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Michelle Hogue designs her Santa Rosa Beach home to be a place of peace, love and safety, with the family’s love of the ocean and beach

Story by Catherine Quanrud Photography by Diana Todorova



Designer Carrie Brigham designs a condo in Naples that soothes the soul. Story by Sean Jarvis Photography by Venjhamin Reyes



Interior Designer Lisa Guild created a soothing escape in Lakewood Ranch

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DESIGN +DECOR WINTER 2021 Editor-in-Chief Matthew J. Kolk 203-820-1092 Contributing Writers Deborah Brannon, Lisa Gant, Susan Heller, Pam Gersh, Anna von Stelzer-Worth, Kait Shea, Anastasia Storer Contributing Photographers Jane Beiles, Michael Biondo, Phillip Ennis, Tria Giovan, John Gruen, John Hannon, Paul Johnson, Neil Landino, Mark La Rosa, Tim Lee, Daniel Milstein, Janice Parker, Durston Saylor, Debra Somerville, Eric Striffler, Jonathan Wallen, Woodruff/Brown Photography Copy Editor Elena Serocki Graphic & Web Design East Coast Home Publishing

Publisher Shelley E. McCormick 203-545-7091 Account Managers Alessandra Flanagan Jane O’Reilly Mara Skowronek Kelly Ames Smith Design + Decor 7485 Inspira Circle #1203 Naples, Florida 34113

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ew beginnings, fresh start—that’s what a new year means to me. It’s a time for setting new goals and making dreams come true with thoughtful planning and outstanding


If you equate the new year with home redesign, then Design + Décor is the publication you need to assist you in planning your next project. To help refresh your look, we asked interior designers to create a mood board of rooms to give our readers ideas of what is possible. We also dove into the “ why ” of choosing a model home with London Bay and Romanza Interiors. In our “Profile” department, we introduce you to the local talent and businesses that can assist with your next project. And, as the icing on the cake, we showcase three showstopping projects. Design + Décor is very proud to collaborate with the talented network of professionals in the Southwest Florida market. These are the people who make dreams come true. As we move through the year, we look forward to creating fun networking events and panel discussions on topics pertinent to our industry—taking all the proper precautions, of course. Stay tuned! If you’re looking for kitchen ideas, we’ll be highlighting the latest design trends in the “Kitchen Envy ” section of our spring issue Bitchin’ Kitchens. Until next time, dream big, plan wisely and get it done!

Shelley McCormick Cheers,

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Soicher Marin Glamour “Givenchy”, Russell Knight, November 1964

Sunpan Cavette End Table Circa Lighting Geometric Tall Table Lamp by Chapman & Myers

Kravet Feline in Ebony Beige

Vanguard Emmett Chair

Loloi Rugs Pillow shown in Sand/Blush from the Joanna Gaines Collection

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Loloi Rugs Pillow shown in Ivory / Black from the Joanna Gaines Collection

Kravet Bella Books in Blush

Worlds Away Biggs BW Asian Inspired Stool


Flor Gatsby Rug in Bone


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f 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to love our home and make it work for us!

With the rise of working from home, people are really paying attention to their workspaces. This design is ideal for a person to have style and function to the max. Ample workspace for every day tasks and organizing, paired with a chic sleeper sofa, ideal for when guests come over, reading, or lounging and working. Floating ottomans are moveable, so that this space can also function as a home workout area. Yoga and other activities, not prohibited due to space. A soft color palette, featuring interesting wallpaper that looks like watercolor bookshelves filled with books and collectables, paired with dramatic leopard drapery and blush pink accents. Inspiring and calming!

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Hudson Valley Dunkirk shown in Aged Brass



he term “She Cave” has evolved over the last few years and more often than not, our clients are requesting one for themselves. It’s a space where a woman can relax and have some me-time. It’s essentially the woman’s response to the Man Cave, a haven where she can go to escape and rejuvenate from her everyday life, not to be confused with She-Shed. The main purpose of a She Cave is to create a peaceful atmosphere, soft colors and comfortable furniture to help set a tranquil mood. A place for her too decompress, let her hair down, allowing her personality and creativity to run free. Here are some of the items we would include in our own personal oasis.

Palecek Deco Leaf Indoor/Outdoor Wall Decor Shown in Bronz

John Richards Aveley Cabinet Palecek Annabel Hassock

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John Richards Amphoric Nickel Table Lamp Phillip Jeffries Artistry Pink on Calla White Vinyl Abaca

John Richards Loftus Console Table

Hickory Chair Heath Sofa

Century Furniture Grand Tour Cocktail Table Shown in Zinc

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Hickory Chair Averline Lounge Chair

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Dunes & Duchess Equator Mirror

Hwang Bishop Crane Wedding Dress Lime on White Lacquer Stand Leftbank Art Abstract 319

Benjamin Moore Ceiling: Breath of Fresh Air 802 Walls: Etiquette AF-50 Trim: Frostline AF-5

Redford House Jasper Nightstand in Almond Rustic Matte with White

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Kerri Rosenthal United States of Love Lumbar pillow

Gat Creek Garrett Storage Bed in Fire Roasted finish

Julie Dasher Rugs Hop Scotch flat weave


N Maggie Cruz Home Aline Chair in Citron

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ow more than ever we feel a pull to spend quality time with family and friends. After a year full of disappointments, chaos, and uncertainty, this guest bedroom offers a well needed escape. Filled with colorations that evoke joy and happiness, guests are sure to smile ear to ear as they enter. Blue is specifically selected for the ceiling and for many accents enveloping this space. Blue, with its calming nature, will lull your guests into the land of nod with feelings of contentment and peace, while the juxtaposition of the fire roasted coral bed and chartreuse chair and lamps offer the vibrancy needed to start the day. Welcome your guests into a space that balances serenity with a dash of vibrancy and fun.

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Currey and Company Light Multi-Drop Pendant

Global Views Frosted Blue vase with amber casing


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his living room is a perfect mix between classic and contemporary styles. By mixing in a contemporary cocktail table with the classic area rug the room feels warm and inviting. I also used the classic gold hues with gray and pale blue to make the room comfortable. I added a little fun with the feather lamp and this great glass chandelier.

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Tourmaline Home Harlow Pillow Regina Andrews Josephine Feather Table Lamp

Real Wood Floors The Vintage Loft Collection – Bowery – European Oak

Kravet Callot Rug – Beach

Kravet Como Sofa

Sherwin Williams Incredible White & Pure White

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Robin Baron Hardware Fleur Small

Currey and Company Pryce Cerulean Swivel Chair

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C Emser Tile White Herringbone Brick Coterie Brooklyn Portland Lumbar Pillow


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Mitzi Lighting New York Lupe Wall Sconce in Brushed Brass

West Elm Two-Toned Zimbabwe Wall Baskets

Vaxel Burnaby 4 Light Pendent

Hudson Cabinets Custom Walnut Cabinet Global Views Totem Candleholder, Whitewash

Sherwin Williams SW6237 Dark Night

KRISTIN LYONS Lux-Art Silks 65� Fiddle Fig in White Textured Plant Stand



id-century meets modern in this warm and inviting kitchen. Brushed brass mingles with crisp white herringbone porcelain and sultry walnut wood while textures of saddle leather, natural abaca and leafy greens envoke the senses with a look

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FLORIDA DESIGNER CABINETRY Design + Decor interviews Patricia Mammoliti what makes Florida Designer Cabinetry such a extraordinarily special company. Story by Susan Winlow


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+D: Please tell us a bit about the history of your company. Patricia Mammoliti: We were established in 1993 as experts in kitchens and baths. We have been in the Miromar Design Center since 2006. In 2014 we became general contractors, doing the cabinet portion of the job, and working with remodelers. Now we are the remodelers. We offer clients that option of full service, doing everything from start to finish, so they can call just one person, depending on what their needs are. I work with clients from their vision all the way through to the completed project; we also do the permitting. The clients aren’t doing a lot of running around, so it saves them a lot of time. We have two showrooms in the design center. Our main showroom has a wide variety of custom-designed home element, featuring high-end luxury cabinetry from Poggenpohl, a mid-line range from Miralis, and two builders’ lines called Executive Cabinetry and Designer’s Choice. The second showroom, called Acquabella, opened in January. This is our bath showroom, featuring a line of premade vanities by James Martin Vanities, faucets and tubs. D+D: What is your company ’s mission and philosophy?


Patricia: We are definitely very service-oriented. We are almost like a boutique renovation and design company. We do very custom work and design, and we’re known for our contemporary designs. Not a lot of people can do a full contemporary design. We’re experts in that field, and we take exceptional care after the project is done. Aside from the manufacturer’s warranty, we also warranty the product on the installation side. Anything that may happen, even five to seven years from now, we’re still here to help you get whatever needs to be serviced. D+D: You recently expanded and added new product lines. Please tell us about them. Patricia: We’ve always had bathroom-type products, but we just expanded into a full range of premade vanities, rather than everything being a custom fit. That’s why we brought on James Martin Vanities. It was requested from the designers and builders, so it became a fit, and we’ll see how it goes. We also have Wetstyle vanities, which is a higher-end vanity and bathroom product, such as tubs and sink fixtures. We also sell several different lines of faucets, showers, showerheads and sinks. We pretty much sell a couple of brands of everything you can think of, so we can offer that wide range to our clients. This also includes tiles. We give clients a feel for what is popular and


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trending right now. To open the new Acquabella showroom, we took anything to do with vanities and bathrooms from our main showroom and put it into the one showroom, so everything can be seen easily. We basically expanded on the vanity items so people can get a better feel for what they might want. Before that, everything was custom designed for the client. But people like the idea of seeing exactly what they want. It’s also a better value and saves money—you get the sink, countertop and everything except the faucet for the listed price. We use products like real metals and other types of products you don’t see every day, like all-glass doors, which are usually in a multitude of different colors. We also do stainless and aluminum doors. We even have a design called Luxe out of Spain, with high-gloss panels. In the main showroom, we are actually installing new displays—a kitchen with navy blue matte on the island and brushed stainless. D+D: What are your clients asking for in kitchen design? What is most important to them in a functioning kitchen?


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Patricia: They definitely have a need for opening up the space and expanding the island. Often we are taking down walls for a bigger great room space. Large islands are popular now, so clients can have some seating. Obviously, storage space is big. A lot of clients are moving down here permanently, so what was once their vacation home is now their primary home. A lot of New Yorkers don’t want to be in the city anymore, and the retirees would have moved down here anyhow. We’re doing a lot of floor-to-ceiling cabinets, which can store more than just kitchen items. For example, they ’ve never spent Christmas down here, so now they have Christmas stuff or grandmother’s china to store. D+D: Tell us a little about the evolution of kitchen styles— traditional vs. modern and transitional—and functionality over the last decade or two. Patricia: It definitely changes, and it’s amazing how it can change from one state to another. In Southwest Florida it’s definitely changing to transitional and contemporary. They ’re 36

going for an easier, simpler look: more contemporary, such as with slab doors, and more modern, with white high gloss or warmer. It’s just a very simple door. It’s either going very beachy or toward clean lines. Cooktops are still important, and induction has become more popular. People are still choosing to do double ovens and a microwave or a steam oven—it’s still very important. And, of course, eight of every 10 kitchens still have a wine cooler. Lots of drawers are popular—either a tip-on or channel-type system. For hardware, they ’re definitely mixing metals—both polished and flattened nickel. The golds that became popular a few years ago are still popular. With colors, white is still number one, believe it or not—especially white shaker and woods that tend to be in the more medium tones. We’re also getting requests for blues, grays, navy and darker tones, but nothing really soft in color. It’s usually pretty bold.


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Accessorizing is such a key element in the final design process—it’s the icing on the cake, exposing your creativity and expressing your personality. It’s not just filling up every shelf with your favorite treasures and trinkets, but being thoughtful and processed as to what and where. Be highly curated with your accessorizing: we evolve and change, and so should your home. While changing a full room can be timely and costly, keeping your rooms fresh and current can be done with accessories. Pillows are an easy addition, adding comfort and pops of color, textures and layers to your rooms. Think of the fabrics you use and what effect or feel you are trying to achieve: heavy velvets, suedes and leathers add depth and weight, linens and cottons add an airy organic feel, and silks add a sumptuous, elegant feel. Don’t just settle for a fabric—add some fun with trims and tapes, and layer your pillows. Here are my accessory must-haves: Coffee-table books: They are essential and a great way to display your interests and personality. There are no “right” books; choose travel, fashion, couture, design, interiors, architecture, art, hobbies…the list is endless. Hardback books add color and conversation and can be flanked by some fabulous bookends or stacked on a cocktail table or shelf. Sculptures and ornaments: These add precision, flow and statements, depending on size and matter, and they also show an avocation or passion. They are another great way of adding textures and layers. Create vignettes or show as a collection on an entry table or console to create vast interest and depth to a room. Candles: They create the mood and ambience of a room with their essence and glow. Versatile in every room, they can add that welcoming warmth every home should ooze.

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Model of Perfection London Bay offers its clients exclusive “Private Label Living.” Story by Susan Winlow

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rivate Label Living”—the name says it all. London Bay Homes of Naples, FL, provides a home building experience that exudes a personalized, sophisticated, relaxing touch amid the whirlwind of creating a home. Whether the goal is a customized home on the client’s lot, a home in an exclusive development, or a luxurious move-in ready model home, London Bay guides its clients effortlessly through the entire home building process, from plan creation to move-in. “It’s the idea of providing that personalized touch,” says Win Peniston, director of marketing for London Bay Homes, a 30-year-old luxury home building firm with several sister companies. “The entire process of building a home can be stressful, so we try to minimize any frustration with a service-focused approach, which is our Private Label Living.” The award-winning London Bay Homes and its sister company Romanza Interior Design offer their clients myriad choices, such as wide-ranging price points, a variety of locales and unlimited customizations—including the sophisticated custom move-in ready model homes occasionally available. The most recent model created by London Bay and Romanza is the Portmore, an exquisite 4,059-square-foot residence in a prime location. Fully decorated, furnished and landscaped, this beautiful modern home features a palette of creamy pearl and rich wood tones with


stylish amenities that blend mid-century modern and contemporary coastal design. Located on a corner lot on Crayton Road—a fantastically popular Naples address—it’s a quick bike ride downtown or a brief walk to the beach. The gracious interior of the home boasts united living spaces, Italian porcelain tile floors reminiscent of limestone, and intersecting cedar and thunder-gray painted box beams that add a dimensional touch to the ceiling. Conversational areas provide comfort, with two pairs of Milo Baughman chairs, an ivory upholstered sofa, soft brushed bronze floor lamps and a rift oak built-in with an open-and-close display space and LED uplighting. The fully air-conditioned home features an abundance of natural light from the high-volumed ceiling and clerestory windows. Its formal dining room has a planked ceiling inset of dark chocolate-stained ash, a wall-mounted suspended console for display and storage, a striking blackened steel I-beam based dining table with a warm sable-oak top, and eight barrel-back ivory-upholstered armchairs. French white oak flooring offers transition into the private study, which showcases built-in niches for displays; a modern, sculptural desk; and an antique bronze chandelier with matte black metal shades. The stylish gourmet kitchen, guaranteed to be an epicure’s delight, beckons with its sleek-lined, traditional furniture-style; oak-based cabinetry; and white macaubas quartz-topped waterfall island with

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spacious outdoor entertaining space with a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, wood ash quartz countertops, stainless appliances and modern walnut cabinets. A brushed aluminum table with wood and rattan chairs cushioned in creamy white offers a delightful dining area, and chaise lounges supply a comfy place to rest. The beautiful deck space surrounds an elevated custom infinity-edged linear pool, while a raised spa and water features provide a sophisticated hard-to-resist ambience. Beyond the trellis is additional seating with a remote fire pit, furnishing a more distant place to relax and chat. Selling for just under $5 million, this magnificent home takes full advantage of the corner lot with two garages: a two-car garage on one street, and a one-car garage on the other, with alley access from Pine Grove Lane. While it might seem unusual to have a multimillion-dollar custom model home on the market, it is not uncommon for London Bay to build a few—which are snapped up quickly in the Naples market. The model homes offer clients a move-in ready high-end dwelling in a desirable neighborhood on a prime lot, with less fuss and decision-making. The location of the model home is key, as more foot traffic means more future clients can see the talents of the builder and interior designer on display. “We have an opportunity to show off our 44

end product, for which we are well known here,” says Bill Blanchard, London Bay’s director of construction. “When people come to Naples, they look at houses, and we have a constant turnover of model homes, which keeps everything fresh.” According to Bill, designing a model home that appeals to a wide demographic takes a lot of teamwork with excellent and up-to-date field knowledge from staff. The company’s model design group is a collaborative effort staffed by in-house groups—such as sales, architects and interior design staff—plus some third-party engineering help. Designing a model is “a work in progress,” says Bill, with the plan revisited many times during the process. Appealing to a wide range of sophisticated home shoppers requires the designers to be at the peak of their knowledge when it comes to colors, material and products, even though the overall intention is to stay neutral and conservative and to avoid fantastical niches that have minimal appeal. “Our designers keep fresh and current with the colors,” says Bill. “We try to stay away from loud, bold things that would appeal to a limited number of people. We don’t make them boring, and we do some things that are cutting edge. However, if you’re going to do a purple wall, you really have to think it through.” While neutral and conservative have the edge, London Bay designers leave wide open

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spaces for the new homeowner to easily create a unique space with colors and distinctive, personal elements. London Bay started modestly in 1990 when Mark and Gemma Wilson came to Florida from England to start a luxury home building company. The couple built seven homes the first year, 20 the next, and hundreds over the decades, while extending their reach to a variety of cultured building niches and several sister companies. Today, London Bay and those companies have carved a popular place within the Southwest Florida building industry, focusing primarily in the Sarasota, Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero areas. It has earned more than 400 industry awards, including Builder of the Year from the National Association of Home Builders. Whatever a client is seeking—renovations on an existing home, a custom home built on a custom lot, or dozens of customizable features in a home on a company-owned lot— London Bay can fulfill all its client’s needs. Its Private Label Living brand, says Win, “allows you to connect with a well-oiled machine that ensures you will get from one phase of the process to the next.” For those interested, says Win, the Portmore beauty will be ready in March. An early viewing of the model is available online through a 360-degree animated virtual tour at “Our online model home tours are generating increased interest,” says Mark Wilson, president of London Bay Homes. “We are also coordinating private appointments and personalized virtual meetings to connect home buyers directly with sales executive Toby Cloutier and the Romanza Interior Design team.” Resources: London Bay Homes Win Peniston Bill Blanchard 2210 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 1300 Naples, FL 34109 239.592.1400 Romanza Interior Design 2210 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 1300 Naples, FL 34109 239.596.1613

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BEAUTY AND THE BEACH Michelle Hogue designs her Santa Rosa Beach home to be a place of peace, love and safety, with the family’s love of the ocean and beach always in mind. Story by Catherine Quanrud | Photography by Diana Todorova

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The custom slipcovers featuring exposed welting are a favorite of Michelle’s. “I love that double-flange exposed welting,” she says. “It gives it an unfinished look, without looking too stiff.” A light fixture from Fiddle Haus adds further texture to the family room, and at night reminds Michelle of a Christmas tree’s twinkling lights.

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hildren make sense of disorder in all sorts of ways. Nineyear-old Michelle Hogue organized her sock drawer by color gradient. When her sock arrangement couldn’t be further perfected, the youngster moved on to sketch her bedroom on graph paper, complete with scaled cutouts of her furniture. Many years later, while studying for her second career in interior design, Michelle rediscovered her natural predilection for space planning, balance and scale. Those disciplines became the cornerstone by which she built an award-winning design practice in Westport, Connecticut, known for its ability to transform clients’ homes into places of peace, safety and happiness. Still, those skills were put to the test when Michelle set about designing a place of reconnection, harmony and happiness for her very own family in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

An antique French hutch that Michelle discovered years ago in Sag Harbor is home to a collection of vintage hat molds, an antique postal sorter and a lifeguard’s “Keep Off” sign. Sitting nearby is a German sled with the name of Michelle’s great-grandmother etched into it.

In early 2020, as COVID-19 imposed chaos on family life across the nation, Michelle opted to relocate her family to where they most loved to vacation. She and her husband, kids and pets packed up their home in Westport and moved to Santa Rosa Beach, just steps from the sandy beaches they loved so much. Their decision to relocate was impromptu, but one that Michelle said was a case of “no time like the present.” She explains, “We’ve been vacationing in this area for 16 years and love it. We thought, When is ever the right time? Maybe we just need to do it and then figure out things from there.” Her passion for order, space planning and scale drove Michelle to pursue her general contractor’s license in Connecticut four years ago. Perhaps unusual in the world of interior design, Michelle advisDesign + Decor

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Michelle’s understated kitchen and dining room are personalized with well-placed found items. The worn wood of vintage cobblestone molds is balanced against hand-blown glass pendants by Alex de Witte. In the kitchen beyond, the number 32 is from a vintage shipping palette.

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es clients to focus first on the bones of their home. “Furniture can wait, but get your floors, get your paint, get your lighting,” she recommends. “Make the house yours.” The process was the same in her new Santa Rosa Beach home. Focusing on the best use of space for the family was the impetus for converting a secondary laundry into her husband’s home office. Further adapting the home to their family, Michelle transformed a landing area into a space where her children’s can relax on chaise lounges, watch movies and game together. Likewise, Michelle focuses on lighting before décor. Having barely unpacked the moving boxes, Michelle tasked her husband with immediately replacing all the home’s lighting. Discussing the fixture over her coffee table, Michelle muses, “It’s the texture. It’s the way the light reflects through the netting. Having those on at night, it’s like having a Christmas tree on all year long.” Adjusting to a home without dividers between kitchen, dining and living areas presented a design challenge to a family accustomed to more traditionally defined spaces. Michelle chose to differentiate the living areas aesthetically with a well-placed antique French hutch, a natural hide under the dining table, and unique light fixtures in each area. Still, the way their new living area encourages family interaction by way of its open plan is perhaps most typified by the many functions of the large, round dining room table. “That kitchen table becomes where we play poker,” says Michelle. “It is where we celebrate. It is where I work during the day, when I’m down here.” Her family ’s relocation occurred during the early days of 2020, when COVID-19 was disrupting just about every aspect of daily life. Michelle’s daughter was forced to spend her first, foundational year of college at home with family, instead of in a dorm with her new classmates and rowing team. Her sons’ Design + Decor

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Michelle created a VIP lounge for her children in this upstairs landing, where they can hang out together, watch movies and play games. The space doubles as Michelle’s sample library, and is set off with a beachy chandelier from Palacek.

normal school lives and activities were also disrupted. In a year of upheaval, Michelle’s passion for creating serenity in personal spaces was only amplified. “COVID has brought to light the importance of interior design, and that designing your home does not come from a materialistic viewpoint,” she says. “It absolutely changes the way you live and feel when your home reflects how you feel.” As to the issue of spending money on design enhancements, Michelle notes that your home is not so much a purchase as your biggest investment. “With what we spend on houses,” she says, “it absolutely warrants personalizing it.” Personalizing the home is key to Michelle’s approach. Take, for example, the wooden sleds on display in her living room. Handcrafted in Germany, the sleds are etched with the name of Michelle’s great-grandmother. “That is how you get a space to 58

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feel full of love,” she explains. “When you look around, it elicits memories and warm feelings, and those can’t be replaced.” To create such personalized spaces, a relationship between designer and client is vital. Michelle has learned over the years to be selective about the clients she works for, because to be truly successful in personalizing living spaces, she must enjoy an intimate relationship with the homeowners. “I ask about your favorite places, your favorite scents, your favorite smells, your favorite textures, and any dislikes,” she says. As for Michelle, her favorite place has always been the ocean, which comes through in her design sensibility. Her emblematic palette of linen layered over shades of gray and blue, accented by the worn textures of found objects, is reminiscent of a day at the beach. Recreating the ocean’s therapeutic qualities in-

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“A master bedroom should be sexy. It should transport you to a boutique hotel,� says designer Michelle Hogue. A black-and-white photograph by South African artist David Ballam sets the mood in her bedroom.

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side the home is as apropos in her clients’ coastal Connecticut homes as in her own family ’s retreat in Santa Rosa Beach. “I can’t think of a negative trip to the beach,” says Michelle. “I’m so drawn to the ocean. It’s so therapeutic for me and always has been.” While the ocean serves as a muse for her personal spaces, Michelle relishes the opportunity to recreate her clients’ favorite destinations within their homes. “If you’re going to pay thousands of dollars to go to resorts and destinations, why not just recreate it in your own home?” Michelle asks. “People have favorite destinations they go to all the time. If they break it down, they ’ll realize there’s a reason why that’s a repeat destination for them, because all five senses are impacted in a positive way.” Perhaps this is what makes Michelle’s designs so transporting: the five senses. Indeed, creating a home that is a person’s safe harbor is, according to Michelle, all about the senses. She may not be the first to incorporate scents in her designs, making use of candles and aroma diffusers to elicit memories tied to one’s happiest memories, but Michelle takes it a step further and considers the sounds that make people happy. In their home at Santa Rosa Beach, Michelle created a “VIP lounge” for her kids to hang out together. For the first Thanksgiving in their new home, her boys’ cousins, all of a similar age, were visiting. “When my nephews were there with my children, we could hear they were having a ball—laughing, joking, carrying on and getting excited. All the parents were downstairs, and we had the biggest smiles on our faces. I wanted to record that sound to play whenever I want, because I know that time goes so quickly.” This is something that Michelle, focusing on the space first, frequently asks clients to consider. Design + Decor

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Michelle’s love of space planning extends to her outdoor spaces. She says, “Especially in COVID times, we should absolutely put up the privacy trees and fence and claim our space, inside and outside.”

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Though their first instinct may be to put a door between the children’s and adults’ living areas, Michelle says to reconsider. “Those are sounds you want to hear,” Michelle says. “Don’t you want to hear them?” For a home they’ve lived in for only one year, her family’s beach retreat is filled to the brim with memories of days gone by. Opening an antique French hutch emits the fragrance of the old papers it stored in another life. Within the hutch sits a collection of English and Parisian hat molds dating to the 1600s, while a dining room wall is peppered with antique cobblestone molds. Describing the comfort they lend, Michelle says, “I look at them with an appreciation of the history—of the hands of the laborers, of the artisans who worked with them.” Found items are scattered almost everywhere in Michelle’s residence, as they are in her clients’ homes. Some of the found pieces adorned her homes before making their way to Florida. An old post office sorting box was once in her son’s bedroom, but now has pride of place above the dining room hutch. Others, like a “Keep Off ” sign from a lifeguard’s chair, are from trips to local markets.

Many designers struggle to create for themselves, but Michelle designed this home for perhaps the most special kind of client, her own family. “I’ve always wanted my children’s spaces to personify peace, love, safety and happiness. A happy space equals happy people, and we create happy spaces for happy people.” In that regard, their new home in Santa Rosa Beach is a raging success. Indeed, who could not find peace, love and safety in a home built entirely around the question, “What makes you happy?”

Resource: Hogue ID Michelle Hogue Westport, CT Santa Rosa Beach, FL 850.622.3760 Design + Decor

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NESTLED IN NAPLES Designer Carrie Brigham designs a condo in Naples that soothes the soul. Story by Sean Jarvis | Photography by Venjhamin Reyes

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This balcony overlooks the never-ending Gulf of Mexico, creating a magical spot to entertain family and friends. With lush greenery creating the backdrop, it brings a touch of tropical Florida to this updated home.

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hen you first walk into the Gulf Shore Boulevard condo, you can’t help but feel the beach is right outside the walls. The calm and airy aesthetic that welcomes you is as relaxing as it is charming, with floor-to-ceiling windows along an entire wall, bathing the room in soft Floridian light. As the space opens up before you, you get a sense of peace, a home-away-from-home feeling that beckons you to kick off your shoes and unwind. A delightful reprieve from the hectic world outside, this stunning seaside condo offers a breath of fresh air, thanks to the open transition of the large sliding doors leading to the inviting balcony, and the cohesive color palette that reflects inner calm. With excellent views of Doctors Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, this oceanfront property has all the makings of an elegant vacation home, steeped in style, class and spatial awareness. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in an abundance of sleek design and cohesion. As you walk through this dynamic 1970s remodel, you’d be hard-pressed to find any outdated remnants left behind. Every inch of this residence has been touched by the artistic talent of designer Carrie Brigham, whose lifetime of creative enthusiasm has elevated her to the top of sought-after designers. Naples Native Born and raised in Naples, FL, Carrie has an insider’s perspective of what is popular and trending when it comes to local style. Although she has worked with clients worldwide to make their design dreams come true, Naples holds a special place Design + Decor

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in her heart and is where her design team is based. With roots dug deep in this palm-studded state, she reflects on what drives the design choices she has seen here over the last 20 years. “In terms of an aesthetic title, I don’t think Florida knows what it wants to be,” says Carrie. “Projects have covered a wide range of styles. Years ago in Naples, design often referenced Italy, so there were Tuscan and Mediterranean ornate styles, which now feel dated if they haven’t been refreshed. While many different aesthetics can be coined as ‘Florida,’ the feeling of being light, fresh and airy is what people want these days.” Light, fresh, airy. These descriptive words are flawlessly punctuated in this home’s interior design— it’s all that and then some. Builtin cabinetry in the living room is adorned with aquatic treasures, and the marred, rich texture of the dining table is reminiscent of seatossed beach wood left on the blistering sand. All the elements in the space—including an area rug that is as alluring as a coral bed on the ocean floor, and the bedside lamps that bring a touch of ’70s iconic style—come together in a final product that charm her clients beyond words. An Artist is Born “Interior design is something I’ve loved since I was a child,” says Carrie. “I used to draw floor plans in Design + Decor

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This vintage flamingo lamp found at a furniture market helps to marry the interior design with the outer world just a few feet away, casting light on a charming social space.

elementary school, mapping the layout of the house I was in, putting it on paper to see how everything was planned.” Her mother used to say she knew when Carrie was daydreaming about design, as the look in her eyes told the story of someone flicking through folders looking for the right information. “I am an artist first,” Carrie explains, “so I look at designing a home like creating a work of art. I design a home as I would paint a picture: so many different textures, compositions and forms layered together to create a home.” Heart Trumps Head Carrie graduated from Florida State University (FSU) in 2008 and soon found herself in a sink-or-swim situation due to the 2009 economic collapse. When her first professional design job suffered the consequences of the recession, she looked for anything that would keep her inspired, and quickly sought artistic shelter within the custom cabinetry market. She met a client who took her on as a design assistant, and picked up tricks of the trade before she embarked on her own path. In 2017 she formed Carrie Brigham Design, which has since evolved into a women-run business of seven. Drawing inspiration from distinguished FSU professor David Butler, who told her, “You work just as hard in the low end as you do in high end, so focus on high-end design,” Carrie aimed to bring her warmth and innate creativity to the luxury market. Knowing it takes much more than a degree to be an excellent interior designer, she never tried to stifle her artistic expression—something her clients have appreciated since day one. “Even though I went to design school and have a technical education, I totally design off my emotion and feelings,” she says. “There is more to interior design than just picking out the paint color and pillows. As the interior designer on this renovation project, we determined the space plan and provided interior architectural detailing services.” Design + Decor

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In this petite powder room, Thibaut’s wallpaper elevates the ceiling height and creates the illusion of more vertical space. The spindle sink chest with Bianco Giulia marble from Ambella Home captures the beach house aesthetic and ties in beautifully with the shell-framed mirror above.

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Trust Begets Trust Never afraid to step outside the box, Carrie has brought a vintage touch to this contemporary style, tying everything together in homage to the architect’s original vision. “It’s my subconscious coming through,” she says. “I have to bridge and marry the architecture with the interior.” As a throwback to the building’s architectural beginnings, she chose numerous accent pieces to reflect the original 1970s style, such as the flamingo lamp illuminating the home’s social center. This tribute to the original design, which helps tie together the inner world with the outer façade, sets Carrie Brigham Design apart from the rest. “One of the most difficult parts of updating the space was walking into a contemporary building with the idea of doing a more traditional design,” she explains. Her clients provided her with their wish list and gave her their full trust and confidence, which enabled her creative surge to flow unhindered. Gaining this level of acceptance from a client so quickly into a project is one of Carrie’s strengths, and has led to some courageous design choices that can elevate a project to the next level. The seamless transition from indoors to outdoors makes this space feel much larger than it is. The ample seating on the balcony, three sections separated by their distinct style, creates pockets of cozy interaction. When you step outside the sliding patio doors, the first thing you notice

is the low wall of colorful plants tucked behind the sofa. This burst of color sets the stage for the endless azure sea stretching to the horizon. Wherever you lounge, you are framed by a cohesive mix of colors, patterns and textures that reflect not only the heavenly scenery around you, but also the interior of the home. Room for One More “When we’d completed the selections for the living room, the clients told me they wanted to have one more seat,” she says. “I had no idea where they were going to put it, but I found this miniature chair at a market, and I knew it would be perfect. We had to have it reupholstered, and finding an artisan who was willing to work on such a small piece was no easy task, but it ended up tying the room together perfectly.” Her choice of color for the miniature chair helped pull in the abundance of plant life delicately placed throughout the home. As you gaze throughout the room, the rich olive of the leather dances in the corner of the eye, highlighting the living aspects of décor and bridging the gap between inner and outer living spaces. The landscape beyond the massive windows is punctuated by the green treetops and deep blue ocean, which are reflected within the paintings and patterns selected for the interior of the home. “It’s important to make a space feel balanced and have harmony, flow and greenery in the right places,” she says. “Bringing the Design + Decor

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A soothing bedroom in a color palette that reflects the calm sea outside the window.

outdoors in and the indoors out—it’s a subconscious natural progression for me.” Indeed, Carrie has a remarkable innate ability to touch on the nuances of interior design, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to adding flavor to her creative feast. Her dedication to finding the perfect accoutrement relies as much on her imaginative intuition as it does on her design education. “I like unique things you don’t see anywhere, and I want my interiors to feel collected and curated,” she says. “That way, it doesn’t feel like it was all put together at one time, from one source.” From the bleached white coral and pearlescent shells that adorn the built-in bookcase, to the floral print wallpaper reaching up towards the ceiling in the powder room, there is nothing here that screams of a bigbox store. Indeed, Carrie is determined to give her clients an authentic, one-of-a-kind experience that does not go unnoticed. “It is so rewarding,” she says, “to have a client who appreciates all the details I put into a project.”

Resources: Interior Designer Carrie Brigham Design Carrie Brigham 5117 Castello Drive, Suite 1 Naples, FL 34103 239.261.1720 Design + Decor

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or those who dream of white sandy beaches, plentiful outdoor activities and an elegant home carefully tailored to your aesthetic desires, Lakewood Ranch is the place to be. This robust community nestled within Sarasota, FL, will not only fulfill your aspirations, but help you far exceed them. As the country’s top-rated masterplanned community, this thriving lakeside retreat offers beautiful homes in safe and comfortable neighborhoods, with a bustling town center and charming natural landscape. Team-Based Approach Designer Lisa M. Guild and her team at LMG Design Consulting Inc. use a teambased approach to complete their projects, with each staff member bringing an important skill set to the table to fulfill their client’s dreams. Wanting clients to see their creative vision from the onset, the team utilizes SketchUp, CAD and V-Ray design software as well as hand renderings to get their ideas across. With more than 25 years of experience, Lisa has mastered her craft, and it shows in both the overall design and the small details that make each home one-of-a-kind.

The media cabinet and cocktail tables by Hooker Furniture add a textured element that plays well with the plush comfort of the Chelsea sofas by Rowe.

From the Ground Up For this property at Lakewood Ranch, the LMG team worked with Pizzazz Interiors, which is co-owned by the renowned luxury home builder, Stock Development, and International Design Source. The opportunity to work side by side with some of the best in the business, starting with the initial concept and down to the last door handle, definitely has its perks. “LMG specializes in turnkey design, and we love to take our clients from inception to completion,” says Lisa. “Our goal is to Design + Decor

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The entrance and dining room spaces double as a gallery for dynamic artwork and lighting. The saddle counter stools by Noir offer some chunky heft to this open kitchen, while the overhead pendant lighting echoes delicacy.

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The leather-bound chairs surround a gold-base, glass-topped table by Worlds Away and bring in the richness and comfort that reverberate throughout the home.

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The ever-changing geometry of the dining room light mirrors the artistic expression that ripples throughout the home. The dining table centerpiece curves are reflected in the artwork hanging over the Jade sideboard by Sunpan.

showcase the talent of the structural side married to the interior furnishings, and supply those finishing touches.” This is precisely what the firm did with this lakeside model property, producing a beautiful home that is replete with charm, class and an extraordinary sense of style. “The inspiration was to showcase a contemporary style, so we erred on the side of dark woods, some taupe wall color, and a good amount of white, but we definitely stayed on the warmer side of the spectrum,” says Lisa. “We are seeing a trend lately, as clients want to move away from gray and into a warmer territory.” With this in mind, Lisa

and her team created an elegant atmosphere, rich in texture and color, with black being a predominant driving force. Making Things Pop “We always use a little bit of black, even if it’s down to picture frames and artwork, or handles on cabinet doors,” she explains. “This particular project has a lot of black, which can be very graphic and impactful. The graphic nature of black showcases the shapes and pieces, adding a sculptural quality to the furnishings and accessories.” For instance, though the study features darker wood, it still has a feeling of comfort and lightness. The dark-planked accent wall with built-in Design + Decor

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cabinets plays off the chairs’ lighter colored fabric, creating a feeling of relaxation and inspiration. “In the study, we used a palette of Urbane Bronze and Ebony,” says Lisa. “Urbane Bronze, Sherwin Williams color of 2021, adds a richness and complexity to the space.” In the kitchen, the dark brown espresso of the cabinets, coupled with the comfortable black bar stools’ sculptural quality, helps offset the crisp white located throughout the space. The backless stools add a nice chunk to the large free-floating island in this intuitive kitchen, with the bulk of the cabinetry on the back wall giving her clients plenty of storage space. Handcrafted Appreciation “We have a lot of mixed metals in the property: coppers, burnished gold, matte black, some silver and some chrome,” says Lisa. “In the master bedroom, there is a broad mix of wood finishes, lacquer finishes and metallic finishes, and that variety in material helps elevate the design. We like to break things apart and bring in unique and individualistic pieces.” The individual pieces act as focal points, catching the eye and the imagination, and speak volumes about the bold creativity of the design team in making these choices. The not-so-subtle nuances of this texture-rich room are a visual playground. From the hand-woven stools to the wooden wall tapestry by Sarreid, everything feels cohesive and balanced. Right: The Curata wall desk in the study and the dark wood from the cabinets extending to the ceiling create a feeling of cocooned softness.

Many of the pieces appear handcrafted, which, along with the textural elements, accentuate the unique charm of the home, compared to the more modern styles found around the nation. For instance, says Lisa, “The coffee table is made of pieced marble, so there are a lot of different textures and colors there. Having so much detail is imDesign + Decor

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Reflecting the tranquility of the outside landscape, the master suite beckons relaxation with this king bed by Wesley Hall. The intricate design of the area rug by Surya brings a textured quality that balances perfectly with the warm, neutral palette.

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portant—it helps elevate the design and creates a tone throughout the house.” Two handwoven black accent stools are placed by the coffee table, and a series of three handcrafted wooden art pieces decorate the wall. “A few pieces look as if they were constructed by hand: a sculpture, some wooden woven art pieces, the pottery pieces on the dining room table, to name a few,” Lisa explains. “There’s a textural element that is pertinent right now in our design world; we’re looking

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at the juxtaposition between a more contemporary, clean-line look and pieces that add integrity to the project so it is not all one-note.” Lighting the Way From the floor to the ceiling, Lisa and her team have given careful thought to every aspect of the design. Throughout the home they have chosen unique lighting that offers a feeling of airiness in the space,

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This stylish seating arrangement is both comfortable and elegant. The dining table by Telescope Casual offers guests gorgeous views of the enclosed pool and beyond.

and they have skillfully used light from both the fixtures and the sun to illuminate each room. “Lighting was chosen to add a graphic architectural quality,” says Lisa. “The fixtures are suspension pieces in matte black, and they lean toward a modern aesthetic.” Coupled with tray ceilings, the lighting fixtures in every room feature unique details that do not go unnoticed, such as the ever-changing form of the fixture that hangs over the dining table.

Open Spaces Open floor plans are a popular choice, as they make a home feel larger and allow the light from outside to permeate different parts of the house more freely. In this Lakewood Ranch residence, the warm white backdrop is sharply punctuated by a contrast of mixed materials that separate the different areas. “Anytime you have an open floor plan, it’s important to think about how you can define spaces,” says Lisa. Design + Decor

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“Using distinct seating arrangements, area rugs and groupings, you can make sure each section has its purpose.” Bridging the Gap The use of floor-to-ceiling drapes accentuates the tall ceilings and draws the eye to the large windows displaying Naples’ picturesque landscape. Massive sliding-glass pocket doors separate the covered pool from the rest of the home, and yet these two distinct areas feel connected. “We look at the exterior spaces as an extension of the interior living space,” Lisa explains. “A few months out of the year, those pockets doors can be opened, and you have an indoor-outdoor living experience.” Bridging the gap between these two dynamic spaces to create a seamless transition from one room to the next is no easy feat. “We pay very close attention to the exterior furnishings and almost make them a compatriot to the interiors of the main living space,” she says. “They feel stylistically similar to the color palettes in the main house.” Stepping through the doors of the residence, you first notice the endless skyline—a rich blue brought into the home through the glass dome over the pool. The light reflects off the stone floor and dances throughout the massive room, highlighting every carefully chosen detail. As you lounge in a comfortable stillness, you can’t help but appreciate the feeling that LMG Design Consulting has stirred within you. Resources LMG Design Consulting, Inc. Lisa M. Guild 6001 Taylor Road Naples, FL 34109 239.293.0016

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Ruben Sorhegui Tile Bringing Italy’s finest stone to Southwest Florida homes Story by Sean Jarvis


hen Ruben Sorhegui left Cuba for America in 1983, he was determined to find success in pursuit of the American Dream. Within a year, he started Ruben Sorhegui Tile, a company focused on bringing the most beautiful stone and tile from Italy, Spain and around the world to Southwest Florida. For 38 years, his firm has exceeded its clients’ expectations, elevating Ruben Sorhegui Tile to an industry leader that offers a wealth of products, information and inspiration. The Showroom Located in Naples, FL, the company’s one-of-a-kind showroom is brimming with natural stone tile, decorative materials and mixed mosaics. The staff invites designers and homeowners to wander through the company’s highly prized collections, searching for the perfect piece to fit their creative designs. While treasure hunting, clients can 92

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peruse multiple rooms filled with a wide variety of hand-picked materials. The slab showroom is a showstopper, filled with large format slabs in both porcelain and glass, ready to be used for countertops and backlit wall centerpieces. The company’s Sicis showcase is Southwest Florida’s only source of Italy’s finest glass mosaics and slabs, showcasing Vetrite, Gem Glass and Neo Glass. The showrooms also house a plethora of kitchen backsplashes, flooring and wall tile, as well as the highest-grade natural stones available on the market. Specializing in custom waterjet mosaics, the firm mixes stone, glass and metals to create designs that will last a lifetime. Dedication to Design Working hand in hand with local designers and some of the most prominent builders in Southwest Florida, the staff at Ruben Sorhegui Tile have built a strong reputation for creating bespoke design

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combinations using their wealth of industry knowledge. Staying on top of the latest trends, their tile experts walk clients through their selections, ordering samples and offering technical insights regarding different materials and their installations. As Ruben Sorhegui worked tirelessly to build his business and accomplish the American Dream, his dedication laid the groundwork for this successful business. Nearly four decades later, his family owns and operates Ruben Sorhegui Tile, maintaining that same diligence: sourcing beautiful tile and stone from around the world, staying on top of the latest trends and innovations, and providing excellent customer service to clients. Resource: Ruben Sorhegui Tile 3876 Mercantile Avenue Naples, FL 34104 239.643.2882

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Illumination with a Passion Illuminated Design brings lighting to the forefront Story by Susan Winlow

“In the beginning there was light; nothing lives without light. It’s so critical.”—Curtis Searles


his simple little message underscores the importance of well-designed lighting, be it utilitarian or artful and creative. Yet in many cases the lighting in a home is an afterthought, not given the attention it deserves during the creation of a masterful dwelling. The team members of the award-winning Illuminated Design in Naples, FL—Lynne Stambouly, Curtis Searles and Wayne Kahn—bring passion to the field of lighting design, and together have more than 100 years of experience in the industry. Longtime friends Lynne and


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Curtis met by chance in South Florida over a decade ago when they were operating a lighting design firm within another company. Two years ago they struck out on their own and founded Illuminated Design, which specializes in lighting from the early planning stages to final installation. Wayne, an industry force and their former competitor, joined them a year ago, bringing the firm an “advanced level of architectural design experience,” says Lynne. Along with a fiery passion for the field, says Lynne, the team also exudes a somewhat nerdy fascination for illumination itself—and what

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it can do for homeowners in terms of aesthetics and wellness. They demonstrate to clients that lighting covers many facets of life and doesn’t need to be just utilitarian in nature. The firm’s work features a range of lighting designs, including sophisticated bathroom wall glazers offering floorto-ceiling illumination, strategically placed sconces artfully illuminating a simple white wall, and linear lights embedded into walls, floors or ceilings for a contemporary, artful look. The team’s inspiring and transformative designs show that lighting is indeed art.

The company’s minute attention to detail is visible even on its comprehensive website, which not only gives the reader a basic overview of the firm’s work, but also displays its expertise, enthusiasm and delight in helping clients. “We spent hours and hours fine-tuning the message,” says Lynne about the website. “We really care. We care about our clients and their living environment. Bad light is bad—it makes us sad.” Resource:

“Lighting is exciting, and it’s become so much more exciting because of light-emitting diode (LED) technology,” says Curtis. With the advancement of this technology, he continues, a new “seismic shift” with tunable LED is making its way through the industry, focusing on health and wellness lighting design that is able to control physiological responses. It’s an evolution that both Lynne and Curtis are eager to bring to their clients. “We’re reaching a point where we can control LED, color output, and visible and nonvisible lights—all of which have an effect on our physiology, such as sleep patterns,” says Curtis. “We’ll be able to offer our clients more comfort, better-lit spaces and health benefits through proper lighting design.”

Illuminated Design Lynne Stambouly Curtis Searles Wayne Kahn 7955 Airport Pulling Road, #203 Naples, FL 34109 239.939.6900

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DESIGNERS RUG CENTER Rugs from Around the World, World Class Client Services


s the owner of Designers’ Rug Center in Naples since 1992, Chris Smith has established himself as one of the area’s premier experts on fine quality custom rugs and carpets. Through his decades of international travel hand selecting only the finest quality rugs for his showroom, Chris has earned a reputation of respect and expertise among Southwest Florida’s top interior designers and savvy retail clients. “There’s nothing more rewarding then seeing a client’s face when we deliver a custom Nepalese or Tibetan rug, designed and created exactly to their specifications”, Chris says. “The way the right rug can transform a room is really impressive, and our clients both in the design trade and homeowners seem to value our service and rug expertise.” From traditional to transitional, Oriental rugs, custom designs in any shape or style, the possibilities are endless when you are looking for the perfect art for your floor. Designers’ Rug Center offers a large, in-store inventory of rugs from the finest quality suppliers around the world, with wool and silk rugs, skins and hides, the exclusive Stark Studio Collection, Tamarian and many others. They also have a huge selection of fine quality sisals, and are known for their custom outdoor rugs and carpets to enhance your lanai and poolside living areas.


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But it’s their personalized service to their clients that has set them apart after three decades of delivering white glove customer service and unmatched knowledge of rug and carpet design. The business offers rugs in a huge variety of styles and designs from the most exclusive names in the industry. They also offer wall-to-wall installation with their own team of professional installers, and complimentary, inhome rug trials to ensure their clients are in love with their new selection. The showroom, located on U.S. 41 just south of the Bentley Dealership, is home to not only Naples’ premier selection of area rugs, carpets and wallto-wall carpeting, but also to Chris’s loyal and expert staff. “We have rug experts who have been with us twenty years, and our clients and customers have come to trust them with their rug selection process,” said Chris. “That means the world to us, and we’re so grateful to help in creating the ideal room in Southwest Florida’s most luxurious homes.” Designers Rug Center 732 9th Street North Naples, FL 34102 239.434.9584

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