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Summerfields knows how to color your world

BY MICHAEL KORB
Florida Weekly Correspondent


Above: Prints and giclees by east coast artist Kelly Tracht hang above the sofa in one of the several room vignettes set up at Summerfields. Above: Prints and giclees by east coast artist Kelly Tracht hang above the sofa in one of the several room vignettes set up at Summerfields. When you first walk through the doors of Summerfields, you get a sense that interior designer Shari Summers, ASID, knows a thing or two about how we should all be designing our homes.

The space is broken into four areas that give visitors a sense of what colors and accessories work together, whether it be with wallpaper or paints.

“We try to set things up for different palettes — so that every palette is accessible,” Ms. Summers explains. “There’s something for everybody.”

And while many people enter the store in the market for home goods, furnishings and accessories (bedding, lamps, etc.), it also offers a wide array of gifts.

“When you’re looking for an unusual gift item, we probably have it,” says Ms. Summers. It might be a fun game to give as a hostess gift, something whimsical for a child (or someone young at heart) or a lovely coffee table book. “We only stock a few books at a time that catch our eye and that we think are valuable reads,” she says.

Ms. Summers worked for another design firm for 13 years before heading out onto her own in 1996. She opened the store in 1998. At that time it was on Fifth Avenue South, but Summerfields has been at its current Central Avenue location since the mid-2000s.

The impetus for opening the store was that it was “really, really difficult to provide all the furnishings, including accessories, to finish off our jobs,” Ms. Summers says.

“It was hard to shop in Naples for those things. We decided to open this shop so we could supply the gamut of home furnishings. The shop and the design business go very hand-in-hand.”


Though the store is clearly an interior designer’s happy place, Summerfields also has an array of things that make perfect gifts. Thoughtful shoppers can find unusual books, fun games and even a line of candles named for landmark places in Naples. Though the store is clearly an interior designer’s happy place, Summerfields also has an array of things that make perfect gifts. Thoughtful shoppers can find unusual books, fun games and even a line of candles named for landmark places in Naples. With that said, the inventory is a terrific mishmash of items that come from many different suppliers.

“We’re not like a big furniture store where you see this chest on the floor and you want to buy it and there are 10 more in the warehouse,” she says. “We try to make it so that everything is a little more special. When we find something, we don’t overload on it.”

But that’s not to say shoppers can’t count on Summerfields keeping a few special items in stock.

For example, the store represents east coast artist Kelly Tracht, who creates original acrylic paintings that capture the Florida vibe in the most whimsical ways imaginable (she also does prints, giclees and decorative pillows).

The store also carries jewelry by Julie Vos and has a delightful line of candles that are named after Naples locations, such as Naples Pier, Naples Cottage, 34102, etc.

“We try to keep it kind of local because you want to remember where you are,” Ms. Summers says.

And you get that sense the moment you walk through the door. ¦

— Summerfields 935 Central Ave., Naples 430- 2505 www.summerfieldsnaples.com





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