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Ronald McDonald House Project

Ronald McDonald House Project
In 2016, the original six bedrooms of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Southwest Florida - as well as the kitchen, dining room, common areas, restrooms, laundry room, and all of the original flooring - were revamped entirely by 20 generous leaders in the interior design industry, in celebration of the organization's 20th anniversary.  Continue reading

Life in Naples: February 2020

Life in Naples: February 2020
For David Fruscione, 2020 is more than a year. It describes his vision for Naples' up and coming Design District, where he is the association president. Fruscione, who owns and operates The Republic of Decor, aims to welcome a major project, The Collective, on First Avenue North and 10th Street; expand membership beyond today's 50 dues-paying businesses; and lay groundwork ,with City Hall to improve the pedestrian experience via landscaping and benches, for example, and maybe parking.  Continue reading

Design District Feature

Design District Feature
For David Fruscione, 2020 is more than a year. It describes his vision for Naples' up and coming Design District, where he is the association president. Fruscione, who owns and operates The Republic of Decor, aims to welcome a major project, The Collective, on First Avenue North and 10th Street; expand membership beyond today's 50 dues-paying businesses; and lay groundwork ,with City Hall to improve the pedestrian experience via landscaping and benches, for example, and maybe parking.  Continue reading

Gulfshore Life Home 2020

Gulfshore Life Home 2020
While assimilating into the neighborhood, Fruscione felt a need to pull everyone together. "I started to reach out to different businesses and started to schedule meetings, and we would get together on a monthly basis and talk about things in the neighborhood," Fruscione explains. "Word kind of spread and every meeting we'd have a couple more people. Then we realized what we really needed to do was become an official organization."  Continue reading

Business Feature

Business Feature
While assimilating into the neighborhood, Fruscione felt a need to pull everyone together. "I started to reach out to different businesses and started to schedule meetings, and we would get together on a monthly basis and talk about things in the neighborhood," Fruscione explains. "Word kind of spread and every meeting we'd have a couple more people. Then we realized what we really needed to do was become an official organization."  Continue reading

Luxe Living Jan 2020

Luxe Living Jan 2020

Design has always been a part of David Fruscione's professional life, but his path toward perfecting the interiors of some of Southwest Florida's loveliest homes is a bit more unusual than most. Luxe Living's Michael Korb chatted with the owner/designer of the Republic of Decor about his career history and what he loves about design.

Q; When did you first know you wanted to be an interior designer?

In my heart, I've always known I wanted to help people create spaces they could thrive in. But it wasn't until
I graduated with a degree in marketing and fashion buying in New York City that I decided to pursue that calling and applied to design school. A person's home is incredibly personal. I wanted to use my passion and natural creative gifts to guide people through the design process. 

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Designer Q & A

Designer Q & A

Designer Q&A 

David Fruscione of Republic of Decor goes from retail to regal

Q: Where did you learn your craft?

I moved to San Francisco to study inte­rior architecture. While there, I interned al Gap Inc. and started my career doing retail architecture. for many years, I was the interior designer for Banana Repub­lic. I took the brand international, design­ing the furniture, selecting the decorative props, and sourcing the artwork.  I came to Southwest Florida as a direc­tor of new concepts for the Chico's brands, working on new store designs for each brand. When I was wrapped up in a large layoff, I decided to invest in myself and create my own brand and finally focus on residential design.

Q: What do you ask your clients in order to help inspire you to create a space?

I like the process to be very collabora­tive. I ask them to create an inspiration folder with images they are drawn to. This helps me get inside their head so I can develop concepts that are personal to them. I also urge them to be open­mindcd, because it is my job to expose them to new ideas and materials.

Q: What has been your most unique request or the most interest­ing piece you've selected for a room?

I was hired by clients who really loved Asian architecture and design cle­ments. They wanted wall coverings that made them feel like they were back in

Power room or powder room? This ultra­chic bathroom with custom navy and gold cabinetry pairs beautifully with coral and navy graphic wallpaper.

Japan. Because we do, wallpaper consultations at the Republic of Decor, I was able to source the most amazing handmade papers. 
I love to be challenged to think beyond what is the "norm." and it's wonderful to have the store and all its product lines to pull from. 

Q: ls there a trend you're excited about - or one you hope goes away ASAP? 

What excites me most is that more and more product lines today offer the ability to customize and create unique things. Whether it is to develop a digital mural for a wall, to screen print textiles for draperies and pillows, or to band paint furniture in order to get the perfect color, these options allow each client to have something special just for them. All 
it takes is some out-of-the-box thinking and resourcefulness for the magic to begin.

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Designer Q & A Feature

Designer Q & A Feature

Design has always been a part of David Fruscione's professional life, but his path toward perfecting the interiors of some of Southwest Florida's loveliest homes is a bit more unusual than most. Luxe Living's Michael Korb chatted with the owner/designer of the Republic of Decor about his career history and what he loves about design.

Q; When did you first know you wanted to be an interior designer?

In my heart, I've always known I wanted to help people create spaces they could thrive in. But it wasn't until 
I graduated with a degree in marketing and fashion buying in New York City that I decided to pursue that calling and applied to design school. A person's home is incredibly personal. I wanted to use my passion and natural creative gifts to guide people through the design process. 

Continue reading

Luxe Living Ronald McDonald House Feature

Luxe Living Ronald McDonald House Feature

NETWORKING 
Project Design Phase II Designer Luncheon benefitting Ronald McDonald House

Top Interior designer sponsors and vendors gathered at the Krawt Inc. Showroom In Naples for the Project Design Phase II kick-off, benefiting Ronald 

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Gulfshore Life Dec 2019

Gulfshore Life Dec 2019
Greg Norman is coming to town. 'Tis the season for world-class gateways sophisticated holiday decor + indulgent gifting Continue reading