Styling and Personalizing a New Home in Venice

Styling and Personalizing a New Home in Venice

Styling and personalizing a new home in Venice, Florida with the client’s decor was a ton of fun. The challenge was adding necessary pieces and combining their collections in a colorful, fun and effective way.

We invited our talented muralist, Mary Fragapane from Wall Wizardry, to create faux framing in the family room to enhance three animal trophy heads on a previously plain white wall. Finishing touches of spice colored curtains and patterned floor poufs carried the colors throughout the room.

One room, a study, presented a furniture placement challenge with two corner windows near each other on one side of the room, which was opposite a corner entry door. We had only three halves of walls and only one full wall to work with. The solution was to position the sofa at an angle near the one available corner and have the two matching chairs face each other. Everything at that point fell together and we were off and running with positioning a collection of masks on the wall so they could have a conversation!

In the dining room, a collection of beautifully boxed individual artisanal knives were first arranged on the floor, complete with vases on their sides with additional artwork, to create an interesting composition. A large framed vintage poster and a fabulous dining table multi glass chandelier added layers of rich texture and warm colors.

In the living room we created a fun and colorful (and hopefully noisy!) percussion corner, with multiple drums and Native American shakers around a tall artisanal wood decorated corner mirror. We found a colorful circular upholstery fabric for a bench to sit opposite the two red chairs and coordinated an exotic pottery collection on sleek and minimal wall shelves.


The theme of this beautiful home is global collections and the design solution was presenting them together to create a dramatic impact. This home is serious fun and making our lovely clients happy is a huge reward!


We recently finished building a home in Venice and needed help from a designer. Sally from 24/7 Floors suggested we contact Jacqueline Paredi at SRQ Interior Design, and we’re delighted that we did. Jacqueline brings the three main capabilities you look for from a designer: taste, flair, and a Rolodex. She has an impeccable eye for colors and arrangements. She once walked through our den, looked at two pictures we’d hung ourselves, and in two seconds said, “That top one is an inch and a half too close to the bottom one.” Of course, she was right. She combines taste with flair. One of her mantras is, “Let’s mix things up.” She’s not afraid to use diagonals, for example, to solve a furniture placement problem. Finally, she has a Rolodex absolutely stuffed with the best resources—electricians, handymen, painters–you name it and she has someone to recommend. If you need design help, give SRQ Interior Design a call. You won’t regret it.

– Sharon Whiting & John Sullivan