Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Furniture’

Long-Distance Decorating

Claudia Leah at Decorating Den Interiors makes it easy for seasonal residents.

With so many seasonal residents in Naples, decorating winter homes can be a little more complicated.   They’re only here three to six months and they have so many other fun things to do!

This may present a problem for them, but not for Claudia Leah of Decorating Den Interiors, who specializes in decorating long-distance.

“I can provide the same customer service for my seasonal clients as I do for my year-round customers, thanks to the Internet,” she explains.

Chris and Kristin Seeger are perfect examples.  They had just purchased a three-story town home, which was a mess: dark carpeting, heavy drapes and Mediterranean light fixtures.  The only furniture they had was a patio set they had purchased to use in the condo they had rented.

They called Claudia the day before they were to return to Vancouver and literally met with her hours before their return flight.  They walked through their new home with her.   Claudia took measurements and photos, and listened to their needs.   They wanted their new home to be light, bright and airy.

By the time they returned to Naples in mid-October, most of their decorating decisions had been made and deliveries had been scheduled.

“This house was decorated by Claudia and us between Naples and Vancouver,” Kristin explains.  “Through internet selections, emails, fabric swatches mailed to us and returned, and numerous conference calls, she got the job done.”

Claudia uses a computer program to create a home’s rooms.   She adds furniture to scale, colors, fabrics, lighting fixtures, window treatments and accessories.  She then sends it to the client via the Internet so they can get a visual of her design recommendations.

As soon as the Seegers returned to Naples, the deliveries started coming: furniture, window treatments, lighting fixtures, bedding, lamps and accessories.   Within two weeks their town home was about 75% complete.   During the next couple of weeks, they worked with Claudia to tweak every room, incorporating their personal possessions and artwork into the design.   Claudia even custom-embroidered a pillow for them to match a sculpture they had purchased at an art show.

They love their new home.   It’s light, bright and airy.   And, they give all the credit to Claudia.

“We just think the world of her and her team,” says Kristin.  “People from Europe, any out-of-town people who are buying homes here now and will have to leave, should know that the project will be in good hands with Claudia Leah of Decorating Den Interiors.   It can be done long distance – on time and on budget!”

Summer Outdoors in Subtropical Naples

Outdoor Wicker Furniture

School’s out, our seasonal residents are back up North, and the hot, humid, lazy days of summer are back here in Naples! But summer also means rainy season for us. And although we still love to be outside, the sun and humidity bring a few challenges to our lanai’s.

Faded cushions? Moldy spots? Sagging straps? Maybe need a little help with privacy with outdoor draperies since the neighbor cut his hedge?

Today’s outdoor furnishings are available in an unprecedented variety of classic, timeless designs as well as the newest cutting-edge trends often seen in the fashion industry. There is a vast array of durable, high quality outdoor products that stand up to our subtropical climate and make the potential of your outdoor living space virtually unlimited!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Wrought Aluminum/Resin Wicker

Resin wicker furnishings bring a classic summer elegance to the tropical outdoors. The highest quality alloy frames are intricately woven with weather-proof wicker in many styles and finishes. Timeless classics and new-for-2011 designs can stand up to the climate and make those summer moments memorable.

Outdoor Fabrics

The latest solution dyed acrylic fabrics are extremely fade resistant, durable enough to stand up to bleach, but soft to the touch. The huge variety of available fabric designs permit continuity of the color story from the inside of the home to the outdoor space.
Manufactured under the highest standards, and tested for abrasion and ultra violet resistance, the fabrics will remain colorfast for many years.

Cast Aluminum/Cast Iron

The finest alloys are subject to the highest testing standards, assuring ultra-violet resistance for many years. Beginning with precise drawings, one of a kind wooden blanks are skillfully built, then the molded pieces are created and cured, and finished with a ceramic powder coating with hand applied details. Stunning!

Stone and Faux Stone

The one-of-a-kind beauty of natural stone and faux stone is always a great choice for outdoor spaces. The sizes, shapes and designs available are virtually unlimited, and will give your home a unique elegance that will provide you and your guests countless hours of outdoor living enjoyment.

So don’t let the summer keep you inside! Embrace our tropical heat and enjoy!

Decorating Den

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


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