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Boca Grande Style is getting attention pages of interior/fashion magazines and catalogues. Beautiful scenery, friendly homeowners and houses that are lovely inside and out – these are the qualities attracting luxury brands like Thibaut and J. McLaughlin to Gasparilla Island for their photoshoots. Working quietly behind the scenes to discreetly attract top-flight brands to the island is Julie Vanden Bosch. Her location scouting and services company (julievandenbosch.com) plays matchmaker between homeowners that want to host a shoot and her design company clients. When Sue was hired to bring a new look to Julie’s parents’ house on the island, she realized she had already met Julie in High Point, North Carolina, where designers and distributors of furniture and home accessories meet at one of the biggest markets on the East Coast. She was even more thrilled to realize that Thibaut chose Boca Grande for the setting to showcase their new outdoor collection in photos. What makes Boca Grande attractive to clients? Primarily it’s because on just one island they can achieve a variety of looks, from Classic Hampton to Florida Mediterranean, Moorish to Bahamanian Cottage. The flexibility may be the hook but what keeps them coming back is the charm of the islanders and their town. Sue’s speed dial list for getting the look • Thibaut Designs for chic, clean and durable fabrics, wallpapers and furniture • Julie Vanden Bosch to connect her clients with shoot-friendly client homes • Native Gardens & Boca Blooms for florals and natural accessories for the home • Pirates Dream in Englewood has the best corals and shells • A little imagination and ingenuity G M


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