Mak­ing Waves Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

RSWLiving - - Departments - BY RANDY KAMBIC

DE­SIGN­ING WOMAN

Deb­o­rah Chase might be based at the Nor­ris Home Fur­nish­ings show­room in Fort My­ers, but you can find her of­fer­ing in­te­rior- de­sign ad­vice all over our re­gion, whether at the com­pany’s Sani­bel and Naples lo­ca­tions, dur­ing speak­ing en­gage­ments at res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties and real- es­tate events, or while mak­ing vis­its to clients’ homes.

“Peo­ple are of­ten ap­pre­hen­sive at first that their tastes might be crit­i­cized,” says Chase, a res­i­dent of Pine Is­land. “It’s fun to see the feel­ing go away. I try not to rec­om­mend trends; I try to help cus­tomers rec­og­nize what they love and grav­i­tate to­ward it.”

Chase worked for Nor­ris from the com­pany’s in­cep­tion, then ran her own firm in Naples for twelve years. The West Vir­ginia na­tive re­joined the com­pany in 2010. Her work ful­fills a childhood yearn­ing that be­gan while vis­it­ing her grand­mother in Naples. “My sis­ter wanted to go to the beach, my brother to a jun­gle park, and I wanted to go to fur­ni­ture stores or model homes!” she re­calls.

“It feels great know­ing I’m chang­ing peo­ple’s lives,” she says. “They are around the choices they make for many years.”

Nor­ris Home Fur­nish­ings, 239- 690- 9844, nor­rishome f ur­nish­ings. com

A PLUM JOB

Since be­com­ing co- owner of Posh Plum fur­ni­ture- con­sign­ment busi­ness in the fall of 2011, Greg Hunt has been com­bin­ing busi­ness- ex­pan­sion ef­forts with a spirit of com­mu­nity giv­ing. He quickly be­gan mak­ing reg­u­lar fur­ni­ture do­na­tions from the com­pany’s Bonita Springs lo­ca­tion to the nearby St. Matthew’s House and Our Lady of Light thrift shops. “We en­joy help­ing the com­mu­nity,” he says.

In mid- 2012, he opened a sec­ond Posh Plum store in Naples. Now the Bonita lo­ca­tion of­fers “more ca­sual, beach- and cot­tage- look pieces,” while the Naples store stocks “more tra­di­tional, con­tem­po­rary, and larger fur­ni­ture,” he says.

New York na­tive Hunt started his ca­reer at Macy’s flag­ship Her­ald Square store, then man­aged one of the depart­ment store’s lo­ca­tions on Long Is­land. In South­west Florida, he’s served as a gen­eral man­ager at both Ralph Lauren and Robb & Stucky. “It all comes to­gether now,” he says. “Cus­tomer ser­vice, keep­ing up with trends, mar­ket­ing, work­ing with a great staff— it’s never bor­ing. Go­ing back and forth be­tween the two stores and our ware­house meet­ing buy­ers and sell­ers keeps me busy.”

Posh Plum, 239- 498- 7674 ( Bonita Springs), 239- 732- 7674 ( Naples), the­p­osh­plum. com

DEB­O­RAH CHASE

GREG HUNT

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