Vogue Interior Design News

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.

Tune in to cable television virtually any afternoon or evening and you’ll likely find a do-it-yourself program about creating an interior design for your home. What these programs invariably overlook is the value a licensed professional interior designer can bring to the process. Rather than being limited to a signature design style, a skilled interior designer will first listen, and then present possibilities based on an extensive design spectrum and a broad range of knowledge and experience, all of which can prove to be invaluable to a homeowner whether they are renovating, remodeling, or designing the interior of a new home.

“Next to your name, your home is your most personal possession and presents a clear expression of who you are and what is important to you,” said Vogue Interiors’ Donna Overly, ASID, CAPS.

“Some people resist engaging a professional interior designer out of concerns about the cost and the time involved, particularly during the conceptual stages of a design project. What this resistance fails to recognize are the immediate and long-term benefits of working with a professional. A professionally designed interior will capture your unique personal preferences while enhancing the value of your home. It comes down to not only investing in your home, but, more importantly, in yourself, and you are worth it. The process is about creating an ambiance you and your family will enjoy today and for years to come.”

Interior design is far more complex than simply picking a paint color, flooring materials, or a piece of furniture. A professional design takes into account your day-to-day needs and requirements, your age, family structure, likes and dislikes, your home’s architectural style, construction details, and aesthetic goals. Professional interior designers make hundreds of decisions on behalf of their clients and know how to do so efficiently, effectively, and artfully while maximizing the return on each client’s investment. The end-result is a design that is timeless and a feeling that provides long lasting enjoyment.

“A licensed professional is more than a designer,” said Donna. “He or she is also an exceptional listener. They know the questions to ask, how to stimulate the thought process, and how to interpret their clients’ likes and dislikes. We expect our clients to invest their time during the crucial early stages of the design process. Based on those initial conversations, we will present a detailed design concept. Once we are in absolute synch with our client, we orchestrate every aspect of the project, from the creation and communication of the project documents, permitting, hiring and overseeing the trades people and contractors, executing the selection, payment, and delivery of materials, furnishings, and accessories, and job site inspections while keeping the project on time and on budget. These functions, along with a highly creative sensibility, are what an accomplished designer brings to every project. They are invaluable and ultimately save the client time while creating living spaces that will evoke a personal sense of pride and enjoyment.”

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.

As architectural designs for both newly constructed and revitalized homes continue to trend toward open, functional spaces that are both luxurious and exceptionally livable, clean lines, simplicity and the allure of a serene environment are the hallmarks of today’s contemporary design. Simplicity, however, does not have to be stark. The use of materials with warmth and texture, and furnishings that are visually inviting make the difference between minimalist and monastic.

“The visionary architects, William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright paved the way for the minimalist movement,” said Vogue Interiors’ award-winning interior designer Donna G. Overly, ASID, CAPS, “and stressed the importance of restraint and simplicity during a time of extremely ornate designs. Their avant-garde approach encouraged people to leave behind the
heavy, overdone style of what was considered typical and popular at the time. When a homeowner chooses to revitalize their home, we have found there are a variety of elements that can contribute to creating a serene ambiance that is both aesthetically and intellectually pleasing.”

To create that ambiance, Donna recommends using furnishings that have simple yet artistic styling with clean-lined design elements. A strategic lighting design that combines stylish, even edgy, lighting fixtures with concealed light sources can be utilized to direct the eye to features, furnishings, and accessories that are highlights and memory points of the interior design concept. In keeping with the tenants of the contemporary design style, a sense of luxury can be expressed through the use of a monochromatic color palette that is accented with thoughtfully chosen art pieces and accessories. Wood and stone elements can be utilized to provide a pleasing high contrast to the neutral palette while complimenting the home’s exterior finishes and bring the outside in.

“Open concept architectural designs, simple artistic styling, and the use of serene aesthetic features exemplify the ‘Less is More’ interior design concept that will provide a fresh new look for today’s style-conscious homeowner,” said Donna. “The idea is to add visual features, such as bold patterns, very sparingly to add a dash of style without being overwhelming. The use of flowing lines and sculptural curves can help enhance tight spaces that might otherwise seem cramped. A Zen-like element can be added by using fabric selections with natural fibers and textures. The visual rhythm that is a critical part of successful interior design is best created by using a single focal point in each room. This might be a breathtaking sculpture, a compelling piece of art, or a creatively designed furniture piece. The lighting in each room can be designed to bring special attention to each focal point. These design memory points will create visual appeal, as well as a pleasing, lasting impression.

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 and model merchandising to residential and commercial clients in the United States and abroad.  Visit the Vogue Design Center and Showroom at 24520 Production Circle or visit Vogue Interiors online at vogueinteriors.com. or call 239-498-7500.

Vogue Interiors announced that award-winning designers Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID and Sheila Corasaniti, IDS have completed the interior design for Harbourside Custom Homes’ furnished Seabrook model at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. The 3,382-square foot single-story Seabrook great room floor plan includes three bedrooms plus a bonus room that can be used as a fourth bedroom, four-and-a-half baths plus a pool bath, a study, a spacious island kitchen and dining area, and a three-car garage. The great room and dining space open to an outdoor living area with a fireplace, summer kitchen, conversation and dining areas, and a pool and spa.

Gebert and Corasaniti have created an interior that offers an easy elegance with free-flowing organic comfort. A combination of textural materials and fresh white backgrounds is punctuated by beige, taupe, and grey tones and by judiciously placed chocolate accents. Wood-look porcelain tile flooring in the living areas is presented in a soft ivory tone to continue the design’s light, bright feeling.

Upon entry, visitors will immediately be struck by the Seabrook’s elegant foyer that conveys a sense of soft light and spacious symmetry. An upholstered wall feature blends a natural leather texture with metallic pearlescent tones highlighted by dramatic bronze sconce lighting fixtures. Above, a chandelier is suspended from a vaulted ceiling and accentuates the airy ambiance that defines the design motif.

A wide hallway leads to the living area where elaborate exposed beam ceilings, including a dramatic vaulted ceiling with floating beams in the kitchen, create one of the home’s few darker color references. Natural textures and modern metallic elements combine to provide a mix of soft and hard accents. The great room’s feature wall is divided into three niches with metallic taupe wallpaper backgrounds. The center niche hosts a decorative wooden media cabinet finished in a textured dark taupe with a television and floating shelving above. The two flanking niches feature opposing abstract art pieces that capture the design’s color pallet. A soft white woven fabric sofa facing the feature wall is accented by decorative pillows that also reflect the home’s color palette. Two wooden framed leather side chairs done in a medium brown color sit adjacent to the sofa and feature decorative pillows covered with a geometric pattern in light taupe and warm chocolate tones. A transitional fully-upholstered tweed swivel chair presented in a light taupe color is also included. The furnishings are grouped around a traditional 55-inch circular Asian chow-style walnut cocktail table set atop an exquisite Oriental rug that is one of the room’s most memorable elements. Bamboo fibers bring a captivating sheen to the rug’s muted white, light taupe, beige and grey tones. An additional natural element is provided by a decorative table covered in textured petrified wood. Open weave sheer fabric window treatments bring an additional sense of lightness and texture to the space.

A wet bar situated adjacent to the great room and kitchen features contemporary metal cabinetry in a dark tone with oversized hardware and softly backlighted cubbies that display delicate ivory art pieces. The bar’s quartzite counter surface plays against a backsplash that mixes glass and stone elements presented in taupe tones.

Rather than utilizing traditional overhead lighting in the kitchen, Gebert and Corasaniti incorporated recessed square LED lighting to create a soft ambient effect that does not detract from the dramatic vaulted ceiling and floating beam details. The island’s base cabinet mimics the bar’s dark contemporary metal cabinetry and is topped by a quartzite countertop with a waterfall edge. The lower cabinets along the perimeter are finished in a textured light taupe tone to compliment a quartzite counter surface and a backsplash that matches the wet bar’s glass and stone presentation. The upper cabinetry is finished in a contrasting darker taupe and includes open lighted cubbies at the top that display soft white accessories.

The dark, exposed beam ceiling detail continues in the dining area. A stunning 96-inch oval dining table with a glass top sitting on a structural metal base provides a design highlight. Replicating shafts of wheat gathered for the harvest, the base immediately catches and holds the eye. The table is surrounded by eight walnut finished wood framed chairs covered with a taupe-toned woven fabric. Overhead, a unique lighting fixture includes a series of blown-glass orbs with an amber finish accentuated by dozens of blue glass insets. Ninety-degree pocketing sliders allow two walls of the dining space to be fully opened to the lanai and outdoor living area.

To provide the home with an element of flexibility, the study is designed to accommodate a king-sized bed that disappears into a cabinet on one of the walls. The bed cabinet is flanked by decorative mirror treatments and sconces. Warm, taupe-toned cabinetry with a quartz top runs the length of the opposite wall and serves as a desk. A window height trim detail is set around the perimeter of the room. The wall space above the trim is finished with a taupe vinyl wall-covering that looks like silk. The walls below the trim are painted a deeper shade of taupe. Linen draperies with soft taupe and white patterns complete the look.

A hallway in the master suite is outfitted with two full-length mirrors and serves as a dressing area located just outside the suite’s two walk-in closets. The bedroom is finished in varying tones of white. A linear upholstered bed features a dimensional headboard covered in a pearlescent ivory vinyl designed to incorporate four wide vertical channels. The headboard wall is covered with taupe-toned textural moiré wallpaper that has a bit of a contemporary feeling. Dark walnut nightstands with mirrored drawers flank the bed. Three large graduated walnut chests serve as an anchor for a dramatic tryptic art display. A contemporary acrylic chandelier and oversized mercury lamps on the nightstands illuminate the space.

The master bath’s porcelain tile flooring is complimented by a taupe wall-covering with sparkling champagne flecks. The vanity cabinetry is light white and topped by a quartz countertop. The rectangular walk-in shower features three clear story windows separated by a stone and glass tile detail set in a chevron pattern. A chandelier is suspended from the ceiling in front of a free-standing tub situated by a window.

The outdoor kitchen features warm espresso cabinetry with a light cream granite countertop. A full granite backsplash highlights the grill wall. A white contemporary dining table with a glass top is surrounded by eight modern woven chairs done in a chocolate brown. An oversized chocolate brown sectional sofa is centered in front of a linear fireplace and is complimented by an ottoman tray table. To the left of the fireplace, recessed niches are finished with large chocolate brown panels with geometric design accents.

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 the Vogue Design Center and Showroom at 24520 Production Circle or visit Vogue Interiors online at vogueinteriors.com.

Vogue Interiors announced that award-winning designers Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID and Salvatore Giso, IDS are creating the interior for Harbourside Custom Homes’ Villa Adriana II furnished model at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. The home’s 2,742 square feet under air floor plan features a spacious great room, island kitchen, and dining area. The great room and dining space both open to an outdoor living area with a fireplace, outdoor kitchen, conversation and dining areas, a pool with a sun shelf, and a spa. The plan also includes three bedrooms, a study, three full baths plus a pool bath that also serves as a powder room, and a two-car garage.

Gebert and Giso have created a comfortable ambiance that showcases a neutral color palette. Cream colored backgrounds will be accented with mocha, creamy taupe, and soft salmons. The floors in the living areas will be finished with very light creamy taupe ceramic wood-look tile presented in varying widths. Beautiful ceiling details have been included throughout the home, starting with four six-inch pop-ups in the entry foyer that gradually step-up to a flat panel at the top. A chrome lighting fixture with a cream paper shade will be suspended from the unique ceiling treatment. The entry foyer will be flanked by niches each finished with six vertically set 30 by 45-inch mirrored panels that will reflect to infinity. The mirrored panels will be separated by a flat panel trim detail.

The long entry hallway leads to a second foyer outside the study that features a niche opposite the study’s doorway. The niche wall will be finished with a cream and chocolate grass cloth with metallic threads. An espresso toned chest with cream finished drawers and agate poles will be set in the niche. A large abstract art piece will be set above the chest. Gebert and Giso have included a beautiful octagonal tray ceiling detail in the study. Beige silk wall-covering will combine with a wood and copper finished metal desk with banding that wraps across the desk’s medium-toned wooden top and down the sides, a desk chair with copper metal legs and textured chocolate and coral fabric, and a pair of mid-century side chairs with cream fabric and medium-toned wooden legs as well as cream, beige, and metallic gold cow hide accent pillows. Sheer draperies will be presented with soft coral, flesh-toned, and taupe horizontal strips against a cream background. The finials will be wrapped with creamy raffia. A 5 by 8-foot area rug that graduates from a cream tone to a darker beige will anchor the space.

The spacious great room will also feature an octagonal tray ceiling detail along with a 72-inch brushed nickel ceiling fan. The room’s feature wall will provide the design’s most prominent memory point. The wall will be finished with a soft, light brown wood veneer in a chevron pattern. Artful LED lighting will be hidden behind uniquely shaped bump-outs and provide attractive backlighting. An espresso-toned media cabinet with cream finished drawers will feature stylized brushed nickel on the legs that will be presented in a wave pattern that extends across the lower front of the cabinet. A large television will be mounted above the cabinet. Furnishings in the great room will include a sofa with a matte velvet soft salmon and cream-toned fabric and four flesh-toned accent pillows, an angular cocktail table with a cream-toned wooden top and linear stepped polished chrome legs, a pair of side chairs with darker toned wooden legs and embroidered silk fabric with a raised pattern, a medium-toned wooden lamp table, an angular chrome and glass lamp table with a unique raised top, and an accent chair with neutral fabric and curved arms that mirror the wave pattern on the media cabinet. An 8 by 10-foot area rug in a mocha cream pattern anchors the arrangement.

The kitchen’s glazed rift-cut wooden perimeter cabinetry will be presented in a very soft beige color and topped with a cream-toned quartz countertop. A wet bar will be set at the end of the perimeter that is adjacent to the great room. The island base cabinet will match the perimeter cabinetry and will be finished with an exotic granite Bianca countertop. A rectangular stepped ceiling detail over the island will feature backlighting. Smoky glass pendant lights will be suspended from the ceiling and centered over the island. Four medium-toned wooden barstools will be finished with coral and gold metallic leather.

In the adjacent dining area, a long dining table will feature a soft beige lightly distressed painted wood finish. The frames of the dining chairs will have a matching finish and play nicely with the chairs’ coral and brown fabric. The sheer draperies in the dining area and great room will be presented in a light brown tone with an elegant scalloped leading-edge band.

In the master bedroom, Gebert and Giso have included cream and soft salmon woven fabric draperies with a slight sheen in the darker areas. The bedroom walls will be finished in a taupe tone that is slightly darker than the walls throughout the living areas. An upholstered winged headboard will be finished with a textured light beige fabric. The bed will be flanked by cream-toned nightstands with darker striping. A dresser will be presented in a matching finish. Two soft beige chenille chairs will play against a textured shag rug and a stunning glass chandelier. A hallway leads past two large walk-in closets to a master bath finished with a captivating pearlized cream origami wall-covering and 12 by 24-inch linen porcelain tile in a soft taupe color. The bronze metal vanity cabinet will be topped with a brushed white quartz countertop. The entire back wall of the master bath will be finished with a glass mosaic tile. A free-standing tub will be placed in front of a walk-in shower. A uniquely shaped glass and crystal square lighting fixture suspended from the ceiling will feature indented sides to give the appearance of waves.

Gebert and Giso will finish the linear outdoor fireplace wall with a stunning new 12 by 12-inch corrugated marble material that is richly textured. A cream finished sofa and two side chairs with cushions in a mocha color will be grouped around a glass-topped dark-brown rectangular rattan cocktail table set on a cream and brown area rug. A metal espresso finished dining table with a cream-toned fabric will be surrounded by six dining chairs. The outdoor kitchen will feature espresso finished cabinetry and granite countertops in brown, taupe, and cream. The same granite will be used as a backsplash on the kitchen’s grill wall.

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 the Vogue Design Center and Showroom at 24520 Production Circle or visit Vogue Interiors online at vogueinteriors.com.

Vogue Interiors announced award-winning designer Sheila Corasaniti, IDS is creating the interior for Stock Custom Homes’ furnished Malibu model now under construction at 617 Hernando Drive on Marco Island. The home’s two-story, 3,629 square feet under air floor plan includes a spacious great room, huge island kitchen, a formal dining room, five bedrooms or four bedrooms plus a study, five-and-a-half baths, an upstairs loft, and a generous outdoor living area with multiple covered lanai spaces that offer comfortable gathering places. Two of the three upstairs guest bedrooms feature covered balconies overlooking the pool and outdoor living area. Construction of the Malibu model is expected to be completed in November.

Corasaniti has created an interior for the Malibu model that will reflect the easy, casual lifestyle that is Marco Island’s hallmark. She has incorporated a variety of natural elements found on the island, including shells and live-edged driftwood. The neutral color palette will feature light alabaster white backgrounds accented by various shades of blue and aquas. The flooring in the living areas will be a high-gloss alabaster white 24 x 24-inch porcelain tile.

Upon entry to the Malibu residence, visitors will be greeted in an elegant foyer showcasing the home’s grand staircase and a stunning shell chandelier measuring 60-inches high. The staircase mixes natural and modern references and features a wood-capped bannister, driftwood-toned treads and risers, and wire railings. A colorful art piece that introduces Corasaniti’s blue and aqua accent colors will be set above a live-edge driftwood console that further introduces her use of natural elements.

The foyer leads to a spacious great room with pocketing sliders that open to the outdoor living area. The room’s feature wall will present a highly modern built-in treatment with a recessed center section flanked by expanses with a glowing backlit floor to ceiling driftwood wall covering. In the center section, a captivating art piece will be set against a painted background and positioned above a floating taupe-toned media console. Furnishings will include an off-white woven sofa, a white leather chair with metal accents, and an oversized white woven chair that matches the sofa. Aqua, blue, and lime accent pillows will provide pops of color. A cross-cut stone cocktail table with metal accents will sit atop a jute area rug. A rectangular end table with a driftwood finish, an octagonally shaped end table with a geometric pattern fret work detail, and a console with a shell type surface and soft silver banding will complete the look.

Corasaniti has designed the massive island kitchen to serve as an appealing gathering area. The island will feature a light taupe base that will complement the perimeter’s alabaster cabinetry. Calcutta style porcelain countertops and a light taupe glass tile backsplash will continue the soft, engaging look. The walls will be accented with a light water blue tone. Dome-style hammered pendants with a seaside influence will combine with backless counter stools with driftwood bases and canvas seats to create a welcoming ambiance at the island. In the adjoining dining room, a glass-topped dining table with a driftwood base and a driftwood console with dimensional doors will continue Corasaniti’s easy, casual style. Host and hostess wing chairs at the head and foot of the table will be presented with two fabrics, hemp on the back and linen fronts, and driftwood legs. The driftwood side chairs will be wrapped with a spindled material and present soft green seats.

The home’s light, off-white background and flooring tones will be continued in the master bedroom that will also feature a slightly vaulted ceiling with backlighting. Abaca rope will wrap the frame of a stunning canopy bed. The bedding will all be done in off-white with hand-sewn wood bead accents. Above the bed, a hanging light fixture will feature ten shells to continue the design’s island references. Brushed linen finished nightstands and a matching dresser will complement the soft tones of the bedding. Two open weave rattan lounge chairs with off-white canvas seats and backs will feature hand-painted accent pillows in blue and aqua. The bed and sitting area’s large braided wool rugs will further soften the presentation. Off-white linen sheer curtains will reinforce the island feeling and continue the breezy window treatments found throughout the home.

The high-gloss alabaster white 24 x 24-inch porcelain tile will also continue in the master bathroom where off-white vanity cabinetry will be topped by attractive pelican white quartz counters with vessel sinks. Chevron patterned marble will be used to create an eye-catching two-foot wide vertical detail on the shower wall. A free-standing tub will complete the inviting look.

A guest bedroom on the first floor is designed to function as a bedroom or study and includes a full bath. Corasaniti has outfitted the space to serve both functions by including both a bed and a desk. The additional bedroom will be especially attractive to large families who cherish shared island getaways or to vacation and seasonal renters. Three additional guest suites with full baths, one of which serves as a second master suite, will be located upstairs. One of the upstairs bedrooms will open to a balcony on the front of the home, while the other two will open to a covered balcony and breezeway overlooking the outdoor living area. A catwalk leading from the top of the staircase to the bedrooms will overlook the foyer and great room.

A powder bath in a hallway just off the kitchen and dining room will feature a tiled vanity wall with a mirror flanked by pendant lights. The vanity cabinet will be presented in a light stainless steel with a stained glass door insert, a Carrara marble countertop, and a vessel sink.

The great room and master bedroom will both open to an outdoor living area featuring a covered lanai with a teak tongue-in-groove ceiling, an expansive pool and spa deck, brick-laid aqua-toned waterline tile in the pool and spa, a comfortable conversation area, and an outdoor kitchen. Corasaniti has included weathered desert tan cabinetry and Dekton Danae quartz countertops in her outdoor kitchen design along with a vertical elongated octagon glass tile backsplash. Furniture in the conversation area will feature slip-covered upholstery and include a concrete cocktail table. The dining table will also have a concrete look. Long breezeways will feature benches perfectly suited to relaxing while taking in the sunset or speaking with those enjoying the pool.

Founded in 1979, Vogue Interiors has earned numerous national, regional and local awards, including three consecutive Aurora Awards, the highest award presented by the 12-state Southeast Builders Conference. From corporate offices at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, Florida, Vogue Interiors provides design services and model merchandising to residential and commercial clients in the United States and abroad. Visit Vogue Interiors online at vogueinteriors.com.

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.”

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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.