Tuesday, December 27, 2016


The French architect-decorator, Robert Couturier, whom my old dear friend and mentor Tice Alexander jokingly called "Bob Taylor" said something about paradise being a place where you go when you are dead- and we all know what he meant- he had a Naples client when he was quoted as making this very Gallic acerbic remark- and it is funny. 

These snap shots capture a tiny glimpse of Christmas in Naples- where opulence is making a huge comeback- it's only just beginning. 

I so enjoyed the visit from my family this year, and we made the rounds from the Ritz Carlton, to Tarpon Lodge, to Third Street South.  I saw many, many old friends and acquaintances and was so happy to see them.  One's true wealth is measured in health and friends and family. 

Trusting that all of my readers and followers had an enjoyable holiday and will have an even better New Years Eve and New Year!  Here comes 2017!  Ready or not!  DF *****

Monday, December 19, 2016

TROPICAL Holiday: Naples

Fun places to shop downtown: Paper Merchant (for wacky cards, gifts and wrapping paper) A Mano (higher end gifts) J. McLaughlin (tropical colored clothing) and my personal fave, since they have a bar with complimentary rum runners- ISLAND COMPANY, (fun clothing items for men and women and cute tropical themed gifts) (Palm Beach, Nantucket, Naples, Martha's Vineyard, Grand Cayman) Check out their site- ! XOXO Dean. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

KRAVET, Candice Olson

Designer Candice Olson, was the celebrity guest for the 2016 Kravet Naples holiday party- she was kind enough to let me appear with her in this image- and Candice has partnered with Kravet for new lines - exciting! 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

PATINA, Naples

Patina, Naples

Inspired and pleased to see this gorgeous new space in Naples- Patina, with Karen and Wanda- click here !

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

THINK GREEN: Holiday Color Inspiration

MP Interiors
December has me thinking about, and seeing, GREEN everywhere!  One can see it, touch it, and smell it- and it sums up a lot about the holiday season for me.  Green, in all of its many incarnations, is a fabulous and uplifting color!  Think Green!  Happy Holidays! 

Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamara

Mark Sikes

Mark Sikes

Angelo Donghia

Dean Farris


Mario Buatta
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

BRANDING: Dann Foley Lifestyle

Designer, Dann Foley

I was just browsing the printed copy of the new HOME ACCENTS TODAY, and found this interesting SoCal designer, Dann Foley .  Since I can't resist a pretty face and the fact that we share similar initials- thought I'd feature him for December first!  He's in the midst of growing his business from just interior design to product design.  Good luck Dann!

Amato lamp by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort

  In the same issue of HAT, I read with interest about Visual Comfort lighting.  President Andy Singer mentioned that the Amato lamp, by Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler, is a hot item.  It comes in white also and there's a shade option too- (fabric versus metal).  available through MP Interiors !