Ahead of the Curve
Finding Hot Home Design Shops
They say our homes are our castles, so it’s only appropriate that we would want to decorate them royally. Fortunately, Southwest Florida boasts the crown jewels of hot home décor stores, although the products and services they offer are unquestionably cool.
GREEN FIRE Few would suggest Southwest Florida lacks charm, but there’s one enchanting interior element that few of our homes harbor—a fireplace. If you’re feeling the burn, try Poggenpohl’s new line of environmentally friendly, flueless ethanol fireplaces, the Ecosmart Fire. With innovative designs that are sure to inflame your sense of style, these portable fireplaces are also space-savvy. International Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Road, Estero. (239) 948-9005.
ALL THAT GLITTERS Sometimes, a name says it all. That’s the case with La Luce’s "Glitter" lamp, a cascade of chain, chrome and mirror anchored on a polished steel frame. Created by Italian company AXO Light, Glitter is a chic, contemporary fixture that seems to share the soul of a historic crystal chandelier; they do, after all, cast the same blissfully dazzling spell. 8871 Brighton Lane, Bonita Springs. (239) 948-8044.
TREASURE CHEST Into every home, a little dramatic décor must fall. Bay Design Store delivers that drama in the form of Hickory Chair’s solid maple chest, a gracefully weathered wonder that is as well-suited to the country as it is to the city. With its rugged finish and elegantly carved figures of rosettes, pomegranates and lions, this chest is sure to start conversations. 326 13th Ave. S., Naples. (239) 649-0906.
METAL MANIA Admit it: You’re a fan of heavy metal. At least, that is, when the metal is of the sculptural sort, and it occupies a glimmering place on your home’s wall. You’ll satisfy your copper, silver or bronze fix at Denmark Interiors, where installations of metal artwork by designer Artisan House will summon a lively, three-dimensional array of shadow and shine in any room you desire. 13411 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers. (239) 561-6641.
SPOOKTACULAR We’ve probably each owned one piece of unfortunate furniture that created shudders usually reserved for goblins and ghouls. Room Interior Philosophy features a phantom that will send a different sort of shiver up your spine: The Louis Ghost chair by Kartell, a transparent, polycarbonate vision created by iconic French designer Philippe Starck. This is one specter you’ll want haunting your home. 847 Fourth Ave. S., Naples. (239) 261-8888.
The home design process can be exciting, intoxicating and, yes, exhausting. Even out the edges with Robb & Stucky Interiors’ in-store consultation service, a complimentary occasion with one of the company’s design professionals to give guidance and advice to customers about furnishings, materials and overall décor goals. 2777 Tamiami Trail N., Naples. (239) 261-3969.
MIRROR, MIRROR We would never suggest that new isn’t nice. But a bit of yesteryear lends an unmistakable allure to a home, especially if it’s as elegant as what’s available at Rue Toulouse. Not sure what piece to pick? A mirror is advisable: The shop offers many sizes, shapes and styles, and the gentle reflection rendered by the antique glass is romantic and flattering. 944 Fifth Ave. N., Naples. (239) 261-5211.