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Designer Leili Fatemi transforms a transitional waterfront condo on Marco Island into a glam space suited for the entire family to lounge in style.

“Our primary goal was to create a sophisticated, yet functional, look for our home,” homeowner Robert Bull says.

The three-dimensional media wall, custom designed by designer Leili Fatemi, is made from American walnut patterned to mimic the waves outside and surrounded by recessed LED lighting.

When you have beautiful views of the tranquil waters surrounding Marco Island, it’s easy to ignore the interior design of your home. You could just go on autopilot and pull together a Tommy Bahama look or accept some matching sets from a national furniture chain and be content to stare out the window.

This condo was designed to be a romantic retreat for the former high school sweethearts. While elegance and style was a priority, the couple, who has numerous grandkids, did not want the space to be off-putting or too formal.  Homeowner Lora Bull says they wanted a place where you would be equally comfortable having an elegant dinner party or lounging around in beachwear.

The couple called upon Fort Myers-based interior designer Leili Fatemi, of Leili Design Studio, who created spaces that fit the Bulls’ style, while working within the transitional bones of the newly-built structure. The task was made more challenging, due to the fact that surfaces, such as the flooring and kitchen cabinetry, were chosen prior to Fatemi coming onboard. “We have a blend of styles, not contemporary or chic, but still modern and functional,” Robert says. “We know that it’s not easy to achieve a cohesive and seamless look.”

To meld the family’s wants and needs, Fatemi chose to go dramatic in some areas, using dark tones to add power and elegance, while helping to blend in the dark wood flooring.

Towering 25-foot ceilings greet guests in the foyer, while a flock of 72 brass sea birds in various sizes hang on the wall, diving from the ceiling toward the floor. Overhead, a delicate Slim LED chandelier illuminates the entryway with pinpoints of light.

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Photography: Diana Todorova