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Republic of Decor

After 20 years working in fashion, filling the roles of senior interior designer for 
Banana Republic and store design creative director for White House Black Market, David Fruscione has channeled his passion for retail and merchandising to the home decor industry. "A previous job brought me to Southwest Florida and I fell in love with Naples," he explains. "I was surprised there were not a lot of specialty home decor stores in the area and said to myself, 'Let's give it a shot!'" Here, he takes Luxe's questions about what's hot at home and in-store. republicofdecor.com

How is Republic of Decor different from other local showrooms? I am always on the hunt for unique things. 
I source products from 100 lines and artists and masterfully mix them so the experience is very curated. The shop feels really fresh and reflects what is going on in the industry. 
Do you have any favorite items? My latest obsession is resin, and we've got fabulous tabletop and decorative pieces that are all one of a kind. I also love wallpaper and get customers excited with our inspiration wall filled with the most gorgeous wallcoverings out there. Homes in Naples are large and need decor that is scaled appropriately, so we always carry a mix of sizable statement pieces. 
What design trends do you predict for fall? I think Naples will continue toward a more modern/transitional design aesthetic, moving away from the Tuscan influences that have dominated for quite a while. The blend of natural materials and textures mixed with pops of color inspired by the water will be strong. People move here to enjoy the sunshine and bright light, so interiors are going to reflect that.

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Naples Design District Feature

Naples Design District Feature

There's a change taking place in the heart of Naples. While the city has always lured residents and visitors with its promise of laid - back, luxury lifestyle, it also gained attention for its potential for growth, both in terms of professional opportunities and cultural cachet.  between support from local government entities and the imagination and camaraderie exemplified by area business owners and creatives, it seems Naples is poised to start a new chapter of economic prosperity.

  One such destination that captures this moment in time is the Naples Design District, which blends a relaxed, coastal vibe with the kind of upscale shopping, restaurants, and real estate typically reserved for more urban settings. In 2018, like-minded community leaders and design district business owners joining together to officially form the retail and dining destination, which spans 10 blocks between Fifth Avenue South and Seventh Avenue North, Bordered bu U.S 41 and Goodlette - Frank Road. Today the design district is fulfilling the founder's vision of serving those in search of unusual finds and an eclectic mix of art, design, style, food, and culture.

Dez Ryan Odegaard, who operates Odegaard art + design, discovered the Naples Design District shortly after moving to nearby Naples Square. Having lived in New York for more than 30 years, she could relate to the neighborhood's character and diversity, and her interior design background exposed her to some of the national brands now available in the design district." I had been to Kravet in New York City, and I was delighted to discover this beautiful, little building with the level of the product I was used to," she says of the home furnishings company that operates a location in the Naples Design District." it is just  super fabric supplier."

 

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IDS Awards Gala

IDS Awards Gala

IDS Awards Gala

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Designer of the Year - Finalist - Best Living Space

Designer of the Year - Finalist - Best Living Space

Designer of the Year - Finalist - Best Living Space

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Home & Design Distinctive Design

Home & Design Distinctive Design

Republic of Decor 

This complete remodel showcases the major transformation of an outdated Naples high rise apartment into a contemporary, chic, urban retreat. The Chicago-based clients desired a modern, refined beach feel. Republic ofDecor's David Fruscione embraced the request, creating a cohesive design aesthetic throughout the open floor plan. Fruscione incorporated a crisp European-style kitchen with sophisticated timeless furniture and focal accents of luxe wallcoverings and statement decorative accessories. Courtesy of Republic of Decor, www.republicofdecor.com 

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Home & Design Store Products Feature

Home & Design Store Products Feature

Republic of Decor

The award-winning retailer Republic of Decor features a curated collection of the most stylish, on-trend home furnishings and gifts. Courtesy of Republic of Decor, www.republicofdecor.com 

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Grandeur Magazine Feature

Grandeur Magazine Feature
Designing a custom space for each client, starting with the home. Is David Fruscione's specialty. Yet the story of personal transformation between client and designer holds the most value to him. David has a way of captivating the client-designer collaboration through a series of purpose­ful inspirations and persistent focus. Toe decor in his own studio exudes a special soul and energy. His attention to luxury detail and dedication to listen with authenticity then translate the client's dream into a reality ls what makes Republic of Decor one of the top, award-winning design firms of Southwest Florida. 
David Frusctone. known for his analytical filters of decision-making in the corporate world, decided to invest in a dream of his own and open a design studio in the heart of Naples Design District. 
His filter system confirmed a positive response to three questions: 1. Am I ready to invest in myself and my tal­ent? 2. Is there a design void to fill within the com­munity? 3. Is Southwest Florida my home? 
In the three years since, Republic of Decor has been honored with several design awards, selected as a Top 25 interior designer and furniture store in Collier County and as one of the Top 50 home furnishings stores in the United States. 
When you walk into the door of this architectural work of art. you'll see that David's background study in interior architecture, marketing, and buying and merchandising shines through in this stylish and unique home furnishing boutique. 
"Merchandising !s my passion, and I personally cherry-pick pieces that stand out, hold a story of its own, and have an organic, edgy feel," David says. 
In addition, a cust0mer can find pieces of in­spiration, trends, and new design tips through tile boutique's email newsletter and blog posts (#WhatDavidDigs). 

When asked about the future of brick and mortar with the continued growth of e-commerce. David says he's dipping his toe in the digital world with plans to launch an online shop. With that said, e-commerce serves a completely different purpose. he says and can never replace the intimacy, connection, and sensory sensation of a store experience.

Personally, responsible for each product that Republic of Decor offers. David also manages every interior design project from beginning to end.

"David Is the best designer I've ever worked with," says Barry Coutant, who describes the design service with Republic of Decor as exceptional. Republic of Decor is indeed "the first stop for savvy, sophisticated customers who want to be exposed to beautiful. unique and trend-right product on the market"

Republic of Decor has partnered with nearly 100 vendors and artisans in the United States and Inter· nationally. To keep the inventory fresh, new, and on-trend, David continually searches for unique items to buy every season.

 

Republic of Decor 950 First Ave. N., Suite 
130, Naples• 239-529-3813 • republicofdecor. corn• Store hours: 10:30 a.rn.-5:30 p.m. Monday- Friday, 11 a.m.- 4p.m Saturday, closed Sunday 

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