Vogue Interior Design News

Bonita Springs-based Vogue Interiors announced it has completed the interior design of Wyman Stokes Builder, LLC’s Hibiscus model residence at Verandah. Including a spacious, glass-enclosed Florida Room, the great room floor plan offers 3,000 square feet with three bedrooms, three baths, a large study, a double island kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and a nicely sized dining area. The Florida Room space overlooks a large deck and pool and an expansive double water to golf course view.

“The design style for this home and for the overall development is Old Florida,” said Vogue’s Janice Maskell, a State of Florida Licensed Interior Designer. “My design intention was to incorporate clean lines, but to also maintain the integrity of that Old Florida style. The color palette includes soft neutrals with soft aqua and soft blue water color accents, as well as driftwood and greyish toned accents found throughout the home. To keep things crisp and clean, all of the trim is white and the porcelain flooring is set in a brick rectangular pattern. What’s nice is when you walk in and stand in the foyer, the eye is drawn to the captivating long-range view.”

Maskell’s driftwood accents are established in the home’s wide double-foyer where a mirror with a driftwood frame and three circular driftwood elements makes an immediate statement. The driftwood plays against trim details with a semi-gloss white finish that define the foyer spaces. A demilune table in the foyer also has a driftwood feeling. The design’s Old Florida style is further established by the foyer’s double-tray ceiling that is finished with white bead board. A pair of drum chandeliers with white shades and a polished nickel finish provide a hint of bling.

The great room’s coffered ceiling is finished with driftwood toned beams and white bead board, both of which reinforce Maskell’s Old Florida style. The great room seating area includes a pair of nicely sized sofas and two accent chairs with off-white fabric that keeps the ambiance light, airy and inviting. The accent chairs have white rattan frames and white cushions with an aqua circular pattern. Two rectangular glass-top tables with antique brass frames are bunched together to form a cocktail table. A pair of small ottomans provide additional seating. A sofa table is also incorporated in the grouping. The seating area is finished with a textured Sisal area rug that contributes to the Old Florida feeling. A long furniture piece with a driftwood finish and mirrored cabinets that include a scrolled wood detail anchors the television wall. The greyish tones continue in a study off the great room that includes white trim and plantation shutters.

A bar and wine corking area provides a transition between the great room and the kitchen. The space includes a wine chiller, putty toned cabinetry, and a light granite countertop with a soft touch of aqua lines. The upper cabinetry has glass fronts while the lower cabinetry and drawers have bead board inserts. A backsplash is executed in aqua-toned glass tile set in a subway pattern.

The same backsplash is found on the cooktop wall of the kitchen that features a long counter area and a pair of tall, clean-lined Shaker style cabinetry sections with polished nickel pulls. The kitchen’s inner and outer islands and perimeter work areas are finished with the same light granite used in the bar area. The double-island configuration is conducive to entertaining and family gatherings while ensuring there is plenty of work space for food preparation. A raised bar at the outer island includes bar stools with glossy white frames and medium-blue ultra-suede seats. The front of the raised bar area and the drawers and ends of the inner island are finished with bead board. The kitchen includes a Frigidaire Professional grade appliance package.

A trestle table in the dining area has a medium-toned, aged brown finish that conveys an antique, distressed. Rattan host and hostess chairs are presented in a putty finish and include backs with a circular motif that recalls Maskell’s use of circular elements throughout the home. Four side chairs are done in a natural woven material. The buffet includes drawer fronts with rattan inserts and is finished in white to provide a sense of connection with the side chairs in the great room.

A spacious glass enclosed lanai provides a true Florida Room that can serve as either a fully indoor or fully outdoor space. The room’s zoned air conditioning can be used as needed. The flooring found in the home’s great room is carried into the Florida Room making it a finished extension of the main living area when the space is closed to the outdoors. Maskell has created engaging spaces within the Florida Room. At one end of the room, a rectangular fireplace includes a split-faced stone surround, an impressive mantle, and a television framed by columns. The columns and walls in the Florida Room are finished in a putty tone. A comfortable seating area in front of the fireplace and television includes a Sunbrella sectional sofa and two functioning recliners. An ottoman, circular cocktail table, and an outdoor area rug complete the grouping. Adjacent to the fireplace seating area is a high-top circular table and a pair of tall barstools finished with the same ultra-suede fabric found at the kitchen bar. This high-top table provides a transitional space between the fireplace seating and an outdoor dining area that features a square dining table with seating for eight. All of the furnishings are Sunbrella in a brown-toned finish. Beamed ceiling details and bead board inserts provide architectural interest and unite the Florida Room with the great room.

When opened to the outdoors, the Florida Room flows easily into the outdoor living area that includes a pavered deck, pool, and a grill area with a granite countertop. A 360-degree, negative edge spa is finished with porcelain tile surround in varying shades of slate. The area includes a screen enclosure and overlooks a seemingly endless view.

Maskell has continued her use of driftwood tones in the master suite where faux driftwood porcelain tile is sued in the vestibule, master bath, and closets, Greyish blue crown molding plays against the master bedroom’s putty-toned walls. The fully upholstered bed includes polished nickel nail head trim. Night stands with antiqued pewter frames and antiqued mirrored fronts add a touch of glamor. A medium wood toned chest of drawers has a convex front that provides visual interest. A variety of pieces are used to create a soft silver circular mirror that is clean and simple.

The master bath has a clean, contemporary look that includes taupe with off-white rectangular sinks over medium brown toned cabinetry and polished nickel fixtures. Each of the sinks has a tall mirror with a capiz shell frame. The shower walls include horizontal porcelain tile inlays to match the flooring as well as glass tile chicklet listellos in browns and putty tones also set in a horizontal pattern. Both the square rain head and hand-held shower fixtures are polished nickel.

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.

Vogue Interiors announced it has been awarded the design and execution of the interior of Harbourside Custom Homes’ Villa d’Este fully-furnished model residence in the Fairgrove neighborhood at Talis Park in North Naples. Vogue’s Debbie DeMaria, ASID, IDS and Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID were named recipients of BIA’s Pinnacle Merit Award in the Best Interior Design – Single Family Home $1,500,000 – $1,999,999 category for their design of Harbourside’s first Villa d’Este model residence at Talis Park. The first model sold the day it opened for viewing. The interior of the new Villa d’Este will be designed by Gebert and Sheila Herrera, IDS Associate.

Gebert and Herrera will bring a light, airy, sophisticated look to the Villa d’Este’s 3,175 square feet great room floorplan. The plan includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a study, a formal dining room, a kitchen with a long, wrap-around island with a raised bar and a massive outdoor living area with a covered lanai, multiple seating areas, an outdoor kitchen, a fireplace, a pool and a spa. The design will mix light, clean-lined woods with a neutral palette of taupe, charcoal and medium gold wall tones accented by soft to vibrant metallic golds, taupes and creams. Sateen and taupe accent pillows in the great room will feature a contemporized embroidered flame stitch reminiscent of a 1950’s and ’60’s Hollywood look. Flooring throughout the living areas will be 12″ x 24″ rectangular porcelain tile with shades of taupe while the study will feature wood flooring.

“The slightly different elevation of the new Villa d’Este features a lighter color with darker roofing and fascia than the original model,” said Herrera. “The floorplan allows easy movement throughout the home. It flows beautifully and has a very spacious feeling. From the moment one steps into the foyer, the eye is drawn through the great room’s pocketing sliders to the glittering waters of the pool and to Fairgrove’s signature golf course, water and preserve views. The outdoor living area is an extension of the great room and the two spaces will blend together easily and comfortably. We’ll be establishing the design’s light, elegant look with a double-box vibrant metallic gold and warm silver chandelier in the foyer complimented by a mirrored console furniture piece with gold accents.”

The great room will feature a taupe-finished entertainment center with a television area flanked by a wet bar and shelving for displaying collected items. The flanking sections include granite countertops and antique mirrored backsplashes. Furnishings in the great room will include two accent chairs with soft gold chenille fabric and gold nail head trim, a third accent chair in a more vibrant gold, a two-tiered cocktail table with a cream finished wood top and metal legs, an accent table with a stone top and an open taupe finished base, a rectangular end table in a darker taupe finish, an accent drum table with gold metal legs and a sofa with linen fabric and nail head trim, all of which will be grouped around an 8′ x 10′ area rug with swirled browns, golds and greys.

Gebert and Herrera will continue their look in the formal dining room with a cream-finished dining table that includes decorative inserts across the top. The host and hostess chairs will feature a bright gold velvet fabric with gold nail heads while the side chairs will have square backs with a metallic taupe fabric pad in the middle that will be fashioned in a circle. The room’s statement piece will be a cream credenza set in a niche that will have capiz shell insets on the doors. The niche will be finished with taupe-colored cork wallpaper with a metallic gold background. A gold, multi-arm chandelier with drum-shaped shades and candelabra bulbs will complete the look.

The kitchen’s long raised bar will offer a gathering place ideal for entertaining. An inner island will feature a warm medium-grey base to provide contrast against cream-toned perimeter cabinetry that will include a warm grey glaze. Granite countertops with a very light cream background and swirling taupe and grey accents that provide movement will be used throughout the kitchen. The breakfast nook’s 60-inch circular table will seat four and overlook the Villa d’Este’s spacious outdoor living area. The table has a drum base with a gold metallic finish that will play against chairs with taupe, chagrin-type fabric.

A double-door entry will open to a study with wood flooring and a deep, dark taupe built-in with gold background walls. The built-in will offer attractive shelf spaces and storage cabinets as well as a computer desk. A floating desk in front of the built-in will feature the same dark taupe finish and a top with gold details framed in a tone that matches the piece’s legs and front. A cream-toned chair will be presented in a revised wing chair look. The room’s two-toned walls will include charcoal banding under beautiful crown molding with an accent molding to separate the band from the primary humble gold wall color. A grey linen fabric accent chair and a window treatment with cream side panels and repeating flame-stitched stripes in charcoal, grey and gold will bring additional elegance to the space.

The master bedroom’s bed will exude the elegance Gebert and Herrera are bringing to the Villa d’Este. The bed will be fully upholstered with tufted charcoal velvet that will play against bright metallic gold pillows with metallic cream dots. Shams with wide, bold stripes will be set against a neutral bed covering. The dramatic bold stripes on the shams will be repeated on the drapes. The room’s tray ceiling will be finished with a metallic silver wall covering that will compliment grey-toned night stands with mirrored fronts and a chair with a gold fabric that features silver threads and nail head trim.

A tub centered in the room will reinforce the master bath’s linear architectural design and provide a focal point. The bath will feature a double walk-in shower, his and her vanities with a cream finish and granite countertops, and vivid metallic gold accent tiles on the floor, shower and tub deck.

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. The firm’s 30-year tradition of award-winning design excellence continued in October, 2013 with the receipt of four Collier Building Industry Association Sand Dollar Awards and seven awards presented by the Lee Building Industry Association. 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.

While purchasing a resale home offers buyers price certainty, immediate availability and the security of knowing they will be living in the neighborhood they prefer, the interior design tastes of the previous owner or outdated features and finishes may not be exactly what the buyer has in mind. Those gifted with a sense of vision and a modicum of creativity are usually able to look past a resale home’s cosmetic deficiencies and realize that simply refreshing the space can make all the difference.

Refreshing does not entail stripping a home to the studs and starting over with a total remodeling project. It can be as basic as changing a color palette, introducing new furnishings and artwork, filling niches with custom built-ins, adding area rugs, or simply changing the pulls on the kitchen cabinets. The trick to feeling at home by refreshing rather than remodeling is to ensure the redesigned elements blend seamlessly with whatever existing features and finishes are deemed acceptable for the new look.

“Buyers of a resale home are buying an existing home, but it’s a brand new home to them,” said Vogue Interiors’ Sherri Bradford, ASID Allied Member. “They want the home to reflect their tastes while ensuring the things about the space that attracted them to begin with are preserved. They may envision rooms within the home being redesigned to suit their specific needs. They may want elements in the living areas updated to reflect a more clean-lined, current look that reflects their personal style. The bathrooms may need a look that better reflects up-to-date finishes. All of this can be accomplished by refreshing the home rather than undertaking a total remodeling. My advice is to find that resale home that has great ‘bones,’ the types of spaces that work with your lifestyle, and the location you want and then work with a designer who understands what it will take for you to feel at home in your new older residence.”

Bradford recently completed a refreshing project for a couple who purchased a home in Shadow Wood at the Brooks. The residence is their second home and serves as a retreat in which they can enjoy Southwest Florida while continuing their professional endeavors. The home is a 2,500 square feet great room floorplan with a formal dining room, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a study and an extensive outdoor living area – all of which suits the couple’s needs. What did not work for them was the home’s existing design style that reflected a more traditional look. They wanted something more clean-lined that conveyed the casual elegance associated with the more current “Florida Transitional” design style.

“The new owner wanted something with clean lines and pops of color that conveyed a sense of fun,” said Bradford. “The new color palette is very neutral. We introduced color with the artwork, the accent pillows and the draperies and mixed dark woods against the existing flooring and neutral backgrounds. We also selected new furnishings. The finished look is very comfortable and exudes classiness at the same time.”

For the home’s foyer, Bradford selected a three-piece, medium-toned transitional chest with vertical stripe inlays. The chest plays against an area rug that introduces color. In the great room, Bradford brought a sense of elegance to the feature wall that includes three arched niches by redesigning an existing built-in. Door fronts were added to the unit’s lower shelves and all of the sound system’s speakers and wiring were hidden. Artwork was added above the television in the center niche. Bradford also introduced a custom bar cabinet to the great room. The piece is dark toned tiger wood with wood inlays on the diagonal. The cabinet includes a pullout serving tray, stacked wine racks, a liquor drawer and upper glass shelving for glassware. The dark tones of the cabinet play against the great room’s caramel leather sofas, honey-colored side chairs, and a decorative rug that features bright terra cotta, red, blue and gold tones.

In the formal dining room, the space for the dining table and chairs is defined by a dark, checker board inlay set in the room’s honey-colored hardwood floor. The glass-topped rectangular dining table seats six in clean lined chairs that are wide and comfortable. Rusty-red draperies with a gold floral pattern add a pop of color. A ceiling detail that includes nine coffers with crown molding the same dark tone as the floor inlay contributes to the elegant look of the space and works well with a dark toned credenza that functions as a server and features gold-burnished silver leaf panel insets on the doors and gold tassels on the door handles.

Bradford simply rebuilt sections of the kitchen’s existing golden maple cabinetry to provide additional storage space. The existing island that features an Uba Tuba granite countertop, and the perimeter’s Giallo Light granite countertop and stone backsplash, provide an attractive workspace. A breakfast area with a circular glass-topped table and four rattan chairs with tweed seats overlooks the outdoor living area where Bradford redid the backsplash and countertop at the outdoor kitchen, added wiring for a television and updated the sink fixtures.

At the beginning of the project, the home’s study was empty. To provide a functional workspace for a salesman who travels extensively and for the lady of the house who has her own endeavors to manage, Bradford designed a cherry-finished built-in L-shaped desk with upper cabinetry and a second built-in desk and cabinetry that extends the entire length of one of the room’s walls. Corkboard covered with textured fabric on the walls above each desk provides space for hanging printed pieces of business related information. The wall-length desk includes file-ready storage drawers, a pull-out keyboard shelf, cabinet space and a storage unit at one end. The his and her workspaces now offer an ideal working environment.

In the master bedroom, Bradford heeded the owners’ love of their dog by fashioning the furnishings in a way that would create a ramp to the bed for the couples’ cherished pet. The bed has a tufted leather upholstered headboard flanked by rectangular nightstands with glass inset tops, an upper shelf, a drawer and a lower shelf. A bench at the foot of the bed provides the ramp and is finished with stripes in greens, terra cottas and tans. Matching clean lined side chairs provide comfortable seating for television viewing. A dark 12-drawer chest with silver tinted gold handles completes the look.

Founded in 1979, Vogue Interiors has earned numerous national, regional and local awards, including three consecutive Aurora Awards. The firm’s 30-year tradition of award-winning design excellence continued in October, 2013 with the receipt of four Collier Building Industry Association Sand Dollar Awards and seven awards presented by the Lee Building Industry Association. 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.

Vogue Interiors’ 30-year tradition of award-winning design excellence continued in October with the receipt of four Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) Sand Dollar Awards and seven awards presented by the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Vogue was acknowledged for its work in numerous categories ranging from its residential interior designs to its commercial designs and marketing materials.

Vogue’s Debbie DeMaria, ASID, I.D.S. and Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID were named recipients of the Best Interior Design – Single Family Home in both the CBIA’s Sand Dollar $2,500,000 – $2,999,999 category and the BIA’s Pinnacle Award $2,700,000 – $3,499,999 category for their design of a private residence in Quail West that encompasses a total of 7,863 square feet. The Casa Fiore’s architectural design includes four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a study, formal living and dining rooms, an airy gourmet island kitchen, a spacious leisure room, an outdoor living area with an outdoor kitchen, pool, spa and fireplace and a five-car garage with a motor court. DeMaria and Gebert used a palette of reds, golds, creams, bronzes and rust colors softened by melon tones against a neutral pale cream background. Lightly textured Travertine marble flooring in the living areas matches the neutral background. Their design transformed a space already well under construction into a home that satisfied both the man of the house’s relaxed, casual lifestyle and the lady of the house’s more formal, sophisticated approach to entertaining on a corporate executive level.

DeMaria and Gebert were also named recipients of BIA’s Pinnacle Merit Award in the Best Interior Design – Single Family Home $1,500,000 – $1,999,999 category for their design of Harbourside Custom Home’s Villa d’Este fully-furnished model residence at Talis Park in North Naples. The low-key, California casual design style conveys a classic yet low key feeling that is comfortable, elegant and perfectly suited to the New Fashioned Talis Park lifestyle. DeMaria and Gebert’s light, soothing colors in the Villa d’Este have a hint of drama. The palette is reflected in a mix of natural elements, including stone finishes, light granites, mica and slate wall coverings, light woods and a hemp area rug in the great room. Fabric selections include textured linen, grey mohair and silk accents. Porcelain tile flooring in a variety of natural shades is used in the living areas, while medium-brown hardwood is presented in the study;
Vogue Licensed Interior Designer Janice Maskell was acknowledged for her designs in two private residences in Tavira at Bonita Bay. One residence was named recipient of the Sand Dollar Award in the Best Interior Design – Multi Family Home $2,000,000 – $2,499-999 and the Pinnacle Award’s Best Interior Design – Multi Family Home $2,000,000 – $2,699,999 categories. The second residence received a BIA Pinnacle Award in the Best Interior Design – Multi Family Home $1,500,000 – $1,999,999 category. Maskell also was presented with CBIA’s Sand Dollar and BIA’s Summit Awards in their respective Commercial Interior Design categories for her design of a Cadillac automobile dealership showroom in Clearwater.

Vogue’s Sheila Herrera, IDS Associate received a BIA Pinnacle Merit Award for her interior design of Stock Signature Homes’ Greenbriar II model residence in Lely Resort’s Lakoya neighborhood. The 2,949 square feet home includes three bedrooms, four baths, formal living and dining rooms, a study, an island kitchen and family room, a three-car garage, and an outdoor living area with a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and sitting and dining areas. Her dramatic, sparkly design conveys a sophisticated, contemporary feeling. To lighten the look, Herrera utilized numerous reflective elements, including stainless steel, chrome, crystal, glass and mirrors, all of which play against a pale grey color palette with black, white, raspberry and plum accents. Off-white trim and porcelain tile flooring in the main living areas contribute to the home’s inviting ambiance.

Vogue also received a CBIA Sand Dollar Best Newsletter and BIA Pinnacle Best Online Marketing Campaign – Online Newsletter award for its bi-monthly e-newsletter. The newsletter is produced by Vogue’s Public Relations and Marketing Consultant, Caffrey & Associates, in partnership with Naples-based Integrity NetWorx and Vogue’s staff.

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.

Vogue Interiors announced it has been selected to design and execute the interior of Harbourside Custom Homes’ Villa Adreana fully-furnished model residence at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, a residential waterfront resort community located in Miromar Lakes just north of Naples. The interior of the 2,593 under air three-bedroom plus study, three-and-a-half bath home is being designed by Vogue’s Sheila Herrera, I.D.S. and Leslie Gebert, ASID. Completion of the Villa Adreana is anticipated in January, 2014.

Design Style and Intention

We went with clean lines which seems to be the hot trend. We went with darker woods so we went with the espresso kind of finishes but we also did a lot of greys; pops of greys. Now that’s the color palette and what is your intention with the design? A very clean fresh look with pops of colors. We did a little touch of glam because we’ve got our sparkle. It’s a relaxed elegance because we have this granite type wall covering in the living room but yet it’s a very comfortable elegance with the seating and everything. I would call it a soft contemporary. The color palette is taupes and neutrals with splashes of black and then we have tangerines and lime greens. The flooring throughout the home is 20 by 20 diagonal stone which is a travertine kind of color; very light and neutral and that goes throughout the living areas. The study is a hardwood floor which is a medium tone; it’s like a really dark taupe color.

Entryway/Foyer

So you come through the double door entry and you’re into a long gallery hallway that has three arches to it and at the end of the hallway you’re looking out through the great room and all the way out to the outdoor living area. And as you go down this gallery hallway there’s an entry to a small vestibule and an entry to bedroom number three and bath number three and then there is also a pocketing door to the study. So in this long gallery hallway with the three arches and the bedroom three vestibule and the pocketing doors going into the study on the left side.

This is a build-out that we did; it’s actually a floating console. I designed this architectural feature to accent the art that will go on that wall that’s lit and it has the wainscoting on it to give it a nice architectural detail. This is a console…it’s not very deep. It’s made out of wood but it’s built in. So there’s a built in console that is built with a top; you’re creating kind of a niche wall here with this arch here. So you have this built in console and above that will be an art piece and above that will be wainscoting that will be done in a design that kind of plays with the arch at the top of the niche which follows with the other arches down the hallway. And then there are two matching consoles in the foyer.

The Study

We’re doing framed-in panels on the wall on one side and I’m sure we’ll do some sort of art in them. The other side of the room has a wall where the bookcase is a darker tone with a chrome framework. They are chrome framed open etagere bookcases with an exotic wood back. The desk is a medium wood tone with a chrome geometric base. The chair is finished in a brown wood with a geometric fabric in taupe and lime green. The accent chair is in like a chegreen type fabric that is very neutral and the drape has a beautiful ikat fabric pattern in taupe and gold.

Kitchen/Dining Area

This is a great room plan and it doesn’t appear to have a formal dining room. It’s a nicely sized great room that flows into a kitchen with a very large counter height island. The island has bar stool seating for four and it has a black island base. So the island base is in an ebony finish and the perimeter cabinetry is in a very light taupe. The countertop is granite with a combination of light taupes with some specs and some movement with a little touch of black veining. And that is for both the perimeter and the island. I hesitate on the island because I don’t recall if it is bar height or counter height. As I look at it it looks to me like the barstools should be over here and it should be a counter height. I can’t imagine that the sink is at a bar height. So we’re going to call this a counter height island. There is a wet bar with a wet bar sink and an under counter refrigerator. What kind of countertop is going there? That is also the black that matches the island base and there’s a chiseled stone backsplash and the countertop is the same as the kitchen. Off of the kitchen is the dining area which seats five which is an odd number. It’s a circular table. A lot of times we do five because in a situation like that it’s better than four but there isn’t enough room for six so it gives you that extra seat. Alright so we have a 60 inch dining room table and pocketing sliders that open up to the outdoor living area.

Outdoor Living

The outdoor living area has a fireplace and a kitchen with a sink, a grill, an under counter refrigerator. There’s a pool bath that also functions as the home’s powder bath.

Great Room

In the great room we have a very nice over sized deep sofa that is in the linen type cream tones with black legs to repeat the black and then it also has accent pillows that are basically the color palette of the house; which are the lime greens, the taupes, the greys, and the pop of the orange/tangerine, and a little touch of the blues. The pillows really set the stage for the house. That was our inspiration fabric. We also have some very textured, furry, and beaded kind of pillows that are on the sofa. The cocktail table is a rectangular leather looking table with silver nail heads and one of the end tables is mirrored with silver accents and then we have one that’s in the ebony finish. It’s a round end table. And then we have one that has circular moldings and it’s mirrored and it has this same dark ebony kind of finish on that piece. Where is this going and we call that a console piece? It’s a media console piece That the television will go over and then we have two columns that have this mica that I was telling you about. And the columns create a niche for that console. The columns are wrapped in that striped mika that runs horizontal and in the center is the mika that coordinates with it; you drop the stripe and it’s a solid and they are both in kind of a pewter metallic finish. Tell me again about the front of this media console. It is moldings cut into a circular pattern that creates a lot of movement and it is mirrored. So it has the combination of the dark wood with mirroring. Ok, the front is divided into four sections and the pattern of the cut is mimicked in each of the four. The two chairs are upholstered and they are in a very soft smoked colored suede like fabric with ebony feet so again that pop of the black. We went with black throughout the house to create drama.

Master Suite

The door opens up and we turn right through an arched opening into the master bedroom that is off of the outdoor living area.

Master Bedroom

We have an upholstered tufted headboard; actually it’s a completely upholstered bed with the side rails, foot rails, and everything. It’s in a very light cream fabric and then the bed has a combination of stripes with kind of a geometric swirl type monogram type pattern. It has long, fur type pillows and the drape is sheer with great big leaves that are kind of contemporary leaves that have taupe and black; again that pop of the black and then we have a lot of gold accents as well. The furniture itself is in a very dark ebony finish and the night stands have kind of a combination finish with a piece of hardware that kind of creates a jeweled effect on the piece. And it looks like you have a little sitting area. Yes, there are nesting tables that have a geometric pattern on top that are cream with black legs. The chair is kind of a linen fabric and it’s neutral.

Master Bath

It is not his and her vanities it looks like we have a double sink vanity. The master bath has a beautiful enlarged damask wallpaper and the damask pattern is in black with the background in a warm silver. The cabinet is in a cream with a chocolate glaze. The tub has a tub deck. There is a window in there and we have a taupe sheer window treatment. It’s a very soft taupe sheer window treatment and it kind of has a metallic. Where are those glass tiles going? In the shower and I am sure there are accents on the tub and in the shower. So there are glass tile accents in the tub deck and in the shower.

Closing

What is your overall take on this particular residence? It is going to be very dramatic. It is going to be very, very dramatic because of the pops of the black and the contrasts of the really light finishes against it. It will be appealing to a lot of people and again to me it is a casual elegance. What part of Miromar are we in and what are we looking out to? I have not seen the lot yet so I don’t know.

Stock Signature Homes’ 3,525 square feet under air Ponte Vedra Grande model residence in TwinEagles. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath floor plan includes formal living and dining rooms, a study, a large family room and gourmet kitchen, an outdoor living area that includes three covered lanai spaces, an optional summer kitchen and a pool and spa, and a three-car garage. has transformed one of the model’s three guest bedrooms into a unique craft room that is ideally suited to projects undertaken by all members of the family.

“TwinEagles is known for its natural beauty and its classic country club lifestyle,” said Herrera. “The Ponte Vedra Grande is perfectly suited to that lifestyle. The interior of the model will be light and airy with classic overtones and straight clean lines. I’ll be using light, creamy wood tones with splashes of gold and silver metallics and various white on white on white presentations with subtle colors and a lot of texture. The color palette is very soft and includes light taupe, vanilla and cream mixed with pale blush, aqua and blue tones. Neutral toned porcelain tile with an elegant light marble look is used in the living areas and we’re using a light taupe tile with a wood look in the study. The overall impression will convey a classic casual elegance that will have broad appeal and convey a fresh Florida feeling. The fabric selections are durable, functional and comfortable.”

Herrera establishes her classic overtones in the foyer where visitors will be greeted by a beautiful mirror with an antique silver leaf frame, a whimsical console table and a silver chandelier. The foyer opens to the formal living room where pocketing sliders provide a view of the pool and outdoor living area. A silver and crystal chandelier suspended from the living room’s architectural coffered ceiling conveys another note of classic elegance. Furnishings include a sofa in a soft, light neutral pearlized linen fabric with nail head accents, left and right single-arm chairs with button tufted rhinestones and a pair of lighted gold metallic curio cabinets that will house decorative accessories. The seating is grouped around a multi-colored long shag area rug presented in various shades of taupe and cream.

A combination of gold and silver tones is found in the formal dining room where a light, cream vanilla dining table with soft, elegant lines and graceful legs is surrounded by tone-on-tone side chairs with a geometric pattern and solid host and hostess chairs with a soft, rosy taupe velvet fabric. A cream-toned sideboard is finished with gold pulls. Glass bead wall covering is used to finish the recessed areas of a quad-coffer ceiling.

The quad-coffer ceiling treatment is repeated in the study where the light-toned, wood-like floors play against a vanilla-toned built-in and a desk with gold legs and hardware. The legs of the vanilla finished desk are executed in a large circular pattern that Herrera repeats elsewhere in the home. A desk chair is presented in a light neutral fabric that is contrasted by draperies in a smoky taupe tone with a bit of aqua. The flooring, furnishings and draperies all play against the room’s soft aqua walls.

In keeping with Herrera’s clean lined, classic look, a light cream granite with delicate flecks and river-like movement is used on the kitchen’s island and perimeter counters and as a backsplash. The counter height island base is light taupe and the perimeter cabinetry is ivory with a taupe glaze. Pendant lighting fixtures are set over the island’s counter height bar area. An adjacent breakfast area overlooks the outdoor living area from a butt-glass window finished with a raw linen cornice accented with metallic thread and a rhinestone scroll pattern. A circular glass-topped dining table has a base that repeats Herrera’s circular theme and chairs with a wave type fabric in aqua, taupe and a bit of blush as well as silver nail heads.

Ninety-degree pocketing sliders open the Ponte Vedra Grande’s large family room to the outdoors. Herrera has positioned a vanilla-toned credenza with silver hardware in a niche wall that also hosts a television. Seating is provided by an exquisitely soft, casual velvet sofa and a pair of side chairs in a cream and aqua fabric with a metallic blush colored leather ottoman. The cocktail table and end table have a cream finish with a gold accent and a sofa table has an animal embossed top and once again recalls the large circular theme. A hemp area rug is done in darker taupe and aqua tones that compliment the room’s aqua grey walls and tray ceiling.

Herrera is furnishing the sitting area in Stock Signature Homes’ hallmark outdoor living area with a sofa, matching chairs, a console table and two swivel chairs that allow a view of the pool and spa that are finished with an earthy-toned glass waterline tile to compliment the neutral taupe deck tone. The fabrics on the furnishings are done in creams, silver greys and taupes to reflect the color palette inside the home. The summer kitchen area includes counter height bar stools and a clean-lined circular metal and wicker table with four chairs. A third covered space off the master bedroom is festooned with inviting palm trees and greenery.

The master suite reflects Herrera’s use of soft colors and elegant finishes. An upholstered tufted bed features a headboard with an antique mirror border presented in a series of half-circles in alternating directions. The border reaches a point at the top where it is crowned with a shell motif. The bed is covered with blush pink and taupe fabric with an oversized print. The walls are also blush pink and provide a background for a vanilla toned dresser and nightstands, all of which have gold hardware and accents. The room is completed with a sunburst gold mirror over the dresser and a kidney shaped metallic silver and gold desk with a fluted design.

The master bath is graced with neutral tile flooring that has a marble look and silver and gold wallpaper with a serpentine pattern. A long tub is centered between his and her vanities with cream-toned cabinetry and light granite countertops. The back wall of the tub is finished with decorative glass and stone tile that is carried into the double entry walk-in shower and mixed with porcelain that matches the floor covering.

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.

Vogue Interiors announced it has been selected to design and execute the interior of Stock Signature Homes’ 3,525 square feet under air Ponte Vedra Grande model residence in TwinEagles. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath floor plan includes formal living and dining rooms, a study, a large family room and gourmet kitchen, an outdoor living area that includes three covered lanai spaces, an optional summer kitchen and a pool and spa, and a three-car garage. Vogue Interiors’ Sheila Herrera, I.D.S. has transformed one of the model’s three guest bedrooms into a unique craft room that is ideally suited to projects undertaken by all members of the family.

“TwinEagles is known for its natural beauty and its classic country club lifestyle,” said Herrera. “The Ponte Vedra Grande is perfectly suited to that lifestyle. The interior of the model will be light and airy with classic overtones and straight clean lines. I’ll be using light, creamy wood tones with splashes of gold and silver metallics and various white on white on white presentations with subtle colors and a lot of texture. The color palette is very soft and includes light taupe, vanilla and cream mixed with pale blush, aqua and blue tones. Neutral toned porcelain tile with an elegant light marble look is used in the living areas and we’re using a light taupe tile with a wood look in the study. The overall impression will convey a classic casual elegance that will have broad appeal and convey a fresh Florida feeling. The fabric selections are durable, functional and comfortable.”

Herrera establishes her classic overtones in the foyer where visitors will be greeted by a beautiful mirror with an antique silver leaf frame, a whimsical console table and a silver chandelier. The foyer opens to the formal living room where pocketing sliders provide a view of the pool and outdoor living area. A silver and crystal chandelier suspended from the living room’s architectural coffered ceiling conveys another note of classic elegance. Furnishings include a sofa in a soft, light neutral pearlized linen fabric with nail head accents, left and right single-arm chairs with button tufted rhinestones and a pair of lighted gold metallic curio cabinets that will house decorative accessories. The seating is grouped around a multi-colored long shag area rug presented in various shades of taupe and cream.

A combination of gold and silver tones is found in the formal dining room where a light, cream vanilla dining table with soft, elegant lines and graceful legs is surrounded by tone-on-tone side chairs with a geometric pattern and solid host and hostess chairs with a soft, rosy taupe velvet fabric. A cream-toned sideboard is finished with gold pulls. Glass bead wall covering is used to finish the recessed areas of a quad-coffer ceiling.

The quad-coffer ceiling treatment is repeated in the study where the light-toned, wood-like floors play against a vanilla-toned built-in and a desk with gold legs and hardware. The legs of the vanilla finished desk are executed in a large circular pattern that Herrera repeats elsewhere in the home. A desk chair is presented in a light neutral fabric that is contrasted by draperies in a smoky taupe tone with a bit of aqua. The flooring, furnishings and draperies all play against the room’s soft aqua walls.

In keeping with Herrera’s clean lined, classic look, a light cream granite with delicate flecks and river-like movement is used on the kitchen’s island and perimeter counters and as a backsplash. The counter height island base is light taupe and the perimeter cabinetry is ivory with a taupe glaze. Pendant lighting fixtures are set over the island’s counter height bar area. An adjacent breakfast area overlooks the outdoor living area from a butt-glass window finished with a raw linen cornice accented with metallic thread and a rhinestone scroll pattern. A circular glass-topped dining table has a base that repeats Herrera’s circular theme and chairs with a wave type fabric in aqua, taupe and a bit of blush as well as silver nail heads.

Ninety-degree pocketing sliders open the Ponte Vedra Grande’s large family room to the outdoors. Herrera has positioned a vanilla-toned credenza with silver hardware in a niche wall that also hosts a television. Seating is provided by an exquisitely soft, casual velvet sofa and a pair of side chairs in a cream and aqua fabric with a metallic blush colored leather ottoman. The cocktail table and end table have a cream finish with a gold accent and a sofa table has an animal embossed top and once again recalls the large circular theme. A hemp area rug is done in darker taupe and aqua tones that compliment the room’s aqua grey walls and tray ceiling.

Herrera is furnishing the sitting area in Stock Signature Homes’ hallmark outdoor living area with a sofa, matching chairs, a console table and two swivel chairs that allow a view of the pool and spa that are finished with an earthy-toned glass waterline tile to compliment the neutral taupe deck tone. The fabrics on the furnishings are done in creams, silver greys and taupes to reflect the color palette inside the home. The summer kitchen area includes counter height bar stools and a clean-lined circular metal and wicker table with four chairs. A third covered space off the master bedroom is festooned with inviting palm trees and greenery.

The master suite reflects Herrera’s use of soft colors and elegant finishes. An upholstered tufted bed features a headboard with an antique mirror border presented in a series of half-circles in alternating directions. The border reaches a point at the top where it is crowned with a shell motif. The bed is covered with blush pink and taupe fabric with an oversized print. The walls are also blush pink and provide a background for a vanilla toned dresser and nightstands, all of which have gold hardware and accents. The room is completed with a sunburst gold mirror over the dresser and a kidney shaped metallic silver and gold desk with a fluted design.

The master bath is graced with neutral tile flooring that has a marble look and silver and gold wallpaper with a serpentine pattern. A long tub is centered between his and her vanities with cream-toned cabinetry and light granite countertops. The back wall of the tub is finished with decorative glass and stone tile that is carried into the double entry walk-in shower and mixed with porcelain that matches the floor covering.

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.

Known for its contingent of artists who have solidified its standing as part of Florida’s Creative Coast, Matlacha’s mix of colorful throwback architecture, shops featuring the creations of local residents, and eateries headlined by the legendary Bert’s Bar and Grill offers an Old Florida ambiance that is captivating. While the surroundings have an appeal all their own, Matlacha is first and foremost about the water – not sitting and watching it, but being on it. Fishing, kayaking, power boating, sailing and all things water are woven into the fabric of the place and serve as a siren’s song for city dwellers in nearby Fort Myers intent on escaping to their own waterfront retreat.

Vogue Interiors’ Sheila Herrera, I.D.S. created such a retreat for a Fort Myers family whose love affair with Matlacha has lasted for years. Her interior design for a new 3,500 square feet, three bedroom residence overlooking Matlacha Pass offers a light, airy, coastal feeling that plays to the home’s water views. Even her color palette was determined with the endless views in mind.

“My clients lead an active life in Fort Myers during the week,” said Herrera. “They’ve been coming to Matlacha for long weekends for years. The open architectural design of their home flows beautifully and features floor-to-ceiling windows that capture the views. There is a calmness to this home. I didn’t want my design to overpower it. I rarely utilize a light, neutral color palette and chose to do so to preserve the integrity of the views and that sense of calm. Even the drapes are neutral. My goal was to create an ambiance that is all about relaxing, taking in the views and enjoying a Florida coastal lifestyle.”

Herrera’s intention is evident in the foyer where a soaring cupola is graced by a candle-lamp chandelier encased by a rectangular burlap shade. A shelf above the double-door entry is festooned with collected driftwood and shell pieces. The foyer introduces a great room finished with light sand-toned walls. A feature wall is faux finished to give the appearance of sand and includes fragments of quartz and mica. A media credenza stabilizes the feature wall. The great room’s tall ceiling includes exposed trusses complimented by light-toned wire-brushed oak hardwood flooring that works beautifully with the wall color. Tall windows provide a spectacular view of Matlacha Pass. Matching sofas are slip-covered with light tweed fabric and play against heavy cotton canvas slip-covered armchairs with a tint of green. Accent pillows bring in the blue of a cherished art piece. A distressed, multi-color wood table, a distressed driftwood table with a circular glass top, a three-tier sofa table with iron accents and a washed-wood cocktail table complete a grouping facing an oversized flat screen television mounted on the feature wall. A trestle table at one of the windows functions as a desk.

Bi-fold doors open the great room to a covered lanai that features a distressed, sandy-toned three-tiered glass door bookcase. A metal bar height table with a grey, weathered faux-wood finish is surrounded by faux-wicker barstools with blue-striped cushions. A seating area includes a faux-wicker sofa finished with cotton duck-canvas fabric, swivel rocker side chairs and a cocktail table. The lanai includes a tongue-in-groove ceiling and roll down screens.

On the opposite side of the home, a screened-in eating porch features a cathedral ceiling finished with tongue-in-groove planks and wood molding details. Plantation shutters enhance the coastal design theme. The dining table and chairs are metal with a dark espresso finish. The chairs are cushioned in a small plaid pattern that is accented by white, yellow and cream striped pillows on the host and hostess chairs.

Inside, the kitchen is designed for functionality and entertaining. An island features a raised bar and a bead-board base in a colonial blue stain. The island and the perimeter countertops are finished with grey and blue-toned quartz. The white perimeter cabinetry compliments the blue tones and includes long pewter pulls. Tall cabinets with seeded glass fronts, a bead board detail and colonial blue backing frame a cooktop featuring a backsplash executed with a mini-brick pattern of glass and slate with a sea glass finish that conveys a frosted look. A menu-planning desk off the kitchen is finished with the same quartz countertop and white cabinetry. An indoor dining area adjacent to the kitchen features a double-pedestal light-toned plank table with wicker host and hostess chairs, four side chairs finished with a coordinating fabric and a faux coral candelabra chandelier.

The powder bath is finished with a washed faux treatment. A three-headed distressed metal sconce has a burlap shade. An open-shelf vanity includes a bead board accent and a solid surface countertop that plays against a blue, grey and beige-toned glass and stone backsplash done in a brick pattern. The flooring is porcelain tile with a slate-like look.

The bonus room includes hardwood flooring and walls finished with a vinyl faux grasscloth. A blue, green and maize striped sofa, love seat and chair are grouped for television viewing and are complimented by a cocktail table with four ottomans stored below. The table itself is executed in a framed bead board design. A wall unit ideally sized for the space houses a flat screen television and provides storage in various cubbies and a lower shelf with glass door fronts.

The master bedroom overlooks the water and opens to the covered lanai. Wood blinds, wood flooring and light sandy-toned walls reinforce the getaway ambiance of the home. The bed’s headboard features a carved geometric pattern. Matching night stands and a chest of drawers have a weathered-washed look. Lamps on the nightstands are finished with unique river rock bases and rectangular linen shades. Herrera has incorporated bedding in a geometric wave pattern with accents of shells and coral. A swivel rocker in the reading area introduces light blue tones.

The wood flooring continues in the master bath where a framed make-up vanity includes a three-sided mirror, a grey and taupe-toned countertop and a crown molding detail. The bath also includes a vanity with white cabinetry, rectangular sinks, a central medicine cabinet, mirrors in weathered wood frames at each sink, a quartz countertop and pewter finished sconces. Faux granite porcelain tile flooring is matched on the rectangular tub’s surround. A backsplash is executed with chiseled brick-shaped tiles in multiple brown tones. The same chiseled tile is used in an inlay on a shower wall.

The home’s pool and spa are accessed by a staircase finished with hardwood treads and slate-faced risers or by an elevator. A pool foyer includes a nautically themed bath with a fish net and natural shell mural and storage for fishing gear, boat cushions and towels. Outside, a covered lanai features handmade metal sculptures. The beautifully landscaped space includes an outdoor shower, a pool with a sun shelf and a spa with a glass tile surround in varying shades of blue.

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.

The high-rise condominium residences at Bonita Bay offer what are widely considered to be Southwest Florida’s most compelling views of Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The Tavira tower is no exception. Tavira’s spacious, light-filled residences are designed to convey an ambiance that not only projects an aura of unmistakable luxury, but also a milieu that is ideally suited to enjoying the magical tableau that extends to the Gulf of Mexico’s horizon. Vogue Interiors’ Janice Maskell, a State of Florida Licensed Interior Designer, has brought an elegantly designed and executed look to a remodeled residence on Tavira’s 20th floor that allows the views to flourish in harmony with an interior that exudes a transitional, South Hampton style.

“My intention was to create a clean-lined, transitional design that included a bit of the warmth found in the South Hampton design style,” said Maskell. “I wanted to keep the furniture very much in a neutral palette and very clean-lined. Rather than creating visual interest with the furniture and accessory colors, all of the interest was created with wood features, crown moldings and wood detailing. There is a great deal of wood in this design and it is presented in dark espresso and vibrant white tones against a neutral color palette that includes taupes, white moldings, soft aqua accents and 36″ x 36″ polished stone flooring. The mix of colors is established immediately in the light, airy elevator lobby where a white chair rail and square and rectangular white applied molding treatments are set against the soft taupe wall color found throughout the home. It’s all very clean, very fresh, and plays very easily with espresso furniture pieces that introduce the design’s dark wood tones. The bling of a polished chrome and crystal chandelier is the first of many surprises offered by the home’s array of interesting lighting fixtures.”

To provide a stunning memory point immediately upon entry to the home, Maskell removed an existing foyer closet and redesigned the space to accommodate a beautifully executed wine niche with dark espresso cabinetry and a matching espresso floor to ceiling wall treatment with horizontal inlays of iridescent glass tiles that provide an unexpected note of glamour. The wine niche’s espresso wood is contrasted by the clean lines of the flooring and by the crisp white finish of columns wrapped with elegant raised wood molding details that provide an impressive entry to the great room. To soften the lines of the square columns, gentle arches and additional molding details, including a circular detail that is repeated over the living room fireplace, have been added to the soffits. A sprawling floor to ceiling built-in in the living room is also finished in crisp white and provides an elegant setting for the fireplace and its luxurious neutral white marble surround. Sconces framed by wood molding details and the cracked glass fronts of an upper row of cabinets add visual interest. Indirect lighting maintains the room’s understated look that is conveyed by furnishings that include a soft tan sofa, neutral textured cotton arm chairs with curved espresso legs and nail head trim and a a more traditional curved leather chair with interesting nail head trim and an ottoman. The seating is grouped around a cocktail table with an espresso border, glass inset and burnished platinum legs and set over a neutral area rug. The sofa table is presented in clean, dark wood and topped by a pair of polished chrome lamps. A coffered ceiling treatment includes cove lighting and offers an interesting architectural element.

“The owners of this residence do not like busyness,” said Maskell. “They prefer to be in a calm setting. The use of neutral backgrounds and furnishings against the dark wood finishes and the white wood details provides that sense of calm. Because the views from the 20th floor are so spectacular, I also did not want the furnishings or anything else to overpower what nature was providing. I continued the use of wood molding details and coffered ceiling designs in the formal dining room and included a sparkling chandelier to provide another unexpected bling element to plays against the elegant simplicity of the design.”

To create a sense of intimacy in the dining room’s elegant setting, Maskell used a square dining table with an espresso base and a glass top. The dining chairs are finished in a neutral textured fabric with nail head trim. The repeated use of indirect lighting in the coffered ceiling brings warmth and softness to the space. On the dining room’s back wall, white wood molding details create settings for colorful art pieces framed in silver wood frames.

The rich tones of the wine niche are repeated in the double island kitchen. Maskell completely removed the existing cabinetry and replaced it with espresso finished cabinets with polished nickel hardware that includes glass facets. An outer island offers a counter height bar with black-framed barstools that feature soft, greyish-green brushed chenille seats. The countertops throughout the kitchen are neutral quartz with embedded sparkles. Soft aqua horizontal brick-pattern glass tile is used to create a backsplash over the cook-top that matches a band detail on the front of the outer island bar.

Maskell deviates slightly from her neutral tone approach in the family room where she introduces shades of green in an area rug that includes a taupe leaf pattern and in the top of a cocktail ottoman that has an espresso wood frame. Matching leather recliners are presented in a dark taupe and play against a softer taupe textural sofa with rolled arms. The home’s study has all custom wood built-ins with a dark espresso finish that works with the neutral polished stone flooring to convey an exceptionally clean look.

Darker wood tones are also found in the master bedroom’s hand-scraped hardwood flooring, a wave-pattern headboard and footboard that provides dimensional interest, and cabinet-style nightstands that feature square polished nickel pulls. Matching swivel armchairs finished with textural fabric and soft blue-grey accent pillows are set in front of a window overlooking Tavira’s signature view. A series of framed square mirrors, a soft blue-green area rug, a coffered ceiling with recessed lighting and wood trim details complete the room’s inviting look.

The polished stone flooring found throughout the home is also used in the master bath, both on the floor and on the deck surrounding an oval shaped tub that is topped by a large picture window that floods the room with natural light. Maskell completely reinvented this master bath and introduced beautifully designed espresso vanities with tower cabinets and mirror-mounted polished nickel sconces with glass droplets that are also found on a perfectly proportioned chandelier.

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.

Significant life changes such as the passing of a partner or the dissolution of a relationship can alter all that is known and comfortable for a person from any walk of life. Those same changes, however, can also present opportunities for reinvention, including the creation of new interior designs that reflect the individual’s new lifestyle. In addition to resulting in a new, up-to-date living space, getting fully engaged in the design process can generate that new sense of creative energy that is often important when beginning anew.

A remodeling project undertaken by Vogue Interiors’ Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID at a residence in Shadow Wood at The Brooks is an example of how creating a new interior can in many ways contribute to personal rejuvenation. The one-story home is 3,021 square feet under air with four bedrooms, three baths, a study, a formal dining room, a great room and a large outdoor living area.

“This is the third home I’ve worked on with this client and she has become a very good friend of mine,” said Gebert. “Her husband passed away while we were developing the interior for a new home they were building. She realized she did not need that much space and bought the home we’re working on now. I’ve watched her really come into her own as we’ve worked on this remodeling project. She is selling her home in Michigan and will be moving here permanently. She plans on doing a lot of traveling and this residence will provide the ambiance and space that will suit her needs perfectly. This is a very extensive renovation project that is more about condensing her life into one house and she has very high end taste. We’re transforming a very heavy Tuscan look that is twelve years old into a transitional space with a fireplace and a completely remodeled master bath. The color palette will include a lot of marine blue with some green, orange and rust.”

Gebert’s color palette will play against dark espresso cabinetry and an espresso floor to ceiling wall treatment on a very long inset wall in the great room. An applied molding treatment above the cabinetry will frame a flat screen television that can be hidden behind touch-latch doors. A flush-mounted 54-inch Eco Smart fireplace will be installed within the wall treatment and serve as a focal point in the room. Glass-fronted cabinetry will serve a dry bar and wine cooler finished with a granite countertop with a mix of blues, greys, rust and ivory that conveys a pleasing sense of movement. Furnishings in the great room will include a squared-off sectional sofa with a beige nubby herringbone fabric, an oversized cocktail ottoman featuring an ivory leather perimeter and a center tray, a contemporary putty-toned leather recliner and a delicate arm chair with blue fabric. An off-white textured shag rug will be placed in front of the sofa against the great room’s porcelain tile flooring.

“My intention is to create a great room space that has a big wow factor,” said Gebert. “The dynamic wall treatment and fireplace will achieve that. The addition of the espresso cabinetry, the applied molding details and especially the fireplace represents a very significant change for this home. It’s a very fresh, up-to-date look that will have great appeal well into the future. We’ve kept everything very clean-lined and eliminated the curves in the great room space. The room opens to the outdoor living area so it’s important everything flows in a way that will extend the comfort level outside.”

Gebert is also making substantial changes in the kitchen. All of the soffits are being eliminated. New espresso cabinetry is being installed along with lighted cabinets with seeded glass fronts across the top of the wall. The island base will also have an espresso finish. The same blues, greys, rust and ivory granite used at the dry bar will be featured on the perimeter and island countertops. To avoid competing with the tones of the granite, Gebert has designed a backsplash with stainless steel metal tiles.

The light tones of the formal dining room will convey a dramatic, formal look that will be especially appealing at night. A beautiful dining table will feature antiques mirror accents embedded around the edge. Upholstered host and hostess chairs and side chairs with light wood frames will play against a tailored drapery treatment with inverted pleats. The draperies will break on the floor to reinforce the more formal feeling of the room. The walls will be finished with brown-bronze metallic grass cloth with a silver thread accent.

In the den, Gebert is installing new dark-toned hand=scraped hardwood flooring set on the diagonal. The flooring and a floor-to-ceiling ivory grass cloth wall covering will the client’s desk, chocolate brown and ivory zebra print rug and book cases.

The master bedroom features a mix of ivory, robbin’s egg blue and soft grey. The metallic grey faux suede upholstered bed plays against soft grey walls, ivory-toned carpeting and the tray ceiling’s soft blue finish. The look is complimented by espresso night stands with mirrored fronts.

“For my client, a total renovation of the master bath was a must,” said Gebert. “It’s the space in the home that is the most important to her and she’s very excited about creating a special retreat that is all her own. With that in mind, we’re totally gutting the master bath and removing the spa tub to provide her with more vanity space. The new flooring will be dark espresso porcelain tile that looks like wood that will match the coloring of the vanity cabinetry. Everything else will be done in ivory and grey tones. We’re using chrome and mirrored sconces that will be applied to the vanity mirrors. The mirrors will be framed out with a glass tile that is silver metallic, ivory and grey. There will be a walk-in shower and she’s choosing not to include a tub as there is a tub in one of the guest bedrooms. The shower will have very light porcelain tile that looks like stone with two twelve-inch vertical stripes of glass accent tiles that will extend from floor to ceiling. It’s a look that will play beautifully against the espresso floor and cabinetry. She’s all about a grand, fine look that you normally would not find in a home of this stature and the master bath will certainly reflect that. We’ve managed the costs of the project with her desire to travel in mind and developed a strategy that provides significant memory points in specific areas of the home that are especially important to her.”

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.

As residences in some of Southwest Florida’s well established communities continue to age, outdated technologies and design styles can diminish the luster of spaces that at the time of construction represented all that was chic and beautiful. For some homeowners, the beautiful residences they purchased 20-something years ago have gone untouched. While a certain amount of resistance to change and a sense of comfort with the familiar is understandable, the “state-of-the-art” of home technologies, appliances and design styles has evolved considerably over the past two decades. Energy (and dollar) saving heating, air conditioning and plumbing systems, new audio-visual and lighting technologies, new cooking and food storage methods and fresh, clean-lined interior designs that eschew the sometimes heavy looks of the past are making homes less expensive to operate, more comfortable and more enjoyable.

“Our firm takes on extensive remodeling projects as well as renovations to smaller spaces,” said Donna Overly, ASID, founder of Vogue Interiors in Bonita Springs. “No matter how large or small the home might be, we obviously want to create a great design that compliments the homeowner’s lifestyle. There’s another aspect to remodeling, though. The process provides the owner an opportunity to take full advantage of the latest, most up-to-date technologies and materials to reinvent their living space in ways that will lower their month-to-month costs, enhance their personal comfort and enjoyment, and, in some cases, make their homes healthier through the use of green materials that are free of potentially harmful volatile organic compounds. Owners who have not updated their homes in the past seven years or more would be amazed by the advances in home technologies and materials and by the degree to which design styles have evolved.”

Overly and Vogue President/Owner Debbie DeMaria, ASID, I.D.S. have been retained by the owner of a condominium in Bonita Bay’s Wedgewood neighborhood to design and execute a total remodeling project. Ironically, DeMaria created the home’s original design when it was built more than 20 years ago. Since then, the residence has remained the same.

“The residence is 2,036 square feet with three bedrooms, two baths, a nicely sized great room and an open kitchen with a breakfast bar,” said Overly. “The existing finishes are very much what was in style 20-some years ago. Initially, the project involved just remodeling the kitchen. As the owner realized what could be done, it evolved into a total remodel. Our intention is to completely update the home with a clean transitional design style.”

The updating will start with removing the original eight-inch square tile in the entryway, kitchen, hallway and bathrooms and replacing it with 18-inch rectified porcelain flooring with a natural stone tone. The straight cuts of the new rectified tile will allow it to be laid closely together and keep the grout lines very narrow to enhance the stone-like look. New lagoon colored cut pile carpeting will be introduced in the great room and each of the three bedrooms. The majority of the walls will be painted in a soft white tone to brighten the space. New furnishings will provide a visually pleasing mix in keeping with the transitional design style.

In the kitchen, Vogue will remove the existing drop ceiling and fluorescent lighting fixture. A new coffered ceiling with a six-inch plenum and architectural LED cove lighting will increase the volume of the space while giving the kitchen an up-to-date look. A decorative lighting fixture will be placed in the center of the coffer. New, energy efficient, stainless steel appliances, including a new microwave, an induction cooktop, a convection oven and a refrigerator, will provide the owner with a state-of-the-art kitchen. Creamy, off-white cabinetry with a chocolate glaze will play against lagoon and dark green exotic granite countertops and the room’s fresh, off-white walls. Four new counter height barstools will be positioned at the breakfast bar. The iron barstools will have a weathered sandstone finish, sage-toned leather seats and open backs with a scroll design.

A new transitional, three-piece sectional sofa in a solid sea-green woven textured fabric will be the centerpiece in the great room. Contrasting throw pillows will feature lagoon and plum tones. The owner’s antique swivel rocker will be recovered in an off-white chenille fabric. The seating will face the television wall and be grouped around a glass-topped cocktail table with a sculptured base splayed in a tree branch fashion. Behind the sectional sofa, Vogue is introducing a four-drawer console table with shaped iron legs, a specialty blonde driftwood finish and two open bottom shelves. Contemporary suspended track lighting in a serpentine pattern and pendant fixtures will be used to illuminate artwork and the seating and bar areas.

Furnishings in the master bedroom will include a light driftwood finished king bed with a slight sleigh on the headboard. A dresser with scalloped shaped drawer fronts, decorative pulls and a travertine stone contrasting top will be finished in a medium fruitwood tone to match the nightstands and mirror frame. A counter-height swivel counter stool with a sage and cream pattern fabric with wood legs and a bisque finish will bring a fresh note to the master bath.

“A well-designed room should please the eye and stimulate the mind, as well as welcome and excite you,” said Overly. “Remodeling can bring fresh visual appeal and excitement to a home no matter how old, large or small it might be. In this particular residence, we’ll establish the new look with a three-drawer chest in the foyer that will have a washed and distressed grey finish and a beige scroll design on the front. The appeal of the piece and the fresh new wall color and flooring will leave the eye wanting to see more. When the project is finished, the owner will have a much more efficient home, a home that is updated and consistent with current design styles, and a home that has re-established its value within one of the area’s most prestigious and desirable communities.”

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.