Moving Forward

In some quarters, high-rise residences are perceived as homes that, while attractive, offer less square footage than single-family living spaces. That’s not necessarily the case. In fact, some of the newer high-rises in Southwest Florida actually offer more square footage than many single-family homes. One couple who recently purchased a high-rise residence in one of the area’s most prestigious communities was pleasantly surprised to find their new building offered floor plans ranging from 3,500 to 4,100 square feet with 10-foot ceilings and three outdoor balconies per residence. Simply put, their new home gave them room to move!
Finding that kind of room was the biggest reason they decided to move in the first place. After living in a neighboring high-rise for some time, they determined they loved their community, the friends they’d made and the incredible convenience of high-rise living. They loved it so much that as their seasonal stays grew longer, their living requirements grew larger. He wanted a generous office. They both wanted more room for al fresco cooking, dining and entertaining. It was clearly time to move into a more generously proportioned residence.
Once they moved into their new, three-bedroom, 16th-floor residence, the couple reveled in the fabulous views afforded by the home’s floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air terraces. But most of all, they were drawn to the larger living spaces. To incorporate the lifestyle they loved into their larger home, they called on the team of Debbie DeMaria, president and Leslie Gebert, interior designer of Vogue Interiors.
“This is an active couple, very dynamic and outgoing,” DeMaria said. “They are daring and open to suggestions. They wanted a highly functional, upscale residence for frequent entertaining. She loves color and bling and they were looking for something that would convey an artistic and fun ambiance in an elegant fashion.”
The building’s residents appreciate the large private elevator foyers that come with every residence. To warm this generous entry, the design team chose a rich color palette and natural surfaces. Crème-toned marble flooring with mosaic glass insets, a zebra wood finish on the elevator doors, a metallic glaze over cork on the walls and deep red and gold accents extend a warm welcome.
Throughout the home, deep colors and striking metal accents complement the magnificent water view. Custom coffered ceiling treatments with impressive trim details and concealed lighting add depth and visual interest throughout the home while lending an individual personality to each room’s design elements.
A champagne-toned, ribbed foil in a patent leather treatment lends sophisticated energy to the entryway and provides a pleasant segue way into the home. In the living room, the owners’ favorite chairs from their old residence are transformed into wonderful focal pieces. With their crimson floral design, the chairs’ bold fabric melds with the azure backdrop of the water, natural wood and leather surfaces and metallic accents to form the palette of a brilliant sunset. The metallic finish on the leather sofa and a parquet wood veneer wallcovering, which was applied on the back wall of a richly finished entertainment center lend a sophisticated edge to a setting used both to entertain and to watch television on a quiet evening.
The functionality of their new, larger living space was extremely important to the homeowners and the kitchen is an integral ingredient in the designer’s formula for success. Equipped for a master chef, the kitchen is the heart of the home and offers multiple preparation surfaces, including a large center island with abundant storage and seating for guests. Maple cabinetry finished in espresso and latte-toned glazes and a metallic textured tile backsplash on the perimeter contribute visual interest.
The kitchen opens to the family room, a favored setting that has been outfitted with comfortable furnishings. Chocolate accents in the carpet and draperies complement the island cabinetry’s espresso wood finish while crème-tones in the carpet, draperies and swiveling arm chairs blend well with the kitchen’s latte-toned perimeter cabinetry. A woven leather design in the ceiling treatment and a shell stone and rattan coffee table are consistent with the natural surfaces used throughout the home.
A bit of glamour goes a long way in the dining room, a venue stylish enough for special evenings and friendly enough for family gatherings. A hand-painted chandelier in shades of gold and red is more artistic than formal. Durable patterned suede upholstery is attractive and unimposing.
One of the primary reasons for the owner’s move to the larger space was the availability of a dedicated office space. DeMaria created his and her desks in the den, each of which conveys a style all its own. Madagascar-shaded hardwood floors lend a traditional feeling to the space. A wall treatment of chocolate grasscloth over pewter foil creates a serene atmosphere. A faux zebra skin carpet and wood furnishings also contribute to the sense of calm.
Private spaces are for pampering and the master suite in this spacious residence provides exactly that. The master bedroom is a plush retreat alive with magnificent splashes of red—a favorite color of the lady of the house—and gold. The room’s key memory point is a shimmering headboard wall treatment upholstered in silk. Antique, mirrored nightstands laced with gold and draperies with embroidered crystals are luxurious touches.
Spacious guest bedrooms—one large enough to hold two double beds—provide congenial and welcoming spaces for visitors. In one of the guest bedrooms, the tangerine-toned pillow fabric and crystal and reflective accessories enliven the room’s primary shades of charcoal and ebony.
For a couple energized by an active lifestyle, their new high-rise home speaks volumes about living the good life in high style.
“With the metallic accents and the striking hues, as the sun changes during the day and into the evening, it’s almost as if the rooms are talking to you and the message is positive,” said DeMaria. “With this residence, my clients built on everything they’ve grown to love about high-rise living.”