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Norris Furniture & Interiors brings old Florida feel to modern-day design at Babcock Ranch Sebring model


Norris Furniture & Interiors has completed the design concept for Stock Development’s Sebring model at Babcock Ranch, regarded as one of the world’s most progressive, sustainable communities. Norris Furniture & Interiors’ designers Deborah Chase-Schulte and Zsuzsanna Wass De Czege are bringing an old-Florida vibe to the home with a blend of modern design elements that reflect the Southwest Florida community’s natural surroundings.

Located in both Charlotte and Lee counties near Fort Myers, Babcock Ranch was once primarily used for logging and agriculture, and is now an innovative, eco-friendly community designed to connect its residents with nature, and one another. Streetscapes will invite a walkable, bikeable lifestyle, and a Founder’s Square and open lakefront greenspace will be a gathering place for events. Neighborhood parks and nature trails are sure to be community highlights.

On the outside of the Stock Development-designed model, board-and-batten siding with a metal roof and a front porch conveys a sophisticated Florida-cottage feel. The back of the home features an outdoor sitting area and pool. The 2,676 square-foot under air home features a great-room floorplan with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and a two-car garage.

Both designers are nature lovers, inspired by the natural environment surrounding the Babcock Ranch community. They selected warm wood-tones mixed with a pallet of neutral colors and soft blues for the home’s interior. Wood beams on the ceiling, shiplap on the walls and sliding barn doors are reflective of architectural times gone by, and are now making a reappearance, bringing rustic charm to a home. Easy-care wood-plank style porcelain tile floors used throughout the home. The kitchen opens to the great room, and features greys and whites, with granite countertops. Furnishings include rustic farmhouse pieces with modern clean lines for easy living. Spaces are accented with shades of blue, yellow and red, inspired by morning sky and evening sunsets, and geometric patterns that are fresh and new.

One of the unique features of the home is a one-of-a-kind photo gallery of original old-Florida photography taken in Babcock Ranch by environmental consultant Geza Wass De Czege, the husband of one of the Norris designers. The black-and-white photos date back to the 1950’s and document the rich history of the area.

The model home is expected to be completed by January 2017.

Norris Furniture & Interiors is a premier retailer for fine home furnishings and award-winning interior design with four showroom locations in Fort Myers, Naples, Sanibel and Sarasota. The company represents the finest names in the home furnishings industry, incl
uding Lexington, Tommy Bahama, Stickley, Century, Sherrill and many more. For information, visit www.distinctlynorris.com. Showroom hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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