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“Like so much else in life, luxury is relative. When it comes to interior design, the concept is often invoked, but its meaning can take many forms.” These words for ELLEDECOR Magazine’s “Luxury Survey” have made us reflect on what luxury means to us. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner there is no better time to delve into the concept of luxury.

Probably most homeowners would agree with ELLEDECOR’s findings that 68% of respondents said “quality beats everything else in determining what constitutes true luxury.” However, that begs the question: What is quality?

Is quality using high-end materials? Great craftsmanship? Is it exclusivity or brand recognition? Obviously these things play a role in quality but for quality to truly lend itself to luxury we argue there is an additional element. True luxury is a feeling. It is personal and should make you feel special! So, luxurious touches might be a certain fabric that transforms when upholstered onto your great-grandmothers chair or turns a plain window into something extraordinary with window treatments. It might be the addition of badly needed accessories or a lush rug that defines your space and pulls a room together. When these things make you feel something special we have taken quality and turned it into luxury!

Call us when you are ready for a touch of luxury in your life!

The Look: Summer Chic

We have another article in Your Home Magazine! This link takes you to the online version of the magazine where you can peruse at your leisure. For the July issue we were asked to talk about summer style. Here in southwest Florida we embrace “summer chic” year round. Read the article below to find out how to pull this style together and prevent an overly “beachy” look. We aim to give our clients a cohesive look rather than matchy-matchy. If you need help with a summer chic look in your home give us a call!

Get the Look

High Point Review

The Fall High Point Market was a few weeks ago and boy do we have some fun things to share! High Point is the place we go to see the latest and greatest from our vendors. Here are some trends we noticed during market:

  • Mid-century modern is making a statement in a big way.
  • Metallics are holding steady in the mix of deep, rich colors. Think deep jewel tones mixed with brass and copper.
  • Large scale prints are all over the place, so are velvets!

Here are some fun pics from the trip (yes, a picture with Barclay Butera was a highlight!).

Trendspotter: Industrial Chic

The Industrial look is making a come back and is ready to  revolutionize your home. Now, if you are having visions of your warm and inviting space turning cold and sterile Рnever fear! This Industrial Revolution has been given a bit of chic style that has transformed from cold and impersonal to clean and sleek and full of personality.

Start incorporating this look into your own home by adding things like seating, accessories, coffee tables, side tables/storage, and of course, lighting!










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Do you need help finding industrial looking items to add to your chic look? Give us a call!

A blast of color!

Color can transform a space from “Eh” to “Wow”! We have been pinning lots of fun color schemes lately. Here are some color blasts that we are crushing on.

Amazing how funky, bold wallpaper transforms the classic kitchen to something unique!


Painting the back of these bookshelves blue distinguishes the accessories and adds so much to this office.

Grouping like colored things also adds some interest to a space. (Fun note: This is book wallpaper)

This traditional looking navy blue is lightened up with white stripes (or is the crisp white toned down by the navy?)















Follow us on Pinterest to see what else we love. Whether your color style is bold or subdued, if you need help with color in your home call us for a free consultation.



Welcome Sarah Naples!

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new member of the Decorating Den interior design team. Here in lovely Naples, Florida, we are so excited to welcome Sarah Naples (yes, that is her real last name) to our interior design firm!

Growing up in Naples, Sarah has always enjoyed the best of what the Southwest Florida area has to offer, including spending afternoons at the beautiful white sand beaches, shopping in and around town, and spending time with close friends and family. Throughout her life, she has also cultivated an eye for design. In her current Old Florida residence (a stilt home built in the 1960s), Sarah enjoys finding unique, antique-type pieces and placing them in just the right spot to garner the optimum level of attention. Her home is a place of peace and rest with a defined style, and she hopes to help our clients find the same level of peace and rest in their own homes as they exhibit their own style and personality.

Sarah has spent her career supporting web marketing efforts, writing website content, providing assistance in a variety of capacities, supporting organizational efforts, and planning and executing events within various organizations. We are pleased to have her join our team, and so excited for the level of experience and professionalism she brings to Decorating Den. Her bright smile, poise, positive attitude, and hard working nature is contagious! We are already having a lovely time together in the office after only several weeks.

As we introduce all of our clients to Sarah, we are confident you will love working with her as well. She will be guiding our client ordering efforts, helping with organizational tasks within the office, and assisting in client meetings, among many other things. We look forward to introducing you personally to Sarah Naples. Please join us in extending her a warm welcome!

Decorating Den Gift Cards!

Give the perfect gift this holiday season — the gift of a bright, lovely, well-designed home! Do you have someone on your list who has everything? Maybe there’s someone in your life who has been talking about finding the perfect rug, creating a dining room that works, redoing their window treatments, or complaining about the way their couches don’t exactly fit in their living room. Give the gift of interior design!

What would this gift include? Well, it comes in increments of $100 or $500, and the card may be used for customized design, products that fit your family member’s need perfectly, or installation services. As we meet with the person on your Christmas list, we will discuss together their needs and unique stylistic tendencies, coming up with a plan that fits them perfectly. What are a few more reasons to choose to give the gift of a Decorating Den gift card this holiday season?

1. Your gift card will be an experience. When we meet, your family member or close friend will enjoy the experience of customized design, quality products, superior service as well as professional and creative ideas.

2. Your gift card will result in a truly unique home. As we seek to help the gift card recipient improve the overall look and feel of their home, a unique quality emerges. Add to that, many of our products are built and created to our own specifications, resulting in a truly personalized outcome.

3. Your gift card will lead to increased beauty and peace within a home. Our goal is to create an uncluttered, peaceful environment that perfectly reflects the style and needs of the home’s inhabitants. What gift could be better for the people on your list? It is a gift that lasts for many years to come.

As you ponder how to give this holiday season, consider a gift card to Decorating Den. Our team is so passionate about partnering with our clients to create a lovely and satisfying home environment and experience. Give us a call — we would love to chat!

Lighting Up Your Life: A Few Tips

As you consider your home, and the environment you would like to create for your family, it is easy to focus on larger items — things like couches, pieces of art, what is hanging on the walls, or larger furniture items. Often, we tend to neglect a most important finishing touch: the lighting of our home. If you are working with Decorating Den — or another interior designer — you will most assuredly discuss lighting before the re-design process begins. If not, however, you will want to focus on this most important aspect of interior design throughout your home.

What Do You Want From Your Home?

As you fill your home with the stuff of life: important photos, art you’ve collected, a nostalgic relic from your college days, messes, family members, guests, etc., considering placement, focus and design is essential. And it begins with one question: What do you want out of your home? What are a few of your main goals for your home in general and each room in particular? This will help drive every decision, but it will also help drive your decisions regarding lighting.

Lighting: A Few Tips and Tricks

Lighting can be the life force within your home — it can support and encourage the design and positive features that exists. It can even mask some of things you may not enjoy within your home. Moreover, poor lighting can highlight these negatives or fail to support the¬†positive interior design features of your home. It is a powerful tool when used correctly. Here are just a few tips:

  • Consider the desired mood you’d like to create before purchasing lighting. Do you want your family room to be the center of activity, drawing people in and encouraging conversation? Do you want your library to be a place of peace and relaxation? These desired moods and outcomes will drive decisions.
  • Choose various types of lighting options, particularly for bigger rooms. Your common areas should contain a variety of lighting types that function together in harmony –possible floor lamps, track lighting, as well table lamps — and maybe even a few light fixtures around the outside of the room.
  • Use direct, overhead light to accent specific pieces. Direct lighting draws attention to specific pieces; it should not be used at random. Pick a piece of art you love, and draw attention to it using direct (yet soft) lighting from above.
  • Make lighting easy on yourself. Choose fixtures and lamps you enjoy, and add to the lighting in your home slowly. Plan early for track lighting if you’re planning to renovate your kitchen or bathroom.
  • Never leave a room in the dark. Always have plenty of lighting in each room of your house, and focus on lighting in each room. Don’t leave anyone in the dark — it can be exceedingly frustrating!

We hope this helps as you seek out lighting options for your home!

Decorating Den

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Claudia Leah, IDS
Decorating Den Interiors
6062 Taylor Road, Unit 501
Naples, FL 34109


Remodeling and Home Design