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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.