On the first day this house designed by MHK Architecture and Planning, located at 770 Park Street in downtown Naples, went into operation, Debi McInnis, the listing agent for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, received three offers and had nine exhibitions. “When people came in they said, ‘Whoa, I never would have expected any of this inside,’ she said.
The open concept living space, with 26 foot ceilings and a loft, was furnished by Clive Daniel Home. Windows set high on the walls allow natural light to enter and to brighten things up further, a media wall in solid Carrara marble frames the television and one of the house’s two fireplaces. Behind, an earth tone wallpaper with a subtle sheen gives the room an enchanting shimmer at sunset.
Saleswoman, writer Lori Fornia-Fleming, hauled marble into the kitchen, adding a four-inch slab on the oversized island. Ruffino Cabinetry’s white Shaker style cabinets keep the space spotless, while the recessed ceiling is inlaid with European oak planks to add warmth. Artistic pendant lights light up the island, and Wolf appliances and a Sub-Zero wine cooler are a “chef’s delight,” says McInnis.
European oak floors cover the house, including the three en-suite bedrooms and the upstairs attic, as well as the master bedroom on the first floor. The master suite features vaulted ceilings covered with wood planks and an accent wall covered with wallpaper printed with palm leaves. Next to a cozy reading nook, a glass wall slides out and brings you to the pool, spa, and bubble fountain, all located under a wall of water. McInnis imagine a perfect winter night in the master bedroom with the slider open, falling asleep with the cool breeze and the sound of flowing water.
The bedroom and patio face west, maximizing the sunset view. Although McInnis did refer to the interior by mentioning “splashes of color that made [the home] come alive ”, we bet sunsets do the same.
Spotlight on renovation
When the owners of this three-story residence on Gulf Shore Boulevard approached Harwick Homes to refresh their interior spaces, they were armed with inspirational photos and ideas for finishes and materials.
Despite its construction in 2011, the house lacked both appeal and function. The rooms were cramped and the spaces had to be reconfigured to make better use of its 3,953 square feet. “They loved the location and proximity to the beach,” says Shane Klepko, president of Harwick Homes. “But they absolutely couldn’t live with the layout of the master bedroom, closet and bathroom. It was very compartmentalized.
Klepko and his team removed the wall separating the master bedroom and the bathroom to create a single open space. They emptied the bathroom, replacing the seafoam green vanities with an electric fireplace. Gray-toned oak flooring runs throughout the space, which has increased by 30% with the addition of a new seating area.
In the kitchen, Klepko kept the cabinet boxes and redone the doors, painting them both black. A Triton Metallica glass tile backsplash adds contrast above the counter, while the island features a waterfall-edged Taj Mahal quartzite countertop.
For the stairwell connecting the three floors, Klepko added warm wood steps and landings to coordinate with the house’s existing wood floors, and replaced the handrail assembly with white oak and a thin stainless steel wiring to allow an unobstructed view. A long sculptural luminaire cascades down the stairwell, diffusing light on each floor.
Not all remodels are as clear as this one, but a solid playbook can make all the difference. “[The owners] knew exactly what they wanted and took some time to make sure we could change it that way, ”says Klepko.
Must have … a beckoning bar
Interior designer Gloria Black took inspiration from her Chicago background to deliver an urban chic aesthetic to a residential bar in a home in Naples’ Talis Park. For clients who like to entertain, Black has imagined a welcoming corner with a timeless design, but one that could withstand a busy meeting. “Here’s how I would describe it: The Boston Men’s Club meets the Cool Coast,” she said.
In a corner of the first-floor living room, she installed navy blue glass cabinets that complement the hues of a quartzite countertop, then replicated the look with a raised bar counter that features the same stone in a waterfall edge. She put the spotlight on the customer liquor collection with a backlit shelf against a custom stained glass backsplash. An antique tinted mirror above frames strategically hung wine bottles.
Black wrapped the entire bar in white oak from floor to ceiling to demarcate the area from the rest of the room and hung three crystal pendants to balance the length of the bar. “They have a bit of that Old World look, with a slight Art Deco vibe, but a modern take,” she says. “We can give local bars a run for their money. “