Southwest Florida's Interior Designers Choose Their Favorite Rooms
Seven elite decorators tell the stories behind the interiors they’re proudest of.
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Jennifer Stevens of the Romanza interior design firm has chosen a living room in a home that she designed in the Cortile neighborhood of the Mediterra community in Naples.
“The big inspiration was the size of the room,” Stevens says. “It’s very spacious, and because we had media addressed in other areas, I saw this as a primary entertaining space. The room is open to the kitchen, and there’s a lot of room for mingling at a cocktail party or enjoying more of a family night with parents, kids and grandkids piling on the sectionals.”
Stevens chose a light color palette with large-format 24-by-48-inch porcelain tiles on the floor, white walls and furniture in neutral tones. She also strove for organic texture details by including hammered bronze sculptures in the style of Giacometti and placed them in front of walls outfitted with a muted metallic finish wall covering.
“One of the things that I was going for was a mix of textures—the hammered bronze sculptures, the wood inlay on the walls, the upholstery—and a range of finishes to give interest and visual texture in a space that is largely very light and very white,” Stevens says.
Originally from Michigan, Stevens has spent more than 30 years in the design business. Her work is now focused exclusively on residential spaces. She selected this room as one of her favorites because it fits her own aesthetic—even if that isn’t always the goal of a good designer.
“Personally, I like a more sophisticated, contemporary look,” Stevens says, “but part of my design philosophy is that my job is to help clients interpret how they want to live. For some people, that might be more contemporary. For some people, that might be more of a Florida look. I have the opportunity to create a wide range of looks and color schemes. I recently walked into a former client’s home that I did eight years ago, and I’d forgotten how colorful it was. My normal M.O. is not a lot of color on big surfaces. Yet the space felt really nice and timeless. It was a perfect example of what I love about what I do—helping clients synthesize a life of bigger homes and travel down to the most meaningful mementos of a lifetime.”