Eat, Play, Design
A New Life, a New Perspective
I’m enjoying Naples so much; maybe too much, and maybe exploring my own version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s iconic journey as I eat, play, and design my way through this new life. Heading into the busy time of year, for sure, I will need to watch my alcohol and food consumption!! I joined a group called the “Naples Newcomers” and, although I have been coming down here for almost 25 years off and on, I have already learned so much about Naples that I did not already know.
The same is true in my design industry, and I’m learning the lay of the local land. Things are done a bit differently here than up North. Silver is THE preferred finish, without a lot of variation. I plan on playing around with accessories once I move in (brass touches here and there) but for the most part I am sticking with polished chrome on faucets and hardware.
Making Design Decisions
I love when there is a rhyme and reason to choosing finishes and hardware. For instance, in my guest bedroom I did a C-style hardware that complements the wall covering I chose. I also am having fun with my windows, choosing something simple for the master bedroom with HunterDouglas ClearView shades. These provide UV protection and filter the strong Florida sun but still permit enjoyment of the view when down. I will have to finish it off with stationary drapery panels for the finishing touch. In the guest bedroom, I want to do something that will complete the look. I am using turquoise as my accent color and chose an all-white roman shade with a turquoise band. This will be all I need for that room.
In the family room, I am doing matchstick blinds that will give a bit of a beachy feel without screaming Tommy Bahama (no offense to Mr. Bahama, but I want to differentiate from that style). These were some decisions that were hard for me to make. There are so many choices out there and I didn’t want to take away from THAT VIEW, but still be mindful of the turtle patrol (the volunteers who keep a look-out for hatching turtle nests, which are very negatively affected by any light).
I can’t imagine not having the knowledge and experience that I have just to make ALL these, what seem to be small, but ultimately are BIG and really matter, decisions. It’s nice to have professional help, even if just to bounce your ideas off of—it shows in the end!!