I've always enjoyed viewing other people's homes. Not just looking at magazine spreads, but taking little tours at a party, home show, or at an estate sale. I like the opportunity to see how others have decorated their homes, to see the furniture and art they've bought. I'm sure many of you enjoy the same thing.
Today I'm excited to show you family friend Debra O'Brien's exceptional home in Naples, Florida. Debra has decorated it herself with art and furniture collected over the years and through her travels around the globe. Her primary influence is French designer Christian Liaigre:
Here is the exterior of her home. It's a three-level structure with plenty of tropical foliage to give it privacy:
Inside the gate, there's a lovely pool in the courtyard. Debra's little Yorkie Stella is enjoying some relaxation time on the large chaise lounge:
Right inside the courtyard, there's a welcoming three seasons room to come in from the sun. The furniture and accessories are all striking black and white:
The dining table has a steel top and the chandelier is a dramatic black glass. The bench in the foreground is a fun black patent leather with clear lucite legs:
Two large doors with a transom window lead to the living room.
The light fixture in the living room is a like a modern sculpture hanging from the ceiling:
At one end of the room is a beautiful painting, the first work of art Debra ever purchased:
The kitchen can be seen from the living room, and swivel chairs like the one below make the counter accessible if you want to sit close to the kitchen activity.
The kitchen cupboard doors are a beautiful milk glass:
This unusual wire sculpture was created by covering a wax form of a human with intricate wire, then melting the wax. It's suspended from the ceiling near Debra's staircase:
It moves slowly with the motion of the air:
This is Debra's second, more formal dining room:
A beautiful sink in the downstairs bathroom:
The whimsical light fixture in the lavatory:
Note the wallpaper in the lavatory. It's a silver wood veneer with pearl studs. Have you ever seen anything like it? I'd be surprised if you have!
Speaking of bathrooms, in an upstairs guest bathroom, there's silver patent leather wallpaper. Another most unusual wall treatment!
And here is where the lucky guest gets to stay:
This is Debra's office:
Floating bookshelves make a real statement on one wall:
An art piece inspired by "The Last Tango in Paris":
The view from the bedroom balcony:
In the hallway, another lovely piece of art:
And another view of the living room:
My mom's dog Jezebel (L) and Stella, driving her car:
Isn't Debra's house fabulous? I don't know about you, but I feel inspired to do a little sprucing up around my own place after seeing such a luxurious abode.
I want to thank Debra for allowing me to photograph her home. It was a delightful experience!