Monday, August 29, 2011

Zoran, Addison and Me

Sited on a double lot, direct beachfront

Original Addison Mizner detailing

Sensitively remodeled kitchen

New 75 foot pool

Years ago, I had the pleasure of knowing the famous fashion designer, Zoran, when he kept a place here in Naples. He owned several properties here, and was often seen riding his bicycle around town...and had a beautiful old property from 1926, called Casita de la Playa, attributed to the Palm Beach architect, Addison Mizner. I was invited to a party at this house once, and enjoyed seeing the property. Subsequent owners have restored and added on to the house, and it's now on the market. (asking $28 million). Here are some images from the marketing agent.

Re: 670 Gulf Shore Boulevard, Naples. Agent: James Bates, Coldwell Banker Previews International

Charming Sister- in- Maine Style Cottage For Sale

This adorable 1930 property is on the market. A steal at $1,199,000, and located in the heart of Naples' Historic District, it would be like having one of Mrs. Parish's cottages in Maine moved down to Naples. Each room is painted a different bold color, and patterns and prints are everywhere. The rose pink kitchen is so pretty, and the garden with pool is a visual delight. Here are a few pictures to tease you...ENJOY! DF *****

RE: 859 8th Avenue South, agent: Connie Meek, Downing-Frye

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dining in Provence

Interior by Dean Farris, Naples

Yesterday, I was on the east coast, and visited one of my favorite shops, called L'Occitane en Provence. I purchased a wonderful foot creme, containing shea butter, arnica, and lavender. Here's a snap of my Naples dining area, where I switched out the chairs to the Maitland Smith Chippendale armchairs and added some pillows from dear friend Mary. Enjoy the day! DF *****

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Kreiss — Back To The Future

Kreiss — Back To The Future
A great piece on the history of Kreiss and the California Look.
Courtesy, Ranch and Coast

I just found a property and wanted to share it with you!

I just found a property and wanted to share it with you!
Designer Alexis Barrett of Interiors by Design West, created this stunning model in Bonita Bay.
Kreiss, featuring interiors by Design West, is located at The Mercato, in Naples, Florida.
Please stop in for a tour of our new showroom!

Profile: Ivanka Trump

Profile: Ivanka Trump
What a fabulous beautiful woman!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Decorator Scrapbook XIII

Albert Hadley Hurricanes, through Liz O'Brien, New York

Progress Shot, Mediterra

Carol Fenzl painting through Kreiss-Design West, Naples

Dear Summer readers, enjoy these random images from our files! DF *****

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Showroom Shots: Kreiss Naples

photography by Dean Farris

Here are two views of our new Kreiss, featuring interiors by Design West, here in Naples. Looking forward to seeing you! DF *****

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I Remember C Z

I just woke up thinking about the elegant and iconic social beauty, Mrs. Winston "C Z" Guest. I was remembering being at a cocktail party in Southampton, and having the immense pleasure of meeting Mrs. Guest,who died in 2003. I also spent time with her beautiful daughter, Cornelia- who had been, like Brenda Frazier, a "Deb of the Year"... Horses, gardens, houses, family... this was what they were all about. The night I met CZ, she was wearing a magnificent black and white gown, and still had her blonde mane styled like Gloria Vanderbilts, with the famous WASP flip. I'll always remember her as being a warm and formidable woman, very Boston proper, and one who took no prisoners. Here she is late in life, looking elegant and serene. Enjoy! DF *****

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"It" Chair, Cross Back Arm Chair

My time is getting more limited these days for blogging, so, here's a brief glimpse into the classic world my mind inhabits, where old favorites never die, and the classics keep on showing up, perhaps tweaked or updated, but always retaining their sense of history and gravitas. This "Crossback Arm Chair" by Century (model # 3353A) is one of my favorites, I admire how it harks back to early Georgian and Chippendale examples, and yet seems to have a forever, contemporary look as well. Would love it in a leather, or a crisp Alan Campbell printed cotton...and here is a little sentiment I'd like to share with you dear readers.

The past is history

The future is a mystery

Today is a gift

And that's why it's called the present.

I do hope that you'll enjoy today wherever you are, and think about this iconic chair too!

DF *****

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Sublime Sunday Night Dinner

Last night, we enjoyed a wonderful home cooked dinner at the home of our friends Dickie and Troy. We dined in the gorgeous kitchen/breakfast room after pre-prandial wines and cheeses in the living room...they always serve Toasted Head chardonnay, very creamy and smooth. Our first course was a cheese ravioli with fresh frisse' greens and a tomato reduction. Yum! Main course was a divine grilled "Hanover" tomato served with a panko type encrusted chop of pork, again, so good! A side of baby Brussels Sprouts too. Dessert was wonderful macaroons and sambucca, amaretto or limoncello. What a nice dinner! Here's a pic of the kitchen, not including the beautiful breakfast area facing the terrace and the pool. DF*****