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Gulf View Penthouse

This penthouse project was the opportunity for the home owners, two very focused individuals, to delve into the creation of a space that expressed their refined sensibilities. Numerous trips to Manhattan lead to the discovery of wonderful Mid-Century furnishings and spectacular period light fixtures. Custom designed upholstery, Lucite accent pieces and rugs completed the story of sophistication and sea side glamour. Noteworthy treasures from the many trips to New York galleries include a 1960’s Karl Springer Lucite cocktail table and a 1930’s Grosfield House Mahogany Cabinet from Alan Moss. My biggest challenge was bringing color and texture to rooms, as the client selected marble floors and wanted almost no color or pattern in the fabrics. The fabrics are like a wonderful jewelry box of shiny silvers and platinum, surrounded by the serenity of white and black.

These clients have created a photography foundation that focuses on the work of talented young photographers in Naples. This love of photography led to the creation of a photography Studio for their work, and also a fabulous display of the iconic black and white images they have collected. I was asked to design every frame and frame finish, and select matte sizes. It was a crash course in galleried photography. Artisan’s Guild made the frames, and Gregory’s Frame Shop assembled the pieces. I did an initial layout in CAD, and then on the floor. When we actually mounted the art on the wall, it was a visual parade of celebrities and historic moments in the art world. The Bert Stern Marilyn Monroe’s in the master bedroom are from her last photography shoot. This project truly celebrates beauty in every setting.

The husband is a theoretical physicist…he made sure every inch of space was put to use.
There are many hidden closets and niches that provide unexpected storage.

My favorite rooms in this magnificent home are the kitchen, powder room and her office, all settings with truly unique details. The kitchen is high-lighted with the semi-precious quartz counter tops, custom silver grey tiger maple cabinets and the glass wall behind the sink. The powder room sizzles with hand-painted silver swirl wallpaper and a bubble glass pedestal sink that reminds me of a coupe of champagne. Her office has the most beautiful period chandelier from Italy, and French desk with the glass top made by Saint Gobain. Saint Gobain was a glass factory owned by the Rothschild’s to make wine and champagne bottles.

This project lead to a cherished friendship with my clients, and she paid me a wonderful com-pliment…”When Joie and I started working together, I don’t know how to describe it. She understood exactly what I wanted. She’s flexible and sensitive. This has been such a pleasurable experience.”

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