Fort Myers   Theory Design has completed the installation of its interior design at a totally remodeled 6,000 square-foot, two story grand estate residence at Quail West.  Design and construction for the project took a total of nine months to complete.  Theory Design reimagined the spaces throughout the home and created an on-trend open-concept living environment.  The project also entailed extensive exterior enhancements, including a new driveway, new landscaping, new landscaping lighting, a new roof, and a new exterior pool deck, including new waterline tile in the pool, installation of new pool equipment, and a re-designed outdoor kitchen area.

Inside, Theory Design created a new feature wall in the great room to replace what was originally an outdated precast concrete fireplace that extended to the ceiling.  The new fireplace is outlined in black stone and features new, on-trend trim cladding that soars all the way to the ceiling.  A new sound system is now featured on the home’s first floor, including a subwoofer that is hidden in the ceiling of the adjoining great room and kitchen.  In the kitchen, new countertops, new cabinetry, a wet bar, and two wine refrigerators have transformed the space into an appealing gathering place while entertaining.

The entire residence was repainted, including the interior doors that were enhanced with new door hardware.  New wood flooring, trim details, new lighting fixtures and switches, and new plumbing fixtures were installed throughout the home.  The study, including an existing custom bookcase, was repainted.  All new windows and French doors are found throughout the home.  A new railing was installed on the staircase leading to the second floor.  All six of the home’s bedrooms were repainted and new flooring was installed.  Three of the home’s eight bathrooms were completely renovated.  Other enhancements include the installation of new epoxy paint flake flooring in the garage, new garage doors, and a new whole house generator.

In addition to the Quail West residence, Theory Design’s Vice President of Design Ruta Menaghlazi and Interior Designer Cynde Thompson are putting the finishing touches on a newly remodeled interior for a beachfront condominium in Naples.  The condominium is located at Sea Point at Seagate Beach.  The project involved a full remodel that included completely gutting the walls in the living areas down to the steel and tearing out the ceilings.  The master bedroom and the master bath that were recently renovated remained intact.  Contractor Mike Vitte Construction redesigned the entire floor plan to open it up and take full advantage of the condo’s Gulf views.

The designers’ transitional design incorporates cleaner lines with more traditional elements and a touch of modern.  The furnishings, including the client’s treasured classic pieces, play against a neutral color pallet, new five-inch wide legno wood flooring in a medium walnut finish, cream toned kitchen cabinetry, and darker toned solid surface kitchen countertops.  Two islands have been created in the kitchen, one for food preparation, the other for dining.  Wood beams are being added to the tray ceilings.

A new frosted glass double door entry opens to a foyer with a 24 by 24-inch shell stone inlay surrounded by the new wood flooring.  Picture frame molding has been utilized to add details to the walls.  A closet in the foyer looks as if it is built in.  Sliding door fronts open to the closet’s dark walnut interior and flood the space with the light shining through the frosted glass entry doors.  Stacked molding has been added to a long hallway to define the look and add detail to the ceiling that includes new recessed LED lighting.  The new flooring in the hallway is set in a herringbone pattern.  The hallway and laundry room features sleek modern barn doors.  The powder bath features a wall mounted sink with a backsplash approximately 12-inches tall and a faucet that comes out of the wall.  The sink is flanked by sconces.  The toilet is also wall mounted.

Ruta and Cynde are also wrapping up the remodeling of a condominium in the Horizon high-rise within Bonita Bay.  Furnishings owned by the client are incorporated in the design, along with a new credenza, new counter stools in the kitchen, and new custom leather finished stools for a spectacular custom designed floating bar in the living room that includes a display wall for the client’s Scotch collection.  At the client’s request, Mike Vitte Construction designed a custom television system that is incorporated in the feature liquor wall.  When the clients are ready to watch, the television is lowered from the ceiling and then raised back up for storage when the viewing session is over.  The bedrooms have been refreshed with new carpeting and paint.  The design in the study has been customized around the husband’s multiple liquor collections.  The study also features a curved wall, beam ceiling details, new flooring, a newly created custom desk, and a custom closet.

“The custom bar and liquor display wall in the living room are stunning,” said Cynde.  “The colors and unique shapes of the Scotch bottles provide strong visual interest.  Mike Vitte Construction’s custom design for the television system is brilliant and functions exactly the way the client had in mind.  With the various liquor collections, the husband’s custom office also offers unique visual appeal.”

The designers assisted the client with wallpaper selections, the selection of drapery panels for the guest bedrooms, and the selection of the wall covering and wood finishes in the kitchen.  New 10-inch wide white oak flooring has been installed in the kitchen and family room along with beam ceiling details that add a sense of glamour to the look.  A new color pallet in the living areas will feature smiley beige colors that required a custom formula.

Ruta and Cynde Thompson recently completed a new interior design for a remodeled condominium in a high-rise within Bay Colony at Pelican Bay.  The residence was built in 1996.  The original designer created a Tuscan style interior with heavy, ornate furnishings, a color palette that included golds, greens, and russet reds, silks and tapestry fabrics, bullion-fringed pillows, and swag silk valances, draperies, and sheers.  Many areas of the home featured heavily textured wallcoverings with traditional prints that included dark backgrounds and gold accents.  Dramatic lighting fixtures, ornate chandeliers and sconces with gold and bronze finishes, and accessories such as heavy iron and onyx stone bowls in the dining room contributed to the visual weight of the design.

The objective of the remodeling project was to update and lighten the entire residence in two phases.  The first phase was completed in 2019 and included remodeling the entire master bathroom, the baths in the two guest bedrooms, the powder bath, installing new wood flooring in the bedrooms, replacing the lighting with more modern fixtures, lightening the look of the home with a refreshed color palette and new wall coverings and window treatments, replacing the original furnishings, and changing the flooring on the outdoor balcony areas.  Completed this past October, phase two included remodeling the entire kitchen and breakfast area and installing new wood flooring in the main living area and hallway to match the new flooring in the bedrooms.

A two-story, 13,000 square-foot office building located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers serves as the corporate headquarters for both Theory Design and Seagate Development Group.  For additional information, visit

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Commercial Design

Your commercial space may have a multitude of possibilities and equally, more than a few challenges along the way.  Whether you are dealing with a project starting from the ground up or the need to renovate a preexisting space, Theory Design understands how to maximize your commercial space saving you time, money and hassle along the way. We work as a team with your building contractor to manage the schedule and budget for a seamless building process.

Renovation Design

We understand that your renovation project, regardless of the size of that project, can become a daunting and frustrating task. Theory Design will be there to guide you through the process from the initial planning stage, product selections, as well as coordinating with the contractor. Your experience will be a much smoother process with our design coordination. We understand the hurdles that can arise in the middle of a renovation including delays with unexpected site conditions. We realize there could be possible design alterations and are prepared to offer solutions to avoid delays and cost overruns.

Residential Design

The Theory Design team will get involved early in your home design process. We get to know you, your lifestyle, your budget and your style to create a Design Concept. We then collaborate with you, your Architect and Builder as well as the Landscape Designer to create a functional plan that reflects the Design Concept. We create your color scheme and interior details. We select and specify every element of your home down to the smallest detail. Theory Design is engaged in the process of designing your home from start to finish.

Interior Design Assistant


Theory Design, a Seagate Development Group company, is dedicated to excellence in interior design via new construction and renovations for residential and commercial properties. With a portfolio of concept-to-completion projects, the team is inspired by nature and organic elements, the spirit of handmade objects and a timeless, holistic design. Their goal is to engage with clients and infuse his or her character and personality into award-winning interiors. 


  1. Assist Operations Manager and Interior Designers
  2. Prepare and update finish schedules and various design presentations
  3. Organize multiple projects including information flow, communication, documents, samples
  4. Assist with furniture ordering and payment, follow up on lead times, coordinate deliveries and installations
  5. Facilitate warranty claims.
  6. Enters and maintains project budgets
  7. Maintains an advanced knowledge of the Design Manager software
  8. Pricing and specifications
  9. Assist with furniture installs
  10. Interact with clients
  11. Pick up samples and miscellaneous items
  12. Additional office management and administrative tasks


  1. Assists with client billing. 
  2. Assists with furniture installs. 
  3. Picks up samples and miscellaneous items. 
  4. Conducts additional office management dues and administrative tasks. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Quality Communication: 

The Interior Design Assistant must be a detail-oriented individual with strong communication skills, exceptional organizational skills.

Computer Skills: 

To perform this job successfully, the Interior Design Assistant must be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. 


Three-plus years of experience at an interior design company; high school diploma and two to four years of postsecondary education. 

Certificates and Licenses:

Valid driver’s license


Group Health Insurance

401(k) Matching

Paid Holidays, Vacation and Personal Days

Senior Interior Designer

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Theory Design, a Seagate Development Group company, is dedicated to excellence in interior design via new construction and renovations for residential and commercial properties. With a portfolio of concept-to-completion projects, the team is inspired by nature and organic elements as well as modern but timeless, holistic design. Their goal is to engage with clients and infuse his or her character and personality into award-winning interiors.


Our culture can be found where collaboration meets diversification. We channel our diverse experiences toward recognizing, achieving and perfecting the Seagate mission:

  • Peer Presentations
  • One-On-One meetings
  • Management Training Courses
  • Refreshed Marketing Materials

From there, our company celebrates the successful application of that mission:

  • Team Outings
  • Food Trucks and Treats
  • Awards/Honors
  • Impromptu Prizes

Every component of our culture is ultimately filtered through our corporate headquarters – designed with collaboration and diversification in mind:

  • Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
  • Open-Concept Areas
  • Uniquely Named Conference Rooms
  • Hotel-Like Reception and Common Areas


  1. Communicates and works with clients throughout the interior design process.
  2. Sources interior finishes, hard and soft furnishings, lighting and interior details.
  3. Creates and executes design concepts, interior detail drawings and presentation materials.
  4. Creates finish schedules and keeps organized records of project details.
  5. Coordinates multiple projects simultaneously.
  6. Assists with order placements and management.
  7. Oversees project installations.
  8. Maintains an overall luxury experience by supporting clients with expertise and courtesy.
  9. Completes projects on schedule and within established budgets.
  10. Works on client projects as well as in-house projects.


  1. Maintains a thorough knowledge of market design trends.
  2. Helps manage materials library.
  3. Works with contractors and vendors.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Quality Communication:

The Senior Interior Designer must have superior presentation and communication skills, both in verbal and written form, as well as be able to take direction and work independently to meet deadlines.

Artistic Abilities:

The Senior Interior Designer must have strong artistic skills, including hand-rendering and sketching capabilities, with CAD experience preferred.

Customer Service Skills:

The Senior Interior Designer must be able to identify clients’ needs and provide a first-class experience to clients via attention to detail and outstanding problem-solving skills.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, the Senior Interior Designer must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


15-plus years of design experience, with residential new construction and residential remodel experience required; knowledge of interior finishes, furniture, codes and construction process; degree in interior design or related field preferred.


NCIDQ certification (preferred)


  • Medical, Dental, Disability and Life Insurance – Effective Immediately
  • 401(k) Matching – After 90 Days
  • Ongoing Education (Third-Party Conferences, Seminars/Webinars and Networking Events)
  • Two Weeks of Paid Vacation
  • Five Paid Personal Days
  • Eight Paid Holidays
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement
  • Gas Card

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