Seas The Day, A Useppa Island Retreat

Renée Gaddis Interiors recently had the pleasure of designing a complete renovation of a lovely cottage on Useppa Island, one of the top true 25 island retreats in the world. Though only one mile long and a third of a mile wide, the island hosts timeless cottages, exquisite creatures and inimitable landscape.  You must see first-hand how rich in beauty the island really is. With features you won’t find anywhere else, this is truly a hidden paradise.  Check out the photos below of this wonderful home.


Useppa Island

Useppa Island View from the North

Useppa Island North

Useppa Island View from South

Useppa Island South

Useppa Island View Looking West

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Beauty on the Gulf

This recent Renée Gaddis Interiors project showcases a complete remodel to match the client’s clean contemporary styling.  Who would have known how beautiful grey and mid-night blue would look complementing the water and sand of the Gulf of Mexico.


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Say Hello to the Curved TV

Just as you finally designed your home with that state-of-the-art television out comes the “curved” TV.  This year they are all the buzz at the consumer electronics show and without a doubt will start showing up in some RGI designs very soon.


So what is a curved TV?  Essentially it is a gently curved flat screen TV display featuring equal distance from all parts of the screen to viewer lines of site.  Wherever you may be sitting, there’s no distortion.


In my field a TV is not just an electronic device, but also an essential piece of furniture that can drastically change the look of a home.  Soon our design team will be working away on renderings that capture this form function creating some exciting interiors in viewing areas this year.


Vintage Trunks Add Elements of Style

Vintage trunks are unique pieces that add a bit of flair to your design.  They can work best as end tables or decorative pieces in your bedroom, living room, library or study.  Below are some RGI finds that we think would look amazing in your home.




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England Late 20th Century

One of a limited edition of trunks superbly made by hand with an original Britannia Silk sail designed and manufactured by Ratsey & Lapthorn for the J-Class Yacht Endeavour II in 1937.  This piece is ideally as coffee table in a Naples beach house.


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Circa 1920’s

I love these vintage trunks from the Golden Age of Travel.  Steamer trunks such as the one above were common sights at railway stations and major docks around the world.


Vintage Military Trunk


Vintage Military Trunk

Circa 1960’s

Military Trunks come in various shapes and sizes.  They have plenty of character and create nice conversation pieces.  I personally would look for ones with some slight rusting and worn metal in designs such as the one above.


English Polished Steamer


English Polished Steel steamer liner trunk

Circa 1940’s

Below is a rare find but if you were lucky enough to get ahold of one these it would make an amazing statement in your study.


Chinese Hand Carved


Antique Chinese Traditional Hand Carved Red Truck

Circa 1800’s.

There are many extraordinary Chinese antique storage trunks. Below is a refurbished and refinished one in a nice distressed style, detailed with auspicious Shou medallions and bat symbols to attract luck and prosperity. 


Leather Trunk


Antique Crocodile Skin Trunk

England 20th Century

One from a pair of exceptionally well made trunks faced with an ancient and superbly colored antique crocodile hide with particularly large scales and vintage leather.




Coastal Cottage Retreat in Old Naples

This private residence in Old Naples was recently completed by Renée Gaddis Interiors. The client requested a coastal and warm feel to create a laid-back space making it a most inviting retreat. View more photos at
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The “Coffee Faucet”

I had the opportunity to attend an amazing event this past week where I learned of a new innovation called the coffee faucet.  That’s right, the “coffee faucet.”

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The brewing device by Scanomat has two hidden grinders and allows you to make juice or hot cocoa in addition to a 15 second cup of coffee and 25 second espresso.

It is controlled via iPhone and iPad and it cleans itself. Watch for this as a coming trend in people looking for cleaner more simplistic styling in their kitchens.


Dorothy, We aren’t in Kansas anymore, Welcome to the Emerald City

Pantone’s color of 2013 is Emerald Green.  Here are some of my favorite items I am excited to incorporate into my designs this year.  As the old saying goes…. In the New Year, let’s turn over a new “green” leaf.


The Rug Company’s custom design by Diane Von Furstenberg, Climbing Leopard.

Malachite accessories from Global Views.

Malachite accessories from Global Views.

Roma Emerald Cased Glass Lamp by Arteriors.

Emerald Sparkly Quartz for counter tops.

High Lacquered walls such as Thom Filicia’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

Green, Black and White Color Scheme such as the Hollywood Regency Hotel Lobby designed by Kelly Wearstler.



Luxury Living in Chicago

I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the Windy City last week to visit dear clients for their new project. This luxury 72nd floor penthouse overlooks some of the best views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. RGI looks forward to working on this amazing apartment with an incredible architect and finishers. Here is a sneak peak of some of the views.

The Beach at Sunset

Living Room of new Moraya Bay model by Renee Gaddis Interiors

Naples sunsets are famous, and so remarkably that residents favorite place in their home is to take a seat on their terrace as the sun slowly sinks into the sea. This model by Renee Gaddis Interiors was recently designed for exactly that.

Taking a breather from the colors that are so commonly used down here of sand, sky and water, we did a fresh take of rust, terracotta and grey with accents of gold. Oh yes, my friends…gold is back.