Lakewood Ranch Home Strikes the Right Balance

In Lakewood Ranch, a carefully composed palette and expert layering bring forth the textured vacation home its owners envisioned


After a New Jersey husband and wife decided to build a 4,500-square-foot custom home in Lakewood Ranch as their vacation retreat, they began to ask around to find a designer who would create interiors that represented them. Excellent word of mouth brought them to LMG Design Consulting in nearby Naples and to their first meeting with Lisa Guild and Casey O’Brien.  

“I told the homeowner to come to the table with some inspiration and ideas for what she wanted the feeling of the house to be,” says Guild. “As soon as our conversation started, she handed me a photo with a variety of succulents.” 

Thus, the desired palette.  

“The image guided the color direction of the residence,” says Guild. “Beautiful celadon green, purple, pink, and aqua. Based on that, we knew we’d be dealing with softer hues, nothing harsh. She also told us she wanted an organic feeling in each of the rooms, and design that flowed from space to space.” 

To ensure the desired palette, the design team poured through paint swatches for days before deciding on October Mist and Tavern Gray by Benjamin Moore. Guild and O’Brien then put their heads together to develop a plan of action that supported the overall vision. 

When it came to furniture, the designers opted for pieces defined by modern lines, which aptly describes the sectional and club chairs in the living room, the white stools along the kitchen island, and the sculptural amber table in the foyer. To assure a timeless look, special attention was paid to layering. Case in point: velvet cushions and glass mid-century modern lamps (found in New Orleans) in the living room and European tile backsplash in the kitchen. “The client’s decisions on furniture and accessories leaned mostly to contemporary, with some traditional choices,” says Guild. “I think what we came up with is a perfect mix of the two.” 

Two-and-a-half years after that first meeting with the succulents photo, the house was complete and the homeowners were enchanted by the outcome.  

“We are so fortunate to have clients who are collaborative, responsive, and respectful of the design process,” says Guild. “Projects like this one make us better designers.” 

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Lisa Guild & Casey O’Brien, LMG Design Consulting, Naples, FL

Text by Paige Bowers

Photography by Shae Meris, Small Snack Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Open to see Interior Design Sources:



Table – Global Views, High Point, NC

Mirror and lamp – Uttermost, High Point, NC

Metal sculptures in reflection – Made Goods,

Living Room

Sofa – Taylor King, Taylorsville, NC

Chairs – Ray Booth, Hickory Chair, Hickory NC

Custom chests – Vanguard, Conover, NC

Cocktail tables – Caracole, High Point, NC

Sofa table – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Lighting – Arteriors, High Point, NC

Wallcovering – Phillip Jeffries, Fairfield, NJ

Dining Area & Kitchen

Custom dining table – Century Furniture, Hickory, NC

Chairs – Caracole, High Point, NC

Lighting – Ralph Lauren, Visual Comfort, High Point, NC

Pendant – Hudson Valley Lighting Group,

Counter stools – Arteriors, High Point, NC

Guest Bedroom

Bed – Cox,

Bedside chest – Brownstone Furniture, Richmond, CA

Primary Bedroom

Bed – Hickory Chair, Hickory, NC

Bed bench – Ambella Home, High Point, NC

Nightstands – Vanguard, Conover, NC

Artwork – Lillian August,

Primary Bath

Sconces – Hudson Valley Lighting Group,


Builder – Anchor Builders of Southwest Florida, Sarasota, FL

Area rugs – Jaipur Living,

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