Bold Shades Beckon in Bonita Springs Home

A New York couple hankers for hues in their refreshed Bonita Springs retreat

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Almost two decades ago, a New York couple was on the hunt for a Florida vacation home. A lot of their friends were doing it, after all, and they figured it would be nice to have a getaway once their three children got married and had kids of their own. In Bonita Springs, a broker showed them a sixteenth-floor condominium with an incredible view and they were instantly sold. 

“It was just so beautiful and calm,” said the homeowner, who lives in the two-bedroom residence a few months out of the year. “Over the years, it has really come to feel like home.” 

Time certainly flies, and when it does, styles change. As a result, the homeowners decided it was time to refresh their home-away-from-home’s interiors. Their goal? To punch things up with some Palm Beach color, texture, and pattern.

After a Google search, the homeowners found and hired interior designer Laura Parsons of Pure Design in Naples to infuse the abode with the bold hues and prints they adore. They started small, just focusing on the master suite. But they liked what Parsons did so much that they asked her to redecorate the rest of the unit.

“I really liked [Parsons’] background, her work, and the fact that she had a small company,” the homeowner says. “There was chemistry there from the moment we first met, so I knew I could work with her. She was so warm and welcoming.” The feeling was mutual. “They’re just a joyful, exuberant couple,” Parsons says. “They also adore color, so this project was really about them and their love affair with it.” 

Parsons says the story of this reinvigorated space begins with a favorite fabric. “Colorful prints are not for the faint of heart,” she says. “But I showed [the homeowner] this beautiful large floral print that looked like a watercolor painting and [she] loved it so much it became the featured fabric.”

Parsons created draperies from the fabric, using it strategically on cushions throughout the space. For accents, she teased out sunny yellows, vibrant corals, bold reds, and various shades of blues and greens—sourcing pillows, lighting fixtures, wallpaper, artwork, and accessories in those shades. In each room, Parsons mixed these colors in unexpected ways, creating playful spaces that reflect the homeowners’ personality.

Beyond color, a Palm Beach–inspired space calls for textures from natural fibers like grasscloth and jute. Laura fused the condo’s contemporary elements with these organic details, which include the wicker chairs in the breakfast nook to the bamboo-framed mirror in the powder room and the ornate jute rugs. 

“When I first told [Parsons] what I was looking for, she just ran with it, and I loved everything she pulled, found, and put together,” the homeowner says. “Everything was elegant, bright, and happy.”

  The homeowners loved the end result—a departure from the neutral tones in their New York home—and Parsons says that any time she goes to the house to tweak things, the couple shakes her hand and tells her how appreciative they are for the work she has done. 

“We were thrilled with it,” the homeowner says. “And I loved that [Parsons] took care of every last detail, right down to hanging the art and accessorizing the bookshelves.” 

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Laura Parsons, Pure Design of Naples, Naples, FL

Builder Thomas Lykos, The Lykos Group, Naples, FL

Text by Paige Bowers

Photography by Daniel Newcomb, Jupiter, FL

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Sources 

Living Room

Sofa – Charles Stewart, Hickory, NC

Fabric – Designers Guild, Ammon Hickson, Dania Beach, FL

Blue pillow fabric – China Seas, Quadrille, New York, NY

Trim – Samuel and Sons, Jeffrey Michaels, Hollywood, FL

Yellow pillows – Peter Fasano, John Rosselli, Dania Beach, FL

Blue chairs – Hancock & Moore, Taylorsville, NC

Fabric – Designers Guild, Ammon Hickson, Dania Beach, FL

Pillows – Ryan Studio, Summerfields, Naples, FL

Blue ottomans – Vintage, Chairish, charish.com

Ottoman fabric – China Seas, Quadrille, New York, NY

Cocktail table – Creative Metal & Wood, Thomasville, NC

Cocktail table fabric wrap – Phillip Jeffries, Fairfield, NJ

Side table – Design Freres, Chairish, charish.com

Light blue chest – Bungalow 5, J Douglas, Atlanta, GA

Mirror – Vintage, Owner’s Collection

Lamp – Vintage, Murano, Antique Connector, Naples, FL

Area rug – Patterson Flynn & Martin, Dania Beach, FL

Breakfast Area

Table – Rove Concepts, Hollywood, FL

Wicker chairs – Serena & Lily, Sausalito, CA

Banquette designed by Pure Design of Naples, Naples, FL

Fabricated by Michael Schmidt Custom Interiors, Naples, FL

Pillows fabric – Peter Fasano, John Rosselli, Dania Beach, FL

Trim – Samuel and Sons, Jeffrey Michaels, Hollywood, FL

Hanging pendant – Arteriors, Carrollton, TX

Drapery fabric – Designers Guild, Ammon Hickson, Dania Beach, FL

Elevator Foyer

Armchairs – David Francis, Vero Beach, FL

Fabric – Designers Guild, Ammon Hickson, Dania Beach, FL

Etagere– Amanda Lindroth, Palm Beach, FL

Sconces – Visual Comfort, Lighting New York, New York, NY

Hanging pendant – Colleen & Co., Long Beach, CA

Ceiling treatment – Designers Guild, Ammon Hickson, Dania Beach, FL

Dining Area

Table – Julian Chichester, Atlanta, GA

Chairs – Hickory Chair, Hickory, NC

Chair fabric – Designers Guild, Ammon Hickson, Dania Beach, FL

Banquette – Charles Stewart, Hickory, NC

Banquette fabric – Designers Guild, Ammon Hickson, Dania Beach, FL

Artwork – Cielo & Citron, John Schuyler, Gardener Colby Gallery, Naples, FL

Sconces – Vaughan, John Rosselli, Dania Beach, FL

Chandelier – Ironware International, Jerry Pair, Dania Beach, FL

Kitchen

Cabinetry and island – Hightide Cabinetry & Design, Naples, FL

Island fabricated by The Lykos Group, Naples, FL

Stools – Thibaut, Newark, NJ

Fabric – Peter Fasano, John Rosselli, Dania Beach, FL

Hanging pendants – Urban Electric, Charleston, SC

Powder Room

Cabinetry – J. Tribble, Atlanta, GA

Mirror – Pottery Barn, San Francisco, CA

Sconces – Visual Comfort, Lighting New York, New York, NY

Wall covering – Lee Jofa, Kravet, Naples, FL

Study Bath

Cabinetry – Hightide Cabinetry & Design, Naples, FL

Mirror – Vintage, Owner’s Collection

Sconces – Tech Lighting, Lighting New York, NY

Wall covering –  Phillip Jeffries, Fairfield, NJ

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