Designer Q&A: Haven. Beauty. Sustainability. Hygge. Balance.June 13, 2022
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A resident of Southwest Florida for more than 15 years, Jane Sberna grew up in Circleville, Ohio, and is a proud Buckeye fan and Ohio State University alum. Upon graduation she entered the world of commercial design, working on assignments in South Africa and Italy. She has lived and breathed Florida residential interior design for nearly a decade with clients in The Colony, Pelican Landing, Grandezza, Pelican Bay, Cape Marco, Olde Naples, Naples Reserve, Fiddler’s Creek, and Isles of Collier.
Jane believes that what she calls the “comfort factor” is equally as important as the aesthetic of any interior design project. She also says a successful project is one in which she is invisible, reflecting only her clients and what they love.
Originally from the Big Apple, Rachelle Porco earned a bachelor’s of
fine art in interior design from the New York Institute of Technology.
Now, having lived in the Sunshine State for more than seven years, she
easily relates to anyone who moves from the north hoping to embrace the
Jane and Rachelle have collaborated on several model homes for Robb & Stucky, one of which recently won a Sand Dollar Interior Design of the Year award in the $2,500,001-$3,000,000 range.
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"A native of Pretoria, South Africa, where she grew up “surrounded by
breathtaking beauty, rich colors and creative people,” Ingrid de
Villiers has called Southwest Florida home for 24 years. Robb &
Stucky has been her workplace home for the past nine of these years. Ms.
de Villiers earned a bachelor of arts degree in interior design at
London Metropolitan University in London, England. She has received
numerous Sand Dollar Awards from the Collier Building Industry Association for her work on single-family homes,
and in 2016 she was the winner of Blink Art Resource’s annual interior
design challenge. Blink is an art marketplace described on its website
as “a cross between a portfolio, an artist director and a trends
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The featured style in Robb & Stucky’s glossy 2019 winter catalogue is called Modern Beach House. The luxury home furnishings and interior design company creates this contemporary style and others seamlessly, although individual pieces come from manufacturers across the U.S. as well as Asia.
Before each product is given a “white glove” inspection and finally shipped out to show- rooms in South Florida and to homeowners anywhere in the world, it all comes through the company’s new 125,000-square-foot distribution center and corporate headquarters off Lee Road in South Fort Myers. “It’s the whole kit and caboodle,” said distribution manager Keith Fraser one morning in late January, after solving an issue with a large glass table-top that had failed to fit in someone’s elevator. “Everything from the whole company rolls in to this building.”
The company that was started more than a century ago in downtown Fort Myers, hit hard by a global economic downtown, and came in to new ownership in 2011 after being forced in to bankruptcy, has grown steadily over the last seven years and is planning further stores in Florida and beyond.