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Luxury Home + Design

Romantic Retreat 

When Judith Liegeois and husband John Scot Mueller were searching for a home in Naples, they happened upon a charming 5,000-square-foot Aqualane Shores residence with a private courtyard and beautiful morning light.

To Liegeois, it had great potential, but was "just over-decorated." So the couple repainted every room and part of the exterior to create visual interest and a more appropriate backdrop for their extensive art collection.

Their home is now a lovely, romantic retreat filled with original art, sentimental artifacts, tons of books and plenty of "Paris flea market finds," as the design-store owner calls them. It is a treasure trove of conversation pieces paired with luxurious, yet comfortable, style.

Moved by music: Mexican artist Francisco Javier Vazquez Farfán created this painting while listening to jazz. The sitting room’s sofa, chairs and coffee table are by Christian Liaigre, and the red lacquer Art Nouveau table and praying mantis sculpture are two of Liegeois’ Paris flea market finds.

Eye on design: Hunt Slonem’s Dutchess’ Passport Photo painting overlooks the Dessin Fournir table and chairs and Moth Design coral lighting fixture in the dining room.

Gift horse: This clay horse with multi-colored saddle was a gift from Liegeois’ mother, which the designer transported to Naples after a trip to New Zealand. It is paired with other loved objects such as books, a glass orb and an Egyptian slave bracelet.

Seeing double: A piece of coral sits atop a gold-leafed table and mirrors the shape of an outdoor sculpture designed by Liegeois and created by Ed Kohler.

Lady in red: Carmelo Blandino’s Judith oil painting on metal sits in the family room.

DIvine inspiration: On the patio, a metal French cross hangs, overlooking the JANUS et Cie outdoor furniture.

New life: Liegeois stripped black lacquer from this chair, painted it white and reupholstered it. She then topped it with a sheepskin throw. "That’s my New Zealand heritage coming out," she says. She also designed the coral-inspired fireplace screen.

So curious: In the library, Liegeois and Mueller filled the curiosity cabinet with books and special finds. A sparkling light fixture, found on Rue Jacob in Paris, adds some romance to the room.

Interior Design: Judith Liegeois Designs

Reconstruction: Granite Construction

Custom Cabinetry: Dan Yousko

Electrical: Mitch Fogelman

Landscaping: Goetz+Stropes Landscape Architects

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