Lisa Hampton Lovetto is a fifth generation native of Naples. Her great-great grandfather, Madison Weeks and his brother, John, are noted in the county records as the first settlers of this area in the mid-1800’s. She is a proud Neapolitan with a deep and abiding sense of place, and over fifty years of history experiencing the exponential growth of Southwest Florida. A lifetime of observation, study and practice give her a grasp of the lifestyle here few others possess. Lovetto adds, “I have the unique and rare experience of growing up in the pristine beauty of early Naples. My design aesthetic, regardless of style, is deeply informed by the desire to bring that sense of sublime beauty into every interior that I create.”
Lisa’s love of symmetry is highlighted once again in this view of the kitchen cooktop surround and double islands. This room was designed for her husband, who thankfully for her, loves to cook! The hand-made afrormosia cabinets throughout the house were designed by Lovetto and built by Southwest Woodwork in Naples. Architectural light fixtures are by Kevin Reilly for Holly Hunt.
Lisa’s training began at a very early age. “For as long as I can remember, I helped my mother rearrange the furniture and artwork in our homes….and we moved frequently! I was even allowed to select my own bedroom carpet and paint color.” So the seeds for a career in Interior Design were sown. As Lisa recalls, “The decisive moment was at Career Day, Naples High School, 1976. I was listening to a presentation by two local designers and distinctly remember being overcome with a sense of certainty that this is it…this is who I am. The luxury of certainty is so sweet.”
This light-filled dining area, open to the kitchen and great room, has a sanctuary-like atmosphere. Underscored by a chandelier and wall sconces made with real candles, aptly titled “Altar,” this is truly a divine space for sharing food and conversation. McGuire bamboo dining table, antique Chinese chairs, and Indonesian buffet add to the global feel of this space. Light fixtures are by Kevin Reilly for Holly Hunt.
After acquiring her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Florida State University, Lovetto went to work for an architectural firm. Further apprenticeships with a few key interior design mentors rounded out her training, and in 1996 she opened her own firm. Lovetto Design, Inc. specializes in high-end residential work, professional and medical offices, and yachts. Lisa personally executes all design drawings and details and then sees those designs through to fruition. When it comes to style, Lisa’s work is clean and classic, whether it’s a contemporary or traditional interior. She feels a successful project is a partnership between client and designer that requires imagination, spirit, discipline, professional and technical knowledge and trust. Such a relationship produces interiors that stimulate and refresh the soul. The ease and harmony that result from such a working relationship bear living spaces that capture the spirit and personality of their occupants.
Lisa at work in her bead reliquary, designing and making jewelry from shells, natural stones, and beads of every description.
Lisa calls this exquisite room her “little jewel box.” Every inch, except the ceiling, is lined with rift-cut oak and mirrors, fit together with puzzle-like precision. A cleverly placed linen closet is hidden from view by an oak panel flush with the walls and accessible by touch latch only… one of many expertly hidden storage areas in the home. Honey onyx countertop and polished nickel accents create warmth and sparkle when lit. Woodwork and cabinetry by Southwest Woodwork.
Aside from the natural beauty of Naples, Lovetto has been greatly influenced by her experiences during extensive travel to many parts of the globe, including Bali, Hong Kong, Tibet and Nepal, to Europe, the America’s and the Caribbean Islands. This has had a profound influence on her own home, as well as her overall design aesthetic.
The master bedroom is a very personal expression of Lisa’s passion for Asian antiques and tropical lifestyle. The carved poster bed and chest are from Ralph Lauren. The Aboriginal painting over the bed is titled “Dreamtime,” and was acquired on a trip to Australia many years ago. Brazilian chestnut hardwood floors throughout the private areas have a calming and grounding effect in the spacious interiors. The very large Chinese armoire and beautifully carved bench are from the Lovettos’ private collection.
Groin-vaulted ceilings and a hand-painted silk Fortuny light fixture add to the drama and elegance of Lisa’s spa-like master bath. His and her mirror-image vanities, designed with many hidden storage features, flank the large tub alcove overlooking a tropical garden oasis.
More recently, Lisa’s interest has been piqued by the rapidly growing science of design. “We now have a growing body of scientific evidence that informs us about the very real effects of light, color, sound, scent, temperature and other stimuli on the physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual bodies of humans.” This supports her mission, which is “to design interior spaces that have the potential to create and support a sense of wellbeing in the people who live and work in those spaces. There’s an underlying need to create simplicity and a sense of peace and harmony in all the interiors that I have the honor of creating, and woven into that is this rich tapestry of other cultures and places that hold home as sanctuary…sacred space.”