Vogue transforms Tuscan residence into contemporary oasis


Vogue Interiors’ Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID transformed the ornate, outdated Tuscan interior of a home at Miromar Lakes into an oasis with a fresh, contemporary feeling.

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Vogue Interiors’ Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID has completed the remodeling of a 4,148-square-foot beachfront residence in Miromar Lakes. Gebert transformed the ornate, outdated Tuscan interior of the four-bedroom plus study, four-bath home designed by Weber Design Group into an oasis with a fresh, contemporary feeling. The floor plan also includes a formal dining room, an immense great room, and a large island kitchen and breakfast nook that seamlessly flow together to offer an outstanding living area. The great room, breakfast nook, master bedroom, and one of the guest bedrooms all open to outdoor living area with multiple covered spaces, a fireplace, an outdoor kitchen and bar, and a pool and spa surrounded by a deck. The outdoor areas take full advantage of the home’s beach, boat dock, and lake views.

Even a home built only 12 years ago can seem hopelessly dated if it still embodies the ornate and formal hallmarks of once-trendy Tuscan design. The new owners of this Miromar home were familiar with the property and knew it was the perfect location for their active family. With the large open areas, the pool, the boat dock and the beach beyond, a renovation plan was imperative. First came determining the scope of the renovation. A soon as they decided to keep the existing flooring, it became a design challenge to bring the home into the current century with a fresh, bright and comfortably stylish new look.

The transformation begins where the original ornate iron door once welcomed visitors. Now a streamlined mahogany and glass entry door allows light to cascade into the foyer where a contemporary chrome light fixture illuminates the views straight through the large great room to the pool, on to the wide beach and lake beyond.

The dining room has been transformed from a dark, formal space to a contemporary entertainment oasis. The heavy furnishings have been replaced with a pale gray wood dining table and clean-lined upholstered dining chairs with a quilted beige linen fabric on the back and a textured saffron tweed fabric on the front. Above the table, a chrome and glass LED chandelier adds a sculptural touch. On one side of the room, a custom console has glass door panels backed with a textured raffia fabric and is in a taupy gray wood finish with chrome hardware. Above the console hangs a 92-inch wide abstract painting with a creamy white background and splashes of chocolate brown and vibrant orange. Simple sheer linen panels frame the windows.

Exemplifying the design challenges imposed by remodeling around the original flooring, the butler’s pantry was completely transformed. The original porcelain tile footprint remains, but all the cabinetry has been replaced with custom cabinets in a soft dusty gray finish and a black and dark taupe granite with white veining covers all the counter tops and backsplashes and then runs 7 feet up the arched wall cabinet adjoining the kitchen. A wine rack and glass front cabinets in the arch are all LED illuminated. A contemporary bar sink and sculptural faucet face sleek new bar stools upholstered in white crocodile embossed leather.

Entering the great room, where heavy ornate draperies and formal furniture once held court, the feature wall now boasts a pair of 36-inch wide illuminated glass shelves holding family collectibles. The glass shelves flank a contemporary dove gray finished media console fitted with large round pewter hardware. The wall mounted television sits above the console on a mica wallpapered panel which reflects and catches the light. Opposite the feature wall, an off-white leather winged sofa is accented with pillows in a mix of metallic and leather and a contemporary cream and salmon stripe. A round chiseled stone cocktail table with an ivory stone top sits in front of the sofa. Two pale salmon upholstered recliners sit beside snakeskin leather nesting tables atop the cream and taupe fluffy wool area rug. Sheer drapery panels have replaced the original chenille window treatments.

The original medium wood finished kitchen cabinets work well with the redesign scheme and are now paired with new light taupe Taj Mahal granite used on the perimeter counter tops and replacing the dated brown glass tile backsplashes. The counter tops rise to a bar height to host six backless bar stools. Four chrome and LED pendants form a striking sleek curve above the bar.

The once-dark breakfast nook now features a rectangular Italian glass extendable table with a chrome base and updated simple armless woven chairs with bright orange tweed upholstery. On one wall in the nook, a large original contemporary painting provides vivid splashes of citrus tones.

The color scheme in the master suite is now a combination of ivory and mocha taupe with subtle accents of metallic terracotta. Its original design was overwhelmed with heavy gold chenille bedding, ornate brocade window treatments with swag cornices and braid trim, and heavily carved dark mahogany furniture. The new custom draperies are in a horizontal stripe of ivory and taupe sateen and mounted with modern brushed chrome grommets and the contemporary custom king bed is upholstered in textured natural taupe linen. The bed is dressed with a coverlet of hand-knotted pale sateen, simple boxed Euro pillows and a long horizontal bolster. The seating area has double doors to the outdoor living space. The existing love seat has been recovered in a soft salmon linen and accented with shimmering metallic pillows and faces a contemporary chrome and glass cocktail table.

In the master bath, the original neutral-toned porcelain tile has been incorporated into the new design to transform the bath. The dark brown vanity cabinetry has been refinished in a sharp high-gloss white and fitted with transitional clean-lined brushed chrome hardware. The original heavy faux finish on the walls has been replaced with a simple modern wall finish in cream with subtle silver metallic vertical strokes. The dated original shower fixtures have been replaced with a rainhead shower fixture mounted considerably higher to accommodate the tall new owners. The existing terracotta-colored marble counter tops were refinished and polished to a high gloss to compliment the new design.

All that remains of the original faux-brick painted outdoor kitchen is the footprint. Refreshed paint colors and natural cream and gray granite counter tops and backsplashes have brought the area up to the current century. The outdoor living area now has a tongue-in-groove cypress ceiling tray and a contemporary ceiling fan and the original high and boxy fireplace has been replaced with a long and low fire box that now allows a view toward the lake. Matching fire boxes set in chiseled stone also flank the outdoor spa.

Founded in 1979, Vogue Interiors has earned numerous national, regional and local awards. From corporate offices at 24520 Production Circle in Bonita Springs, Vogue Interiors provides design services and model merchandising to residential and commercial clients in the United States and abroad. Online at vogueinteriors.com.

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