Design + Decor Fall 2022 Florida Edition

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Jungle Love

The Curated List ofDistinguished Design



FALL 2022


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Celebrating Our Fifth with Jungle Love

TThis issue marks the Fifth Anniversary of Design + Decor Florida, and I am so grateful for all the accomplishments we’ve achieved. I’m thankful for the partnerships we’ve acquired, I’m indebted to the friends we’ve made, and I’ve enjoyed the journey of navi gating an industry and a market that thrive with continuous growth.

Spring has sprung here in Florida. For some, the season conjures up feelings of inspiration and hope as the natural world revives and re invigorates itself. Spring to Floridians usu ally means the end of “Season”—when the snowbirds go home and life gets a little quieter for us.

Wow! I have so much to say, but only so much room to ex press my sincere appreciation to those who’ve helped make this a great issue. Every Fall issue, we seek out the top de signers and challenge them with a specific theme. This year’s theme is “Jungle Love,” and, oh boy, did we have fun with this. We started out with a celebration party at GWT Out doors in Naples, with food provided by Bodega Olé and a special present from The Luxury Bed Collection given to each designer. The energy in the room was just the begin

But things have changed over the last few years. While there is still a seasonal aspect of three-month renters, we have seen more and more people making Florida their new homestead. With any new homestead comes new construction, renovations and the need for inte rior design. And during this time, there is no rest for the weary. To members of the home design industry, I say congratulations for all the hard work you’re doing while continuing to stay upbeat and positive with all the obstacles the industry has faced! Cheers to you!

ning. Next was our planned photo shoot at Naples Zoo with the assistance of the Marketing and PR Director Courtney Jolly and her team, who were a tremendous help in making the day go smoothly. We could not succeed without asking a great photographer to pull this off, and were lucky to have two talented photographers, Michael Kaskel and Jen Packard, who took pic tures of each designer in a special place at the zoo, and then created our amazing covers. Check out our newly rebranded “The Curated List of Distinguished Design,” and read about how each designer interpreted the theme of “Jungle Love.”

I’m excited to present you with our Spring issue, which is chock-full of exciting features. First up, a big celebration article about Stofft Cooney Architect’s 40/20 Anniversary. Learn about the partners and the astonishing legacy they have created. For our Annual Kitchen feature, “Honing Your Masterpiece,” we reached out and asked numerous local kitchen designers, “What did your clients need or must have in their design to make it the kitchen of their dreams?” Their re plies will surprise and delight you. And, in our “Ask the Experts” department, learn from PBS Contractors all about pre-construction—all the things necessary to take a project from planning to production. It’s a fascinating class in How to Build 101.

Looking ahead, Design + Decor will be revealing some fun and exciting additions in 2023, which will continue to enhance the brand and our offering to our trade partners. We’ll continue our core mission of being the storytellers of the designers and the brands that make it happen. Enjoy this issue!

Enjoy the issue!



Shelley McCormick

PS A special thank you to Brittany’s Bamboo Barn and Moke America Naples for props for our covers.

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Arik Levy Waterstorm Collection for Compac

Arik Levy shows a great interest in geometric bodies, be ing clearly reflected in his works. Like those created for COMPAC in which it is inspired by the nature of water for its creation, since it is an important element in the production of highly complex forms,

Koi Vanity Cabinet

Koi carp is a recurring symbol of Japanese culture, which is highly appreciated for its deco rative purposes, not only in water gardens but also in Irezumi prac tice or, most commonly, in tattoos.

This fluid and unusual chair transcends design and jewel lery. Conceived from a cuff bracelet, the Mandy chair will embellish any setting with its supple upholstery and a base in twisted high-gloss metal.

of Gold Plated Brass pipes tightly held together.

The Baladi Panel Mirror

The Baladi is an exceptional product that reuses and repur poses materials. In India, this wood was used as molds for cast marble window screens.

Victoria Cocoa

Woven on original épinglé (a cut-and-loop technique) looms brought over to the US from France, Victoria is an instant decorating classic: elegant yet powerful, bold yet sophisticated.

Patrick Naggar Galileo Sofa Upholstery, ebonized maple legs, chrome casters. The Mandy Armchair

International Design Source

In-store or online, IDS is an amazing one-stop shop.

International Design Source (IDS) should be on speed dial for every design professional in Florida. Whether you are an interior designer, an architect or a builder, IDS is the ultimate place for luxury wholesale furniture. IDS carries over 300 brands of interior decor, from furniture to accessories, in its eight showrooms around Naples and Sarasota. It has also launched its new on-line portal to provide better customer ser vice and take its business worldwide. IDS is arguably the expert in knowing and forecasting the trends and issues involving cus tom furniture.

IDS is a family business started by Emilio Sadez and his wife, Linda. Emilio is the visionary who started out selling retail fur niture with his father. In fact, Emilio’s parents lived above the furniture store, and Emilio was delivered in the shop, so it’s fair to say he was literally born into the business. When Emilio took over the business from his father, he decided to work directly with designers and cut out the middle man. It was an out-of-the-

box idea for the time—even today shops like this are rare—but the Sa dezes appreciate forward-thinking strategies and continue to do so as they grow. Their daughter, Nicole Sadez Bobek, is also involved with the firm. Nicole joined the family business when Emilio decided to ex pand his reach and offer more ser vices to customers by creating an online portal. Nicole thought this would be a great way to modernize the business and make her mark on the company.

The IDS Partner Portal is a state-of-the-art resource for all de signers. To build the portal, IDS partnered with Clarity Web Solutions, which also created the platforms for Vanguard Fur niture and Chaddock. The website allows members (registered design professionals) to shop 30 major brands (with more in development) with trade pricing, request custom quotes, place orders, organize projects, compare products, and submit claims when necessary. The idea is to give designers more control over their client purchases on one site. It also allows out-of-state de


signers to access IDS and order directly from the firm.

The portal simplifies the traditional ordering process and en ables IDS to provide better customer service. It decreases order processing times, errors and follow-up communication, which in turn increases designer profitability and satisfaction. To date, the portal has a 35% adoption rate among registered designers, with an increase of 70% year-to-date. Through the IDS Partner Portal, IDS has seen a 120% increase in sales over the last 12 months, while overall sales have increased by 32%.

Touch and feel are still very important to designers and home owners alike, so there is no chance that IDS will close its show rooms; the online portal is just another addition to the long list of services that IDS offers. There are currently eight tothe-trade showrooms covering more than 80,000 square feet of

floor space, showcasing products from the most respected names in the industry. The five individual Naples showrooms feature New Traditional Furniture; Coastal Furniture; Hickory Chair; Contemporary Furniture; and Fabric, Marketplace and Rugs. The four Sarasota showrooms are Fabric, Hickory Chair, Furniture, and Marketplace. All items in the showrooms are tagged for retail sale, but designers receive a discount. Items can be bought off the floor or customized and special ordered.

Currently, furniture merchandisers are offering cleaner lines, in style with the popular “contemporary” design style. Furniture designers are creating pieces using warmer wood tones, mixed metals and protected fabrics, as has been the demand from their clients. More than ever, homeowners are seeking out unique cus tom pieces that set their homes apart.


Accessorizing is such a key element in the final design pro cess—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.

IDS is also opening a new factory showroom with its partner, Rock House Family of Brands (RHF). RHF is known for con tinually investing in product design, customer service and tech nology, which made the company an appealing partner to IDS. Opening in Sarasota in early 2023, the new showroom will show case Century, Pearson, Hancock & Moore, Highland House, Jes sica Charles, Cabot Wrenn, Hickory Chair and Maitland Smith, making it an easy destination for designers looking to work with all those products. IDS is constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve. Its specialized sales staff are experts in their field and are an immense resource to local designers.

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 dis play 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 state ments, depending on size and matter, and they also show an avocation or passion. They are another great way of adding tex tures and layers. Create vignettes or show as a collection on an entry table or console to create vast interest and depth to a room.

This new business model of working with a partner that offers many brands and creating a unique shopping experience for cus tomers is working out so well that IDS is continuing to seek out these relationships. “It has proven crucial for us to have close re lationships with our vendors to serve our clients better, especial ly during these chaotic times,” says Nicole. Supply chain issues brought on by various issues, including COVID and the war in the Ukraine, have left vendors struggling to fulfill client orders. The production timeline for custom furniture runs the gamut of the usual four to six weeks to the unimaginable 34-week lead. During these times, customers rely on IDS’s relationship with its vendors to get the most up-to-date information on all its prod ucts. Expertly trained IDS showroom staff can help customers create custom pieces based on the best availability. A handful of IDS vendors have made huge strides in cutting the lead times on the most sought-after items, but thus far no company has been able to offer its entire line of custom goods in less than eight weeks. IDS believes the manufacturing issues are lessening and lead times will eventually stabilize, but having a strong partner ship with its vendors is crucial and will continue to be the key to the company’s success.

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.

IDS also contributes to the design industry by sponsoring net

Trays: Where would we be without the tray! Trays are func tional, resourceful and elegant, and they have an abundance of purpose and style. They are perfect for your candles and florals, allowing an ottoman to become a cocktail table, and are easily moved around.

working events, vendor presentations, and industry events around market trends and news.

tanna Design Associates, GWT Outdoors and, of course, Kurtz Homes Naples. Ultimately, The Col lective will feature additional businesses, such as interior design studios, furniture companies, and other related firms that complement the existing tenants.

What’s trending right now in flooring?

Jack Walsh Trade Showroom Jeremy Walsh

There truly is no stopping IDS. Although her parents have no plans to retire, Nicole is set to take over the family business when the time is right. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with my parents on a shared purpose and passion,” she says. “I look forward to what the future holds for IDS and the design industry.” And we can expect only great things from Nicole and such a dynamic, forward-thinking company.


International Design Source Emilio Sadez Linda Sadez Nicole Sadez Bobek

While Randy sees development projects like The Collective as a way of deepening his roots in the Naples community, his priority will always be Kurtz Homes Naples and continuing the founda tion his father laid. “I hope we continue things the way we’ve been doing them for 38 years,” says Randy, who is delighted that so many family mem bers are in the business. “My family is a real big part of my life. It’s great to have some of them as part of the Kurtz Team.”

Oiled natural wood flooring for any style room is popular— especially natural hardwood, which is trending with biophilic designs. We have lots of requests for wide-plank hardwood floors, which make rooms look larger and more open and offer something for everyone, no matter your design sensibility. Oak is one of the most durable species, with a tight, dark grain that works in almost any room, in any stain. Maple is the second most popular hardwood, because it has a predictable pattern and color, with a hint of character. Today’s most popular colors are gray and gray muted stains, white and light natural wood.

Naples 6001 Taylor Road Naples, FL 34109 239.591.1114

Randy’s mother, Nancy, continues to be involved with the business. His two daughters, Carolyn and Elizabeth, work in client relations and marketing, and Carolyn’s husband, David Gordon, is a proj ect manager. Carolyn and David’s three children, Noah, Isla and Lucy are often in the Kurtz offices, and Noah is even listed on the website as a future employee. His start date? The year 2035.

Sarasota 1734 Northgate Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34234 941.552.2550

The advantages of an oiled surface are the pleasant direct con tact with the wood, the smoothness, the ability to repair the affected area without working on the whole surface, and the positive room climate created by the exchange of moisture. Natural oiled surfaces soak into the wood flooring and provide the necessary robustness from the inside out. However, lac quered surfaces represent sealing the wood floors on top, and are often obtained through several layers of lacquer. The wood underneath the lacquer layer is usually left untreated.

What innovations and designs do you see for homeowners who want to create an outdoor oasis?

LMG Design Consulting Lisa Guild

Resource: Kurtz Homes Naples Randy Kurtz 111 10th Street South Suite 304 Naples, FL 34102 239.594.1501

Ruben Sorhegui

Here’s what you need to know about the latest in floor ing, backsplashes, countertops, color palettes—and so much more—from Antonio Sorhegui, director of Ru ben Sorhegui Tile Distributors, Southwest Florida’s preeminent tile, stone and mosaic distributor for the past 37 years.

D+D: What are some good suggestions for flooring in the kitchen?

Antonio: Our recommendation for flooring in the kitchen really depends on the layout and style of the area. For more open-concept homes, where the kitchen flows naturally into adjacent rooms, we recommend the use of the same material throughout the home. If a new material were to be introduced into a kitchen, it would break up the space and detract from the open-con cept style, which leaves you a large area where two different materials meet.

On the other hand, a kitchen closed off from the rest of the home can transition to other materials quite easily. Smaller transition spaces make the shift to a different material less cumbersome. Continuing the main floor in these kitchens is also a viable option, since it connects the kitchen to the rest of the home where it would otherwise be off on its own.

D+D: What you are seeing in backsplashes?

Antonio: A lot of the traffic we see in our showroom is specifically for backsplashes. Finding that perfect pattern or color that ties in the rest of the kitchen can be one of the most difficult yet rewarding parts of remodeling or designing a kitchen from scratch. We pride ourselves in having a wide selection of backsplash tiles because we know how important it is to marry the many different aspects of the kitchen by utilizing the backsplash area to its fullest effect. That being said, there is a lot of diversity in the types of selections we are making for backsplashes.

Subway tiles are a classic, and there are now so many materials, colors, shapes, sizes and textures that there’s something for everyone. In general, subway tiles work well with more dramatic countertops because they’re neutral. The neutral look of a subway is a good way to prevent any type of competition or clashing between the backsplash and countertop, which al lows dramatic countertops to take center stage.

For those who have had enough of subway tile or are looking for something more unique and eye-catching, mosaics are a great alternative. The count less combinations of materials and patterns appeal to a wide range of styles and color palettes. These mosaics are available in all the classic patterns like herringbone, chevron and basketweave, just to name a few, as well as some more unique patterns.


Marble mosaics in particular will always be in vogue. There is something timeless and el egant about natural stone that can’t be ignored. A high-quality marble mosaic made with select marble and precise manufacturing is always a stunning addition to any backsplash. Glass and mother-of-pearl mosaics also offer unique looks that can take kitchen back splashes to the next level. Even a mix of these materials has a place in some backsplashes. The use of variation in material can be used make a bold statement.

D+D: Can you please suggest some great color patterns between backsplash, flooring and cabinets?

Antonio: When designing your home, finding a color palette that suits your preferences is one of the most important things you will do throughout the entire process. Here are a few ideas put together by one of our company’s founders, Tony Sorhegui:

Neutral: Casa Grande Mosaic, Calacatta Gold Countertop, WC1085 Picket, Polished Brass & Nickel Accessories, Walnut with Peppercorn Stain Cabinet

Warm: Calacatta Gold Herringbone, Stoneglass White Glossy Countertop, AA472T Wood-look Porcelain Tile, Brushed Brass, Silverwood Cabinet

Cool: Seaside White Mosaic, Carrara Countertop, C159T Porcelain Tile, Polished Nick el, Silver Schluter with Diamonds, Platinum Cabinet

D+D: What are the top two countertop materials you recommend, and why?

Antonio: Apart from the popular choices of quartz and quartzite, there are two counter top materials we feel don’t get enough attention: porcelain and natural stone. Porcelain countertops have become increasingly popular in Europe, and that popularity is begin

ning to spread to the U.S. Since the explosion of largeformat porcelain slabs onto the scene, the range has expanded dramatically, and there are now many differ ent options. The wide range of colors and sizes makes finding the right countertop at an affordable price very accessible. Porcelain is also a great practical option be cause of its high durability, nonporous nature and heat resistance. These qualities make maintenance of porce lain countertops easy and straightforward.

Natural stone is another great choice for countertops. Although maintenance may not be as easy with natu ral stone as it is with porcelain or another man-made material, the natural beauty of stone cannot be beaten. Natural stone will undoubtedly make your countertop unique and unlike any other in the world. It is also very durable and, if cared for properly, a natural stone coun tertop can have an incredibly long lifetime.


Ruben Sorhegui Tile Distributors Antonio Sorhegui 3876 Mercantile Avenue Naples, FL 34104 239.643.2882

Healthy Living at home

An education in organization, lighting and climate control

Design + Decor was thinking about your health and wellness when we sought out industry professionals for guidance on how to create healthy living spaces. We questioned experts in organization, lighting and climate control to learn how fine design and architecture can provide health ben efits to homeowners.

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Courtenay Lindsey (CL) Empire Closets

D+D: How should homeowners begin their organizing journey to achieve a decluttered lifestyle that will last season to season?

CL: The first step is to organize your space. Get more shelving, engage a closet company, and make sure you have long hangs, double hangs and drawers. And know what you want to put in those spaces. Organize items that correspond to your life work ing out of that room. In the guest room, for example, keep guest linens and craft supplies (if that is what you do in that room). Then you can begin the editing process of deciding what items stay and where those items should be stored.

D+D: Small spaces can be tricky. What are some solutions to

maximize storage potential when working in a confined space?

CL: Start with closet organizing by working with a closet com pany to get the appropriate amount of hanging and shelf storage. Put in drawers so you don’t have loose items. Use tubs to hold out-of-season clothes and small items.

D+D: What finish colors, textures and types of hardware are trending this autumn?

CL: Preferred colors are still gray and white, while blond woods are making a comeback. I prefer to use silver hardware with a clear element like crystal or Lucite.

It all comes down to our ability to change things—because our lives change. When you have a family, you are inundated with kids’ stuff, but as time goes on, you age out of that lifestyle. Now you need storage for linens, crafting and books. We need spaces where we can grow. And it all starts with a closet system.


Camden Ashmore (CA) Ashmore Design

D+D: Do you see today’s homeowners shifting their values

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when designing their homes? If so, please explain.

CA: From where I sit, the values of where people choose to spend their money have been pretty constant. People tend to focus on kitchens and bathrooms. That has pretty much been unchanged across the board, at least since I’ve been in the business. If there is more room in the budget, people now look to spend their dol lars on their outdoor living spaces. The exterior became a large factor in determining where they would invest their dollars dur ing the pandemic. People were at home a lot more, which created the need for them to enhance their living spaces, but it also made them spend more time and money on the exterior, increasing la nai size and creating outdoor kitchens.

D+D: Scientists and medical professionals at leading institu tions such as Johns Hopkins University, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Texas, now document the health benefits of fine design and architecture. What do you see as your responsi bility while designing a project?

CA: We like to incorporate as much natural light as possible while also minimizing the use of manufactured light. However, when using manufactured light, we focus on using more LED lights and lighting with color-changing elements that can help keep the body’s natural circadian rhythms throughout the day. This becomes especially important, since people are spending much more time at home rather than in an office. And when we

are designing for commercial spaces, we try to get away from us ing just the glaring fluorescent lights that don’t allow your body to process its normal cycles throughout the day. In the home setting, it is particularly important because we are now doing all our daily activities in the home.

The colors that the bodies interpret throughout the day have a big effect on sleeping patterns and general psychological well-be ing. So we have been trying to be more aware of the studies com ing out from the scientific community, and how we can adjust our lighting designs to suit that more effectively. There are some pretty high-end lighting systems and controls, which we employ if the budget allows. However, there are some cost-effective sys tems out there for people on a budget. We typically recommend simpler systems to the homeowner. The Philips Hues system and the Lutron system are easily set up and controlled with an app. They will automatically turn on or off or change lighting throughout the day.

D+D: How can we create more use of natural light in the over all design?

CA: It’s obviously easier to create more natural light when com ing from a fresh design because we can do sun studies that help us decide where to put the windows and openings to maximize the light coming into the home. But from an existing perspective, it’s more expensive to create new windows and glass openings or

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shift their location. Not everyone can afford those types of changes, or they may live in a condo where they are not allowed to put in new windows or shift their location, so we tend to utilize new technologies using LED lights in those instances.

We take all factors into consideration when we are designing a build ing, but we also rely on interior designers and exterior companies and other professionals to give us feedback so when we have a good team in place it really helps provide a great product and experience for the homeowner

D+D: Are the energy codes in Florida getting rigorous in order to set the path to net-zero carbons?

MV: I believe Florida is going to continue to strengthen its energy codes. Two years ago, the Florida Building Commission had an update that had a big impact on glass and glazing. They are trying to get Florida up to the standards of the rest of the country in the amount of heat gained in the home via windows. I’m not sure we are close to dis cussing net-zero carbons yet, but we’re talking about energy efficien cies and savings. I think, going forward, the commission will continue to look at HVAC and insulation issues. For both our residential and commercial clients, it is the financial impact from capital investment and long-term operational perspective that will influence them. We’re finding our clients want to be educated about new air conditioning

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systems that will give them the best return on their investment.

D+D: What are some modern technologies for energy efficiency?

MV: Currently we are working with a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system, which allows a single unit to have multiple points of control within a building. It allows the areas to be heated and cooled at different temperatures around the building. This system works really well in multiunit construction projects, classrooms or multiuse properties. In the old traditional style of split systems, someone was either hot or cold because you are running one de mand to each location, hoping to get some temperature averaging. But with VRF you have multiple systems in one location, so you have better control. In residential applications, it is used in twostory homes, where one floor may be hotter than the other. It really has revolutionized how people think about cooling and heating. It is a bigger capital outlay, but it allows you to have independent local control, which will reduce usage over time. Using a VRF system in conjunction with automatic window shades, awnings and window placement all add up to more efficient energy use.

D+D: What are some of the best systems for home ventilation?

MV: We recommend to our clients a variable speed air handler (VSH), which not only creates a cool ambient temperature, but takes the humidity out of the air as well. It can achieve this by slowly ramping up and down the temperature. The old split system started and stopped often. When the system reached the desired temperature, it stopped, allowing heat and humidity to build up. Then when it became too warm again, the air conditioner kicked on. This method did not have the ability to regulate humidity. A VSH system can regulate the humidity by gradually ramping up the temperature, and then when it reaches its desired temperature, it steadily comes down.

Resources: Empire Closets Courtenay Lindsey 3106 Horseshoe Drive South, Naples FL 34104 239.351.5964

Ashmore Design Camden Ashmore 27499 Riverview Center Blvd Suite 103 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 239.444.5780

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Mario Valle 4395 Corporate Square Naples, FL 34104 239.643.6527


An Honorable Place

In his mother’s memory, one man built a home to keep the bonds of his extended family strong. Story by Heather Shoning | Photography by Barry Grossman

Furnishings by Hickory Chair have a tailored, high-end design while still being casual and comfortable for this beach resort made for family gatherings. The overhead light fixture by Currey and Company features glass and metal, creating continuity with those in the adjoining spaces.

The loss of a key fam ily member can some times ignite a shift in the familial framework, causing people to drift apart. When his mother passed away, a Virginia man wanted to ensure that didn’t happen with his family. So he built a vacation home for his extended family’s enjoyment—for large group get-togethers and for individual families to make their own memories.

The homeowner works in a field adjacent to interior design, so he’s familiar with the process, and he had strong opinions about what he wanted in the home and how he wanted it to look. The most im portant thing was that it look and feel like a luxury resort, so his family could come and spend the entire time relaxing.

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Even in a neutral-palette space like this kitchen, the black of the fixtures and lighting adds a pop of character. Swivel stools by Cox ensure seamless conversation as the family spreads out throughout the central area of the home.

He wanted it perfectly appointed, right down to the coffee maker and pool towels.

He began the process of designing his new home in Marsh Cove at Fiddler’s Creek in Naples, FL, with the community’s builder, Ashton Woods. Then he recruited Lisa Guild and her team at LMG Design Consulting to guide him in designing the chic family retreat. Lisa started by reviewing material selections and cabinet layouts that the homeowner and builder started, making minor tweaks to streamline the design. “The client had a vision of what he wanted, and this was not the first time he’d built a home,” Lisa says, “so he had a sense about the color palette, and he’d already made some initial selections.” From there, she set her sights on creating a resort-like atmosphere through the furnishings and finishes that would include a soft color palette and tons of texture.

Immediately upon entering the home, you’re greeted by a lovely dry bar fitted in a niche right off the front entrance—the perfect way to kick off a resort vacation. The open concept living area opens wide in all directions for plenty of gathering space for a large group. Still, the seating arrangement also ensures casual, intimate gathering areas. The flooring and paint throughout range from creamy whites to soft camel colors, and a variety of wood tones mix and match each other.

The living room includes an oversized sectional that is a contrast in styles with its tailored, tufted look, yet casual, inviting feel. Punctuated with pillows in an array of textures and monochromatic patterns, it’s a great gathering spot for


The dining room offers a lesson in contrast with the smooth heft of the dining table and the textured wooden doors of the sidebar, both by Hooker Furniture, plus the darker wood and rope detailing of the chairs by Palacek. The Revelation by Uttermost chandelier, with its glass, metal and round shapes, was a pleasant surprise when the first-choice fixture was out of stock.

family games or conversation. Its proximity to the kitchen means guests engaged in dif ferent activities can still inter act seamlessly. Appointed with commercial-style appliances and ample space, the kitchen offers room for several cooks.

The best part of the home’s layout, however, is the way the sliding window walls open the house’s public spaces to the large outdoor living area and pool deck. “One thing we al ways think about with these open spaces—both the inte rior and the exterior—is how they relate to one another,” Lisa says. “It’s really an exten sion of the indoor and the out door having a great synergy.” She creates synergy through color and textural selections.

The outdoor furnishings look like teak in keeping with the mixed-woods theme, but are aluminum to eliminate any maintenance required to keep it looking resort-ready. Other outdoor pieces include fauxrattan side tables that give the space additional texture and color within the neutral pal ette. Rich outdoor fabrics cre ate comfortable cushions and pillows with the same elegance as the interior spaces. The flow between the lanai and the living room is seamless, as is the din ing room, which also includes a variety of textures and wood tones, including medium color dining chairs with jute rope de tailing.

“One thing that happens with a neutral palette—which we em brace and really love—is that you have to add back in enough texture through different mate rials to make it all interesting,”

Lisa says. “So, in these public spaces, we have linen, we have leather, we have a beautiful jute. We have inlaid woods that are all in beautiful light tones, and they all are different woods. They create an interesting pat


tern on the cocktail table. There are the dining chairs with a woven aspect to them.” In addition, Lisa added accessory pieces, including tortoiseshell and inlaid wooden boxes. There are also accents with natural woods, glass, metal, leather, linen and cotton. Many of the furnishings are finished in polyester microfiber to ensure no one would worry about spilling.

A few distinct details repeat throughout the design elements of the home. There’s wood, of course, but also glass and gunmetal light fixtures, and a repeated circular pattern in furnishings and decor. “The round shape ap pears in many things, such as the organic wooden table next to the sofa, the rounded mirror in the dining room, and the entry mirror,” says Lisa. “We brought in that shape because it’s a pretty angular footprint, and we needed some softness.” Another way the design team added softness to the spaces was by using faux plants. “Greenery is an important detail when you are coming and going, and using the home only part-time,” Lisa explains. Utilizing her custom sources, the design team created realisticlooking plantscaping that bolsters the design with another “natural” ele ment.

The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home does enjoy a design departure in the private spaces. While the natural elements carry through out the design, the bedrooms each have a bit more color to distinguish them. “You’ll see a woven element or a wooden element—creamy sandcolored wood elements being used throughout the private spaces,” says Lisa. “The textural elements are replicated in the secondary bedrooms, as

well as the primary bedroom. The color palette varies a bit because we did soft blues and a little green in those spaces, just to make them feel restful. We didn’t steer clear of the natural elements there, but we added in a layer of color that we didn’t have in the main spaces.”

Another fun area Lisa added was color in the linens. “We created a color palette for the beach towels,” she laughs, “so you really feel like you’re in a resort. All the bathrooms have monogram towels that match that bath room.” She credits the homeowner with thinking through all the details that would make his guests and family enjoy the resort feel he created. “There’s the open bar element in the hallway, the games in his study— there’s just attention to detail for people to enjoy time here,” Lisa says. “The exterior cocktail area, space for large gatherings—eating, hanging out by the pool, playing games. There’s a real sense that this is a retreat for multiple people, multiple families.”


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The exterior living space is a retreat for outdoor living. It’s outfitted with a high-end grill, cooking area and outdoor refrigerator for a resort-like feel. There’s ample seating for 16 people, and the aluminum teak-look furnishings by Sunset West Fine Outdoor Furnishings will withstand the weather. The pool and spa back up to greenspace, creating the feeling of being surrounded by a jungle oasis.

Jungle Love


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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Minka: I interpret it as a celebration of a lush tropical environ ment and would create an organic aesthetic. Jungle love makes me think of the Amazon rainforest, lush jungles, exotic plants and animals, and all the natural wonders they contain.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Minka: While those bold, wild elements can be fun, it’s nice to reference the jungle in a more subtle way, such as by incorporating natural materials like rat tan, cane, exotic woods, jute rope, bone, shells, seeds and beads.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Minka: Sure. If a jungle-themed design scheme is what appeals to a client, I would be happy to help them achieve that look—and it would be a huge inspi ration to know that the overall health benefits of biophilic design would be a part of that project. Because incorporating biophilic design can be physically, psychologically and emotionally beneficial, we happily advise our clients that it is one more reason to bring the beauty of the natural world into their homes.

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D+D: How do you in terpret the theme of jungle love?

Jade: Jungle love is a blend of natu ral elements, earth tones and prints found in tropical locations—think leaves, leopard print, etc.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Jade: There always needs to be one “wow” moment in a room, and the rest of the elements need to sup port it, not fight against it. So if you have a bold wallcovering, the upholstery, draperies, etc. should have that natural element, but not be as bold as the paper.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Jade: Of course—I think it’s so im portant to bring nature indoors. It provides a feeling of comfort and peace, as opposed to a space that has no natural elements. Those spaces feel cold and uninviting.

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Jade Timmerman

1413 S. Howard Avenue, Suite 202 Tampa, FL 33606 813.605.0032

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Wilfredo: For me, jungle love uses elements of nature and green ery, while incorporating a variety of textures to create designs that are inspired by the jungle without being too literal.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme with out going overboard?

Wilfredo: It is important that you create spaces that are inspired by the jungle theme, and do not try to incorporate the jungle into every aspect of the de sign. A subtle nod can give you the feel without it becoming overwhelming. Balancing with textures and natural elements such as wood can create the feel of nature and the jungle without going overboard.


D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we of ten think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Wilfredo: Being selective with the color palette and using tex tures and fabrics like natural fiber linens can help keep the design looking soft and sophisticated.

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Tamiami Trail North, Suite 2

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Joyce: Studio AJO is both an interior design firm and an architectural practice. We believe the interiors and the exterior should tell the same story. So we would interpret jungle love more as a guide to creating a feeling of the exotic and tropical outdoors, without focusing on an overuse of li ons, tigers and the obvious and sometimes overused leopard print. If skillfully handled, it can be perfect for Southwest Florida and coastal living.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Joyce: At Studio AJO, any theme, such as jungle love, would be used sparingly in both large and small projects. Our designs are very much about appreciating space and not about drawing attention to certain pieces or singular spaces. When we use a bold wallpaper, we might go more subtle in other areas and furniture selections, and use rich, solid colors and lush textures instead to create warm and welcoming spaces. But, saying that, we wouldn’t shy away from a pop of pattern



here and there!

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Joyce: As an added benefit of being both an architectural and interior design firm, Studio AJO integrates biophilic design into all the build ings and interiors we design. Whether residential or commercial, indoors or outdoors, we always acknowledge nature and the location of the proj ect. Studio AJO creates spaces that flow easily between inside and out, provide cross ventilation, incorporate loads of daylight, and use colors/ patterns that blend with the local environment, etc. Adding a theme like jungle love is ancillary to the design and the ultimate feel of a room, but it can certainly add a touch of fun and a cheerful, refreshing vibe!


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Lyndsey: Jungle love brings up thoughts of texture, color both vibrant and neutral, and nature. It can be expressed with bold tones or found in a subtle mixing of metals, woods and natural elements. Bold pat terns—both tribal and botani cal—and animal prints bring a fun, playful side to this style, but it can also be sophisticated and subtle.

D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Lyndsey: Whenever going bold with a theme, I think you need to decide what the feature is—whether it be wallpaper, fabric or a piece of art or accessory. Layering is an art, especially with bold patterns, but always make sure to identify the focal in a space.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Lyndsey: Any design that embraces natural light and is infused with rich colors and textures, both neutrals and bold colors, is good for the soul. Letting a space take you to another place and enjoying an environment that reinvigorates will always provide an overall health benefit.

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Lyndsey Davis Nicklas 6561 Taylor Road #1 Naples, FL 34109 239.260.5165

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Kristin: I interpret the theme of jun gle love incorporated in design as a love of our tropical environment here in South west Florida and all it has to offer. We have the ability to incorporate the lush green surround ings and beautiful tropical climate here through our use of wallcoverings, textiles and finishes we choose for our clients.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Kristin: In large-scale applications, we can uti lize tropical patterns and grasscloth texture in wallcoverings, and woven rattan and seagrass in furnishings. Wall color and finish also play an important role in balancing the space with this theme.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you en


courage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Kristin: I do feel this design style can be beneficial due to the natu ral elements used. A well-designed space in this theme can be thera peutic for the end user.

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Kristin Lyons 7370 College Parkway, Suite 204 Fort Myers, FL 33907 239.898.9990

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Ana: My interpretation will always be in color— never in a chaotic way, but a soft layering of color and scale.

D+D: What would you say is the one don’t in jungle-themed design that one should avoid?

Ana: When mixing fabrics or wallpapers, try to mix the scale of the various prints. Using only large-scale prints will make the room too chaotic.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Ana: I encourage any design that makes you feel emotion or a connection to something—be it health benefits or pure visual en joyment.

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Mickey: With simplicity and grace.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Mickey: Animal prints are meant to be one-offs. There is a fine line between jungle love and a jungle. Strong prints are meant to contribute to a room, never to overwhelm it.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Mickey: Natural materials and fibers. We’ve used raffia and bamboo, and faux fur as a shower curtain.

The array of embossed leathers, hide rugs and objects can contribute to the theme. Shaped mirrors, themed accessories—all of these are more subtle ways to incorpo rate a jungle theme.

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Mickey Dickson Marzucco 5401 Taylor Road, Suite 4 Naples, FL 34109 239.825.1487

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Alex: I interpret the theme of jungle love as the incorporation of jun gle environments within a space and design. Often this is seen as using animal prints and tropical colors and adding greenery— either natural or artificial plants—and certain textures.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Alex: Live-edge elements, rattan and nude, earthy colors are my favorites, along with green natural plants, to deliver a softer jungle theme and more welcoming vibe.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Alex: As long as the design is not overdone and has a welcoming effect, yes, I would encourage the design for the health benefits. These designs can often be too busy and overwhelming, which is typically not my design style. However, if done right with subtle inclusions, it may leave the appropriate impression and stamp.

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Danielle: Incorporating materials, images, patterns and textures tradi tionally found in a jungle environment, selecting the ones a respective client is particularly drawn to, and finding a way to weave them into the overall design concept.

D+D: Is jungle-themed design an aspect of biophilic design?

Danielle: Since biophilic design encourages an emotional attachment to particular spaces and places, if the client or end-user of the respective space has a positive emotional connection to the jungle or specific elements found in the jungle, then yes. I personally find a jungle environment to be exploding with beauty and tranquil ity, which are elements I aim to incorporate into every space I create.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Danielle: I would encourage it for the right client—someone who values health and wellness and feels a connection to nature. People value a range of different elements in their spaces, and it is our job as designers to identify the right ones that speak to the client and encourage how they want to feel in their space. It’s important for us to stay educated on all these new interpretations of design and identify the right approach for each client—that’s where the magic happens.

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Danielle Glickson

975 Sixth Avenue South, Second Floor Naples, FL 34102 612.964.5026

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Charlotte + Tom: In all our projects, whether the residence is contemporary, modern or traditional, we connect the indoor spaces with the outdoors. Bringing nature into your home enhances your environment, creating a soothing ambi ence.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Charlotte + Tom: We prefer to use neutral palettes in most of the homes we design; we then incorporate exterior elements, like wood and stone, creating a connection between the outdoors and the indoors. The addition of these exterior materials creates textures that further enhance any room. We would then add jungle elements and botanicals.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Charlotte + Tom: Yes. Biophilic design has been found to sup port cognitive function, physical health and psychological wellbeing because it’s a connection between humans and nature. And jungle-themed interiors would have many of the same aspects, such as greenery, the calming green color, an abundance of natural light and possibly a water feature.

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Charlotte Dunagan and Tom Diverio 2100 Ponce de Leon Suite 920 Coral Gables, FL 33134 305.438.0130

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Lisa: This is a little crazy, but I didn’t think of design when I first saw the theme jungle love! I heard, in my head, a synthesizer key up and that classic Steve Miller whistle role right into one of the best cruisin’ songs of all time!

Creative minds arrive at their destinations differently than most. As I worked on my interpretation of jungle love, Steve Miller guided me into classic late ’70s design: a time when free spirits reigned, environmentalism began to explode, and nature-loving hippies were looking to better the world. Selfexpression and individualism would be known as the trademark of this time, and parents would shake their heads with a lack of understanding as they watched a new generation flourish. Inte rior designers were no different: “anything goes” built designs; drab, boring neutrals were layered with various textures. They often rained down with a canopy of bright colorations and wild textile patterns. I can’t remember another decade with so much plant life in design, and more often than not it was like a jun gle! I guess, in a nutshell, jungle love for me is embracing much of what the late ’70s brought us.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we of ten think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Lisa: My interpretation is less about a true jungle, and more about an era. Mixing the textures like classic open casement weave fabrics would be one way to soften jungle love.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Lisa: There is always balance in design, as well as knowing how far your client is willing to push the envelope. I believe each design project is different and unique, just like our clients. When looking to be inspired by jungle love where individualism shines, one-size-fits-all definitely does not work. For one cli ent, the full-blown jungle love look is fabulous, for another it may be just a spattering—some greenery and maybe a few bold throw pillows on a mid-century modern sofa.

D+D: Is jungle-themed design an aspect of biophilic design?

Lisa:Absolutely. Jungle love inspired by the late 1970s is where we may have seen the first attempt in biophilic design. Bio philic design melds nature with modern design; it is fueled by those who are passionate about environmentalism.

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Alex: When I think about the jungle, I think of rich greenery, natural textures, layers of mixed materials and the occasional splash of the intricate patterns found on animals of all kinds.

D+D: What would you say is the one don’t in jungle-themed design that one should avoid?

Alex: Don’t overdo it with too many different animal prints all in one space. Part of the beauty of a wild animal in the jungle is that its vibrant colors and pattern stand out in an otherwise monochromatic assortment of foliage. Rarely would you see various species all huddled together in one space. Let these standout elements be the star and the anchor, so they don’t lose their importance and striking beauty in the room.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health ben efits?

Alex: Yes, I would. It doesn’t mean you have to dive headfirst into all things jungle, but small nods to it with greenery in your home and the introduction of natural materials can go a long way to creating a sense of peace and calm.

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Alex Thies 3920 Via Del Rey, Suite 3 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 230.734.0449

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Jackie: It’s all about bring ing the outdoors in and showing off your appreciation for natural beauty. I love a great banana-leaf-patterned wallpaper or palm-leaf wallcovering paired with natural fabrics and plush rugs. Real plants are a must! No silk here!

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without go ing overboard?

Jackie: Blend accents into your design that pair two different materials, like marble and metal or wood and metal. This pair ing of materials is a hot trend all on its own. You can also consider solo material accents, like galvanized metal, gold finishes and, of course, wood and wicker.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Jackie: Incorporating heavily textured fab rics or soft linens, cotton, silk and/or re fined leathers help to balance this theme. Brass accents work well, providing a subtle patina. And of course, plants for sure—try banana trees, palm trees, rubber trees and other tropical plants.

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Jackie Armour 1907 Commerce Lane, Suite 103 Jupiter, FL 33458 561.743.9668

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Aniko: Most people would think about leopard prints and tiger stripes when we are talking about the jungle. In my opinion, most natural ele ments can be interpreted as the jungle. Using bamboo or cane and color ful flowers with greenery is part of a jungle theme. I like more of the subtle gesture of the jungle with natural elements.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Aniko: I would add tone-down hints of the jungle theme: a beautiful cane chair with solid-textured fabric upholstery, and maybe a coordinating zebra-striped pillow on it.


I’d use a natural seagrass rug with a raffia wallpaper. I like to bring the outdoors in, but in a very tasteful, under stated way.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Aniko: Adding raffia on the walls, reclaimed wood floors, natural wood furniture and textured fabrics will give you a beautiful theme of nature without going overboard. Add ing paintings with water or subdued botanicals will also bring in the theme.

D+D: Is jungle-themed design an aspect of biophilic design?

Aniko: Sure it is. Bringing the natural elements like live plants and raffia wallpaper is part of the human inclina tion to affiliate with nature, which is biophilic design. In this area, we like to incorporate the indoors with the out doors. If I am designing a home on the beach, I will bring in the elements of water and sand. It will be in the colors and textures, and just an overall relaxing feeling of the home.

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Aniko Brittingham

15961 McGregor Boulevard, Unit 4 Fort Myers, FL 33908 239.994.8208

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D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance the theme of jungle love without going overboard?

Ana: Add a dramatic element or two as focal points to draw your eye there, and then mix in bold colors, patterns, textures and natural materials, using caution not to have too many focal points or too many patterns. It makes a room busy, overwhelming and crossover to tacky.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Ana:Using white and cream color palettes can soften the space. Incorpo rating materials such as silks, gauze, hair or hide, and textures of organic wall coverings or accents. Also, utilizing white or light furniture in the background. The result is balanced between a calm space and dramatic walls and floor.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Ana: Yes. It has its own charm and beauty and a sense of grounding to Mother Earth. It can make you smile or maybe take a deep breath.

Today’s workspaces—such as office buildings, schools, clinics, hospitals and shopping centers— have little if any contact with natural elements, and feel very sterile and artificial. Lacking adequate natural views and light, foliage, vegetation, natural ventilation, natural materials, environmental forms of nature can have negative effects on an individual

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Jeff: Simply put, the appreciation of nature and all things natural. Naples, Florida—tropical paradise, jungle love! It is a must to seamlessly blend outdoor and indoor luxury living; it’s the reason we all have homes here. We’re a firm that focuses on designing interiors that reflect our clients versus the trends, so when a client expresses interest in Florida style or coastal style or jungle love, Schreier stays true to its classic design principles: Be aware of the trends, but avoid them. Design interiors and exteriors based on the architecture; repetition of materials inside and out. Most importantly, avoid the cliché and avoid the obvious.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme with out going overboard?

Jeff: I passionately believe that less is more. But, most of the time, less means more of less: repetition of design elements, fabrics, wallcoverings, etc. In a


large-scale application (most homes in Naples), I like to use fewer design ele ments repeated in a large scale. For example, very often in my classic Floridastyle homes, I will flood the environment with a classic, timeless grasscloth wallcovering; upholster with natural woven raffia; and incorporate my favorite furniture brand, McGuire.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other ele ments that bring a softer ode to this?

Jeff: I am a huge fan of wall-to-wall natural sisal floor coverings, grasscloth wallcoverings and, as I mentioned, McGuire furniture. McGuire’s natural, durable, luxury, handcrafted artisan products incorporate bamboo, rattan, leather, coconut, rawhide and stone. A softer ode environment wraps the walls in light-toned grasscloth; softens the floors visually with natural-toned si sal flooring; provides light, with perfectly understated and perfectly executed sheer draperies; and offers artisan upholstery and furnishings, walls of mirror

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reflecting the outdoors, and well- scaled, spot-lit sculpture. Classic, simplistic, timeless—Schreier style.

D+D: What would you say is the one don’t in jungle-themed design that one should avoid?

Jeff: Avoid the typical “branded” island look. Be aware of the trends, but avoid them. Invest in quality.

D+D: Is jungle-themed design an aspect of biophilic design?

Jeff: Naples architecture, in general, focuses on the connection of people to the natural environment. Residentially and commercially, we live in one of the most beautiful, sought-after states. Impeccable design blurs the transi tion from interior to exterior. Jungle-themed design absolutely is an aspect of biophilic design. As a designer, I have the responsibility to connect a home’s interior and exterior designs to the natural surroundings.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health ben efits?

Jeff: It is my opinion that a well-designed environment—a well-designed home—should be a space that gives you great joy and allows you to relax and celebrate life. I encourage a home that represents you and your loved ones. The health benefits of living in an impeccably designed, calming work of art are immeasurable.

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Jeff Schreier Kaitlin Lammers 26 10th Street South Naples, FL 34012 651.442.6879

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Jasmin: For me, jungle love is the mélange of flora and fau na. It is the celebration of the natural and wild world versus our manicured, edited and controlled environments.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Jasmin: Just like in the wild, there must be balance to be harmonious: edginess mixed with calm, loud mixed with quiet, strength mixed with softness. This can be a loud pattern with a quiet palette, or furnishings with a strong biophilic or animal silhouette mixed with a smart, smallscale print.

D+D: What would you say is the one don’t in jungle-themed design that one should avoid?

Jasmin: I don’t believe in rules. Some of the best artists and designers have done their best work just following their instinct.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Jasmin: Yes, I think that would be a lovely combination, possibly for a person whose occupation is particularly technical or high stress, or has to deal with numbers a lot. An environment that is layered in an organized biophilic chaos of the natural jungle is a reminder that there exists an entire world other than the daily grind.

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Lisa: In a modern way, by using hints of tiger and not overwhelming.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you bal ance this theme without going overboard?

Lisa: It’s all about scale, pattern play and understanding the space, but mostly things your client enjoys!

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botani cals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Lisa: I think those elements are tried-and-true to use, but it’s important to not be too “themey” and come off like a zoo. Sometimes less is more, other times more is more. Really, it’s all about the clients and how they want to feel in the space!


D+D: What would you say is the one don’t in jungle-themed design that one should avoid?

Lisa: I’m not a believer in strict rules and guidelines. I feel the heart is often left out when making design decisions, because peo ple are afraid of being too trendy, etc. I would say to avoid fear in your mindset—when you let that go, you can create the perfect jungle tone that speaks to you!

D+D: Is jungle-themed design an aspect of biophilic design?

Lisa: I think that would make total sense. Plants are having a major moment right now, and I am so happy about that. It really does im prove our quality of life. So, if having a plant jungle and throwing in some leopard print makes you happy, I say do it!

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Lisa: 100% yes.

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Alexis: My interpretation of jungle love would be a de sign that lends itself to be more “natural” in the aspect of materials and patterns—one that subtly incorporates soft monochromatic animal prints and a mix of wood, upholstery and natural stones.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Alexis: The balance of this theme is important because it can definitely be done the wrong way and look cheesy. I think the proper mix and bal ance of subtle patterns mixed with natural materials is the way to go. The use of texture to imply the theme would be where I would start, and add in a nice wallcovering that gives a very natural feel and back drop to then layer in the other pieces of interest.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Alexis: Textured, tonal textiles in naturally occurring materials mixed with driftwood rough finishes and touches of natural stone.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of the overall health benefits?

Alexis: Given the serenity of biophilic design and the idea of animals and nature being used in different therapies that show great impact on both mental and physical health, the “soft jungle” theme can bring a sense of calm if done properly. Exuding a sense of nature and bringing the outdoors in can promote a sense of healing for the end user.

Alexis Marie Interiors Alexis Limb 631 Fifth Street Southwest Naples, FL 239.231.3955
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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Jenna: I first think of the botanical aspect of the jungle, with trees and flowers creating the color palette. But the animals are my true love and best inspiration.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Jenna: I always strive not to take a theme too literal and make it cliché. I would implement it with textures, pattern and mixed use of color and material. Warm wood tones paired with a tropical color palette and a few pops of animal print gives the jungle love vibes.

D+D: Is jungle-themed design an aspect of biophilic design?

Jenna: I do agree that jungle-themed design can be enhanced by the aspect of biophilic design, but I don’t think the two go hand-in-hand. Having that indoor botanical garden feel is only really accomplished with real flowers and greenery, in my opinion. While you can get a moss wall or something creative that doesn’t take a lot of maintenance, you don’t always have the opportunity in design to imple ment a biophilic design element. But if I could have a tree growing right through the middle of my own home, I would love that!

J. Lynn Design Group

Jenna Getchell 6595 Brecksville Road, Suite 2 Independence, OH 44131 239.784.7134

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Phil: Indoor/outdoor connection, use of plants and con trolled lighting—not too intense and not too dim. In ad dition to aesthetics, use sound and lighting design to cre ate ambience.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Phil: Use constraint by controlling the color palette, and use textures, scale and light to achieve the mood. Consider a ceiling design with dap pled lighting, or a flooring the color of the ground, without being too literal.

D+D: What would you say is the one don’t in jungle-themed design that one should avoid?

Phil: Don’t be literal. Don’t assume you need thatch or tiki.

Phil Kean Design Group Phil Kean 912 West Fairbanks Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789 407.599.3922


D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Leili: To me, it’s all about bringing nature to the home by adding unique elements: roots; live-edge furniture; natural wallcoverings made from water lilies, coconut bark, banana bark, rattan or jute; and fibers and natural materi als to represent nature. This could be patterns for accent pil lows with a jungle theme—big leaves, animal prints or animal silhouette—and natural fiber rugs representing nature.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Leili: Subtlety is key. It’s about using the right amount of your chosen elements—a balanced approach. If I’m using a bold tex ture on the wall—such as Borneo bakbak or a woven water lily wallcovering—I’d balance it with a mild cotton fabric finish on the furnishings. Or, if I’m going with a dramatic pattern, I’ll even it out with a solid color or a subtle pattern next to it. I’m not interested in covering the entire room from floor to ceiling.

Perhaps I’d use small-dimension or reverse patterns on a large surface area. It’s even better if you’re using unexpected materi als to recreate the concept of nature. Then again, I’m not against going big. Using something such as a boxwood hedge to cover entire walls (or the ceiling) is incredibly dramatic. Even better would be an entire wall of live monstera plants over an area of textured teak or cypress. Let’s show our roots!

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Leili: Personally, I think using graphic or abstract shapes in stead of the traditional, more expected animal prints or botani cal, work great. I actually prefer them. Instead of a literal inter pretation of the jungle, I prefer to use related colors (greens, browns, beiges, etc.) in an abstract representation of the item. Let’s create a leaf without actually showing a leaf. Why not do a more modern approach by using small green triangles or vertical lines or circles in a pattern that can be configured to represent a branch or tree or riverbank? And as for animal prints, I prefer to use fabrics of the actual animal’s likeness in some form.


D+D: What would you say is the one don’t in jungle-themed design that one should avoid?

Leili: I might avoid animal prints. That is the first thing that comes to everybody’s mind when people think jungle, so why would I want to use that? I’d much prefer to use a natural ele ment on the wall without using something so obvious—espe cially because there are so many products out there now that would work instead.

D+D: Is jungle-themed design an aspect of biophilic design?

Leili: It certainly can be. It’s about bringing nature to your in terior space. But if you use just an animal print wallpaper, that doesn’t represent biophilic design. You really need to bring na ture into your interior with natural greenery and natural mate rials. It’s not the pattern—it’s using the right organic, natural materials in the interior. A leopard print pillow on the couch won’t do it.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design because of


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the overall health benefits?

Leili: You can’t deny the power of connectivity to nature. With that said, it is a very personal preference. Studies have shown the benefits of biophilic design—in fact, it became obvious dur ing the pandemic just how important it is for us to have nature and natural elements in our interior environments. But if some one doesn’t like it, I wouldn’t recommend it. That said, using natural elements in new and modern ways is always interesting. Modern interior waterfalls, uses of rock and stone, live-edge surfaces and roots, even fireplaces and fire features are other elements of nature that can make an impact in design. Then top it off with warm-hued lighting, and it really completes the feel.

Leili Design Studio

Leili Fatemi

8800 Bernwood Pkwy, Unit 1 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239.319.0944 239.676.1994

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Nan: Tropically inspired spaces in home environ ments.

D+D: In large-scale ap plications, how would you balance this theme with out going overboard?

Nan: We would incorpo rate one or two elements utilizing texture, fabric, wallcovering, etc. It be comes too kitschy if you do more, and therefore the space becomes less sophis ticated.

D+D: Given that bio philic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage this design be cause of the overall health benefits?

Nan: I would say our Southwest Florida inher ent lifestyle of inside/out living flirts with the fringe of biophilic design.

Wright Interior Group Nan Wright 6001 Taylor Road Naples, FL 34109 239.260.4850

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+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Julie: Exotic with a mix of nature-inspired textures and shapes, animal-inspired patterns, and flowing linens.

D+D: When thinking of designing in a jungle theme, we often think first of animal prints, patterns and botanicals. What are some of the other elements that bring a softer ode to this?

Julie: Carved wood accents—whether it be accent stools, a case good piece or a detailed wall panel—heavy textured linens, and soft casements that allow the air to flow through them.

D+D: What would you say is the one don’t in jungle-themed design that one should avoid?

Julie: Overdoing a theme in any design can result in a cluttered, unnatu ral finished space that belies an authentic and decadent effect.

Freestyle Interiors

Julie Roy A3525 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 105 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 239.949.2210

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Charlie + Rebekah: Often times, art and design are inspired by nature, so this is the perfect catch phrase to embrace that. A jungle not only houses life but, more importantly, it feeds life. It’s the love of bringing the outdoors in: form, function and adaptation. If a client came to us wanting a jungle-inspired space, we would suggest incorporating bold patterns, animal prints, foliage and natural textures like linen, mohair and shearling into the design.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Charlie + Rebekah: When doing something bold like a jungle theme on a large scale, it’s important to break things up to maintain a sense of balance. For instance, in a large great room, we might divide the space into differ ent seating groups. We could then use rich colors and patterns within those groupings, while keeping the rest of the room more neutral to prevent over whelm. We might also intertwine this style with a touch of modern minimal ist, or use an unexpected icy gray color along with all the natural obvious elements, to give the look a bit of an updated approach.

D+D: What would you say is the one don’t in jungle-themed design that one should avoid?


Sheri: Interior design is now more than ever incorporating organic materials and natural elements, such as jungle-themed concepts. Trends are moving well away from the ascetic mono chromatic color ways of the last two decades. But don’t over do! Remember, less is better. Curate designs original to your project and color ways, and keep current with today’s clean, natural beauty and minimalist concepts.

D+D: Is jungle-themed design an aspect of biophilic design?

Sheri: The jungle-themed design absolutely ignites design concepts that increase connectivity to nature. Jungle-themed and biophilic design is seen throughout Naples’ hot spots, such as the entrance to the speakeasy Vine Room on Fifth Avenue, sculptures throughout the Baker Museum, and the architecture of the redevelopment of Bayshore Drive, to men tion a few.

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Sheri Weidner

2777 Tamiami Trail, North Naples, FL 33913 239.261.4663

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Lisa: Jungle love is a fun nod to the zoo, with the notion that something is amus ing and memorable and possibly kitschy. It is a style you either really like or not. I believe jungle love is a fine idea for a specific location in the home, but I certainly wouldn’t use it as a catalyst for the overarching theme of a home. Our company usually steers clear of too “on the nose” design themes. However, we have done jungle-inspired rooms using an incredible Mokum wallpaper, La Palma by Catherine Martin. It is a beautiful, high-end wallcovering in vintage pinks and mauves, with large banana leaves. It is pure vintage Florida, but it could also be used in a jungle theme.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going over board?


Lisa: In the past, when we have been faced with a client who is particularly interested in a theme such as jungle love, we break down the idea into its component parts. For example, we might take the elements of the jungle— bamboo, seagrass and raffia—and use them in accent pieces. We break the theme down into its component parts without having to do a leopard couch or a floral chair. The idea is to give off a jungle vibe by using known ele ments within the theme, but in a less “on the nose” way, and still adhering to the theme.

D+D: Given that biophilic design and jungle design intertwine with each other, would you encourage jungle design because of its overall health benefits?

Lisa: Our firm has always designed with health in mind. By living in Flori da, we have always embraced architecture in its elements. We generally place homes so they benefit from the sun, the ocean and the breeze. We choose materials and paint colors based on the levels of sunlight. We are keen to use paint colors from South Florida that are different from any other place in the world.

LMG Design Consultant


Taylor Road Naples, FL 34109 239.293.0016

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D+D: How do you interpret the theme of jungle love?

Christopher: Jungle love invokes bold feelings of passion, adventure, beauty and wonder. A bit of underlying fear to that exploration of the unknown and the perils of the jungle also heightens the overall sensory explo sion when thinking about jungle love as a theme.

D+D: In large-scale applications, how would you balance this theme without going overboard?

Christopher: Vibrant shades of green and citron capture the natural essence of the jungle, while bold splashes of orange and amethyst embolden the exciting energy that is the jungle. The use of color also represents the flora and fauna. Mixing natural elements like raffia, wood and stone inspire you to imagine yourself being right there in the jungle. Curated artifacts used as accessories really authenticate the experience.

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Christopher Michiels

Erica Timms Miromar Design Center 10800 Corkscrew Rd, Suite 356 Estero, FL 239.250.7200

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Brittany’s Bamboo Barn

Brittany Greenwood wants Floridians to know that Palm Beach doesn’t have a mo nopoly on vintage coastal furniture. The Sunshine State’s west coast has the goods, too—namely, Brittany’s Bamboo Barn, a white board-and-batten barn teeming with bamboo, wicker and rattan furnishings and decor. “I really wanted to put Fort Myers on the map for being a great shopping place,” Brittany says of the online and appointment-only shop she opened in 2019. And that’s precisely what she’s done.

Located on a 10-acre farm in North Fort Myers, Brittany’s Bamboo Barn has more than 16,000 followers on Instagram and was featured in the publications VoyageTampa and CanvasRebel. Brittany was also named “Stellar Seller” by the online vintage home furnishings marketplace Chairish. And, in September, some of her pieces were displayed at Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas, TX.

“It’s so crazy how it’s all taken off,” Brittany says of her business. Part of her success can be


attributed to the design industry’s sudden dependence on used and vintage when COVID-related supply chain disturbances halted the production of new inventory. Another factor is the emergence of vintage-based fashion trends, like Grandmillennial and Coastal Grandma Style.

But the true driver behind Brittany’s Bamboo Barn’s tour de force is her unique, stunning furni ture. Whether browsing online or pursuing the store, shoppers can expect to find the creme de la creme of Hollywood Regency, Coastal and—Brittany’s specialty—Old Florida Style.

Most of her inventory is sourced online or from estate sales and small sellers. But no matter where they come from, every piece in Brittany’s shop has a special place in her heart. As she explains it, “If I don’t love it, I’m not going to sell it because I’m just not going to care enough about it.”

Brittany prides herself on her ability to see past minor cosmetic imperfections to a piece’s poten tial. “I can see the bones when I look at a piece, and the possibilities start running through my head,” she says. “I can have it restored or finished, or have it upholstered in a simple fabric. Some times I’ll go out of the box and do a cool design fabric on it.”

Seeing where her pieces wind up is one of the most rewarding parts of her job. “People will send me pictures of pieces they bought from me in their homes,” Brittany says. “I love it—seeing where things end up and hearing how much people love them.”


Brittany’s Bamboo Barn

Brittany Greenwood North Fort Myers, FL 239.229.7098

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n exciting new gallery has recent ly opened in the heart of the Bay shore Arts District—also known as “Southwest Florida’s Coolest New District.” The owners of Distinctive Gallery Rugs specifically selected this location to sup port and be a part of the district’s wonderful artistic vision.

The gallery is set up with two showrooms, sideby-side, with one showroom used exclusively for special staging and private showings. The unique showrooms display the company’s line of wool and silk area rugs; beautiful mosaic-like, patchwork leather rugs; free-form cowhides; ot tomans; pillows; and beautiful glass designs. “Elegant statement pieces grace our showrooms in a way that enhances texture and embodies luxury,” says Judith Velazquez Owner, “While our products adorn our space with unique art istry, our showrooms remain open and airy, mak ing our patrons feel welcome the moment they

“We have carved out different areas for custom ers to enjoy,” she continues. “While some fo cus on bold patterns and neutral color schemes, others make the most of jewel colors and bright tones. Still others combine the two to show the variety in our products and settings. The rugs mix unique textures and colors to create perfect conversation pieces and bring warmth and com fort to every corner.”

The individually handcrafted works of art cre ate a story and bring the walls, floors and dis plays alive with their one-of-a-kind markings. By using fine cowhides and mosaics of colors and patterns, the showrooms combine natural, earthy tones with vivid primary colors, high lighting the gallery’s diverse range of products. “Our setup maximizes the space by using every available area to creatively display our pieces, allowing our guests to expand upon their own ideas,” explains Judith.

“Overall, our showrooms evoke emotion, em brace vibrancy and encapsulate artistry and the love of design,” says Judith. “We’re delighted to join the Bayshore Arts District’s diverse com munity and look forward to making our clients feel welcome and at home.”

Distinctive Gallery Rugs Judith Velazquez 2727 Bayshore Drive #102 Naples, FL 34112 239.290.8989 A NEW GALLERY FEATURING RUGS—AND MUCH MORE—OPENS IN THE BAYSHORE ARTS DISTRICT Story
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