Vogue Interior Design News

In the forests of Costa Rica, Parota trees grow for years and ultimately reach enormous sizes. Known to Americans as Elephant Ear trees, reading the rings exposed by cutting a cross section of a Parota is akin to reading a history book. Periods of drought, excessive rain, or relentless sunshine, as well as damage caused by natural fires or by man are revealed to those who understand the language of the rings. The colorful tones of the Parota wood have made it the preferred choice for homeowners intent on bringing elements of nature into their homes. Uniquely shaped slices taken from the tree trunk are used to create stunning “live edge” furniture pieces that are sanded and finished with a clear coat to preserve the wood’s exotic look. Care is taken to maintain the natural characteristics of the wood, even to the point of producing tables that have the same holes in them as found in the original tree slices. The furnishings produced are literally one of a kind.

“Parota trees are found throughout South America, but especially in Costa Rica,” said Vogue Interiors’ award-winning designer Sheila Corasaniti, IDS. “Some people try using other woods for live edge furnishings, but the Parota wood is the most exotic. I’ve found people want something in their home that offers a connection to nature. In Southwest Florida, that connection is often expressed with coral objects or seashells. Having a furniture piece that comes directly from something as magnificent as a Parota tree takes the connection with nature to a different level. The wood conveys a relaxed feeling, but is highly elegant. No two pieces are the same because they are taken directly from what a specific slice of the tree offers. People love having natural elements in their home, and the Parota live edge furnishings offer a wonderful element that we can incorporate into the design.”

The homeowners’ desire for natural wood elements has prompted the creation of live edge dining, cocktail, and sofa tables, as well desks used in elegantly appointed studies. In the bedroom, interesting headboards and benches placed at the foot of the bed often feature live edge designs. From a design perspective, live edge pieces provide tremendous flexibility.

“Live edge pieces can go with just about any décor,” said Sheila. “We’re primarily incorporating them in contemporary designs, but they work equally well in Asian and Polynesian styles. What’s interesting is the desire for wood elements has extended into accessory selections as well. Wall art made of natural wood, sculptures, wooden bowls and vases, and even pillows that have tassels with wooden beads have become popular. Just like the furniture pieces, the accessories are presented with a clear coat of urethane to preserve the natural look. The beauty of the Parota wood live edge furnishings has prompted a renaissance in the use of wood elements throughout our designs that are often integrated with glass or metal to create a fresh, natural look.”

Vogue Interiors announced that award-winning designers Leslie Gebert, Allied Member ASID and Sheila Corasaniti, IDS have completed the interior design and installation for Harbourside Custom Homes’ furnished Villa Adriana II model in the Cassina neighborhood at Miromar Lakes. The home’s 2,593 square feet under air open-concept floor plan includes a wide foyer and gallery entry hallway, a great room with beamed ceiling details, an island kitchen and spacious dining area, three bedrooms, three baths plus a pool bath, a study, and a two-car garage. Both the great room and dining area open to an outdoor living area with a fireplace, summer kitchen, and a pool and spa.

The Villa Adriana II is a sophisticated coastal home incorporating natural design elements of crisp white linens, butterscotch raffia, honey toned rattans, and accents of pale seafoam blue-green and creamy whites. Coastal inspired bright white tongue-in-groove ceiling details and wood-look light ecru porcelain tile echo the sophisticated beachy feel. With a calm color palette inspired by coastal breezes, sandy beaches, and tranquil cloud swept skies, the home is a true tropical retreat with an elegant ambiance.

In the long and dramatic entry, the floor features the same pale wood porcelain as the main areas and is punctuated with transition bands of inset 2-inch by 2-inch stone details to mark the foyer at each transom point in the long fourteen-foot high hall. Tall brushed chrome and driftwood wall sconces are mounted on either side of the pale grasscloth covered walls inside a rectangular wall detail of flat stock molding. Across from the entry to the study, a large vibrant original abstract painting in gold, buttercream and ivory tones is hung above a mirrored console.

The same pale porcelain flooring continues into the study where the walls are papered in a basket weave textured ivory grasscloth behind two open étagères filled with coastal-inspired eclectic accessories. A graceful one-drawer oval writing desk and an open weave cream leather desk chair float in front of the window and two small club chairs upholstered in a pale blue-green and cream fabric sit in the corners on top of a heavily textured natural sisal area rug in subtle variations of pale seafoam and sandy beige. Custom open-weave sheer panels in an unusual abstract camel and cream linen fabric frame the windows.

The great room includes a feature wall with a stunning statement console in a washed oak finish with brushed nickel hardware. Each of the four doors on the console have a huge vertical brushed nickel leaf shape which extends all the way down to become the console’s legs. A flat screen television is mounted above the console on a neutral grasscloth clad wall and is flanked by two columns mounted with large scaled driftwood wall sconces in a soft champagne color. Opposite the feature wall is a clean-lined camel suede fabric sofa with four decorative pillows, two in seafoam textured linen and ivory and two in a playful seafoam and buttercream print fabric. Two club chairs upholstered in the same pillow fabrics face the sofa. Completing the seating area, a light wood and natural rattan armchair has soft ivory textured cushions and sits on a herringbone flat weave wool and sisal area rug. The slider is detailed with a white linen cornice trimmed in natural jute cording.

Over the long rustic washed-oak dining table in the great room, three oversized glass pendants hang at different heights to provide dimension and drama to the space. The table includes custom panels that can be inserted for additional diners. Surrounding the table, custom upholstered dining chairs present front panels of pale seafoam fabric and back panels done in a textured warm butterscotch raffia fabric. Sheer crisp white linen draperies are mounted with jute cord inventively laced through brushed chrome grommets.

In the bright and open chef’s kitchen, the large counter-height island features base cabinetry finished in natural washed red oak and all countertops are finished in a striking cream granite with a dramatic icy blue and pale green vein pattern that continues up as the backsplash. All the perimeter cabinets are done in a dimensional creamy off-white finish with transitional brushed nickel hardware to match the three glass and nickel pendants hanging over the island. Four counter-height ivory wood barstools with low backs have seat cushions upholstered in the same seafoam and cream fabrics as the dining room chairs.

The serene master bedroom is a true private retreat realized in pure tones of rich heavy cream and frothy seafoam. The modified wingback king headboard is upholstered in a soft taupe felted fabric and the bed is dressed in variations of off-white, cream and muted seafoam fabrics in an array of textures. Fresh white tongue-in-groove details line the ceiling tray where a sparkling champagne chandelier provides a romantic glow. Two large nightstands done in a soft cream finish flank the bed across from a classic dresser in a sophisticated washed oak finish with transitional champagne metal hardware. Clean-lined armchair upholstered in a pale seafoam linen flank the dresser. Custom white linen draperies hang against the misty pale seafoam walls and dress the doors to the outdoor living area. A large soft cream area rug provides warmth to the wood-look porcelain floors.

Two generously sized walk-in closets flank the hallway to the master bath where the flooring transitions to an oversized neutral porcelain tile and crisp white tongue-in-groove ceiling panels create a coastal feel. Featuring a double vanity with creamy off-white cabinetry and an equally subdued cream granite countertop, the serene master bath walls have pale seafoam green grass cloth shot through with a subtle pattern of glittering silver threads. The pale neutral porcelain tile extends under the free-standing spa tub and into the large shower, then continue up the shower walls contrasted by an inset band of taupe glass tile.

The spacious outdoor living area features a fireplace wall of pale honey-colored porcelain tile designed to look like a dramatic sculptural stacked stone. A flat screen television is mounted above the horizontal ventless gas fireplace. The seating area faces the fireplace and includes a loveseat with a chaise done in a warm honey resin wicker with soft seafoam and light ivory upholstery and contrasting accent pillows. A swivel chair done in matching fabric and a metal and glass end table sits on a textured natural rattan area rug to anchor the space beneath a 60-inch ceiling fan. The adjacent rectangular dining table features slip-covered host and hostess chairs and four honey wicker dining chairs with cream and pale seafoam patterned fabric seat cushions. All the outdoor kitchen cabinets have shaker style doors finished in a muted camel color and all countertops and backsplash areas are done in a pale granite with lively honey and camel striations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top-tier interior designers are known for their ability to create elegant yet exceptionally inviting living spaces that are in alignment with their clients’ unique personal tastes. Throughout the design process, enormous attention is devoted to color palettes, flooring material, ceiling details, cabinetry and countertop choices, furnishings, draperies, and accessories. To be sure, all of these considerations are essential to creating a cohesive, visually appealing design. Yet there is another critically important design element that often gets overlooked that can elevate a design beyond the norm. That element is lighting.

“I believe lighting is one of the most important and most overlooked aspects of interior design,” said Vogue Interiors’ Deborah Paulin, ASID, NCIDQ. “A successful design will present memory points. Effective lighting allows the designer to emphasize those things he or she wants people to remember. Path lighting can be used to lead a person through an interior and experience the impact of the memory points along the way. Lighting can be used to warm up a space and to create a mood. Pink light bulbs that are very flattering to skin tones can be put on dimmers in the master bedroom and bath. So in addition to providing base illumination for day to day activities, lighting can be used to ensure people see those things the homeowner really wants them to see.”

Paulin’s interiors incorporate thoughtfully considered lighting designs. Her artwork and accessory items are spotlighted in a way that reflects their importance within her design concept. Glass objects are often backlit to enhance their prominence. Cove lighting and pin lights bring additional drama and visual appeal to her architectural details, including adding a glow to faux finished coffered ceiling treatments that can bring a sense of warmth and comfort to even the grandest spaces. When tall drapery treatments are included in her design, down lighting is used to provide highlights. All of these lighting elements can be effectively used in concert with a gorgeous chandelier that serves as a room’s most prominent memory point.

“I personally like using halogen lighting for the art and accessory lighting because it most resembles natural light, it’s extremely flexible, and it’s easy to work with,” said Paulin. “The halogen fixtures can be aimed very precisely to keep the eye focused on the art, even to the point that the art can be beautifully illuminated while the surrounding walls are dark. Cove lighting and art lighting can create a wonderfully appealing look in the master bedroom. If the bed happens to be on a platform, rope lighting can add to the ambiance while also illuminating the step-down at night. At the same time, though, I’m very careful to not overdo the mood created by the lighting. For instance, while a dimmer controlled chandelier set over a dining table might sound romantic, if the table is long, people may not be able to see what they’re eating. Sometimes it’s necessary to use more than one chandelier.”

Vogue Interiors announced the interior of Stock Signature Homes’ furnished Madison model created by award-winning designer Sheila Corasaniti, IDS will be showcased during the Collier Building Industry Association’s 2017 Single Site Parade of Homes that will be held at Naples Reserve February 17th through 19th and February 24th through 26th. The Madison model is situated in Naples Reserve’s Parrot Cay neighborhood. The 2,947 square feet under air Madison floor plan includes a great room and dining room that open to an outdoor living area and pool deck covered with marble pavers, four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a study, an island kitchen, and a three-car garage. Corasaniti has created a coastal transitional interior that places a premium on comfort and relaxation. Her design includes numerous natural elements inspired by a coastal fabric. The color palette mixes celery green backgrounds with black, off-white, grey, and silver accents. The flooring in the living areas is 12 x 24-inch porcelain tile with a matte finish that conveys the look of Carrara marble.

Once through the double-door front entry, the Madison’s welcoming foyer boasts a show-stopping multi-tiered chandelier festooned with blown glass streaming from a chrome disk. A transitional two-toned charcoal and weathered wood console sits beneath a large framed mirror anchoring the foyer wall. In the gallery hallway leading to the great room, the design details of two long rectangular ceiling coffers are reflected in a custom half-inch by one and a half-inch marble mosaic tile pattern set into the Carrara-look porcelain tile flooring. A transitional rectangular pendant light with a linen shade is suspended in each of the coffers.

Double doors provide an entry to an intimate study where the textured driftwood-toned porcelain tile flows in from the entry foyer. Two matching bookcases with a charcoal finish flank a large glass-topped trestle style desk with legs in a charcoal metal finish. A clean-lined wing chair upholstered in a cool flax linen color is paired with a small accent table with a pewter finish. Grounding the room with a highly textural element, a natural jute area rug mixes charcoal and light brown tones in a woven pattern.

On the feature wall of the generous great room, painted columns frame a dark charcoal and weathered wood console with a television mounted above on a wall covered in a dramatic leather-look wallpaper. On either side of the columns, dramatic artwork in metallic finishes are stacked three-high. A contemporary chrome wall sconce with a linen shade is mounted on each column. Facing the feature wall, a large and comfortable sofa is upholstered in a light taupe fabric with a hint of a metallic shimmer. Two cozy loveseats, fully upholstered in a mossy green velvet, sport gleaming pewter nail accents, dark charcoal finished legs, and creamy white velvet pillows. A pair of cocktail tables present mirrored tops and dark weathered bases. One of the two end tables is round with a glass top while the other is square with multilevel shelves. A two-tiered polished chrome chandelier is suspended from the center of the crisscrossed ceiling beams where the large center tray is painted in a light neutral taupe.

In the expansive open kitchen, both the island and the perimeter cabinetry are finished in a soft light taupe tone to contrast the bright white quartz countertops that feature a subtle shimmer. A backsplash of multi-toned marble mosaic tile is laid in a staggered brick pattern beneath the upper perimeter cabinetry. Three dramatic mercury glass pendants over the island provide a visual division between the great room and kitchen. Chrome metal barstools with pewter chenille fabric cushions pull up to the island bar and face the kitchen.

The dining room opens to the outdoor living area with 90-degree pocketing sliding glass doors. An elegant rectangular dining table features a chrome base with a weathered driftwood live-edge top. The host and hostess chairs are upholstered in the same coastal print fabric that provided the designer’s inspiration for the home. The fabric showcases the home’s signature color palette of celery green, soft grey, black, and white in a large sea shell pattern that repeats the look of the sofa pillows in the great room. Light off-white side chairs feature a woven crisscross pattern on the back. A large round contemporary mirror is installed on the back wall of the dining room above a storage console.

The home’s signature colors come together in the luxurious master suite where the chrome-framed bed is fully upholstered in a stunning charcoal linen fabric. The bed is dramatically dressed in patterns of the signature palette’s rich charcoals, crisp celery greens, creamy whites and inky blacks. Directly above the bed, a gorgeous round chandelier features multiple sparkling crystal bubbles. Nightstands with dark wood frames and mercury mirrored fronts flank the bed. A clean-lined dresser is finished in a soft off-white to provide a serene contrast. Next to the double door to the lanai, a charcoal linen contemporary wing chair is accented with a black and grey pillow and sits next to a small table with an off-white marble top.

In the spa-like master bath, the flooring is Carrara-look, 12 x 24-inch porcelain tile. To allow the tile to make a textural design statement, the walls are painted in a light neutral, the cabinetry is finished in a light taupe, and the countertops are a sparkling white quartz. There is a free standing spa tub and the entire shower is clad in richly detailed porcelain.

On the covered lanai, an entertainment seating area includes a dark espresso sofa upholstered in off-white facing a console with a charcoal metal finish set beneath a wall-mounted television. A matching off-white loveseat faces the pool. Two ottomans from the same collection present a dark espresso finish accented by metal details. In the outdoor space just off the master suite, two club chairs flank a small wicker table. The expansive outdoor dining area features a large rectangular dining table, two off-white slip-covered chairs and four side chairs with a neutral light taupe upholstery. Espresso finished chaise lounges by the pool have dramatic black cushions. The outdoor kitchen features driftwood finished cabinets and Colonial white granite countertops with hints of gray, black and cream. The granite extends up as the backsplash for easy outdoor maintenance. The pool deck and the covered patio are fashioned from 16 x 16-inch square marble pavers and the pool waterline tile is an unusual and striking pearlescent grey and celery green metallic tile.

In the recent past, Naples was known for its Tuscan architectural styles and heavily ornamented interior designs. The extensive use of dark faux finishes, arched openings, curved lines, and heavy furnishings was the norm as architects, builders, and designers created their versions of an Italian villa. Over time, however, homebuyers have eschewed the palatial Tuscan style in favor of brighter, lighter, more livable spaces that convey a relaxed, casually elegant feeling.

“The shift away from the Tuscan style evolved between 2007 and 2010 when the economic crash brought new construction to a standstill,” said Vogue Interiors’ award-winning interior designer Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID. “When builders resumed building in 2011, it was if the slate had been wiped clean. Buyers wanted something simpler. It was a fresh outlook on the way we could build here and the way people preferred to live. It became more casual and lighter, more in tune with Naples’ always-on-vacation vibe, more functional, but it was done with sophistication and taste. Whites came back into fashion. We saw a shift to simpler, straighter lines, and less cluttered, airier spaces. People began to take the heavier moldings off, and if they did do a crown molding, it was a simple cove molding with very little detail. The look became angular rather than curved. Elegance and beauty are found in the simplicity of today’s homes rather than in ornamentation.”

As evidenced by the light-filled, open concept floor plans that today’s homebuyers prefer, the movement away from the Tuscan style is on-going, both in new construction and in transformative remodeling projects. Great rooms that flow into large island kitchens and dining areas have in many cases supplanted the formal living and dining rooms of the past. Informal studies, bonus rooms, and upstairs loft areas offer additional places for unfettered relaxation. The color palettes, finishes, and furnishings in today’s interior designs present a new approach to creating visual interest.

“We create visual interest by contrasting dark and light,” said Gebert. “Reflective wall coverings, metallics, and pops of color found in accessories, accent pillows, and artwork play against white, beige, and soft grey backgrounds. Wood-look rectangular porcelain tile or wood flooring and textures found in area rugs, wood details, and fabrics add warmth and a relaxed feeling. Simple, flat, white kitchen cabinetry doors with angular hardware can be contrasted by darker-toned island base cabinets and the variety of solid colors available in the quartz countertops that have often replaced the Tuscan gold and brown-toned granite. The same is true in the bathrooms. Straight-lined contemporary lighting fixtures, rectangular porcelain and glass tile backsplashes and shower finishes provide an elongated look. On the outdoor living areas, streamlined ventless fireplaces often set in niches with horizontal wall details have replaced the heavy pre-cast concrete fireplaces of the past. Squared-off furniture pieces continue the casual look. That is what the new aesthetic is all about – casual, elegant comfort, simple straight lines, visually interesting contrasts, and an overriding sense of relaxed livability.”

Vogue Interiors announced that award-winning designers Leslie Gebert, Allied Member ASID and Sheila Corasaniti, IDS have been selected to create the interior design for Harbourside Custom Homes’ furnished Villa Adriana II model in the Cassina neighborhood at Miromar Lakes. The home’s 2,593 square feet under air open-concept floor plan includes a wide foyer and gallery entry hallway, a great room with beamed ceiling details, an island kitchen and spacious dining area, three bedrooms, three baths plus a pool bath, a study, and a two-car garage. Both the great room and dining area open to an outdoor living area with a fireplace, summer kitchen, and a pool and spa.

The Villa Adriana will be a sophisticated coastal home incorporating natural design elements of crisp white linens, butterscotch raffia, honey toned rattans, and accents of pale seafoam blue-green and creamy whites. Coastal inspired bright white tongue-in-groove ceiling details and wood-look light ecru porcelain tile will echo the sophisticated beachy feel. With a calm color palette inspired by coastal breezes, sandy beaches, and tranquil cloud swept skies, it will be a true Tropical retreat with an elegant ambiance.

In the long and dramatic entry, the floor will feature the same pale wood porcelain as the main areas and will be punctuated with transition bands of inset 2-inch by 2-inch stone details to mark the foyer at each transom point in the long fourteen-foot high hall. Tall brushed chrome and driftwood wall sconces will be mounted on either side of the pale grasscloth covered walls inside a rectangular wall detail of flat stock molding. Across from the entry to the study, a large vibrant original abstract painting in gold, buttercream and ivory tones will hang above a mirrored console.

The same pale porcelain flooring will continue into the study where the walls will be papered in a basketweave textured ivory grasscloth behind two open étagères filled with coastal-inspired eclectic accessories. A graceful one-drawer oval writing desk and an open weave cream leather desk chair will float in front of the window and two small club chairs upholstered in a pale blue-green and cream fabric will sit in the corners on top of a heavily textured natural sisal area rug in subtle variations of pale seafoam and sandy beige. Custom open-weave sheer panels in an unusual abstract camel and cream linen fabric will frame the windows.

The great room will have a feature wall with a stunning statement console in a washed oak finish with brushed nickel hardware. Each of the four doors on the console will have a huge vertical brushed nickel leaf shape which will extend all the way down to become the console’s legs. A flat screen television will be mounted above the console on a neutral grasscloth clad wall and will be flanked by two columns mounted with large scaled driftwood wall sconces in a soft champagne color. Opposite the feature wall will be a clean-lined camel suede fabric sofa with four decorative pillows, two in seafoam textured linen and ivory and two in a playful seafoam and buttercream print fabric. Two club chairs upholstered in the same pillow fabrics will face the sofa. Completing the seating area, a light wood and natural rattan armchair will have soft ivory textured cushions and sit on a herringbone flat weave wool and sisal area rug. The slider will be detailed with a white linen cornice trimmed in natural jute cording.

Over the long rustic washed-oak dining table in the great room, three oversized glass pendants will hang at different heights to provide dimension and drama to the space. The table itself will have custom panels that can be inserted for additional diners. Surrounding the table will be custom upholstered dining chairs with front panels of pale seafoam fabric and back panels done in a textured warm butterscotch raffia fabric. Sheer crisp white linen draperies will be mounted with jute cord inventively laced through brushed chrome grommets.

In the bright and open chef’s kitchen, the large counter-height island will feature base cabinetry finished in natural washed red oak and all countertops will be finished in a striking cream granite with a dramatic icy blue and pale green vein pattern which will continue up as the backsplash. All the perimeter cabinets will be done in a dimensional creamy off-white finish with transitional brushed nickel hardware to match the three glass and nickel pendants hanging over the island. Four counter-height ivory wood barstools with low backs will have seat cushions upholstered in the same seafoam and cream fabrics as the dining room chairs.

The serene master bedroom will be a true private retreat realized in pure tones of rich heavy cream and frothy seafoam. The modified wingback king headboard will be upholstered in a soft taupe felted fabric and the bed will be dressed in variations of off-white, cream and muted seafoam fabrics in an array of textures. Fresh white tongue-in-groove details will line the ceiling tray where a sparkling champagne chandelier will provide a romantic glow. Two large nightstands done in a soft cream finish will flank the bed across from a classic dresser in a sophisticated washed oak finish with transitional champagne metal hardware. On either side of the dresser will be a clean-lined armchair upholstered in a pale seafoam linen. Custom white linen draperies will hang against the misty pale seafoam walls and dress the doors to the outdoor living area. A large soft cream area rug will provide warmth to the wood-look porcelain floors.

Two generously sized walk-in closets will flank the hallway to the master bath where the flooring will transition to an oversized neutral porcelain tile and crisp white tongue-in-groove ceiling panels will create a coastal feel. Featuring a double vanity with creamy off-white cabinetry and an equally subdued cream granite countertop, the serene master bath walls will have pale seafoam green grass cloth shot through with a subtle pattern of glittering silver threads. The pale neutral porcelain tile will extend under the free-standing spa tub and into the large shower, then continue up the shower walls contrasted by an inset band of taupe glass tile.

The spacious outdoor living area will feature a fireplace wall of pale honey-colored porcelain tile designed to look like a dramatic sculptural stacked stone. A flat screen television will be mounted above the horizontal ventless gas fireplace. The seating area will face the fireplace and will include a loveseat with a chaise done in a warm honey resin wicker with soft seafoam and light ivory upholstery and contrasting accent pillows. A swivel chair done in matching fabric and a metal and glass end table will sit on a textured natural rattan area rug to anchor the space beneath a 60-inch ceiling fan. The adjacent rectangular dining table will feature slip-covered host and hostess chairs and four honey wicker dining chairs with cream and pale seafoam patterned fabric seat cushions. All the outdoor kitchen cabinets will have shaker style doors finished in a muted camel color and all countertops and backsplash areas will be done in a pale granite with lively honey and camel striations.

Vogue Interiors announced that award-winning designer Sheila Corasaniti, IDS has completed the interior design for Stock Signature Homes’ furnished Marigold model at the Isles of Collier Preserve, a 2,400-acre development by Minto Communities bordered on the south by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the north by Naples Botanical Garden, and the west by Dollar Bay. More than half of the 2,400 acres is dedicated to natural habitat and preserve areas connected by a network of biking paths and recreational trails with exercise stations and nature observation areas as well as blueways for kayaking. The community is just four miles east of downtown Naples on U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail East.

The Marigold floor plan includes 3,578 square feet under air plus an expansive covered lanai measuring 1,062 square feet. The plan features a spacious great room with an optional built-in entertainment center, a large gourmet island kitchen and breakfast area, a formal dining room, four bedrooms or three bedrooms plus an optional bonus room, a study, four-and-a-half baths, an outdoor living area with an optional fireplace, optional summer kitchen, a pool and spa, and a three-car garage. Pocketing sliders open the great room to the outdoor living area.

Corasaniti’s inspiration for the Marigold model was sparked by an unusual piece of jewelry made with rich emerald stones and bold cocoa colored beads. She has based her color palette on this fresh and exotic combination and set it against a background of soft pale taupe to create a home that combines the elements of comfortable living with a touch of elegance. Flooring throughout the main living areas is 9-inch by 36-inch pale gray and taupe tile laid in a staggered pattern to resemble a wood planked floor. The same tone of soft pale taupe is used on the walls of the main living areas with a slightly deeper hue in the ceiling trays. The combination creates a quiet backdrop for the rich jewel-toned accent colors of emerald, mocha, creamy ivory and soft aqua.

The Marigold’s welcoming entry foyer walls is clad in a dramatic and glittering emerald mica wall covering to create a show-stopping first impression. One entry wall has a horizontal installation of stacked diamond shaped mirrors reflecting the opposite wall where a colorful large contemporary artwork is hung. The foyer opens onto a long gallery that features a series of tray ceiling details. The flooring echoes the ceiling design with matching highly polished insets of Bianca Carrara stone running the entire length of the gallery.

In the generously sized great room, the feature wall showcases a custom built-in with decorative dry wall columns flanking a mocha console floating in the center. Above the console, the television is mounted on a wall covered in birch wood cork with a subtle silver metallic accent. The oversized and comfortable off-white linen sofa has two accent pillows done in an emerald and mocha leaf pattern and one accent pillow in an unusual metallic reptile pattern. Two club chairs in a soft light taupe chenille fabric also have mocha accent pillows. The large square cocktail table presents an antiqued mirrored finish and sits on a striking emerald shag area rug. The focal point of the great room is a dramatic six-foot-wide bronze chandelier fashioned in the shape of a floating tree branch.

In the adjacent dining room, the walls are a slightly darker taupe to create a more intimate dining experience. The niche wall on the left features a built-in for storage and a floating credenza in taupe with a bold decorative mirror hung above it. The dining table is finished in a dark taupe wood tone and will seat six. Custom designed dining chairs feature the creative use of vertical color blocking by having one third of the chair upholstered in off-white and two thirds of the chair in emerald.

The double-doored study features walls in the same lighter shade of java as the great room. The large window is incorporated into a custom built-in with two java finished bookcases and an upholstered window seat with accent pillows. A floating desk is finished in an innovative lacquered hide treatment with pale grays and darker areas of mocha. The high-backed desk chair is upholstered in a contemporary paisley fabric and two velvet club chairs flank a textured metal drum table.

A large kitchen island and all perimeter cabinetry are finished in a pale off-white Alabaster tone. The granite countertops present a lively mix of gray and taupe with a recurring hint of emerald. The backsplash is a pale putty glass tile in a high gloss.

Pocketing sliders open from the great room to the outdoor entertaining area where a full outdoor kitchen, seating area, and dining area flow comfortably under a covered lanai. The conversation area features two outdoor sofas and two club chairs that face the media wall. Grounding this area is a cocktail table in the shape of a river rock. The large outdoor kitchen includes a floating island with four counter height stools. Graphite gray shaker style cabinetry is topped with an Alaska white granite that features flecks of charcoal, grays and mocha. On the grill wall, the cabinetry and countertops are in the same finishes and all will have stainless steel accents.

The walls in the master bedroom are done in a soft pale taupe with darker taupe in the ceiling tray. A brushed nickel espresso poster bed features a custom white linen upholstered headboard and is flanked by two nightstands in an espresso finish with a large silver medallion on the front. A taupe chenille upholstered bench with nickel nail heads is positioned at the foot of the bed. All bed linens are done in a soft beige and offer accents of luxurious emerald and sequin details. The custom window treatments include a metallic sequin band along the top of the light beige fabric. A full dresser is presented in the same espresso finish as the nightstands and sits next to an emerald wing chair by the window.

The flooring in the master bath transitions into a matte off-white Bianca Carrara marble tile that extends onto the floor of the shower. The walls of the shower are in a highly polished version of the same marble with highly polished white banding accents. The serene bath has a subtle metallic wallcovering, off white cabinetry and Perla Bianca countertops. The free-standing spa tub sits below a glittering chandelier.

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