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“In my early teens, I re­ar­ranged my aunt's home. I was care­fully think­ing about ev­ery an­gle, place­ment and func­tion of the room.” —Michael Biondo

JULIE AL­BRECHT, Robb & Stucky, Fort My­ers robb­stuck­y­ “I was born into in­te­rior de­sign. My great grand­par­ents were master tai­lors, my grandpa a skilled fur­ni­ture crafts­man and re­uphol­sterer. I was al­ways around fab­rics. Some of the de­sign in­terns I’ve trained are super fash­ion de­sign­ers. It isn’t brain surgery af­ter all, which I have to con­stantly re­mind my­self if any­thing gets too hec­tic in de­sign.” DIANE KNIGHT,

Sani­bel Home Fur­nish­ings, Sani­bel sani­bel­home­fur­nish­ “They call me the queen of color, com­fort and style. I personally like color and warm nat­u­ral woods. Fab­rics are my pas­sion. I’ve been de­sign­ing for over 40 years and re­mem­ber my first trip to the Brun­schwig & Fils show­room in New York … I was in fab­ric heaven.” MICHAEL BIONDO,

Michael Biondo Life­style De­sign, Naples michael­bion­do­ “In my early teens, I re­ar­ranged my aunt’s home. I was care­fully think­ing about ev­ery an­gle, place­ment and func­tion of the room. When I was done, the room had three dis­tinct sit­ting ar­eas. ‘This is your call­ing, Michael,’ she said.” CHRISTO­PHER MICHIELS,

Christo­pher Michiels In­te­ri­ors, Es­tero christo­pher­michielsin­te­ri­ “Hands down, this boy was born to de­sign and cre­ate spec­tac­u­lar in­te­ri­ors. Lit­tle doubt re­mains in my mind that most de­sign­ers are born with the tal­ent, some just dis­cover later or fol­low­ing a dif­fer­ent path. It was also my mother’s amaz­ing de­sign tute­lage and my love of artis­tic and beau­ti­ful things that started lay­ing those yel­low bricks down the ex­cit­ing in­te­rior de­sign road.”

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