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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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Republic of Decor

This 2018 Retail Star award-winning store and beautiful design studio located in the Naples Design District features the best, most stylish, on-trend home furnishings and gifts. Selected from a wide range of vendors and artists, the product assortment is eclectic but has a focused point of view. Merchandise categories include decorative accessories, tabletop items, accent furniture, pillows, candles, lamps, artwork, chocolates and packaged gourmet treats. Republic of Decor is one of the chicest stores in Naples!

DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY

I always start the day scrolling through social media and posting inspiration. Then I leave the house and typically start running around to meet with clients or visit trade showt0oms to tackle design projects. Then I spend the day working out of the store to help our amazing customers with their design needs.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BUSINESS TO 
VISIT HERE IN NAPLES? 

I enjoy visiting the Naples Botanical Garden. I like how they collaborate with various artists on installations, and I draw a lot of inspiration from nature. The textures, colors, and scents are breathtaking.


WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE PRIORITIES 
IN LIFE RIGHT NOW?


Finding work/life balance (I love work too much), buying a house (I spend so much time creating homes for clients that I want to create something great for me!) getting my six-pack abs back.


WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE "OFF·THE·GRID" PLACE TO ESCAPE?


I am obsessed with finding time to decompress in a salt cave. The air is so clean and crisp, and it's the ultimate place to relax.

AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO  GROW UP TO BE? 

I was raised by parents that were teachers, so I figured I would become one as well, but when I discovered my creative gene, I knew I had to pursue that instead. 

WHAT MUSIC/SONG/ARTIST DO YOU JAM OUT TO WHEN NO ONE ELSE IS AROUND?


I really like Vanessa Daou. She is a bit under the radar but her music is sultry, a bit jazzy with a dash of electronic

IF YOU COULD SPEAK TO YOUR 21-YEAR·OLD  SELF, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE HIM?  

Don't worry about the future; enjoy the moment instead. Pat yourself on the back more often, and let yourself appreciate your accomplishments.

NAME ONE ITEM ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. 

I would like to go on an al\Cestrat trip to leam more about my heritage and family. In particular, I would like to visit a Palazzo in Salemo, Italy, that bears my last name.

WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR PLATE 
FOR YOUR LAST MEAL? 

My favorite dish is a good Bolognese. but I have a sweet tooth, and I make the best chocolate cake ever, so I would have to have some of that too. 

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Luxe Living Lighting Feature

Luxe Living Lighting Feature

SHOPPING TRIP

Let there be light(ing)

If the very last thing we do on earth is going toward the light, why not spend some time practicing with amazing lighting fixtures? we scoured the area to find table lamps, chandeliers, pendant lights, and even a solar lantern to illuminate your world. Go ahead, turn them on.

 

Eight-light chandelier with acrylic flutes and antique brass finish, available at Republic of Decor.

- 529-3813

www.republicofdecor.com

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Home + Design

Home + Design

DEEP DISH 
Nothing makes a house homier than something handcrafted. This ceramic bowl was thrown on the potter's wheel, hand-painted with some serene blue and gilded with a 14-karat gold edge. A one-of-a-kind container with multiple uses. Inquire for pricing at Republic of Decor.

DEEP DISH 
Nothing makes a house homier than something handcrafted. This ceramic bowl was thrown on the potter's wheel, hand-painted with some serene blue and gilded with a 14-karat gold edge. A one-of-a-kind container with multiple uses. Inquire for pricing at Republic of Decor.

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Luxe Living Party Favor Feature

Luxe Living Party Favor Feature

Party favors 
'Tis the season to bestow small tokens 
of appreciation upon those who are so kind as to invite us to their fabulous holiday shindigs. Sure, a bottle of wine will always help medicate the effort and stress (not to mention the expense) of throwing a holiday party, but host/hostess gifts like these will make it clear you're the kind of guest who puts a bit more thought into saying, "Thank you for having me." With any luck, you'll be invited back.

Derby and Perfect Day Tea with mug, available at Republic of Decor

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The Scout Guide Naples, v7

The Scout Guide Naples, v7

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Luxe Living Candlesticks, Brush, Necklace & Tray Feature

Luxe Living Candlesticks, Brush, Necklace & Tray Feature

Asian accents
Traveling is one of the greatest luxuries of modern life. And
bringing home treasures you discover overseas is a wonderful
way to have memories for a lifetime. But when shipping
trunks filled with furnishings from Asia feels like a bit too
much work, it's nice to know you can shop locally for things
that will forever remind you of that once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Bamboo candlesticks, available at
Republic of Decor
- www.republicofdecor.com
529-3813

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