Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bill Earls Realtor

Bill Earls Realtor

111 Fifth Avenue South, Naples, Florida 34102 

More exciting news!  One of my favorite of the newer homes in Old Naples has just gone on the market~ the personal family residence of architect Eugene Martin, it commands attention with its Beaux Arts facade,  facing both Fifth Avenue South and Gulf Shore Boulevard.  Kudos to top real estate professional, Bill Earls, for listing yet another iconic and grand, yet family oriented property!  The most enticing thing about this house is that one can walk to the beach (across the boulevard) or just one block to the famed restaurants of Fifth Avenue, including Bice, Tulia, Hob Nob, La Bazenne, etcetera~or take the jitney to the Port Royal club !  Enjoy!  DF *****
111 Fifth Avenue S. Naples, Florida 34102


Diane Torrisi

Here I am with designer Diane Torrisi
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of making a presentation to the ladies group from Naples, known as "The Neapolitans" ~ along with my good friend and esteemed colleague, Diane Torrisi.  
As you can see, I was not exactly red carpet or camera ready, although I think Diane looks fabulous!  We gave a power-point talk to 36 lovely ladies, on the topic of decorating trends and holiday decor'....followed by a tour of our other five showrooms and a seated luncheon in the east atrium.  A good time was had by all! DF *****  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Salvatore Ferragamo in Naples

Salvatore Ferragamo
Exciting news! One of the celebrity vintners this year, at the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival, will be Salvatore Ferragamo~ His Il B0rro vineyards wine in Tuscany will be offered in the bidding wars...check out il borro here
Enjoy! NWWF benefits children's charities~ DF *****

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sip and Shop

Abalone and Sea Glass mirror by Judith Auclair, Chesterdales, Naples

Dear Mary and I had such a nice time last night browsing the wares at Chesterdales Antiques Market~ Naples.  This fabulous hand made mirror, by my dear friend Judith Auclair, caught my eye, isn't it a stunning piece?  I even found something for myself as I sipped my Chardonnay~

I'd been wanting one of these small copies of a bulls eye mirror with the eagle on top~ and voila! here it is!  Someone had painted over it in a nice stone color ~ with a little gold showing through. Very nice ! (for the price) Enjoy the weekend! DF *****

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Charm of Cashiers

Image via James Farmer, Southern  Living

This is one of my favorite times of the year, and also one of my favorite images~ the decorative cabbages remind me of my walks up and down Madison Avenue, when I was living in New York.  Inspiring!  Enjoy!  DF *****

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Buttons Commode and Mirror

Le Clos de Fiorentina, St Jean Cap Ferrat
When I was very young, I had a nice friend from the south of France, her name was Marguerite.  Her grandmother used to make buttons- and Marguerite would show them to me.  I was amazed at how beautiful they were.  All hand made, exquisite.

Commode and mirror through MP Interiors
These charming painted pieces, decorated with old buttons, have been haunting me for quite a while~ and they reminded me of my childhood friend, Marguerite, a wonderful person she was!  Enjoy!  DF *****

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Todd Romano for Schumacher !

Todd Alexander Romano for Schumacher
What's red, white and blue, and read all over? Todd Alexander Romano for F. Schumacher ~ that's what!
Here's to all of our proud, strong, and brave veterans! 

Todd Romano
Congratulations to dear Todd, who also worked under Mario Buatta and the late Parkin Saunders, just as I once did!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Carleton and the Colony

Image via the Colony Hotel site
Of course, I'm super excited that Billy and I are going back to the Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, to see Tommy Tune perform at the Royal Room~ Our friend and colleague, Mr. Carleton Varney, along with Brinsley Matthews and the CV team, have just completed an overhaul of the venerable old hotel.  It presides over the end of Worth Avenue, like a grand queen!

The Royal Room at the Colony, via the Colony Hotel site
We had just missed seeing Mary Wilson, of the Supremes, playing here right before the renovation closed the hotel.  What fun to see Tommy Tune perform!  Here he is (below) with Liz Smith.  

Tommy Tune, via NYSD
So, here come the holidays, once again!  Looking forward to staying in Naples this year.  One of the most enjoyable Christmas holidays I ever spent was in Key West~ back in the late 1970's !!! Imagine the excitement and the fun!  There were no big cruise ships coming in to the port then, so it was quite a different place from what it has become today. Enjoy!DF***** 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Image: A Chinoiserie Inspiration

If I could only choose one image, to represent our love of chinoiserie, it would be this one~by the way, DeGournay is represented by MP Interiors, call us on (239) 498-9074 for quotes and more information!  Have a great and inspired weekend! DF ***** (available to the trade)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Using a Bold Print in a Bedroom- Aerin

Aerin Lauder, Vogue
One of our favorite newer vendors, here at MP Interiors, is AERIN ~ including beautiful furniture made for her by the E.J. Victor company.  Presently, I am re-designing a master suite for my client Mary Edelman Wilson, here in Naples, and am also proposing a large scale printed material, from Schumacher (Zanzibar Trellis Matte) and a pair of "Culloden" lamps from the AERIN collection through Visual Comfort.  The room shown above, I believe was influenced by Mark Hampton's work for Estee Lauder, Aerin's famous grandmother. Inspiring! Enjoy! DF ***** 


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Modern/Classic, That Trellis Thing

Chloe Sevigny's former NYC apartment
Have you noticed that something once considered very classic, has become terribly trendy?  I got a kick out of this since Ms. Sevigny is from Darien~
This flat was in the trendy east village, and it was fun to see the contrast between a gritty neighborhood and a fresh look inside this 1.7 million dollar one bedroom...

Imperial Trellis, F. Schumacher
We represent F. Schumacher to-the-trade at Miromar Design Center, just north of Naples on I-75. Our firm, which is now called MP Interiors~ was formerly known in Florida as Webster and Company.  We also represent Stark, Old World Weavers, DeGournay, LEE, Aerin, and Ralph Lauren Home...Stroheim and Romann, Duralee, Peter Fasano, and Groves a beautiful collection of vintage and antique pieces~as well as~Madcap Cottage !  Come in and visit one of our six showrooms today!  Enjoy!  DF *****


P.S. I'm in love with Chloe Sevigny!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Topiary Madness

Bunny Mellon

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone
Wow! Look at these amazing, exquisite topiaries!  Loi has a beautiful shop and also a blog, called Tone on Tone- these are some of his myrtle topiary standards. Beautiful! DF *****