to emulate a taupe cerused white oak look. Three hand-blown glass pendants are suspended over the island. The new design also includes six counter height swivel barstools with indigo and alabaster performance fabric.

The great room and dining room’s knotty pine tray ceilings were also refinished to emulate the taupe white oak look. A lightly distressed walnut finished dining table includes fully upholstered chairs with a coordinating indigo and alabaster print performance fabric. An open iron chandelier with sea glass accents complements the pendant lighting over the island in the kitchen. Stationary indigo drapery panels soften the dining room window that overlooks an expansive outdoor living area. A textured taupe area rug and an indigo sea turtle art piece that is presented as a triptych complete the look.

Christie made an additional major decision that allowed enhanced space planning in the adjoining great room. An existing heavy and ornate entertainment built-in engulfed the corner of the only long wall in the room. To transform the long wall into a true focal point, Christie removed the built-in and replaced it with a brushed taupe entertainment console with circular antique brass pulls. The console’s brushed taupe finish was inspired by the great room’s refinished tray ceiling that emulates a taupe toned white oak look. A pair of sofas that are inviting and comfortable, as well as practical, are finished with a lightly textured taupe fabric. A linen look occasional chair features a coordinating taupe fabric. Accent pillows in a radiating indigo design and separate pillows that offer pops of coral are accompanied by a coral colored ottoman. An amplified cocktail table includes drawers for additional storage and a finish that was also inspired by the ceiling detail. A sofa table features a top with a matching finish. Stationary indigo drapery panels that match the panels in the dining room flank a pocketing slider that opens to the outdoor living area. The beautiful room’s focal point, however, is a custom designed wool area rug that is a showstopper. The rug’s wave like design draws the eye into the seating area with shades of indigo and coral on a light taupe background. The room’s sea life indigo art was inspired by the area rug.

Christie also refreshed four of the home’s five bathrooms with new cabinetry, countertops, and flooring, completed an extensive refreshment of the outdoor living area, and masterfully updated the stairway to the second floor in dark walnut wood in lieu of carpet.

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.

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Vogue Interiors’ Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID has completed the interior design for a 6,154 square feet under air grand estate residence built by Diamond Custom Homes in Firenze at Talis Park.  Visitors will step into a foyer leading to a grand parlour with a fireplace.  A grand room and an adjoining island kitchen and breakfast space serve as the residence’s primary living area.  A wet bar is included in the grand room.  The floor plan also includes a formal dining room, a study, four bedrooms, four and a half baths plus a pool bath, and a 1,214 square-foot outdoor living area.  Walk-in closets flank a hallway leading to the master bedroom.  The master bath features dual water closets and vanities, a walk-in shower, and a free-standing tub.

Gebert’s intention was to create an elegant yet comfortable home that maintains a soft sense of sophistication.  A color palette that includes soft cream backgrounds with champagne metallic, cream, soft gold, and pale lavender accents plays against Avorio DiSegesta beige marble stone flooring from Italy.  Clatina stone flooring with mother of pearl insets is showcased in the master bath. 

A stone mosaic floor inlay presented in soft cream, gold, and lavender tones establishes Gebert’s palette in the foyer.  A curio cabinet showcases etched glass starburst doors, accessories, and a collection of amethyst geodes.  A niche hosts an upholstered window seat topped with pillows.  Behind the window seat, the wall is finished with square mirrors framed by custom molding and bookended by dual sconces that match a drum chandelier. 

The fireplace surround in the grand parlour is finished with taupe granite framed by applied molding.  Above the mantle, applied molding details and a painting of water lilies bring additional elegance to the space.  To one side of the fireplace, a mirrored pedestal includes a floral arrangement.  To the other, an upholstered chair in cream velvet is accented by a metallic fabric pillow with a custom braid.  A creamy velvet sofa includes accent pillows in tones that mimic the foyer.  The sofa is flanked by contemporary wing chairs finished with creamy velvet and soft lavender fabrics and an embroidered hombre gold design on the back.  A cocktail table has a gold metal base with a mother of pearl stone top and is anchored by a woolen silk area rug in soft cream and lavender.  The end tables are finished in a translucent metallic and topped by crystal lamps.  Draperies flanking the room’s tall windows are taupe sateen with a border of lavender.  A circular reverse soffit ceiling with backlighting and a crystal chandelier complete the look.

The dining room adjacent to the grand room features a dining table in soft taupe veneers that seats ten.  Chairs with a metallic finish include soft taupe tweed backs with a gold thread accent.  A horizontal crystal light fixture is set over the table.  A taupe veneer buffet with a gentle curve and door fronts with circular pulls is set against a wall with champagne metallic foil wallpaper that is also used on the ceiling.  Lamps on the buffet include rectangular white shades and blown glass pieces.  A glass wall provides a view of a wine room with a back wall finished with tile in an ivory tone and etched gold lines.

The walk-up wet bar adjacent to the dining room and grand room also looks into the wine room.  A dark taupe bar cabinet includes vertical mirrors with gold sconces and a soft taupe granite countertop.  A soft cream cabinet spans the length of the grand room’s feature wall.  A television is set in an open space that is wallpapered in a chocolate-taupe grass cloth.  Leather sofas in a taupe tone include nail head trim. Two swivel chairs feature a woven soft lavender fabric.  A custom cocktail table includes chocolate brown and light taupe finishes.  A sofa table showcases a floral arrangement.  Two curved pedestals that form an X provide the dark toned base for a pair of square end tables.  A soft gold dimensional metal sofa table with a wood top and a cream and taupe geometric area rug complete the setting.

The kitchen’s dark taupe island base cabinet is topped by a curved cream toned granite countertop.  The perimeter cabinets are painted in cream with a countertop that matches the island.  Five swivel bar stools at the island have a taupe woven fabric with nail head trim.  Three long crackled clear glass pendants illuminate the island.  The backsplash is finished with a geometric stone in soft taupes.  A door integrated into a wall opens to a huge walk-in pantry.  Two French doors open the breakfast area to the lanai.  A taupe toned dining table seats four.  A television and bookshelves are set into the breakfast area’s niche wall.

The study includes ivory grass cloth wall coverings and is large enough to accommodate a sleeper sofa with a taupe colored fabric, a pair of working desks and two leather desk chairs set below dark espresso built-in floating shelves, and a game table in a painted cream color.  The desks have a black nickel finish and include file cabinet drawer fronts in an ivory shagreen.  Soft beige and cream draperies flank a slider leading to a private patio.  The study and master bedroom include medium toned hardwood flooring.

Gebert included molding details above and below a chair rail in the master bedroom.  The bed features a slightly curved wooden headboard with wood trim and a champagne metallic accent.  Slightly curved nightstands in the same finish host crystal lamps.  A dresser has a similar design.  A lavender velvet bench with medium toned legs is set at the foot of the bed.  A soft lavender rug and a crystal chandelier continue the pleasing look.  Two decorative chairs in a metallic gold finish with cream upholstery, a round lamp table in a soft taupe finish, and draw draperies in a light fabric embroidered in golden lavender create a comfortable ambiance in the sitting area.

The master bath’s floor is finished with Platina stone with a mother of pearl mosaic inset.  The Platina stone carries into the walk-in shower.  The vanity cabinetry is finished in a cream tone with creamy taupe Taj Mahal granite countertops and mirrors that extend to the ceiling.  A vanity stool is done in a pearl metallic vinyl.  Floor to ceiling cabinets flank the vanities on both sides of the space.  A subtle creamy-gold wallpaper with large medallions brings an additional note of sophistication.

The lanai’s see-through fireplace and columns are finished in a beige stacked stone.  The conversation area’s three-cushion sofa, four swivel chairs, and two ottomans are finished in blue upholstery to match the blue tone of the pool.  The sofa and chairs have metal frames.  A metal rectangular dining table with a sunburst design seats six in chairs with an ivory sling fabric.  Cabinetry at the sit-down bar has a taupe and brown finish that matches the tongue and groove ceiling, a cream and taupe granite countertop, and a full-height granite backsplash.  Long sconces are built into niches on either side of the grill area.

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.

In 1979, four years after moving to Florida from New York, Donna Overly, ASID, CAPS, opened Vogue Interiors in Fort Myers. By 1987, Vogue was established as a master at model merchandising for builders and developers and at creating interiors for individual homeowners. In 1996, Donna invited a designer with Norris Furniture named Debbie DeMaria, ASID, IDS, to ride with her to an ASID event in Miami. The synergy between Donna and Debbie was immediately apparent. Donna was looking for a way to redirect her energies from running a business to refocusing on her passion for design. Debbie was seeking an opportunity to operate a business of her own. With the backing of her entrepreneur father, Debbie purchased Vogue Interiors from Donna. Donna continued her role as a valued interior designer and worked with Debbie to develop Vogue into one of Southwest Florida’s pre-eminent interior design firms.

In 1998, Vogue Interiors moved into a 7,000-square foot interior design studio and showroom at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs and increased its staff to 15 talented designers and support personnel. Today, forty years after the business was founded by Donna, Vogue is one of the area’s most sought after interior design firms by developers and homebuilders and by private clients. The firm provides residential and commercial interior design services and model merchandising to clients in Southwest Florida, throughout the United States, and abroad. Vogue’s interior designs in Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Vero Beach, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Miami are enjoyed by individuals, homebuilders, and business owners with discriminating tastes and their own unique sense of style.

During its 40-year history, Vogue Interiors has been repeatedly acknowledged for the caliber of its trend-setting interior designs. Over the past four decades, the firm as been named recipient of 240 awards, including Aurora Awards, Grand Aurora Awards, Sand Dollar Awards from the Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA), and Pinnacle and Summit Awards from the Lee Building Industry Association (LBIA).

As it celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2019, Vogue continued its award-winning tradition. The firm was presented with 2019 Sand Dollar Awards in three categories, including Best Outdoor Living Area in a Single-Family home in the $2.5 to $3 million category for a private residence in Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club; a marketing award for Best Brochure; and a Sand Dollar Award for Outstanding Leadership presented to Vogue’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jo Carter who served as Chair of CBIA’s Sales and Marketing Council in 2019.

Vogue was also named recipient of 2019 Pinnacle and Summit Awards by LBIA, including Best Interior Design in a Single-Family home in the $3.5 to $5 million category for a private residence in Talis Park; and Best Commercial Design Project/Improvements & Renovations up to $1,900,000 for the Jasmine Bay Tower’s Card Room at West Bay Club.

“Vogue has been here since the beginning as far as interior design in Lee and Collier counties is concerned,” said Debbie. “We’ve been a trend setter when it comes to interior design and architecture. We’re very detail orientated. This organization is really like a big family. Everyone here is deeply focused on what they do, and they enjoy what they do. We work as a team, not individually. We treat our clients like we would want to be treated ourselves. Customer service is of the utmost importance. When you have good communication with your clientele, it makes for a good working relationship and that communication is the basis for the repeat business we continue to generate. We’re all committed to setting the stage for Vogue’s next 40 years.”

Vogue Interior’s residential and commercial new construction and remodeling clients continue to put their trust in the firm’s professional interior designers to create outstanding home and workspaces that are both elegant and functional. Vogue’s 7,200 square foot Design Center and Showroom showcases what’s new as well as the timeless favorites that never go out of style. Vogue has completed or is currently working on new build residential interior design projects for developers, luxury homebuilders, and private clients in Talis Park, Quail West, Omega high-rise tower, The Brooks, Naples Reserve, Isles of Collier Preserve, Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, WildBlue, Fiddler’s Creek, Valencia Bonita, Bonita Bay Country Club, Marco Island, West Bay Club, and Lakewood Ranch. Vogue is also renowned for its remodeling expertise that transforms outdated residential and business environments into beautiful and highly functional on-trend spaces. Remodeling projects have been completed or are currently underway in the Estuary at Grey Oaks, TwinEagles, Barefoot Beach, Harbour Landings, Pelican Colony, Florencia at the Colony and Jasmine Bay Towers.

Visit Vogue Interiors’ Design Center and Showroom at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, online at vogueinteriors.com, or call 239-498-7500.

As people seek ways to live healthier and happier lives, a living environment with exposure to the outdoors and natural light can contribute to a sense of connection with nature and feelings of personal wellness. Interior designers have recognized their clients’ preferences for spaces that offer a direct relationship with nature and are exploring new ways to create environments that contribute to the well-being of those who inhabit them. Biophilic design stimulates feelings of being “with nature” in the manmade built environment. Initially, biophilic design was used in commercial interior designs. It has rightfully assumed a more prominent position in residential design. People spend as much as two-thirds of their lives at home, a statistic that points at the need for living spaces that enhance one’s physical and emotional well-being.

Wellness is both a state of mind and a physical condition. The body wants and needs the feeling of getting back to nature. That feeling can be enjoyed inside the home when looking at trees, a garden, or patio if the interior and architectural design are sensitive to these goals. A home’s design can embrace the benefits of nature through choices that strengthen a connection to the outdoors. The desired feelings of well-being will be the natural result. When designers employ this methodology, the homeowner will rarely be aware they are experiencing a biophilic design. They will simply know it feels good.

“Expanses of glass can provide seamless views and an engagement with the outside world,” said Vogue Interiors’ Donna Overly, ASID, CAPS. “Simplified window treatments and the use of “privacy treatments” can work in concert with the expanses of glass. Renovating exterior walls can transform small window or windowless walls to create a ‘doorway to nature.’ When windows overlook a neighbor’s home, the view can be filtered with decorative glazing or creative window shading. Natural light can be enhanced with paint colors found in nature. Reflective materials can be an effective solution in wallcoverings. Mirrors can augment the available light and create ‘magic’ within the space, bringing the natural elements of trees, plants and water into the indoor surroundings.”

Interior designs can incorporate numerous natural materials. Patterns and textures can heighten the awareness of nature in the home. The use of wood flooring and accents on walls and ceilings can provide a connection with nature. Stone and granite can also play an important role. The look and practicality of these materials will enrich the “natural environment.” Furnishing with natural materials can also make a contribution. Upholstery textures and light natural colors can be contrasted by bright, vibrant accents that punctuate the natural elements. Plants can be a calming and therapeutic influence that can heighten the link to nature. When live plants are not a practical solution, the designer can provide resources for “almost live” plants.

Many homes in Southwest Florida lend themselves to embracing nature.
Interiors using the biophilic approach can increase a sense of well-being while improving overall wellness.

For information on “naturalizing” your home contact Vogue Interiors, 24520 Production Circle, Suite 5, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Visit www.vogueinteriors.com or call 239-498-7500.

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.

In 1979, four years after moving to Florida from New York, Donna Overly, ASID, CAPS, opened Vogue Interiors in Fort Myers. There were less than ten interior design firms in the area and Southwest Florida’s fledgling luxury home industry was just beginning to spread its wings. Donna saw an opportunity and set out to build a firm that would become known as the trendsetter in residential and commercial interior design.

“It was a matter of circumstance,” said Donna. “I was working as a designer for a homebuilder. They wanted to concentrate on home building and not be in the interior design business. That led me to the idea of taking care of their clients’ interior design needs myself. It worked out very well.”

By 1987, Vogue was established as a master at model merchandising for builders and developers and at creating interiors for individual homeowners. Vogue’s Interior Design Studio displayed the latest fabrics, finishes, and colors and cemented the firm’s reputation as a trend setter rather than a trend follower. Donna’s stature within the industry continued to grow. In 1992, she was elected to the Board of Directors of ASID and served through 1995 when she was elected Vice President. In 1996, she invited a designer with Norris Furniture named Debbie DeMaria to ride with her to an ASID event in Miami.

The synergy between Donna and Debbie was immediately apparent. Donna was looking for a way to redirect her energies from running a business to refocusing on her passion for design. Debbie was seeking an opportunity to operate a business of her own. With the backing of her entrepreneur father, Debbie purchased Vogue Interiors from Donna. Donna continued her role as a valued interior designer and worked with Debbie to develop Vogue into one of Southwest Florida’s pre-eminent interior design firms.

In 1998, Vogue Interiors moved into a 7,000-square foot interior design studio and showroom at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs and increased its staff to 15 talented designers and support personnel. Today, forty years after the business was founded by Donna, Vogue is one of the area’s most sought after interior design firms by developers and homebuilders and by private clients.

“Vogue has been here since the beginning as far as interior design in Lee and Collier counties is concerned,” said Debbie. “We’ve been a trend setter when it comes to interior design and architecture. We’re very detail orientated. This organization is really like a big family. Everyone here is deeply focused on what they do, and they enjoy what they do. We work as a team and not individually. We treat our clients like we would want to be treated ourselves. Customer service is of the utmost importance. When you’ve got good communication with your clientele, that makes for a good working relationship and that communication is the basis for the repeat business we continue to generate. We’re all committed to setting the stage for Vogue’s next 40 years.”

Visit Vogue Interiors at our Design Center and Showroom at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, online at vogueinteriors.com, or call 239-498-7500.

Vogue Interiors announced it has been selected to create the interior design for Stock Development’s furnished Marigold model at Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. The 3,578 square feet under air Marigold floor plan includes a total of 5,510 square feet. The plan features a central gallery hallway and a great room with elaborate ceiling details. The great room opens to the outdoor living area. The plan also includes a formal dining room, an island kitchen and breakfast nook, a study, and a master bedroom that opens to a private covered lanai. There are two walk-in closets, a master bath with dual vanities, a free-standing tub, and a walk-in shower. Three guest bedrooms, one of which opens to a covered lanai, feature private baths. There is also a powder bath. The outdoor living area includes a conversation area with a fireplace, an island bar, a dining area, and an outdoor kitchen, pool and spa. The plan also includes a three-car garage.

Vogue has created a warm and welcoming interior for the Marigold model that will convey effortless modern ease wrapped in elegance. Creamy neutral-toned backgrounds will combine with vibrant blue and organic fabrics, taupe, beige, and Wedgewood blue accents, glamorous champagne silver accented lighting fixtures, and the muted warm undertones of the home’s architectural elements to evoke a sense of relaxed luxury. The flooring throughout the living areas will be 24 by 24-inch light taupe porcelain tile. In the gallery hallway, flooring insets of two by two-inch mosaic polished porcelain tile will mimic the hallway’s series of rectangular back-lit coffered ceiling details.

Visitors to the Marigold will be greeted in a foyer with a dark coco console table with a hammered dark bronze base. A dramatic art piece will be displayed above the console. On the opposite wall, a full-length mirror will feature a mesh frame. Overhead, pendant lighting will introduce Vogue’s use of champagne-silver finished lighting fixtures that will be found throughout the home.

The great room will feature a square coffered ceiling detail and dropped beams painted in a semi-gloss white that will span the width of the space. The feature wall will be covered with a two-toned textured wall covering that will convey a three-dimensional feeling. A mushroom-toned built-in console will be placed against the wall and flanked by two columns, each of which will feature a wall sconce. A television will be mounted above the console and two niches displaying art pieces will be fashioned above the television. Furnishings will include a linen textured taupe-toned sofa with dark walnut legs and ivory and multi-toned blue accent pillows, two Greek key shaped cocktail tables finished in dark walnut and bleached eucalyptus wood accents with glass tops and a walnut finished lower shelf, two square end tables, an off-white setee with taupe-toned seat cushions featuring an embroidered Greek key accent and dark blue, Wedgewood blue, taupe, and cream pillows, and a pair dark blue chenille occasional chairs with a dark walnut stretcher base and metallic gold and blue pillows. The seating area will be anchored by a creamy shag area rug. The pocketing sliders opening to the outdoor living area will be flanked by Euro-pleat sheer drapery panels in a light taupe tone.

The dining room’s dramatic table will be finished in dark walnut with champagne accents and metal legs. The host and hostess arm chairs will also be finished in dark walnut and will include light taupe-toned fabric and metal backs with a high-gloss champagne silver finish. Four side chairs will be included. A four-door buffet with unique circular metallic door fronts will feature a polished steel stretcher base with a dark walnut surround. The wall behind the buffet will be finished with a two-toned cream pebble textured wall covering. The dining room’s ceiling will feature a drop-down coffer with a cross beam accent. Euro-pleat sheer drapery panels will complete the look.

The kitchen cabinetry will be finished in an alabaster tone with white quartz countertops on the perimeter and taupe-toned quartz on the large island. A backsplash fashioned from elongated diamond shaped glass and stone tile will provide a touch of glamour. Pendant lighting fixtures with twig-like stems and luminescent glass globes will be suspended over the island. Low-back counter-height barstools at the island will include blue and cream textured fabric and a dark walnut base. The breakfast nook will feature a dark walnut circular table with champagne metal accents on the feet and five contemporary wingback chairs with nail head detailing. A metal concave chandelier with a champagne finish will be suspended over the table.

The Marigold’s study will feature a three-tiered coffered ceiling detail. A Greek key shaped desk will be finished in off-white and driftwood tones and feature a high-back desk chair finished in driftwood and a neutral fabric. Behind the desk, a three-door live-edge credenza will be presented in a driftwood tone with acrylic legs. An open-armed occasional chair will be upholstered with royal blue velvet fabric and accompanied by a faux shagreen taupe-toned accent table. An off-white area rug with subtle blue geometric patterns will anchor the room.

The master suite vestibule will present floor and ceiling details that match the gallery hallway. The bedroom will showcase a bed with a walnut-toned frame and a vertically channeled neutral fabric wing-back style headboard surrounded by a walnut-toned border. Night stands with bowed fronts, decorative wing-shaped pulls, and a dark walnut finish will flank the bed. The dresser will be presented in a matching style. The sitting area will feature a wing back chair with royal blue linen fabric, nail head detailing, and dark walnut legs. The chair will be accompanied by a square soft gold geometric accent table with a mirrored top. A soft champagne gold lighting fixture with up-lighting will cast a soft glow throughout the space. The master bath will be finished with a taupe-toned metallic wall covering and feature flat front champagne-toned rift-cut vanity cabinetry and taupe quartz counter surfaces. Chrome and backlit faceted glass lighting fixtures will be mounted above the vanities. The back wall in the shower will be finished with decorative polished glass and stone pendant tile that will play against a light taupe porcelain tile floor.

The outdoor living area’s linear ventless fireplace wall will be finished with smooth stucco and accent tiles above the fire box opening. Furnishings in the conversation area will include two sofas, a pair of side chairs, and two ottomans all in a coco basket weave rattan with royal blue linen cushions and accent pillows in white and blue with a white pattern. The conversation area will include a rectangular coffered ceiling with the cross-beam detail. A river rock-shaped cocktail table will have a polished white resin finish. The island in the outdoor kitchen will feature a wood-look smoky ash grey Nature Kast base, an off-white granite countertop with flecks of graphite, and dark coco barstools with aluminum ladder backs. The grill wall will include a diamond-shaped off-white stone backsplash with taupe accents. A coco-toned basket weave rattan dining table will be surrounded by six chairs with soft taupe cushions.

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.

Vogue Interiors Principal Debbie DeMaria, ASID, IDS, announced that Jo Carter, the award-winning design firm’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has been selected to serve as a member of the Florida Homebuilder Association’s (FHBA’s) Sales and Marketing Council (FSMC) Board of Directors. FHBA’s FSMC was founded to help builders sell homes more effectively. The council offers educational opportunities, awards and recognition programs, and sales and marketing tools to its members. The council is dedicated to developing and promoting skills and professionalism in the sale and marketing of new homes through education, an interchange of ideas, recognition of outstanding achievement and community involvement. This strong united council serves as the catalyst to bind all components of the home building industry.

A native Ohioan, Carter has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the construction industry. She was named Vogue Interiors’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing last November and is currently serving as the Chair of the Collier Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) Sales and Marketing Council. Carter has been named recipient of CBIA awards on three occasions, including being named Marketing Director of the Year in 2014, receiving the 2017 Leadership Award for her work as Chair of CBIA’s 2017 Parade of Homes, and receiving the 2018 Outstanding Leadership Award for her sales and marketing expertise. In 2015, Carter created and operated the Interior Design Broker, a firm that used Carter’s “Match-Maker Concept” to connect investors, builders, and homeowners while finding their perfect interior designer.

“We are extremely pleased the FHBA’s FSMC has acknowledged Jo Carter’s caliber and experience by naming her to serve on its Board,” said DeMaria. “Her knowledge of the new home construction and remodeling industry is exceptional. She is well known, admired, and respected throughout the greater Southwest Florida market and beyond, and has well established relationships with key decision makers within the industry. Those relationships, her knowledge, and her experience will serve the goals and objectives of the FSMC well on a statewide level. At the same time, Jo will continue to play a major role in expanding Vogue Interiors’ already impressive standing in residential and commercial interior design.”

“Being named to the FSMC’s Board is a tremendous honor,” said Carter. “The FSMC is responsible and responsive to the needs of the new home buying public and the markets it serves throughout the State of Florida. It provides an effective forum for the exchange of ideas with local, regional, and national experts in the sales and marketing of new homes. It also acts in cooperation with other industry related organizations to enhance communications, coordination of activities, legislative actions, community involvement and special projects. I am excited to join the other Board members in their ongoing efforts to positively impact the homebuilding industry in Florida and throughout the country.”

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 or call 239-498-7500.

Vogue Interiors Principal Debbie DeMaria, ASID, IDS, announced the award-winning interior design firm has named Jo Carter Vice President of Sales and Marketing. A native Ohioan, Carter has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the construction industry. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Collier Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) Sales and Marketing Council and was named recipient of CBIA awards on three occasions, including being named Marketing Director of the Year in 2014, receiving the 2017 Leadership Award for her work as Chair of CBIA’s 2017 Parade of Homes, and receiving the 2018 Outstanding Leadership Award for her sales and marketing expertise. In 2015, Carter created and operated the Interior Design Broker, a firm that used Carter’s “Match-Maker Concept” to connect investors, builders, and homeowners while finding their perfect interior designer.

“We are extremely pleased to add a person of Jo Carter’s caliber and experience to the Vogue Interiors’ team,” said DeMaria. “Her knowledge of the new home construction and remodeling industry is exceptional. She is well known, admired, and respected throughout the greater Southwest Florida market and beyond, and has well established relationships with key decision makers within the industry. Jo will play a major role in continuing to expand Vogue Interiors’ already impressive standing in residential and commercial interior design.”

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.

As luxury homeowners continue to demonstrate their preference for open, functional, and highly livable interior designs, master bedrooms have become a private oasis that offers an ideal place for reading, television viewing, and even enjoying a glass of wine. Current interior design trends reflect the desire for comfortable, retreat-like spaces with sitting areas and access to outdoor living areas.

“Master bedrooms have become a place to get away from what is happening elsewhere in the house,” said Vogue Interiors’ Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID. “The master suite often takes up an entire wing of the home. The bathrooms are large, and so are the bedrooms. The bedroom has become a private space where the owners can eat, sleep, read, watch television, and be comfortable. Walk-in closets with custom built-ins provide storage space and eliminate the need for dressers in the bedroom. That allows the room to be used differently than in the past.”

“We’re using softer, neutral color palettes and carrying the flooring in the living areas into the master bedroom rather than using carpet,” added Vogue’s Sheila Corasaniti-Cook, IDS. “Hardwood flooring or wood-look porcelain tile contribute to the retreat-like feeling. Using clean-lined side panel window treatments as opposed to top panel treatments helps create a sense of volume while drawing the eye to beautiful outdoor views. Low media consoles have replaced dressers and serve as an anchor for wall-mounted televisions.”

Ceiling treatments play a major role in today’s master bedroom designs. Coffered and beamed ceiling details convey a sense of both comfort and luxury. The vertical lines of the side panel window treatments draw the eye up to the ceiling while softening the edges of the windows. To further soften the feeling and improve the acoustics of the room, upholstered beds, area rugs, and the window treatments can be used to absorb sound and mitigate the impact of harder surfaces. The soft neutral color palette and neutral fabric selections are easy on the eye, restful, and relaxing.

“The architectural features in a home today are extremely important, and people are looking at them almost like a piece of art,” said Leslie. “They are a huge part of the look that is Florida design. Nobody wants to see a plain ceiling anymore. If you were to take your hand and cover up the ceiling designs, you would realize that without them you need to emphasize everything else in the room. A beautiful ceiling can be a major element of the design so the other pieces aren’t quite as important. The ceiling can make the room beautiful without a stick of furniture. These homes sometimes have 16-foot ceilings in them. You need to bring them down to the room and balance the space.”

“Creating a comfortable master bedroom retreat does not involve sacrificing luxury,” said Sheila. “The ceiling designs, soft neutral palettes, fabrics, and furniture selections can create an unmistakably luxurious feeling that is comfortable rather than overwhelming and that’s what homeowners want.”

Visit Vogue Interiors at our Design Center and Showroom at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, online at vogueinteriors.com, or call 239-498-7500.