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Designer Q&A: Haven. Beauty. Sustainability. Hygge. Balance.

Designer Q&A: Haven. Beauty. Sustainability. Hygge. Balance.

June 13, 2022
From the time she was about 12 years old, Leslie Gentry has been rearranging furniture and sketching rooms. It started with her childhood bedroom in St. Louis, Mo. She did it professionally for 17 years in the Midwest, and now she does it for clients of Robb & Stucky throughout Southwest Florida. She’s been with the firm since moving to Naples six years ago, bringing with her an associate’s degree in interior design from St. Louis Community College and accreditation from the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Read the full designer Q&A here.
Designer Q&A: Teaming up for great interiors is their specialty

Designer Q&A: Teaming up for great interiors is their specialty

January 27, 2022

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 Florida lifestyle.

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.

Read the full Designer Q&A here.

Designer Q&A: Her mission: To Make Clients Feel Great in Their Space

Designer Q&A: Her mission: To Make Clients Feel Great in Their Space

November 25, 2021
From wall coverings to furniture, fabrics and fixtures, Christine Neal, Allied ASID, regards the creative process that is her profession as an art technique that helps her clients express their passions through the places they live. Whether it’s where they eat, sleep or relax, she makes it her mission to make sure they feel great in it, she says. “It’s what I love to do.”

Read the full Designer Q&A here.
Designer Q&A: A life of travel leads to a love of all design

Designer Q&A: A life of travel leads to a love of all design

September 30, 2021
Tricia Lynch cultivated her career in interior design from a worldly sensibility, traveling the globe with her family and living in North America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, including her favorite homes in Rome and San Francisco. During her travels, she developed a natural love for beauty, architecture, and design. She holds an associate’s degree in interior design and has been honing her skills over a 20-year career.

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Designer Q&A: Using her talents to combine trends with tradition

Designer Q&A: Using her talents to combine trends with tradition

August 26, 2021

"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 reference.”

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Designer Q&A: Looking for new and unique things for every project

Designer Q&A: Looking for new and unique things for every project

July 15, 2021
"Judith Kristoff grew up in Canadohta Lake, Penn., in the snow belt between Erie and Pittsburgh. She started her interior design career in the late 1980s in Southeast Florida and moved to North Carolina after studying interior design at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. Three years ago she returned to the Sunshine State and joined the design team at Robb & Stucky."

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Gold Standard: COMFORT FOR ALL

Gold Standard: COMFORT FOR ALL

February 6, 2020
LIKE MANY BABY BOOMERS, Mitchell Gold grew up in a home where the living room was reserved for guests but otherwise off-limits to family members.

“When I grew up and my parents redid their living room, they took my brother and me in and said, ‘This is the living room. Now you see it. Stay out.’ It was like an invisible rope and we always came through the side door, never through the front door,” said Mr. Gold, 69. “So, in my own living, I only go through the front door. I mean, rarely do I go in the side door. And we use the living room to live in. So, I think it’s really just a very different way of living now. We use every room. People use every room in their house now.”

Furniture Exec to Discuss Design Trends

Furniture Exec to Discuss Design Trends

March 28, 2019
Jason Phillips, vice president of the North Carolina furniture company Phillips Collection, will discuss current trends in furniture and design at a free seminar that begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29, at Robb & Stucky, 7557 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Phillips will focus on how to incorporate natural elements into your living space at the event, which will include light refreshments and a gift card raffle. RSVP online.
An 'old-new' Robb & Stucky looks toward GROWTH

An 'old-new' Robb & Stucky looks toward GROWTH

February 7, 2019

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.

Robb & Stucky Design Team Wins a 2018 Design Excellence Crystal Award for the Panorama Tower Model

Robb & Stucky Design Team Wins a 2018 Design Excellence Crystal Award for the Panorama Tower Model

September 29, 2018
Miami, Fla. (September 29, 2018) – Robb & Stucky model residence at Panorama Tower, an 85-floors 842-unit high-rise tower by the Florida East Coast Realty Group has won a prestigious 2nd place at the 2018 Design Excellence Crystal Award in the Showhouse / Model Category.  The American Society of Interior Designers Awards represent the Society’s highest level of professional recognition!

Robb & Stucky’s Interior Designers, Maria Elena Holguin, ASID and Deborah Dawson, accepted the award for designing and creating the acclaimed interior for the 842-tower residence model. The model includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open great room, island kitchen, terrace spaces & included in a 1632 square ft of total living space.

Holguin and Dawson furnished the model with a chic, vibrant style in mind while also providing a design that would attract a wide variety of people that would love to live, work and play in Brickell. Upon entering the apartment, the bar is painted with the Benjamin Moore color of the year Caliente and the color is added to some elements throughout the apartment. The palette for the spaces is white, grey, red, orange and some teal. The furnishings have clean lines and are upholstered with fabrics and leather textures.

The view of Biscayne Bay and the adjoining sites of bustling Brickell sets the tone for the design of the model. The seating arrangement includes a curved sofa upholstered in a dark grey suede, a fabric chair and 2 ottomans. There is also a dedicated work space area with a glass top desk, acrylic chair and contemporary artwork.

To view this model, contact the Maria Elena Holguin or Deborah Dawson at 305-667-5609.