WHAT IT IS: The Naples Design District is Southwest Florida’s creative quarter, featuring an eclectic mix of art, design, style, food and culture. From well-established locally owned shops, boutiques and restaurants to emerging businesses and national brands, the Naples Design District is a vibrant destination of taste and style for like-minded people to live, work and flourish creatively.
WHERE IT IS: Between Fifth Avenue South to Seventh Avenue North, from US 41 to Goodlette-Frank Road, close to downtown Naples. (See a map of shops and restaurants here.)
WHY WE LOVE IT: Originally mainly a hub for design industry professionals to shop for clients at its myriad of home, lighting, furnishing, art and decor showrooms, the Naples Design District has evolved with the addition of other creative businesses, including restaurants, consignment shops and more. This fun, walkable district offers collaborative shopping events throughout the year, like the Holiday Stroll in December and the End-of-Season Sidewalk Sale in late spring.
OUR FAVORITE NAPLES DESIGN DISTRICT SPOTS:
Design at Main – Inspired by the sea, Design at Main offers a calm, effortless approach to furnishing your home. This well-curated furnishings and accessories destination is filled with comfortable seating, occasional pieces, natural elements and one-of-a-kind finds.
Patina Collection Design – Owner and curator Karen Abell’s vision for Patina Collection ensued after countless trips to Europe, visiting the grand flea markets in Paris, the weekend markets in Provence, and the Amalfi Coast. Patina Collection Design offers a timeless assemblage of pieces to turn your home into a haven, from artisanal ceramics to cultivated heirlooms, crystal chandeliers to artfully placed accents.
Republic of Decor – This award-winning shop and design studio features chic, on-trend home furnishings and gifts, including decorative accessories, tabletop items, accent furniture, pillows, candles, lamps, artwork and packaged gourmet treats. Owner David Fruscione’s discerning eye lends itself to an eclectic but well-curated selection of truly covetable items from a wide range of vendors and artists.
Samantha Drew Interiors – With over 20 years of experience, Samantha Drew Interiors is a full-service interior design firm with clients in the Hamptons, New York City, Naples and beyond. Combining a comfortable, classic, coastal vibe, Samantha Drew Interiors creates serene, livable spaces to gather and relax.
Summerfields – Mother-daughter duo Shari Summers, ASID, and Stacey Summers are the creative force behind Summerfields, one of the happiest home decor shops in Naples. Stocked with classic and contemporary furniture, fresh home accessories, colorful artwork and whimsical gifts, this cheerful space is the perfect one-stop shop for outfitting the Gulfside vacation home of your dreams.
Timeless – Veteran Naples chef David Nelson and architect Matthew Kragh teamed up to create this fresh, modern, open-kitchen eatery that functions as a lunch, dinner and weekend brunch spot, with a wine, beer and pizza lounge, and takeout and delivery service, all at once. The locally sourced, seasonal menu offers a contemporary twist on classic comfort foods with an emphasis on artisan pizzas (prepared in its coal-fired oven), farm-fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches and gastro pub-driven small plates.