Artfully Entertaining

Inspired by the homeowner’s love of architecture, this contemporary custom home with expansive lake views is detailed in design. The home’s spectacular views come into play as it sits on the large body of water that is known as Lake Como. “The inspiration for this house was to create a bright, open-light, entertainment-style home that capitalized on the views,” explains John Cooney, partner at Stofft Cooney Architects. It was specifically designed so that almost every room can look out to the pool and beyond to the lake. 

Kim Collins and her team at Collins DuPont Design Group continued this strategy with their design plans. “Our approach was to create a luminous, bright open space to exhibit the art collection, featuring the stunning artwork of the owner’s brother,” says Collins, vice president and principal owner of Collins DuPont Design Group. “It’s very colorful, vibrant, and moving. So, we approached it with the art as the star of the show.” 

“We had a good team,” adds Matthew Shull, vice president of Gulfshore Homes. “The team listened to the homeowners and worked cohesively to assure the home included all of their personal touches. It wasn’t just a set of ‘here’s how you build it’ plans.”

Evolutionary in scope, the art in the main hallway can be rotated and switched as if in a true art gallery so everything else is more subdued, because the pieces in the collection are the key. The decorative recessed lighting plays an important role highlighting the art throughout the home by using cool tones that support — but do not compete — with the artwork, and fixtures that are simple yet unexpected.  Accents of cobalt and midnight blue adorn the walls and furnishings to introduce texture and contrast.

The home’s floating staircase is clad in glass and wraps around the elevator — which was not part of the initial design concept. “The challenge was to not make it look like an afterthought,” states Cooney. “The sculptural nature of the stairs kind of begged for a glass sculptural elevator. We turned the request into a real jewel. The stairs complement the elevator and the elevator complements the stairs. It really turned out well.”

With a passion for architecture, the wife was very hands-on in the design of the home. Her love of simple, geometrical detail is seen in the ceiling designs and throughout the residence. The kitchen and breakfast area feature two different patterns that are dropped and cantilevered and then mixed with a dark stain and a painted dry wall. “It’s how they are juxtaposed with the walls and come down in different increments that creates balance and interest without being so fussy,” explains Amy Coslet, senior interior designer at Collins DuPont Design Group and project leader on the home.

An open floor plan flows from room to room — from the dining room and the great room, then continuing into the kitchen — resulting in naturally lit spaces. At a total of 10,620 square feet with 7,496 square feet under air, the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom, two-story home is perfect for clients who spend a lot of time outdoors and whose large family often visits from the Midwest. “That was basically the brainstorming behind designing the outside space,” describes Coslet. “Even though the home is contemporary and modern, we still have the warmth. We used different elements and multiple fabric textures to marry the outside with the inside.”

Along with the lanai’s fireplace, there are various individual outside gems featured in the home’s design. “There’s an outdoor terrace off the master bedroom with billowing curtains and a private reading area,” describes Collins, adding that all guests and family members have their own similar outdoor spaces.

“When you begin a project such as this one, you have to listen,” says Shull. While the clients were very involved in the project, it was important to hear their needs for the home’s construction. “Everybody communicated well, and we were able to a deliver a beautiful, contemporary home.”

“It was fabulous working with Gulfshore Homes,” says Collins. “I think we achieved a true sense of modernity without losing the sense of the home,” she reflects. Coslet is a firm believer that form follows function. “You can have a really beautiful home and if it’s not practical, if it doesn’t function for your lifestyle, and if it’s not comfortable to live in, then it doesn’t work,” she closes. However, through the use of different elements, fabrics, and a variety of textures, Collins and Coslet created a true sense of warmth in a modern setting.

Front Exterior: The entry includes a custom-built solid maple door with dramatic stainless inlays, and a portico ceiling of nickel gap tongue and groove design. The deep blue agate tile with pearl finish draws attention to the fountain which includes a Mexican beach pebble bottom. The driveway is lined with custom gray concrete pavers enhanced with scattered white oyster shell and black tile inlays. The LED backlit house numbers add drama to a standalone “Oolite” stone feature.

Foyer: The home’s foyer features a gallery for custom art displayed on a slat system so the homeowner can switch out and rotate the artwork when desired. All of the artwork — with the exception of the dining room’s — was painted by the homeowner’s brother, who was a gallery artist in Minnesota and Chicago before he passed away approximately 10 years ago. Off the foyer, the main hallway features six custom lighted wall sculptures, giving guests a preview of the many geometric details found throughout this contemporary home’s design.

Great Room: “To balance the clean lines and contemporary nature, I used a layering of textures so the space would not feel ‘cold’,” explains Coslet. The Adriana Hoyos chairs from Collins DuPont Design Group provide a 360-degree swivel, and feature a sapphire blue fabric with silver glints that flow from the back of the chair down the arm with a metallic gray leather seat. The flooring by Ruben Sorhegui Tile is thin-set, large format marble-look porcelain.

Wine Closet: “The original design called for a walk-in wine cellar room, but after an on-site visit with the homeowner, I decided to cut back the area to feature a wine closet instead, which opens up the space,” Coslet shares. “I designed a built-in that spans beneath the television area into the wine cellar.” This allows the entire expanse of the wall to read as a single unit rather than broken up into different dedicated spaces.

Kitchen: The cabinets are a simple slab-door profile design with a high-gloss painted gray lacquer finish. Floating glass shelves set against the elongated glass hexagon tile from Ruben Sorhegui Tile complement the seemingly floating ceiling design — which feature dropped cantilevered slabs of both stained wood and drywall, both backlit to create a harmonious look. Collins DuPont Design Group designed the bar’s metal support that suspends the lighted Antolini stone white crystal top. All the kitchen appliances were sourced locally through Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Dining Room: The LED rectangular light fixture by Hubbardton Forge is finished in burnished steel with clear bubble glass that resemble raindrops cascading down a trellis in the springtime as floating orbs are displayed against the well-placed art piece. The handcrafted wallcovering is layered on reflective mylar in white, blue, and gray. The artwork, titled “Rock and Roll” by Teng Fei, is the perfect backdrop to finish this space.

Elevator and Stairs: “At inception of design we did not think about a glass elevator; however, after walls were up, the client thought adding one would align with our goal of creating a luminous open space to enjoy the art,” states Collins. The staircase has floating stair treads connected by a painted wood stringer with glass railings and a custom profile stainless steel handrail. The all-glass elevator allows the light to filter fully through the front windows, by Andersen Windows & Doors sourced locally through Florida Wood Window & Door.

Den: “The ceilings in this house are quite special. If you take a close look, there are a lot of different architectural ceilings that we designed that are very contemporary in nature,” Cooney states. The flooring, purchased locally through Floorcrafters, was fabricated in Italy. It consists of planks of wood cut in diamond patterns to create a unique design when laid. To complement the floor, Coslet designed a dropped open-grid wood ceiling that mimics the pattern below.

His Master Bath: The shower wall accent tile from Ceramic Matrix is a modern twist on a classic subway pattern. Each tile is digitally printed in Italy to simulate 11 different textures, blended to create a single panel with amazing variety. The artwork is a black and white charcoal work by the homeowner’s brother, which complements the hues of this master bath.

Her Master Bath: The light fixture in the master bath is light, feminine, and airy, which evokes the feeling of the space. “It is by Moooi, style Heracleum and imparts a very dreamy organic snowflake concept,” Collins shares. The flooring and vanity cabinet face is an exotic marble sourced through Ruben Sorhegui Tile that features translucent crystals set into the marble and accented by a charcoal linear vein. Equally luxurious, the master en suite is also outfitted with custom his & her closets by California Closets.

Master Bedroom: Coslet designed the custom headboard and side panels to fit as a built-in that spans the entire wall. The metallic silver wood frame is set against a quilted horizontal wave patterned vinyl, which gives a sense of movement. “Instead of art over the bed, I selected a light fixture that would function as an art piece,” explains Coslet. The fixture by Studio Endo Lighting consists of five suspended LED V-shaped lights that are hung at graduated heights. The bedding was the final design element. The bed cover and shams have a silver tone background with tiny plumes of black peeking through by Osbourne & Little.

Lanai: The outdoor living space was designed to be an extension of the indoor space. “Located just off the kitchen area, I designed the dropped cantilevered ceilings set against stained wood to complement the ceiling detail of the kitchen,” Coslet describes. The fireplace is clad in travertine stone, which is repeated on the exterior cladding on the front of the home. Multiple dining areas and a large sitting area that are easily enclosed by automated screens from Castle Services of SWFL create the perfect multiuse space for entertaining.

Rear Elevation: The home’s lakeside living area consists of a private master garden, master lanai, upstairs balcony lounge, a reading lounge, spa bar, pool, fire pit, and an expansive covered lanai. The reflecting pool, covered in a mosaic elongated hexagon glass tile from Ceramic Matrix, extends from the home off the foyer’s art gallery onto a sun deck, revealing the large spa and the main swimming area, only to continue as if it spills into the lake beyond.


Written by Rhona Melsky

Photography by Blaine Johnathan


Interior Designer

Collins DuPont Design Group

8911 Brighton Lane

Bonita Springs, FL 34135



Luxury Home Builder

Gulfshore Homes

8891 Brighton Lane, Suite 101

Bonita Springs, FL, 34135




Stofft Cooney Architects

111 10th Street South, Suite 308

Naples, FL 34102





California Closets

2367 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 810

Naples, FL 34109



Castle Services of SWFL

3963 Enterprise Avenue

Naples, FL 34104



Ceramic Matrix

2160 Trade Center Way

Naples, FL 34109



Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

38 Goodlette-Frank Road South

Naples, FL 34102  




12890 Metro Parkway

Fort Myers, FL 33966



Florida Wood Window & Door | Andersen Windows & Doors 

5691 Halifax Avenue

Fort Myers, FL 33912



Ruben Sorhegui Tile

3876 Mercantile Avenue

Naples, FL 34104



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